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Futurama Voice Actors

Below you'll find more information on the people behind the voices of the Planet Express crew. Many of the Futurama voice actors have quite an extensive work portfolio and you might be surprised when seeing what they did before.

Recurring or multiple characters were spoken by the following people: And finally, guest stars voicing themselves, their trademark characters or one time appearances.

Main Characters

Billy West

Name: Billy West
Birthdate: April 16th, 1950
From: Detroit, Michigan
Voiced: Fry - Our frozen hero
Voiced: Farnsworth - The Professor
Voiced: Zoidberg - The poor doctor
Voiced: Zapp Brannigan - DOOP captain
Special Move: Whoop Whoop Whoop Whoop Whoop

Billy West is without doubt one of the big guys in voice-over business.

After a brief stand up period in his early days, he changed over to the airwaves doing comedy bits at WBCN Radio in Boston in 1980. Moving over to New York City's WXRK in 1989, he was fed up with promoting contests and products. That's when he joined The Howard Stern Radio Show as a part time voice imitator and in 1994 became a 3 days a week regular on the show. Not being able to strike a financial agreement with the production company behind the show, Billy quit the job a year later and moved on to Los Angeles.

Having watched cartoons throughout the late 50s, Billy was always fascinated when he saw that the many dozen voices in a show were usually done by only a handful of people. This devotedness towards cartoons coupled with his voice talent had him going in the business soon after. Out of a few gigs, his starring-as list was soon filled with of well known characters such as both Ren and Stimpy, Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd starting with the feature film "Space Jam", Red M of the M & M's and Woody Woodpecker.

With Fry, Farnsworth and Zoidberg, Billy does a total of 3 main characters on Futurama. He describes Fry's voice as the 25 year old Billy. The role of Zapp Brannigan was offered to him after fellow voice artist and original cast Phil Hartman died in 1998. Throughout the series' run, Billy also voiced a good share of the one time and minor characters including both Bill Clinton's and Richard Nixon's heads.


Voice Samples:
  • Zoidberg and Fry on the topic of love
    Leela: "It's amazing that your people can fall in love so fast."
    Zoidberg: "Love? That word is unknown here. I'm simply looking for a female swollen with eggs to accept my genetic material."
    Fry: "You and me both, brother."
  • Zapp Brannigan getting diplomacy started
    Zapp: "You'll be negotiating with the aliens' mysterious leaders: The Brain Balls. They got a lot of brains and they got a lot of chutzpah."
  • Farnsworth and the tooth fairy
    Farnsworth: "The Fountain of Aging? Hmm... It is just a legend. Still, they called the tooth fairy a legend and now it's head of the FBI."

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John DiMaggio

Name: John DiMaggio
Birthdate: September 4th
From: North Plainfield, NJ
Voiced: Bender - The lovable rascal
Voiced: Flexo - Evil Twin
Voiced: URL - The Robo Cop
Voiced: Sal - Job-a-Day guy
Voiced: Elzar - Chef with a BAM!
Special Move: Maniac's Laugh

John DiMaggio started his show business career as a stand up comedian on tour not only in his home area, but also internationally.

After appearing on "Caroline's Comedy Hour", "Evening at the Improv", "MTV's Half Hour Comedy Hour", "Apollo Comedy Club" and "MTV - Comikaze" he went with smaller TV series appearances on "Law & Order", "NYPD Blue" and "Chicago Hope" among others. One of his feature length roles was Steve Ballmer - the current Microsoft CEO - in "The Pirates of Silicon Valley".

Around 1997 John auditioned for several voice acting jobs. He voiced characters for TV and cinema productions such as "Princess Mononoke", "The Animatrix", "Kim Possible" and "Samurai Jack" as well as video game character Wakka in "Final Fantasy X".

Still, his biggest gig has to be Futurama on which Bender - the drinking, smoking, roboporn loving robot - is his most remarkable voice. But John does not only play his role model's voice, he plays them all. In total, he probably voiced around 50 characters on the show. The list goes from Elzar, Sal and Mr Panucci over URL the police robot and Mom's son Ignez right to the Puerto Rican transvestite bot which was only added to make use of that voice. In 2001, John DiMaggio won the Annie award for outstanding voice acting in his role as Bender in the episode "Bendless Love".


