Actors Who Make a Killing With Their Voices

July 29, 2012 By:
Actors Who Make a Killing With Their Voices

Sure Jesus turned water into wine, but who how about the actors who can change their voices into gold?

With animation films getting some serious A-list casts backing them these days, it makes you appreciate the dynamics of the business behind our family cartoons.

Taking a look at the upcoming videogame-themed film Wreck-It Ralph, demonstrates this perfectly. The film features familiar voices from big actors like John C. Reily, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, and Sarah Silverman. Not to mention names from popular shows like “Modern Family,” “Saturday Night Live,” and “New Girl”…

And ever since Walt Disney revolutionized the genre - from Beauty and the Beast to Shrek - animations have raked in some serious cash to back its big stars. Here’s a list at some of the biggest name’s in celebrity animation history:

Mike Myers:
The man famous for his face in the Austin Powers trilogy has another easily recognizable noggin. A green one... Myers starred as Shrek in the series. And, if those films weren’t making money, they wouldn’t have made four of them… The average box-office profits for Myer’s animated appearances is just under $800 mil.

Cameron Diaz:
Starring alongside Myers was the prettiest ogress whoever walked the fairytale land. The sight of her paycheck wasn’t too shabby for the series either. She earned a reported $10 million on number four.

Jack Black:
The average box-office sales for the cartoon version Jack Black is $500 million. In Kung Fu Panda those numbers were able to attract the likes of Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, and Seth Rogen.

Owen Wilson:
The Cars trilogy scored globs and globs of dough. The face behind the voice behind those films is Mr. Owen Wilson. His nose may be crooked, but the numbers don’t lie… His film’s average box office earnings is over $450 million.

Ellen DeGeneres:
Part of the major success that Ellen has experienced on her talk show is surely due to the major success of her first animated appearance in Finding Nemo as the lovable Dory (though she did appear in 1998’s Doctor Dolittle first). That film earned $865. No biggie…Wreck-It Ralph opens November 2nd.