June Foray

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Born: Sep 18, 1917 AD
Currently alive, at 97 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actresses, Comedians, Voice Actress


US Voice Actress, known mostly for voice of Rocky, on the 1960's cartoon "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle" , an American voice actress who has worked for most of the studios which produced animated films since the 1940s.

 

1917 - born September 18  - Springfield, Massachusetts

 

 

1929 - where her voice was first broadcast in a local radio drama when she was 12 years of age; by age 15 she was doing regular radio voice work. Two years later she moved to Los Angeles, California, and soon became a popular voice actress on radio there, including on the national programs of Jimmy Durante and Danny Thomas. In the 1940s, she began film work as well, including a few appearances acting in live-action movies, but mostly doing voiceovers for animated cartoons.

 

 

1943 - Hiss and Make Up was the cartoon that launched Foray's career as Granny. However, between 1950 and 1953, Foray was working for Disney and Bea Benaderet once again played Granny.

 

 

1950's - With the rise of television, 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, some voices on Hoppity Hooper and Yogi the Bear, George of the Jungle, and the new Tom and Jerry shorts produced for TV in 1965.

 

 

1960's and 1970's - Foray has done much work for Hanna-Barbera as well, including The Flintstones, Tom and Jerry, The Jetsons, and many others. She has also done extensive voice acting for Stan Freberg's commercials and albums. Foray has also appeared in several Rankin/Bass TV specials.

 

 

1967 - Her appearance on "Green Acres" (as a Hispanic telephone operator) is her last on-screen role to date. (Not including where she appeared as herself, like documentaries, talk shows & award shows.) *She has an on-screen cameo in (movie credit number 25) Boris and Natasha.

 

1980's-1990's - at an age when most actresses would consider retirement, Foray was still one of Hollywood's busiest vocal talents, recording voices for everything from 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.

 

 

 

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