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Also Known As: June Lucille Forer Died: July 27, 2017
Born: September 17, 1917 Cause of Death: Unspecified natural causes
Birth Place: Springfield, Massachusetts, USA Profession: voice actor, producer, writer

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One of the most accomplished and beloved voice actors of all time, June Foray was perhaps best known as the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel on "The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show" (ABC, 1959-1961). Born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1917, Foray began her career on the radio, appearing regularly on local programs at the young age of 15. By the 1940's, Foray was co-starring on shows like "Lux Radio Theatre," "The Jimmy Durante Show," "The Buster Brown Program," and her own series, "Lady Make Believe." She branched into animation in the Warner Bros. short "The Unbearable Bear" (1943), and soon began voice-acting numerous Looney Tunes roles, including one that she would play for the next several decades, that of Sylvester and Tweety's sweet owner Granny. Foray also began appearing in Disney's productions, playing Lucifer the cat in "Cinderella" (1950) and a number of characters in "Peter Pan" (1953). She also began playing Knothead in the "Woody Woodpecker" cartoons, in addition to providing the voice of Rocky in 1959. As if these accomplishments weren't enough, Foray gave her first of several performance as Tom and/or Jerry in the "Tom & Jerry" short "Duel Personality" (1965). While the coming decades...

One of the most accomplished and beloved voice actors of all time, June Foray was perhaps best known as the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel on "The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show" (ABC, 1959-1961). Born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1917, Foray began her career on the radio, appearing regularly on local programs at the young age of 15. By the 1940's, Foray was co-starring on shows like "Lux Radio Theatre," "The Jimmy Durante Show," "The Buster Brown Program," and her own series, "Lady Make Believe." She branched into animation in the Warner Bros. short "The Unbearable Bear" (1943), and soon began voice-acting numerous Looney Tunes roles, including one that she would play for the next several decades, that of Sylvester and Tweety's sweet owner Granny. Foray also began appearing in Disney's productions, playing Lucifer the cat in "Cinderella" (1950) and a number of characters in "Peter Pan" (1953). She also began playing Knothead in the "Woody Woodpecker" cartoons, in addition to providing the voice of Rocky in 1959. As if these accomplishments weren't enough, Foray gave her first of several performance as Tom and/or Jerry in the "Tom & Jerry" short "Duel Personality" (1965). While the coming decades would bring countless opportunities for Foray to reprise her iconic roles for Warner Bros., the voice actor never stopped taking on new projects as well, playing Jokey Smurf and Mrs. Sourberry on the long running series "The Smurfs" (NBC, 1981-89) and Grammi Gummi on "The Adventures of the Gummi Bears" (NBC, 1985-1991). She also sat on the Governor's board for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, where she lobbied for 20 years to establish the award for Best Animated Feature, finally succeeding in 2001 when the award was created thanks to her petitioning. Foray died on July 26, 2017, less than two months shy of her 100th birthday.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) Voice Of Granny
2.
 Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, The (2000) Voice Of Rocky The Squirrel
3.
 Tweety's High-Flying Adventure (2000) Voice Of Granny
5.
 MULAN (1998) Voice Of Grandmother Fa
6.
 Space Jam (1996) Voice Of Granny
7.
 Thumbelina (1994) Voice Of Queen Tabitha
8.
 I Yabba Dabba Do (1993) Voice
9.
 Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1992) Voice Of Librarian
10.
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1967:
Voiced Ursula in "George of the Jungle" (ABC)
1992:
Had a guest role in the live-action "Boris and Natasha"
1993:
Voiced Martha Wilson on short-lived animated series "All-New Dennis the Menace"
1990:
Voiced characters on many episodes of "Garfield and Friends"
1981:
Voiced Jokey Smurf and other characters on "The Smurfs"
1960:
Voiced Granny and Witch Hazel as well as other characters in "The Bugs Bunny Show"
1966:
Had rare dramatic role in the TV adaptation of "Death of a Salesman"
1953:
Voiced an Indian in "Peter Pan"
1959:
Began providing the vocals for Rocky the Flying Squirrel in the TV series "Rocky and His Friends"
1950:
Provided voice of Lucifer the Cat in "Cinderella"
1995:
Voiced Granny on "The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries"
1998:
Voiced Grandmother Fa in Disney's "Mulan"
2000:
Reprised role of Rocky in live-action comedy "The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle"
2002:
Reprised Granny role on "Baby Looney Tunes"
2011:
Reprised Granny character yet again for "The Looney Tunes Show" revival
2013:
Voiced the villainous Magica De Spell in Capcom and WayForward's "DuckTales: Remastered" video game
2014:
Had final credited role as Rocky in the 9-minute short cartoon "Rocky and Bullwinkle"
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husband:
Hobart Donovan. Married from 1954 until his death in 1976.

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