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June Foray

Highest Rated:   100% The Phantom Tollbooth (1970)
Lowest Rated:   4% Problem Child (1990)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas
  • Granny
2006
No Score Yet The Legend of Sasquatch
  • Momma Sasquatch
2006
57% 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
25% 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
60% Frosty the Snowman
  • Karen
1969
No Score Yet 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
81% Teen Wolf
2011
  • Voice
  • 2016
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1990
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Girls Voices in Play
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Voice
  • 1964
  • 1963
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
1951-1957
  • Voice
  • 1957
No Score Yet The Looney Tunes Show
  • Actor

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