Episode 015 – Guest: Guest: Rob Paulsen(Smurfs,Snorks,TMNT,Anamaniacs,Pinky and the brain etc.)

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Com join us for with Rob Paulsen this Wednesday night!

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About Rob

Robert Fredrick “Rob” Paulsen III (born March 11, 1956), sometimes credited as Rob Paulson, is an American voice actor, best known as the voice behind Raphael from the 1987 cartoon of Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesYakko Warner and Dr. Otto Scratchansniff from AnimaniacsPinky from Pinky and the Brain and AnimaniacsRev Runner from Loonatics Unleashed, and Throttle from the 1990s and 2006 versions of Biker Mice From Mars.[1] His role as Yakko won him a Daytime Emmy Award for male vocal performance; he won a second one for his portrayal of Pinky.

In total, Paulsen has been the voice of over 250 different animated characters and performed in over 1000 commercials. He continues to play minor parts in dozens of cartoons as well as supporting characters in animated movies.

Paulsen was born in Detroit, Michigan. He is married to Parrish Todd and has one son, Ashton. In an interview with a Chicago TV station, Paulsen described himself as “a singer who decided to become an actor.” Growing up in Grand Blanc, Michigan, Paulsen sang in choir throughout his youth and adolescence and began performing in plays in grammar school. However, his idol growing up was Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings; he considered the arts to be a secondary career choice, primarily interested in becoming a professional hockey player.

Paulsen has long supported charity organizations, and donated considerably for cancer research. He has worked a lot for GOALmodels, a program for adolescents, and is a sponsor of Camp Will-A-Way, a camp for mentally and physically disabled children. He provided the voice of “Dog” in the Taco Bell kids meal commercials from 1996 to mid-1997, with Eddie Deezen as the voice of “Nacho” the cat.

He began his voice over career at Hanna-Barbera on The Smurfs animated television show as an extra in 1981. A few years later, his career launched into more substantial roles such as Tripwire, Cobra Slavemaster, Snow Job and Flash on G.I. Joe and Corky on The Snorks. He had an impressive turn as the villain “Jesse Blue” in the series Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs. The character has a bit of a cult following, due in part to Paulsen’s excellent portrayal.

During the 1980s Paulsen also explored the field of live action cinema. His first movie was Eyes of Fire in 1983. He played supporting roles in Body DoubleStewardess SchoolMutant on the Bounty, and Warlock. He appeared in television shows during this time as well, such as MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. He mentioned in an interview, regarding his role in Body Double, that he would not want his child (who was very young at the time of the interview) to see the movie, so he could not really be proud of his work.

Paulsen’s first major role was in 1987, as “Raphael” in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series.

Paulsen became more prevalent in the world of advertising as well. In the 1980s he had been the announcer for the sitcom Cheers and continued to secure roles as an announcer. He appeared as the voice of “Mr. Opportunity”, spokesman of Honda commercials on TV and radio, the announcer for Buffalo Dick’s Radio Ranch, and the spokesman for Lucky Stores, a West-coast grocery store chain, before it was acquired by Albertsons in 1998.

However Paulsen’s most famous advertising role was in the original commercial of the now ubiquitous Got Milk? campaign. The famous commercial, Who Shot Alexander Hamilton?, aired in 1993, and launched the Got Milk? campaign into a monstrously successful enterprise. Paulsen continues to be one of the most sought-after commercial voice actors in the industry.

He can be currently heard as the voice of singing Mini-Wheat in the Mini-Wheats commercials in Canada.

Tuning in to Spielberg

Throughout the early 1990s, Paulsen continued to co-star in animated series, which allowed him to branch further into radio and television announcements and dropped live-action acting from his repertoire. In 1993, he voiced “Antoine D’Coolette” in ABC‘s series Sonic the Hedgehog, and “Arthur“, an insecure accountant in a moth costume (wings included), in the superhero series The Tick in 1995.

In 1993, he starred as the title character in both Mighty Max and The Mask. Also at this time he starred in what became one of his most popular roles, “Yakko Warner” of Animaniacs. Paulsen also provided the voice of “Pinky” from Pinky and the Brain, a show which won him several Annie Awards and a Daytime Emmy in 1999.

He also did a number of characters in Tiny Toon Adventures, including “Fowlmouth“, “Arnold the Pit Bull“, and “Concord Condor“. In the direct-to-video movie Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation, he did the voices for “Banjo Possum”, “Mr. Hitcher” (who would also appear in other episodes), and “Johnny Pew”.

