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Andy Ronald Merrill (born November 27, 1966 in Newark, Ohio) [1] is an American voice actor best known for his portrayal of the character Brak on Space Ghost Coast to Coast and Cartoon Planet.

Andy Merrill
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Merrill in 2010
Born
Andrew Ronald Merrill

(1966-11-27) November 27, 1966 (age 52)
OccupationWriter, producer, voice actor
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)
Stacy Isenhower (m. 1998)
Children1

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Personal lifeEdit

Merrill is a graduate of Asbury University, where he majored in media communications.

Space Ghost Coast to CoastEdit

Merrill joined Cartoon Network within several months of its inception (in 1992), coming over from sister company CNN. He started working in programming, and in 1993 he and then head of programming Mike Lazzo helped put together the first animated late-night talk show, Space Ghost Coast to Coast. He voiced Space Ghost in the first of two unaired pilots for the show.

In April 1994, Space Ghost Coast to Coast premiered on Cartoon Network. The concept was that 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon superhero Space Ghost had retired from being a superhero and was hosting his own talk show, in which he interviewed live action celebrity guests, with his old archenemies Zorak and Moltar as band leader and director. To date, the show has had over 90 episodes aired on television, and was one of the motivating forces behind the creation of the Adult Swim programming bracket started in 2001. He helped produce and write for the show for years, and voiced "Council of Doom" members Brak and Lokar, who would appear on the show periodically, mostly Brak.

Merrill, along with Coast to Coast friend and co-star George Lowe, wrote on social media that their friend and co-star C. Martin Croker died on September 18, 2016. It was then revealed that Adult Swim would play the first produced episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast aired 12:30 eastern, 11:30 central that night in honor of Croker's contribution not only to Space Ghost, but many Adult Swim shows in both animation and voice overs. The three of them, along with Dave Willis, Dana Snyder and Carey Means had been friends since their earliest Cartoon Network days.

Cartoon PlanetEdit

In 1995, Cartoon Planet premiered on TBS (moving to Cartoon Network in 1996). Merrill wrote and produced the show, along with crew members had worked on Space Ghost Coast to Coast, himself voicing the character of Brak. The main characters on Cartoon Planet were Space Ghost, Zorak and Brak, and it was a show of skits and songs put together with the same limited animation used in Space Ghost Coast to Coast.

Originally, the skits and songs were filler for showing old cartoons owned by Turner Entertainment (Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies, Popeye) until the skits and songs became more popular and Brak developed more of a personality and grew popular with fans. The show eventually became entirely skits and songs.

Brak spin-offsEdit

In 2000 two Sonny and Cher-style variety show specials premiered on Cartoon Network, titled Brak Presents the Brak Show Starring Brak. The show featured new animation, and new songs with celebrity guests and fellow Space Ghost villain Zorak. However, the specials were met with mixed reviews from fans. In the early hours of December 21, 2000, a new sitcom parody cartoon premiered, titled "Leave It to Brak", which was actually the pilot episode for the future Adult Swim show The Brak Show, which premiered on Adult Swim in 2001 and ran for three seasons.

BoomerangEdit

Merrill left Atlanta briefly, moving to New Jersey for a year and joining the programming department of Boomerang, an asset of the Turner Broadcasting System.

ActingEdit

Year Production Role Other notes
1994–2008 Space Ghost Coast to Coast Brak, Lokar, Live-Action Space Ghost Also writer and producer
1995–1999; 2012–2014 Cartoon Planet Brak, Dancin' Space Ghost
2000 Brak Presents the Brak Show Starring Brak Brak Special
2000–2003; 2007 The Brak Show Brak Creator and actor
2000–2015 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Oglethorpe Actor, 21 episodes
2005 Sunday Pants Dr. Lyle Pushkin Actor
2007 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters Oglethorpe Film
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am Oglethrope Video game
2008 Assy McGee Yusuf Season 2, Episode 9
2011 Pound Dogs Dog Pound Worker Guy Short film
Secret Mountain Fort Awesome Additional voices
2013 Adventure Time James, Additional voices 2 episodes
TripTank Various characters 2 episodes
2015–2016 Gravity Falls 8-Ball, Teeth 3 episodes

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Andy Merrill". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-03-07.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
C. Martin Croker
Actors portraying Brak
1994-Present
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Gary Owens
Actors portraying Space Ghost
1995-1999
Succeeded by
George Lowe