Animated films, cartoon series are popular around the world. There are certain characters in these motion pictures that are loved the most, maybe for their attitude, voice, sense of humor or cuteness. Especially, voice plays a major role in such animations as they are completely artificial and all the expressions are to be rendered. Voice actors are experts, who provide their voices to other characters in a motion picture or any form of films. These voice actors would be generally off-screen and is more used in animation field and dubbed foreign language movies. These actors get handsomely paid for the difficult work they do, as they have to make many different voices. These actors have gained fame and wealth from animated shows like “The Simpsons”, “South Park” etc.
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Listed below is the top 10 richest voice actors in the world:
10. Julie Kavner
Many of the highest paid voice actors working today are associated with The Simpsons, the longest-running animated program in the U.S. Julie Kavner voices Marge, who is instantly recognizable. She found her greatest success with The Simpsons. Although she was only paid $30,000 per episode for many years, Kavner now makes a striking $300,000 per episode. Kavner’s current net worth is estimated at $55 million.
9. Yeardley Smith
Like Kavner, the diminutive Yeardley Smith has also found incredible success with The Simpsons. Smith voices Lisa Simpson, the strong-willed middle child of the Simpson family. Like many of other of The Simpsons cast members, Smith makes $300,000 per episode since renegotiating her contract. She also has voiced many characters in movies. Smith is worth $55 million and is the 9th wealthiest vocal actor in the world.
8. Dan Castellaneta
Dan Castellaneta has provided voices for many animations, including Justice League, Darkwing Duck, Kim Possible, and Cow and Chicken. Homer Simpson, the lead actor of Simpsons, was voiced by Dan. The versatile actor voices several other characters like Mayor Quimby, Krusty the Clown, and Barney Grumble. Featuring at the 8th position of this list, Castellaneta is worth $60 million currently.
7. Nancy Cartwright
Nancy Cartwright has voiced characters in many different cartoons. She also provides the voices for multiple characters on The Simpsons, including Ralph Wiggum, Nelson Muntz, and Todd Flander. She has voiced Bart Simpson of the Simpsons’ household. Fox pays her $300,000 for every episode of The Simpsons and she has a total net worth of $60 million.
6. Harry Shearer
At the 6th position in the list of the Top 10 Richest Voice actors 2017 is Harry Shearer, who has the longest and most varied acting career out of all of the highest paid voice actors. Shearer began his career in the 1950’s. Appropriate for someone with such a wide-ranging career, Shearer voices all types of different characters on The Simpsons, including Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Kent Brockman, Principal Skinner and many others. Shearer makes $300,000 per one Simpsons episode. Shearer is worth $65 million annually.
5. Hank Azaria
Hank Azaria finishes out the streak of voice actors who have made their name and fame off the success of The Simpsons. He voices many different characters on The Simpsons. Although Azaria also earns $300,000 per episode like his fellow voice actors on The Simpsons, he is estimated to be the wealthiest of the group with a net worth of $70 million in 2017.
4. Mike Judge
The multi-talented Mike Judge, first gained fame with Beavis and Butt-head, an animated television series that debuted in the early 1990’s. Judge provided the voice for both of the title characters as well as many of the minor characters. Judge parlayed his success with Beavis and Butt-head into creating King of the Hill. He makes around $400,000 per episode. Judge is estimated to be worth $75 million.
3. Seth MacFarlane
It’s no coincidence that some of the wealthiest voice actors on this list are also creators of famous animated series. Seth MacFarlane also voices many of the characters that have made his animated shows so popular. MacFarlane’s first big success came with Family Guy. MacFarlane also voices several characters on his second hit television show creation, American Dad, including Stan Smith, Roger the Alien, and Greg Corbin. MacFarlane’s worth is estimated to be $150 million and stands at the 3rd position in the list of the Top 10 Richest Voice actors in the world.
2. Matt Stone
Matt Stone is known as one of the duo that created the wildly successful South Park cartoon. However, Stone also voices many of the show’s primary characters, including Kyle Broflovski, Kenny McCormick, Gerald Broflovski, Jimbo Kern, and Butters Stotch. He also voices a wide variety of minor one-off characters that appear on South Park. Stone has used his success with South Park to fund other successful projects. Matt Stone is worth $300 million and ranks 2nd in the list of the Richest Vocal Actors in the world 2017.
1. Trey Parker
Not surprisingly, the other half of the duo that created South Park shares the top spot for the highest-paid voice actor working today. Like his South Park partner Matt Stone, Trey Parker also voices multiple characters on the animated show, including Stan Marsh, Eric Cartman, Randy Marsh, Mr. Mackey, Satan as well as numerous minor characters. Trey Parker is worth $350 million in 2017 making him the highest paid voice actor in the world.
This was the list of the top 10 Richest Voice Actors in the world 2017. They have gained widespread recognition and popularity for the voice they have rendered to the characters. It is a really challenging job as the voice carries the expressions, personality of the character. Stay in touch with this space for latest, trending and interesting topics from around the world.