We all love animations, be it The Simpsons or our favorite cartoons. We remember the characters but do we remember the actors who voiced those characters? Umm! Maybe not! That’s why we bring you this article on “Highest Paid Voice Actors In The World”, to give well-deserving credit to these talented artists who have made a fortune out of their passion.
We recognize these voices as our favorite animated characters and it is because of these voice actors that we love watching animations. Also, many think that Voice Acting isn’t a money-making profession. Well, we are here to differ. You will be surprised to know about their massive net-worths and the roles they have done.
Do you know? The second person on this list of highest paid voice actors had drawn a character when he was only two. Yes!! He was just two years old and when he was nine, he started his own weekly comic books. Such are the talents in this list and you will know all about them here.
10 Highest Paid Voice Actors You Didn’t Knew About
These voice actors are millionaires and if you have a great voice too, you can be one of them. The profession is as respected like any other. The richest paid actors started their journeys when they were pretty young.
Check out this complete list and go through all of them thoroughly.
10. Mike Judge
A man with multiple skills, Mike Judge is an actor, animator, producer, director, and very talented voice actor. He is the sole creator of Beavis and Butt-Head. Mike Judge has also co-created many other animated television series.
Mike Judge is a graduate in physics from the University of California but due to his lack of interest in science, he was fascinated by animation and pursued it as a career. Mike Judge is a super successful voice actor having won two Annie Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award for King of the Hill. The net worth of Mike Judge is $75 million and he is currently tenth on the list of highest paid voice actors in the world.
|Mike Judge’s Voiced Characters||Movies and Shows|
|Beavis||Beavis and Butt-Head Movie (TBA Movie)|
|Butt-Head||Beavis and Butt-Head Movie (TBA Movie)|
|Deados||R.I.P.D. (2013 Movie)|
|Beavis||Jackass 3D (2010 Movie)|
|Butt-Head||Jackass 3D (2010 Movie)|
|Hank Hill||The Cleveland Show (2009 TV Show)|
|Gerald Goode||The Goode Family (2009 TV Show)|
|Alien 2||Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2000 TV Show)|
|Hank Hill||King of the Hill (2000 Video Game)|
|Jeff Boomhauer||King of the Hill (2000 Video Game)|
|Kenny McCormick||South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999 Movie)|
|Tom Anderso||Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996 Movie)|
|Mr. Van Driessen||Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996 Movie)|
|Principal McVicker||Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996 Movie)|
|Hank Hill||The Simpsons (1989 TV Show)|
|God Channel Announcer||Adult Swim|
|Shabu||Will Rogers Institute|
9. Nancy Cartwright
“I’m Bart Simpson. Who the hell are you?”
I hope you remember this line from The Simpsons’ eldest kid. This long-running role has been voiced by Nancy Cartwright. Currently, she’s one of the highest paid voice actors in anime and she always wanted to pursue this career. However, Nancy Cartwright is also an artist and sculptor.
You cannot count the number of roles she has voiced in her 30-year long career. From Richie Rich to The Simpsons she has been everywhere doing very versatile roles. Many people don’t know this but she’s the aunt of Sabrina Carpenter. Nancy Cartwright has received an Annie Award for Best Voice Acting and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance, both for her role as Bart.
|Nancy Cartwright’s Voiced Characters||Movies and Shows|
|Chuckie Finster||Rugrats (2021) (2021 TV Show)|
|Bart Simpson||The Simpsons (2020 Short)|
|Ralph Wiggum||Ralph Wiggum|
|Rufus||Kim Possible (2019 Movie)|
|Goldilocks||The 7D (2014 TV Show)|
|Bart Simpson||FOX 25th Anniversary Special (2012 TV Show)|
|Chum Chum||Fanboy & Chum Chum (2009 TV Show)|
|Chum Chum||Random! Cartoons (2008 TV Show)|
|Kid 1 (Fanboy and Chum Chum)||Random! Cartoons (2008 TV Show)|
|Todd Darling||The Replacements (2006 TV Show)|
|Chuckie||Rugrats Tales from the Crib: Snow White (2005 Movie)|
|Bart Simpson||American Dad! (2005 TV Show)|
|Chip Kelly||The Kellys (2005 TV Show)|
|Phantasmo||Lilo & Stitch (2003 TV Show)|
|Earl Squirrel||Timber Wolf (2001 TV Show)|
|Megan Alman||God, The Devil, and Bob (2000 TV Show)|
|Princess Lulu||Mike, Lu & Og (1999 TV Show)|
|Mindy||Animaniacs: Wakko’s Wish (1999 Movie)|
|Melissa Screech||Toonsylvania (1998 TV Show)|
|Putt-Putt||Putt-Putt Enters the Race (1998 Video Game)|
8. Yeardley Smith
Most of the artists in this list of highest paid voice actors are voice actors in The Simpsons, which brings us to Yeardley Smith. She has been the voice behind Lisa Simpson. Although this career made her a fortune of $85 million, voice acting wasn’t her first choice.
