Maurice LaMarche

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Maurice LaMarche
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LaMarche at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego, California, on a panel for Futurama.
Born(1958-03-30) March 30, 1958 (age 56)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OccupationVoice actor/Stand-up comedian/
Spouse(s)Robin Eiseman
Children1
AwardsAnnie Awards
1998 Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production
Pinky and the Brain
 
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Maurice LaMarche
Maurice LaMarche by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
LaMarche at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego, California, on a panel for Futurama.
Born(1958-03-30) March 30, 1958 (age 56)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OccupationVoice actor/Stand-up comedian/
Spouse(s)Robin Eiseman
Children1
AwardsAnnie Awards
1998 Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production
Pinky and the Brain

Maurice LaMarche (born March 30, 1958) is a Canadian voice actor and former stand-up comedian. He is best known for his voicework in Futurama as Zapp Brannigan's beleaguered assistant Kif Kroker, melodramatic soap acting robot Calculon and other characters; The Brain in Animaniacs and Pinky And The Brain, and Egon Spengler on The Real Ghostbusters and Extreme Ghostbusters.

Early life[edit]

LaMarche was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, but his family moved to Timmins, Ontario, very soon after he was born.[1] LaMarche's childhood was filled with his "own little world of cartoons and sixties television".[2] It was not until his sophomore year of high school that he learned of the popularity his talent for mimicry could garner him. This realization came from a coincidental performance in a high school "variety night" when a couple of friends urged him to enter. The act he performed at the variety night was "celebrities as waiters" which he actually used all the way up until the end of his stand-up career.[3]

Stand-up[edit]

LaMarche in 2006

At the age of 19, LaMarche took his high school act to an open mic night in New York City, performing to a reaction in which, as he describes, "they just totally ignored me".[4] This reaction was coupled with the backlash LaMarche received from fellow Canadian comedians who LaMarche describes as discouraging him from pursuing a career outside of Canada.[5]

Three years later, at the age of 22, LaMarche moved straight to Los Angeles to further his stand-up career. This move, LaMarche says, would always be something he regretted doing instead of moving to New York: "... in retrospect, I thought it was a mistake. I think that a couple of years in New York would have made me a stronger comedian."[6]

Over the next five years, LaMarche's career would gradually progress, playing comedy clubs all over the U.S., with several appearances on Merv Griffin and "An Evening At The Improv", but in spite of such interest, LaMarche always believed that, while his impersonations and stage presence were strong, he needed to develop funnier comedy material. Despite being so critical of himself, LaMarche would be granted the opportunity of being part of the 1985 HBO production, Rodney Dangerfield Hosts the 9th Annual Young Comedians Special, on which also appeared Bob Saget, Rita Rudner, Louie Anderson, Yakov Smirnoff, and the breakout first appearance of Sam Kinison. Although he was received (and reviewed) favorably, in looking back on his own performance in that special, LaMarche believed he was "probably about five years away from going from being a good comedian to being a great comedian" and being the "only impressionist that actually comes from somewhere".[7]

During his standup career, LaMarche opened for such acts as Rodney Dangerfield, George Carlin, Howie Mandel, David Sanborn and Donna Summer, usually in the main showrooms of Las Vegas and Atlantic City.[8]

On March 9, 1987, LaMarche's father was murdered, shot to death by a lifelong friend in a Toronto hotel lobby, in front of dozens of witnesses. This sent LaMarche into depression and alcoholism for the next two years, effectively stalling his stand-up career.[9] After getting sober on Inauguration Day in 1989, LaMarche embarked again into the world of his first love, standup comedy, in the early part of 1990. However, just as he was regaining lost momentum, tragedy struck once more, as his 18-year-old sister was killed in a car accident in September of that year.[10] At this point, though he remained sober, LaMarche decided he just could not do standup comedy anymore. He says, "at that point I just threw up my hands and went, 'Oh, that’s it. I don’t have any funny left in me. I’m done.'" [10]

Voiceover acting[edit]

LaMarche's first entrance into the voiceover industry was in 1980 in Easter Fever and Take Me Up to the Ball Game, two Canadian films from Nelvana.[11] LaMarche did not venture into voiceover acting again until years later as a side endeavor during his full-time standup comedy career.

