Christine Cavanaugh, born August 16, 1963, is an American former voice actress who had a distinctive speaking style and had provided the voice for a large range of cartoon characters. She is best known as the voice of Babe in the hit film, "Babe," Chuckie Finster on "Rugrats," and Dexter for the original "Dexter's Laboratory" seasons. In 2002, she retired from voice acting for personal reasons.
Born in Utah, Cavanaugh moved to Los Angeles, California to become an actress and ended up doing voice work for a friend's film.
In 1991, Cavanaugh voiced Gosalyn Mallard, the title character's adopted daughter on Disney's "Darkwing Duck" as well as the voice of Chuckie Finster on the Nickelodeon cartoon "Rugrats" and later, in 1994, the voice of Oblina, one of the three main monster-students on "Aaahh!!! Real Monsters."
Cavanaugh can also be heard on "The Critic" as the voice of Marty, Jay Sherman's son, along with Nancy Cartwright, who would be her replacement as Chuckie Finster later in 2002. Her voice credits also include the animated series "Sonic the Hedgehog," "101 Dalmatians: The Series," "Hercules: The Animated Series," "The Powerpuff Girls," "The Wild Thornberrys," and "Recess," as well as the voice of Birdie in McDonald's commercials. In the early 1990s, Cavanaugh also served as an announcer for The Disney Channel for "coming up next" bumpers.
In 1995, Cavanaugh lent her voice to the live-action film "Babe" in the starring role of Babe the Gallant Pig. She was offered to reprise her role for the sequel, "Babe: Pig in the City," but decided the salary was not enough (the role was instead played by her Rugrats co-star Elizabeth Daily, who voices Tommy Pickles). In 1996, she started doing the voice of boy-genius Dexter in "Dexter's Laboratory" and won an Annie Award in 2000 for the hour-long TV special "Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip."
Cavanaugh also guest starred on several TV shows including "Salute Your Shorts," "Cheers," "Empty Nest," "Wings," "The X-Files," "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "ER" and had supporting roles in the feature films "Soulmates" and "Jerry Maguire."
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