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March 30, 1958 |
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Occupation||Voice actor, stand-up comedian|
|Spouse(s)||Robin Eiseman (m. 1991)|
1998 Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production
Pinky and the Brain
2011 Outstanding Voice-Over Performance
2012 Outstanding Voice-Over Performance
Maurice LaMarche (born March 30, 1958) is a Canadian voice actor and former stand-up comedian. He is best known for voicing The Brain in Animaniacs and its spin-off as well as his Emmy-winning performances in Futurama.
LaMarche was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, but his family moved to Timmins, Ontario, very soon after he was born. LaMarche's childhood was filled with his "own little world of cartoons and sixties television". It was not until his sophomore year of high school that he learned of the popularity his talent for mimicry could garner him. This realization came from a coincidental performance in a high school "variety night" when a couple of friends urged him to enter. The act he performed at the variety night was "celebrities as waiters" which he actually used all the way up until the end of his stand-up career.
At the age of 19, LaMarche took his high school act to an open mic night in New York City, performing to a reaction in which, as he describes, "they just totally ignored me". This reaction was coupled with the backlash LaMarche received from fellow Canadian comedians who LaMarche describes as discouraging him from pursuing a career outside of Canada.
Three years later, at the age of 22, LaMarche moved straight to Los Angeles to further his stand-up career. This move, LaMarche says, would always be something he regretted doing instead of moving to New York: "... in retrospect, I thought it was a mistake. I think that a couple of years in New York would have made me a stronger comedian."
Over the next five years, LaMarche's career would gradually progress, playing comedy clubs all over the U.S., with several appearances on Merv Griffin and "An Evening At The Improv", but in spite of such interest, LaMarche always believed that, while his impersonations and stage presence were strong, he needed to develop funnier comedy material. Despite being so critical of himself, LaMarche would be granted the opportunity of being part of the 1985 HBO production, Rodney Dangerfield Hosts the 9th Annual Young Comedians Special, on which also appeared Bob Saget, Rita Rudner, Louie Anderson, Yakov Smirnoff, and the breakout first appearance of Sam Kinison. Although he was received (and reviewed) favorably, in looking back on his own performance in that special, LaMarche believed he was "probably about five years away from going from being a good comedian to being a great comedian" and being the "only impressionist that actually comes from somewhere".
During his standup career, LaMarche opened for such acts as Rodney Dangerfield, George Carlin, Howie Mandel, David Sanborn and Donna Summer, usually in the main showrooms of Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
On March 9, 1987, LaMarche's father was murdered, shot to death by a lifelong friend in a Toronto hotel lobby, in front of dozens of witnesses. This sent LaMarche into depression and alcoholism for the next two years, effectively stalling his stand-up career. After getting sober on Inauguration Day in 1989, LaMarche embarked again into the world of his first love, standup comedy, in the early part of 1990. However, just as he was regaining lost momentum, tragedy struck once more, as his 18-year-old sister was killed in a car accident in September of that year. At this point, though he remained sober, LaMarche decided he just could not do standup comedy anymore. He says, "at that point I just threw up my hands and went, 'Oh, that’s it. I don’t have any funny left in me. I’m done.'" 
LaMarche's first entrance into the voiceover industry was in 1980 in Easter Fever and Take Me Up to the Ball Game, two Canadian films from Nelvana. LaMarche did not venture into voiceover acting again until years later as a side endeavor during his full-time standup comedy career.
LaMarche began on Inspector Gadget and went on to Dennis the Menace, Popeye and Son and The Real Ghostbusters. After The Real Ghostbusters, LaMarche became a regular mainstay of the voiceover industry appearing in such shows as Tiny Toon Adventures, GI Joe, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Animated Series, Taz-Mania, Where's Waldo, The Little Mermaid, Batman: The Animated Series, and Bonkers before landing perhaps his most recognized role in 1993 as The Brain on Animaniacs (and later its spin-off show Pinky and the Brain). Following this, LaMarche worked on The Critic, Freakazoid!, and The Tick before then reprising his role of Egon in Extreme Ghostbusters. The stretch of two years after this saw LaMarche portray characters in such shows as Hey Arnold! as Big Bob Pataki, Queer Duck, The Chimp Channel, and Sonic Underground as Sleet. During this time Maurice would become the voice actor for Mortimer Mouse whom he would voice in the television series Mickey Mouse Works and Disney's House of Mouse. It was at this time, 1999, that LaMarche began work on Futurama, and since Futurama LaMarche has continued to work steadily in television, including guest roles on The Simpsons (where he once again parodied Orson Welles). His most recent regular role came as Hovis the butler on the Nickelodeon series Catscratch. LaMarche was the voice of Victor in Playhouse Disney's Handy Manny Halloween episode.