Current roles

Animation

Paulsen has provided voices for a great amount of characters, among which are Yakko WarnerDr. Otto Scratchansniff and Pinky in AnimaniacsSteelbeak in Darkwing Duck; “Brick” and “Boomer” inThe Powerpuff GirlsSpooky the Tuff Little Ghost in The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper; Ogden Ostrich in Channel Umptee-3; “Reuben” in Lilo & Stitch: The Series; “Jack Fenton,” “Box Ghost,” “Technus“, and “The Ghost Vultures” in Danny Phantom; “Carl Wheezer” and “Butch” in Jimmy Neutron; “Mark Chang“, “Mr. Birkenbake” and “Peppy Happy Gary” in The Fairly OddParents; Peck the Rooster in Barnyard, and Back at the Barnyard; and “Gordon” in the Nickelodeon cartoon Catscratch. He was also the voice of “Rothchild” in the early episodes of Samurai Jack. Additionally, Paulsen provided the voice of “PJ” in Goof Troop, the animated series starring Goofy. He also voiced “Zeek” and “Joshua” in K10C: Kids’ Ten Commandments, Rude Dog in Rude Dog and the Dweebs, and Archie the Raccoon, A.K.A., Ze Archer in “Mask of the Raccoon” on The Penguins of Madagascar. He reprised his role as “Throttle” in the 2006 Biker Mice from Mars, and played a role in The Boondocks as an art teacher. He also provided the voices of 2T Fru-T, Mike Ellis, Dark Comet and Ronald in the 2001 cartoon series Butt-Ugly Martians. He also portrayed the voice of Chomper in The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley AdventureSpike and Rinkus in The Land Before Time sequels and Spike in the TV series, but Spike was played anonymously in the original The Land Before Time. Paulsen also played Mo in The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water. It was not long before Paulsen returned to Warner Bros. Animation, which had diverged into a new era of television serials (following what is sometimes referred to as the “Silver Age of Animation“). Paulsen appeared as “Rev Runner” of the new show Loonatics Unleashed and stars in Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island. He also voiced “The Source” in the Teen Titans episode “Employee of the Month.” He was also the voice of the character “Squeeky” on the TV show Danger Rangers. Paulsen also provides the voice for the Honda character “Mr. Opportunity.” In the Rob Zombie animated film, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Paulsen voices the characters “El Gato” and “Col. Hans Wolfburger”. He also has a role as “Ditto“, one of the alien forms on Ben 10. He is also the current voice of classic Disney character “José Carioca“. Rob became the new voice of “Prince Eric” of Disney’s The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea in 2000. He is also the voice of Peck the rooster and other minor characters in the Nickelodeon computer-animated series Back at the Barnyard & various minor characters on the Disney Channel animated series, The Replacements. One of the newer titles he is voiced in is the Tinker Bell line as Bobble. He also did the voices of Boober Fraggle, Sprocket and Marjory the Trash Heap in the animated version of Fraggle Rock. As well as Gwizdo in the Dragon Hunters movie. Also, according to The Pokemon Wiki site, he also voices Buizel in one of the seasons of Pokemon.

Video games

In video gaming, much voice talent has bled over from television and radio voice actors. Paulsen has appeared in video games such as Doom 3 and Clay Fighter 63 1/3. He plays “Fluffy”, the Chinese-crested dog, in 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue, an Irish-talking pubtender in the 1996 video game Toonstruck, and “Morte”, a floating, talking skull, in Planescape: Torment, as well as “Anomen Delryn” in Baldur’s Gate II and “Gray Fox” in Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes and Super Smash Bros. Brawl as an assist trophy. He provides the voice for Erik the Swift of the Lost Vikings in its second installment. He portrays “Tobli” and “Lian Ronso” in the English version of Square Enix‘s Final Fantasy X-2 and has played the lead character in Bubsy. Although an extremely minor role, Paulsen has also done the voice for the Greek soldiers in God of War. In the video game The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie’s Revenge, he does the voice of “Igor“. He also reprised his role as “Yakko Warner“, “Dr. Scratchansniff“, and “Pinky” in Animaniacs: The Great Edgar Hunt. Rob Paulsen voiced the lead character, Lazarus Jones, in the PS2 game Ghosthunter. Rob also voiced Alfredo Fettuccini, Bob the Ghost Pirate, Lookout and Ghost Priest in The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition. He voiced the Fox and the Mouse in the Green Eggs and Ham PC game. He also voiced “Tlaloc” in [ Tak and the Power of Juju].

Other

Paulsen is also the off-camera voice of the syndicated television series Funniest Pets and People which is seen on Superstation WGN and other television stations throughout the United States and abroad.

