Keith Ferguson (voice actor)

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Keith Ferguson
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Keith Ferguson
Born (1972-02-26) February 26, 1972 (age 42)[1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names Keith Fergusen
Kieth Ferguson
Alma mater University of the Pacific
University of Southern California
Occupation Voice actor
Years active 1994–present
Website
www.whoiskeithferguson.com

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.

Early life[edit]

Ferguson was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.

Career[edit]

After studying theatrical performance and creative writing at the University of the Pacific[2] 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.

Voice acting[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Defender Additional Voices Direct To Home Video
2003 The Death of Batman Voiceovers Short
2006 Bambi II Friend Owl[5]
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

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004-2009 Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Bloo
Additional Voices
Main role
Nominated - Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production
2006 Four Eyes! Syler
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
Han Solo
Steve Martin
Astro Boy
Additional Voices
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
C-3PO
Imperial Probe Droid
TV movie
Legion of Super Heroes Karate Kid
Nemesis Kid
Episode: "The Karate Kid"
2008 Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II Han Solo
General Veers
TV movie
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: Destination Imagination Bloo
Captain
Francis
Phineas and Ferb Additional Voices Episode: "Out to Launch"
2008–2012 Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales Lightning McQueen Main role
11 episodes
2010 Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III Han Solo TV movie
2010–2013 MAD Nicolas Cage
Indiana Jones
Edward Cullen
Wolverine
Han Solo
Sir Topham Hatt
Robbie Shapiro
Blue Beetle
Dave Seville
Hal Jordan
Johnny Blaze
Michael J. Fox
Mister Fantastic
Bilbo Baggins
Jon Arbuckle
Additional Voices
Adventure Time Frog
Lenny
Ripped Lumpy
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
Hershel Dalton
Episode: "Cousins"
2012 Cartoon Network 20th Anniversary Bloo TV movie
Super Best Friends Forever Superman
Solomon Grundy
Episodes: "Grounded"
"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
Skeleton
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

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2003 Tales of Symphonia
2004 The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
Doom 3
Terminator 3: The Redemption John Connor
Additional Voices
Shark Tale Shark Diner #1
Dolphin Cop #2
Whale Washer #2
EverQuest II Generic Racial Ecology
Arven Oshus
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Additional Voices
2005 God of War Boat Captain
Madagascar King Julien XIII
Destroy All Humans! Additional Voices
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse Grizzly[6]
2006 Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII Incidental Characters
Over the Hedge Possum #1
Rat #1
Chihuahua #1
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow El Grande, Pequeño
Nassau Villager Male #1
Black Smoke James' Crew
Additional Voices
Monster House Reginald "Skull" Sjulinskii
Avatar: The Legend of Aang Additional Voices
Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam Budd
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king Morgomir
Final Fantasy XII Basch fon Ronsenburg[7]
2007 God of War II Boat Captain
Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories Marluxia
F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate Steve Chen
Power Rangers: Super Legends Green Galaxy Ranger
Green Samurai Ranger
Cars Mater-National Championship Lightning McQueen
Lost Odyssey Kaim Argonar
2008 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Additional Voices
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Conspiracy
The Incredible Hulk X-Ray
Army Soldier
Bi-Beast's Top Head
Lego Batman: The Videogame Alfred Pennyworth
Commissioner Gordon
Call of Duty: World at War US Soldier
Dissidia Final Fantasy Judge Gabranth
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames Universal Petroleum
2009 Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall Bloo
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Marluxia
Ghostbusters Additional Voice Talent[8]
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Additional voices
Batman: Arkham Asylum Dr. Stephen Kellerman
Lunatic #2
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Steven Hudak/Scorcher
Cable
Undead Knights Romulus Blood
Cars Race-O-Rama Lightning McQueen
Dragon Age: Origins Sloth Demon
Thane Shartan
Innkeeper
Ser Blackstone
Experienced Dwarf Male
Mystical Elf Male
Dwarven Commander
Fade Beresaad
Fade Dwarf
House Dace Mercenary
Dust Town Beggar
Orzammar Noble
Lake Calenhad Scholar
Tapster's Patron
Orzammar Commoner
Avatar: The Game Dalton
Na'vi
RDA
2010 Mass Effect 2 Additional Voices
Lost Planet 2
Quantum Theory Syd[9]
2011 Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Judge Gabranth
Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion Bloo
Samurai Jack
Mandark
Infamous 2 Militia
Ice Guys
Male Pedestrians
Cars 2 Lightning McQueen
Captain America: Super Soldier Red Skull (Johann Schmidt)
Nicktoons MLB Danny Phantom
X-Men: Destiny Cameron Hodge
Additional Voices
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution Commisar Lord
Corrupt Guardsman
Da Grot
Heretic
Krom
Maso
Mr. Nailbrain
Plague Marine
Ronahn
2012 Darksiders II Kargon
Prince of Darkness
Ice Age: Continental Drift - Arctic Games Manny
2013 Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix Marluxia
Deadpool Mister Sinister
Stormthrower/Phaser
Pizza Guy
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Additional voices[10]
2014 The Lego Movie Videogame Emmet
Lord Business
Robot #2
Destiny Lord Saladin
City Civilian [11]
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Marluxia
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Additional voices[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Keith Ferguson," Behind the Voice Actors, www.behindthevoiceactors.com/
  2. ^ a b "Keith Ferguson Biography - Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ Powerpuff Girls 10th Anniversary Interview With Creator Craig McCracken | Cold Hard Flash: Flash Animation News, Videos and Links
  4. ^ "Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends Voice Actor Biographies". Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  5. ^ Amazon.com: Bambi II
  6. ^ X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse Info - X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse Release Date
  7. ^ Hell and Heaven Net // Final Fantasy XII // Voice Actors
  8. ^ Ghostbusters: The Video Game, closing credits - MahaloVideoGames (July 13, 2009). The Ghostbusters Game Walkthrough (YouTube). Event occurs at 0:17. 
  9. ^ Team Tachyon. "Quantum Theory". Tecmo. Scene: Ending credits, 2:18 in, Quantum Theory Cast, Voice Actors. 
  10. ^ Square Enix. "Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII". Scene: Closing credits, 5 minutes in, Voice Actors, Additional Voices. 
  11. ^ Destiny - End Credits - IGN Video. IGN Video. 2014-09-11. 4:30 (Voice and Motion Performers). Retrieved 2014-12-04. 
  12. ^ Blizzard Entertainment. "World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor". Scene: Closing credits, 11:30 in, Voice Over Cast. 

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