LaMarche has done various voice work for many Warner Bros. Animation and DiC Entertainment cartoons. He also delivered the protracted belches for the "Great Wakkorotti" shorts on Animaniacs, in which Wakko Warner performed various pieces of music. In 2011, LaMarche reprises his role as Yosemite Sam in Cartoon Network's new series, The Looney Tunes Show.
Pinky and the Brain
LaMarche plays the character of The Brain in Pinky and the Brain. In creating the voice for Brain, LaMarche says he looked at a picture of the character and immediately thought of Orson Welles, although the character wasn't modeled after Welles. Voicing Brain gave LaMarche the opportunity to make use of his signature impersonation of Welles. Many Pinky and the Brain episodes are nods to Welles' career. LaMarche won an Annie Award for his role as the Brain, and was nominated for an Emmy. LaMarche would later use this accent to voice Father in Codename: Kids Next Door.
His time on The Critic also afforded LaMarche the opportunity to once again parody Orson Welles, this time after a video reading of a will (the Sherman family was so wealthy, they had hired Welles to narrate it) dissolves into a commercial for Mrs. Pells Fishsticks, as well as another for Rosebud Frozen Peas ("full of count-ry goodness and green pea-ness"), and another for Blotto Bros. wine.
Much of his best known voicework is from Futurama where he voiced Zapp Brannigan's beleaguered assistant Kif Kroker, melodramatic soap acting unit Calculon, the Nero-esque Hedonismbot, Morbo the news anchor, and Lrrr, Supreme Ruler of Omicron Persei 8, among numerous others. He has also done his Orson Welles impression on the show, winning a 2011 Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Emmy for his portrayal of Lrrr and Orson Welles in episode "Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences". He won another Emmy the following year for the Futurama episode "The Silence of the Clamps".
LaMarche acted, voice only, in the second episode of the hit NBC show Heroes, "Don't Look Back", as the villain Sylar. His voice is heard in a chilling recorded phone conversation on Chandra Suresh's answering machine. The role of Sylar was later played by Zachary Quinto.
LaMarche appeared in many films, including dubbing the voice of Orson Welles over Vincent D'Onofrio's on-camera performance in Ed Wood; Pepé Le Pew in Space Jam; supplying the voice of the Alec Baldwin puppet in Team America: World Police, and reprising his roles from Queer Duck and Futurama in the direct-to-video films Queer Duck: The Movie and Futurama: Bender's Big Score, respectively.
His one on-camera theatrical film performance was in the 1981 Canadian feature Funny Farm, not to be confused with a later Chevy Chase vehicle of the same name. The film follows the story of a young standup comedian's attempt to break into the big-time on the L.A. comedy scene. LaMarche played Dickie Lyons, an impressionist who befriends the main character, Mark Champlin. The film also starred Howie Mandel, Eileen Brennan, and Miles Chapin.
In Mark Hamill's 2004 movie Comic Book: The Movie, LaMarche made a rare live appearance to be in the special features of the DVD alongside Pinky and the Brain co-star Rob Paulsen. Among other gags, he re-enacted his impression of Orson Welles' famous frozen peas commercial outtake.
