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Apr 4, 2020

24 Other Roles That Disney Voice Actors Played That Might Surprise You

Did you know James Earl Jones voiced both Mufasa and Darth Vader?

1. Susan Egan, who voiced Megara in Hercules, also originated Belle in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway.

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If you listen to the original Broadway cast recording of Beauty and the Beast, you'll notice Belle sounds just like Megara!

2. Angela Lansbury, who voiced Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast, also originated Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd on Broadway.

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It is so jarring to hear the beloved Mrs. Potts as the woman who baked people into meat pies.

3. I was today years old when I found out Mathew Broderick, who memorably played Ferris Bueller in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, also voiced Simba in The Lion King.

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Am I the only one who didn't know this??

4. Moira Kelly, who voiced adult Nala in The Lion King, played Lucas's mom Karen in One Tree Hill.

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We really had Ferris Bueller and Karen Scott playing Simba and Nala and didn't even realize it.

5. Jerry Orbach, who voiced Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, is better known as Lennie Briscoe in Law & Order.

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6. James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in both the animated and live-action versions of The Lion King, also voiced Darth Vader.

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Did other people know this?? I didn't know this!

7. Idina Menzel, who voiced Elsa in Frozen, also played both Elphaba in Wicked and Maureen in Rent (both the movie and the musical).

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Idina Menzel (sorry, Adele Nazeem) is a Broadway legend.

8. Lea Salonga, who voiced both Jasmine and Mulan's singing voices, originated Kim in Miss Saigon, and also played Fantine in Les Misérables!

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Another Broadway legend!!

9. Jonathon Groff, who voiced Kristoff in Frozen, also originated King George III in Hamilton on Broadway.

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If you haven't seen Hamilton, you'll be able to see Jonathon Groff in it when the filmed recording releases in 2021.

10. Patrick Warburton, who voiced Kronk in the Emperor's New Groove, also voiced Joe Swanson in Family Guy, and acted as Lemony Snicket in A Series of Unfortunate Events.

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He's done a lot of voiceover work, so his voice is probably pretty familiar to you!

11. Josh Gad, who voiced Olaf in Frozen, also played LeFou in the live action version of Beauty and the Beast.

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My favorite role of his, though, was as Bearclaw in New Girl.

12. Zachary Levi, who voiced Flynn Rider in Tangled, also played Shazam in Shazam!

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You probably know him most, though, as Chuck in Chuck! Who knew Chuck could sing?

13. Did you know Hamilton creator and star Lin Manuel-Miranda also sang in Moana?

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You can hear him in "We Know the Way." He also helped write the music!

14. Gilbert Gottfried, the comedian who voiced Iago in Aladdin, also voiced Digit in Cyberchase!

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You might also know him from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Tonight Show, and SNL.

15. Scott Weinger, who voiced Aladdin in Aladdin, also played Steve Hale on Full House and Fuller House.

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He was also a producer on Galavant and Black-ish!

16. Frank Welker, who voiced Abu in Aladdin, also voiced both Fred and Scooby Doo in various Scooby Doo series. He also voiced George and Tony in Curious George.

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His IMDB is pretty wild if you want to check it out. He voiced a TON of your childhood faves.

17. Jim Cummings is another Disney legend. He voiced Ray in The Princess and the Frog, Razoul and Farouk (two minor antagonists) in Aladdin, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger in multiple Winnie the Pooh adaptations, Hondo Ohnaka in mutliple Star Wars shows, Pete in A Goofy Movie, Ed in The Lion King, and Powhatan and Kekata in Pocahontas.

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Check out his IMDB too!

18. Anika Noni Rose, who voiced Tiana in The Princess and the Frog, also played Lorell in Dreamgirls, and Pauline in Everything, Everything.

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She's also set to appear in Little Fires Everywhere!

19. Jodi Benson, who voiced Ariel in The Little Mermaid, also voiced Barbie in Toy Story 3!

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She also played main characters in the Lady and the Tramp and 101 Dalmatians sequels.

20. Christopher Daniel Barnes, who voiced Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid, voiced Prince Charming in both Cinderella sequels.

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He also voiced Spider-Man in Spider-Man: The Animated Series.

21. David Ogden Stiers, who voiced Cogsworth AND the Narrator in Beauty and the Beast, played Maj. Charles Winchester in M*A*S*H.

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He also provided voices for Lilo & Stitch, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Pocahontas.

22. Christian Bale, who memorably played Batman in the Dark Knight trilogy, voiced Thomas in Pocahontas.

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Who knew??

23. Harvey Fierstein, who voiced Yao in Mulan, also played Frank Hilliard in Mrs. Doubtfire and Edna in the Broadway production of Hairspray.

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He reprised his role as Edna in Hairspray Live! He also wrote the book for Kinky Boots!

24. And finally, George Takei voiced First Ancestor in Mulan, but he's best known for playing Mr. Sulu in the original Star Trek series.

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He's also just a beloved public figure.

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