Laura Summer

Laura Z. Summer (born November 5, 1965 in New York City, New York) is an American voice actress and producer.

Laura Summer
Laura Z. Summer

(1965-11-05) November 5, 1965 (age 54)
OccupationVoice actress, producer
Years active1983–present
Notable credit(s)
The Real Ghostbusters
Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure 02 and Digimon Adventure Tri


Summer's career began in New York City theater, when she was cast in a production of Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Estelle Parsons.[citation needed] Including voice-over work, she has appeared in over 100 commercials.[citation needed] In the 1980s, she was cast as the trainee for Inspector 12, in the Hanes underwear campaign, known for coining the phrase, "They don't say Hanes until I say they say Hanes".[1][2]

Her voice acting work includes The Real Ghostbusters as Janine Melnitz, Hello Kitty's Paradise as Mimi, Heather Hogwarsh in Super Pig and the Digimon Adventure series as Patamon. She reprised her Patamon role in the sequel, Digimon Adventure 02. Regarding her role in The Real Ghostbusters, she was interviewed concerning the role, and the interview was included in the DVD set put out by Time/Life, The Real Ghostbusters: Complete Collection.[3][4] She was replaced on The Real Ghostbusters due to some groups complaining that her characterization was too edgy and sexy for young girls.[5]

Summers again reprised her role as Patamon in Digimon:The Movie in 2000. In 2007, Summers was part of the creative team, along with Jim Vallely and Maggie Row, who created the "The Hollywood Father/Daughter Purity Ball", a parity of a purity ball.[6] From 2008 through 2013, Summers had a recurring role on the animated The Garfield Show, where she played the dual roles of twins Druisilla and Minerva.

For the Digimon Adventure Tri movie series, Summers was again called upon to provide the voice of Patamon. She voiced the role in all six films in the series.[7][8][9][10] For this role, in 2017 Summer was nominated for a Behind the Voice Actors Awards (BTVA) in the Best Female Supporting Vocal Performance in an Anime Movie/Special category.[11]


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  • Fight It or Bite It (executive producer - 6 episodes)


  1. ^ Marison Mull (June 22, 1986). "Fun-seeking Factory Girl". Los Angeles Times. L.A. Times. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  2. ^ Staff, From Times; Reports, Wire (October 21, 2001). "Polly Rowles, 87; Actress Best Known for Hanes Commercial". Los Angeles Times. L.A. Times. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  3. ^ (October 23, 2008). "Real Ghostbusters / Laura Summer: Finding Janine's Voice" – via YouTube.
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  5. ^ Haithman, Diane (September 3, 1987). "HOW IMAGE MAKERS SHAPE KIDS' TV : Q5 Firm Advises ABC on the Look and Style of Cartoon Shows; Some Writers Call It Intrusion". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ Geoff Boucher (September 11, 2007). "With impure intentions". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  7. ^ "DIGIMON ADVENTURE tri. ENGLISH DUB THEATRICAL RELEASE!". Eleven Arts. Archived from the original on April 15, 2017. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  8. ^ "Digimon Adventure tri. English Dub Clip Previews Joshua Seth as Tai". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  9. ^ "Digimon Adventure tri. Films' English Dub Casts Johnny Yong Bosch as T.K., Tara Sands as Kari". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  10. ^ "Inside the English Dub Premiere of Digimon Adventure Tri". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  11. ^ "Best Female Supporting Vocal Performance in an Anime Movie/Special". Behind the Voice Actors. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
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