Here's What The Voices Of Disney Villains Look Like In Real Life
Meet the actors behind your favorite poor, unfortunate souls.
Ursula in The Little Mermaid: Pat Carroll
Did you know? Initially, The Golden Girls' Bea Arthur was supposed to voice the part of Ursula. When she dropped out, Disney considered Roseanne Barr and Elaine Stritch for the role before ultimately selecting Carroll.
Hopper in A Bug's Life: Kevin Spacey
Did you know? House of Cards star Kevin Spacey was not Disney's first choice to play the roll of the grasshopper dictator; Robert De Niro and Alec Baldwin were offered the role first. Interestingly, Spacey and Bug's Life co-star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, of Veep fame, have each earned critical acclaim for their roles playing the vice president of the United States.
Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty: Eleanor Audley
Did you know? If you think Maleficent and Cinderella's Evil Stepmother sound a lot alike, you'd be 100% correct. Audley had the distinct honor of being the voice actor behind two of Disney's cruelest villains.
Captain Hook in Peter Pan: Hans Conried
Did you know? Conried actually had a dual role in the 1953 classic: Not only did he voice the part of Captain Hook, he also voiced the part of Mr. Darling.
Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmatians: Betty Lou Gerson
Jafar in Aladdin: Jonathan Freeman
Scar in The Lion King: Jeremy Irons
Did you know? Irons developed vocal problems while recording the song "Be Prepared," forcing producers to bring in Jim Cummings, who also voiced the part of Ed the Hyena, to finish out the song.
Lady Tremaine in Cinderella: Eleanor Audley
Did you know? While making the animated classic, Disney actually filmed a regally outfitted Eleanor Audley performing the role of Lady Tremaine as reference material for animators.
Claude Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Tony Jay
Queen Grimhilde in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Lucille La Verne
Did you know? La Verne voiced the part of both the Evil Queen and the witch who offers Snow White the poisoned apple. However, before recording the lines of the later, La Verne took out her false teeth to make the witch's voice coarser.
Governor Ratcliffe in Pocahontas: David Ogden Stiers
Did you know? If you recognize Stiers' voice from other Disney movies, that's no surprise. He was also the voice of Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, the Archdeacon in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Fenton Q. Harcourt in Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
Yzma in The Emperor’s New Groove: Eartha Kitt
Did you know? Kitt, whose career spanned more than six decades, recorded the popular Christmas song "Santa Baby" in 1953. Orson Welles once called her "the most exciting woman alive."
The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland: Verna Felton
Did you know? Felton was a prolific Disney voice actor: She voiced the part of the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Aunt Sarah in Lady and the Tramp, and Flora in Sleeping Beauty.
Dr. Facilier in The Princess and the Frog: Keith David
Did you know? Animator Bruce Smith once described Dr. Facilier as "the love child of Captain Hook and Cruella De Vil." See the resemblance?