Bill Farmer

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Bill Farmer
41st Annie Awards, Bill Farmer.jpg
Farmer at the 2014 Annie Awards
Born (1952-11-14) November 14, 1952 (age 68)
Alma materUniversity of Kansas
Occupation
  • Voice actor
  • comedian
  • impressionist
Years active1986–present
AgentAVO Talent
Spouse(s)
Jennifer Farmer
(m. 1985)
[1]
Children1[1][2]
Websitewww.billfarmer.net

Bill Farmer (born November 14, 1952) is an American voice actor, comedian and impressionist. He has performed the voice of the Disney character Goofy since 1987 and is also the voice of Pluto and Horace Horsecollar.

Early life[edit]

Farmer was born on November 14, 1952, in Pratt, Kansas, as the second child in his family.[1][3] His parents were of English and Welsh descent.[1]

Farmer's first job, at the age of 15, involved doing voices, especially those of Western stars like John Wayne or Walter Brennan. He and his friends would sometimes go through fast food drive-thrus and order foods in his character voices.[4] Bill graduated from the University of Kansas in 1975[4] and is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. In college, he found work in radio and TV and then moved on to stand-up comedy as an impressionist until he moved out to Hollywood, where he began voicing Goofy in January 1987.[1] In 1982, while he was still doing stand-up comedy, Farmer worked at a comedy club called the Comedy Corner in Dallas, Texas. He continued to work there until his move to Hollywood in 1986.

His decision to move to California came from a Dallas commercial agent who suggested that, given his talent for voices, he should try his luck in California.[5] He was recently married, but he and his wife talked it over and came to an arrangement. She stayed back in Dallas while he commuted for a year after he got an apartment. Then four months after his moving out to Hollywood, his agent asked him if he could do any Disney characters.

He asserts that voice acting is not about funny voices, but about acting. His mentor was the versatile voice actor Daws Butler, the man behind many of Hanna-Barbera's characters. He taught Farmer that when doing cartoon voices, you're not merely doing a funny voice, you're an actor and the acting is premier and you have to think like the character you're doing.[6]

Career[edit]

In 1987, Farmer had a small part as reporter Justin Ballard-Watkins in the film RoboCop.[6]

His very first voice over audition was for Goofy. When he auditioned for the voice, he studied the way the original actor Pinto Colvig performed as Goofy in the classic cartoons. He studied the hilarious laugh and the distinctive "gawrsh". He inherited the voice of Goofy (and also Pluto)[2] around the same time Tony Anselmo inherited Donald Duck and Russi Taylor inherited Minnie Mouse.

He originated the voice of Horace Horsecollar in Disney's version of The Prince and the Pauper and has played him ever since as well.[6][7] Farmer also performed additional voices on The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse (1987) and Astro Boy (2004).[8]

Other significant characters he has played include Yosemite Sam, Sylvester and Foghorn Leghorn in the movie Space Jam (1996). He has also done several guest voices, both on TV, including The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and in video games, including the Destroy All Humans! series, Namco's Tales of Symphonia, where he voiced Governor-General Dorr, in Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts series reprising the role of Goofy, Detective Date in the SEGA game Yakuza, Captain Wedgewood and Frill Lizard in Ty the Tasmanian Tiger, many voices on EverQuest II, Cletus Samson, Floyd Sanders, Jeff Meyers and Ryan LaRosa in the video game Dead Rising[9] and Sam and others in the cult classic adventure game Sam & Max Hit the Road.

Farmer has also played Secret Squirrel on Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law in both the animated series and its spin-off video game, Stinkie in Casper: A Spirited Beginning and Casper Meets Wendy, Willie Bear in Horton Hears a Who!, and Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in Robot Chicken.

From 2014 to 2016, he played Doc, the leader of the title characters in Disney's animated television series The 7D.[7]

He also voiced Blackhoof Boar Clan Leader in the 2008 video game Kung Fu Panda.

Bill Farmer still regularly performs comedy routines at the Laugh Factory.

He has been voicing the character “Hop-Pop” on Disney's Amphibia.

In 2020, Farmer began hosting the live action television show It’s A Dog’s Life with Bill Farmer on Disney+.[8][10]

Recognition[edit]

In September 2009, Farmer was named a Disney Legend. In 2011, the International Family Film Festival awarded Bill Farmer the 'Friz Award' for Animation.

