Keith Ferguson (voice actor)
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February 26, 1972 |
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Other names||Keith Fergusen
|Alma mater||University of the Pacific
University of Southern California
Keith James Ferguson (born February 26, 1972) is an American voice actor, well known as the voice of Blooregard Q. Kazoo ("Bloo") on the Cartoon Network animated series Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. He also provides a number of "sound-alike" portrayals in the VO industry including Harrison Ford's Han Solo and Indiana Jones in Robot Chicken and the voice of Owen Wilson's Lightning McQueen in Cars Toons.
Ferguson was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.
After studying theatrical performance and creative writing at the University of the Pacific and University of Southern California, Ferguson worked behind the scenes in daytime television production while occasionally finding time to perform in local theatre productions and improvisation groups.
Towards the end of his production career, he actively began his pursuit of a career in voice-over. In 1999, while working on what would turn out to be his last full-time position in TV production, a voice-over agent named Pat Brady, after discovering Ferguson the week prior in a voice-over workshop in Toluca Lake, California, and before even officially signing with him for representation, sent him out on what would be his first professional voice-over audition (a sound-alike for Keanu Reeves in a 60 second radio spot satirizing The Matrix for the former Hollywood Video movie-rental franchise). He ended up booking the role from this first VO audition, after which he officially signed with Pat Brady who, through two talent agencies, would continue to represent him to this day.
In 2000, Ferguson gained his first experience in animation voice-over alongside VO actors Rob Paulsen and David Sobolov having booked the role of "Ray" on a former, somewhat obscure CG animated web-series entitled Li'l Green Men featured on Warner Bros. former website "Entertaindom." After the next 3 years while building up his voice-over repertoire with various roles in commercial spots, video games, animation and sound-alike voice-matching for various films, he would be cast in one of the first of his more notable roles being that of Bloo in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends created by The Powerpuff Girls animator Craig McCracken. This was accompanied by other notable performances such as General "Thunderbolt" Ross in the animated series The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Friend Owl in the feature Bambi II, as well as his recurring portrayal as Harrison Ford's Han Solo and Indiana Jones in Robot Chicken along with the Star Wars parodies. He reprised his Han Solo character in The Lego Movie.
Amidst further various vocal appearances in animation, a few of which include credits on Family Guy, Adventure Time, Phineas and Ferb, Codename: Kids Next Door, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Legion of Super Heroes, and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Ferguson also found a role in Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales subbing for Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen. Ferguson has also done voice work in video games; notable roles include Basch fon Ronsenburg in Final Fantasy XII, Basch's brother Gabranth in Dissidia Final Fantasy and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, and Number XI Organization XIII member Marluxia in Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.
Ferguson was also vocally featured as two differently styled race-announcers in two TV commercials for the sports beverage, Vitamin Water; one featuring race-car driver Carl Edwards with Ralph Macchio paying homage to his role in The Karate Kid, and the other a Super Bowl ad featuring Shaquille O'Neal as an unlikely victorious horse-race jockey.
Ferguson's mother is a retired probate estate specialist, whilst his father was a well-known pianist who was one of Southern California's popular piano men until his death in 1999.
|1994||The Defender||Additional Voices||Direct To Home Video|
|2003||The Death of Batman||Voiceovers||Short|
|2006||Bambi II||Friend Owl|
|Ultimate Avengers||Additional Voices||Direct-to-video|
|2011||Larry & Lydia||Larry|
|Batman: Year One||Jefferson Skeevers||Direct-to-video|
|2013||Monsters University||Additional Voices|
|2014||The Lego Movie||Han Solo|
|2004-2009||Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends||Bloo
Nominated - Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production
|The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy||Additional Voices|
|Codename: Kids Next Door||Numbuh 1-Love||Episodes: "Operation I.T."
"Operation C.A.N.Y.O.N./Operation H.O.L.I.D.A.Y."
|Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law||Bill Ken Sebben||Episode: "Birdnapped"|
|Hellboy: Sword of Storms||Additional Voices||TV movie|
|2007–present||Robot Chicken||Indiana Jones
|2007||Family Guy||Jimmy Smits||Episode: "It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One"
"No Meals on Wheels"
|Robot Chicken: Star Wars||Han Solo
Imperial Probe Droid
|Legion of Super Heroes||Karate Kid
|Episode: "The Karate Kid"|
|2008||Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II||Han Solo
|Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: Destination Imagination||Bloo
|Phineas and Ferb||Additional Voices||Episode: "Out to Launch"|
|2008–2012||Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales||Lightning McQueen||Main role
|2010||Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III||Han Solo||TV movie|
Sir Topham Hatt
Michael J. Fox
Mr. Candy Cane
|2010-2012||The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes||"Thunderbolt" Ross||Episodes: "Hulk Versus the World"
"Nightmare in Red"
"The Deadliest Man Alive"
|2011||G.I. Joe: Renegades||Heavy Duty
|2012||Cartoon Network 20th Anniversary||Bloo||TV movie|
|Super Best Friends Forever||Superman
"Don't Fight Girls"
|Swampy's Underground Adventures||Swampy||Main role|
|2012–present||Gravity Falls||Deputy Durland||Recurring role|
|2013||Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld||Prince Topaz
|Episodes: "Level One: Your Quest Begins"
"Level Four: The Turquoise Cave"
|Wander Over Yonder||Lord Hater||Main role|
|Angry Birds Space||Red||Main role|
|2013-present||Cars Toons: Tales From Radiator Springs||Lightning McQueen||2 episodes|
- "Keith Ferguson," Behind the Voice Actors, www.behindthevoiceactors.com/
- "Keith Ferguson Biography - Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved November 29, 2014.
- Powerpuff Girls 10th Anniversary Interview With Creator Craig McCracken | Cold Hard Flash: Flash Animation News, Videos and Links
- "Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends Voice Actor Biographies". Retrieved 2008-01-04.
- Amazon.com: Bambi II
- X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse Info - X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse Release Date
- Hell and Heaven Net // Final Fantasy XII // Voice Actors
- Ghostbusters: The Video Game, closing credits - MahaloVideoGames (July 13, 2009). The Ghostbusters Game Walkthrough (YouTube). Event occurs at 0:17.
- Team Tachyon. "Quantum Theory". Tecmo. Scene: Ending credits, 2:18 in, Quantum Theory Cast, Voice Actors.
- Square Enix. "Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII". Scene: Closing credits, 5 minutes in, Voice Actors, Additional Voices.
- Destiny - End Credits - IGN Video. IGN Video. 2014-09-11. 4:30 (Voice and Motion Performers). Retrieved 2014-12-04.
- Blizzard Entertainment. "World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor". Scene: Closing credits, 11:30 in, Voice Over Cast.
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