Lori Alan

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Lori Alan
Born Potomac, Maryland, United States
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actress, comedian, voice actress
Years active 1993–present
Website www.lorialan.com

Lori Alan is an award-winning American actress, comedian, and voice actress. She is very active with animal rescue and politics. Alan currently lives in Los Angeles.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Alan was born in Potomac, Maryland. She had a mixed-faith family with her mother a Southern Baptist and her father being Jewish.[2] Both of her parents were performers and supported her choice to be an actress.[3] She started acting at the age five making her television debut in a Shakey's Pizza commercial.[4] Her theater debut was as Annie's youngest sister in a local community theater production of Annie Get Your Gun. A longtime member of New York's Gotham City Improv (Groundlings East), she went on to Emerson College and graduated with honors from Tisch School of the Arts.

Alan has spoken out against animal cruelty and is the co-founder[1] of the United States chapter of the Global Campaign NoToDogMeat, which raises awareness about dogs and cats being used as food and slaughtered through inhumane methods.[5] She is also on the board of Pickle Pants Rescue, an animal rescue organization in Los Angeles.[1]


Alan is especially known for her vocal work which currently spans three decades.[6] Her process of getting to the authentic personality of the character she is providing the voice for is to improvise and trust her own choices, something she learned at her first voice acting job.[7]

Alan voices Pearl Krabs the Whale on SpongeBob SquarePants, Sue Richards (The Invisible Woman) on Marvel Comics' The Fantastic Four, Diane Simmons on Family Guy, and The Boss in the Metal Gear series. Lori has done voices in feature films: Monsters University, Toy Story 3, Despicable Me 2, and WALL·E. She has also voiced roles for Henry Hugglemonster, Cow and Chicken, Animaniacs, and Futurama. Her work as The Boss was praised as the "most amazing female character of gaming at the time" according to Rizwan Anwer.[8] Her rendition of the The Boss was also rated as one of the top 25 "Greatest Acting Performances in Video Games" by Complex.[9]

In 2005, she joined Warren Beatty, Rob Reiner, Kurtwood Smith and Jason George to help voice commercials against proposals made by California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.[10]

In 2014, she won a Voice Arts Award (VAA) for outstanding body of work and outstanding national television commercial.[11]

Alan's on-camera roles include Desperate Housewives, Ray Donovan, Comedy Central's Workaholics, Bones, Southland, CSI, 90210, Law & Order: LA, Law & Order and many more. On stage credits include The Pee-wee Herman Show,[12] solo show Lori Alan: The Musical, Queen Celia in the hit musical Sneaux!, and the award-winning musical Reefer Madness.[13] Her 1999 performance in Reefer Madness as a "reefer slut" was praised by the Los Angeles Times.[14]

She revisted her role in the Reefer Madness tenth Anniversary Cast in 2015.[15] Her vocals on the song, "The Stuff" was considered both sultry and comical by Broadway World.[15]



  1. ^ a b c "Meet Our Team". NoToDogMeat. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Kang, K. Connie (27 December 2003). "Spiritual Blend Appeals to People of Many Faiths". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Fix, Annette (2008). "20 Questions Answered by Lori Alan". Wow! Women on Writing. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Alan, Lori. "Bio". Lori Alan. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  5. ^ de Cadenet, Julia (19 June 2015). "Yulin Dog Meat Torture Festival Will Go Ahead Despite Celebrity Pleas". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Levy, Carmi (9 November 2014). "Voice Arts Awards Celebrate The Industry's Best And Brightest". Voice Over Times. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Gaskins, Rudy; Baker, Joan (19 February 2015). "6 Inspiring Teachable Moments for Voice Actors". Back Stage. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  8. ^ Anwer, Rizwan (12 May 2014). "Phantom Pain Could See The Return of "The Boss", Voice Actress Confirms". WCCF Tech. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  9. ^ Hester, Larry (14 April 2013). "The 25 Greatest Voice Acting Performances in Video Games". Complex. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  10. ^ Booth, William (6 November 2005). "The Terminatee". The Washington Post. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  11. ^ Smart, Jack (13 November 2014). "The Oscars for Voice". Back Stage 55 (46): 11. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  12. ^ Clark, Krystal (8 October 2010). "Watch the Pee-Wee Herman Show Preview". Screen Crave. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  13. ^ Hohenadel, Kristin (8 August 1999). "In a Sense, It's High Comedy". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  14. ^ Phillips, Michael (6 May 1999). "A Pot Parody and a Sea Spoof". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  15. ^ a b Clarke, David (24 April 2015). "Reefer Madness Tenth Anniversary Reunion Concert Leaves Audience High". Broadway World. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Lori Alan Filmography". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  17. ^ Konami. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Konami. Scene: Prologue, 4:14 in, Opening Credits. 

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