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->''"[[MemeAcknowledgment Not sure if this is a generic voicemail message, or I mistakenly dialed Billy West]]"''
-->-- ''Futurama'' Promo

William Richard "Billy" West (April 16, 1952--) is an American voice actor and comedian. Put this guy in a room, give him a script and a mic and you can do a complete show with [[ManOfAThousandVoices 20+ individual voices]].

In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' alone, he is slacker delivery boy Philip J. Fry, MadScientist Professor Hubert Farnsworth, smarmy space captain Zapp Brannigan,[[note]]A role originally written for Creator/PhilHartman, but West stepped in after Hartman was murdered in 1998[[/note]] UsefulNotes/RichardNixon (who is now President of Earth and, like many celebrities from the past, is a head kept alive in a jar), and half of any background/supporting characters you see -- oh, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Dr. Zoidberg]], the loser lobster-esque alien doctor.

...and all of this after he first came to public attention as the voice of both Doug and Roger on ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' and both title characters of ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' after Creator/JohnKricfalusi (the original voice of Ren) was fired[[note]]Ironically, Billy West auditioned for both Ren and Stimpy when the show was being created, but was given the Stimpy role after John K. decided to do Ren's voice himself. He's also stated that it was such an ordeal that he'll never work with John K. again.[[/note]]. He (along with Creator/JoeAlaskey) has become one of few voice actors who can impersonate Creator/MelBlanc in his prime, including characterizations of WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, [[ElmuhFuddSyndwome Elmer Fudd]] and other characters from the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes. He's also the Red M&M. Even before he was known for all these roles, West worked in radio, and was actually a cast member of ''Radio/TheHowardSternShow'' from 1989-1995.

[[NamesTheSame Not to be confused]] with the guy from the video game ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfBayouBilly''.
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!! Notable roles of Billy West include
* Phillip J. Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan, Richard Nixon's head, Leo Wong, Officer Smitty, and many, many others in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
* Stimpy, and Ren in the later seasons, from ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''
* Doug Funnie and Roger Klutz from ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}''
* Elmer Fudd (and sometimes Bugs Bunny) in various WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes media like ''Film/SpaceJam'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow''.
* The Red M&M in the ''M&M'' commercials.
* The ''Honey Nut Cheerios'' Bee in the ''Honey Nut Cheerios'' commercials
* Cecil in ''The New Adventures of WesternAnimation/BeanyAndCecil''
* Harvey the Wonder Hamster and the announcer from ''Series/TheWeirdAlShow''
* Ralph Roach in ''Film/JoesApartment''
* G.e.e.K.e.R. from ''WesternAnimation/ProjectGeeker''
* Slimer and Mayor [=McShane=] from ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters''
* Shaggy in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland''
* WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker, Wally Walrus, and Smedley in ''The New Woody Woodpecker Show''
* Mr. Holloway in the ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' episode "The Company Man"
* Rancid Rabbit and Mr. Sunshine from ''WesternAnimation/CatDog''
* Chit Chatterson in ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}''
* VideoGame/{{Rayman}} in in ''Rayman: The Animated Series''
* Poochini in ''WesternAnimation/{{Poochini}}''
* Kyle Finster in ''WesternAnimation/SquirrelBoy''
* Mrs. Grimley in ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger''
* George Klimer and Anita Bidet in ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs''
* Principal Razinski in ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot''
* Skeets in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited''
* Jimmy Proudwolf in ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo''
* Zim in the pilot for ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' (Replaced by Creator/RichardStevenHorvitz)
* Pidge in ''WesternAnimation/VoltronTheThirdDimension''
* Ellyvan in ''WesternAnimation/JungleJunction''
* Rocket Raccoon in ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan''
* Bashful from ''WesternAnimation/The7D''
* Gobba, Lunk, and Balk from ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}''

!!Tropes in Billy West's work:

* ManOfAThousandVoices: As mentioned above, if you gave this man a script for a half-hour animated show and a microphone, he could do the voices for nearly all the characters.[[note]]This is a ''very'' slight exaggeration, as he's been known to record ''entire conversations'' between multiple characters ''in one take!!''[[/note]] He can even do things to his voice that would require alteration from studio recording equipment (cf. the voice of the pure energy being from the ''Futurama'' episode "Love Labors Lost in Space," which was initially thought to be technical difficulties). He's ''that'' good.
** He even voices an old lady in one episode of WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger. It takes a sharp ear to notice as she sounds like Fry on helium.
** He also (at some point) voiced Comic/{{Popeye}}- whose iconic growl is actually ''two voices speaking at the same time an octave apart,'' as demonstrated by West in a Fresh Air interview.
** He revealed on Podcast/TalkinToonsWithRobPaulsen that he was a voice match for Della Reece of all people in the video game adaptation of the film ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}''.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: A handful of his most memorable voices are some variation on Larry Fine of Film/TheThreeStooges (Stimpy is basically Larry, but high-pitched so as not to sound like "a depressed old Jewish man"). He was even hired as a dialect coach for the 2012 ''Stooges'' movie.
* VocalDissonance: He claims to have based the voice of Phillip J. Fry on himself when he was 25 years old. It's ''barely'' any different from the way he sounds now. He's in his mid-60s and yet the very youthful voices of Fry, Doug, and the Red M&M are the voices he does that are closest to his natural speaking voice.
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