Yeardley Smith wanted to be an actor and has done many roles too, but because of her sharp voice quality, she was cast in The Simpsons. She told The Guardian in an interview that she’s doing the best job ever. The fact that she’s rarely recognized in public doesn’t bother her at all, in fact, she enjoys it.
|Yeardley Smith’s Voiced Characters||Movies and Shows|
|Lisa Simpson||The Simpsons (2020 Short), FOX 25th Anniversary Special (2012 TV Show), The Simpsons Ride (2008 Ride/Attraction), The Simpsons Game (2007 Video Game), The Simpsons Movie (2007 Movie), The Simpsons Bowling (2000 Video Game), Family Guy (1999 TV Show), The Simpsons Cartoon Studio (1996 Video Game) and all other Simpsons productions.|
|Cecilia Nuthatch||We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993 Movie)|
|Lisa Jr, Maggie Simpson, Yeardley Smith, Lisabella||The Simpsons (1989 TV Show)|
7. Julie Kavner
Julie Kavner is the next one on our list of highest paid voice actors in the world. Since the early 70s she has been working as a voice actor, no doubt Kavner has a net worth of $85 million.
For her role in Rhoda, Julie Kavner has got an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress. In an article in the NYT, Julie Kavner was described as a “woman who is supportive, sympathetic or self-effacingly funny”.
|Julie Kavner’s Voiced Characters||Movies and Shows|
|Marge Simpson||FOX 25th Anniversary Special (2012 TV Show)|
|Selma Bouvier, Patty Bouvier, and Marge Simpson||The Simpsons Ride (2008 Ride/Attraction)|
|Ma||The Lion King (2004 Movie)|
|Pigeon (Female)||Dr. Dolittle (1998 Movie)|
|Gladys Bouvier, Jacqueline Bouvier||The Simpsons (1989 TV Show)|
|Marge Simpson||Disney Plus|
6. Dan Castellaneta
Dan Castellaneta is the lead voice in The Simpsons. He has been voicing Homer Simpsons for more than 30 years now. Born in Chicago, Dan is of Italian descent. Since he was a kid (16 years old) his mother got him into acting classes.
In his early career, his interest developed in voice acting when he did radio shows with his future wife Deb Lacusta. Castellaneta says he’s rarely ever noticed by the public even after playing such a popular role. Besides acting, he is also a great scriptwriter and a comedian. Having a net worth of $85 million Dan Castellaneta is one of the highest paid voice actors in the world.
|Dan Castellaneta’s Voiced Characters||Movies and Shows|
|Homer Simpson and Barney Gumble||The Simpsons (2020 Short)|
|Grandpa||Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie (2017 Movie)|
|Genie||Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories (2008 Video Game)|
|Robot Devil||Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs (2008 Movie)|
|Mr. Freidman, Squeaky Voiced Teen/ Jeremy Freedman, Hans Moleman, Groundskeeper Willie, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Abraham Simpson, and Homer Simpson||The Simpsons Ride (2008 Ride/Attraction)|
|Earl||Cartoon Network Racing (2006 Video Game)|
|Ramon and Elephant Seal||Happy Feet: The Video Game (2006 Video Game)|
|Stretch||Casper’s Scare School (2006 Movie)|
|Mr. Mysterio and Woodenleg Wally||Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! (2006 Movie)|
|College Professor||Loonatics Unleashed (2005 TV Show)|
|Nicholas LaPorte and Minister||As Told by Ginger: The Wedding Frame (2004 Movie)|
|Mr. Snoots and Scarface/ Arnold Wesker||The Batman (2004 TV Show)|
|Martian Sage and Football Player #3||Duck Dodgers (2003 TV Show)|
|Jonathan and Sailing Instructor||Rugrats: All Grown Up! (2003 TV Show)|
|Officer McBride||What’s New, Scooby-Doo? (2002 TV Show)|
|Mr. Gemini||Kim Possible (2002 TV Show)|
|Minister||Justice League (2001 TV Show)|
5. Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer cannot be defined in a single line. He’s a producer, a writer, a comedian, a musician, a radio host, a voice actor, an actor, Phew!! I’m sure he’s also something else that Wikipedia isn’t telling us.
