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The Men Who Share the Voices in Their Heads

Updated on October 18, 2013

Voice actors have touched our lives by making us laugh both in our childhood and adulthood. We may not know what they look like but we all instantly recognize the characters they have helped bring to life. I wish I could commemorate all of them but that would make my article a million miles long so I've selected the three men I believe have made the most impact on the voice acting field, and have created the most memorable, long-lasting characters.

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Billy West

Billy West is probably one of the most notable voice actors in recent history and certainly the one with the most range of characters in my opinion. He played Doug Funny on the Nickelodeon show Doug, as well as Doug's arch rival Roger Klotz. He also played half all the leading roles on the show Futurama, including Philip J. Fry, Professor Hubert Farnsworth, and Dr. Zoidberg. Billy also played many of the supporting Futurama roles, including Zap Brannigan, Richard Nixon's Head, and Scruffy the Janitor. He's also known for playing Elmer Fudd on the new Looney Tunes Show. Even if you don't watch a lot of cartoons you still probably watch commercials where Billy has spent decades making us laugh portraying the unscrupulous red M&M and the Honey Nut Cheerios honey bee.

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta is known worldwide for his legendary quarter-of-a-century-long role as Homer Simpson from the Simpsons. He also plays several other Simpsons characters including Grandpa Simpson, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and Barney Gumble. He also joined the Futurama cast playing minor characters, most popular of which was probably the Robot Devil. He was also Arnold's Grandpa on the Nickelodeon show Hey Arnold as well as minor characters on several other kids cartoon shows, including Recess, Rugrats, and Cow and Chicken.

Tom Kenny

I've probably saved the best for last. Although Tom Kenny is most well-known for his energetic role as Spongebob Squarepants, his list of other characters would once again make my article astronomically long, so we'll just go with the highlights. He was the Narrator and the Mayor on Power Puff Girls... the Ice King on Adventure Time... Yancy Fry Jr. and Abner Doubledeal on Futurama... Rabbit on newer Winnie the Poo projects... Eduardo from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends... and many many heroes and villains from Marvel cartoon shows. His latest role is head forest ranger Woody on the Adult Swim show Brickleberry.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for introducing us to these voices. I have heard them before and would agree that they have created some wonderful characters.

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      Sallie B Middlebrook PhD 

      5 years ago from Texas, USA

      So very interesting. I've always admired "voice talent." I even tried my own voice as talent a time or two in radio-related adventures. It's so much fun, and never feels like work. Thanks for this look at some of the great ones!

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