Mike Henry (voice actor)

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Mike Henry
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Henry at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011
Born Michael Henry
(1964-03-25) March 25, 1964 (age 50)[1]
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Collegiate School
Washington and Lee University
Occupation Actor, writer, producer, singer, comedian
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Sara (maiden name unknown)
Children Jack Henry
Josie Henry

Michael "Mike" Henry (born March 25, 1964) is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, singer, voice artist, and comedian, best known for his work on Family Guy, where he is a writer, producer, and voice actor. He provides the voices for many characters including Cleveland Brown, Herbert, Bruce, and Consuela. Starting with the series' 5th season, Henry had received billing as a main cast member. In 2009, Henry, Richard Appel, and Seth MacFarlane created a spin-off of Family Guy called The Cleveland Show (which is now airing on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim and MuchMusic) to focus on Cleveland and his new family.

Early life[edit]

Henry and his younger brother Patrick were born to artist parents and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Henry's parents divorced when he was 8 years old and he was primarily raised by his mother. He attended Collegiate School in Richmond where he liked to imitate pitcher Walter Johnson during varsity baseball game warm-ups. He later attended Washington and Lee University. While his brother was attending the Rhode Island School of Design, Henry acted in his short films and met Seth MacFarlane.[2]

Career[edit]

Family Guy[edit]

Henry met Seth MacFarlane at the Rhode Island School of Design and kept in touch with him after they graduated. A few years later, MacFarlane contacted him about being part of a show called Family Guy; he agreed and came on as both a writer and voice actor. During the show's first four seasons, he was credited as a guest star, but beginning with season five's "Prick Up Your Ears" he has been credited as a main cast member.[3] Henry has stated that Cleveland's voice was based on a person who used to play basketball with him. His friend went to the University of Maryland, often pronounced in regional accents as "Merlin".[4]

After 2 episodes of the second season, Family Guy was taken off the network's permanent schedule and shown irregularly thereafter. The show returned in March 2000 to finish airing the second season which contained 21 episodes, all the cast came back for the series return. The third season contained 21 episodes and began airing from July 11, 2001 to February 14, 2002. During its second and third-season runs, Fox publicly announced that the show had been cancelled at the end of the second season in 2002.[5] In spite of the announced cancellation, in 2003 Fox decided to make the third season.[6] During the third season, Fox announced that the show was canceled for good.[7][8] Soon after Family Guy was cancelled, Henry and brother Patrick created Kicked in the Nuts, a spoof of hidden camera shows. Family Guy was renewed in 2005 for its fourth season due to strong DVD sales and its syndication on basic-cable networks.[9][10] Once again Henry and the rest of the cast came back for their voice works.

The Cleveland Show[edit]

In 2009, a spin-off series called The Cleveland Show premiered on Fox. The project was created by Seth MacFarlane, Henry and American Dad! show runner Rich Appel.[11] Cleveland references this at the end of the episode "Baby Not on Board".[12] The series had its premiere on September 27, 2009.[13][14] Due to the cancellation of Mike Judge's King of the Hill,[15] and the American adaptation of Sit Down, Shut Up being moved to Saturday nights,[16] and the renewal of American Dad!, for some time The Simpsons was the only cartoon on Fox's Animation Domination line-up that was not created by Seth MacFarlane until Loren Bouchard's Bob's Burgers entered the lineup in January 2011. The show, which was picked up to air a first season consisting of 22 episodes,[17] was picked up by Fox for a second season, consisting of 13 episodes, bringing the total number to 35 episodes. The announcement was made on May 3, 2009 before the first season even premiered.[18] Due to strong ratings FOX picked up the back 9 episodes of season 2 which would make a 22 episode season and bring the total episode count of the show to 44.[19] The show was renewed for a third and fourth season on 9 May 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Henry and his wife Sara have a daughter named Josie (born November 2007). From a previous marriage, he also has a son named Jack (born c. 2004).[2]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
2005 Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story Cleveland Brown / Herbert (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2012 Ted Southern Newscaster Cameo
2014 A Million Ways to Die in the West Cowboy Cameo

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
1999–2003,
2005–present
Family Guy Cleveland Brown / Herbert / Consuela / Various voices Executive producer, Writer, Voice artist
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (2008)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series (2009)
2003 Kicked in the Nuts Prankster 15 episodes
Gilmore Girls Ed Episode: "The Fundamental Things Apply"
2005 Robot Chicken Mr. Spacely / Astro / Various Voices 3 episodes
2005–present American Dad! Jackson / Various Voices 20 episodes
2007 Scrubs Urologist Episode: "My Point of No Return"
2008–2009 Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy Various Voices 2 episodes
2009–2013 The Cleveland Show Cleveland Brown / Rallo Tubbs / Various Voices 88 episodes; Co-creator, Executive producer, Writer, Voice artist
ASCAP Award for Top Television Series (2013)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Animated Series (2010)
Nominated—Annie Award for Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production (2011)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Animated Series (2011)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (2011)
2010 Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III Yaddle (voice) TV special
2011 Night of the Hurricane Cleveland Brown / Rallo Tubbs / Various Voices TV special
2012 FOX 25th Anniversary Special Cleveland Brown (voice) TV special

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Family Guy Video Game! Cleveland Brown / Herbert / Various Voices Spike Video Game Award for Best Cast (2006)
2012 Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse Cleveland Brown / Herbert / Various Voices
2014 Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff Cleveland Brown / Herbert / Various voices

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ Mike Henry Biography
  2. ^ a b Itzkoff, Dave. "Spinning Off Into Uncharted Cartoon Territory". New York Times. Retrieved August 27, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Mike Henry of "Family Guy" talks voices, gags and instinct". Campus Times. September 11, 2008. Retrieved September 8, 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Mike Henry: The Origins of Cleveland and Herbert". Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  5. ^ Gilbert, Matthew (April 30, 2005). "Family Guy Returns, Just As Funny As Ever". Boston.com. Retrieved August 24, 2009. 
  6. ^ Levin, Gary (November 18, 2003). "Family Guy may return". USAtoday.com. Retrieved September 27, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Family Guy has finally been officially canceled by Fox". TKtv. May 16, 2002. Retrieved August 24, 2009. 
  8. ^ McKinley, Jesse (May 2, 2005). "Canceled and Resurrected, on the Air and Onstage". The New York Times. Retrieved August 24, 2009. 
  9. ^ James, Meg (April 13, 2005). "Fox Reuniting Itself with Family Guy". Los Angeles Times. 
  10. ^ Rosenthal, Phil (November 20, 2003). "Yet another Family reunion". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 53. 
  11. ^ "The Hollywood Reporter". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved February 29, 2008. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Baby Not On Board". Family Guy. Season 7. Episode 4. November 2, 2008. Fox.
  13. ^ "FOX Announces Fall Premiere Dates For The 2009–2010 Season". The Futon Critic. June 15, 2009. Retrieved August 23, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Fox Primetime – The Cleveland Show – Fact Sheet". Fox Flash. Retrieved August 29, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Fox Not Renewing King of the Hill". comingsoon.net. October 31, 2008. Retrieved May 25, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Exclusive: Fox to "Sit Down" in Late Night this Fall". 
  17. ^ "EW: Fox orders full season of 'Family Guy' spin-off". 
  18. ^ "The Cleveland Show renewed before it begins". 
  19. ^ "Fox orders second full season of The Cleveland Show". [dead link]

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