Val Bettin

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Val Bettin
Val Bettin 1963.jpg
Bettin in 1963
Born Valentine John Bettin
(1923-08-01) August 1, 1923 (age 95)
La Crosse, Wisconsin,
United States
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1953–present
Agent CESD Talent Agency
Hildy Bettin
(m. 1950; her death 2007)

Valentine John "Val" Bettin (born August 1, 1923) is an American actor and voice actor,[1] known for using an English accent in all of his roles. He is perhaps best known for voicing Dr. David Q. Dawson in the 1986 Disney animated film The Great Mouse Detective and the Sultan in The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves, the two direct-to-video sequels to Disney's Aladdin as well as the TV show, taking over for Douglas Seale. Bettin also hosted The Storyteller, a children's show on Chicago television in the late 1950s.

Early life and career[edit]

He was born Valentine John Bettin in La Crosse, Wisconsin. In 1948, he went to England to enroll in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and graduated in 1950. There he met his wife Hildy. The two married that same year. They returned to the United States in order for him to become a drama teacher in Iowa.[2]

Bettin's first film role was in 1980's Somewhere in Time. He later became a voice actor, with his first role as Dr. David Q. Dawson in the 1986 Disney film The Great Mouse Detective. His credits include Shrek, Gargoyles, Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series and W.I.T.C.H..

Bettin's wife died in 2007 at age 82.


Animated roles[edit]

Video game roles[edit]

Live-action roles[edit]


  1. ^ Hischak, Thomas S. (2011-09-21). Disney Voice Actors: A Biographical Dictionary. McFarland. pp. 239–. ISBN 9780786462711. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  2. ^ McMullen, Kieran (2012). The Many Watsons. MX Publishing. ISBN 978-1780923031. 

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