This week, Wojo interviews voice actor and comedian Billy West, whose long list of credits includes “Futurama,” “The Looney Tunes Show,” and “Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated.” Read more of Wojo’s interview over at Parade.com and get a sampling of his voice work here.
What’s a favorite childhood memory of yours?
There were a lot of lakes in Detroit [Michigan, where he grew up], and any time spent on the lake was a joyous time. There was a period in 1966 where I remember being happy. (He laughs.) It was summer, and I didn’t have a care.
What voice artists have you seen as your inspiration?
Mel Blanc, Daws Butler — he was Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Quick-Draw McGraw. I never got to meet him, but I did get to meet Mel Blanc and Don Messick. Don Messick was a Hanna-Barbera player. He voiced tons of characters. He was so talented. June Foray — Diva, Brava Diva!
If you had to have a different career, what would it be and why?
I always wanted to do something with rescuing animals. I really have an affinity for animals. I always did. I love them. It would either be that or helping something like marine life … maybe someday, I’ll get a chance to do that.
Check out Billy West’s official website.
Wow, I didn’t know he loves animals. Makes me like him even more!
Thanks for the comment, Michele! He’s great 🙂