Famous faces drawn to DIC toons

'Planet,' 'Liberty,' 'Martin' populated by celeb voices

Star: Tom Cruise
Series: “Captain Planet”
Character: Captain Planet
One of the first big celebs to voice a DIC series, Cruise channeled his inner George Reeves to create the titular superhero. But his run was short-lived, and David Coburn took over.

Star: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Series: “Liberty’s Kids”
Character: Baron von Steuben
With his scrupulously maintained Austrian accent and actioner resume, Schwarzenegger had no problem selling his role as the Prussian commandant who served under Washington at Valley Forge.

Star: Jeff Goldblum
Series: “Captain Planet”
Character: Verminous Skumm
Goldblum voiced this wonderfully named “Captain Planet” eco-villain (a mutant rat and connoisseur of toxic waste), as well as Duke Nukem, in the early ’90s.

Star: Billy Crystal
Series: “Liberty’s Kids”
Character: John Adams
Crystal was an insightful pick to play the second U.S. president, himself a master of the inside joke.

Star: Ben Stiller
Series: “Liberty’s Kids”
Character: Thomas Jefferson
Counterintuitive casting landed the nebbishy comic in the role of austere founding father Jefferson in this PBS skein, which also featured the even odder coupling of Sylvester Stallone and Paul Revere.

Star: Don Adams
Series: “Inspector Gadget”
Character: Inspector Gadget
Considering the character was conceived as a cross between Maxwell Smart and Inspector Clouseau, the choice of “Get Smart!” star Adams to portray Gadget was a no-brainer.

Star: Brad Garrett
Series: “Rock ‘n’ Wrestling”
Character: Hulk Hogan
Long before Ray Romano helped vault Garrett to sitcom-star status, the comic made a living on the Saturday morning cartoon circuit. His gruff baritone was a perfect match for the frenetic wrestler in this toon.

Star: Samuel L. Jackson
Series: “Our Friend, Martin”
Character: Turner
Fresh off of “Jackie Brown,” Jackson got a probationary respite from that persona in the Civil Rights docutoon.

Star: Sting
Series: “Captain Planet”
Character: Zarm
Sting was the third thesp to voice the warmongering alien, who previously spoke via the more sinister-timbred Malcolm McDowell and David Warner.

Star: LeVar Burton
Series: “Captain Planet,” “Our Friend, Martin”
Characters: Kwame, Martin Luther King Jr.
Starting with Kwame, who repped the “Earth” element of the Planeteer quintet, Burton worked his way up the ladder to a more prestigious voiceover gig as a young Rev. King.

Star: Oprah Winfrey
Show: “Our Friend, Martin”
Character: Coretta Scott King
Vocal tracks from Oprah were used alongside actual archival footage of Coretta Scott King in this 1999 educational special.

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