June Foray

Highest Rated: 100% The Phantom Tollbooth (1970)
Lowest Rated: 4% Problem Child (1990)
Birthday: Sep 18, 1917
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
While few filmgoers or TV fans have ever seen June Foray, a healthy majority of them are quite familiar with her work. June Foray was one of the leading voice artists of the golden age of animation, working with both the Warner Bros. animation department and the Disney studios, and later gained her greatest fame as the voice of Rocket J. Squirrel on the classic television cartoon series The Bullwinkle Show. Born in Springfield, MA, on September 18, 1917, Foray began her career as an actress at the age of 12 -- appropriately enough, by appearing in a radio drama at a local station in Springfield directed by her voice teacher. By the time Foray was 15, she was a regular at Springfield's WBZA, and two years later she was living in Los Angeles, hoping to break into the big time as an actress. At 19, Foray was both writing and starring in a radio series for children, as Miss Makebelieve, and soon became a frequent guest performer on a number of top-rated radio shows, working with the likes of Danny Thomas and Jimmy Durante. It was in the mid-'40s that Foray finally broke into the movies, but while she scored occasional onscreen roles (most notably as High Priestess Marku in the exotic drama Sabaka), she soon discovered there was a ready market for her vocal talents in Hollywood. Her first animation voice work was for Paramount's Speaking of Animals comedy shorts, in which animated mouths were superimposed on live-action footage of animals. The Speaking of Animals shorts spawned a series of records for children, recorded with a number of other noted voice actors, including Daws Butler and Stan Freeberg. The records made her a hot property with casting agents for cartoon voice work, and she found herself working for many of the biggest names in animation. For Chuck Jones at Warner Bros., Foray provided the voice of Granny in the Sylvester and Tweety cartoons, as well as the cackling Witch Hazel and dozens of other female characters. She recorded voices for several Tex Avery cartoons at MGM, as well as some Woody the Woodpecker shorts for Walter Lantz. And she made her debut at Disney as Lucifer the Cat in Cinderella. With the rise of television in the 1950s, a new market for cartoons appeared, and Foray's career kicked into high gear. She was cast as Rocky on The Bullwinkle Show, and also voiced a number of female characters on the series (most notably the villainous Natasha); she was also the voice of sweet-natured Nell Fenwick on the show's side series Dudley Do-Right. Foray stayed busy doing voice work on a number of other cartoon series as well, including Hoppity Hooper, Yogi the Bear, George of the Jungle, and the new Tom and Jerry shorts produced for TV in 1965. In addition, Foray did occasional work on The Flintstones, though she was passed over for the role of Betty Rubble after voicing her in the show's pilot. (Foray also appeared, uncredited, as the voice of Cindy Lou Who in Chuck Jones' classic animated version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas). In the 1980s and 1990s, at an age when most actresses would consider retirement, Foray was still one of Hollywood's busiest vocal talents, recording voices for everything from The Smurfs and Garfield to Duck Tales and The Simpsons. Foray also made a return to prestigious big-screen animation as the voice of Grandmother Fa in Mulan, and revisited her most famous role with vocal work in 2000's mixture of live-action and computer animation, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle. In semi-retirement (though she still takes the occasional job that strikes her fancy), Foray is an active member of the International Animated Film Society, as well as the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas Granny 2006
No Score Yet The Legend of Sasquatch Momma Sasquatch 2006
56% Looney Tunes: Back in Action Granny $21.1M 2003
No Score Yet Looney Tunes: Reality Check Actor 2003
No Score Yet Looney Tunes: Stranger Than Fiction Actor 2003
No Score Yet The Baby Looney Tunes' Eggs-Traordinary Adventure Actor 2003
No Score Yet Tweety's High-Flying Adventure Granny 2000
43% The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle Rocky $0.5M 2000
86% Mulan Grandmother Fa 1998
38% Space Jam Granny 1996
33% Thumbelina Queen Tabitha 1994
No Score Yet Boris and Natasha Autograph Woman 1992
No Score Yet Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland Librarian 1992
7% Problem Child 2 Puppet 1991
88% DuckTales: The Movie - Treasure of the Lost Lamp Mrs. Feather 1990
4% Problem Child Actor 1990
97% Who Framed Roger Rabbit Wheezy, Lena Hyena 1988
No Score Yet Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island Actor 1983
No Score Yet The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie Granny 1981
No Score Yet Faeries Actor 1981
No Score Yet Scruffy Actor 1980
No Score Yet Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales Mrs. Claus 1979
No Score Yet Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure Actor 1977
No Score Yet Mowgli's Brothers Actor 1976
No Score Yet White Seal Mackah 1975
No Score Yet Cricket in Times Square Mother 1973
100% The Phantom Tollbooth Ralph / Faintly Macabre the Which / Princess of Pure Reason 1970
No Score Yet Horton Hears a Who! Jane Kangaroo/Cindy Lou Who 1970
79% Frosty the Snowman Karen 1969
73% The Little Drummer Boy Aaron's Mother 1968
No Score Yet Mouse on the Mayflower Actor 1968
100% How the Grinch Stole Christmas Cindy Lou Who 1967
No Score Yet The Man Called Flintstone Actor 1966
No Score Yet Death of a Salesman Jenny 1966
No Score Yet Sabaka Marku 1953
97% Cinderella Lucifer 1950
No Score Yet A Chipmunk Christmas Actor

TV

CREDIT
80% Teen Wolf
2011-2017
Voice
  • 2016
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2001
No Score Yet Married...With Children
1987-1997
Scary Mary
  • 1991
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 1990
No Score Yet DuckTales
1987-1990
Voice
  • 1989
  • 1987
No Score Yet The Smurfs
1981-1989
Voice
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
Girls Voices in Play
  • 1974
No Score Yet Lost in Space
1965-1968
Gundemar Voice
  • 1967
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Voice
  • 1964
  • 1963
No Score Yet The Flintstones
1960-1966
Voice
  • 1963
  • 1962
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
1951-1957
Voice
  • 1957
No Score Yet Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
1981-1983
Voice
No Score Yet The Looney Tunes Show

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