Awards

Rob Paulsen has been nominated for an Annie Award for his role of “Pinky” for 4 consecutive years, which he won in 1996, 1997, and 1999. In 2004 he was nominated for his role of “The Troubador” inThe Three Musketeers, and in 2005 he was nominated for his role in The Happy Elf. In 1999 he also won the Daytime Emmy Award for the role of Pinky.

Public appearances

Paulsen has been a regular industry guest and featured panelist at Comic-Con International over the past several years. He has also appeared at animation industry-related events such as the World Animation Celebration in 1998, among many others. He has also been a guest at several anime conventions, including JACONMikomicon, and Anime Overdose. Paulsen was a guest of honor atAnthrocon in 2007.

Sometimes people in attendance would request him to sing the famous “Yakko’s World” number, where he sings all the nations of the world with his “Yakko” voice in a fast-paced delivery without rehearsing.

Filmography

Rob Paulsen voices most of the characters with his original accent which is American, but he used a British accent to voice Strut in The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure and Brunch inScooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf while using a Scottish accent to voice Bobble in the Tinker Bell films. In his role as Pinky, Paulsen used an exaggerated Cockney accent, especially in earlier episodes.

TV roles

Movie roles

Charlotte’s Web 2 – Farley the Fox

Games

 

 

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Episode 014 – Guest: Ben Hoppe, Ned Lott and Kat Cressida from Character Pros workshop

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Kat Cressida - Voice Over Talent – Disney, ESPN, Warner Bros., … Coaches “The Magic of Disney Voiceover” for Disney

KAT is one of the top Gal VO talent in Sports – announcing Live from Radio City Music Hall for ESPN coverage of the NFL Draft, and the ongoing Voice for ESPN’s top-rated, PARDON THE INTERRUPTION, as well as SportsCenter Specials.  She’s also the new voice for PBR’s Professional Bull Riders broadcasts for NBC Sports, and Versus.

Current National Commercial campaigns: Verizon, Chevy, Disney Parks & Resorts, SeaWorld, and Blue Ice Vodka.

Recent Animation includes: WORLD OF WARCRAFT, PHINEAS & FERB, a recurring Guest Star on F/X’s hit series, ARCHER, TOY STORY 2 & 3 projects for Disney/Pixar, Warner Bros. CATS & DOGS 2, James Cameron’s AVATAR, TALE OF DESPEREAUX, TINKERBELL, SPACE CHIMPS, CHICKEN LITTLE, TARZAN, and Miyazaki’s new EARTHSEA.

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Ben Hoppe - Creative Director, Disney

Ben is a verteran voice director at Disney Character Voices with 10 years experience writing for and directing characters from Lightning McQueen to Mickey Mouse.

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Ned Lott - Casting Director, Freelance/ Disney Studios, Pixar, and Universal

NED LOTT has a wide range of voiceover directing and casting experience. He was a Producer and casting director on eight Studio Ghibli titles, including Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar™ nominated theatrical release HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE. Other notable accomplishments include casting Liam Neeson as the voice of “Aslan” for THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE and PRINCE CASPIAN. Ned has also cast and directed numerous voiceover projects and ADR sessions for the Walt Disney Company, Pixar, Universal Pictures and SquareEnix

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Episode 013 – Guest: Kat Cressida(voice of Dee Dee from Dexters Lab amongst MANY other things!)

