Mike Henry (voice actor)

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Mike Henry
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Henry at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011
BornMichael Henry
(1964-03-25) March 25, 1964 (age 49) [1]
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Occupationactor, voice actor, writer, producer, singer, comedian
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Sara Henry (?-present)
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Mike Henry
Mike Henry by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Henry at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011
BornMichael Henry
(1964-03-25) March 25, 1964 (age 49) [1]
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Occupationactor, voice actor, writer, producer, singer, comedian
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Sara Henry (?-present)

Michael "Mike" Henry (born March 25, 1964) is an American actor, producer, writer, singer, voice artist, and comedian. He is best known for his work on Family Guy, where he is a writer, producer, and voice actor. He provides the voices for many characters including Cleveland Brown, Herbert, Bruce, Greased Up Deaf Guy, and Consuela. Starting with the show's fifth season, Henry had received billing as a main cast member. In 2009, Henry, Seth MacFarlane and Richard Appel created a spin-off of Family Guy called The Cleveland Show to focus on Cleveland and his new family.

Early life and education[edit]

Henry and his younger brother Patrick were born to artist parents and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Henry's parents divorced when he was 8 years old and he was primarily raised by his mother.[2] He attended Collegiate School (Richmond, Virginia) where he liked to imitate pitcher Walter Johnson during varsity baseball game warm-ups. He later attended Washington and Lee University. While his brother was attending the Rhode Island School of Design, Henry acted in his short films and met Seth MacFarlane.[2]


Family Guy[edit]

Henry met MacFarlane at the Rhode Island School of Design and kept in touch with him after they graduated.[3] A few years later, MacFarlane contacted him about being part of a show called Family Guy; he agreed and came on as both a writer and voice actor.[3] During the show's first four seasons, he was credited as a guest star, but beginning with season five's "Prick Up Your Ears" he has been credited as a main cast member.[3] Henry has stated that Cleveland's voice was based on a person who used to play basketball with him. His friend went to the University of Maryland, but his accent made it sound like "Merlin".[4]

After 2 episodes of the second season, Family Guy was taken off the network's permanent schedule and shown irregularly thereafter. The show returned in March 2000 to finish airing the second season which contained 21 episodes, all the cast came back for the series return. The third season contained 21 episodes and began airing from July  11, 2001 to February  14, 2002. During its second and third-season runs, Fox publicly announced that the show had been cancelled at the end of the second season in 2002.[5] In spite of the announced cancellation, in 2003 Fox decided to make the third season.[6] During the third season, Fox announced that the show was canceled for good.[7][8] Soon after Family Guy was cancelled, Henry and brother Patrick created Kicked in the Nuts, a spoof of hidden camera shows. Family Guy was renewed in 2005 for its fourth season due to strong DVD sales and its syndication on basic-cable networks.[9][10] Once again Henry and the rest of the cast came back for their voice works.

The Cleveland Show[edit]

In 2009, a spin-off series called The Cleveland Show premiered on Fox. The project was created by Seth MacFarlane, Henry and American Dad! show runner Rich Appel.[11] Cleveland references this at the end of the episode "Baby Not on Board".[12] The series had its premiere on September 27, 2009.[13][14] Due to the cancellation of Mike Judge's King of the Hill,[15] and the American adaptation of Sit Down, Shut Up being moved to Saturday nights,[16] and the renewal of American Dad!, for some time The Simpsons was the only cartoon on Fox's Animation Domination line-up that was not created by Seth MacFarlane until Loren Bouchard's Bob's Burgers entered the lineup in January 2011. The show, which was picked up to air a first season consisting of 22 episodes,[17] was picked up by Fox for a second season, consisting of 13 episodes, bringing the total number to 35 episodes. The announcement was made on May 3, 2009 before the first season even premiered.[18] Due to strong ratings FOX picked up the back 9 episodes of season 2 which would make a 22 episode season and bring the total episode count of the show to 44.[19] The show was renewed for a third and fourth season on 9 May 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Henry and his wife Sara have two children.[2] He is also an avid fan of baseball and has said "I would love to be a baseball coach" and has said that Chevy Chase and Steve Martin are among his biggest influences.


YearTitleRoleOther notes
2005Stewie Griffin: The Untold StoryCleveland Brown, Herbert (voice)Direct-to-DVD
2012TedSouthern NewscasterCameo
YearTitleRoleOther notes
Family GuyCleveland Brown, Herbert, Various voicesExecutive producer, Writer, Voice artist
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (2008)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series (2009)
2003Kicked in the NutsThe prankster15 episodes
Gilmore GirlsEdEpisode: "The Fundamental Things Apply"
2005Robot ChickenMr. Spacely, Astro, Various voices3 episodes
2005–presentAmerican Dad!Jackson, Various voices20 episodes
2007ScrubsUrologistEpisode: "My Point of No Return"
2008–2009Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon ComedyVarious voices2 episodes
2009–2013The Cleveland ShowCleveland Brown, Rallo Tubbs, Various voices88 episodes; Co-creator, Executive producer, Writer, Voice artist
ASCAP Award for Top Television Series (2013)
Nominated - Teen Choice Award Choice Animated Series (2010)
Nominated - Teen Choice Award Choice Animated Series (2011)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (2011)
Nominated - Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production (2011)
2010Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode IIIYaddle (voice)TV special
2011Night of the HurricaneCleveland Brown, Rallo Tubbs, Various voicesTV special
2012FOX 25th Anniversary SpecialCleveland Brown (voice)TV special

Video games
2006Family Guy Video Game!Cleveland Brown, Various voices
2012Family Guy: Back to the MultiverseCleveland Brown, Various voices



  1. ^ Mike Henry Biography
  2. ^ a b c Spinning Off Into Uncharted Cartoon Territory.– NYTimes.com
  3. ^ a b c "Mike Henry of "Family Guy" talks voices, gags and instinct". Campus Times. September 11, 2008. Retrieved September 8, 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Mike Henry: The Origins of Cleveland and Herbert". Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  5. ^ Gilbert, Matthew (April 30, 2005). "Family Guy Returns, Just As Funny As Ever". Boston.com. Retrieved August 24, 2009. 
  6. ^ Levin, Gary (November 18, 2003). "Family Guy may return". USAtoday.com. Retrieved September 27, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Family Guy has finally been officially canceled by Fox". TKtv. May 16, 2002. Retrieved August 24, 2009. 
  8. ^ McKinley, Jesse (May 2, 2005). "Canceled and Resurrected, on the Air and Onstage". The New York Times. Retrieved August 24, 2009. 
  9. ^ James, Meg (April 13, 2005). "Fox Reuniting Itself with Family Guy". Los Angeles Times. 
  10. ^ Rosenthal, Phil (November 20, 2003). "Yet another Family reunion". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 53. 
  11. ^ "The Hollywood Reporter". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved February 29, 2008.  [dead link]
  12. ^ "Baby Not On Board". Family Guy. Season 7. Episode 4. November 2, 2008. Fox.
  13. ^ "FOX Announces Fall Premiere Dates For The 2009–2010 Season". The Futon Critic. June 15, 2009. Retrieved August 23, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Fox Primetime – The Cleveland Show – Fact Sheet". Fox Flash. Retrieved August 29, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Fox Not Renewing King of the Hill". comingsoon.net. October 31, 2008. Retrieved May 25, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Exclusive: Fox to "Sit Down" in Late Night this Fall". 
  17. ^ "EW: Fox orders full season of 'Family Guy' spin-off". 
  18. ^ "The Cleveland Show renewed before it begins". 
  19. ^ "Fox orders second full season of The Cleveland Show". [dead link]

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