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Posted on Dec 30, 2014

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Scar in The Lion King: Jeremy Irons

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Shan-Yu in Mulan: Miguel Ferrer

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Did you know? Ferrer is the first cousin of actor George Clooney. Ferrer was one of the lucky few to be invited to Clooney's wedding to Amal Alamuddin in Venice last fall.

Yzma in The Emperor’s New Groove: Eartha Kitt

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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

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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

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Did you know? Animator Bruce Smith once described Dr. Facilier as "the love child of Captain Hook and Cruella De Vil." See the resemblance?

Mother Gothel in Tangled: Donna Murphy

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Did you know? Murphy's role in Tangled was her first ever as a voice actor in an animated film. She has won two Tony Awards, including one for her performance as Anna in The King and I.

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