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ABOUT KAT
After graduating suma cum laude from UC Berkeley, KAT landed her first
job in Hollywood as literary agent for William Morris, getting writers gigs in film & television. She decided to return to her training with an on-camera career that brought unexpected success… guest-starring on sitcoms, 1-hour dramas and soaps.
However, she quickly found her true calling ‘behind the Mic’… getting her
start in VoiceOver as prototypical obnoxious sibling, “DEE DEE”, in the
smash hit DEXTER’S LABORATORY for Warner Bros.
But TRUE Disney fans know that her VERY first job at the Mic… was as a
tour guide aboard the “Storybookland” boats in Disneyland!
KAT has become known to Disney fans as the only new Character
to be added to Disneyland/WDW’s legendary HAUNTED MANSION
since it first opened in 1969 – “Constance…The Black Widow
Bride”. KAT can also be heard in the Parks’ “Twilight Zone TOWER
OF TERROR, WOODY’S ROUNDUP, and Epcot’s CHARACTER
SPOT (produced by THE amazing Dave Bossert!!)
KAT is one of the top Gal VO talent in Sports – announcing
Live from Radio City Music Hall for ESPN coverage of the NFL
Draft, and the ongoing Voice for ESPN’s top-rated, PARDON THE
INTERRUPTION and SportsCenter Specials. She’s also the new
voice for PBR’s Professional Bull Riders broadcasts for NBC
Sports.
Current National commercial campaigns: Chevy, 21st Century,
SeaWorld, and Blue Ice Vodka.
Recent credits include PHINEAS & FERB, a recurring Guest
Star on F/X’s hit animated primetime series, ARCHER, TOY
STORY 2 & 3 projects for Disney/Pixar, Warner Bros. CATS &
DOGS 2, James Cameron’s AVATAR, TALE OF DESPEREAUX,
TINKERBELL, SPACE CHIMPS, CHICKEN LITTLE, TARZAN, and
Miyazaki’s new EARTHSEA.
Video games fans recognize her famous titles: LucasArts STAR
WARS titles as the voicematch of “Princess Leia”, TITAN
QUEST, SABATEUR, SECRET SERVICE, GUILD WARS, SPYRO,
EVERQUEST, DRAGONAGE, LITTLEST PET SHOP 2 & 3.
A top voicematcher for celebrities, KAT just recorded: Kate
Hudson (LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN), Katherine Heigel (ONE FOR
THE MONEY), Penelope Cruz (PIRATES / CARRIBEAN IV),
Christine Applegate (CATS & DOGS), Mary Louise Parker (WEEDS),
and Joan Cusack (TOY STORY 3).
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Episode 012 – Guest: Bob Bergen(Voice of Porky Pig)

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Bob’s Bio(Taken from http://bobbergen.com/)

Bob Bergen moved to Los Angeles from Cincinnati when he was 14. Actually, he had no choice. His Dad took a job in LA and relocated the family. But LA is where he wanted to be. As a kid, Bob spent endless hours watching and taping cartoons, imitating voices as well as creating characters of his own. His dream was to voice The Looney Tunes, and in particular Porky Pig. Bob’s idol was Mel Blanc, and he worked day and night trying to perfect eh-puh-peh-eh Porky’s famous voice. To his parents dismay, he spent more time working on voices than he did at his school work, though I think they’ve forgiven him by now.

Soon after arriving in LA, Bob began investigating how to get into the world of doing voices for cartoons. He spent hours thumbing through the yellow pages, calling every animation studio in town, gathering information on how to break into the voice-over field. Hanna Barbara referred him to Bob Lloyd,who at the time had the only voice casting office in Los Angeles called The Voicecaster. Lloyd referred him to Daws Butler, a legend in animation and well known as the man behind the voice of Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Elroy Jetson, and Snagglepuss, to name a few. Daws taught a weekly voice-over workshop, and invited Bob to join the class. Bob also studied voice-over with anyone and everyone in LA offering a workshop, including Louise Chamis, Michael Bell, Brian Cummings, and Dave Madden. For the next several years Bob was never out of a class, studying voice-over, as well as improv and acting. He even got the chance to watch his idol, Mel Blanc record a project for Warner Bros.

When he was 18, a good friend of the family had Casey Kasem send Bob an autograph picture for his high school graduation. Bob sent Casey a thank you note, stating he wanted to do voices for cartoons and included his phone number. To his shock Casey phoned Bob and offered his assistance. Casey requested Bob make a home made demo of as many voices as he could. Bob sent Casey a tape of 85 voices which Casey, in turn, gave to Don Pitts, a voice-over agent and one of the nicest guys in the biz. Don signed Bob, and at 18 he was set up with his first agent. Not long after, Bob booked his first cartoon, Spiderman, and His Amazing Friends. He continued his studies with Daws Butler, and for the next 5 years slowly built up his voice-over resume with a variety of cartoons and commercials. To make ends meet, he worked as a tour guide at Universal Studios.

At the age of 23, Bob was able to leave Universal and work full time as an actor. His resume consists of 100s of cartoons, commercials, promos, radio imaging, live award show announcing, and interactive games. In 1990, Bob’s dream came true when he joined a handful of actors who share the job of voicing The Looney Tunes. Over the years, Bob has voiced Porky, Tweety, Marvin the Martian, Henry Hawk, Sylvester Jr., and Speedy Gonzales in a variety of feature films, albums, toys, games, and television series’, including the 2 time Emmy nominated seriesDuck Dodgers, in which Bob received an Annie Award nomination as best voice performer in a television series. In 1991 Bob was asked to play Sylvester Jr., for a radio program called Mrs. Bush’s Story Time, hosted by First Lady Barbara Bush. Soon after, he was thrilled to be invited to a reception at the White House in appreciation for his participation in Mrs. Bush’s literacy program.

