Billy West Biography
Billy West is an American voice actor, singer, musician, songwriter, and former radio personality. He is best known for his voice-over work in a number of television series, films, video games, and commercials. West has done hundreds of voices over his careers 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.
He does voices for commercials works and he is the current voice of red M&M he has also voiced in the Buzz, and the Honey Nut Cheerios Bee until 2004. In addition to his original voices, he has voiced Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Shaggy Rogers, Popeye, and Woody Woodpecker during later renditions of the respective characters. He was a cast member on The Howard Stern Show, noted for his impersonations of The Three Stooges Larry Fine, George Takei, as Lieutenant Sulu, of Star Trek fame, and Marge Schott, long-time President and CEO of the Cincinnati Reds baseball franchise.
Billy West worked at WBCN in Boston, performing daily on the air on The Big Mattress show, then moved to New York City in 1988, working at K-Rock Radio (92.3 FM WXRK). West became a regular on The Howard Stern Show at that time until leaving in 1995. West moved to Los Angeles, where he found success as a voice actor and performer.
Billy West Age
How old is West? He is 70 years old as of 2023. West was born on April 16, 1952, in Detroit, Michigan, the U.S. He celebrates his birthday on the 16th of April every year.
Billy West Education
He has not disclosed information on where he attended High School or College/ University. The information will however be updated as soon as it is available.
Billy West Height/Weight
He stands on an average height of 5 Feet 4 inches and weighs around 70kgs
Billy West Family
West’s family was of Irish descent. He suffered an abusive childhood due to his father’s temper. However, he has not revealed information regarding his family members, this information is currently under review and will be updated soon.
Billy West Wife
He is happily married to Violet West but has not revealed information regarding her. This information is currently under review and will be updated soon.
Billy West Children
He has not revealed whether he has children as he likes to keep his personal life private. However, this information is under review and will be updated as soon as it is available.
Billy West Career
Billy West had the most notable film work which was in Space Jam and provided the voice of both Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. Over his career, he has been the voice talent for close to 120 different characters including some of the most iconic animated figures in television history. In 1998, Entertainment Weekly described him as “The new Mel Blanc” who noted his ability to mimic well-known voices, though he would rather develop original voices. Richard Steven Horvitz was chosen for the series role because West’s voice was too recognizable, according to creator Jhonen Vasquez during DVD commentary.
He is the voice of “Red” in numerous M&M commercials as well as the 3-D movie “I Lost My M in Vegas”, currently playing at M&M’s World in Las Vegas, NV. West also voices a number of characters in the series Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World. He voiced the character of Moobeard in Moobeard the Cow Pirate, a short animation featured on Random! Cartoons, and reprises his role as Elmer Fudd in Cartoon Network’s series The Looney Tunes Show. He provides the voice for the elephant/van Ellyvan in the Playhouse Disney show Jungle Junction.
Billy West The Ren & Stimpy Show
Billy West provided the voice of Stimpy in Nickelodeon’s The Ren & Stimpy Show from 1991 until 1996, and he later provided the voice of Ren Höek from 1993 to 1996 when Ren’s original voice and series creator John Kricfalusi was fired by Nickelodeon for delivering un-airable episodes. West performed other characters in the series as well, such as Mr. Horse (another role that West was issued after Kricfalusi’s departure) and the “Announcer/Salesman” of such shorts as the “Log” ads (a voice West would use years later as the Narrator for The Weird Al Show).
According to West, he was originally supposed to do the voice of both Ren and Stimpy (and performed both characters on the tape that was used to sell the show to Nickelodeon), but then Kricfalusi decided to do the voice of Ren himself once the show was sold and he had West on board as part of the selling point. However, he provided Ren’s maniacal laughter when John Kricfalusi was the voice of Ren.
Billy West Futurama
West roles in Futurama include Philip J. Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Zapp Brannigan, Dr. Zoidberg, and various other incidental characters. As he and other Futurama cast and crew point out in DVD commentaries, West voiced so many characters throughout the series that conversations are often held entirely between the characters he is voicing.
He went into the Futurama auditions and was asked to try out what he said about Fry, which had originally gone to Charlie Schlatter. He is also known for doing many different and unique voices, in the voice of Philip J. Fry is considered to be closer to his natural voice than any other character who has done before (in an audio commentary, he states Fry is just himself at age 25). This similarity, West acknowledges, was done purposefully in order to make it harder to replace him in the part along with placing more of himself personally into the role (DVD commentary).
The role of Zapp Brannigan was created for Phil Hartman, but he died before the show started and he was given that role. He scribed his interpretation of Zapp Brannigan’s voice as an imitation of Hartman, but described the actual vocalizations of the character as being based on “a couple of big dumb announcers I knew.”
West was renewed by Comedy Central as four direct-to-DVD films broken into 16 television episodes. He reprised his roles for these films and was signed on for two new 26-episode production seasons (four 13-episode air seasons) of Futurama which aired summers of 2010–2013.
