It’s hard to say enough good things about Disney but every single movie they put out is basically pure gold. It’s to the point where even the iconic villains of their stories are even loved. Disney has the villain game on lock and they have for decades! Have you ever wondered what the voices of your favorite villains look like in real life? Some are big-time actors that we’ve seen in countless other movies or shows but having a Disney voice acting job has to be the sweetest gig of all. I can’t imagine how awesome being a voice actor must be and the cool part is a lot of the time the animators try and resemble the actual actors! Here are some of the most iconic Disney villains and what their actors look like in real life!
1. Kevin Spacey as Hopper ‘In A Bugs Life’
Kevin Spacey has recently been removed from the hit show ‘House of Cards’ following disturbing sexual assault allegations. The role of Hopper was originally offered to Robert De Niro and Alec Baldwin before they decided on Spacey.
2. Keith David as Dr. Facilier in ‘The Princess and the Frog’
The animator responsible for Dr. Facilier, Bruce Smith said he was going for the love child of Captain Hook and Cruella De Vil and I think he nailed it!
3. Verna Felton as The Queen of Hearts in ‘Alice in Wonderland.’
Verna Felton was a long time voice actor for Disney she has voiced characters such as Flora in ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Aunt Sarah ‘Lady and the Tramp’ and the Fairy Godmother in ‘Cinderella.’
4. Eartha Kitt as Yzma in ‘The Emperor’s New Groove.’
Eartha Kitt who had a 60-year career is also responsible for recording the famous Christmas song ‘Santa Baby’ in 1953.
5. Miguel Ferrer as Shan-Yu in ‘Mulan.’
Ferrer has also voiced multiple villains in successful animated movies like Shan-Yu in ‘Mulan’ and the Big Boss in ‘Rio 2.’
6. David Ogden Stiers as Governor Ratcliffe in ‘Pocahontas’
David Ogden Stiers is a voice actor who for many different Disney Characters throughout the years. He’s been the voice of’ the Archdeacon in ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame,’ Cogsworth in ‘Beauty and the Beast, and Fenton Q. Harcourt in ‘Atlantis: The Lost Empire.’
7.Lucille La Verne as Queen Grimhilde in ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’
Lucille La Verne was the voice of Queen Grimhilde and the evil witch who gives Snow White the poisoned apple. Before she would voice the witch, she would remove her fake teeth to help change her voice.
8. James Woods as Hades in ‘Hercules’
James Woods went on to win an Emmy for his voice as Hades in the Hercules spin-off series. This almost didn’t happen because the role was initially offered to Jack Nicholson.
9. Tony Jay as Claude Frollo in ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’
Tony Jay is a successful voice actor appearing in many popular video games and was also the voice of Monsieur D’Arque in Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast.’
10. Eleanor Audley as Lady Tremaine in ‘Cinderella’
Disney recorded Eleanor Audley extravagantly dressed acting out the part of Lady Tremaine to help animators get inspired.
11. Jeremy Irons as Scar in ‘Lion King’
Jeremy Irons had problems with his voice during the recording of ‘Be Prepared’ so they decided to bring in Jim Cummings to help finish the song. Cummings was also the voice for Ed the Hyena.
12. Jonathan Freeman as Jafar in ‘Aladdin’
Initially, Disney offered the part of Jafar to Sir Patrick Stewart, but he was forced to turn down the role due to scheduling conflicts with ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation.’
13. Richard White as Gaston in ‘Beauty and the Beast’
In the battle between Gaston and The Beast Gaston was originally supposed to say ‘Time to die!’ but Disney decided this was a bit graphic and changed it to ‘Belle is mine!’
14. Betty Lou Gerson as Cruella De Vil in ‘101 Dalmatians’
Betty Lou Gerson was another voice actress who had multiple Disney Roles. She was also the voice of the narrator in Cinderella.
15. Hans Conreid as Captain Hook in ‘Peter Pan’
Conreid was a man of many voices for 1953’s ‘Peter Pan’ as he was the voice for both Captain Hook and Mr. Darling.
16. Eleanor Audley as Maleficent in ‘Sleeping Beauty’
Audrey played two of Disney’s most famous villains when she voiced Maleficent and Cinderella’s Evil Stepmother. If you ever thought they sounded similar you were right!
17. Pat Carroll as Ursala in ‘The Little Mermaid’
Initially, Bea Arthur from The Golden Girls was chosen to voice Ursala, but after she dropped out, Disney turned to Pat Carroll.
18. Donna Murphy as Mother Gothel in ‘Tangled’
Donna Murphy has two Tony Awards including one for her role as Anna in ‘The King and I.’ Murphy was stepping out of her comfort zone with Mother Gothel as it was her first voice acting role.