He won the Annie Award for Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production for his work as Goofy and Grandma Goofy in Mickey Mouse.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Farmer has been married to his wife Jennifer Farmer since 1985;[1] together they have a son.[2][1]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

List of voice performances in feature films
Year Title Role Notes
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Additional voices
1991 Rover Dangerfield Farm voices  
Beauty and the Beast Stanley  
1995 Theodore Rex Additional voices  
A Goofy Movie Goofy Nominated - Annie Award for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Feature Production
Runaway Brain Pluto Short film
Toy Story Monotone Announcer  
1996 Space Jam Foghorn Leghorn, Sylvester, Yosemite Sam  
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Frollo's Soldiers  
1997 Cats Don't Dance Reporter  
Hercules Builder #1  
1998 A Bug's Life Male Ants  
1999 The Iron Giant Robert The Army Diver Sub  
Toy Story 2 Man #1  
2001 Monsters, Inc. CDA, Photographer  
2003 Brother Bear Edgar  
2004 Home on the Range Donkey  
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Various Mammals
Cars Various Reporter
2007 Happily N'Ever After Additional voices
Surf's Up Additional voices
2008 Horton Hears a Who Willie the Tiger  
2010 I Want Your Money George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush  
2012 The Lorax Street sweeper
2013 Monsters University Jason Chiang
2015 Minions Additional voices
2016 The Secret Life of Pets Additional voices
Sing Bob the News Reporter Dog
2017 Despicable Me 3 Additional voices
2018 The Grinch Sam the Bus Driver
2020 Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe Hermellivue
List of voice performances in direct-to-video and television films
Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Prince and the Pauper Goofy, Pluto, Horace Horsecollar, Weasels #1  
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Disneyland Fun Goofy, Pluto  
1993 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: The Twelve Days of Christmas Goofy  
1994–95 Mickey's Fun Songs series Goofy, Pluto  
1997 Casper: A Spirited Beginning Stinkie  
1998 Casper Meets Wendy Stinkie  
The Spirit of Mickey Goofy  
1999 Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Goofy, Pluto  
2000 An Extremely Goofy Movie Goofy  
2001 Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Goofy, Pluto, Practical Pig  
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald Knight #2, Mob Leader Episode 5[12]
2002 Mickey's House of Villains Goofy  
2003 Mickeypalooza Goofy, Pluto  
2004 The Lion King 1½ Goofy, Sleepy  
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers Goofy, Pluto  
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Goofy, Pluto  
2005 Son of the Mask Masked Otis  
2007 Mickey's Great Clubhouse Hunt Goofy, Pluto  
2009 Mickey's Adventures in Wonderland Goofy, Pluto  
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Choo-Choo Express Goofy, Pluto  
2010 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Road Rally Goofy, Pluto  
2011 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventure Goofy, Pluto  

Animation[edit]

List of voice performances in television shows
Year Title Role Notes
1987 D-TV Doggone Valantine Goofy Television film
1987 D-TV Monster Hits Goofy Television film
1988 Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures Additional voices 6 episodes
1989 Goofy About Health Goofy  
1989 Betty Boop's Hollywood Mystery Fergie Furbelow  
1989 Goody Field Trips Goofy Episode: "Planes"
1990 Goofy's Guide to Success Goofy Television film
1991 Murphy Brown George Bush Episode: "Hoarse Play"
1992 Raw Toonage Goofy 1 episode
Goof Troop Christmas Goofy Television film
Mickey's Nutcracker Goofy, Pluto Uncredited
Television special
1992–93 Goof Troop Goofy Main cast
Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa Puma 4 episodes
1993 Bonkers Goofy 3 episodes
1995 What-a-Mess Additional voices  
1996 Quack Pack Pluto 2 episodes
1998 Paracycling Goofy  
1999 Disney's Mouseworks Spaceship Pluto  
1999–2000 Mickey Mouse Works Goofy, Pluto, Horace Horsecollar Main cast
2001–03 Disney's House of Mouse Goofy, Pluto, Horace Horsecollar, Practical Pig, Sheriff of Nottingham Main cast
2003–04 Totally Spies President Uncredited
Episodes: "First Brat", "Totally Switched"
2003–06 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Stank Williams, Blort Sportscaster 3 episodes
2004 Game Over Race Announcer Episode: "Meet the Smashenburns"
2004–05 Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law Secret Squirrel 2 episodes
2005 Loonatics Unleashed Mr. Leghorn Episode: "Stop the World I Want to Get Off"
2006–16 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Goofy, Pluto Main cast
2006–16 Robot Chicken Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Pubertis 4 episodes
2006 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius Additional voices Episode: "Who Framed Jimmy/Flippy"
2006 Ergo Proxy Al (English dub) Episode: "Shoujo Smile: Eternal Smile"
2006–2007 VeggieTales Additional voices 3 episodes
2007 Higglytown Heroes Janitor Jay Episode: "The Big Pink Elephant/Higglies on Horseback
2008 The Banana Splits Fleegle, Bingo  
2008–2013 The Garfield Show Additional voices 5 episodes
2010 'Til Death George Bush, Minister Episode: "The Wedding"
2010 Jonah Hex: Motion Comics Additional voices 7 episodes
2011–2016 Minnie's Bow-Toons Goofy, Pluto, Additional voices 40 episodes
2013 Wheel of Fortune Goofy, Pluto Episodes: "Making Disney Memories Week 1, Making Disney Memories Week 2"
2013–present Mickey Mouse Goofy, Pluto Main cast
2014–16 The 7D Doc, Sir Yips-A-Lot Main cast
2015 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Ghostly Bob 2 episodes
2017–present Mickey and the Roadster Racers Goofy, Pluto,[13] Horace Horsecoller, Mayor McBeagle, Mr. Bigby, Additional voices Main cast
2019–present Amphibia Hopadiah "Hop Pop" Plantar Main cast
2019–present Vampirina Larry Moss Episode: "Bat Got Your Tongue/Haunted Theater"
2020 DuckTales Goofy Episode: "Quack Pack!"
2020 The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse Goofy Main cast

