When it comes to the magical realm of Disney characters, there are typically two elements that bring them to life: the animation and artistry created by the animators, and the performance from the voice actors that give them a soul. Many actors consider it an honor to voice one of these immortal characters, so Disney has occasionally doubled-up.
You'd be surprised just how many famous actors have more than one Disney role under their belt. With performances so nice, they did it twice... or even more times than that! Here are just a few performers that achieved the immortal rank of Disney character multiple times.
10 John Goodman
John Goodman, whether behind the microphone or on camera, has always had a deep, warm, and expressive voice, so it makes sense that Disney would seek him out to voice a character or two. Goodman has had the honor of voicing not one, not two, but three of Disney's biggest stars!
John Goodman is responsible for bringing to life the likes of Pacha from The Emperor's New Groove, Big Daddy LeBouff from Princess and the Frog, and perhaps most famously, Sulley from Monsters Inc. Goodman's voice is a warm, comfortable, and familiar tone we can all recognize, and we're happy to have him on our list.
9 Phil Harris
You might not know his name, but you definitely know his voice. Phil Harris was an actor, comedian, and jazz singer who joined the Disney empire in the mid-60s. Like Goodman, Harris was featured in at least three different Disney flicks, bringing to life one of Disney's biggest and most recognizable characters.
Harris got his start with Disney in The Jungle Book as the lazy and loveable Baloo, along with being the original singer behind the film's iconic song, The Bare Necessities. He would later go on to voice Thomas O'Malley the alley cat, and Little John from Disney's Robin Hood. All three definitely share more than a few of Harris's qualities.
8 Keith David
Keith David definitely has one of the most identifiable, rich, satin-smooth voices on our list. The actor has been featured in many classic films such as The Thing and They Live, but it's his Disney roles that garner him a spot on our list. Though he's not voiced as many as our last two contenders, they are pretty famous characters.
More modern audiences might know him as the shady Shadowman, Doctor Facilier from The Princess and the Frog, but we hardcore/long-term Disney fans will always know him as Goliath from the beloved Gargoyles franchise. The latter alone is worth more than enough admiration, and we're happy to include him.
7 Russi Taylor
The world of Disney animation would surely be lacking without the contributions from the late Russi Taylor. Though already a very famous voice actress for a number of cartoons such as Strawberry Shortcake, The Simpsons, and The Smurfs, her greatest work was without a doubt under Walt Disney Studios.
Perhaps her greatest achievement in her incredible career would be her long-standing role as Minnie Mouse for countless Disney projects, but she also voiced Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby in the original Ducktales series, along with a number of other miscellaneous roles for the company. She is definitely what we'd consider a Disney legend.
6 Paul Winchell
Ventriloquist, actor, and voice artist Paul Winchell was a man of many talents. Throughout his long and decorated career, he definitely proved he had more than enough skill and ability to earn some serious voice-acting chops. Working for the Disney brand was almost inevitable for this legend of TV and radio.
Though younger audiences definitely won't know the man's name, they'd know his voice in a near instance. Why? Because Paul Winchell was the original voice of Tigger and held the role until his death. He also voiced Boomer the woodpecker in The Fox and the Hound, and Zummi Gummi in the popular Gummi Bears series.
5 John Ratzenberger
Known to many fans and animators alike as "Pixar's Lucky Charm," John Ratzenberger has appeared in nearly every Pixar feature film since the first Toy Story. In all honesty, we could devote a list to his greatest roles alone under the Disney name, but we'll stick to the basics for today.
Some might recognize him for his work on Cheers, but his best work in our eyes is definitely Hamm from Pixar's Toy Story series. Ratzenberger has also played memorable characters such as the Yeti, P.T. Flea, and the Underminer, just to name a few. He's the hidden Easter egg in every Pixar production.
4 Jason Marsden
Now we're getting into a real numbers game. Our next few contenders have quite a list of roles under their belts, and where better to start than with the talented Jason Marsden? Though Marsden had frequent appearances on Boy Meets World, his vocal work is where he truly struts his stuff.
Along with a hefty mass of miscellaneous voice credits, Marsden is most famous for voicing Max Goof in A Goofy Movie, Thackery Binx in Hocus Pocus, Kovu in Simba's Pride, and providing the English voice of Haku in Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away. Someone get this guy an award!
3 Sterling Holloway
Sterling Holloway not only has an impressive list of characters he has portrayed, but a list of very famous Disney characters. Known for his soft, melodious voice, it was no surprise that Holloway landed parts in films such as Dumbo and Make Mine Music.
Holloway did several narrations for Disney productions, but his most famous roles for the company included the Cheshire Cat, Kaa, and most famously, the original Winnie the Pooh. Though they all share similar sounds, the characters couldn't be more diverse, which is what earns him a spot on our list.
2 Corey Burton
How big does your voice have to be to earn the title "The Voice of Disney?" Corey Burton has more than an extensive list of roles under the company name. His vocal range is so impressive and wide, we can't just name them all right out of the gate. Believe us when we tell you, you've heard his voice many times before, whether you knew it or not.
Whether through Disney Park ride narration, vocal dubbing for Deems Taylor in Fantasia, or simply welcoming guests aboard the Disney World Monorail system, Burton's voice can be heard in a legion of Disney-made materials.
1 Jim Cummings
There's only one person in Disney's entire roster that could possibly give our previous mention a run for his money, and that's Jim Cummings. Not only does he have a mile-long list of voice roles inside and outside of Disney, and not only does his vocal spectrum shine in a kaleidoscope of ranges and tones, but he's been the voice of a host of beloved characters.
Darkwing Duck, Monterey Jack, Pete, Don Carnage, Ed the Hyena, Tigger, and Pooh are just a few of the beloved roles Cummings has portrayed in his long and decorated career with the studio. We don't know about you, but we are beyond impressed.