Lara Jill Miller

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Lara Jill Miller
Born (1967-04-20) April 20, 1967 (age 49)
Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Other names Lara Miller
Occupation Actress, voice actress
Years active 1980–present

Lara Jill Miller (born April 20, 1967) is an American actress and voice actress. She had a starring role as Samantha "Sam" Kanisky on the 1980s sitcom Gimme a Break! and as Kathy on The Amanda Show. As a voice actress, she had roles in English dubs of Japanese anime such as Kari in Digimon Adventure and Koko in Zatch Bell!. In cartoons, she voices the title characters in Clifford's Puppy Days, The Life and Times of Juniper Lee and Henry Hugglemonster. She also voices Izzy in SciGirls, Widget in Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! and Allie in Curious George.

Biography[edit]

Miller was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Allentown's William Allen High School.[1] Her mother was a homemaker and her father a pajama factory owner.[2] Miller's professional acting career began on Broadway, where she appeared as Amaryllis in a revival of The Music Man with Dick Van Dyke.[3]

In 1981, after her appearance on Broadway, she joined the cast of Gimme a Break!, playing the role of the tomboyish Samantha "Sam" Kanisky, opposite Nell Carter. When the series ended its six-year run on NBC in 1987, Miller returned east, to New York University, where she also played on the university's women's varsity tennis team and continued to perform on stages around the country. Four years later, she graduated from Fordham University School of Law, leaving graduation early to portray Peter Pan in a production at the Pennsylvania Youth Theater in Pennsylvania. She subsequently obtained her Bar association license to practice law in New Jersey, New York and her native Pennsylvania.[4]

In 1999, Miller returned to Hollywood, California and resumed her on-camera acting career with recurring roles on the Nickelodeon series The Amanda Show and All That, as well as General Hospital. She also began working in animated series, lending her voice to characters such as Kari in Digimon (both the series and the feature film), Koko in Zatch Bell!, Alejo in Astro Boy, one of the Tachikoma mini-tanks in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and Scheris Adjani in s-CRY-ed. Miller also provided the singing voice of Dorothy Gale in the National Public Radio adaptation of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and the voices of the title characters on Cartoon Network's The Life and Times of Juniper Lee and the PBS Kids "prequel" to Clifford the Big Red Dog, Clifford's Puppy Days.

Miller's roles include the recurring roles of Pookie, Wiki, and Tini on Disney Channel's Higglytown Heroes, Heruka of Daigunder, and the Nick Jr series Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! as Widget, the show's problem-solving pink creature resembling a rabbit, both PBS series Curious George as Allie and SciGirls as Izzie,[3] and regular guest-starring roles on several other animated series.

As of January 2015, she is doing voice work on two Disney Channel/Disney Junior television series, as the voice of Lambie in Doc McStuffins and the voice of the title character in Henry Hugglemonster.

Radio and podcast appearances[edit]

Miller appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor podcast on March 4, 2016.

Filmography[edit]

Live action[edit]

List of acting performances in live-action television and film
Year Title Role Notes Source[5]
1981–1987 Gimme a Break! Samantha "Sam" Kanisky [6]
1999–2002 The Amanda Show Kathy
2009 iCarly Mrs. Kravitz I Find Lewberts Lost Love
2000 Chicken Soup for the Soul (TV series) The Teacher TV series

Anime[edit]

List of voice performances in anime
Year Title Role Notes Source[5]
2008 Strait Jacket Kapelteta Fernandez   [7]
  Digimon Adventure series Kari Kamiya
  Daigunder Haruka
  Naruto Matsuri
  Zatch Bell! Koko
2004 Astro Boy Alejo, Vivienne, C.J., Mimi, Nina Sony Pictures / Kids WB
  Blood+ Min, Lulu, Javier
  S-CRY-ed Scheris Adjani
  Please Twins Karen Onodera
  Rave Master Hole
2000 Digimon: The Movie Kari

Animation[edit]

List of voice performances in animation
Year Title Role Note's Notes Source[5]
2016–present The Loud House Lisa Loud
2012–present Doc McStuffins Lambie [6]
2013–2015 Henry Hugglemonster Henry Hugglemonster
2006–2010 Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Widget
2003–2004 Clifford's Puppy Days Clifford
2005–2007 The Life and Times of Juniper Lee Juniper Lee
2009–2015 Curious George Allie
2010 SciGirls Izzie
2011–2015 Winx Club Chatta, Tune, Livy Special 4, season 3-4 Nickelodeon version
2004–2008 Higglytown Heroes Pookie, Wiki, Tini
2006 Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Julie
2004 All Grown Up Olivia
2006–2007 My Mom Married a Yeti April
2004 Megas XLR Little Girl, Kelly [8]
2000 Static Shock Teen Girl #2 [8]


Film[edit]

List of voice performances in direct-to-video and television films
Year Title Role Notes Source[5]
2005 Diaboromon Strikes Back Kari Kamiya [8]
2008 Wubbzy's Big Movie! Widget, Huggy, Old Lady Zamboni [8]
2013 Curious George Swings Into Spring Allie, Balloonist [8]
2013 Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest Allie [8]
List of voice performances in feature films
Year Title Role Notes Source[5]
2000 Digimon: The Movie Kari, Young Kari [8]

Video games[edit]

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes Source[5]
2011 Once Upon a Monster Shelby
2003 Tak and the Power of Juju Dinky Juju [8]
2004 Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams Dinky Juju [8]
2005 Tak: The Great Juju Challenge Dinky Juju
2008 de Blob Comrade Black, Zip, Graydians [8]
2011 de Blob 2 Comrade Black, Papa Blanc, Inkies
2009 Fusion Fall Juniper Lee
Learn Through Music Leo the Lion (singer)
Adiboo: Discover series Adiboo
1998 Baldur's Gate Girl
1999 EverQuest Various characters
2004 EverQuest II Various characters
2005 Psychonauts Milka Phange [8]
Hooked on Phonics Pig Wig
2006 Barnyard Zak Boy, various
2004 Ribbit King Scooter, various
2010 White Knight Chronicles Various
2007 Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots Bustup Ballerina, Mr. Huggles, Springy Rabbit [8]
2002 Digimon Rumble Arena Kari [8]


References[edit]

  1. ^ August 05, 2011 (August 5, 2011). "City Profile: Allentown - Morning Call". Articles.mcall.com. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ Miller, Samantha (January 1, 2000). "Brief Episode". People.com. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Lara Jill Miller - Disney Channel Medianet
  4. ^ Lawler, Sylvia (January 15, 1995). "With Law Degree In Hand, Lara Jill Miller Returns To Acting - Morning Call". The Morning Call. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Lara Jill Miller". Lara Jill Miller. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Exclusive: Actress Lara Jill Miller Talks Gimme a Break and Her Current Hot Career as a Voice-over Actress". Snakkle. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  7. ^ Strait Jacket (DVD). Manga Video. October 7, 2008. OCLC 244206876. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Behind The Voice Actors - Lara Jill Miller". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 

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