Television[edit]

LaMarche began on Inspector Gadget and went on to Dennis the Menace, Popeye and Son and The Real Ghostbusters. After The Real Ghostbusters, LaMarche became a regular mainstay of the voiceover industry appearing in such shows as Tiny Toon Adventures, GI Joe, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Animated Series, Taz-Mania, Where's Waldo, The Little Mermaid, Batman: The Animated Series, and Bonkers before landing perhaps his most recognized role in 1993 as The Brain on Animaniacs (and later its spin-off show Pinky and the Brain). Following this, LaMarche worked on The Critic, Freakazoid!, and The Tick before then reprising his role of Egon in Extreme Ghostbusters. The stretch of two years after this saw LaMarche portray characters in such shows as Hey Arnold! as Big Bob Pataki, Queer Duck, The Chimp Channel, and Sonic Underground as Sleet. During this time Maurice would become the voice actor for Mortimer Mouse who he would voice in the television series Mickey Mouse Works and Disney's House of Mouse. It was at this time, 1999, that LaMarche began work on Futurama, and since Futurama LaMarche has continued to work steadily in television, including guest roles on The Simpsons (where he once again parodied Orson Welles). His most recent regular role came as Hovis the butler on the Nickelodeon series Catscratch. LaMarche was the voice of Victor in Playhouse Disney's Handy Manny Halloween episode.

LaMarche has done various voice work for many Warner Bros. Animation and DiC Entertainment cartoons. He also delivered the protracted belches for the "Great Wakkorotti" shorts on Animaniacs, in which Wakko Warner performed various pieces of music. In 2011, LaMarche reprises his role as Yosemite Sam in Cartoon Network's new series, The Looney Tunes Show.

Pinky and the Brain[edit]

LaMarche plays the character of The Brain in Pinky and the Brain. In creating the voice for Brain, LaMarche says he looked at a picture of the character and immediately thought of Orson Welles,[12] although the character wasn't modeled after Welles.[13] Voicing Brain gave LaMarche the opportunity to make use of his signature impersonation of Welles.[14] Many Pinky and the Brain episodes are nods to Welles' career. LaMarche won an Annie Award for his role as the Brain, and was nominated for an Emmy.[15] LaMarche would later use this accent to voice Father in Codename: Kids Next Door.

The Critic[edit]

While working on The Critic, LaMarche once voiced 29 characters in one 30-minute episode.[16]

His time on The Critic also afforded LaMarche the opportunity to once again parody Orson Welles, this time after a video reading of a will (the Sherman family was so wealthy, they had hired Welles to narrate it) dissolves into a commercial for Mrs. Pells Fishsticks, as well as another for Rosebud Frozen Peas ("full of count-ry goodness and green pea-ness"), and another for Blotto Bros. wine.

Futurama[edit]

Much of his best known voicework is from Futurama where he voiced Zapp Brannigan's beleaguered assistant Kif Kroker, melodramatic soap acting unit Calculon, the Caligula-esque Hedonismbot, and Lrrr, Supreme Ruler of Omicron Persei 8, among numerous others. He has also done his Orson Welles impression on the show, winning a 2011 Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Emmy for his portrayal of Lrrr and Orson Welles in episode "Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences". He won another Emmy the following year for the Futurama episode "The Silence of the Clamps".

Heroes[edit]

LaMarche acted, voice only, in the second episode of the hit NBC show Heroes, "Don't Look Back", as the villain Sylar. His voice is heard in a chilling recorded phone conversation on Chandra Suresh's answering machine. The role of Sylar was later played by Zachary Quinto.[17]

Film[edit]

LaMarche appeared in many films, including dubbing the voice of Orson Welles over Vincent D'Onofrio's on-camera performance in Ed Wood; Pepé Le Pew in Space Jam; supplying the voice of the Alec Baldwin puppet in Team America: World Police, and reprising his roles from Queer Duck and Futurama in the direct-to-video films Queer Duck: The Movie and Futurama: Bender's Big Score, respectively.

