The Faces Behind 10 Disney Princes

Being a Disney prince might not be all it's cracked up to be. The ladies typically get all the glory, while you're relegated to a line or two of harmony in a ballad—and some don't even get that (looking at you, Eric). Nonetheless, there are some talented actors behind those roles; we put a face to 10 of them.

1. Prince Charming // Cinderella

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Though Bill Phipps is primarily known for his work in the sci-fi and western genres, he certainly made his mark on the world of animation as the voice of Prince Charming. He didn’t provide the prince’s singing voice, however—that honor went to Mike Douglas, the same Mike Douglas who later helmed his own popular talk show. 

2. Aladdin // Aladdin

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Better known to many as D.J.’s boyfriend Steve for several seasons of Full House, Scott Weinger was also the speaking voice for everyone’s favorite street rat. But he didn’t do the singing, either—that was Brad Kane

The Full House folks even managed to work a little nod to Weinger’s “side gig” into an episode where the Tanners go to the Magic Kingdom.

3. Prince Adam // Beauty and the Beast

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Those of us who grew up on Beauty and the Beast probably didn’t realize it, but Robby Benson was a teen idol from the ‘70s after starring in Ice Castles and Ode to Billy Joe. He continues to provide the voice of the Beast for various Disney projects.

4. Prince Naveen // Princess and the Frog

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If this guy looks more like a doctor than a prince, then you were probably a fan of Nip/Tuck or E.R.—Bruno Campos played a doctor on both shows (Dr. Quentin Costa and Dr. Eddie Dorset, respectively). 

5. Prince Hans // Frozen

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We can all agree that Hans (of the Southern Isles) isn’t the friendly, charming prince that we find in most Disney movies, but nonetheless, he is a prince. Santino Fontana plays Hans, and it’s not his first role as a prince, either—he also played Prince Topher in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway, which earned him a Tony nomination. You can catch him as Greg on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

6. Prince Eric // The Little Mermaid

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Get ready to have your minds blown, because Ariel’s beloved Prince Eric is also (movie) Greg Brady.
We have actor Christopher Daniel Barnes to thank for both of them. 

7. Li-Shang // Mulan

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While Li-Shang isn’t technically a prince, Mulan has official “Disney Princess” status, so I’m including her love interest—even though that’s kind of a touchy topic

Li-Shang’s speaking voice is B.D. Wong, known for his roles in Law & Order: SVU and Oz, but also the Father of the Bride remake. And Shang’s singing voice is none other than Donny Osmond. 

8. Prince Philip // Sleeping Beauty

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Veteran actor and Broadway producer Bill Shirley is the tenor behind Prince Philip, for both speaking and singing. And in case you needed a refresher, here’s what he sounded like:

9. Prince Charming // Snow White

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Meet Harry Stockwell, AKA Snow White’s Prince Charming. He was also the lead role in the Broadway production of Oklahoma!, and the father of actors Dean and Guy Stockwell. In a way, you can say that Prince Charming was the father of Al from Quantum Leap.

10. Flynn Rider // Tangled

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Chuck is Flynn Rider! You probably already knew that, but it still delights me that Zachary Levi voiced rakish con artist Flynn Rider/Eugene Fitzherbert. I know what you’re thinking, but Flynn and Rapunzel do eventually get married, which makes him a prince, or at least something sort of like one. 

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6 Amazing Facts About Sally Ride

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You know Sally Ride as the first American woman to travel into space. But here are six things you might not know about the groundbreaking astronaut, who was born on May 26, 1951.

1. Sally Ride proved there is such thing as a stupid question.

When Sally Ride made her first space flight in 1983, she was both the first American woman and the youngest American to make the journey to the final frontier. Both of those distinctions show just how qualified and devoted Ride was to her career, but they also opened her up to a slew of absurd questions from the media.

Journalist Michael Ryan recounted some of the sillier questions that had been posed to Ride in a June 1983 profile for People. Among the highlights:

Q: “Will the flight affect your reproductive organs?”
A: “There’s no evidence of that.”

Q: “Do you weep when things go wrong on the job?”
A: “How come nobody ever asks (a male fellow astronaut) those questions?"

Forget going into space; Ride’s most impressive achievement might have been maintaining her composure in the face of such offensive questions.

2. Had she taken Billie Jean King's advice, Sally Ride might have been a professional tennis player.

When Ride was growing up near Los Angeles, she played more than a little tennis, and she was seriously good at it. She was a nationally ranked juniors player, and by the time she turned 18 in 1969, she was ranked 18th in the whole country. Tennis legend Billie Jean King personally encouraged Ride to turn pro, but she went to Swarthmore instead before eventually transferring to Stanford to finish her undergrad work, a master’s, and a PhD in physics.

King didn’t forget about the young tennis prodigy she had encouraged, though. In 1984 an interviewer playfully asked the tennis star who she’d take to the moon with her, to which King replied, “Tom Selleck, my family, and Sally Ride to get us all back.”

3. Home economics was not Sally Ride's best subject.

After retiring from space flight, Ride became a vocal advocate for math and science education, particularly for girls. In 2001 she founded Sally Ride Science, a San Diego-based company that creates fun and interesting opportunities for elementary and middle school students to learn about math and science.

Though Ride was an iconic female scientist who earned her doctorate in physics, just like so many other youngsters, she did hit some academic road bumps when she was growing up. In a 2006 interview with USA Today, Ride revealed her weakest subject in school: a seventh-grade home economics class that all girls had to take. As Ride put it, "Can you imagine having to cook and eat tuna casserole at 8 a.m.?"

4. Sally Ride had a strong tie to the Challenger.

Ride’s two space flights were aboard the doomed shuttle Challenger, and she was eight months deep into her training program for a third flight aboard the shuttle when it tragically exploded in 1986. Ride learned of that disaster at the worst possible time: she was on a plane when the pilot announced the news.

Ride later told AARP the Magazine that when she heard the midflight announcement, she got out her NASA badge and went to the cockpit so she could listen to radio reports about the fallen shuttle. The disaster meant that Ride wouldn’t make it back into space, but the personal toll was tough to swallow, too. Four of the lost members of Challenger’s crew had been in Ride’s astronaut training class.

5. Sally Ride had no interest in cashing in on her worldwide fame.

A 2003 profile in The New York Times called Ride one of the most famous women on Earth after her two space flights, and it was hard to argue with that statement. Ride could easily have cashed in on the slew of endorsements, movie deals, and ghostwritten book offers that came her way, but she passed on most opportunities to turn a quick buck.

Ride later made a few forays into publishing and endorsements, though. She wrote or co-wrote more than a half-dozen children’s books on scientific themes, including To Space and Back, and in 2009 she appeared in a print ad for Louis Vuitton. Even appearing in an ad wasn’t an effort to pad her bank account, though; the ad featured an Annie Leibovitz photo of Ride with fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Jim Lovell gazing at the moon and stars. According to a spokesperson, all three astronauts donated a “significant portion” of their modeling fees to Al Gore’s Climate Project.

6. Sally Ride was the first openly LGBTQ astronaut.

Ride passed away on July 23, 2012, at the age of 61, following a long (and very private) battle with pancreatic cancer. While Ride's brief marriage to fellow astronaut Steve Hawley was widely known to the public (they were married from 1982 to 1987), it wasn't until her death that Ride's longtime relationship with Tam O'Shaughnessy—a childhood friend and science writer—was made public. Which meant that even in death, Ride was still changing the world, as she is the world's first openly LGBTQ astronaut.