David Herman

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David Herman
Born (1967-02-20) February 20, 1967 (age 53)
EducationState University of New York, Purchase (BFA)
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Christi Campbell (divorced)

David Herman (born February 20, 1967) is an American actor and comedian. He was an original cast member on MADtv and played Michael Bolton in Office Space.[1] He is known for his voice-work in Bob's Burgers, Brickleberry, Futurama, King of the Hill, OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, and Roy Horn in Father of the Pride.

Early life[edit]

Herman was born into a Jewish family in New York City and raised in Washington Heights, Manhattan. He graduated from the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in 1987, then attended the acting program at SUNY Purchase. Herman appeared in the films Born on the Fourth of July, Lost Angels, and Let It Be Me; but he is probably best known for his role as Michael Bolton in Mike Judge's Office Space. Earlier, Herman had joined the cast of John Leguizamo's House of Buggin' in 1994; however, that show was short-lived. When Fox decided to mount a sketch comedy show to replace House of Buggin', Herman was kept on as an original MADtv cast member.



Herman was one of nine original cast members of MADtv[1] when the series debuted in 1995. Unlike the other original repertory and featured players, he was one of the few cast members who came to the show with an established acting career. Herman's MADtv characters included Mike Lawson (Incredible Findings), Generation X anchorman Marsh (X News), and concerned father Joel Linder. Former castmate Artie Lange referred to Herman as "a brilliant, talented actor" and called him "one of my best friends in show business."

Herman lampooned celebrities and famous figures such as Don Adams (as Maxwell Smart from Get Smart), Tim Allen (as Tim "the Tool Man" Taylor from Home Improvement), Woody Allen, Nicolas Cage, Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, David Duchovny (as Fox Mulder from The X-Files), Larry Flynt, Tom Hanks (as Forrest Gump and as Jim Lovell from Apollo 13), Larry King, Kenny Kingston, Regis Philbin, Charles Nelson Reilly, John Ritter (as himself and as Jack Tripper from Three's Company), Joel Schumacher, Robert Shapiro, Pauly Shore, Brent Spiner, Patrick Stewart (as Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation), and Alex Trebek.

Herman stayed with the show until exiting six episodes into the third season. He wanted to leave the show to do other projects, but Fox would not let him out of his contract as they considered him too valuable to the show. So he got himself fired by screaming all his lines during read-through. While continuing his voice work on King of the Hill, he came across the script for Office Space, for which Hill creator Mike Judge had specifically written the Michael Bolton part with Herman in mind.[2]

Other television projects[edit]

Herman's television credits include guest-starring on the WB's Angel and Fox's action drama 24.[1]

Film projects[edit]

Although he is primarily a television actor, Herman has appeared in several films including Dude, Where's My Car? and Fun with Dick and Jane. Herman had a prominent role in the 1999 comedy Office Space, where he played a gangsta rap-loving nerd unfortunately named Michael Bolton who must endure questions about his relationship to the famous singer. In 2006, he appeared in another Mike Judge film, Idiocracy.[1]

Voice acting[edit]