Bob added game show host to his resume after landing the job of emcee on Jep!, the kid’s version of the classic game showJeopardy!. For ten years, Bob worked as the grandstand host at the annualHollywood Christmas Parade. His job consisted of spending two hours prior to the parade warming up an audience of literally hundreds lined up and down Sunset Boulevard, entertaining, schmoozing and getting everyone in the Christmas spirit. Throughout the parade, he had the privilege of interviewing some of Tinseltown’s biggest stars as they traveled down the streets of Hollywood in floats and vintage cars. The Grand Marshall in Bob’s first parade was James Stewart, and Bob was honored to have the opportunity to meet and interview this legendary actor. Over his years with the parade Bob got the chance to interview some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Halle Berry, Sammy Davis Jr., Ed McMahann, Steve Allen and Mickey Rooney to name a few.

Bob was invited to teach his animation voice-over workshop at Judy Carter’s California Comedy Conference in Palm Springs. This whirlwind weekend consisted of up and coming comics showcasing to various show biz movers and shakers. Through connections he made at this conference, Bob put together a one man show. After a one time “trial” performance in Burbank, he was asked by Ken Kragen, who managed Kenny Rogers, to be theopening act for Rogers’ summer tour throughout California and Oregon. Upon returning from the tour, Bob showcased his one man show at the Ice House in Pasadena and The Whitefire Theater in Sherman Oaks. Producer Ed Gaynes offered to produce the show commercially at the Whitmore-Lindley Theater in NOHO. Bob Bergen, Not Just Another Pretty Voice opened to great reviews and ran for 3 months. It was revived again in 2007, playing on a Royal Caribbean cruise to Mexico, as well as Las Vegas, and a 6 week run at The Stella Adler Theater in Hollywood. A new version entitledBob Bergen: So, Here’s The Deal! has toured in NYC, Atlanta, and Chicago. It’s currently taking bookings in theaters throughout the country. In 2011 Bob began his24th year teaching his animation voice-over workshop workshop in Los Angeles as well as weekend intensives throughout the US and Canada.

Bob’s voice has been heard in hundreds of commercials, including McDonald’s, Mitsubishi, Geico, Petsmart, Publix, Albertsons. His promo resume includes Disney Channel, NBC, FOXKids. He’s the imaging branding voice for radio stations throughout the US. Animated features include Tangled, TinkerBell, Spirited Away, A Bug’s Life, Iron Giant, Cars, The Emperor’s New Groove, Up, Wall-E, to name a few. He voices Luke Skywalker for LucasArts interactive games, as well as all 3 Robot Chicken: Star Wars specials. He’s supplied special vocal effects for dozens of films, including Gremlins, Army of Darkness, Dunsten Checks In, Fright Night 2, Honey, I Blew up the Kid, Santa Clause 2 & 3, He’s an Annie Award nominee for Porky Pig/Cadet in the Emmy nominated series Duck Dodgers. In 2011 he stars as Porky Pig in Cartoon Network’s new series The Looney Tunes Show.

Bob has been an active member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciencessince 1994, He’s a 2 time volunteer Big Brother, and was honored as the 2007 Jewish Big Brother of the Year.

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Episode 011 – Guest: Jen Taylor(Cortana from Halo)

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Jennifer Lee “Jen” Taylor (born on February 17, 1973 in Seattle, Washington) is an American voice actress best known for her role asCortana in various Halo games and the Xbox 360 game “1 vs. 100“.

Voice work

Jen Taylor’s first voice role was Sunny Day in Backyard Baseball. Since 1999 in Mario Golf, she has voiced Princess Peach and from 2001Toad in various Mario games. More recently, she has voiced the role of Zoey in Left 4 Dead, Cate Archer in No One Lives Forever 2 and Jessica Cannon in the episodic FPS SiN Episodes. She also plays the voice of Keira Stokes in F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin. She also worked alongside David Scully on both Saw and Alien vs Predator 2.

Taylor also provided the voice of Cortana and Dr.Cathrine E.Halsey in the Xbox and Xbox 360 Halo video game series. For the Legendary Edition release of Halo 3, Jen Taylor filmed The Cortana Chronicles: In Search of Fandom, in which she traveled across America meeting fans of the series. In 2002, she performed the audio version of Elizabeth Berg’s novel, True to Form. She is also the voice talent for the character Chloe in the Hoyle Board and Card games series.

In 2007, Taylor worked alongside Holter Graham in the Halo: Contact Harvest audio book.

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Episode 010 – Guest: James Harper


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Learn more about James Harper!