Anime[edit]

List of dubbing performances in anime
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Porco Rosso Additional voices English dub
2004 Astro Boy Tawashi Main cast

Video games[edit]

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Sam and Max Hit the Road Sam, Psychic, Flambe  
1994 Quest for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness Leshy  
1995 Full Throttle Horrace, Corley Motors Merchandise Salesman, Gas Guard Pilot, News Anchorman  
1996 Mortimer and the Riddles of the Medallion Bald Eagle, Coyote, Gila Monster, Additional voices  
1998 Disney's Hades Challenge Goofy  
King's Quest VIII: Mask of Eternity King Gryph, Weirdling Tradesman  
Baldur's Gate Brunos, Irlentree, Yeslick Orothiar  
2000 Mickey's Speedway USA Goofy  
Looney Tunes Racing Foghorn Leghorn  
Looney Tunes: Space Race Foghorn Leghorn  
Mickey Mouse Kindergarten Goofy, Pluto, Bellhop #1, Bellhop #2  
Mickey Mouse Preschool Goofy, Pluto, Gas Attendant  
The Flintstones: Bedrock Bowling Bamm-Bamm Rubble, Dino Bridge  
The Emperor's New Groove Villager  
2001 Disney Learning: Phonics Quest Goofy, Horace Horsecollar  
Goofy's Fun House Goofy  
2002 Ty the Tasmanian Tiger Wedgwood the Pirate, The Frill Necked Lizard  
Kingdom Hearts Goofy, Pluto  
Disney Golf Goofy  
Disney Sports Soccer Goofy  
Disney Sports Skateboarding Goofy  
Disney Sports Football Goofy  
Disney Sports Basketball Goofy  
2003 Disney's Party Goofy  
Toontown Online Goofy  
Tales of Symphonia Governor-General Dorr  
2004 Champions of Norrath: Realms of EverQuest Additional voices  
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2 Parrotbeard, Squeaver, Johno  
EverQuest II Various characters  
2005 Destroy All Humans! Narrator, Rural Male  
Crash Tag Team Racing Old Man, Park Drones  
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 3: Night of the Quinkan Parrotbeard  
2006 Over the Hedge Lou, Rottweiler  
Cars Rustbucket Cars  
Dead Rising Cletus Samson, Floyd Sanders, Jeff Meyers, Ryan LaRosa  
Kingdom Hearts II Goofy, Pluto  
Scooby-Doo! Who's Watching Who? Ghost of Elias Kingston, Sylvester Sweetsugar, Farmer Burt Harrison, Captain Quint  
Yakuza Makoto Date English dub
Flushed Away Spike  
Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island Old Hermit Crab, Plant King, Crab Refugee #4, Plant Guard  
2007 Meet the Robinsons Ice Cream Vendor  
2008 Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law Secret Squirrel, Cameraman, Prison Guard #2  
Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed Colonel Kluckin  
Kung Fu Panda Blackhoof Boar Clan Leader  
Disney Think Fast Goofy, Horace Horsecollar  
Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon Legg Tallman, Deep Navel  
Looney Tunes: Cartoon Conductor Foghorn Leghorn [14]
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories Goofy  
2009 Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Goofy  
2010 Epic Mickey Goofy, Horace Horsecollar  
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Goofy, Horace Horsecollar, Sleepy  
2011 Kinect Disneyland Adventures Goofy, Pluto  
2012 Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Goofy, Horace Horsecollar, Practical Pig  
Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion Goofy  
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Goofy  
2013 Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix Goofy, Pluto Archive audio
2014 Disney Magical World Goofy, Pluto, Sleepy  
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Goofy, Horace Horsecollar, Sleepy Archive audio
2017 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Goofy Archive audio
2019 Kingdom Hearts III Goofy  
2020 Yakuza: Like a Dragon Makoto Date English dub
Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory Goofy  

