Who is Cree Summer?
Canadian-American actress and singer Cree Summer Francks was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 7 July 1969, meaning that her zodiac sign Cancer. She’s had roles in over 350 movies and TV series, but is perhaps still best known for her voicing of Princess Kida in the 2001 animated action adventure movie “Atlantis: The Lost Empire”, directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, and which starred Michael J. Fox, Jim Varney and Corey Burton. It follows linguist Milo Thatch and a group of explorers as they’re searching for Atlantis – the movie won two of its 16 award nominations.
Education and early life
Cree was raised in Red Pheasant Reserve in Saskatchewan (Canada) by her African-American mother Lili Clark who was a housewife, and Canadian father Don Francks, who was a famous actor and musician; Cree’s brother is Rainbow Sun Francks, a successful actor and model.
Cree became interested in acting at the age of seven, having looked up to her father and admired his acting skills; she was 14 when she launched her career, cast to voice Penny in the popular animated action adventure series “Inspector Gadget”, created by Jean Chalopin and Andy Heyward, and which starred Don Adams, Holly Berger and Frank Welker. It follows a police inspector as he’s solving crimes with the help of his niece and dog; the series aired from 1983 to 1986 and was nominated for only a single award.
Cree continued acting while attending a local high school, and upon matriculating in 1987, chose to focus on her career rather than pursue a college degree.
Roles in TV series
The year 1985 saw Cree play Karen Simmons in the episode “Crossfire” of the crime drama “Night Heat”, and the same year heard her voice Kneesaa in the animated family adventure “Ewoks”, starring alongside Jim Henshaw and James Cranna; it follows the lives of fur-balls also known as Ewoks, the series aired from 1985 to 1987, and was nominated for two awards.
Some of Cree’s most notable performances in the remainder of the ‘80s were in the animated family comedy “The Care Bears”, the animated family fantasy “Sylvanian Families”, and the animated adventure “Beany and Cecil”, all voice roles.
Between 1988 and 1993, Cree starred as Freddie Brooks in the popular comedy “A Different World” which Bill Cosby created, and which also starred Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison and Lisa Bonet; it follows a group of black students who’ve just enrolled at college, and the series won 17 of its 28 award nominations. Cree could then have been seen playing and voicing characters in an episode of many series, such as the short animated adventure “Cro” (voice role), the short animated action “Bonkers” (voice role) and the comedy “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”.
In 1997, she was cast to voice Nefertina and various other characters in the animated action adventure “Mummies Alive!”, which starred Scott McNeil, Dale Wilson and Graeme Kingston, and follows a boy who’s released four ancient Egyptian mummies to help him stop an evil mummy sorcerer from ruling the world. The remainder of the ‘90s saw Cree appear in a number of series, with some of the most popular amongst these having been the animated adventure comedy “Jungle Cubs” , the short animated adventure “101 Dalmatians: The Series”, and the short animated adventure “Pinky and the Brain”, all voice roles.
In 2001 and 2002, she voiced the lead characters Mo and Misc in the animated comedy “Horrible Histories”, created by Charlie Stickney and Martha Atwater, and which also starred Billy West and Jess Harnell; it’s based on Terry Deary’s eponymous book series, and was nominated for a single award. Cree could then have been heard voicing characters in the short animated comedy “Clifford the Big Red Dog”, the animated action adventure “Spider-Man”, and the animated family comedy “The Proud Family”.
Between 2000 and 2009, she voiced Miranda Killgallen in the animated comedy drama “As Told by Ginger”, created by Emily Kapnek and Eryk Casemiro, and which starred Melissa Disney, Jeannie Elias and Tress MacNeille. It follows the lives of pre-teen Ginger Foutley and her two friends; the series was nominated for 12 awards.
In 2012 and 2013, Cree voiced Cupcake and various other characters in the animated adventure comedy “Pound Puppies”, and she could then have been heard voicing characters in the animated action adventure “The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange”, the animated adventure comedy “Rick and Morty”, and the animated action comedy “The Boondocks”. Between 2014 and 2017, she voiced Clementine in the animated action adventure “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West”, created by Holly Huckins and George Evelyn, and which starred Mandy Moore, Lucas Grabeel and Jessica DiCicco; it follows a kitty-cat who’s the sheriff of Nice and Friendly Corners – the series was nominated for four awards.
Cree’s three most recent TV series roles have been in the animated adventure comedy “Eureka!” (voice role), the short animated adventure “Puppy Dog Pals” (voice role) and the musical comedy drama “Atlanta”, all in 2022; she’s currently shooting for the upcoming series “Ironheart”.
Roles in movies
Cree’s debut film role was her voicing of Kim in the 1985 animated adventure comedy “The Care Bears Movie”, while some of her following roles were in the 1986 animated adventure comedy “Care Bears Movie III: A New Generation” (voice role), the 1986 short animated adventure “Madballs: Escape from Orb!” (voice role) and the 1987 action thriller drama “Wild Thing”.
Happy Birthday to legendary voice and television actress Cree Summer. She voiced all these characters from ‘Rugrats,’ ‘Atlantis,’ ‘Kids Next Door,’ ‘Inspector Gadget,’ and more.