LaMarche has also lent his voice to commercials. He voiced Kellogg's Froot Loops spokesbird Toucan Sam, the animated Willy Wonka character in Nestlé's Willy Wonka Candy Company commercials, and the narrator for Lexus commercials.
|1983||Rock & Rule||The Sailor||Voice only|
|1991||Felix the Cat: The Movie||The Grandfather||Voice only
|1992||Cool World||Interrogator #2, Mash, Drunken Bar Patron, Dr. Vincent "Vegas Vinnie" Whiskers||Voice only|
|1994||Ed Wood||Orson Welles|
|1995||Napoleon||Snake and Frill-Necked Lizard|
|1996||Space Jam||Pepe Le Pew|
|All Dogs Go to Heaven 2||Lost & Found Officer|
|1999||Who Framed Roger Rabbit||Quack the Blue Sailor||Voice only|
|1999||Wakko's Wish||Brain, Squit, Wakko (burping only)||Nominated - Annie Award for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Feature Production|
|Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder||Kif Kroker, DonBot, Clamps, Calculon, Morbo, Lrrr, various characters|
|The Chimp Channel||Harry Waller, Bernard the Sarcastic Cockatoo||Voice only|
|Inspector Gadget's Last Case: Claw's Revenge||Inspector Gadget, Chief Quimby|
|2000||Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman||Mr Talbot, Wolfman|
|2002||Balto II: Wolf Quest||Balto||Voice only
|Inspector Gadget's Last Case: Claw's Revenge||Inspector Gadget|
|Hey Arnold!: The Movie||Big Bob Pataki, Head of Security||Voice only|
|2002||Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring||Spike and Butch (credited as Alley Cat)||Voice only
|2003||101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure||Horace|
|2004||Team America: World Police||Alec Baldwin||Voice only|
|Balto III: Wings of Change||Balto||Voice only
|Felix the Cat Saves Christmas||Rock Bottom|
|Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers||Medium Beagle Boy, additional voices|
|Comic Book: The Movie||Himself||Segment: "Behind the Voices"
|Pom Poko||Narrator||Voice only
|Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas||Yosemite Sam||Voice only|
|Casper's Scare School||Pirate, Thurdigree Burns|
|Barnyard||Igg the Cow|
|Queer Duck: The Movie||Oscar Wildcat||Voice only
|Operation: Z.E.R.O.||Father||Voice only|
|2007||Futurama: Bender's Big Score||Kif Kroker, Morbo, Calculon, Lrrr, additional characters||Voice only
|2008||Futurama: Bender's Game||Various characters|
|The Jewish Nudist Buddhist||God||Independent film|
|Dead Space: Downfall||White, Bavaro||Voice only
|Tripping the Rift: The Movie||Gus|
|Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs||Kif Kroker, various characters||Voice only|
|2012||Wreck-It Ralph||Root Beer Tapper|
|2013||Frozen||King of Arendelle|
|I Know That Voice||Himself||Documentary|
|2014||The Boxtrolls||Sir Langsdale||Voice only|
|2016||Zootopia||Mr. Big||Voice only|
|1980||Easter Fever||Don Rattles, Steed Martin, Peter Easter Bat||Voice only
|Take Me Up to the Ball Game||Additional voices|
|1985–86||Inspector Gadget||Chief Quimby (second season only)||21 episodes|
|1986||Faerie Tale Theatre||Mockingbird Maurice||Episode: "The Princess Who Had Never Laughed"|
|The Transformers||Six-Gun||Episode: "Thief in the Night"|
|1986–91||The Real Ghostbusters||Egon Spengler, various voices|
|1987||The Facts of Life||Rod Sperling||Live action
Episode: "Seven Little Indians"
|Popeye and Son||Popeye||Episode: "Attack of the Sea Hag/Happy Anniversary"|
|DuckTales||Count Roy||Episode: "Duck in the Iron Mask"|
|1988||Beany and Cecil||Dishonest John||5 episodes|
|Dennis the Menace||George Wilson, Henry Mitchell, Ruff|
|1989–92||G.I. Joe||Copperhead, Low-Light, Spirit, Serpentor, Destro, Big Ben|
|1990–91||Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Animated Series||Zoltan, Ketchuck, Tomato Guy||21 episodes|