His one on-camera theatrical film performance was in the 1981 Canadian feature Funny Farm, not to be confused with a later Chevy Chase vehicle of the same name. The film follows the story of a young standup comedian's attempt to break into the big-time on the L.A. comedy scene. LaMarche played Dickie Lyons, an impressionist who befriends the main character, Mark Champlin. The film also starred Howie Mandel, Eileen Brennan, and Miles Chapin.

In Mark Hamill's 2004 movie Comic Book: The Movie, LaMarche made a rare live appearance to be in the special features of the DVD alongside Pinky and the Brain co-star Rob Paulsen. Among other gags, he re-enacted his impression of Orson Welles' famous frozen peas commercial outtake.

Roles in television, film, and video games[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1980Easter FeverDon Rattles
Steed Martin
Peter Easter Bat
Animated special
1980Take Me Up to the Ball GameAnimated special
1985-1986Inspector GadgetChief Quimby (second season only)Animated series
1986The TransformersSix-GunAnimated series
1986PopplesPuzzleAnimated series
1986-1991Real Ghostbusters, TheThe Real GhostbustersEgon SpenglerAnimated series
1987Facts of Life, TheThe Facts of LifeRod SperlingLive action
1987Popeye and SonPopeyeAnimated series
1988Beany and CecilDishonest JohnAnimated series
1988Dennis the MenaceGeorge Wilson
Henry Mitchell
Animated series
1989-1992G.I. JoeCopperhead
Low-Light
Spirit
Serpentor
Destro
Big Ben
Animated series
1990TaleSpinGeneral PattonAnimated series
1990-1991Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Animated SeriesZoltan
Ketchuck
Tomato Guy
Animated series
1990-1995Captain Planet and the PlaneteersVerminous Skumm
Duke Nukum
Animated series
1990-1995Tiny Toon AdventuresDizzy Devil
Orsen Whales
Yosemite Sam
Animated series
1991-1995Taz-ManiaHugh Tasmanian Devil
Daffy Duck
Animated series
1991Felix the Cat: The MovieThe GrandfatherDirect-to-video
Animated film
1992Cool WorldInterrogator #2
Mash
drunken bar patron
Dr. Vincent "Vegas Vinnie" Whiskers
Live action/Animated film
1993-1995BonkersMr. Blackenblue
March Hare
Smarts
Tuttle Turtle
Animated series
1993-1998AnimaniacsBrain
Spartacus
Bob Hope
Squit
Wakko (burping only)
Animated series
1994Ed WoodOrson WellesVoice only
1994The Little MermaidScuttle2 episodes
1994-1995Critic, TheThe CriticJeremy Hawke
Orson Welles
Additional Voices
Animated series
1994-1996Tick, TheThe TickHuman Ton & Handy
Pigleg
Mr. Smartypants
Various other characters
Animated series
1995Full ThrottleNesterVideo game
1995NapoleonSnake and frill-Necked LizardVoice only
1995-presentThe SimpsonsVarious characters21 episodes
1995-1997Freakazoid!Longhorn
Dan
Captain "K"
Animated series
1995-1998Pinky and the BrainThe BrainAnimated series
1995-1998Gadget Boy and HeatherBoris
Mulch and Humus
Myron Dabble
Chief Strombolli
G9
Animated series
1995-2001Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries, TheThe Sylvester and Tweety MysteriesYosemite Sam
Additional voices
Animated series
1996Space JamPepe Le PewAnimated film
1996Dexter's LaboratorySimionAnimated series
1996All Dogs Go to Heaven 2Lost & Found OfficerAnimated film
1996Hey Arnold!Big Bob Pataki
Additional Characters
Animated series
1997-2005Space GoofsEtno PolinoAnimated series
1997Extreme GhostbustersEgon SpenglerAnimated series
1997The Wacky World of Tex AveryMooch
Emperor
Narrator
Additional voices
Animated series
1997-2004Johnny BravoDr. Alphonse
Squint Ringo
Fish Lips Malone
Additional voices
Animated series
