Bill Farmer

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Bill Farmer
41st Annie Awards, Bill Farmer.jpg
Farmer at the 2014 Annie Awards
Born William Farmer
(1952-11-14) November 14, 1952 (age 62)
Pratt, Kansas, U.S.
Occupation Voice actor, comedian
Years active 1986–present
Agent AVO Talent
Known for The voice of Goofy
Spouse(s) Jennifer Farmer (m. 1985)
Children Austin Farmer[1]
Awards Disney Legend Award (2009)
Website
Official website

William "Bill" Farmer (born November 14, 1952) is an American voice actor and comedian, best known for being the current voice of the Disney characters Goofy, Pluto, and Horace Horsecollar.

Early life[edit]

Farmer was born on November 14, 1952 in Pratt, Kansas.

Ever since his childhood, Farmer was enamored with cartoons. He learned that he had a knack for doing voices and of all the characters he liked, the character Goofy was whom he liked best.

Farmer's first job, at the age of 15, involved doing voices, especially those of Western stars like John Wayne or Walter Brennan. He and his friends would sometimes go through fast food drive-thrus and order foods in his character voices. Bill attended the University of Kansas, and is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. In college, he found work in radio and TV and then moved on to stand-up comedy as an impressionist until he moved out to Hollywood, where he began voicing Goofy in January 1987. In 1982, while he was still doing stand-up comedy, Farmer worked at a comedy club called the Comedy Corner in Dallas, Texas. He continued to work there until his move to Hollywood in 1986.

His decision to move to California came from a Dallas commercial agent who suggested that, given his talent for voices, he should try his luck in California. He was recently married, but he and his wife talked it over and came to an arrangement. She stayed back in Dallas while he commuted for a year after he got an apartment. Then four months after his moving out to Hollywood, his agent asked him if he could do any Disney characters.

He asserts that voice acting is not about funny voices, but about acting. His mentor was the great voice actor Daws Butler, the man behind many of Hanna-Barbera's characters. He taught Farmer that when doing cartoon voices, you're not merely doing a funny voice, you're an actor and the acting is premier and you have to think like the character you're doing.[2]

Career[edit]

In 1987, he had a small part as reporter Justin Ballard-Watkins in the film RoboCop.[2]

Farmer's very first voice over audition was for Goofy. When he auditioned for the voice, he studied the way the original actor Pinto Colvig performed as Goofy in the 1930s and 1940s cartoons. He studied the hilarious laugh and the distinctive "gawrsh". He inherited the voice of Goofy (as well as Pluto), around the same time Tony Anselmo inherited Donald Duck, and Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor did likewise for Mickey and Minnie Mouse, respectively. Farmer also played Goofy in A Goofy Movie (1995), its sequel, An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000), the Kingdom Hearts series of video games, Goof Troop (1992), which centered around the character and his son, Mickey Mouse Works (1999), House of Mouse (2001), Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (2006).

He originated the voice of Horace Horsecollar in Disney's version of The Prince and the Pauper and has played him ever since.[2][3] Farmer also performed additional voices on The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse (1987), and Astro Boy (2004).

Other significant characters he has played include Yosemite Sam, Sylvester, and Foghorn Leghorn in the movie Space Jam (1996). He has also done several guest voices, both on TV, including The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and in video games, including the Destroy All Humans! series, Namco's Tales of Symphonia, where he voiced Governor-General Dorr, in Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts series reprising the role of Goofy, Detective Date in the SEGA game Yakuza, Captain Wedgewood and Frill Lizard in Ty the Tasmanian Tiger, many voices on EverQuest II, Cletus Samson, Floyd Sanders, Jeff Meyers and Ryan LaRosa in the video game Dead Rising[4] and Sam and others in the cult classic adventure game Sam & Max Hit the Road.

Farmer has also played Secret Squirrel on Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Stinkie in Casper: A Spirited Beginning and Casper Meets Wendy, Willie Bear in Horton Hears a Who! and Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in Robot Chicken in both the animated series and its spin-off video game. He also voiced Gaston in one part of Beauty and the Beast, when Gaston eats eggs.

As of 2014, he plays Doc, the leader of the title characters in Disney's animated television series The 7D.[3]

Bill Farmer still regularly performs comedy routines at the Laugh Factory.

Recognition[edit]

In September 2009, Farmer was named a Disney Legend. In 2011, the International Family Film Festival awarded Bill Farmer the 'Friz Award' for Animation.