Voice Samples:
  • Bender doing acting
    Bender: "I read the script, and I think it would help my character's motivation if he was on fire."
    Director: "Don't worry about the script, baby. We rewrote the part to better suit your acting abilities."
    Bender: "Oh, now my character has a Brritish accent?"
    Director: "No, now your character's in a coma. Get in bed and don't move."
  • Bender and Elzar on cooking
    Bender: "But I watch your show! You owe me!"
    Elzar: "I owe you nothing. For starters, your antenna is in my crotch. Also, I hate you. And finally, you can't cook for squat."
    Bender: "Whahahhaha. What was the first one again?"
    Elzar: "I hate you."
    Bender: "I thought that was number two!"
    Elzar: "I knocked it up a notch. Bam!"

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Katey Sagal

Name: Katey Sagal
Birthdate: January 19th, 195?
From: Hollywood, California
Voiced: Leela - The one eyed captain
Voiced: Lee Lemon - Combat soldier in disguise
Voiced: Cloberella - Leela's hero alter ego
Special Move: Yeeeeha

Off screen, Katey is a mother of two with two divorces behind her. But most people know her best for her on-screen career.

Katey Sagal grew up in Los Angeles. Being born into a show business family, she started her career with as a part of a Shakespeare musical production after taking singing and acting classes in the early 70s. The band "The Group with no Name" she started with 4 other people never was a commercial success but got her a job as a back-up singer for Gene Simmons' solo album. Later on she sang for Etta James and others. During the late 70s and early 80s, she performed and went on world tour as a Bette Midler Harlette.

Throughout this time, she had a few smaller appearances on TV productions which finally led her to a role as Mary Tyler Moore's co-worker Jo Tucker on "Mary". This in turn got her set up for her most well-known character: The pan-allergic mom and housewife Peggy Bundy on "Married ... with Children". After her Futurama voice work as Leela, she got a major role as the mother in "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" which lost its main actor John Ritter to heart conditions in September 2003. The show went into recess to be remodelled around Katey's character.


Voice Samples:
  • Leela on tolerance
    Leela: "Professor! Please! Society is never gonna make any progress until we all learn to pretend to like each other. Now let's go over there and make these hideous strangers feel welcome."
    Professor: "No!"
  • Leela proving her sanity
    Leela: "I'll find Fry's coffin, get his corpse and keep it under my mattress to remind me that he's really dead. That'll prove I'm not insane!"

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Lauren Tom

Name: Lauren Tom
Birthdate: August 4th, 1961
From: Illinois (Chinese heritage)
Voiced: Amy Wong - The sexy and clumsy Planet Express intern
Voiced: Inez Wong - Amy's stinking rich mother living on Mars
Voiced: Jrrr - The young poppler
Special Move: The Cantonese Curse

Coming from a largely Jewish community in Highland Park, Illinois, Chinese-American Lauren Tom started with a job on Broadway as a dancer for musicals including "A Chorus Line" and "Doonesbury".

A year and a bit later, she moved on to acting. After a small role on "Cadillac Man" with Robin Williams, she got an offer to be a guest on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show". This was her anchor in the L.A. business and led her to acting in smaller movies and multiple TV series with guest appearances in "Chicago Hope" and "The Nanny". Some might also remember her "Friends" role as Ross' season 2 girlfriend Julie.

During the late 90s, she started doing more voices for animated predominantly Asian (she's Cantonese after all) characters. Speaking for several Marvel cartoons, "Extreme Ghostbusters" and "King of the Hill" among others, her Amy Wong rendition on Futurama was her longest lasting voice job after Connie from KotH. Newer projects include "New Scooby-Doo" and the upcoming Disney production "Mulan II".


Voice Samples:
  • Lauren as Amy and Mrs Wong talking about Kif
    Amy: "Mom, dad. You remember Kif?"
    Mr Wong: "This your boyfriend?! I have instant dislike of him."
    Mrs Wong: "He too scrawny to father grandchildren."
    Amy: "He's not scrawny. He's just small boned."
  • Amy getting a pony
    Amy: "Spirit! Kif, that's the pony I always wanted but my parents said I had too many ponies already."
    Kif: "Yes, I programmed it in for you. Four million lines of Basic!"

