Justin Roiland

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Justin Roiland
Justin Roiland
Justin Roiland in 2010
Born (1980-02-21) February 21, 1980 (age 38)
Stockton, California, U.S.
Education Sierra High School
Manteca High School
Alma mater Modesto Junior College
Occupation
  • Actor
  • animator
  • writer
  • producer
  • director
Years active 2004–present
Home town Manteca, California

Justin Roiland (born February 21, 1980)[1] is an American actor, animator, writer, producer, and director. He is best known as the co-creator and executive producer of the Adult Swim animated series Rick and Morty, in which he voices both of the show's titular characters, the voice of Oscar on the Disney Channel's animated television show Fish Hooks, as well as the Earl of Lemongrab on Cartoon Network's Adventure Time, and several characters (most notably the character of Blendin Blandin) on Gravity Falls.

Early life[edit]

Roiland grew up on an almond orchard in Manteca, California.[2] He attended Sierra High School for all of his time in high school up to 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 Los Angeles, 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, most notably as the title 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, will be released for PSVR on Dec. 19.[14]

Justin Roiland's Solo Vanity Card Productions![edit]

Justin Roiland's Solo Vanity Card Productions!
Animation studio
Industry Animation
Founded 2007
Founder Justin Roiland
Headquarters United States
Products Rick and Morty

Justin Roiland's Solo Vanity Card Productions! is an animation studio founded by animator and voice actor Justin Roiland. The studio is best known for producing Rick and Morty for Adult Swim.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Tenacious D: Time Fixers Abe Lincoln Short film
2006 The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti Doc Smith, Mharti McDonhalds (voice) Short film
2013 Underdogs Rippers (voice) English dub
2015 Krampus Clumpy (voice)

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Cheap Seats without Ron Parker Rhonda's Son Episode: "1973 Superstars"
2005 House of Cosbys Preacher Cosby / Curiosity Cosby / Data Analysis Cosby (voice) 4 episodes, also creator, writer, executive producer
2007 Acceptable.TV Various characters 20 episodes; also writer, executive producer, director
2007–2010 The Sarah Silverman Program Blonde CraiG, Chant Leader 8 episodes
2010–2014 Fish Hooks Oscar (voice) 89 episodes; also story writer
2011–2018 Adventure Time Earl of Lemongrab, Lemonhope, various voices 13 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, director
2015 The Simpsons Rick Sanchez, Morty Smith (in couch gag) Episode: "Mathlete's Feat"
2015 Community Ice Cube Head (voice) Episode: "Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television"
2015 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 (voice) 7 episodes
2015 Yo Gabba Gabba! Sea Queen (voice) Episode: "Mermaids"
2016 Animals. H&M (voice) Episode: "Cats"
2016 Future-Worm! Homework Android (voice) Episode: "The Bleak Shall Inherit the Earth/Lobster Boy Movie Trailer/Makin' History"
2017 Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return N/A Writer
Episode: "Reptilicus"
2018–present Hot Streets Chubbie Webbers (voice) Main role
2018 Robot Chicken Various voices Episode: "3 2 1 2 333, 222, 3…66?"
2018 Abby Hatcher, Fuzzly Catcher Bozzly Fuzzly (voice) Main role

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010-2016 Grandma's Virginity Podcast Himself Episodes: 1-44
2016-2017 H3 Podcast Himself Episodes: 1, 26
2017 Lasagna Cat Vocals Episode: "10/20/1984"

Video games[edit]

Current logo of Squanch Games

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

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

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]
2018 Annie Award Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production Rick and Morty Won [21]
2018 Saturn Award Best Animated Series or Film on Television Rick and Morty Nominated [22]
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Animated TV Show Rick and Morty Pending [23]
2018 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Animated Program Rick and Morty for "Pickle Rick" Pending [24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Justin Roiland". Behind the Voice Actors. Retrieved May 27, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Justin Roiland, "Oscar"". Disney Channel. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "98 - Justin Roiland". Don't Ever Change with John Roy. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "Rick and Morty Origins Part One". Adult Swim. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "Justin Roiland - Filmography". The New York Times. January 26, 2011. Retrieved 26 January 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 26 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Sarah Silverman Program: TV Show Cancelled; No Season Four". TV Series Finale. May 12, 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "LOL: Watch Justin Roiland's Drunken Rick and Morty Voice Recording". Slashfilm. 2017-05-09. Retrieved 2017-10-19. 
  10. ^ a b c "An Interview With the Creator of 'Rick and Morty'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-12-15. 
  11. ^ "The Grandma's Virginity Podcast". iTunes. Retrieved 26 January 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 2017-12-15. 
  14. ^ Alexander, Julia (2017-12-07). "Rick and Morty co-creator confirms Accounting+ coming to PSVR this month". Polygon. Retrieved 2017-12-15. 
  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". 2017-02-06. 
  17. ^ "Steam Workshop :: Rick and Morty Announcer Pack". steamcommunity.com. Retrieved 2015-06-23. 
  18. ^ "42ND ANNUAL ANNIE AWARDS CATEGORIES AND NOMINEES". annieawards.org. Archived from the original on 14 December 2014. Retrieved 14 December 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 4 December 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2017. 
  22. ^ McNary, Dave (15 March 2018). "'Black Panther,' 'Walking Dead' Rule Saturn Awards Nominations". Variety. Retrieved 16 March 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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