Justin Roiland

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Justin Roiland
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Roiland at the Raleigh Supercon in July 2017
Born
Mark Justin Roiland[1]

(1980-02-21) February 21, 1980 (age 42)
EducationModesto Junior College
Occupation
Years active2003–present

Mark Justin Roiland (born February 21, 1980)[2] is an American voice actor, animator, writer, producer, and director. He is best known as the co-creator of Adult Swim's Rick and Morty and its subsequent franchise. He voices the show's titular characters Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith. Roiland is the co-creator of Hulu's Solar Opposites, in which he voices the main character, Korvo. He has also played Earl of Lemongrab on Adventure Time, Blendin Blandin on Gravity Falls, and Oscar on Fish Hooks. He founded the animation studio Justin Roiland's Solo Vanity Card Productions! and the video game studio Squanch Games.

Early life[edit]

Roiland was born and raised in Stockton, California.[3] 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.[4] After high school he attended Modesto Junior College in Modesto, California.[5] Roiland is dyslexic.[6]

Career[edit]

He 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.[7][8] He appeared regularly on The Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central as "Blonde Craig".[9][10] From 2010 to 2016, he co-hosted The Grandma's Virginity Podcast with future Rick and Morty writer, Ryan Ridley, and future Steven Universe producer, Jackie Buscarino.[11]

In 2012, Adult Swim approached Harmon to produce a new animated series for their network. Harmon approached Roiland and together, they created Rick and Morty which debuted in 2013 to widespread acclaim. The show quickly grew a fan community as audiences praised the show for its unique story telling and incorporation of science-fiction elements. Roiland voices Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty Smith. In addition to the voice work, Roiland serves as a co-writer and executive producer alongside Dan Harmon.[12][13] By the end of season 1, Rick and Morty became one of the most successful shows Adult Swim ever produced.[14]

Roiland at the 2015 XOXO festival

The success of Rick and Morty spearheaded an entire franchise around it. Various Rick and Morty themed merchandise have been produced and sold. In addition to the show, Rick and Morty maintains an app called "Pocket Mortys". On August 25, 2016, Roiland launched virtual reality studio Squanchtendo, a portmanteau of the company Nintendo and Rick and Morty character Squanchy.[15] It was later renamed to Squanch Games.[13][16] Its first full-length title, Accounting+, made in collaboration with William Pugh's studio, was released for PSVR on December 19, 2017.[17]

Artist[edit]

In January 2021, Roiland offered over a dozen artworks in his first NFT art collection, titled "The Best I Could Do". His highest-selling piece was by his Simpsons homage The Smintons, sold at $290,100. The collection sold for a total of $1.65 million.[18] Roiland also sold his first painting, titled mypeoplefriend, via auction by Sotheby's in July 2021.[19]

On Halloween 2022, Roiland released a generative NFT project named "Art Gobblers" with Paradigm Ventures.

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)
2009 Santa Buddies Chihuahua Uncredited
2015 Krampus Clumpy (voice)
2018 Smallfoot Garry (voice)
Seth Rogen's Hilarity for Charity Char (voice)
2019 Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus Foodio 3000, Weird Alien #1, Excited Audience Member (voices) Netflix film
2021 Space Jam: A New Legacy Rick Sanchez, Morty Smith (voices) Cameo

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 Fishtooth (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
2014—2019 The Cyanide and Happiness Show Mr. Romero 1 episode
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 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–present Solar Opposites Korvo (voices) Also co-creator, writer, executive producer and director
2021 Invincible Doug Cheston 1 episode
2022 The Boys Presents: Diabolical Papers, Narrator's Dad, Picante's Dad (voice) 1 episode; also writer
The Paloni Show! Halloween Special! Leroy Paloni (voice) television special, also creator, writer, executive producer
2023 Koala Man Executive producer, upcoming series

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005–2010 Yacht Rock Christopher Cross 4 episodes
2012 SuperFuckers Orange Lightning, Vortex
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 Meme Review Guest Episode: "Will Smith hosts Meme Review w/ Elon Musk"
2021 Sand Planet Uncle & PP88 collabaration on Joel Haver's YouTube channel

Video games[edit]

In August 2016,[20] Roiland set up a video game studio, Squanchtendo, which was later renamed to Squanch Games in December 2017.[21]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know! Earl of Lemongrab
2015 Dota 2 Rick Sanchez, Morty Smith Rick and Morty Announcer DLC[22]
Lego Dimensions Earl of Lemongrab
Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations
Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and the Terribly Cursed Emerald Various Voices
2016 Pocket Mortys Rick Sanchez, Morty Smith
The Lab Various Personality Cores
Job Simulator Radio Announcer
Accounting Various Voices Also co-director and co-writer
2017 Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality Rick Sanchez, Morty Smith
LawBreakers Blitzball
2019 Trover Saves the Universe Trover
2022 High on Life
2022 Warped Kart Racers Korvo
2022 MultiVersus Rick Sanchez, Morty Smith, Mr. Meeseeks Archived recordings

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 [23]
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Animated TV Show Nominated [24]
2018 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Animated Series Won [25]
Annie Award Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production Won [26]
Saturn Award Best Animated Series or Film on Television Nominated [27]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Animated TV Show Nominated [28]
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Animated Program Rick and Morty for "Pickle Rick" Won [29]
2020 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Animated Program Rick and Morty for "The Vat of Acid Episode" Won [30]
2021 Critics' Choice Super Awards Best Animated Series Rick and Morty Nominated [31]
Best Voice Actor in an Animated Series Nominated
Annie Award Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production Nominated [32]
Saturn Award Best Animated Series on Television Nominated [33]

References[edit]

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