JAMES HARPER is the voice of the villainous Emperor Arcturus Mengsk in the smash-hit video game from Blizzard Entertainment, “StarCraft”. He originated the role in the first game nearly 15 years ago (1997), reprised it in the expansion set, “StarCraft: Brood War”, and in 2010 returned for the long-awaited and anticipated, “StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty”. He has made several personal appearances over the past 2 years at various gaming conventions.

He is a multi-award-winning actor and voice artist, with an eclectic background that ranges from touring the Mid-West as a carnival barker with Carroll’s Greater Shows and Wm. D. Stanley Shows (at age 15 & 16) to a command performance for the Princesses Margaret of Great Britain and Elizabeth of the former Yugoslavia at Scotland’s Edinburgh Festival; and he has amassed an extensive body of credits in all mediums since making his professional stage debut at the age of twenty-three performing ‘Kent’ opposite James Earl Jones’ “King Lear” at the NY Shakespeare Festival’s Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. He is a native Californian – born in the Los Angeles area – and spent his formative years in the farmlands and rural communities of South Dakota and California’s San Joaquin Valley, prior to his family relocating in Northern California’s Marin County in the early 1960’s, where he was touched by the theatre ‘bug’ while attending San Rafael High School.

TRAINING – Following a stint in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam era he spent 3 years immersed in theatre study and performance at the College of Marin. Sixteen productions at C.O.M. included seven by Shakespeare and the world premieres of Joel Schwartz’s “A Psalm For Two Davids” and Philip Bosakowski’s “Bierce Takes on the Railroad”, in which he created the role of ‘Hartford T. Kent’ opposite Kurtwood Smith (“That 70′s Show”, “Robocop”) and fellow student, Robin Williams.

Then, in 1972, Mr. Harper was invited by the legendary John Houseman to attend the Advanced Actor Training Program at New York’s prestigious Juilliard School, where he studied with Gerald Freedman, Michael Kahn, Elizabeth Smith, Hovey Burgess, Robert Neff Williams, B. H. Barry, and the celebrated Edith Skinner, among others, and performed the role of ‘Falstaff’ in the first staging of Dakin Matthews’ adaptation of “Henry IV, Pts. I & II”. Among his schoolmates at Juilliard were Christine Baranski, the late Christopher Reeve, Casey Biggs, and William Hurt, among others.

Upon graduating from Juilliard, he accepted Mr. Houseman’s offer to join his then-fledgling The Acting Company, subsequently spending four seasons, 600 performances and 50,000 miles touring the United States while working with some of the theatre world’s greatest talents: actors Patti LuPone, Franny Conroy, Kevin Kline, and J. T. Walsh, directors Ellis Rabb, Jack O’Brien and Gerald Gutierrez, and designers Ming Cho Lee, John Lee Beatty, Santo Loquasto, Jane Greenwood, Ray Diffen, and Barbara Matera, among many others. His Acting Company credits include such diverse roles as ‘Kilroy’ in Tennessee Williams’ “Camino Real”, ‘Holofernes’ in “Loves’ Labors Lost”, and ‘Blick’ in “The Time of Your Life”.

Mr. Harper’s BROADWAY credits include ‘Lt. Schrank’ in the first major revival of “West Side Story”, where he worked with Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, and creating the role of ‘Little Harp’ opposite Kevin Kline and Patti LuPone in the original Tony-nominated production of “The Robber Bridegroom”. His work OFF & OFF-OFF BROADWAY includes ‘Johnny’ opposite Kathy Bates (and later Debra Jo Rupp and Caroline Aaron) in “Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune”, ‘Reverend Salvation’ & ‘Professor Trixie’ in a major revival of “The Cradle Will Rock” directed by John Houseman, creating the roles of ‘Vern’ opposite Patricia Heaton in Quincy Long’s “The Johnstown Vindicator” and ‘Frehlich’ in David Suesdorff’s “The Cruelties of Mrs. Schnayd”, ‘Colm’ in Gardner McKay’s “Sea Marks”, and ‘The Baboon’ in Brecht’s “Jungle of Cities” at Brooklyn Academy of Music Theatre Company, among others.

