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Billy West

  • American actor
  • Born April 16, 1952

William Richard Werstine (born April 16, 1952), known professionally as Billy West, is an American voice actor, singer, musician, songwriter and former radio personality. He is known for his voice-over work in a number of television series, films, video games, and commercials. He has done hundreds of voice-overs in his career such as Ren (season 3 to season 5) and Stimpy on The Ren & Stimpy Show; Doug Funnie and Roger Klotz on Doug; and Philip J. Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan and a number of others on Futurama.


Robin Williams understands sonic performances. He understands what it's like to change your voice up.




Robert Mitchum sounded different from John Wayne, and John Wayne sounded different from Clark Gable.




I've always said that you can't be the new Mel Blanc by doing Mel Blanc's voice.




Even when I was coming through school, I was a loner and I used to study music and play it and play it, and I was in bands.




You watch people and study them the way an alien would.




Somebody's real voice is probably the hardest one that somebody could attempt.




Well, I happen to have a love of vocal reproduction devices.




I don't get to watch Futurama, until it's on TV.




As long as I can apply my craft, I'm happy.




You have to have some kind of power of observation, almost like a trained observer.




But the throat just kind of falls into line once you realize in your head what it is. You got to remember the musicality of a character you're going to do.




It had more layers than an onion. These writers meant business. There was a level for everybody. Your major could be celestial mechanics, and there'd be celestial-mechanics jokes.




To me, it all comes down to things being character-driven. It's hard for me to look beyond that. CG and all this cool stuff - so be it. But to me, it pretty much begins and ends with character-driven plots rather than technologically-driven plots.




Life is for the living. I was a little scared before surgery 'cause of the release you sign that says there's always a very small percent chance that you'll die during the operation.




If someone gave me the chance to create something, I put myself into it. I just want to try to do something that will last forever and that won't leave people saying, 'Gee, it could have been better, it could've been this, it could've been that.'




I'm not like a high intellectual.



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