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Richard Steven Horvitz
Horvitz with autographed
Invader Zim picture at JACON 2009 in Orlando, Florida
July 29, 1966
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Spouse(s) Kristen Lazarian
Richard Steven Horvitz, also known as Richard Wood, (born July 29, 1966) is an [1 ] American actor. In the world of animation, he is often cast as neurotic and mentally unstable characters. He is best known for his work as the voice of the original Alpha 5 in , Mighty Morphin Power Rangers , and Power Rangers Zeo , Razputin in Power Rangers Turbo , Psychonauts Billy and his dad Harold in [2 ] , The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy [3 ] Grey Matter in , Daggett in Ben 10 , Bumble in The Angry Beavers , the title character Zim in Kinectimals , Invader Zim Mouth in [4 ] , and Kick Buttowski Orthopox in the series. Destroy All Humans!
Horvitz's film career began in 1976 with a
Freshen Up Gum commercial, which led to other commercial appearances and several hand modeling jobs. After a brief stint in an off-Broadway production of , he went on to make appearances on TV shows such as Oliver! and Kids Incorporated and movies such as Safe at Home , Summer School and How I Got Into College Deadly Weapon. He also starred as Howie for two seasons on the 1988 syndicated television sitcom [5 ] which lasted three years until 1991. Howie was best friend of The Munsters Today Marilyn Munster (played by actress Hilary Van Dyke). Starting in 1993, he changed the focus of his career to voice acting, starting with voice of Alpha 5 on the live-action series . This is one of Richard's often-forgotten roles that he has performed. From here, he expanded into several other particular voice roles on such animated shows as Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (Daggett), The Angry Beavers (Zim), Invader Zim , Kim Possible ( Dave the Barbarian Ned Frischman), ( Zatch Bell! Kanchomé), ( The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy Billy, Billy's dad), ( Ben 10 Grey Matter), (Rodney), and Squirrel Boy as Dudley. After his stint as Alpha 5 ended, Horvitz went on to voice a few monsters in other Shorty McShorts' Shorts series, and was also the voice of Power Rangers Alpha 7 in the episode, " Power Rangers: Wild Force Forever Red". He also played the main character Razputin in and Psychonauts Orthopox in , Destroy All Humans! , and Destroy All Humans! 2 , (not Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon ) in a voice that closely resembles that of Zim (rather, what would happen if Zim adopted an Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed English accent). He has voiced various NPCs in . He also does the voice of the Berserker Darklings in Everquest 2 , Bumble in The Darkness , and Kaos in Kinectimals . Richard also plays the character "Green Grapes" in the Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Fruit of the Loom commercials. He has also acted on stage, including in Jeffrey Hatcher's "Mrs. Mannerly" in Boston. [6 ]
Personal life [ edit ]
Horvitz was born, grew up, resides, and currently works in Los Angeles. On the side he also taught voice acting and theater at the
California State University, Northridge. He is a friend of Fred Willard, Rob Paulsen, Barry Dennen and Billy West, who voiced Zim in the pilot episode. He lives with his wife, playwright and screenwriter Kristen Lazarian, and their three sons; Cole, Jake, and Wyatt. The couple's oldest of their three sons, Jake Elliot Horvitz, was born April 11, 1997, an event proudly mentioned in one of his shows, . He and his wife also wrote "Keeper of the Reaper", an episode of The Angry Beavers The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.
Filmography [ edit ]
Cartoon [ edit ]
Live action [ edit ]
Video games [ edit ]
(US) - Spike, Child Ape Escape: On The Loose
- Walt'r, The Space Weaver Broken Age [7 ]
- Kabbage Boy Guitarist, Jack the Lift-Op, various voices Brütal Legend
- Brat Girl, Koo-Ala, Doom-Monkey Crash of the Titans
- Berserker Darkling The Darkness
- Destroy All Humans! Orthopox 13, Suburban Crazy
- Destroy All Humans! 2 Orthopox 13/Holopox
- Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon Holopox (Orthopox 13), Orthopox 14
- Geredo, Guard Tanglor, Shawdowman, Skeleton, Snorgle Filthwallow, Gerbard the snitch, Cog Burn, Ogobre, Jubbs Tagglefoot, Gubbo Chaley, Farmer Walcott, Turtle EverQuest II
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (video game) Billy, Mogar
Kinectimals - Bumble
League of Legends - Ziggs, Rumble
Mario Super Sluggers - Lakitu
- PMC Soldiers Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Nicktoons MLB - Zim
Nicktoons Nitro - Zim
- Lunk PlayStation Move Heroes
- Additional Voices Prototype 2
- Psychonauts Razputin "Raz" Aquato
- The Trio of Zoni, Stuart Zurgo, Tharpods, Various Characters Ratchet & Clank (series)
- Slipskull Resistance: Fall of Man
- Sinon Rise of the Argonauts
- SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom Zim
- Zatch Bell! Mamodo Battles Kanchome
- Skylanders: Giants Kaos
- Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Kaos
- Skylanders: Swap Force Kaos
– Skylanders: Trap Team Kaos [8 ]
- Fel Imp (Warlock minion), Saboteur Kip'tilak, Kaz'tik the Manipulator World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
Awards and Nominations [ edit ]
Nominated - Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production for Invader Zim - 2001
References [ edit ]
^ MobileReference (2007). . MobileReference. Calendar of Historical Events, Births, Holidays and Observances
^ Williams, Katie (4 September 2013). "Double Fine shows off Broken Age's voice-acting lineup". PC Gamer . Retrieved 25 November 2013.
^ Hackett, Keisha (July 3, 2013). "Richard Horvitz to join Rikki Simons at Invader Zim Q&A". Teen Link/Florida Sun-Sentinel . Retrieved 25 November 2013.
^ Bogos, Steven (2 September 2013). "Jack Black Heads Broken Age's Voice Acting Cast". Escapist magazine . Retrieved 25 November 2013.
^ "Richard S Horvitz Filmography". Baseline/All Media Guide . Retrieved 25 November 2013.
^ Regan, Tatum (Nov 20, 2012). "Mrs. Mannerly (Theater Review)". Edge Boston . Retrieved 25 November 2013.
^ Haas, Pete (1 September 2013). "Double Fine's Broken Age Cast Includes Jack Black, Jennifer Hale". Cinema Blend . Retrieved 2 September 2013.
^ Toys for Bob. " Skylanders: Trap Team". Scene: Closing credits, 8:40 in.
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