Arthur Read

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Arthur Timothy Read)
Jump to: navigation, search
Arthur Read
Arthur character
Arthur Read.svg
Arthur, as he appears in the television series
First appearance Arthur's Nose (1976, book debut)
Arthur's Eyes (1996, television debut)
Created by Marc Brown
Voiced by
Species Aardvark
Gender Male
  • David Read (father)
  • Jane Read (mother)
  • Dora Winifred "D.W." Read (sister)
  • Kate Read (Little sister)
  • Pal Read (dog)
  • Grandma Thora
  • Grandpa Dave
  • Bud (uncle)
  • Loretta (aunt)
  • Ricky (cousin)
  • Monique "Mo" (cousin)
  • Bonnie (aunt)
  • Sean (uncle)
  • George (cousin)
  • Lucy (aunt)
  • Jessica (aunt)
  • Richard (uncle)
  • Cora (cousin)
  • Fred (uncle)
  • Gustav (great-great grandfather)
  • Matthew (great-great-great uncle)
Religion Christian
Nationality American
Birthday May 25
Best friend Buster Baxter

Arthur Timothy[1] Read is the main character and titular protagonist of both the book series and the PBS children's television show Arthur, created by Marc Brown. On the show, he is eight years old, in Mr. Ratburn's third grade class, and lives in Elwood City.

Physical appearance[edit]

Arthur is an anthropomorphic aardvark.[2] In Brown's first Arthur book, Arthur's Nose (1976), Arthur is shown with a long nose and resembles an actual aardvark, though as the books progressed and eventually became a TV series, a noticeable, simplified version of Arthur took shape. The character's most recognizable form is a light brown, slanted face with small ears, drawn as a bipedal, pre-pubescent youth with signature round glasses.[3] On more than one occasion, Arthur's classmates tease him for his glasses and somewhat "dorky" attire.[4]

Arthur's relationships[edit]

Boston Children's Museum displays an inflatable Arthur on the roof, weather permitting, to advertise the "Arthur and Friends" exhibit within.


The tensions between Arthur and his 4-year-old sister Dora Winifred "D.W." Read are a common theme in the Arthur series. Arthur is constantly pestered by his four-year-old younger sister D.W. She usually tries to get Arthur into trouble, although Arthur sometimes retaliates. Despite that, Arthur tries his best to ignore D.W.'s annoying antics most of the time and often does her favors—sometimes at his parents' request and against his will. D.W. also make frequent attempts to hang out with Arthur's friends, who relent in later episodes.

Arthur's parents are his mother, Jane Read, who is a work-at-home accountant, and his father, David L. Read, who runs a catering business. His mother is from the Pittsburgh area and knew Fred Rogers as a child, while most of his father's relatives are from Ohio. He also has a baby sister named Kate and a pet dog named Pal.

Appearances from Arthur's extended family include Grandma Thora, Grandpa Dave, Uncle Fred, Uncle Richard, Uncle Bud, Uncle Sean, Aunt Jessica, Aunt Loretta, Aunt Lucy, and his cousins Cora, Monique, Ricky, George, and other unnamed relatives. However, the only two members of Arthur's extended family who have appeared more than once as of today are Grandma Thora and Grandpa Dave.

Grandma Thora lives in a house not too far from Arthur's in Elwood City and is known to be a bad cook, but a loving grandmother and a world-class marbles player. She loves to play bingo every Friday night, and in some episodes has to watch over Arthur and D.W. She is good friends with Mrs. McGrady, the school cafeteria monitor. Grandpa Dave lives on a farm he claims has been in the family for 150 years.


Buster Baxter[edit]

Buster Baxter is regarded as Arthur's best friend who has the habit of eating junk foods, sometimes past their shelf life, and enjoys telling jokes.

Mary Alice "Muffy" Crosswire[edit]

Muffy is popular and rich due to her dad's successful used automobile business.

Alan "The Brain" Powers[edit]

The Brain's true name is Alan, but his friends call him Brain due to his high intelligence and habit of correcting others' mistakes in many subjects.

George Lundgren[edit]

George is a ventriloquist and has a wooden giraffe ventriloquist dummy named Wally. George also has dyslexia, but he doesn't let that get in his way.

Shelley "Binky" Barnes[edit]

Binky acts as the main school bully, but he can't intimidate some of the students, especially Sue Ellen.


Francine Frensky and Sue Ellen Armstrong are some more of Arthur's friends who appear most frequently.

Voice acting[edit]

These are the people who have been the voice actor for Arthur in the TV series:

International Voice Actors[edit]

Since Arthur is shown in more than 80 countries, Arthur is dubbed by these voice actors shown here:

  • Iman Bitar (1st voice) and Iman Hale (2nd voice) (Middle East)
  • Diego Larrea (1st voice), and José Leonardo (2nd voice) (Brazil)
  • Olli Parviainen (Finland)
  • Lawrence Arcouette (Season 1-3), Kim Jalabert (Season 4-6) (First Dub in Quebec French), Vincent de Bouard (Season 7-15), and Emilie Guillaume (Season 16-present) (2nd Dub in European French) (French-speaking countries)
  • Baráth István (Hungary)
  • Debbi Besserglick and Shiri Gadni (Besserglick voiced Arthur from its first run until her death from cancer in 2005. After her death, she was replaced by Shiri Gadni as the voice of Arthur in the following seasons.) (Hebrew)
  • Alfredo Leal (Season 1-2), Hector Emmanuel Gómez (Season 3-5), Kalimba Marichal (singing voice) (Latin America)
  • Fariba Shahin Moghadam (Persian)
  • Teresa Chaves (1st voice), and Carlso Martins (2nd voice) (Portugal)
  • Petre Ghimbăşan (Romania)
  • Elisabet Bargalló (Spain)
  • Leo Hallerstam (Sweden)


External links[edit]