Harry Shearer started working when he was still a child. In 1979, he worked as a writer for Saturday Night Live, which he defined as a “living hell” and “not a real pleasant place to work.” A decade later, Shearer started working in The Simpsons and his life changed. His net worth of $85 million makes Harry Shearer one of the highest paid voice actors in the world.
|Harry Shearer’s Voiced Characters||Movies and Shows|
|Charles Montgomery Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Principal Seymour Skinner, Lenny Leonard, Otto Mann, and God||The Simpsons Game (2007 Video Game)|
|Dog Announcer||Chicken Little (2005 Movie)|
|The General||Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big (2000 Short)|
|Punch-It||Small Soldiers (1998 Movie)|
|Dr. Zigmond Fraud||Blazing Dragons: The Video Game (1996 Video Game)|
|Harry||Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist (1995 TV Show)|
|Net Flat||Animaniacs (1993 TV Show)|
|Mike and Lawrence Elk||The Jackie Bison Show (1990 TV Show)|
|Carl Sagan||My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988 Movie)|
|Big Tobacco Crocodile||California Department of Public Health|
4. Hank Azaria
Hank Azaria is the fourth one on this list of highest paid voice actors in the world. Although he’s a comedian, actor, and producer, Hank Azaria is primarily known for voicing various characters in The Simpsons. For his work in this animated sitcom, Hank Azaria has won a Screen Actors Guild Award and 6 Emmy Awards.
Hank Azaria has also featured in films like Godzilla and The Smurfs. In his early career, when he tried his hand in acting he did a Morning Maggie show with Mathew Perry. His net worth of $90 million makes him the fourth richest voice actor in the world.
|Hank Azaria’s Voiced Characters||Movies and Shows|
|Shellfish Sheldon||Mack & Moxy (2016 TV Show)|
|Gargamel||The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow (2013 Movie)|
|Moe Szyslak||FOX 25th Anniversary Special (2012 TV Show)|
|The Mighty Sven||Happy Feet Two (2011 Movie)|
|Carlos and Phil||Hop (2011 Movie)|
|Abraham Lincoln and The Thinker||Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009 Movie)|
|Joska||Immigrants (2009 Movie)|
|Apu Nahasapeemapetilon and Professor Frink||The Simpsons Wrestling (2001 Video Game)|
|Bartok||Bartok the Magnificent (1999 Movie)|
|Harold Zoid||Futurama (1999 TV Show)|
|Bartok||Anastasia (1997 Movie)|
|Elmo||What A Cartoon! (1995 TV Show)|
|Venom and Eddie Brock||Spider-Man (1994) (1994 TV Show)|
|Chief Clancy Wiggum||Burger King|
3. Seth MacFarlane
From a very early age, Seth MacFarlane knew he wanted to be an animator. He began drawing Fred Flintstone and Woody Woodpecker when he was only 2. When he was 9 he published his weekly comic strip. Fast forward to his early twenties, Macfarlane worked for Cartoon Network as an animator. He has been the main animator of Dexter’s Laboratory and Johnny Bravo.
