Bill Ratner

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Bill Ratner
Born (1947-02-25) February 25, 1947 (age 70)
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Voice actor, performance artist, author
Years active 1982–present

Bill Ratner (born February 25, 1947) is an American author, voice actor, and solo performance artist. His book, Parenting for the Digital Age: The Truth behind Media's Effect on Children and What To Do About It, winner of the National Indie Excellence Award[1] and a Next Generation Indie Book Award[2] and Eric Hoffer Book Award[3] finalist, is published by Familius.[4] His personal essays are published in The Baltimore Review,[5] Blue Lake Review[6] and The Missouri Review.[7]

Ratner’s performances of his personal essays are featured on KCRW’s Strangers[8] and National Public Radio's The Business.[9] and Good Food.[10] He tours nationally for storytelling conferences,[11] and festivals,[12] is a regular competitor in The Moth[13] Story Slams in Los Angeles, is a nine-time Moth StorySLAM Winner, a National Storytelling Festival Story Slam teller-Jonesborough TN, a National Storytelling Network storyteller.[14] He has been a Los Angeles Unified School storyteller since 1993. He is a contributing author of the book Secrets of Voiceover Success.[15] He is a two-time winner of "Best of the Hollywood Fringe Festival Extension" - Solo Category for "Bobbywood: Whatever Happened to Bobby the Bellboy?"[16] in 2013 and Voices in my Head: A Life.[17][18] He is a member of Actors Equity Association, and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of TV & Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) where he teaches voiceovers,[19] and chairs the Hollywood SAG-AFTRA TV Promo & Movie Trailer Announcers Caucus.

He is best known as the voice of Flint in Hasbro’s syndicated TV cartoon G.I. Joe.[20] He reprised the role of "Flint" in episodes of Family Guy, Robot Chicken, and Community. He is the movie trailer voice for Inside Out, Ant-Man, Will Ferrell's Talladega Nights and Blades of Glory, Kung Fu Panda, Piglet's Big Movie, Tenacious D, Mike Myers's The Love Guru, Monsters vs. Aliens, Observe and Report, Extract, The Goods, Youth in Revolt, and many more.[21] He narrates documentaries on Discovery, A&E, E! True Hollywood Story, Travel Channel, The Weather Channel and History. His voice is on Kings Quest, Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, Grand Theft Auto V, Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3 and Final Fantasy XV, and he is the narrator in episodes of Ben 10 for the Cartoon Network. Bill is also a voice-over announcer for television stations across the United States.[22]


  1. ^ "Winners of the NIEA 2016 Awards!". Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Awards, Next Generation Indie Book. "Next Generation Indie Book Awards". Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Eric Hoffer Book Award Category Finalists". Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Parenting in the Digital Age". Familius. 2014-11-04. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Bill Ratner: Of This Earth". Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  6. ^ "Primal Screaming - Blue Lake Review". Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  7. ^ "2011 Audio Contest Runner-up: Bill Ratner | The Missouri Review Soundbooth". 2011-12-17. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  8. ^ "Bill Ratner: Screaming with Professionals - Strangers on KCRW 89.9 FM | Internet Public Radio Station Streaming Live Independent Music & NPR News Online from Los Angeles, CA". Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  9. ^ "The Drama of the TV Drama 'Damages;' The Business@The Moth 4 - The Business on KCRW 89.9 FM | Internet Public Radio Station Streaming Live Independent Music & NPR News Online from Los Angeles, CA". Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  10. ^ "Crack Pie, Mark Bittman, Good Food at The Moth - Good Food on KCRW 89.9 FM | Internet Public Radio Station Streaming Live Independent Music & NPR News Online from Los Angeles, CA". Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  11. ^ "Utah Local News - Salt Lake City News, Sports, Archive - The Salt Lake Tribune". 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  12. ^ "Art of the Story Festival: Bill Ratner | Washington County Cooperative Library Services". Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  13. ^ [1] Archived March 21, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ "The Boy Who Set Out to Learn What Fear Was | National Storytelling Network Blog". 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  15. ^ "Secrets of Voice-Over Success". Sentient Publications. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  16. ^ "Hollywood Fringe - bobbywood: whatever happened to bobby the bellboy?". Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  17. ^ "The Voiceover Actor Finds His Own Voice". La Stage Times. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  18. ^ "voices in my head: a life***". Hollywood Fringe. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  19. ^ "Event Details". SAG Foundation. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  20. ^ "International G.I. Joe Collectors' Convention - GIJoeCon 2012!". Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  21. ^ "In a World of Trailers, Unseen Stars". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  22. ^ "Bill Ratner". Retrieved 2014-03-02. 

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