Her following film role came in 1995, when cast to voice Elmyra Duff aka Dr. Frankenmyra in the animated adventure comedy “Tiny Toons’ Night Ghoulery”, directed by Rich Arons and Michael Gerard, and which starred Joe Alaskey, Tress MacNeille and John Kassir. It follows the Tiny Toons as they’re parodying various horror stories, including “Frankenstein” and “The Devil and Daniel Webster”, and the film was nominated for two awards. Cree could then have been seen playing and voicing characters in the 1995 short drama “Tuesday Morning Ride”, the 1996 animated family comedy “Edith Ann’s Christmas (Just Say Noel)” and the 1998 animated adventure comedy “The Rugrats Movie”.
She starred as Princess Kida in the 2001 animated action adventure “Atlantis: The Lost Empire”, and the following year heard her voice Phaedra in the animated adventure comedy “The Wild Thornberrys”, directed by Cathy Malkasian and Jeff McGrath, and which starred Tim Curry, Ruper Everett and Flea; the movie follows the sisters Elia and Debbi, and was nominated for 13 awards, including an Oscar for Best Music, Original Score. Some of Cree’s other notable film roles in the 2000s were in the 2003 family comedy “Blizzard”, the 2006 animated adventure drama “Bambi 2: The Great Prince of the Forest”, and the 2009 animated adventure comedy “Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!”, all voice roles.
The year 2012 heard her voice Reesa Abi Kiran Livingston III in the popular animated musical crime “Strange Frame: Love & Sax”, which G. B. Hajim directed, and which starred Tara Strong, Claudia Black and Ron Glass. It follows two girls, guitarist Naia and saxophonist Parker who’ve fallen in love and have formed a band together; the movie won two awards.
Cree’s also known for her voicing of Reporter Sassy in the 2016 animated comedy “Nerdland”, directed by Chris Prynoski, and which starred Paul Rudd, Patton Oswalt and Hannibal Buress; it follows two friends who’ve determined to become famous in 24 hours.
Cree’s three most recent film roles have been in the drama “A Cold Hard Truth” and the animated action fantasy “Wonder Woman: Bloodlines” (voice role) both in 2019, and the 2022 animated action adventure “Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse” (voice role).
She’s currently recording for the upcoming animated movies “The Magician’s Elephant” and “The Messy Adventures of Mud”.
Cree Summer is one of the voices of your childhood. Some of her more memorable characters are Susie Carmichael, #5, She-Hulk, Valerie, Elmyra, and princess, Kida. She has voiced SO MANY characters that she can be heard pretty much everywhere! #blackactors @IAmCreeSummer pic.twitter.com/6awyHy2C28
— Comic Geeks Unite (@ComicGeeksUnite) February 26, 2022
Cree received special thanks for the 2005 comedy movie “The Chumscrubber”, and the 2016 episode “Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas” of the fantasy comedy series “Nostalgia Critic”.
She wrote, produced and directed the 2005 documentary movie “The Inlaws and the Outlaws”, and wrote 10 episodes of the 2022 series “Better Things”.
Some of the talk-shows in which Cree’s made a guest appearance include “Celebrity Page”, “Today”. and “Imagined Life Family”.
Awards and nominations
Cree’s won six of her 24 award nominations, five of which were Behind the Voice Actors Awards for her performances in “Robot and Monster”, “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Voltron: Legendary Defender”, and a 2022 Image Award for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television) for “Rugrats”.
Love life and husband
Cree has allowed her fans to have a glimpse into her love life, although she prefers to keep its details away from media. She was married to Angelo Pullen, an American producer and cinematographer, who’s perhaps best known for having produced the 2019 movies “Queen & Slim” and “Evelyn x Evelyn”; neither Cree nor Angelo have revealed the date of their wedding, but it’s known that they exchanged vows in either 2012 or 2013.
Cree gave birth to their daughter Brave Littlewing in 2011, and their second daughter Hero Peregrine, named after the falcon, followed in 2013. Just recently, in May 2022, Cree revealed that she and Angelo were divorcing.
It’s also widely known that Cree was in a long-term relationship with American actor, screenwriter and director Kadeem Hardison in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but hasn’t mentioned other men whom she’s been with. Cree seems to be single as of November 2022, was married to Angelo Pullen, and they have two daughters together.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Cree’s voiced characters in numerous video games, and also enjoys playing games in her spare time, with some of her favorites being “Red Dead Redemption 2”, “Witcher III: The Wild Hunt” and “Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart”.
Cree auditioned for a role in the critically acclaimed sitcom “Friends”, and also for the role of Meg Griffin in the hit animated comedy series “Family Guy”.
She’s popular on Instagram, as there are nearly 500,000 people following her on the social media network today, while she’s posted close to 4,000 pictures and videos, most of which feature her spending time with her friends and family.
Cree’s passionate about music and plays the guitar, while some of her favorite musicians are Elton John, Freddie Mercury and Sting.
Some of her favorite actresses are Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and Frances McDormand, while a couple of her favorite movies are “Ocean’s Eight”, “Mowgli: The Legend of the Jungle” and “The Devil Wears Prada”.
Height, eyes and net worth
Cree’s age is 53. She has brown eyes and long and curly brown hair, her weight is 115lbs (52kgs) and she’s 5ft 3ins (1.6m) tall.
Cree’s net worth’s been estimated at over $4 million, as of November 2022.