1998-2000Histeria!George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
Woodrow Wilson
Joseph Stalin
Groucho Marx
Additional voices
Animated series
1999Wakko's WishBrain
Squit
Direct-to-video
Animated film
1999Chimp Channel, TheThe Chimp ChannelHarry Waller
Bernard the Sarcastic Cockatoo
Voice only
1999Inspector Gadget's Last Case: Claw's RevengeInspector Gadget
Chief Quimby
Animated film
1999Queer DuckOscar Wildcat
Mr. Duckstein
Other Characters
Animated series
1999-2000Mickey Mouse WorksMortimer Mouse
Professor Ratigan
Animated series
1999-2000DilbertThe World's Smartest GarbagemanAnimated series
1999-2000Sonic UndergroundSleet
SWATbots
Athair (Great Grandfather of Knuckles)
Animated series
1999-2000Sabrina: The Animated SeriesAdditional VoicesAnimated series
1999–2003, 2008–2013FuturamaKif Kroker
Morbo
Calculon
Lrrr
Horrible Gelatinous Blob
Walt
Hedonismbot
DonBot
Additional characters
Animated series
2000Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the WolfmanMr. Lawrence TalbotAnimated film
2000Hard Drinkin' LincolnJohn Wilkes BoothAnimated series
2001Baby Felix & FriendsMaster CylinderAnimated series
2001-2002Oblongs, TheThe OblongsTommy VinegarAnimated series
2001-2003The New Adventures of Lucky LukeJoe Dalton
Buffalo Bill
Animated series
2001-2003Gadget and the GadgetinisLt. GadgetAnimated series
2001-2003Disney's House of MouseMortimer Mouse
Professor Ratigan
Animated series
2001-2007Harvey Birdman, Attorney at LawAzul Falcone
Stan Freezoid
Apache Chief
Fred Flintstone
Yogi Bear
Der Spuzmacher
Inch High
Speed Buggy
Hi-Riser
Doggie Daddy
Droopy
Quick Draw McGraw
Wally Gator
Morocco Mole
Garok
Cavey Jr.
Magilla Gorilla
Mr. Peebles
Benny the Ball
Dum Dum
Shazzan
Atom Ant
Nitron
Animated series
2001-2002"What's With Andy?"Principal DeRosa (Season one only)Animated series
2002Balto II: Wolf QuestBaltoDirect-to-video
Animated film
2002Inspector Gadget's Last Case: Claw's RevengeInspector GadgetDirect-to-video
Animated film
2002Hey Arnold!: The MovieBig Bob Pataki
Head of Security
Animated film
2002Tom and Jerry: The Magic RingSpike and Butch(credited as Alley cat)Direct-to-video
Animated film
2002-2004Teamo SupremoBaron BlitzAnimated series
2002-2008Codename: Kids Next DoorFatherAnimated series
2003101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London AdventureHoraceDirect-to-video
Animated film
2003K10C: Kids' Ten CommandmentsOmri and AmosAnimated series
2003-2004Sabrina's Secret LifeSalemAnimated series
2004Team America: World PoliceAlec BaldwinVoice only
2004Balto III: Wings of ChangeBaltoDirect-to-video
Animated film
2004Felix the Cat Saves ChristmasRock BottomDirect-to-video
Animated film
2004Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three MusketeersOne of The Beagle BoysDirect-to-video
Animated film
2004Comic Book: The MovieHimself"Behind the Voices"
Special feature
Live action
2004-2005Duck DodgersK'chutha Sa'am
Masativo
Animated series
2004-2006Xiaolin ShowdownMaster Fung- Only in season 2 and 3
Chucky Choo
Animated series
2005A.T.O.M.Eel
Fender
Animated series
2 episodes
2005Pom PokoNarratorAnimated film (English dub)
2005Loonatics UnleashedOphimius SamAnimatied Futuristic Tv Series
2005-2007Tripping the RiftGusCGI-animated series
2005-2007CatscratchHovisAnimated series
2005-2008My Gym Partner's A MonkeyPrincipal Poncherello Pixiefrog, Mr. Mandrill, Mr. Hornbill, Mr. BlowholeAnimated series
2006TekkonkinkreetFujimuraEnglish dub
2006Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes ChristmasYosemite SamAnimated film
