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Gary Anthony Williams (born March 14, 1966)[1] is an American actor and voice actor. He provided the voice of Uncle Ruckus on The Boondocks, Yancy Westridge in the video game Alpha Protocol, and Horace Warfield in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. He appeared on the television series Weeds, Boston Legal, Blue Collar TV and as Abe Kenarban in Malcolm in the Middle. Williams co-founded and is Artistic Director of the L.A. Comedy Shorts film festival in Hollywood, California. He starred alongside Cedric the Entertainer on the TV Land sitcom The Soul Man, He has been a recurring guest on the improv comedy TV series Whose Line is it Anyway, and is a regular member of the live improv comedy show The Black Version.

Gary Anthony Williams
Gary Anthony Williams, at Manuel's Tavern, 2007-05-03.jpg
Williams performing with Laughing Matters at Manuel's in May 2007
Born (1966-03-14) March 14, 1966 (age 53)
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1990–present

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Early life and careerEdit

Born in Fayetteville, Georgia,[2] Williams was involved in theater, comedy and television in Atlanta, where his credits include acting with the Georgia Shakespeare Festival, performing and writing for Agatha's: A Taste of Mystery and being a longtime member of Atlanta's longest running improv troupe, Laughing Matters.[3][4][5] Williams had recurring roles in the television series I'll Fly Away and In the Heat of the Night, both filmed in the Atlanta area. He moved to Los Angeles in 1998.[6]

TelevisionEdit

Williams' past roles include Abraham Kenarban (Stevie's dad) in the Fox TV sitcom Malcolm in the Middle[7] and as Judge Trudy's Bailiff on Nickelodeon's The Amanda Show.[8] Williams was a series regular on the WB Television Network sketch comedy series, Blue Collar TV.[9]

In 2003, Williams had a small role in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, "Invisible Evidence." During season three and four of Boston Legal, Williams appeared as part-time lawyer Clarence Bell, a pathologically shy man who expresses himself through characters, including crossdressing as women (including a nun and celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey).[10] The role of Clarence/Clarice was originally to appear in one episode, but was expanded into a recurring role and then a regular role.[10]

Williams plays parts in five different shows on Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim, one being a STRATA technician on Saul of the Molemen, another as the self-hating African American, Uncle Ruckus on The Boondocks,[2] Coroner Rick, a recurring character on Stroker and Hoop, he also played the role of Paul Revere on the television special, The Young Person's Guide to History, and served as the voice-over announcer for The Eric Andre Show until 2013. He also voiced Riff Tamson in the opening three episodes of season four of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He is also the voice of Mr. Dos on Special Agent Oso. He appeared on an episode of Hot in Cleveland as a drama teacher and soccer coach.

In 2009 and 2010, Williams provided the voice of the supervillain Mongul for several episodes of the animated series, Batman: The Brave and the Bold. On one occasion, he voiced the character's sister, Mongal. He also voiced the supervillain Thunderball in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

Williams is currently working on a new Mike Judge animated series. He was part of a segment in the show Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, and guest-starred on How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men. Williams also guest stars as the halfway house director in the 7th season of the TV show Weeds. In 2011, he joined the cast of the animated series China, IL as the voice of Doctor Falgot. Williams was also in an episode of the show Workaholics. He was a series regular for the animated sketch comedy series Mad and is currently voicing Mr. McStuffins for the animated Disney Junior series, Doc McStuffins[11] and Dirty Dan and Dusty for the animated Disney Junior series Sheriff Callie's Wild West. He is also the narrator for the TV One series UNSUNG.[12] From 2012 to 2016, Williams appeared as the recurring character Lester on the TV Land original sitcom The Soul Man.

Since 2013, Williams has been a replacement performer on the CW revival of the television show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, where he improvises scenes and songs. He also provides the voice for Mufasa in The Lion Guard, and has provided voices for Star Wars Rebels. In 2017, he voiced Bark Knight and Baboo from the animated Disney Junior series Puppy Dog Pals.

FilmEdit

Williams has appeared in films such as Undercover Brother, appearing as Smart Brother (having previously voiced the Undercover Brother character in the original internet animated series),[8] Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,[13] and Soul Plane. On the Boondocks second-season premiere, "...Or Die Trying", Riley Freeman and Robert Freeman are seen watching the Soul Plane 2 trailer, when they distinctly hear Williams and voice of grandad, John Witherspoon (who also had an acting role in Soul Plane), having a conversation on the plane. He also voiced Sweet in The Trumpet of the Swan. Williams also appeared in the film The Factory, starring John Cusack. In 2011, Williams narrated the feature-length documentary Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged.[citation needed] Perhaps his most recent role is as Melvin (a father) in House Party: Tonight's the Night. Williams played Anton Zeck/Bebop in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016).[14] He voiced the demon in the horror film Truth or Dare (2018).

