Billy West is tops in the voice-over business. Some of his most famous voices include "Ren & Stimpy," Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in the feature film "Space Jam" and the official voice of Woody Woodpecker, as well as providing celebrity voice impersonations on "The Howard Stern Show."
Some of his new animated projects include: Histeria!; Catdog; Mad Jack the Pirate; "Pidge" on Voltron; Rayman and Spy Dogs. He is also the voice of George Jetson for Radio Shack, various claymation characters, including Babe Ruth for Brisk Ice Tea and the "Red M&M" for the new millennium M&Ms campaign. A self-proclaimed Mel Blanc devotee, West recalls that even as a very small child he would listen to people's voices on the radio and imitate them. Sitting in front of the TV watching Hanna-Barbera cartoons in the '50s, he would watch the credits for the names of the voice talent. "Much to my astonishment, it was usually only a couple of guys doing an army of characters. That really stuck with me," he recalls.
He declares that deep down, he's fulfilling his childhood dream. He braved a brief stint doing stand-up in 1978, but quickly realized that it wasn't the life for him when he discovered he could reach far more people on the air than in person. In 1988, he landed the role of Cecil in the cartoon "Beanie and Cecil," which brought him to the attention of the creators of "Ren & Stimpy," where his voice talents were used to portray the dim-bulb feline Stimpy and the psychotic chihuahua Ren.
On Futurama, Billy stars as Fry, a 25-year-old pizza delivery boy whose life is going nowhere. When he accidentally freezes himself on December 31, 1999, he wakes up 1,000 years in the future and has a chance to make a fresh start. He goes to work for the Planet Express Corporation, a futuristic delivery service that transports packages to all five quadrants of the universe.
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