Famous Actors Who Have Played Cats

There’s nothing better than curling up with your cat to watch a cat film. You know I’m right! And as any feline-loving film connoisseur will tell you, it takes a really special human to play a cat. We’ve put together this list to highlight the brave actors who have brought cinema’s favorite kitties to life!


Keanu Reeves as Keanu in Keanu

Images via Wikimedia Commons / New Line Cinema

Yes, Keanu Reeves voiced the Keanu kitty in a scene for Keanu the movie. All together now: Whoa.

Sally Field as Sassy in Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey and Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco

Images courtesy of Chris Craymer via AARP and Walt Disney

Many would consider Sally Field’s Sassy the most iconic cat portrayal of all time. And I would have to agree with them one hundred purr cent.

Bill Murray as Garfield in Garfield: The Movie and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties

Images via Wikimedia Commons / 20th Century Fox

Pretty much everyone was surprised to hear Bill Murray was following up his Oscar nominated role in Lost In Translation with Garfield. Turns out, he mistakenly agreed to voicing the lasagna-loving cat because of a very Bill Murray type mix up. Typical Bill!

Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots in Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, Shrek Forever After, Puss in Boots,  and the upcoming Shrek 5

Image via Collider

If the ever growing list of films featuring Puss in Boots is any indication, Antonio Banderas will probably be voicing the feisty kitty for the rest of furrever. And that’s okay with me.

Kevin Spacey as Mr. Fuzzypants in Nine Lives

Images via Pinguino K on Flickr / EuropaCorp

The film was more or less panned by critics and audiences alike, but it’s worth noting Kevin Spacey really really REALLY wanted to play the role of Mr. Fuzzypants. To the point he impersonated (impurrsonated???) a cat to seal the deal.

Mike Myers as The Cat in The Cat In The Hat

Images via REX / DreamWorks

The Cat is the most anthropomorphic cat character in this list and probably the most mischievous fictional cat ever. Which is really saying something, because there are some seriously mischievous fictional cats out there!

Nathan Lane as Snowbell in Stuart Little

Images via Wikimedia Commons / Columbia Pictures

Who thought of pairing Nathan Lane’s voice with a fluffy cat with a name like Snowbell? I don’t know, but I’m glad they did.

Aubrey Plaza as Grumpy Cat in Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever

Images via Collider / Lifetime Channel

When I asked my boyfriend “Didn’t Aubrey Plaza play Grumpy Cat?” he said “No, I think they’re just good friends.” Turns out, it’s both! But that strange conversation still haunts me to this day.

Scott Bakula as Danny in Cats Don’t Dance

Images via Deadline / Warner Bros. Pictures

Just when you thought Scott Bakula couldn’t be any cooler, here’s a reminder that was the voice behind Danny in the 1997 animated feature Cats Don’t Dance. Take it easy on the cool front, Scotty B! You’re making the rest of us look bad.


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