Christine Cavanaugh

Christine Cavanaugh

51 (passed away Dec. 22nd, 2014)
Aug. 16th, 1963
Born in
Layton, Utah, USA

Christine Cavanaugh's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Rugrats TV Show
Darkwing Duck TV Show
Darkwing Duck
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters TV Show
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
Sonic the Hedgehog TV Show
Sonic the Hedgehog
The Critic TV Show
The Critic
What a Cartoon! TV Show
What a Cartoon!
Raw Toonage TV Show
Raw Toonage

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Christine Josephine Cavanaugh (née Sandberg; August 16, 1963 – December 22, 2014) was an American voice actress who had a distinctive speaking style and provided the voice for a large range of cartoon characters. She was best known as the voice of the title character in the 1995 film Babe, Gosalyn Mallard in Darkwing Duck, and as the original voices of Chuckie Finster in Nickelodeon's Rugrats and Dexter in Cartoon Network's Dexter's Laboratory.

Born to Rheta Mason (née Sharky) and Waldo Eugene Sandberg. She graduated from Layton High School in 1981. She first attended Utah State University, then the University of Hawaii, where she met her future husband, Kevin Cavanaugh. The couple married in 1985 but divorced in 1988.

In 1991, Cavanaugh voiced Gosalyn Mallard, the title character's adopted daughter on Disney's Darkwing Duck as well as the voice of Chuckie Finster on the Nickelodeon cartoon Rugrats and later, in 1994, the voice of Oblina, one of the three main monster-students on Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.

Cavanaugh could also be heard on The Critic as the voice of Marty, Jay Sherman's son. Her voice credits also include the animated series Sonic the Hedgehog, 101 Dalmatians: The Series, Hercules: The Animated Series, The Powerpuff Girls, The Wild Thornberrys, and Recess, as well as the voice of Birdie in McDonald's commercials. In the early 1990s, Cavanaugh also served as an announcer for The Disney Channel for "coming up next" bumpers.

In 1995, Cavanaugh lent her voice to the live-action film Babe in the starring role of Babe the Gallant Pig. She was offered to reprise her role for the sequel, Babe: Pig in the City, but decided against it and the role was instead played by her Rugrats co-star 'Elizabeth Daily', who voices Tommy Pickles. Also in 1995, Cavanaugh started doing the voice of boy-genius Dexter in Dexter's Laboratory, which began as a short under Cartoon Network's What a Cartoon! show and later became the first short to be adapted into its own series for Cartoon Network. She later won an Annie Award in 2000 for her voice performance as Dexter in the hour-long TV special Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip.

Cavanaugh also guest starred on several TV shows including Salute Your Shorts, Cheers, Empty Nest, Wings, The X-Files, Everybody Loves Raymond, and ER, and had supporting roles in the feature films Soulmates and Jerry Maguire. Cavanaugh abruptly retired from voice acting in 2001 and returned to her native Utah; she cited as her reason a desire to spend time with her family. After her retirement, she was replaced by 'Candi Milo' as the voice of Dexter and by 'Nancy Cartwright' (her co-star in The Critic) as the voice of Chuckie in Rugrats.

Cavanaugh died (December 22, 2014) at her home in Cedar City, Utah at the age of 51 of undisclosed causes.

  • Retired in 2001
  • Credits her friendship with an animator with leading her into voice over work.

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