Billy West Commercial television
West was the announcer of the program Screen Gems Network which ran from 1999–2001. He was the promotional announcer for The Comedy Channel before it merged with HA! to become Comedy Central. Over his career, Billy West has voiced multiple characters in television commercials. These include (but are not limited to):
- Red, the plain/milk chocolate M&M (1996–present) (after Jon Lovitz’s departure from the role in 1996)
- Buzz, the honey nut bee for Honey Nut Cheerios (1990–2004)
- An alien for Pentium 4
- Popeye for Minute Maid
- Babe Ruth, Mickey Gold mill, and Bruce Lee for Brisk Iced Tea
- Marfalump, a mascot for Pepsi from 1999 to 2000; was created to tie in with the release of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
He voiced the Speed Racer character in the late 1990s advertisement for Volkswagen, because the commercial’s producers could not locate Peter Fernandez, the original voice of Speed. However, the producers did locate Corinne Orr, the original voice for the characters Trixie and Spritle.
Billy West Internet entertainment
He provided voices for Eric Kaplan–created webtoon Zombie College, and two characters in Tofu the Vegan Zombie. He appeared on Ken Reid’s TV Guidance Counselor Podcast on January 30, 2015. The episode was recorded live at The Smell in Downtown Los Angeles during the third annual Riot LA Comedy Festival.
He began his own podcast show in July 2015. It features him doing numerous characters per episode, recurring segments such as “Song Demolition” and “Billy Bastard – Amateur Human Being”, and special guest Jim Gomez.
Billy West Actor
Perhaps West’s most notable film work came in the 1996 film Space Jam. Here he provided the voice of both Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. West reprised the roles of Bugs and Fudd in subsequent Looney Tunes feature-length films and returned as Fudd in the theatrically released Looney Tunes: Back in Action. In 1998, West starred in the direct-to-video film Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island as Shaggy Rogers. He became the second person to portray the character (the first being Casey Kasem).
He was one of the top contenders to replace Kasem after his retirement in 2009 but lost the role to Matthew Lillard. In 2000, he provided additional voices in Disney’s Dinosaur. In 2004, West voiced the classic character Popeye in the 75th-anniversary film Popeye’s Voyage: The Quest for Pappy, and made his live-action film debut in Mark Hamill’s Comic Book: The Movie. He also appeared in a cameo in Garfield: The Movie.
Billy West Music
West is a guitarist and singer-songwriter with a band called Billy West and The Grief Counselors. They have released their first album, Me-Pod. He went and toured as a guitarist for Roy Orbison and Brian Wilson. In 1982, he sang a song that led, him in doing an impersonation of Mike Love, on a Beach Boys-inspired tune, “Another Cape Cod Summer This Year,” by studio band ROUTE 28, written and produced by Erik Lindgren on his Arf! Arf! Records label.
West has collaborated with Deborah Harry, Lou Reed, and Los Lobos. Also, he has played live on several occasions with Brian Wilson. This included the guitar solo on the Beach Boys’ tune “Do it Again” on Late Show with David Letterman. The Futurama episode “Proposition Infinity” features the track “Shut up and Love Me” which was written and played by Billy West and Greg Leon, under the name Wailing Fungus.
Billy West Radio Personality
He provided character voices on Charles Laquidara’s Big Mattress radio show on Boston’s WBCN. He was one-half of the award-winning in WBCN Production team from 1980–1986. From 1989 through 1995. In addition, he provided The Howard Stern Show with character voices such as Jim Backus, Lucille Ball, Raymond Burr, Johnny Carson, Johnnie Cochran, Connie Chung, Pat Cooper, Jane Curtin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Doris Day, Louis “Red” Deutsch, David Dinkins, Mia Farrow, Larry Fine, Pete Fornatale, Frank Gifford, Kathie Lee Gifford, Rudolph Giuliani, Mark Goddard, Bobcat Goldthwait, the Greaseman, and Robin Williams until eventually leaving the show over money.
He was an occasional contributor to The Adam Carolla Show. This is a syndicated morning radio show that replaced Stern’s show on CBS in LA. On February 19 and 20, 2007, The Howard Stern Show ran a special two-part retrospective of West’s work with the show. It marked his first work with the show since leaving after his last show on November 1, 1995. On June 9, 2009, he appeared on Jackie Martling’s Jackie’s Joke Hunt on Stern’s satellite radio channel Howard 101.
Billy West Video games
- Stimpy in Nicktoons Racing (2000) and Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots (2007)
- Dr. Zoidberg in The Simpsons Game (2007)
- Additional voices in Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly (2002)
- Sparx in The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night (2007)
- Philip J. Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, and Zapp Brannigan in Futurama (2003)
- Ninja in I-Ninja (2003).
- Nash and Zam in Crash Nitro Kart (2003)
- Additional Voices, including two voice sets for the player character in Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn (2000).
- Murphy in Rayman M (2002) and Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc (2003).
- Muttley and L’il Gruesome in Wacky Races: Starring Dastardly and Muttley (2001)
- Some voices in Mad Dash Racing, for the Xbox
- Voice of Red, the red M&M in M&M’s: The Lost Formulas (2000)
- Hamton J. Pig in Tiny Toon Adventures: Toonenstein
- Atomic Bomberman in Atomic Bomberman
- Emilio Baza in Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned
- Bugs Bunny & Elmer Fudd in Bugs Bunny: Lost in Time
- The Yak in Nicktoons MLB (2011)
- Fire Kraken, Freeze Blade, Food Fight, Chill Bill, and Rocky Roll in Skylanders: Swap Force, Skylanders: Trap Team and Skylanders: SuperChargers
- The narrator in Minecraft: Story Mode (2015)
Billy West Salary/Net worth
He has an estimated salary ranging between $70,000 – $125,000 and has an estimated net worth of $1 Million -$5 Million which he earns from his career.