2006Casper's Scare SchoolPirate
Thurdigree Burns
Animated television film
2006BarnyardIgg the CowAnimated film
2006Queer Duck: The MovieOscar WildcatDirect-to-video
2006Mickey Mouse ClubhouseMortimer MouseAnimated series
2006Operation: Z.E.R.O.FatherAnimated television film
2006-2007Shuriken SchoolMr. No
Naginata
Kubo Utamaro
Zumichito
Daisuke Togakame
Animated series
2007Futurama: Bender's Big ScoreKif Kroker
Morbo
Calculon
Lrrr
Additional characters
Direct-to-video
Animated film
2007-2008Tak & the Power of JujuChiefAnimated series
2007-2009Random! CartoonsKlemp
Birdsdorf
Pickle Cop
Dog Catcher
Elecaptain Sam
Bjorn
Working Troll #1
Animated series
2008Crash: Mind over MutantDr. Nitrus Brio
Znu
Uncredited
Video game
2008Futurama: Bender's GameVarious charactersDirect-to-video
Animated film
2008Jewish Nudist Buddhist, TheThe Jewish Nudist BuddhistGodIndependent film
2008Guild Wars: Eye of the NorthVekk
Lork
Video game expansion pack
2008Dead Space: DownfallWhite
Bavaro
Direct-to-video
Animated film
2008Tripping the Rift: The MovieGusDirect-to-video
CGI-animated film
2008Futurama: The Beast with a Billion BacksKif Kroker
Various Characters
Direct-to-video
Animated film
2009Futurama: Into the Wild Green YonderKif Kroker
The Donbot
Clamps
Calculon
Morbo
Lrrr
Various characters
Direct-to-video
Animated film
2009-2011Bob & DougVarious charactersAnimated series
2011Batman: Arkham CityMr. Freeze, Calendar ManVideo game
by Rocksteady Studios
2011-2014Adventure TimeGrand Master Wizard
Weapon Head
Wizard Policeman
Stranson Doughblow
Various Criminals in Wizard Prison
Bella Noche
Animated series
3 episodes
2010-2013Pound PuppiesJean Luc Glaciaire
Agent Francois
Hench Grocer
Animated series
2011-2013Scooby-Doo! Mystery IncorporatedVincent Van GhoulAnimated series
2011-presentLooney Tunes Show, TheThe Looney Tunes ShowYosemite SamAnimated series
2012Dan Vs.Gigando-Mart Customer
Governor of California
Reporter
Dock Worker
Mel Darwin
Animated series
1 episode
2012Wreck-It RalphRoot Beer TapperAnimated film
2012Robot ChickenBrain
Ricky Recycle Bin
Animated series
2012Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop DistanceOne of the Beagle BoysVideo game by Square Enix
2012The Penguins of MadagascarVariousAnimated series
2012Hero FactorySplitfaceAnimated series
2012Have a Laugh!Mortimer MouseAnimated series
2012-presentRobot and MonsterGart
Perry
Loudmouth
Animated series
2012-presentThe Legend of KorraEqualist Announcer
Defence Attorney
Aiwei
Additional voices
Animated series
2012-presentUltimate Spider-ManVictor von Doom/Doctor DoomAnimated series
2012-presentTransformers: Rescue BotsChief Charlie Burns
Additional voices
Animated series
2013BrickleberryKurt Thoreau
Native American Chief
Flamey the Bear
Donnie (Connie's Anti-Christ Baby)
Animated series
2013Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.Doctor DoomAnimated series
2013Kung Fu Panda: Legends of AwesomenessHeilang
Lin Kuei
Animated series
2013FrozenKing of ArendelleAnimated film
2013-presentAvengers AssembleDoctor DoomAnimated series
2013I Know That VoiceHimselfDocumentary
2013-presentRick and MortyAlien #2
Paramedic
Scary Olderson
Dog Accountant
Animated series
2014-presentThe 7DGrumpyAnimated Series
2014The BoxtrollsSir LangsdaleAnimated film
2014Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesAtilla the Frog
Rasputin the Mad Frog
Animated Series
2014Sonic BoomVarious charactersAnimated Series

Other media[edit]

References[edit]

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