Christine Cavanaugh, Voice of Chuckie from ‘Rugrats,’ ‘Babe,’ Dies at 51

Christine Cavanaugh Obit Dead
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Christine Cavanaugh, best known for her prolific vocal work — including memorable roles as the titular character in “Babe” and lovable scaredy-cat Chuckie Finster on Nickelodeon’s “Rugrats” — died on Dec. 22 of unknown causes at her home in Cedar City, Utah. She was 51.

In addition to 1995’s “Babe” and her enduring role on “Rugrats” from 1991-2002, she also voiced Marty Sherman (“The Critic,” 1994-95), Oblina (“Aaahh!!! Real Monsters,” 1994-97) and maniacal child genius Dexter on Cartoon Network’s “Dexter’s Laboratory” from 1996-2003. In addition she made live-action guest appearances on shows including “ER,” “The X-Files” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

Cavanaugh broke into the business as an actress in 1988 after attending Utah State University and University of Hawaii. Her first prominent casting came in 1991 as Gosalyn Mallard on Disney’s animated series “Darkwing Duck.”

Cavanaugh retired from her voice career in 2001 in order to be closer to her family.

Cavanaugh is survived by her father; her sister, Deionn Masock and her children, Alec, Nash and Madison; her brother, Kirtis Johnson and his children Felicia and Amanda; and a number of half siblings.

A memorial ceremony was held in her honor on Antelope Island in Utah.

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  1. jojo says:

    this is the saddest event after the death of robin williams… why do all the beautiful people go away…?! i hope she’s happy and smilling wherever she is… rest in peace and harmony …

  2. drakeca89 says:

    wow rugrats that takes me back

  3. A little over two years ago, I posted this about Christine: “I think this episode was the most memorable for me to work on… because of the beauty, brilliance, poise and utter Light that Christine brought with her to the set, to play the role of Mona. She was one of those people who lit up the room, and I will never forget her. Take a moment, push play and enjoy a few minutes of Anawanna-antics this morning.”

    In her honor, you can read her obituary in the Los Angeles Times (posted in the above article) and then you can watch the 1st half of her Salute Your Shorts episode video at this link: https://www.facebook.com/TrevorEyster/posts/10152440179450807

  4. Gabe says:

    I can’t believe this

  5. Ken says:

    After “Wilbur” in Charlotte’s Web, Babe is my favourite pig. I loved Babe’s sing-song “Lah-lah-lah” as he enjoys the outdoors, sunshine and fresh air. So cute!! Thank you Christine for giving this wonderful movie character a wonderful voice.

  6. RIP Christine. You did a great job as my favorite childhood actress for Chuckie in Rugrats back then, and I will cherish it to the bottom of my heart. Thank you for all the work you’ve done.

  7. Chelsea says:

    RIP Christine, you will always be one of my top favorite childhood voice actress.

  8. Joel Emmett says:

    Very sad to see her go.

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