Kevin Allen Kerber April 12, 2023Legendary Voices
Nancy Cartwright: The Iconic Voice Behind Bart Simpson and Beyond - A Career Retrospective and Tribute
Nancy Cartwright, born in 1957, is an American voice actress who has become synonymous with her most famous character, Bart Simpson, from the long-running animated series "The Simpsons." With a career spanning over three decades, Cartwright has lent her vocal talents to countless memorable characters in television and film, leaving an indelible mark on the world of animation.
Cartwright's journey into voice acting began in the early 1980s when she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams. After studying under the legendary voice actor Daws Butler, she quickly found success, landing roles in popular animated series such as "Richie Rich" and "Snorks."
However, it was her role as Bart Simpson, which she has voiced since 1989, that would catapult Cartwright to worldwide fame. The character's rebellious attitude, wit, and catchphrases like "Ay, caramba!" and "Don't have a cow, man!" quickly endeared him to viewers, making Bart Simpson a cultural icon.
Matt Groening, the creator of "The Simpsons," reflects on Cartwright's immense talent: "Nancy's ability to bring Bart to life, capturing his unique blend of mischief and heart, is nothing short of remarkable. She's an integral part of the show's enduring success."
In addition to Bart Simpson, Cartwright has lent her voice to several other characters on "The Simpsons," including Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, and Todd Flanders. Her work extends beyond Springfield, with roles in animated series like "Rugrats," "The Replacements," and "Kim Possible."
As we celebrate and honor the career of Nancy Cartwright, her incredible range of vocal talents and the beloved characters she has brought to life continue to captivate and entertain audiences worldwide. From the irreverent Bart Simpson to the endearing Ralph Wiggum, Cartwright's impact on animation and pop culture is truly extraordinary.