Justin Roiland

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Justin Roiland
Justin Roiland
Justin Roiland at the 2015 XOXO festival
Born
Justin Roiland

(1980-02-21) February 21, 1980 (age 39)
EducationSierra High School
Manteca High School
Alma materModesto Junior College
Occupation
  • Voice Actor
  • animator
  • writer
  • producer
  • director
Years active2004–present
Home townManteca, California, U.S.

Justin Roiland (born February 21, 1980)[1] is an American voice actor, animator, writer, producer, director and game developer. He is best known as the co-creator of Adult Swim's Rick and Morty, of which he voices the show's titular characters. He is also known for voicing the Earl of Lemongrab on Cartoon Network's Adventure Time and Blendin Blandin on Gravity Falls. He is the founder of the animation studio Justin Roiland's Solo Vanity Card Productions! and the video game studio Squanch Games.

Early life[edit]

Roiland grew up on an almond orchard in Manteca, California.[2] He attended Sierra High School up until the first quarter of his senior year and then transferred to Manteca High School for the remainder of his senior year, graduating in 1998.[3] After high school he attended Modesto Junior College[4] in Modesto, California.

Career[edit]

He eventually moved to Houston, Texas, and in early 2004, got involved with Channel101, an L.A. media collective started by Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab, where he made and acted in numerous movie shorts (such as 2 Girls One Cup: The Show, House of Cosbys and a small role as musician "Christopher Cross" in the series "Yacht Rock") and in the VH1 television show Acceptable TV.[5][6] He appeared regularly on The Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central as "Blonde Craig".[7][8]

He now works as a voice actor, including voicing the titular characters of Rick and Morty, for which he is also co-creator, co-writer and executive producer with Dan Harmon.[9][10] In addition, he has voiced several other characters in Rick and Morty. Since 2010, he has co-hosted The Grandma's Virginity Podcast with Rick and Morty writer, Ryan Ridley, and Steven Universe producer, Jackie Buscarino.[11] He stated at the Rick and Morty panel at San Diego Comic-Con International 2014 that one of his main influences was Pendleton Ward and that he enjoyed watching The Ren & Stimpy Show as a child. In his interview to The Rolling Stone he stated that he enjoys making cartoons and games as it lets him do all the work in his apartment, without a need to leave his house.[10]

On August 25, 2016, Roiland launched virtual reality studio Squanchtendo, a portmanteau of the company Nintendo and Rick and Morty character Squanchy.[12] It was later renamed to Squanch Games.[10][13] Its first full-length title, Accounting+, made in collaboration with William Pugh's studio, was released for PSVR on Dec. 19.[14] In 2017, he, Alex Hirsch, and Ethan Klein raised over $200,000 for hurricane relief via Twitch live stream in which he prank called the Lakewood Church in Houston. In February 2019, Roiland co-hosted YouTuber PewDiePie's show "Meme Review" with Elon Musk under the request of PewDiePie's fans.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Tenacious D: Time Fixers Abe Lincoln Short film
The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti Doc Smith, Mharti McDonhalds (voices)
2013 Underdogs Rippers (voice) English dub
2015 Krampus Clumpy (voice)
2018 Smallfoot Garry (voice)
2018 Seth Rogen's Hilarity For Charity Char (voice) Ity (voice)
2019 Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus Foodio 3000, Weird Alien #1, Excited Audience Member (voices) Netflix film

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Cheap Seats without Ron Parker Rhonda's Son Episode: "1973 Superstars"
2005 House of Cosbys Various Voices Also creator, writer and executive producer
2007 Acceptable.TV Various Also director, writer and executive producer
2007–2010 The Sarah Silverman Program Blonde Craig, Chant Leader 8 episodes
2010–2014 Fish Hooks Oscar (voice) Also story writer
2011–2018 Adventure Time Earl of Lemongrab, Lemonhope, Various Voices 14 episodes
2012–2015 Gravity Falls Blendin Blandin, Bobby Renzobbi, Various Voices 7 episodes
2013 Out There Chris Novak (voice) 10 episodes
2013–present Rick and Morty Rick Sanchez, Morty Smith, Various Voices Also co-creator, writer, executive producer and director
2015 The Simpsons Rick Sanchez, Morty Smith (voices) Episode: "Mathlete's Feat"
Community Ice Cube Head (voice) Episode: "Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television"
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Honest Abe Lincoln's Hot Links Mascot (voice) Episode: "Mouth Quest"
2015–2017 Pig Goat Banana Cricket Psychopath Giraffe, Radical Rick, Customer (voices) 7 episodes
2015 Yo Gabba Gabba! Sea Queen (voice) Episode: "Mermaids"
2016 Animals. H&M (voice) Episode: "Cats"
Future-Worm! Homework Android (voice) 1 episode
2017 Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return N/A Writer: "Reptilicus"
2018–2019 Hot Streets Chubbie Webbers (voice) Also executive producer
2018 Robot Chicken Various Voices Episode: "3 2 1 2 333, 222, 3…66?"
70th Primetime Emmy Awards Rick Sanchez, Morty Smith (voices) Television special
2019 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Doop-Doop (voice) 2 episodes
2020 Solar Opposites Terry, Korvo (voices) Also co-creator, director, writer and executive producer

