The House of Mouse has been home to many unforgettable characters. Aside from their unique designs and heartwarming stories, these characters are made even more memorable thanks to the excellent voice-over actors that give them life. There have been many iconic Disney voice actors that have worked for the mass media company throughout its extensive history, including Jodi Benson as The Little Mermaid‘s Princess Ariel and Kathryn Beaumont as Alice in Alice in Wonderland.
The voice-over industry is an interesting one. Oftentimes, the same voice talent is brought in to work on multiple projects. Disney films are no different, you may be surprised to know how many times veteran voice actors lent their golden pipes to different Disney movies!
8 Disney Voice Actors Who Gave Life to Multiple Disney Characters
Yes, there have been a few times where Disney decided to have the same voice actor breathe life into more than one character, and we listed down some of these brilliant actors. Check out this list of legendary Disney voice actors and see which of your favorite characters are voiced by the same talented performer!
1. Barbara Luddy
- Lady (Lady and the Tramp)
- Merryweather (Sleeping Beauty)
- Rover (101 Dalmatians)
- Church Mouse (Robin Hood)
- Kanga (Winnie the Pooh)
Make it blue! Make it pink! No one can ever forget the lovable fairy Merryweather from Sleeping Beauty. Her voice actress, Barbara Luddy, was a Disney regular who voiced other unforgettable Disney ladies like Kanga and Lady. She began her career doing silent films, but after the entertainment industry progressed, she transitioned to radio.
2. Verna Felton
- Fairy Godmother (Cinderella)
- Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland)
- Flora (Sleeping Beauty)
- Winifred the elephant (The Jungle Book)
- Aunt Sarah (Lady and the Tramp)
- Mrs. Jumbo (Dumbo)
Verna Felton was known for her role as the domineering but hilarious Mrs. Day in The Jack Benny Program. But aside from a successful career in radio, TV, and film, she also made a name for herself in the voice acting field by lending her voice to numerous Disney projects. Her first-ever role with the studio was Mrs. Jumbo in the animated feature Dumbo.
3. Kathryn Beaumont
- Alice (Alice in Wonderland)
- Wendy (Peter Pan)
A then-10-year-old Kathryn Beaumont wasn’t just chosen to be the voice of Alice, Disney used her image and likeness to bring the character to the big screen. The studio worked with her again for the role of Wendy Darling. After just two projects, Beaumont chose to abandon Hollywood in favor of becoming a school teacher.
4. Sterling Holloway
- Winnie the Pooh
- Kaa (The Jungle Book)
- Mr. Stork (Dumbo)
- Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland)
- Adult Flower (Bambi)
- Roquefort the mouse (The AristoCats)
Becoming the voice of Winnie the Pooh is a huge thing for any performer, and the honor of being the man behind the all-time favorite character went to Sterling Holloway. This established Holloway as one of the most famous Disney voice actors and a legend in the voice acting industry.
But Holloway didn’t just dwell in the 100 Acre Wood, he continued to provide his vocal chops to several Disney characters including that cunning striped cat in Alice in Wonderland. It was said that Holloway had a great friendship with Walt Disney, resulting in many successful projects together.
5. Lea Salonga
- Princess Jasmine (Aladdin)
- Mulan (Mulan)
Broadway superstar Lea Salonga lent her singing voice to not one but two iconic Disney princesses, Mulan and Princess Jasmine. She was named a Disney Legend in 2011 alongside fellow Disney princess voice actresses Paige O’ Hara, Anika Noni Rose, and Jodi Benson.
6. James McDonald
- Chip (Chip an’ Dale)
- Mickey Mouse (Mickey Down Under)
- Bruno, Gus and Jaques (Cinderella)
- Dormouse (Alice in Wonderland)
- The Wolf (The Sword in the Stone)
- The Bees (Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree)
- Evinrude (The Rescuers)
Imagine having to provide a voice for three characters in one movie! For James McDonald, it was all just another day at the office. The Disney voice actor didn’t just lend his voice to numerous productions, he also served as the head of Disney sound effects department. Walt also chose him to take over the voice of Mickey Mouse when he could no longer do it.
7. Phil Harris
- Baloo (The Jungle Book)
- Little John (Robin Hood)
- Thomas O’Malley (The AristoCats)
Phil Harris had a successful career as a comedian and jazz musician. But his name became known to the younger generation and he became one of the most popular Disney voice actors after breathing life into a number of lovable Disney creatures.
8. Jodi Benson
- Thumbelina (Thumbelina)
- Barbie (Toy Story)
- Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
Tony-award winning actress Jodi Benson is an American treasure. She was pushed to mainstream stardom thanks to an unforgettable vocal and singing performance as Ariel. She went on to voice other Disney characters such as Thumbelina and Barbie, but she’ll forever be remembered for that sweet and innocent mermaid voice.