The brief discussion of Mark Hamill over in this thread got me thinking about some of the people I was amazed to find out did voice acting, especially in cartoons I watched as a kid. Of course, now it seems like being a voice actor is actually respectable (look at all the big animated movies over the last decade; Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Mike Myers, Antonio Banderas, Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Albert Brooks, Ellen Degeneres, Robin Williams…) but I bet no one could tell you who the voice actor was for any character of a lot of the earlier Disney movies, for example. At least not without an IMDB search first.
Anyway, here’s at least part of my list. The criteria is that for a TV show the actor can’t be doing a cameo or one-off part, but is a recurring character. No real limitations for movies.
Mark Hamill–already mentioned in the linked thread.
Ben Stein–the Fairy Godfather in several Animaniacs episodes, as well as the movie. It took me years to figure out who that was, and I had to read the credits. I blame it on the only other thing I ever saw Stein doing as a kid was eyedrop commericals.
Tom Bodett–the Narrator in several Animaniacs episodes. Like Stein, it took me forever to figure out who that was, and I blame this one on the only other thing that he ever did at the time was Motel 6 commericals. Though you’d think I’d have less of an excuse since he actually says “I’m Tom Bodett” in those commericals.
Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner–at least these four for Gargoyles. I recognized all their voices thanks to ST:TNG, but I never could figure out why they all did it.
Kate Mulgrew–I’ll admit to an IMDB search here while I was looking up the previous four. Gargoyles once again. I’ll be honest in that I’d never heard of her until ST:Voyager, and I gotta say that her acting career doesn’t look all that spectacular.
Brent Spiner (again)–I’ll never figure out why he did a Conan O’Brien impression in South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut.
I’m sure there’s a whole lot more, but that’s all I can really come up with right now. So, Dopers, what do you have on your list?