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Bill Farmer

Bill Farmer is a multi-talented voice actor, comedian, and impressionist from the United States. Bill Farmer is worldwide recognized for performing the voice of the Disney character Goofy since 1987 and has also been the voice of Pluto and Horace Horsecollar since 1990.

Early Life

Bill Farmer was born in Pratt, Kansas, the United States, on November 14, 1952. Presently, he is 71 years old and has a birth sign of Scorpio. He is an American by nationality and belongs to a mixed ethnicity of British-French-Irish descent.

He was the second child of his parents while his parents were of English and Welsh descent. Unfortunately, the identities of his parents as well as his siblings have not been shared by him.

At the age of 10, he began doing voices, involved doing impressions, especially those of Western stars like John Wayne or Walter Brennan. He and his friends would occasionally go through fast food drive-thrus and order food in his character voice.

Caption: Bill Farmer’s childhood photo with his parents (Source: Pinterest)

Education

In 1975, he graduated from the University of Kansas and also became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Professional Career

During his time at the university, Bill Farmer found work in radio and TV and then moved on to stand-up comedy as an impressionist. He worked at The Comedy Corner in Dallas, Texas. Moreover, he worked there until 1986, when he moved to Hollywood.

He relocated to Hollywood, he got a call for an open audition for the Disney character Goofy. Meanwhile, he was selected for the Goofy voice in January 1987 and also Pluto in 1990. He provided the voice for Horace Horsecollar in Disney’s adaptation of “The Prince and the Pauper” and has continued to do so ever since. In addition, he also provided additional voices for “The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse” (1987) and “Astro Boy” (2004).

Caption: The voice behind the popular cartoon characters (Source: Improv)

In 1987, he played reporter Justin Ballard-Watkins in the movie “RoboCop.” He has voiced other characters including Yosemite Sam, Sylvester, and Foghorn Leghorn in the film “Space Jam” (1996).

Other Voice roles

In addition, he has guest voices including “The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy” and in video games, including “Destroy All Humans! series,” Namco’s “Tales of Symphonia,” where he voiced Governor-General Dorr, Square Enix’s “Kingdom Hearts” series reprising the role of Goofy, Detective Date in the SEGA game “Yakuza,” Captain Wedgewood and Frill Lizard in “Ty the Tasmanian Tiger,” many voices on “EverQuest II,” Cletus Samson, Floyd Sanders, Jeff Meyers and Ryan LaRosa in the video game “Dead Rising.”

He has also played Secret Squirrel on “Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law” in both the animated series and its spin-off video game, “Stinkie in Casper: A Spirited Beginning” and “Casper Meets Wendy,” Stanley in “Beauty and the Beast, “male cats in “Cats Don’t Dance,” male ants in “A Bug’s Life,” photographer in “Monsters, Inc.,” Edgar in “Brother Bear,” Oliver Sansweet’s lawyer in “The Incredibles,” Willie Bear in “Horton Hears a Who!,” Sam the Bus Driver in “The Grinch,” Mr. Leghorn in “Loonatics Unleashed” and Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in “Robot Chicken.”

Recent Career

From 2014 to 2016, he portrayed Doc, the leader of the title characters in Disney’s animated television series “The 7D.” He also provided the voice for Blackhoof Boar Clan Leader in the 2008 video game “Kung Fu Panda.”

He still routinely performs comic routines at the Laugh Factory. From 2019 until 2022, he voiced the character Hopediah “Hop Pop” Plantar in Disney’s “Amphibia.”

Farmer began presenting the live-action television show “It’s a Dog’s Life with Bill Farmer” for Disney+ in 2020.

Awards

During his professional career, this voice actor has won several awards and nominations. In 2009, he won the Disney Legend Award for Animation – Voice category.

In 2015, he earned the Behind the Voice Actors Television Voice Acting Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series  in ‘The 7D.’ That same year, he earned the Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production for ‘Mickey Mouse.’ In 2016, he won his second Behind the Voice Actors Television Voice Acting Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series for ‘The 7D.’

Net Worth 2024

This American voice actor’s net worth is estimated at around $800k while he earned around $29k – $586k annual salary from his profession.

Relationship Status

On 2nd June 1984, Bill Farmer married to Jennifer Farmer, a director and producer. With the marriage, the couple has a son whose name is Austin. The family is living happily and there are no signs of their separation.

Caption: Bill Farmer with his wife (Source: X.com)

So far, Farmer has not been involved in any scandal or speculations that have made news in the media. Aside from that, he has managed to avoid rumours.

Bill Farmer – Body Measurements

This voice actor stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs an average. Meanwhile, he has a pair of blue eyes with auburn hair colour.

Social Media

On his Instagram page ‘@goofybill’ there are over 38.2k followers. Likewise, there are over 24.8k followers on his Twitter page ‘@GoofyBill’ and has over 3.8k friends on his Facebook page.