Mr. Harper’s extensive credits with many of this country’s leading REGIONAL theatres include creating the role of ‘Cawhill’ opposite Annette O’Toole in the world premiere of Larry Ketron’s “Sun Bearing Down” (San Diego’s Old Globe), ‘Hornbeck’ opposite E. G. Marshall and Robert Vaughan in “Inherit The Wind” (Paper Mill Playhouse), ‘Ligniere’ in “Cyrano de Bergerac” opposite Anthony Zerbe (Long Wharf), ‘Ed’ in “Entertaining Mr. Sloane” (Guthrie), Dan White’s defense attorney, ‘Doug Schmidt’, in Emily Mann’s “Execution of Justice” (Berkeley Rep), ‘Oates’ opposite Brian Murray in “Terra Nova” (Baltimore’s Centre Stage), ‘Oronte’ in the Boston premiere of Richard Wilbur’s translation of Moliere’s “The Misanthrope” (Huntington), “The Tempest” and “Julius Caesar” (American Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, CT), ‘Jimmy’ in “A History of the American Film” and ‘Taylor’ in “K 2″ (Pittsburgh Public, Best Actor Award for ‘Jimmy’), ‘Roma’ in “Glengarry Glen Ross” (Houston’s Alley Theatre), ‘Colin’ in “Ashes” (PAF Playhouse), ‘Jerry’ in “Betrayal” (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), ‘Salieri’ in “Amadeus” (Virginia Stage Company), creating the role of ‘Victor Frankenstein’ in the world premiere of “Frankenstein” (St. Louis’ Loretto-Hilton Theatre, now known as St. Louis Rep), working with the old-time string band, The Red Clay Ramblers, and creating a singing Mark Twain in the world premiere of “Life on the Mississippi” (Playmakers Rep), Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep, ‘Falstaff’ in “The Merry Wives of Windsor” (Houston Shakespeare Festival), “Cyrano de Bergerac” & “Macbeth” (title roles), and playing famed mountaineer/theologian/philosopher Willi Unsoeld in “WILLI – An Evening of Wilderness & Spirit” (1-man show, Arizona Theatre Company).

His LOS ANGELES area stage credits include his award-winning performance as ‘FDR’ (Maddy Award) in the West Coast Premier of Bernard Weinraub’s “The Accomplices” (Fountain Theatre), ‘Robert’ in David Auburn’s “Proof” (La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts), the world premiere of Neil Simon’s “Rose and Walsh” (Geffen Playhouse); ‘Menelaus’ (Drama-Logue Award) in Michael Arabian’s production of “The Trojan Women” with Mariette Hartley, staged outdoors at Gilligan’s Island Lagoon on the back-lot of CBS/Radford Studios; the U.S. premiere of David Grieg’s “The Architect” (title role) and the West Coast premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire’s “A Devil Inside” (at Ojai Playwrights Conference & later at the Whitefire Theatre); ‘Garfinkle’ in “Other People’s Money” (Westwood Playhouse), ‘Bobby Gould’ in David Mamet’s “Speed-the-Plow” (Odyssey Theatre), and Doris Baizley’s “Glass Mountain” (Ojai Playwrights Conference/Simon Levy, Director).

Mr. Harper was a founding member of LA’s Interact Theatre Company, where he helped develop their original operating structure, served 5 years on their Board of Directors, acted as sole production photographer for their first 8 years, produced and/or co-produced 14 projects, and appeared in numerous productions, including “Counsellor-At-Law” (LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award, Ensemble Performance) and as ‘Pischik’ in their critically acclaimed world premiere translation of Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard”. Mr. Harper’s producing credits include the critically acclaimed and long-running productions of “A Little Night Music” (Ovation Nomination, Best Musical – Intimate Theatre) and “Death of a Salesman” (Ovation Nomination, Best Production – Intimate Theatre; VTL ADA Best Production Award).

He has made over 200 Guest Star and recurring appearances on TELEVISION including prime-time episodics (“Judging Amy”, “NYPD Blue”, “Star Trek – Deep Space 9″, “Chicago Hope”, “Quantum Leap”, “LA Law”, “Life Goes On”, “Sisters”, “Deadly Games”, “Matlock”, “Dallas”, “Paradise”, etc., etc.), pilots (“The Burning Zone”), MOW’s (portraying Arkansas Governor Orvil Faubus in Disney’s “The Earnest Green Story”), and sit-coms (“Frasier”, “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose”), as well as numerous NY & LA “soaps” (‘Jim Watson’ on “One Life To Live”, 5 years; the ‘hanging judge’ Francis Fallon on “The Young & The Restless”, 2 years; and ‘Mark Cody’ on “The Guiding Light”). He recently appeared in the recurring guest star role of the villainous attorney, ‘Jordan Lovell’, on the ABC/SOAP Channel prime time dramatic series, “GH: Night Shift.”

