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Maile Flanagan (born May 19, 1965) is an American actress known for her role as the protagonist ninja Naruto Uzumaki in Naruto, Geri O'Flanagan in 3Way and Janet in Yes Man.


Maile (pronounced My-lae) is her middle name, a Hawaiian word for the green laurel commonly used in leis. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father worked for U.S. military intelligence as a spy for the military so when Flanagan was four-and-a-half, the family moved to Bangkok, Thailand and when she was ten they moved to Germany. While in Germany, Flanagan and family lived in Nuremberg, and Munich. She graduated from a Department of Defense (DOD) school Munich America High School (MAHS) in 1983. Upon arrival at Boston College (BC), Flanagan says "It took me three years to acclimate" because "I hadn't lived in the States since I was four and a half. I have used some of this in my characters—the wide-eyed wonder." While attending BC she was a member of the student comedy troupe My Mother's Fleabag with best friends Nancy Walls Carell, Andrea Beutner Hutchman, Wayne Wilderson and Tom McCarthy. Flanagan is openly gay and is married to her partner Lesa Hammett.[1]


After graduating from The Heights in 1987, and a brief stint in Washington, D.C., Flanagan moved to Minneapolis and was in the comedy troupe Every Mother's Nightmare with Wayne Wilderson, Tom McCarthy, Andrea Beutner, Peter Civetta and Nancy Walls and others. Minneapolis is where she performed stand-up comedy and theater. In 1996, she moved to her current hometown, Los Angeles, California with the stage production of Bad Seed, which won a LA Weekly Theater Award for Best Comedy Ensemble. She does television, commercials, animation, and film and was nominated for an Annie Award for Voice Acting in an Animated Television Program at the 32nd Annual Annie Awards in 2005. Flanagan earned a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks in 2006. "I went to school with people from all around the world", she says. "That probably helps me with doing accents." She has numerous LA theater credits including working with writer/director Justin Tanner at Third Stage in Burbank in his shows Oklahomo!, Wife Swappers, Pot Mom, and Zombie Attack! Did stand-up in Minneapolis at the Comedy Gallery and Knuckleheads and performed with Dudley Riggs' Brave New Workshop.


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Overnight Delivery Gas jockey
2001 61* Housewife TV movie
2002 Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring Boy Animated; voice actor
Never Get Outta the Boat Nurse Laura
Phone Booth Lana
Now You Know Shelly
2003 The Station Agent Pappy's Waitress
2005 The Toy Warrior Animated; voice actor
2007 The Number 23 Charades friend
Evan Almighty Mail Person
Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow Naruto Uzumaki Animated; voice actor, English version
Back at the Barnyard Macy the Sheep CGI Animated series; voice actress
2008 Yes Man Janet Cake Baker
(500) Days of Summer Co-worker Rhoda
Naruto the Movie 2: Legend of the Stone of Gelel Naruto Uzumaki Animated; voice actor, English version
Naruto the Movie 3: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom Naruto Uzumaki Animated; voice actor, English version
2009 Naruto: Shippūden the Movie Naruto Uzumaki Animated; voice actor, English version
2010 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Mother Aadvark Animated; voice actor, English version
2011 Rango Boo Animated; voice actor, English version


Year Title Role Notes
1998 MADtv Chastity Bono Uncredited role; Episode #4.1
Men in Black: The Series Old crone / Bully Animated; voice actor; Episode: "The Jack O'Lantern Syndrome"
1999 Oh Yeah! Cartoons Boy Animated; voice actor; Episode: "Herb"
2000 Jackie Chan Adventures Maynard Animated; voice actor; Episode: "Bullies"
2001 Gideon's Crossing Nurse Daley 2 Episodes: "The Crash" & "Freakshow"
Citizen Baines Carmen Episode: "The Whole Thump-Thump-Thump"
2003 Astro Boy Matthew Animated; voice actor
2005 Hot Properties Woman Episode: "Killer Bodies"
2003–2006 Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks Young Piggley Winks Animated; voice actor; 36 episodes
2006 Lovespring International Ruth Hardwood Episode: "The Loser Club"
Desperate Housewives Cashier Episode: "Bang"
ER Elaine Martinelli Episode: "Tell Me No Secrets"
Big Day Linda Episode: "Boobzilla"
2005 Naruto Naruto Uzumaki Animated; voice actor; Title Character
2005–2007 Grey's Anatomy Lab Tech 4 Episodes
2006–2007 The Class Penny 2 Episodes: "The Class Gives Thanks" & "The Class Goes Back To The Hospital"
2007 The Office Phyllis' sister Episode: "Phyllis' Wedding"
2007-09 Back at the Barnyard Macy the Lamb CGI animated; Voice actress
2008 iCarly Additional Voice Episode: "iTake on Dingo"
2009 Naruto Shippuden Naruto Uzumaki Animated; voice actor; Title Character

Other work

Year Title Role Notes
2006–Present Naruto video games Naruto Uzumaki Video game; voice actor
2008 3Way Geri O'Flanagan Web series
2010 Final Fantasy XIII Additional Voices Video game; voice actor


  1. Swartz, Shauna (May 16, 2006), "A Woman of Many Voices: Maile Flanagan",, archived from the original on 2013-01-01, retrieved 2007-10-27 

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