Apr. 16th, 1950
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Billy West's Main TV Roles
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William Richard West was raised in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. West played in several bands in the late 1960s and 1970s and began a radio career in 1980. West has been sober since the age of 35 and is a vegan.
West worked at WBCN in Boston performing daily on the air on The Big Mattress show, then moved to New York City in 1988, working at K-Rock Radio (92.3 FM WXRK). West was discovered by Howard Stern during that time and became a regular on that radio show until leaving in 1995. West moved to Los Angeles, where he found success as a voice actor and performer.
- He moved to Boston, Massachusetts when he was 11.
- Due to his role on Futurama, he has portrayed President Richard Nixon more than any other actor.
- Turned down the opportunity to reprise his role as the voice of the title character on the _"Doug" (1991)_ (qv)-spinoff, _"Brand Spanking New! Doug" (1996)_ (qv) because he considered it a role he did and did well and it was time to put it aside and move on.
- Did the voice of ZIM in the pilot episode of _"Invader ZIM" (2001)_ (qv).
- Did celebrity impressions on the 'Howard Stern (I)' (qv) Show for years.
- Turned down the opportunity to reprise the role as the voice of the legendary Stimpy on John K.'s new _"Ren & Stimpy 'Adult Party Cartoon'" (2003)_ (qv) on Spike.
- Made his live-action debut in 'Mark Hamill (I)' (qv)'s _Comic Book: The Movie (2004) (V)_ (qv) along with numerous other voice-over actors. Hamill has made a real career as a voice-over actor and wanted many of his peers to appear on film in the flesh.
- Some of his characters' voices such as Stimpy are based on the voice of 'Larry Fine (I)' (qv) of 'The Three Stooges' (qv).
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