|1990–95||Captain Planet and the Planeteers||Verminous Skumm, Duke Nukum||16 episodes|
|Tiny Toon Adventures||Dizzy Devil, Tasmanian Devil, Orsen Whales, Yosemite Sam|
|1991–95||Taz-Mania||Hugh Tasmanian Devil
|1993–95||Bonkers||Mr. Blackenblue, March Hare, Smarts, Tuttle Turtle|
|1993–96||Rocko's Modern Life||Additional voices|
|1993–98||Animaniacs||Brain, Spartacus, Bob Hope, Squit, Michelangelo, Wakko (burping only)|
|1994||The Little Mermaid||Scuttle||2 episodes|
|1994–95||The Critic||Jeremy Hawke, Orson Welles, additional voices|
|1994–96||The Tick||Human Ton & Handy, Pigleg, Mr. Smartypants, various other characters|
|1995–present||The Simpsons||Various characters||21 episodes|
|1995||Rugrats||Store Clerk||9 episodes|
|1995–97||Freakazoid!||Longhorn, Dan, Captain "K", The Brain (Episodes: "Freakazoid is History" and "The Freakazoid")|
|1995–98||Pinky and the Brain||The Brain|
|Gadget Boy and Heather||Boris, Mulch and Humus, Myron Dabble, Chief Strombolli, G9|
|1995–2001||The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries||Yosemite Sam, additional voices|
|Hey Arnold!||Big Bob Pataki, additional characters|
|1997–2005||Space Goofs||Etno Polino|
|1997||Recess||Additional voices||6 episodes|
|Extreme Ghostbusters||Egon Spengler|
|The Wacky World of Tex Avery||Mooch, Emperor, Narrator, additional voices|
|1997–2004||Johnny Bravo||Dr. Alphonse, Squint Ringo, Fish Lips Malone, additional voices|
|1997–2006||Space Goofs||Etno Polino|
|1998||The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald||Dr. Quizzical, Burger Chef, Knight|
|1998–2000||Histeria!||George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Joseph Stalin, Groucho Marx, additional voices|
|1998–2005||The Powerpuff Girls||Additional voices|
|1999||Sonic Underground||Sleet, SWATbots, Athair (Great Grandfather of Knuckles)|
|Queer Duck||Oscar Wildcat, Mr. Duckstein, other characters|
|1999–2000||Mickey Mouse Works||Mortimer Mouse|
|Dilbert||The World's Smartest Garbageman|
|Sabrina: The Animated Series||Additional voices|
|Futurama||Kif Kroker, Morbo, Calculon, Lrrr, Horrible Gelatinous Blob, Walt, Hedonismbot, DonBot, additional characters|
|2000||Hard Drinkin' Lincoln||John Wilkes Booth|
|2000–03||Poochini's Yard||Dirt, additional voices|
|2001||Baby Felix & Friends||Master Cylinder|
|2001–02||The Oblongs||Tommy Vinegar|
|2001–03||The New Adventures of Lucky Luke||Joe Dalton, Buffalo Bill|
|Gadget & the Gadgetinis||Lt. Gadget|
|House of Mouse||Mortimer Mouse, Professor Ratigan, Basil of Baker Street, Robin Hood, Scuttle, March Hare|
|2001–04||Jackie Chan Adventures||Ikazuki, Cardiff Zendo, Tso Lan||4 episodes|
|2001–07||Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law||Azul Falcone, Stan Freezoid, Apache Chief, Fred Flintstone, Yogi Bear, Der Spuzmacher, Inch High, Speed Buggy, Hi-Riser, Doggie Daddy, Droopy, Quick Draw McGraw, Wally Gator, Morocco Mole, Garok, Cavey Jr., Magilla Gorilla, Mr. Peebles, Benny the Ball, Dum Dum, Shazzan, Atom Ant, Nitron||24 episodes|
|2001–02||What's With Andy?||Principal DeRosa (season one only)|
|2002–05||¡Mucha Lucha!||El Phantasmo, additional voices||Animated series|
|2002||Samurai Jack||The Boss||Episode: "Jack and the Gangsters"|
|2002–04||Teamo Supremo||Baron Blitz|
|2002–08||Codename: Kids Next Door||Father|
|2003||K10C: Kids' Ten Commandments||Omri and Amos|
|2003–04||Sabrina's Secret Life||Salem|
|2004–05||Duck Dodgers||K'chutha Sa'am, Masativo|
|2004–06||Xiaolin Showdown||Master Fung (only in season 2 and 3), Chucky Choo|
|Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi||Additional voices|
|2004–09||Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends|
