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Here's What The Voices Of Disney Villains Look Like In Real Life

Meet the actors behind your favorite poor, unfortunate souls.

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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.


Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmatians: Betty Lou Gerson

Did you know? According to The Independent, "It was popularly believed that [Disney animators] based Cruella on the fast-living Hollywood star Tallulah Bankhead, who was notorious for zooming around town in her Bentley." Betty Lou Gerson also provided the voice of the narrator in Cinderella.

Gaston in Beauty and the Beast: Richard White

Did you know? If you watch closely as Gaston and the Beast battle at the end of the movie, you'll notice that Gaston mouths the words "Time to DIE!" while he actually says,"Belle is MINE!" The former line was cut in favor of a less graphic ending.

Jafar in Aladdin: Jonathan Freeman

Did you know? Before selecting Freeman, Disney had offered the role of Jafar to Sir Patrick Stewart, who was forced to turn down the offer because of scheduling conflicts with Star Trek: The Next Generation. Freeman was also tapped to play Jafar in the 2014 Broadway production of the show.


Claude Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Tony Jay

Did you know? Five years before taking on the role of Claude Frollo, Jay voiced the part of Monsieur D'Arque in Beauty and the Beast. Video game fans may recall his voice in X-Men Legends, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, and Legacy of Kain, among others.

Hades in Hercules: James Woods

Did you know? Disney had originally hoped Jack Nicholson would voice the part of Hades, but when he turned down the offer, Woods was offered the part. He later won an Emmy for his voice work as Hades on the Disney Channel spin-off series.

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."