According to this morning’s LA Times, legendary voice actress Christine Cavanaugh has passed away due to undisclosed causes.
Cavanaugh was easily the most recognizable character voice actor of the 90’s. Her bubbly, scratchy voice brought the character of Chuckie Finster to life on Nickelodeon’s Rugrats and has transcended generations. After leaving Utah to attend the University of Hawaii, Christine relocated to California to explore voice work. She got her first big break at the age of 28 when auditioning for the role of Gosalyn, the adopted daughter of Darkwing Duck. Disney saw her talent and Cavanaugh’s upbeat voice was introduced to a generation of cartoon-watching kids in 1991.
From there Cavanaugh found no shortage of noteriety and accolades through various roles including Jay Sherman’s son Marty on The Critic, Obalina on Ahh! Real Monsters, Bunnie on Sonic The Hedgehog and Bam-Bam on the 90’s Flinstone cartoons and arguably her biggest role as the titular sheep-hearding pig in 1995’s Best Picture nominee Babe.
Christine also had several on-screen appearances in Cheers, ER, The X-Files, Salute Your Shorts and a big screen role in Jerry Maguire before finding yet another starring role as a widely recognized character on Cartoon Network’s Dexter’s Laboratory. Cavanaugh would portray the boy genius for 58 episodes while continuing to portray Chuckie on both Rugrats and Rugrats: All Growed Up before retiring in 2003.
According to her obituary, Christine Cavanaugh lived the rest of her life hiking, reading, writing and spending time with loved ones before dying at the young age of 51.