Many people don’t know that Seth MacFarlane is a descendant of William Brewster, who was a Mayflower passenger. Later he voiced many characters in various television animated series, but most of his $300 million fortune comes from animation, making him one of the
highest paid voice actors in the world.
|Seth MacFarlane’s Voiced Characters||Movies and Shows|
|Mike||Sing (2016 Movie)|
|Ted and K.I.T.T||Ted 2 (2015 Movie)|
|Stewie Griffin and Seamus||Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse (2012 Video Game)|
|Emperor Palpatine/ Darth Sidious||Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III (2010 TV Show)|
|Intelligent Smart Robotic Animated Eraser Lady||The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! (2010 Movie)|
|Bob Marley, Mario, Popeye, Bob Dylan||Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy (2008 TV Show)|
|Manotaur||Yin Yang Yo! (2006 TV Show)|
|Stewie Griffin||Bones (2005 TV Show)|
|Wayne The Brain McClain||Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2000 TV Show)|
|Seymour||Futurama (1999 TV Show)|
|Scott and Mr. Magician||Johnny Bravo (1997 TV Show)|
2. Trey Parker
Trey Parker is primarily an animator, although he is also a writer, composer, voice actor, and director. He has co-created South Park with his friend Matt Stone. South Park has been the ultimate source of wealth for Trey Parker. His exceptional work in the animation series has landed him 5 Primetime Emmy Awards, 4 only Awards, and a Grammy.
Trey Parker is the second person on this list of highest paid voice actors with his massive net worth of $600 million.
Trey Parker has done voice acting as-
- Erik Cartman, Stan Marsh and many roles in South Park: Phone Destroyer (2017 Video Game)
- Has played Multiple characters in South Park.
- Balthazar Bratt in Despicable Me 3 (2017 Movie)
- The New Kid and Eric Cartman in South Park: The Stick of Truth (2014 Video Game)
- Gary, Joe, Kim jong II, Hans Blix, Carson, and Tim Robbins in Team America: World Police (2004 Movie)
And many more…
|Trey Parker’s Voiced Characters||Movies and Shows|
|Erik Cartman, Stan Marsh, and many roles||South Park: Phone Destroyer (2017 Video Game)|
|Balthazar Bratt||Despicable Me 3 (2017 Movie)|
|The New Kid||Eric Cartman in South Park: The Stick of Truth (2014 Video Game)|
|Gary, Joe, Kim jong II, Hans Blix, Carson, and Tim Robbins||Team America: World Police (2004 Movie)|
1. Matt Stone
Matt Stone is the first person on the list of highest paid voice actors with a whopping net worth of $800 million. Both Stone and Parker worked very hard in the creation of South Park. Both of them have voiced their characters themselves and made the series super popular.
Team America is another project of Matt Stone that was successful, however, the creation of the movie was super difficult. Today, Matt Stone defines himself as an atheist, and a libertarian.
|Matt Damon’s Voiced Characters||Movies and Shows|
|Kyle Broflovski, Kenny McCormick, Tweek Tweak, and many other roles||South Park: Phone Destroyer (2017 Video Game)|
|Kyle Broflovski and Kenny McCormick||The Aristocrats (2005 Movie)|
|Chris and Matt Damon||Team America: World Police (2004 Movie)|
|Bilbo Baggins||Spike Video Game Awards (2003 TV Show)|
|Kyle Broflovski||Python Night – 30 Years of Monty Python (1999 TV Show)|
|Commodus, Roman Crowd, Maximus’ Friends||MTV Movie Awards (1992 TV Show)|
|Leopold Butters Stotch||Omaze|
10 Highest Paid Voice Actors With Their Net Worth
|Rank||Highest Paid Voice Actors||Age||Net-worth||Best Popular For|
|1||Matt Stone||50||$700 Million||Kyle Broflovski, Butters Stotch|
|2||Trey Parker||51||$600 Million||Stan Marsh, Eric Cartman|
|3||Seth MacFarlane||47||$300 Million||Brian Griffin, Glenn Quagmire|
|4||Hank Azaria||57||$90 Million||Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum|
|5||Harry Shearer||77||$85 Million||Principal Skinner, Mr. Burns & more|
|6||Dan Castellaneta||63||$85 Million||Homer Simpson|
|7||Julie Kavner||71||$85 Million||Brenda Morgenstern, Marge Simpson|
|8||Yeardley Smith||57||$85 Million||Lisa Simpson|
|9||Nancy Cartwright||63||$80 Million||Bart Simpson|
|10||Mike Judge||58||$75 Million||Beavis and Butt-Head|
That was all about the “Highest Paid Voice Actors In The World”. If you aspire to be the same one day, then start now! I hope this article was informative to you. If you found it helpful then comment below and let us know about it.
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