Christine Cavanaugh

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Christine Cavanaugh (born August 16, 1963, died December 22, 2014) was an American voice actress who had a distinctive speaking style and had provided the voice for a large range of cartoon characters. She was best known as the voice of Babe in the hit film, Babe: The Gallant Pig, Chuckie Finster on Rugrats and for being the original voice of Dexter on Dexter's Laboratory. She retired from voice acting and public life in general to spend more time with her family in 2003.

Biography

Born in Utah, Cavanaugh moved to Los Angeles, California to become an actress and ended up doing voice work for a friend's film.

In 1991, Cavanaugh started doing the voice of girl duckling Gosalyn Mallard on Disney's Darkwing Duck as well as the voice of Chuckie Finster on the Nickelodeon cartoon Rugrats and later, in 1994, the voice of Oblina, one of the three main monster-students on Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.

Cavanaugh can also be heard on The Critic as the voice of Marty, Jay Sherman's son, along with Nancy Cartwright, who would be her replacement as Chuckie Finster later in 2001. Her voice credits also include the animated series Sonic the Hedgehog, 101 Dalmatians: The Series, Hercules: The Animated Series, The Powerpuff Girls, The Wild Thornberrys, and Recess, as well as the voice of Birdie in McDonald's commercials. In the early 1990s, Cavanaugh also served as an announcer for The Disney Channel for "coming up next" bumpers.

In 1995, Cavanaugh lent her voice to the live-action film Babe in the starring role of Babe the Gallant Pig. Choosing not to participate in the sequel, Babe: Pig in the City, the role was instead played by her Rugrats co-star E.G. Daily who voices Tommy Pickles. In 1996, she started doing the voice of boy-genius Dexter in Dexter's Laboratory and won an Annie Award in 2000 for the hour-long TV special Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip.

Cavanaugh also guest starred on several TV shows including Salute Your Shorts, Cheers, Empty Nest, Wings, The X-Files, Everybody Loves Raymond and ER and had supporting roles in the feature films Soulmates and Jerry Maguire. Cavanaugh retired from voice acting in 2001. After her retirement, she was replaced by Candi Milo as the voice of Dexter and by Nancy Cartwright, her co-star in The Critic, as the voice of Chuckie in Rugrats.

Death

On December 22, 2014, Cavanaugh died at her home in Cedar City, Utah of undisclosed causes/leukemia. She was 51 years old. She was cremated and her ashes were scattered into the Great Salt Lake.

Voiceography

Year Animated Series/Film Role Other notes
1987 David & the Magic Pearl David
1989 P.J. Funnybunny Potts Pig ABC Weekend Specials, credited as Chris Cavenaugh
1991 Darkwing Duck Gosalyn Mallard
Rugrats Chuckie Finster (1991–2002)
1992 Raw Toonage Gosalyn Mallard
Gramps Alien Kid #2
1993 Recycle Rex Voice
A Flintstone Family Christmas Stony
P.J.'s Unfunnybunny Christmas Ritchie Raccoon ABC Weekend Specials
Sonic the Hedgehog Bunnie Rabbot
1994 The Critic Marty Sherman
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Oblina
Aladdin Sadira/Additional Voices
Beethoven Additional Voices
1995 Babe Babe
Balto Additional Voices Uncredited
1996 Dexter's Laboratory Dexter (Seasons 1-2, part of Season 3)
P.J. Funnybunny: A Very Cool Easter Potts Pigg credited as Chris Cavanaugh
101 Dalmatians: The Series Dumpling/Wizzer
The Flintstones Christmas in Bedrock Additional Voices
Nickelodeon 3D Movie Maker Oblina CD-Rom
Cave Kids Bamm-Bamm Rubble
1997 A Rugrats Vacation Chuckie Finster Video movie
The Brothers Flub Valentina
King of the Hill Bobby Hill (additional dialogue only), Pamela Adlon regularly performed his voice.
Recess Library Kid, Digger #2, Sue Bob Murphy
Unbeatable Harry Voice
1998 Hercules: The Animated Series Alcides
Dexter's Rude Removal Dexter Unaired short
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Scared Silly Birdie Video movie
The Powerpuff Girls Bunny, Bud Smith
The Rugrats Movie Chuckie Finster
The Wild Thornberrys Short Tail Macqaque
1999 Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip Dexter, D22, Old Man Dexter TV movie
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Legend of Grimace Island Birdie Video movie
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Visitors from Outer Space Birdie Video movie
Sing Me a Story with Belle Carol the Book Worm
2000 Rugrats: Search for Reptar Chuckie Finster Video game
Cartoon Cartoon Fridays Dexter
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Chuckie Finster
2001 Rugrats: Still Babies After All These Years Chuckie Finster TV documentary
The Rugrats: All Grown Up Chuckie Finster TV and movie
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Birthday World Birdie Video movie
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Have Time, Will Travel Birdie Video movie

Filmography

Year TV Series/Film Role Other notes
1990 Cheers Terry Gardner Episode # 8.24: "Mr. Otis Regrets"
1991 Salute Your Shorts Mona Tibbs Episodes: "They Call Me Ms. Tibbs", "Mail Carrier Mona"
Empty Nest Kimberly Episode # 4.7: "Country Weston"
1992 Salute Your Shorts Mona Tibbs Episode: "Park Ranger Mona"
Herman's Head Martha Fitzer Episode # 2.13: "A Charlie Brown Fitzer"
1993 Wings Fan Episode # 4.17: "I Love Brian"
1994 Wild Oats Kathee
1995 Little Surprises Pepper Short
Down, Out & Dangerous Leslie McCoy TV movie
1996 Jerry Maguire Mrs. Remo Credited as Christina Cavanaugh
1997 Delivery Bridgette
Soulmates Anna Weisland
The X-Files Amanda Nelligan Episode # 4.20: "Small Potatoes"
Everybody Loves Raymond Erin Episode # 2.12: "All I Want for Christmas"
1998 You Lucky Dog Bernice TV movie
2000 ER Gloria Episode # 7.3: "Mars Attacks"
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