Who does what voice on 'Penguins of Madagascar'?

The "Madagascar" TV show uses a cast of voices that sound deceptively just like the original actors who portrayed characters in the movies. See who's tricking you with their talented voices in the Madagascar cartoon.

King Julien (TV)

Danny Jacobs was a natural choice to play King Julien in Penguins of Madagascar because he's a pro at imitating Sacha Baron Cohen, which he did in Epic Movie as Borat. He played other characters, however, in Madagascar 3, specifically Croupier and Circus Master.

In 2011, Danny Jacobs won an Emmy award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for playing King Julien in Penguins of Madagascar on Nickelodeon. In 2015, he won an Emmy award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for playing King Julien in  on Netflix.

King Julien (Movie)

Sacha Baron Cohen

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Most moviegoers know Sacha Baron Cohen from playing the title character in his movie Borat. TV watchers may remember him from Da Ali G Show. In the Madagascar movies, Sacha Baron Cohen plays my favorite character, King Julien, the delusional lemur.

Skipper (Movies, TV)

Tom McGrath (L) and guest

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Tom McGrath (pictured, left) is one of the few cast members who is in both the Madagascar TV cartoon and movies. He plays Skipper, the leader of the penguin A-Team. Not surprising, because he directed all three Madagascar movies. McGrath also provided voices for Gary in Shrek the Third and Wilson in Monsters vs. Aliens.

Maurice (Movies)

Cedric the Entertainer

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Cedric the Entertainer plays the second-in-command lemur, Maurice. His gravelly voice is well-known from his live-action stand-up routines and films, such as .

Maurice (TV)

Kevin Michael Richardson imitates Maurice's rough voice in the Madagascar cartoon. Richardson is one of the most sought-after voice-over actors in Hollywood. In addition to playing Cleveland, Jr. on The Cleveland Show, he also played Principal Lewis in American Dad! and Jabba the Hutt in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Mort (Movies, TV)

Andy Richter

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Andy Richter is most well-known as Conan O'Brien's sidekick on his late night talk shows. Andy Richter also starred in his own comedy, Andy Richter Controls the Universe. Richter's voice is not recognizable as the subservient Mort in the Madagascar movies, because it's so high-pitched. He continues to record Mort's voice for the TV cartoon.

Mort (TV, Video Games)

Actor Matt Nolan played Mort the lemur in Penguins of Madagascar for three episodes and the related video games. You may also recognize his voice as Brad inAmerican Dragon: Jake Long.


Kowalski (Movies)

Chris Miller

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Chris Miller, who plays Kowalski in the Madagascar movies, is most well-known as being the director of Shrek the Third. In those movies, he is also the voice of the Magic Mirror. He also directed .

Kowalski (TV)

Voice actor Jeff Bennett has the honor of being Kowalski in the Madagascar cartoon. He's very busy in Hollywood, also giving voice to Prowl in , Red Hood in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and the Radio Announcer in .

Rico (TV)

John Di Maggio
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Although Rico is not a new character, he finally has a real voice in the TV series. All that gagging and regurgitating is done by none other than John Di Maggio, who plays Bender in and Jake in Adventure Time.