Theme park attractions[edit]

Year Title Role
2003 Mickey's PhilharMagic Goofy
2020 Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway

Live-action[edit]

List of acting performances in feature films and television shows
Year Title Role Notes Source
1987 RoboCop Justin Ballard-Watkins   [6][15]
1998 Pumpkin Man Father Goblin / Billy Bob Sr.   [16]
1999 Men in Scoring Position Smiling Jack  
2000 Bob's Video Sheriff Harmon  
2013 I Know That Voice Himself Documentary  
2017 Generational Sins Sheriff Randall  
The UnPop Podshow Phil Gardender Podcast
Episode: "Podfellas"
 
2020 Desert Shadows Detective Jerry McElroy Upcoming film  
It's a Dog's Life with Bill Farmer Himself (host)   [8]

Production credits[edit]

Year Title Position
1992 Death Becomes Her ADR loop group
2004 Shrek 2 ADR group
Boomerang Editor
2015 With Lee in Virginia Cinematographer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result
2000 Annie Awards Outstanding Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Feature Production An Extremely Goofy Movie Nominated
2009 Disney Legend Award Animation - Voice Won
2011 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Nominated
2012 Behind the Voice Actors Video Game Voice Acting Award Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Nominated
2014 Annie Awards Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance Mickey Mouse Nominated
2015 Behind the Voice Actors Television Voice Acting Award Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series The 7D Won
Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Children's/Educational Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Nominated
Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Mickey Mouse Won
2016 Behind the Voice Actors Television Voice Acting Award Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series The 7D Won

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "About Toonhouse". Toonhouse Inc. Archived from the original on April 23, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  3. ^ "Disney Legends - Bill Farmer". D23. Archived from the original on August 30, 2015. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  4. ^ a b McTavish, Brian (May 4, 1995). "Bill Farmer is 'Goofy' for fun and profit". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  5. ^ Armstrong, John (September 7, 1995). "It's Goofy, but it's a job". Vancouver Sun. p. C3. Retrieved August 26, 2019 – via Newspapers.com. Free to read
  6. ^ a b c d "042 – Bill Farmer on Talkin Toons with Rob Paulsen – Weekly Voice Acting and Voice Over Tips - Tech Jives Network". Archived from the original on 2015-02-02. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
  7. ^ a b "Disney Legend, Bill Farmer talks about voicing Goofy and new Disney Junior series "The 7D"". mediamikes.com. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  8. ^ a b c "The longtime voice of Goofy on yuks, gawrshes, and A Goofy Movie". TV Club. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  9. ^ "Bill Farmer". Voice Chasers. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  10. ^ It’s A Dog’s Life With Bill Farmer, retrieved 2020-06-01
  11. ^ Erik Pedersen. "Annie Award Winners 2015: Full List Of Animation Award Winners - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  12. ^ "The Voices of Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald (1998, Live-Action/Animated Series (Direct-to-Video)) - Voice Cast Listing at Voice Chasers". Voice Chasers. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  13. ^ "Bring Home this Fast Paced Fun of Mickey and the Roadster Racers on Disney DVD". Chip and Co. 2016-12-17. Retrieved 2017-01-06.
  14. ^ "Looney Tunes: Cartoon Conductor (2008) Nintendo DS credits". MobyGames.
  15. ^ "RoboCop (1987) - Paul Verhoeven - Cast and Crew". AllMovie. All Media Guide. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-06-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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Preceded by
Will Ryan
Voice of Goofy
1987–present
Succeeded by
current voice
Preceded by
Pinto Colvig
Voice of Pluto
1990–present
Succeeded by
current voice
Preceded by
Billy Bletcher
Voice of Horace Horsecollar
1990–present
Succeeded by
current voice
Preceded by
Jim Cummings
Voice of Yosemite Sam
1996
Succeeded by
Frank Gorshin