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Phil LaMarr

Name: Phil LaMarr
Birthdate: January 24th, 1967
From: Los Angeles, California
Voiced: Hermes - The Jamaican Planet Express bureaucrat
Voiced: Lionel Preacherbot - Straight to Hell
Voiced: Helper - A surrogate Bender
Special Move: The Exploding Head

A gifted actor and comedian, Phil LaMarr brings his dexterous voice-over skills to the role of Hermes.

A Los Angeles local, Phil attended Harvard School in North Hollywood where he began performing in school plays. He landed his first professional acting job, when during one summer vacation, he won a spot on the NBC animated series "Mr. T."

Phil continued to Yale University where he studied English Literature and helped found the improvisational group The Purple Crayon. His passion for improvisation led him to further training in Chicago at The Second City and The Improv-Olympic under Del Close. A return to Los Angeles brought LaMarr a chance to work with The Groundlings, the award winning improvisational and sketch comedy group.

In fact, he was a member of The Groundlings Main Company when the casting agents for a new late-night sketch comedy series came looking for him. Already making steady appearances on television shows including "Murphy Brown," "Wings," "Living Single," and "The George Carlin Show," Phil quickly became one of the most visible performers on "Mad TV."

Moving back to Los Angeles brought Phil back to voice-over work as well, as he soon landed regular roles on the animated series "Futurama," "The Weekenders," "Static Shock" "Samurai Jack" and "Justice League" as well as recurring roles on "King of the Hill," Buzz Lightyear of Star Command," "Family Guy," "Da Mob" and "The Proud Family."

On the big screen, LaMarr has appeared as Marvin, the guy who gets his brains blown out in Pulp Fiction, as well as in the comedies Free Enterprise and Kill the Man. He will also appear in the upcoming films: Speaking of Sex with Bill Murray and Catherine O'Hara and Back by Midnight with Randy Quaid, Kirstie Alley and Rodney Dangerfield.

When not working, Phil enjoys performing improv and directing theater. He currently resides in Los Angeles.


Voice Samples:
  • Hermes losing his precious torso
    Hermes: "What are you hacking off? Is it my torso? It is! My precious torso!"
    Zoidberg: "Hermes, quiet! I'm deducing things."
  • Hermes and (not) his cigars
    Dwight: *lights cigar* "Look! I'm Bender!" *pukes*
    Hermes: "Ras H. Tafari! What's going on here?"
    Farnsworth: "The ruffian smoked one of your cigars!"
    Hermes: "That's not a cigar! Uh, and it's not mine."

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Supporting Characters

Maurice Lamarche

Name: Maurice Lamarche
Birthdate: March 30th, 1958
From: Toronto, Canada
Voiced: Kif Kroker - Zapp's alien for everything
Voiced: Morbo - The Anchoralien
Voiced: Calculon - Acting Unit
Voiced: Lrrr - Alien Invader
Voiced: Walt - One of mom's sons

For many people, Maurice Lamarche is The Brain. Besides voicing the smart part of the mouse duo, he also does Dr. Egon Spengler from "The Real Ghostbusters" and various supporting characters in a whole lot of cartoon shows.

Voice Samples:
  • Kif reporting damage
    Kif: "The Holo-shed's on the frits again! The characters turned real!"
    Brannigan: "Damn! The last time that happened, I got slapped with 3 paternity suits!"
  • Morbo in Funky Town
    Morbo: "Oh won't you take me to ... funky town? Oh won't you take me to ... funky town ...."

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Tress MacNeille

Name: Tress MacNeille
Birthdate: June 20th, 1951
Voiced: Mom - Corporate Giant
Voiced: Slurm Queen - Holder of the secret of Slurm
Voiced: Single Femal Lawyer - Knocked off air by Fry
Voiced: Guenter - The Smart Ape
Voiced: Linda - The Newscaster

Tress MacNeille does several recurring characters on Futurama along with a whole bunch of female one time characters. She's one of the few voice actors on Futurama's cast who ga