This time on unKNOWN Actors, we are going to look at a guy who’s voice is one that I have always found unique and always stands out to me when I hear it in a movie; the distinctive southern drawl of Pat Buttram. Born June 19, 1915 in Alabama and died Jan 8, 1994 in LA, California, there are several movies that you can find him in.
The first would be in 1970’s The AristoCats, where Pat provides the voice for the self-appointed hound leader, Napoleon.
In Robin Hood (1973) his voice is used to bring the cruel and greedy Sheriff of Nottingham to life.
Luke the Swamp mouse, a somewhat lazy character in The Rescuers (1977) is Pat’s next voice.
The next movie brings Pat back to doing the voice of another somewhat mean character, giving a voice to the, at times, mean spirited Chief in The Fox and the Hound (1981)
Pat had a short voice job in 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit, voicing one of the toon bullets that fires out of the cartoon gun that Eddie tries to use in Toontown.
The last Disney movie that Pat voiced for, in fact, the last movie he ever voiced for, was A Goofy Movie in 1995. He was the voice for Possum Park Emcee.
And now, you can put a name to that unique voice that you hear next time you watch any of these movies! See if you can pick out Pat Buttram’s voice easier!
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