Christine Cavanaugh

Christine Josephine Cavanaugh (née Sandberg; August 16, 1963 – December 22, 2014) was an American voice, film, and television actress, who had a distinctive speaking style and provided the voice for a large range of cartoon characters. She starred as the original voice of Chuckie Finster in Nickelodeon's Rugrats and the voices of Gosalyn Mallard in Darkwing Duck, Bunnie Rabbot from the Sonic the Hedgehog Saturday-morning cartoon on ABC, Oblina in Aaahh!!! Real Monsters and the titular characters from Babe and Cartoon Network's Dexter's Laboratory.

Christine Cavanaugh
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Cavanaugh at the 68th Academy Awards in 1996
Christine Josephine Sandberg

(1963-08-16)August 16, 1963
DiedDecember 22, 2014(2014-12-22) (aged 51)
Alma materUtah State University
University of Hawaii
Years active1988–2001
Kevin James Cavanaugh
(m. 1985; div. 1985)

Early life and educationEdit

Christine Josephine Sandberg was born on August 16, 1963, in Layton, Utah, to Waldo Eugene Sandberg and Rheta Sandberg (née Mason).[1] 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,[2] and divorced later in the same year. Cavanaugh was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[3]


In 1991, Cavanaugh voiced Gosalyn Mallard, the title character's adopted daughter on Disney's Darkwing Duck as well as Chuckie Finster on the Nickelodeon cartoon Rugrats, and later in 1994, Oblina 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.[citation needed]

In 1995, Cavanaugh lent her voice to the live-action film Babe in the starring role of Babe the Gallant Pig.[4] She was offered to reprise her role for the sequel, Babe: Pig in the City, but decided against it when contract negotiations fell through,[5] so the role was instead played by her Rugrats co-star Elizabeth Daily.[6][7] Also in 1995, Cavanaugh started doing the voice of boy-genius Dexter on 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.[8]

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 retired from voice acting in 2001.[9] 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.


On December 22, 2014, Cavanaugh died at her home in Cedar City, Utah of undisclosed causes. She was 51 years old.[10] She was cremated and her ashes scattered into the Great Salt Lake.[11]


Voice rolesEdit

Year Work Role Notes
1988 David and the Magic Pearl David
1991–1992 Darkwing Duck Gosalyn Mallard
1991–2002 Rugrats Chuckie Finster/Chuckie's Guardian Angel, additional voices Played Chuckie for the first 7 seasons and a few early episodes of season 8. Nancy Cartwright replaced her for the rest of the series and the Rugrats spin-off, All Grown Up!.
1992 Raw Toonage Gosalyn Mallard
1992 Gramps Alien Kid #2
1993 Recycle Rex Additional voices
1993–1994 Sonic the Hedgehog Bunnie Rabbot
1993 A Flintstone Family Christmas Stony
1994–1997 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Oblina
1994–1995 The Critic Marty Sherman
1994 Aladdin Additional voices
1994 Beethoven Rosebud 1 episode "Cynaro De Beethoven"
1995 Babe Babe She was offered to reprise her role for the sequel, Babe: Pig in the City, but decided against it due to personal matters, so the role was instead played by her Rugrats co-star Elizabeth Daily.
1995 Balto Additional voices Uncredited
1995–2002 Dexter's Laboratory Dexter Played in seasons 1, 2, and only a few early season 3 episodes, Candi Milo played the rest of the series.
1995–1997 Sing Me a Story with Belle Carroll the Book Worm
1995–1997 The New Adventures of Sheldon Sheldon
1996 P.J. Funnybunny: A Very Cool Easter Ritchie Raccoon credited as Chris Cavanaugh
1996 The Flintstones Christmas in Bedrock Additional voices
1996 Nickelodeon 3D Movie Maker Oblina CD-Rom
1996–2000 Adventures from the Book of Virtues Frog Child
1996 Cave Kids Bamm-Bamm Rubble
1997 101 Dalmatians: The Series Wizzer, Dumpling
1997 Recess Library Kid, Digger #2, Sue Bob Murphy
1997 Unbeatable Harry Additional voices
1998 Hercules: The Animated Series Alcides
1998 The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Scared Silly Birdie the Early Bird Direct-to-video film
1998 Rugrats: Search for Reptar Chuckie Finster Video game
1998 The Powerpuff Girls Bunny, Bud Smith
1998 The Rugrats Movie Chuckie Finster
1998 The Wild Thornberrys Short-tailed Macaque
1999 Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip Dexter, D22, Old Man Dexter TV film
1999 The Brothers Flub Valerina
1999 The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Legend of Grimace Island Birdie Direct-to-video film
1999 The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Visitors from Outer Space Birdie Direct-to-video film
1999 Sing Me a Story with Belle Carol the Book Worm
1999 Rugrats: Studio Tour Chuckie Finster Video game
2000 Cartoon Cartoon Fridays Dexter
2000 Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Chuckie Finster
2001 Lloyd in Space Charmaine
2001 Rugrats: Still Babies After All These Years Chuckie Finster TV documentary
2001 The Rugrats: All Grown Up! Chuckie Finster TV film
2001 The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Birthday World Birdie Direct-to-video film
2001 The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Have Time, Will Travel Birdie Direct-to-video film
2003 The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Monster O' McDonaldland Loch Birdie Direct-to-video film; final film role


