Christine Cavanaugh

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Christine Cavanaugh
Born(1963-08-16) August 16, 1963 (age 51)
Layton, Utah
OccupationVoice actress
Years active1986–2001
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Not to be confused with Christine Kavanagh.
Christine Cavanaugh
Born(1963-08-16) August 16, 1963 (age 51)
Layton, Utah
OccupationVoice actress
Years active1986–2001

Christine Cavanaugh (born August 16, 1963) is a former American voice actress who had a distinctive speaking style and had provided the voice for a large range of cartoon characters. She is best known as the voice of the title character in the 1995 film Babe, Gosalyn Mallard in Darkwing Duck, and as the original voices of Chuckie Finster in Nickelodeon's Rugrats and Dexter in Cartoon Network's Dexter's Laboratory. In 2001, she retired from voice acting for maternal reasons.

Early life[edit]

Born in Layton, Utah, Cavanaugh spent much time watching television shows such as Taxi, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Rhoda. Her mother fell ill and died when Cavanaugh was 15.[1] She moved to Los Angeles, California, to become an actress and ended up doing voice work for a friend's film. She married a financial analyst named Kevin.[1]


In 1991, Cavanaugh voiced Gosalyn Mallard, the title character's adopted daughter 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 could also be heard on The Critic as the voice of Marty, Jay Sherman's son. 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.[2] She was offered to reprise her role for the sequel, Babe: Pig in the City, but decided the salary was not enough (the role was instead played by her Rugrats co-star Elizabeth Daily, who voices Tommy Pickles).[3]

Also in 1995, she started doing the voice of boy-genius Dexter in Dexter's Laboratory, which began as a short under Cartoon Network's What A Cartoon! show and later became the first short to be adapted into its own series for Cartoon Network. Cavanaugh later won an Annie Award in 2000 for her voice performance as Dexter in the hour-long TV special Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip.[4] After her retirement from voice acting, 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.

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.


1987David and the Magic PearlDavid
1989P.J. FunnybunnyRitchie RaccoonABC Weekend Specials, credited as Chris Cavenaugh
1991–1992Darkwing DuckGosalyn Mallard
1991–2001RugratsChuckie Finster
1992Raw ToonageGosalyn Mallard
GrampsAlien Kid #2
1993Recycle RexAdditional voices
Sonic the HedgehogBunnie Rabbot
A Flintstone Family ChristmasStony
1994–1997Aaahh!!! Real MonstersOblina
1994–1995The CriticMarty Sherman
1994AladdinAdditional voices
BeethovenAdditional voices
BaltoAdditional voicesUncredited
1995–2001Dexter's LaboratoryDexterPlayed only a few early season 3 episodes, Candi Milo played the rest of the third season.
1996P.J. Funnybunny: A Very Cool EasterRitchie Raccooncredited as Chris Cavanaugh
101 Dalmatians: The SeriesDumpling, Wizzer
The Flintstones Christmas in BedrockAdditional voices
Nickelodeon 3D Movie MakerOblinaCD-Rom
Cave KidsBamm-Bamm Rubble
1997King of the HillBobby Hill (additional dialogue only), Pamela Adlon regularly performed his voice.
RecessLibrary Kid, Digger #2, Sue Bob Murphy
Unbeatable HarryAdditional voices
1998Hercules: The Animated SeriesAlcides
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Scared SillyBirdie the Early BirdDirect-to-video film
Rugrats: Search for ReptarChuckie FinsterVideo game
The Powerpuff GirlsBunny, Bud Smith
The Rugrats MovieChuckie Finster
The Wild ThornberrysShort Tail Macqaque
1999Dexter's Laboratory: Ego TripDexter, D22, Old Man DexterTV film
The Brothers FlubValerina
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Legend of Grimace IslandBirdieDirect-to-video film
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Visitors from Outer SpaceBirdieDirect-to-video film
Sing Me a Story with BelleCarol the Book Worm
2000Cartoon Cartoon FridaysDexter
Rugrats in Paris: The MovieChuckie Finster
2001Rugrats: Still Babies After All These YearsChuckie FinsterTV documentary
The Rugrats: All Grown UpChuckie FinsterTV film
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Birthday WorldBirdieDirect-to-video film
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Have Time, Will TravelBirdieDirect-to-video film


YearTV Series/FilmRoleOther notes
1990CheersTerry GardnerEpisode # 8.24: "Mr. Otis Regrets"
1991Salute Your ShortsMona TibbsEpisodes: "They Call Me Ms. Tibbs", "Mail Carrier Mona"
Empty NestKimberlyEpisode # 4.7: "Country Weston"
1992Salute Your ShortsMona TibbsEpisode: "Park Ranger Mona"
Herman's HeadMartha FitzerEpisode # 2.13: "A Charlie Brown Fitzer"
1993WingsFanEpisode # 4.17: "I Love Brian"
1994Wild OatsKathee
1995Little SurprisesPepperShort
Down, Out & DangerousLeslie McCoyTV film
1996Jerry MaguireMrs. RemoCredited as Christina Cavanaugh
SoulmatesAnna Weisland
The X-FilesAmanda NelliganEpisode # 4.20: "Small Potatoes"
Everybody Loves RaymondErinEpisode # 2.12: "All I Want for Christmas"
1998You Lucky DogBerniceTV film
2000ERGloriaEpisode # 7.3: "Mars Attacks"


  1. ^ a b Moore, Scott (July 21, 1996). "Out of the Mouth of 'Babe'". The Washington Post. p. Y06.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  2. ^ Moret, Jim (August 7, 1995). "'Babe' the pig really sizzles". CNN Showbiz News (CNN). Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  3. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (December 18, 2001). "A Voice Actor Speaks for Herself". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  4. ^ "28th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (2000)". ASIFA-Hollywood. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 

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