Working as a voice over actor can become extremely lucrative for those who get a few lucky breaks. Take a look at the top fifteen earners in the animation industry.
The 15 Richest Voice Actors
Here are the current 15 top earners in cartoon voice acting:
1. Frank Oz (twenty-million): Besides a successful filmmaking career, Frank Oz has made tons of money over the years by providing voices for such characters as Animal, Fozzie Bear, Bert, Yoda, and of course Miss Piggy.
2. Billy West (thirty-five-million): West has made a considerable sum for his voice work on Futurama and Ren and Stimpy, but doing commercials for Honey Nut Cheerios and M&Ms doesn’t hurt either.
3. Julie Kavner (fifty-million): Kavner has had a long career as an actress in film and television, but it’s been her work for nearly thirty years on The Simpsons that has proven to be the most lucrative.
4. Yeardley Smith (fifty-five million): Another top earner from The Simpsons.
5. Dan Castellaneta (sixty million): Playing Homer and others on The Simpsons has helped Castellaneta make his money.
6. Nancy Cartwright (sixty-million): The voice of Bart Simpson has done very well indeed.
7. Harry Shearer (sixty-five-million): Working on The Simpsons, combined with a long film/TV/theater career, has made Shearer very wealthy.
8. Hank Azaria (seventy-million): The wealthiest Simpsons cast member, Azaria has also starred in numerous films and television shows.
9. Mike Judge (seventy-five-million): No surprise that the creator/star of Beavis and Butthead and King of the Hill makes this list.
10. Jim Henson (ninety-million): Although he is no longer with us, Henson’s pioneering work as a creator and puppeteer includes The Muppets and Sesame Street (not to mention Star Wars and Labyrinth). His company continues to generate a huge amount of money to this day.
11. Seth MacFarlane (100-million): The creator of Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show continues to make a huge yearly income from these shows, as well as other endeavors.
12. Matt Stone (300-million): South Park, Broadway, and more. It’s no surprise Stone is one of the top-earning voice actors in the industry.
13. Trey Parker (300-million): South Park’s co-creator also 300-million in the bank.
14. Matt Groening (500-million): Although he’s not a voice actor per say, Groening is the man who changed everything with both The Simpsons and Futurama.
15. Walt Disney (five-billion): The most iconic cartoonist of all time originally did the voices for Mickey and Minnie Mouse, as well.