Gordon Hunt (director)
|Born||Gordon E. Hunt
April 26, 1929
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Jane Elizabeth Novis (?–?; divorced)
B.J. Ward (1995–present)
Gordon E. Hunt (born April 26, 1929) is an American actor, voice actor, director of stage, film, and voiceover and casting director.
He has directed such animated productions such as The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, Super Friends, The Pirates of Dark Water, Droopy, Master Detective, Pound Puppies, The Richie Rich Show, The Smurfs and many more.
Life and career
Hunt was born in Sherman Oaks, California, the son of Helen F. (née Roberts; originally Rothenberg) and George Smith Hunt II, an industrial designer. He also has a younger half-brother, Peter H. Hunt. His mother was from a German Jewish family, and his father, a Mayflower descendant, of English origin, was from Minnesota. He is the father of actress Helen Hunt, from his marriage to photographer Jane Elizabeth Novis; they later divorced and since 1995 he has been married voice actress B.J. Ward.
He had been working as a freelance director in New York before getting hired to work at the Mark Taper Forum. Gordon Hunt served as their casting director for 10 years. He was then hired by Joseph Barbera to direct animated series at Hanna-Barbera. His first voice directing job was Partridge Family 2200 A.D. in 1974.
With a prestigious 20 year career at Hanna-Barbera, Hunt is now prominent in the voiceover forum, where he is a freelance director for multiple animated productions and video games. As a voice actor, he voiced the character of Wally in the animated adaptation of the comic strip Dilbert. He has often worked alongside colleague voice directors Ginny McSwain, Joseph Barbera, Andrea Romano and Kris Zimmerman. McSwain, Romano and Zimmerman have studied under him as casting directors and learned the profession from Hunt before becoming voice directors themselves. Andrea Romano considers him to be her mentor, who makes actors feel so comfortable and relaxed that she said, "Nobody does not like Gordon".
He has also directed many television series, of which most were situation comedies. In 1996, he received the Directors Guild of America Award; "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series" for Mad About You's episode The Alan Brady Show.
Animated specials and movies
- Daffy Duck's Quackbusters - Recording Director
- Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby - Recording Director
- Jetsons: The Movie - Recording Director
- Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School - Recording Director
- Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf - Recording Director
- The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound - Recording Director
- The Little Troll Prince - Recording Director
- Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats - Recording Director
- Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears - Recording Director
- Yogi Bear's All Star Comedy Christmas Caper - Recording Director
- Yogi's Great Escape - Recording Director
- Final Fantasy XIV - Casting and Voice Director
- God of War II - Voice Director
- God of War III - Voice Director
- God of War: Ghost of Sparta - Voice Director
- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - Director
- Soul Reaver 2 - Voice Director
- Lair - Voice Director
- Legacy of Kain: Defiance - Voice Director
Actor; animated and film roles
|1984||Crimes of Passion||Group Leader||Live-Action role|
|1985||Waiting to Act||Acting Coach Lars||Live-Action role|
|1989||Cheers||Gordon||Episode: "The Two Faces of Norm"|
|1991||(Blooper) Bunny||Director / Man in Audience / Movers||Animated short|
|Trancers II||Mustard Man||Live-Action role|
|1992-1993||The Addams Family||Additional voices||Animated series|
|1992-1995||Capitol Critters||Additional voices||Animated series|
|1993||Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby||Additional voices||Made-For-Television animated movie|
|1993-1994||Bonkers||Additional voices||Animated series|
|1998||Mad About You||TV Host||Episode: "Paul Slips in the Shower"|
- Robinson, George (2008-02-13). "Then She Found Me’". The New York Jewish Week. Retrieved 2008-04-24.[dead link]
- "Interview with Gordon Hunt, Director, Part 1". Now Casting. 2005. Retrieved 2013.
- "Talking Toons With Rob Paulsen: Episode 16 with Guest: Andrea Romano". Talking Toons With Rob Paulsen.