Did you know? Initially, The Golden Girls’ Bea Arthur was supposed to voice the part of Ursula. When she dropped out, Disney considered Roseanne Barr and Elaine Stritch for the role before ultimately selecting Carroll.
#2 Hopper in A Bug’s Life: Kevin Spacey
Did you know? House of Cards star Kevin Spacey was not Disney’s first choice to play the roll of the grasshopper dictator; Robert De Niro and Alec Baldwin were offered the role first. Interestingly, Spacey and Bug’s Life co-star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, of Veep fame, have each earned critical acclaim for their roles playing the vice president of the United States.
#3 Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty: Eleanor Audley
Did you know? If you think Maleficent and Cinderella’s Evil Stepmother sound a lot alike, you’d be 100% correct. Audley had the distinct honor of being the voice actor behind two of Disney’s cruelest villains.
#4 Captain Hook in Peter Pan: Hans Conried
Did you know? Conried actually had a dual role in the 1953 classic: Not only did he voice the part of Captain Hook, he also voiced the part of Mr. Darling.
#5 Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmatians: Betty Lou Gerson
Did you know? According to The Independent, “It was popularly believed that [Disney animators] based Cruella on the fast-living Hollywood star Tallulah Bankhead, who was notorious for zooming around town in her Bentley.” Betty Lou Gerson also provided the voice of the narrator in Cinderella.