Animated Oscars: 1960s

by LaurenceBranagh | created - 31 Aug 2015 | updated - 31 Aug 2015 | Public

The Best Voice Acting in Animated Films

1. Jim Backus

Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Jim Backus was born James Gilmore Backus on February 25, 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was one of the few actors to do it all: radio, Broadway, movies, television and cartoons. After attending preparatory school in his hometown Cleveland, Backus enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Art, to ...

Mr. Magoo in Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol

2. Tallulah Bankhead

Actress | Lifeboat

Tallulah Brockman Bankhead was born on January 31, 1902 in Huntsville, Alabama. Her father was a mover and shaker in the Democratic Party who served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from June 4, 1936, to September 16, 1940. Tallulah had been interested in acting and, at age ...

The Sea Witch in The Daydreamer

3. Mel Blanc

Actor | Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Mel Blanc, known as "The Man of Thousand Voices" is regarded as the most prolific actor to ever work in Hollywood with over a thousand screen credits. He developed and performed nearly 400 distinct character voices with precision and a uniquely expressive vocal range. The legendary specialist from ...

The Caterpillar (I) in Alice in Wonderland

4. Royal Dano

Actor | Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Royal Dano was undoubtedly one of the best, most quirky and striking character actors to ever grace the big and small screen alike in a lengthy and impressive career which spanned 42 years.

Royal Edward Dano was born on November 16, 1922 in New York City, to Mary Josephine (O'Connor) and Caleb ...

Jacob Marley in Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol

5. Sammy Davis Jr.

Actor | The Cannonball Run

Sammy Davis Jr. was often billed as the "greatest living entertainer in the world".

He was born in Harlem, Manhattan, the son of dancer Elvera Davis (née Sanchez) and vaudeville star Sammy Davis Sr.. His father was African-American and his mother was of Cuban and African-American ancestry. Davis Jr....

The Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland

6. Zsa Zsa Gabor

Actress | A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Undoubtedly the woman who had come to epitomize what we recognize today as "celebrity", Zsa Zsa Gabor, is better known for her many marriages, personal appearances, her "dahlink" catchphrase, her actions, life gossip, and quotations on men, rather than her film career.

Zsa Zsa Gabor was born Sári ...

The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland

7. Betty Lou Gerson

Actress | One Hundred and One Dalmatians

Betty Lou Gerson was born on April 20, 1914 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. She was an actress, known for One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961), Cinderella (1950) and Cats Don't Dance (1997). She was married to Louis R Lauria and Joe Ainley. She died on January 12, 1999 in Los Angeles, California, ...

Cruella de Vil in One Hundred and One Dalmatians

8. Hermione Gingold

Actress | Gigi

One of stage, screen, radio and TV's most delightful, inimitable eccentrics, Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold was born the daughter of an upscale Austrian financier and English homemaker. She made her stage debut in 1908, thus beginning a long, commanding presence in London playing everything from ...

Mme. Rubens-Chatte in The Gay Purr-ee

9. Phil Harris

Actor | The Jungle Book

A bandleader of the 1940s and a radio, film, and TV actor who always seemed to imply allegiance to the former Confederate States of America. Was a principal of long standing among the comedian Jack Benny's radio retinue, parlaying his popularity into his own radio series, in which his wife, Alice ...

Baloo in The Jungle Book

10. Sterling Holloway

Actor | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Popular American character actor of amusing appearance and voice whose long career led from dozens of highly enjoyable onscreen performances to world-wide familiarity as the voice of numerous Walt Disney animated films. Born in the American Deep South to grocer Sterling P. Holloway Sr. and Rebecca ...

Kaa in The Jungle Book

11. Burl Ives

Actor | The Big Country

Burl Ives was one of six children born to a Scottish-Irish farming family. He first sang in public for a soldiers' reunion when he was age 4. In high school, he learned the banjo and played fullback, intending to become a football coach when he enrolled at Eastern Illinois State Teacher's College ...

Sam the Snowman in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

12. Boris Karloff

Actor | Bride of Frankenstein

Along with fellow actors Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price, Boris Karloff is recognized as one of the true icons of horror cinema, and the actor most closely identified with the general public's perception of the "monster" from the classic Mary Shelley book, "Frankenstein". William Henry ...

The Grinch in How The Grinch Stole Christmas

13. J. Pat O'Malley

Actor | The Jungle Book

J. Pat had a warm smile, twinkling eyes, and an Irish name. He was born in Burnley, England, and began his acting career in British musical halls. J. Pat came to the USA at the outbreak of World War II. He also worked on the Broadway stage during the 1940s and 1950s. J. Pat was a very familiar face...

Colonel Hathi in The Jungle Book

14. Alan Reed

Actor | Breakfast at Tiffany's

Character player Alan Reed was a strong, burly presence on film and TV but he would be better remembered in the long run for his equally strong, distinctive voice. He gave vocal life to the prehistoric cartoon character Fred Flintstone on the prime-time TV series The Flintstones (1960) in the 1960s...

The Caterpillar (II) in Alice in Wonderland

15. Billie Mae Richards

Actress | Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Billie Mae Richards was born on November 21, 1921 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Billie Mae Dinsmore. She was an actress, known for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964), The Care Bears Movie (1985) and Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation (1986). She was married to Bill Richards. She died on ...

Rudolph in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

16. Peter Robbins

Actor | You're in Love, Charlie Brown

Child actor Peter Robbins was born on August 10, 1956 in Los Angeles, California. His mother was an immigrant from Hungary who died from cancer when Peter was sixteen-years-old. He first began acting in various films and television shows in 1963. Robbins has the distinction of being the first ...

Charlie Brown in A Boy Named Charlie Brown

17. Margaret Rutherford

Actress | The V.I.P.s

Rare is the reference to Margaret Rutherford that doesn't characterize her as either jut-chinned, eccentric, or both. The combination of those most mundane of attributes has led some to suggest that she was made for the role of Agatha Christie's indomitable sleuth, Jane Marple, whom Rutherford ...

Mother Goose in The Wacky World of Mother Goose

18. George Sanders

Actor | All About Eve

George Sanders was born of English parents in St. Petersburg, Russia. He worked in a Birmingham textile mill, in the tobacco business and as a writer in advertising. He entered show business in London as a chorus boy, going from there to cabaret, radio and theatrical understudy. His film debut, in ...

Shere Khan in The Jungle Book

19. Christopher Shea

Actor | It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Child actor Christopher Dylan Shea was born on February 5, 1958, in Los Angeles County, California. He was the older brother of fellow child actors Eric Shea and Stephen Shea. Christopher had a regular part as "Joey Starett" on the short-lived western TV series Shane (1966). He also made guest ...

Linus Van Pelt in A Charlie Brown Christmas **WINNER**

20. Ed Wynn

Actor | Alice in Wonderland

An old-fashioned comedian, who, by recommendation by his son Keenan Wynn, became one of the world's most beloved clowns, and one of the best actors of his time. He was born on November 9, 1886. He performed in the Ziegfeld Follies, and later had a son Keenan in 1916. He later wrote his own shows, ...

The Emperor in The Daydreamer



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