He won the Annie Award for Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production for his work as Goofy and Grandma in Mickey Mouse.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Voice Notes
1987 RoboCop Justin Ballard-Watkins Live-action film
1990 The Princes and the Pauper Goofy, Pluto, Horace Horsecollar, Weasels #1 (voice)
1991 Rover Dangerfield Additional voices (voice)
1991 Beauty and the Beast Additional voices (voice)
1992 Porco Rosso Additional voices (voice)
1993 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: The Twelve Days of Christmas Goofy (voice)
1995 A Goofy Movie Goofy (voice)
1995 Runaway Brain Pluto (voice)
1995 Toy Story Additional voices (voice)
1995 Theadore Rex Additional voices (voice)
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Additional voices (voice)
1996 Space Jam Foghorn Leghorn, Sylvester, Yosemite Sam (voice)
1997 Cats Don't Dance Additional voices (voice)
1997 Hercules Additional voices (voice)
1998 Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World Additional voices (voice)
1998 Casper Meets Wendy Stinkie (voice)
1999 The Iron Giant Additional voices (voice)
1999 Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Goofy, Pluto (voice)
1999 Toy Story 2 Additional voices (voice)
2000 An Extremely Goofy Movie Goofy (voice)
2001 Monsters, Inc Additional voices (voice)
2001 Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Goofy, Pluto, Practical Pig (voice)
2002 Mickey's House of Villains Goofy (voice)
2003 Brother Bear Additional voices (voice)
2004 The Lion King 1½ Additional voices (voice)
2004 Home on the Range Additional voices (voice)
2004 Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers Goofy, Pluto (voice)
2004 Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Goofy, Pluto (voice)
2005 Son of the Mask Mask Otis (voice)
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Additional voices (voice)
2006 Cars Additional voices (voice)
2006 Happily N'Ever After Additional voices (voice)
2007 Mickey's Great Clubhouse Hunt Goofy, Pluto (voice)
2007 Surf's Up Additional voices (voice)
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Willie Bear, Additional Voices (voice)
2009 Mickey's Adventures in Wonderland Goofy, Pluto (voice)
2009 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Choo-Choo Express Goofy, Pluto (voice)
2010 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally Goofy, Pluto (voice)
2011 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventure Goofy, Pluto (voice)
2012 The Lorax Additional voices (voice)
2013 Monsters University Additional voices (voice)

Television[edit]

Year Television Voice Notes
1987 D-TV series Goofy (voice)
1988 Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures Additional voices (voice)
1989 Goofy About Health Goofy (voice)
1989 Betty Boop's Hollywood Mystery Fergie Furbelow (voice)
1990 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Disneyland Fun Goofy, Pluto (voice)
1992 Raw Toonage Goofy (voice)
1992-1993 Goof Troop Goofy (voice)
1992 Goof Troop Christmas Goofy (voice)
1992-1993 Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa Additional voices (voice)
1993 Bonkers Goofy (voice)
1994-1995 Mickey's Fun Songs series Goofy, Pluto (voice)
1996 Quack Pack Pluto (voice)
1998 The Spirit of Mickey Goofy (voice)
1998 Paracycling Goofy (voice)
1999 Disney's Mouseworks Spaceship Pluto (voice)
1999-2000 Mickey Mouse Works Goofy, Pluto, Horace Horsecollar (voice)
2001-2003 Disney's House of Mouse Goofy, Pluto, Horace Horsecollar, Practical Pig (voice)
2003 Astro Boy Tawashi (voice)
2005 Loonatics Unleashed Mr. Leghorn (voice)
2004-2006 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Stank Williams, Blort Sportscaster, Additional voices (voice)
2006-present Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Goofy, Pluto (voice)
2007 Higglytown Heroes Janitor Jay (voice)
2010 Jonah Hex: Motion Comics Additional voices (voice)
2006-2012 Robot Chicken Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Pubertis, Additional voices (voice)
2013 Wheel of Fortune: Making Disney Memories Week Goofy (voice)
2013-present Mickey Mouse Goofy, Pluto (voice)
2014-present The 7D Doc, Sir Yips-A-Lot (voice)
2015 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Ghostly Bob (voice)

Video games[edit]

Year Video Game Voice Notes
1993 Star Wars: Rebel Assault Additional voices (voice)
1993 Sam and Max Hit the Road Sam, Psychic, Flambe (voice)
1994 Quest for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness Leshy (voice)
1995 Full Throttle Additional voices (voice)
1996 Mortimer and the Riddles of the Medallion Bald Eagle, Coyote, Gila Monster, Additional vocies (voice)
1998 Disney's Hades Challenge Goofy (voice)
1998 King's Quest VIII: Mask of Eternity King Gryph, Weirdling Tradesman (voice)
1998 Baldur's Gate Brunos, Irlentree, Yeslick Orothiar (voice)
2000 Sacrifice Additional voices (voice)
2000 Mickey's Speedway USA Goofy (voice)
2000 Looney Tunes Racing Foghorn Leghorn (voice)
2000 Looney Tunes: Space Race Foghorn Leghorn (voice)
2000 Forgotten Realms: Baldur's Gate II - Shadows of Amn Additional voices (voice)
2001 Goofy's Fun House Goofy (voice)
2002-present Kingdom Hearts series Goofy (voice)
2002 Disney Golf Goofy (voice)
2003 Toontown Online Goofy (voice)
2003 The Hunted Mansion Additional voices (voice)
2004 Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2 Additional voices (voice)
2005 Destroy All Humans! Narrator, Rural Male (voice)
2005 Crash Tag Team Racing Additional voices (voice)
2006 Over the Hedge Lou, Rottweiler (voice)
2007 Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island Old Hermit Crab, Crab Refugee #4, Plant Guard (voice)
2007 Meet the Robinsons Ice Cream Vendor (voice)
2007 Cars Mater-National Additional voices (voice)
2008 Disney Think Fast Goofy, Horace Horsecollar (voice)
2010 Epic Mickey Goofy, Horace Horsecollar (voice)
2011 Kinect Disneyland Adventures Goofy, Pluto (voice)
2012 Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Goofy, Horace Horsecollar, Practical Pig (voice)
2012 Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion Goofy (voice)
2014 Disney Magical World Goofy, Pluto, Sleepy (voice)

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