June Foray

June Foray

Highest Rated: 100% The Phantom Tollbooth (1970)

Lowest Rated: 0% 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
43% Space Jam Granny 1996
30% 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
0% 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
73% Frosty the Snowman Karen 1969
75% 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
No Score Yet Baby Looney Tunes
2002-2005
Voice 2019
2005
2002
81% Teen Wolf
2011-2017
Voice 2016
No Score Yet The Looney Tunes Show
2011-2013
Voice 2014
2013
2012
2011
No Score Yet The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries
1995-2002
Voice 2002
2000
1999
1998
1996
71% 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 The Pink Panther Show
1969-1971
Voice 1969
1968
No Score Yet Lost in Space
1965-1968
Gundemar Voice 1968
1967
82% 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
100% Rocky and His Friends
1961
Voice
No Score Yet Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
1981-1983
Voice
No Score Yet The Looney Tunes Show [INACTIVE]
No Score Yet Tom and Jerry
Voice

QUOTES FROM June Foray CHARACTERS

Grandmother Fa says: Who spit in her bean curd?

Rocky the Flying Squirrel says: You Can Count On Bullwinkle And Me

Rocky the Flying Squirrel says: You can count on Bullwinkle and me.

Rocky the Flying Squirrel says: I KNEW we shouldn't have left him! We haven't been apart in thirty-five years

Rocky the Flying Squirrel says: I KNEW we shouldn't have left him! We haven't been apart in thirty-five years.

Eddie Valiant says: (Says to a weasel) Without that gun I had no fun. I'll kick you in the... (gets hit in the head with a plate).

Eddie Valiant says: [says to a weasel] Without that gun I had no fun. I'll kick you in the... [gets hit in the head with a plate]

Roger Rabbit says: Nose!

Wheezy Lena Hyena says: Nose? That doesn't rhyme with walls!

Eddie Valiant says: No, but this does. (He kicks him right in the BALLS).

Eddie Valiant says: No, but this does. [he kicks him right in the BALLS]

Mulan says: Would you like to stay for dinner?

Grandmother Fa says: Would you like to stay forever?

Rocky the Flying Squirrel says: [Bullwinkle is going for a walk in the woods] But Bullwinkle, there aren't any more woods!

Bullwinkle J. Moose/Narrator says: You don't have to tell me, I'm the Chairman for the Frostbite Falls Society of Wildlife Conversation.

Rocky the Flying Squirrel says: You mean "wildlife conSERVation."

Rocky the Flying Squirrel says: You mean 'wildlife conSERVation.'

Bullwinkle J. Moose/Narrator says: What did I say?

Rocky the Flying Squirrel says: You said "wildlife conVERSation"!

Rocky the Flying Squirrel says: You said 'wildlife conVERSation'!

Bullwinkle J. Moose/Narrator says: Well, somebody's gonna have to start talking about these things.