Herman is also known for his work as a voice actor in cartoons and video games, notably in Futurama, where he provides the voices of many recurring characters (including Scruffy, Planet Express's Sling Blade-esque janitor; Roberto, the mentally-deranged criminal robot obsessed with stabbing people; New New York City mayor, Mayor Poopenmeyer, and Professor Farnsworth's former student and current rival, Ogden Wernstrom), and King of the Hill, for which he voiced Anthony Page (the "twig boy" social worker from the pilot episode where Hank is accused of physically abusing his son, Bobby, and the season two episode "Junkie Business"), Eustis (one of Hank's childhood friends that Hank now sees as a wimp, because he was kicked out of the Order of the Straight Arrow as a child and now has a job as a patent lawyer), and other one-shot and incidental characters. Herman's other voice work includes parts on Family Guy, American Dad!, the short-lived CGI-animated sitcom Father of the Pride (in which he voices Roy Horn), and the Jak and Daxter video game series. Herman also starred as Ubuntu Goode (and other supporting voices) on Mike Judge's short-lived companion series to King of the Hill, The Goode Family. He also provides the voice for Mr. Frond (and other supporting voices) in Fox's Bob's Burgers, Mr. Gar, Brandon, and others on Cartoon Network's OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, The Herald and various characters on Matt Groening's recent series for Netflix Disenchantment, self-absorbed and dangerously incompetent park ranger Steve Williams on Comedy Central's Brickleberry, and Kevin Crawford, a childish, yet semi-competent rookie cop on Netflix's Paradise, PD (coincidentally made by the same people behind Brickleberry).[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Lost Angels Carlo[1][3]
1989 Born on the Fourth of July VA in Hospital[1][4]
1997 Kirk and Kerry Dave[1][5] Short film
1998 Gunshy Dan[1][6]
1999 Olive, the Other Reindeer Guard Shack Elf (voice)[1][6]
1999 Office Space Michael Bolton[1][7]
2000 Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth Mr. Lowelle Buchanan[1][8]
2000 Dude, Where's My Car? Nelson[1][9]
2000 Table One Norman[1][10]
2000 Monsignor Martinez John Smith[1][11]
2005 The Lather Effect Corey[1][12]
2005 Kicking & Screaming Referee[1][13]
2005 Fun with Dick and Jane Angry Caller (voice)[1][14]
2006 Idiocracy Secretary of State[1][15]
2007 Bee Movie Buzz, Bob Bumble, Pilot (voices)[1][16]
2007 Futurama: Bender's Big Score Nudar
Scruffy the Janitor
Turanga Morris
Nude Bartender
Additional Voices[1][17]
2008 Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs Dr. Ogden Wernstrom
Mayor Poopenmeyer
Warden Vogel
Three-Eyed Zebra
Additional Voices[1][18]
2008 Futurama: Bender's Game Larry / Larius
Turanga Morris
Scruffy the Janitor
Dr. Ogden Wernstrom
Roberto / King Roberto
Additional Voices[1][19]
2009 Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder Number 9 Man
Scruffy the Janitor
Additional Voices[1][20]
2013 Bad Milo Ralph (voice)[1][20]
2013 I Know That Voice Himself[1][21] Documentary
2016 Storks Additional Voices
2017 Best Fiends: Boot Camp[22] Roger (voice) Short film
2017 Best Fiends: Visit Minutia[23] Roger (voice) Short film
2018 Best Fiends: Fort of Hard Knocks[24] Gordon (voice) Short film
2018 Best Fiends: Baby Slug's Big Day Out Gordon (voice) Short film
2019 Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost Sheriff (voice) Direct-to-video
2019 Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island Sheriff, Jack (voices) Direct-to-video
2020 Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! Sheriff, Cutler Toe (voices) Direct-to-video


Year Title Role Notes
1995 House of Buggin' Various Series regular
1995–1997 MADtv Various Series regular (seasons 1–3)
1997–2010 King of the Hill Buckley, Eustis, Jimmy Witchard, Additional Voices 147 episodes
1999–2013 Futurama Scruffy the Janitor, Various Voices Recurring role (seasons 1–4)
Series regular (seasons 5–7)
2000 Angel David Nabbit 3 episodes
2001 Primetime Glick Various 2 episodes
2001–2003 Invader Zim Additional Voices 7 episodes
2003 Life on Parole Dave Television film
2004 24 Dalton Furrelle 2 episodes
2004 Grounded for Life Dave, J.J. Bodybuddy, Lomax 2 episodes
2004 Father of the Pride Roy (voice) Main role
2006–2017 American Dad! Arboreus, Mr. Aids, Zach, Additional Voices 6 episodes
2008 Moral Orel Principal Fakey, Additional Voices Season 3
2008–2009 The Drinky Crow Show Uncle Gabby, Captain Maak (voices) Main role
2009 The Goode Family Ubuntu Goode (voice) Main role
2011–present Bob's Burgers Phillip Frond, Additional Voices Recurring role
2011 Beavis and Butt-head Additional Voices 4 episodes
2012 Family Guy David Strathairn (voice) Episode: "Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream"
2012–2015 Brickleberry Steve Williams, Additional Voices Main role
2013 Lakewood Plaza Turbo Mr. Gar (voice) Pilot
2014–2016 TripTank Various Voices 12 episodes
2014 The Simpsons Scruffy the Janitor (voice) Episode: "Simpsorama"
2015 Ridin' with Burgess Duzenthal, Narrator (voices) Pilot
2015 The Awesomes Additional Voices 9 episodes
2016 Better Things Richard Episode: "Sam/Pilot"
2017–2019 OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Mr. Gar, Brandon, Additional Voices Main role
2017 Adventure Time Randy, Additional Voices Episode: "Ring of Fire"
2018–present Disenchantment The Herald, Jerry, Chazz, Guysbert (voices)
2018–present Paradise PD Kevin Crawford (voice) Main role
2019-present Bless the Harts Chip Scoville (voice) and various Recurring role
2020-present Central Park Various

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2001 Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy Sculptor, Boggy Billy
2003 Futurama Larry, Adoy, Ra-Ra the Sun King
2003 Jak II Erol, Agent #2, Krimzon Guards
2004 Jak 3 Errol
2005 Jak X: Combat Racing Razer, Ximon, Thugs
2006 Daxter Ximon, Tik, Errol, Krimzon Guard, Miner
2018 OK K.O.! Let's Play Heroes Mr. Gar, Brandon


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Zombie College Scott (voice) Web series


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  22. ^ Boot Camp - A Best Fiends Animation
  23. ^ Visit Minutia - A Best Fiends Animation
  24. ^ Fort of Hard Knocks - A Best Fiends Animation

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