Year TV Series/Film Role Notes
1990 Cheers Terry Gardner Episode # 8.24: "Mr. Otis Regrets"
1991 Salute Your Shorts Mona Tibbs Episode # 1.12: "Mail Carrier Mona"
1991 Empty Nest Kimberly Episode # 4.7: "Country Weston"
1992 Salute Your Shorts Mona Tibbs Episode # 2.11: "Park Ranger Mona"
1992 Herman's Head Martha Fitzer Episode # 2.13: "A Charlie Brown Fitzer"
1993 Wings Fan Episode # 4.17: "I Love Brian"
1993 Frasier Fast Food Worker (Uncredited) Episode # 1.10: "Oops"
1994 Wild Oats Kathee
1995 Little Surprises Pepper Short
1995 Down, Out & Dangerous Leslie McCoy TV film
1996 Jerry Maguire Mrs. Remo Credited as Christina Cavanaugh
1997 Delivery Bridgette
1997 Soulmates Anna Weisland
1997 The X-Files Amanda Nelligan Episode # 4.20: "Small Potatoes"
1997 Everybody Loves Raymond Erin Episode # 2.12: "All I Want for Christmas"
1998 You Lucky Dog Bernice TV film
2000 ER Gloria Episode # 7.3: "Mars Attacks"


  1. ^ "Obituary: Waldo E. Sandberg". Deseret News. September 19, 1999. Retrieved January 1, 2015.
  2. ^ "Christine Josephine Cavanaugh". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  3. ^ "Television Shows Made by Latter-day Saints".
  4. ^ Moret, Jim (August 7, 1995). "'Babe' the pig really sizzles". CNN Showbiz News. CNN. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
  5. ^ Hayward, Anthony (January 5, 2015). "Christine Cavanaugh: Voice actor behind the eponymous pig in 'Babe' and the worrisome toddler Chuckie in 'Rugrats'". The Independent.
  6. ^ Lacher, Irene (December 18, 1998). "A Former Phantom, a Future Noah". The Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (December 18, 2001). "A Voice Actor Speaks for Herself". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
  8. ^ "28th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (2000)". ASIFA-Hollywood. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  9. ^ McNary, Dave. "Christine Cavanaugh, Voice of Chuckie from ‘Rugrats,’ ‘Babe,’ Dies at 51" Variety (December 30, 2014)
  10. ^ "Christine Cavanaugh, Piglet's Voice In 'Babe,' Dies At 51". The New York Times. Associated Press. December 31, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  11. ^ Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons (3 ed.). McFarland. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-7864-7992-4 – via Google Books.

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