Mr. Harper has appeared in 20 + FILMS including “Blaze” (opposite Paul Newman), Michael Mann’s “The Insider” (opposite Russell Crowe & Diane Venora), “Armageddon” (opposite Bruce Willis), “Switch” (opposite Ellen Barkin), “Down Periscope” (opposite Rip Torn & Bruce Dern), “Widow’s Kiss” (opposite Beverly D’Angelo & Dennis Haysbert), “Witch Hunt” (opposite Dennis Hopper and Clifton Collins, Jr.), “Love Field” (opposite Michele Pfeiffer), Michael Apted’s “First Born”, Ulie Edel’s “Last Exit To Brooklyn” (opposite Stephen Lang), and the black & white SciFi thriller “To Walk a City’s Street”. He also has numerous commercials, voiceovers, and video games (“StarCraft”, “Diablo 2″, others) on his list of credits.

He currently co-stars opposite his real-life significant other, Marilyn McIntyre, in the bittersweet, sci-fi comedy short, “Into The Unknown”, a favorite of the 2009/10 short films festivals (Palm Springs Shorts Fest., LA Shorts Fest., others). In the spring of 2011 “Into the Unknown” will be touring the United States as part of the arts exhibit, “America: Now and Here.” (http://AmericaNowAndHere.org)

Mr. Harper is a private acting coach and has taught various master classes at numerous universities throughout the U. S. including USC, UCLA, U. of North Carolina, Arizona State and many others.

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Episode 009 – Guest: John Patrick Lowrie


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John Patrick Lowrie is a voice actor who mostly performs in video games such as The Suffering and The Suffering: Ties That BindTotal AnnihilationNo One Lives Forever: The Operative and No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy In H.A.R.M.’s Way, and Valve games Half-Life 2Half-Life 2: Episode OneHalf-Life 2: Episode TwoLeft 4 Dead and Team Fortress 2.

He is notable for playing the roles of Agent Gray in the MMORPG The Matrix Online, the Sniper in Team Fortress 2Odessa Cubbage in Half-Life 2. Lowrie played Sherlock Holmes in The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a radio show produced by Jim French Productions.

His adolescence was spent in Boulder, Colorado where he attended Southern Hills Junior High School and Fairview High School briefly before joining the United States Navy. He is married to Ellen McLain, who also works as a voice actress, and has starred alongside him in Half-Life 2 and Team Fortress 2.

Here’s John and Ellen’s character family portrait!

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Episode 008 – Guest: Ellen McLain

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Ellen McLain is an opera singer and voice actress from Nashville, Tennessee, USA. McLain provides voices for many characters in several video games from Valve. Among them areGLaDOS, the artificial intelligence antagonist in Portal (for which she won an AIAS Interactive Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance) and Portal 2, the announcer in Team Fortress 2, and the voice of the Combine overwatch for the Half-Life 2series.[1]

McLain is the only person to have her voice in all the games in the Orange Box.

McLain also sang the ending credits song to Portal, “Still Alive“, written by Jonathan Coulton.[2]

McLain is married to John Patrick Lowrie, a fellow voice actor, who has also worked on the video game Half Life 2. McLain voiced the antagonistic Overwatch voice, while her husband voiced a citizen who assists the protagonist in Half-Life 2, and in Team Fortress 2 he plays the Sniper.[3]

McLain is scheduled to reprise the role of GLaDOS in Portal 2.

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Episode 007 – Guest: Neil Kaplan

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Having grown up in San Jose California, Neil Kaplan was always known as the guy who did “funny voices”. His first job was in 1988 impersonating Ronald Regan, Richard Nixon, and Dan Rather on a little parody recording called “the Great Debate of 88.” He has since been doing cartoon and video game wok on a more regular basis since 1995.

Mostly known for his work in DIGIMON: Digital Monsters, as Hawkmon and his various forms, Neil also voiced the evil Diaboloco on Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue. His favorite role was the “utility guy” on a show called The Mouse and the Monster, aired on UPN back in 1996/1997. He played stomachs, ghosts, and Sappy the Clown among dozens of other characters. He played a variety of characters in every show, so every week was different showing his wide range.

Neil more recently played the lead on the new Transformers: Robots In Disguise television show, that being the heroic Optimus Prime. As the lead in a show popular with young and old viewers alike for one of Hasbro Inc. most successful properties, Neil came through and was met with nothing but praise.

Currently, Neil continues to do more voice acting work for video games, television and movie animation, and is getting back into old fashion live performance on several levels.

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Episode 006 – Guest: T.J. Jones

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T.J. Jones is originally from Dallas, Texas, and served 11 years in the United States Navy where he first got into voice-overs. As a DJ and voice actor in McMurdo, Antartica, he was both an on air talent and performed recorded public service annoucements. An avid scuba diver when he is not in his fully equipped home studio, he currently lives in Glendale, California with his wife, Sue, and their two cats, Humu and Jaws.

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