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Lara Jill Miller (born April 20, 1967)[1] is an American actress, known for her role as Samantha "Sam" Kanisky on the 1980s sitcom Gimme a Break! and as Kathy on The Amanda Show.

Lara Jill Miller
Born (1967-04-20) April 20, 1967 (age 52)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Other namesLara Miller
Willow Armstrong
Laura Jill Miller
EducationWilliam Allen High School
OccupationActress, voice actress
Years active1980-present

As a voice actress, she had roles in English dubs of Japanese anime such as Kari in Digimon Adventure and Koko in Zatch Bell!. In cartoons, she voices the title characters in Clifford's Puppy Days, The Life and Times of Juniper Lee and Henry Hugglemonster and also voices Izzie in SciGirls, Widget in Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, Allie in Curious George, Lambie in Doc McStuffins, Fink in OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, and Lisa Loud in The Loud House.

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Early lifeEdit

Miller was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Allentown's William Allen High School.[2] Her mother was a homemaker and her father a pajama factory owner.[3]

CareerEdit

Miller's professional acting career began on Broadway, where she appeared as Amaryllis in a revival of The Music Man with Dick Van Dyke.[4]

In 1981, after her appearance on Broadway, she joined the cast of Gimme a Break!, playing the role of the tomboyish Samantha "Sam" Kanisky, opposite Nell Carter. When the series ended its six-year run on NBC in 1987, Miller returned east, to New York University, where she also played on the university's women's varsity tennis team and continued to perform on stages around the country. Four years later, she graduated from Fordham University School of Law, leaving graduation early to portray Peter Pan in a production at the Pennsylvania Youth Theater in Pennsylvania. She subsequently was admitted to practice law in New Jersey, New York, and her native Pennsylvania.[5]

In 1999, Miller returned to Hollywood, California and resumed her on-camera acting career with recurring roles on the Nickelodeon series The Amanda Show and All That, as well as General Hospital. She also began working in animated series, lending her voice to characters such as Kari in Digimon (both the series and the feature film), Koko in Zatch Bell!, Alejo in Astro Boy, one of the Tachikoma mini-tanks in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and Scheris Adjani in s-CRY-ed. Miller also provided the singing voice of Dorothy Gale in the National Public Radio adaptation of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and the voices of the title characters on Cartoon Network's The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, Disney Junior's Henry Hugglemonster, and the PBS Kids "prequel" to Clifford the Big Red Dog, Clifford's Puppy Days.

Miller's roles include the recurring roles of Pookie, Wiki, and Tini on Disney Channel's Higglytown Heroes, Haruka of Daigunder, and the Nick Jr. series Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! as Widget, the show's problem-solving pink creature resembling a rabbit, both PBS series Curious George as Allie and SciGirls as Izzie,[4] and regular guest-starring roles on several other animated series.

As of 2017, she is doing voice work on the Disney Channel/Disney Junior television series Doc McStuffins as the voice of Lambie, as well as the Nickelodeon television series The Loud House in which she voices Lisa Loud, Becky, Margo Roberts (until "Hero Today, Gone Tomorrow" where the role was recast to Brec Bassinger), and Nurse Patti.

Radio and podcast appearancesEdit

Miller appeared on Talkin Toons with Rob Paulsen in 2013, Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor podcast on March 4, 2016 and Nickelodeon Animation Podcast on September 22, 2016.

FilmographyEdit

Live actionEdit

List of acting performances in live-action television and film
Year Title Role Notes Source[6]
1981–1987 Gimme a Break! Samantha "Sam" Kanisky Main role [7]
1986 Touch and Go Courtney
1999–2002 The Amanda Show Kathy
2000 Chicken Soup for the Soul The Teacher TV series
2002 General Hospital Kate Whittaker Episode #1.9927
2005 Shushybye Snoozles, Dozie, and Zeez
2009 iCarly Mrs. Kravitz Episode: "Find Lewberts Lost Love"

AnimeEdit

List of voice performances in anime
Year Title Role Notes Source[6]
1999 Digimon Adventure Kari Kamiya
2000 Digimon Adventure 02 Kari Kamiya
  Daigunder Haruka
2001 Digimon Tamers Nami Asaji
  Figure 17 Hikaru Shiina as Willow Armstrong
  Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful Minawa Andou as Willow Armstrong
2002 Argento Soma Second Lt. Sue Harris
  Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Tachikoma
  Great Teacher Onizuka Anko's friend
2003 .hack//Legend of the Twilight Random Girl
  Planetes Nobo
  S-CRY-ed Scheris Adjani
2004 Astro Boy Alejo, Vivienne, C.J., Mimi, Nina Sony Pictures / Kids WB
  Rave Master Haul
2005 Zatch Bell! Koko
  Naruto Matsuri
2007 Blood+ Min, Lulu, Javier
  Please Twins Karen Onodera
  Rave Master Hole
2008 Lucky ☆ Star Misao Kusakabe
  Strait Jacket Kapelteta Fernandez [8]
2010 Nodame Cantabile Yuiko Miyoshi

