Linda Gary

Linda Gary (born Linda Gary Dewoskin, November 4, 1944 – October 5, 1995) was an American film, television [1][2] and voice actress.[3]

Linda Gary
Gary in 1971
Linda Gary Dewoskin

November 4, 1944
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
DiedOctober 5, 1995(1995-10-05) (aged 50)
North Hollywood, California, U.S.
Resting placeMount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles
OccupationActress, voice actress
Years active1971–1995
(m. 1967)


Live-action appearancesEdit

Gary worked as a voice-over artist in animation and also appeared in two live-action films, 1977's Joyride To Nowhere with husband Charles Howerton and 1980's Cruising[2] with Al Pacino. She lent her voice in such movies as Wolfen[2] and Switch.[2]


Linda played Dr. Maura Cassidy on Lee Hansen's "Alien Worlds".

Voice over workEdit

Early careerEdit

She got her start dubbing Italian films into English while living in Rome with her husband Howerton before returning to the States in 1974.

Gary started going to voice acting classes taught by Daws Butler. She later claimed, "When I got my first voice over job, I just sent Daws the check ... He believed in me, and I really have him to thank for my career."[4]


Linda voiced different characters on several Hanna-Barbera television series; Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, The Smurfs as Dame Barbara in one episode, Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats as Mrs. Vandergelt, The Pirates of Dark Water, where she did additional voices and Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron as Doctor Abby Sinian. She voiced Queen Morbidia & Nekara in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo.

ABC Weekend SpecialsEdit

The ABC Weekend Special was a Saturday morning TV series that aired from 1977 to 1997. It featured stories in both the live-action and animated realms. Linda's voice could be heard on Scruffy, The Puppy Saves the Circus, The Amazing Bunjee Venture, The Return of the Bunjee, The Velveteen Rabbit and The Magic Flute.[2]


During the 1980s, Gary did several guest voice-over appearances in such Disney television series as Darkwing Duck,[2] DuckTales, TaleSpin, The Little Mermaid series and Bonkers. She voiced a gazelle and a hippo on the Lion King read-along cassette story, The Brightest Star. She also voiced Maleficent and the Opening narrator in 'Fantasmic'. She voiced Muffy Vanderschmere in TaleSpin.


She narrated Disney read-along stories in 1977; Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and It's a Small World. She also narrated a quartet of the Rainbow Brite read-along stories.

Sunbow/Marvel ProductionsEdit

Gary voiced several additional characters on the 1984 Transformers animated series. She also voiced Raven, a Cobra Night Raven pilot in the G. I. Joe episode; "In The Presence of Mine Enemies".

Marvel ProductionsEdit

Gary voiced Colleen in an episode of the short-lived 1981 Spider-Man with Ted Schwartz as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and voiced Aunt May in the first season of the 1994-1998 Spider-Man with Christopher Daniel Barnes as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. She was later replaced by Julie Bennett.


Her voice acting was mostly for the Filmation studio. She voiced characters in several of Filmation's TV series such as The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam!, BlackStar, and as the title character in Web Woman.

Linda voiced Jane on an episode of Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle.

Gary also did voice work on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (initially miscredited as "Linda Gray"[5]) and She-Ra: Princess of Power. She was reunited with fellow voice over actors Alan Oppenheimer and George DiCenzo from BlackStar.[3] She provided many of the female voices on He-Man such as Teela, Evil-Lyn, the Sorceress of Castle Grayskull and Queen Marlena as well as several from She-Ra like Madame Razz, Glimmer, Shadow Weaver, Scorpia and Entrapta.

She voiced several films for Filmation such as He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword, Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special[2] and Happily Ever After[2] as Critterina and Marina.

Universal Cartoon StudiosEdit

Gary voiced the role of Grandma Longneck in The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure,[2] The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving[2] and The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists.[2] She was later replaced by Miriam Flynn.

Video gamesEdit

In video games, she provided voices in several adventure games such as King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow as the Oracle, Red Chess Queen, Mother Ghost and Queen Allaria, Thayer's Quest as Lady In The Woodlands and Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers as Grandma Knight/Tetelo.

Personal lifeEdit

Linda Gary Dewoskin was born in California on November 4, 1944. She married actor Charles Howerton on December 21, 1967 and had two daughters, Alexis and Dana.[3] Gary was also stepmother to Howerton's daughter from his previous marriage, Lynn Howerton.[3] She and Charles found acting work in Rome, Italy in the 1970s where they learned Italian and wound up working in films and commercials as well as doing English language dubbing in Italy, Spain and Germany.[citation needed]


She died on October 5, 1995 from brain cancer. Archival recordings of Gary’s voice work continues to be used today in many animated features.[citation needed]


Voice actingEdit


Year Title Role Notes
1971 Lady Frankenstein Tania Voice, Uncredited
1976–1980 Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle Jane Voice
1981 Wolfen ESS Voice
1981 Blackstar Mara, Taleena, Amber, Storm, Leilanna Voice
1981 Spider-Man Colleen Voice
1983–1984 The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show Additional voices Voice
1983–1985 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Teela, Evil-Lyn, Queen Marlena, Sorceress of Castle Grayskull, virtuous characters Voice
1984 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Queen Salena / Old Lady ('Warriors of the Wind' dub), Voice, Uncredited
1985 The Secret of the Sword Teela / Queen Marlena / Sorceress / Shadow Weaver / Glimmer / Madame Razz Voice
1985–1986 She-Ra: Princess of Power Madame Razz Voice
1985–1986 The Transformers Fairy-tale princess, Witch, Disco Girl #2 Voice
1987 Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night Bee Atrice Voice
1988 Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats Mrs. Vandergelt Voice
1990 Happily Ever After Critterina / Marina Voice
1991 Switch God Voice
1991–1993 The Pirates of Dark Water Additional voices Voice
1994 Spider-Man Aunt May Voice
1994 The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure Grandma Longneck Voice
1995 The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving
1996 The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Thayer's Quest Lady In The Woodlands
1992 King's Quest VI Oracle, Red Chess Queen, Mother Ghost, Queen Allaria
1993 Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers Grandma Knight/Tetelo


Year Title Role Notes
1971 My Name Is Rocco Papaleo Jenny
1977 Joyride to Nowhere Boutique Clerk
1980 Cruising
1981 Smokey Bites the Dust Woman Sheriff
1996 Father Frost Storyteller


  1. ^ "Linda Gary Biography". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Linda Gary Filmography". The New York Times.
  3. ^ a b c d Kahn, Ellie (1987-03-12). "Linda Gary Breaths Life Into Characters With Off-Camera Acting". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-03-24.
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  5. ^ "He Man - Trivia - He Man in Hollywood!", He Man Official on YouTube, 23 April 2015.

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