|2005||A.T.O.M.||Eel, Fender||2 episodes|
|The Buzz on Maggie||Additional voices|
|Loonatics Unleashed||Ophimius Sam|
|2005–07||Tripping the Rift||Gus|
|2005–08||Camp Lazlo||Additional voices|
|My Gym Partner's A Monkey||Principal Poncherello Pixiefrog, Mr. Mandrill, Mr. Hornbill, Mr. Blowhole, additional voices|
|2006||Mickey Mouse Clubhouse||Mortimer Mouse|
|2006–09||Yin Yang Yo!||Additional voices|
|2006–07||Shuriken School||Mr. No, Naginata, Kubo Utamaro, Zumichito, Daisuke Togakame|
|El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera|
|2007–08||Tak and the Power of Juju||Chief|
|2007–09||Random! Cartoons||Klemp, Birdsdorf, Pickle Cop, Dog Catcher, Elecaptain Sam, Bjorn, Working Troll #1|
|2008||The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack||Additional voices|
|The Mighty B!||Additional voices|
|The Boondocks||Larry King, Donald Richards||Episode: "The S-Word"|
|2009||The Cleveland Show||Keith Leib||Episode: "Birth of a Salesman"|
|2009–11||Bob & Doug||Various characters|
|2010||Axe Cop Motion||Avocado Soldier||Webcomic|
|2010–12||Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil||Additional voices|
|2010–13||Pound Puppies||Jean Luc Glaciaire, Agent Francois, Hench Grocer|
|2010–present||Regular Show||Additional voices|
|2011–14||Adventure Time||Grand Master Wizard, Weapon Head, Wizard Policeman, Stranson Doughblow, Various Criminals in Wizard Prison, Bella Noche||3 episodes|
|2011–13||Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated||Vincent Van Ghoul|
|2011–present||The Looney Tunes Show||Yosemite Sam|
|Transformers: Rescue Bots||Chief Charlie Burns, additional voices|
|2012||Dan Vs.||Gigando-Mart Customer, Governor of California, Reporter, Dock Worker, Mel Darwin||3 episodes|
|Robot Chicken||Brain, Ricky Recycle Bin|
|The Penguins of Madagascar||Various voices|
|Have a Laugh!||Mortimer Mouse|
|2012–present||Robot and Monster||Gart, Perry, Loudmouth|
|The Legend of Korra||Equalist Announcer, Defence Attorney, Aiwei, additional voices|
|Ultimate Spider-Man||Victor von Doom/Dr. Doom|
|Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.||Dr. Doom||Episode: "Red Rover"|
|2013–14||Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness||Heilang, Lin Kuei||4 episodes|
|2013–present||Avengers Assemble||Victor von Doom/Dr. Doom|
|Brickleberry||Kurt Thoreau, Native American Chief, Flamey the Bear, Donnie (Connie's Anti-Christ Baby)|
|Rick and Morty||Alien #2, Paramedic, Scary Olderson, Dog Accountant|
|2014||Nostalgia Critic||The Brain||Webseries
Episode: "The Purge"
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Atilla the Frog, Rasputin the Mad Frog||Episode: "The Croaking"|
|Turbo FAST||Tickula, additional voices|
|Sonic Boom||Various characters|
|2015||Star vs. the Forces of Evil||King Pony Head|
|Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero||Narrator, Fredricks|
|2015–present||Harvey Beaks||Additional voices|
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- "War of the Welles: Seven Actors Who’ve Played Orson". IFC. 2009-11-26. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
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Before Quinto was cast, the character's early, off-camera presence was the uncredited work of Toronto-born voice veteran Maurice LaMarche
- "Voice Chasers: Maurice LaMarche".
- "Axe Cop Episode THREE". YouTube. Retrieved August 26, 2010.
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- Vicarious Visions. Skylanders: SuperChargers. Activision. Scene: Closing credits, 7:13 in, Voice Actors.
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- Maurice LaMarche honors at Emmys Official Site
- Maurice LaMarche at Behind The Voice Actors