AnimationEdit

List of voice performances in animation
Year Title Role Note's Notes Source[6]
2017-2019 OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Fink
2016–present The Loud House Lisa Loud, Liam, Becky, Margo Roberts (2016-2018), Nurse Patti, Additional Voices
2016 The Powerpuff Girls Burrito #1, Jamie, Teri, Rachel, Additional Voices
2012–present Doc McStuffins Lambie [7]
2013–2015 Henry Hugglemonster Henry Hugglemonster
2006–2010 Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Widget
2005 The Powerpuff Girls Movie Jamie, Rachel
2003–2006 Clifford's Puppy Days Clifford
2001–2005 The Powerpuff Girls Tomboy #1, Tomboy #2, Internet, Timmy, Paper Woman, Jamie
2005–2007 The Life and Times of Juniper Lee Juniper Lee
2009–2015 Curious George Allie
2010–2015 SciGirls Izzie
2011–2015 Winx Club Chatta, Tune, Livy Special 4, season 3-4 Nickelodeon version
2010 (season 1) and 2010–2011 (season 2) Adventure Time and Regular Show Additional voices
2004–2008 Higglytown Heroes Pookie, Wiki, Tini
2002-2003 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Tachikoma also in Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG (series 2)
2006 Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Julie
2004 All Grown Up! Olivia
2006–2007 My Mom Married a Yeti April
2004 Megas XLR Little Girl, Kelly [1]
2004 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Girl/Kid C Which Came First?/Substitute Teacher
2002 Rocket Power Girl #1, Kid #1 Ep. Beach Boyz and a Girl/X-treme Ideas
2002 Static Shock Teen Girl #2 Power Play [1]
1999 Maisy Maisy [1]
Angry Birds Space Dara the Cruzerao
Phineas and Ferb Sylvia
Shorty McShorts' Shorts April (episode: "My Mom Married a Yeti")
Totally Spies Ariel
2017 Vampirina Matilda

FilmEdit

List of voice performances in direct-to-video and television films
Year Title Role Notes Source[6]
2005 Digimon Adventure 02: Revenge of Diaboromon Kari Kamiya [1]
2008 Wubbzy's Big Movie! Widget, Huggy, Old Lady Zamboni [1]
2013 Curious George Swings Into Spring Allie, Balloonist [1]
2013 Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest Allie [1]
de Blob : De Movie Comrade Black, Zip, Papa Blanc, Inkies, Graydians
List of voice performances in feature films
Year Title Role Notes Source[6]
2000 Digimon: The Movie Kari, Young Kari [1]
2011 Puss in Boots Additional Voices

Video gamesEdit

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes Source[6]
2019 Kingdom Hearts III Chirithy
2017 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Chirithy [9]
2016 World of Warcraft: Legion Korine
2011 Once Upon a Monster Shelby
2003 Tak and the Power of Juju Dinky Juju [1]
2004 Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams Dinky Juju [1]
2005 Tak: The Great Juju Challenge Dinky Juju
2008 de Blob Comrade Black, Zip, Graydians [1]
2011 de Blob 2 Comrade Black, Papa Blanc, Inkies
2009 FusionFall Juniper Lee
Learn Through Music Leo the Lion (singer)
2013 Tomodachi Life Siobhán
2000 Adiboo: Discover series Adiboo
1998 Baldur's Gate Girl
1999 EverQuest Various characters
2004 EverQuest II Various characters
2005 Psychonauts Milka Phage [1]
Hooked on Phonics Pig Wig
2006 Barnyard Zak Boy, various
2004 Ribbit King Scooter, various
2010 White Knight Chronicles Various
2007 Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots Bustup Ballerina, Mr. Huggles, Springy Rabbit [1]
2002 Digimon Rumble Arena Kari [1]

Video game rolesEdit

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes Source[6]
2019 Kingdom Hearts III Chirithy
2008 Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 Alia reused audio, uncredited
2008 Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice Kyoko Needleworker, Flora Beast, Asagi uncredited
2007 Dokapon Kingdom Roche
2006 Suikoden V Moroon
2006 Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories Yukimaru uncredited
2005 Suikoden Tactics Chiepoo
2005 Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee Alia, Debby
2004 Suikoden IV Chiepoo
2004 Phantom Brave Castile
2004 Ribbit King Scooter, Princess Tippi uncredited
2002 SkyGunner Femme

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Behind The Voice Actors - Lara Jill Miller". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  2. ^ August 05, 2011 (August 5, 2011). "City Profile: Allentown - Morning Call". Articles.mcall.com. Retrieved July 3, 2012.
  3. ^ Miller, Samantha (January 1, 2000). "Brief Episode". People.com. Retrieved July 3, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Lara Jill Miller - Disney Channel Medianet
  5. ^ Lawler, Sylvia (January 15, 1995). "With Law Degree In Hand, Lara Jill Miller Returns To Acting - Morning Call". The Morning Call. Retrieved July 3, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Lara Jill Miller". Lara Jill Miller. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Exclusive: Actress Lara Jill Miller Talks Gimme a Break and Her Current Hot Career as a Voice-over Actress". Snakkle. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  8. ^ Strait Jacket (DVD). Manga Video. October 7, 2008. OCLC 244206876.
  9. ^ "The Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover Cast Lists Have Been Revealed - Kingdom Hearts News - KH13.com". KH13.com, for Kingdom Hearts. Retrieved 2017-01-13.

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