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005-2010 Yacht Rock Christopher Cross 4 episodes
2013 Friends and Lovers Captain Xandar 3 episodes
2010–2016 Grandma's Virginity Podcast Himself 44 episodes
2016–2018 H3 Podcast 3 episodes
2017 Lasagna Cat Vocals Episode: "10/20/1984"
2019 PewDiePie's Meme Review Guest Episode: "Will Smith hosts Meme Review w/ Elon Musk"

Video games[edit]

In August 2016,[15] Roiland set up a video game studio, Squanchtendo, which was later renamed to Squanch Games in December 2017.[16]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Dota 2 Rick and Morty Announcer Rick and Morty Announcer DLC[17]
Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know! Earl of Lemongrab
2015 Lego Dimensions
Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and the Terribly Cursed Emerald Various Voices
Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations Earl of Lemongrab
2016 Pocket Mortys Rick Sanchez, Morty Smith
The Lab Various Personality Cores
Job Simulator Cars Talking Host
Accounting Various Voices Also co-director and co-writer
2017 Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality Rick Sanchez, Morty Smith
LawBreakers Blitzball
2018 Trover Saves the Universe Trover

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2015 Annie Award Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production Rick and Morty Nominated [18]
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Animated TV Show Rick and Morty Nominated [19]
2018 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Animated Series Rick and Morty Won [20]
Annie Award Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production Rick and Morty Won [21]
Saturn Award Best Animated Series or Film on Television Rick and Morty Nominated [22]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Animated TV Show Rick and Morty Nominated [23]
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Animated Program Rick and Morty for "Pickle Rick" Won [24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Justin Roiland". Behind the Voice Actors. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  2. ^ "Justin Roiland, "Oscar"". Disney Channel. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  3. ^ "98 - Justin Roiland". Don't Ever Change with John Roy. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "Rick and Morty Origins Part One". Adult Swim. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  5. ^ "Justin Roiland - Filmography". The New York Times. January 26, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  6. ^ "Justin Roiland". Channel101. Archived from the original on December 4, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  7. ^ "The Sarah Silverman Program". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  8. ^ "The Sarah Silverman Program: TV Show Cancelled; No Season Four". TV Series Finale. May 12, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  9. ^ "LOL: Watch Justin Roiland's Drunken Rick and Morty Voice Recording". Slashfilm. May 9, 2017. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  10. ^ a b c "An Interview With the Creator of 'Rick and Morty'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  11. ^ "The Grandma's Virginity Podcast". iTunes. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  12. ^ Rosenberg, Adam (August 25, 2016). "'Rick and Morty' co-creator launches a new VR studio, Squanchtendo". Mashable. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  13. ^ "Co-Creator Of Rick And Morty Collaborating On New VR Game Studio". WWG. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  14. ^ Alexander, Julia (December 7, 2017). "Rick and Morty co-creator confirms Accounting+ coming to PSVR this month". Polygon. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  15. ^ "The Stanley Parable's designer lied to Rick and Morty's creator — and now they're making a game together".
  16. ^ "Squanchtendo is now Squanch Games". February 6, 2017.
  17. ^ "Steam Workshop :: Rick and Morty Announcer Pack". steamcommunity.com. Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  18. ^ "42ND ANNUAL ANNIE AWARDS CATEGORIES AND NOMINEES". annieawards.org. Archived from the original on December 14, 2014. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  19. ^ Ceron, Ella (June 19, 2017). "Teen Choice Awards 2017: See the First Wave of Nominations". Teen Vogue. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  20. ^ Hammond, Pete (December 6, 2017). "Critics' Choice Awards Nominations: 'The Shape Of Water' Leads With 14; Netflix Tops TV Contenders". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  21. ^ "Annie Awards: Disney/Pixar's 'Coco' Tops Nominations". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on December 4, 2017. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  22. ^ McNary, Dave (March 15, 2018). "'Black Panther,' 'Walking Dead' Rule Saturn Awards Nominations". Variety. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  23. ^ Weatherby, Taylor (June 13, 2018). "Taylor Swift, Drake, Cardi B & More Among Teen Choice Awards 2018 Nominees: See the Full List". Billboard. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  24. ^ "Emmys: Netflix Beats HBO With Most Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.

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