Dinosaurs was an ABC sitcom about a (quirky) family of anthropomorphic dinosaurs. The dinosaurs were portrayed by puppets and brought to life by some of the best voice actors in the industry. The highs and lows of their voices, the timbers, and the pitches took us on an emotional rollercoaster ride, and we loved it. So where are the voice actors of Dinosaurs today? Are they still mesmerizing audiences with their voices?
Stuart Pankin (Earl Sneed Sinclair)
After Dinosaurs, Stuart Pankin appeared in TV shows, played an assortment of characters in movies, hosted infomercials, and appeared on game shows. His notable film roles are Fatal Attraction, Arachnophobia, Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, Zenon: The Zequel, Zenon: Z3, and Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves. He appeared in several TV shows like Mad About You, Nearly Departed, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Boston Legal and in a series of 3D films—Misadventures in 3D and Encounter in the Third World. He provided the voice on Animaniacs, Duckman, and Batman Beyond. He regularly hosts late-night infomercials for the Walkfit Phase 4 Orthotics.
Jessica Walter (Frances “Fran” Sinclair née Phillips)
Jessica Walter already had a thriving acting career when she became Fran’s voice. After Dinosaurs, she appeared in Just Shoot Me! and played Lucille Bluth on Fox’s Arrested Development. The show was well received and Jessica received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Since then, she has appeared in 90210, Rules of Engagement, Retired at 35, and Law & Order: SVU. She is the voice of Malory Archer in Fox’s Archer and has also appeared on the Broadway in Anything Goes.
Jason Willinger (Robert “Robbie” Mark Sinclair)
Jason Willinger showed his formidable talent as a voice actor in Dinosaurs. Since then, he has provided voices in films like A Goofy Movie, the PBS documentary series Chasing the Sun, and the Discovery Channel reality series Everest: Beyond the Limit. He has also acted in the movie Zebrahead and in an episode of Cybill. He regularly lends his voice to promos on CBS and Nickelodeon and movie trailers. His notable cine voice works include 28 Weeks Later, Into the Blue, and Elizabethtown.
Sally Struthers (Charlene Sinclair)
Sally Struthers has been busy since being Charlene in Dinosaurs. She has acted in TV shows, movies, and plays, lent her voice to animated characters, and championed the cause of underprivileged children in developing countries.
Sally has appeared in TV shows like Acting Crazy, The New Adventures of Mother Goose, The Awful Truth with Michael Moore, General Hospital, Gilmore Girls, Still Standing, Celebrity Ghost Stories, and The Winner. Her notable film appearances include Out of the Black, A Month of Sundays, Reeseville, Hoodwinked, What I Did for Love, and Waiting in the Wings: The Musical. Sally is the voice of Rebecca Cunningham in the Disney series Talespin.
Sally has found considerable fame as a theater actress. She has starred in Annie, 9 to 5: The Musical, and Always, Patsy Cline. She has also played the titular character in Hello, Dolly! during the 50th anniversary national tour of the play. She won the Ovation Award in 2010 for her role as the fairy Godmother in Cinderella, a production of the Cabrillo Music Theater.
Besides, Sally has made time to speak on behalf of impoverished children all over the world as part of her ad campaigns for Christian Children’s Fund, later named ChildFund. She provided her voice in a series of advertisements that went on draw more than 90 percent of ChildFund’s sponsors. Sally has also been the spokesperson for Save the Children.
Kevin Clash (Baby Sinclair)
Kevin Clash was already an acclaimed puppeteer and voice artist when he came on Dinosaurs. He had been the voice of Elmo in Sesame Street since the mid-1980s and carried on till the mid-1990s. He received multiple Emmy awards for being Elmo. In the meantime, he also performed the puppetry for several characters in Muppet Treasure Island and performed in films like Muppets from Space, The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz, and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland.
Kevin was also involved in the productions of Sesame Street in various other capacities. He supervised auditions of puppeteers, recruited and trained them. He was appointed the Senior Muppet Coordinator and wrote, directed, and jointly produced Elmo’s World. Later on, he became the Senior Creative Adviser for Sesame Workshop.
Baby Sinclair enthralled us all when he screamed, “Not the mama!” But Kevin became more famous as Elmo. For many, Kevin WAS Elmo. So it is not a surprise that his autobiography would be titled My Life as a Furry Red Monster: What Being Elmo Has Taught Me About Life, Love and Laughing Out Loud. He published it in 2006.
Unfortunately, Kevin was compelled to resign from Sesame Street in 2012 after he was accused of engaging in improper sexual conduct with an underage boy.
Most voice actors from Dinosaurs have done justice to their talents and have continued to wow audiences on TV, in movies, and on the stage. While Sally Struthers’ voice has brought hope to millions of underprivileged children all over the world, the allegations made against Kevin Clash come as a disappointment. The dinosaurs have been gone for more than two decades, but we remember the Sinclair family for providing us with many hours of laughs.
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