FilmographyEdit

List of voice performances in films
Year Title Role Notes Source
2001 The Trumpet of the Swan Sweets [15]
2006 The Adventures of Brer Rabbit Brer Bear Direct-to-video [15]
2011 Firebreather Principal Dave / Troy's Dad Television film [15]
2012 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Mutant Leader/Anchor Bill Direct-to-video [15]
2013 Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Scarecrow Mayor Husk Direct-to-DVD [15]
2014 Achmed Saves America Mayor McKuen
2017 Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown Cook Direct-to-video [15]
2018 Truth or Dare Demon
List of live-action performances in films and television series
Year Title Role Notes
1999–2000 The Amanda Show Bailiff ("Judge Trudy" skit) 4 episodes
2000–2006 Malcolm in the Middle Abraham "Abe" Kenarban 18 episodes
2002 Undercover Brother Smart Brother
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Auto Detail Guy Episode: "Invisible Evidence"
2004 Soul Plane Flame
2004 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Tarik Jackson
2004 Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Randall Bookerton
2006–2008 Boston Legal Clarence / Clarice Bell 36 episodes
2007 Andy Barker, P.I. Ron Episode: "Pilot"
2008 Young Person's Guide to History Paul Revere Television special
2009 Desperate Housewives Reggie 2 episodes
2009–present Unsung Narrator / Himself 138 episodes
2010 Hot in Cleveland Coach Taylor Episode: "The Play's the Thing"
2010 How I Met Your Mother Inspector Episode: "Home Wreckers"
2010 Fred: The Movie Laundromat Manager Television film
2012 The Factory Darryl
2012 The Eric Andre Show Announcer Season 1, 10 episodes
2012–2016 The Soul Man Lester 12 episodes
2013 House Party: Tonight's the Night Melvin Johnson Direct-to-video
2013 I Know That Voice Himself Documentary film
2013–2018 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Himself 20 episodes
2014 Mike & Molly Emcee Episode: "Open Mike Night"
2014 Muffin Top: A Love Story Gregory David Gregory
2014 Benched Geoffrey 3 episodes
2015 Two and a Half Men Leo Episode: "For Whom the Booty Calls"
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Anton Zeck / Bebop
2016–2018 Spontaneanation Himself 13 episodes
2017 Cook Off!
2017 I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore William Bendix
2017 Superior Donuts Howard Episode: "Flour Power"
2017 Man with a Plan Bob Episode: "What About Bob?"
2017–present I'm Sorry Brian Recurring
Unknown episodes
2018–19 The Neighborhood Ernie 2 episodes
2018 An Accidental Zombie (Named Ted) Bradley
2019 Mom Warren Episode: "A Dark Closet and Therapy with Horses"
List of voice performances in television series
Year Title Role Notes Source
2000 Men in Black: The Series Episode: "The Back to School Syndrome"
2001 The Wild Thornberrys Forest Hog / Bushbuck Episode: "The Trouble with Darwin" [15]
2005 Stroker and Hoop Coroner Rick / Jermane Washington / Ghost of Christmas Present / Various voices 6 Episodes [15]
2005–2014 The Boondocks Uncle Ruckus 55 Episodes
2007–2009 Curious George The Coach / Businessman 2 Episodes
2008 Chowder Tofu / Rat #2 / Egg #2 Episode: "Shnitzel Quits"
2008 The Xtacles 2 Episodes
2008–2009 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Mongul / Mongal / Fun Haus 3 Episodes [15]
2009 The Goode Family Ray Johnson / DMV Person / Ted / Various voices 13 Episodes
2009 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Snowman / Raisin #2 Episode: "A Very Sunny Christmas"
2009–2012 Special Agent Oso Mr. Dos 23 Episodes [15]
2010 The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Thunderball Episode: "Thor the Mighty" [15]
2010–2013 Mad Optimus Prime / Lex Luthor / War Machine / Donkey kong
Flutthershy / Cyborg / Martian Manhunter / Kilowog / Black Lightning
Count Dooku
29 Episodes
2011 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Dr. Cavanaugh Episode: "The Siren's Song"
2011 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Riff Tamson 3 Episodes
2011–2015 China, IL Dr. Jack Falgot / Golden Bowl / Others 16 Episodes
2012 Motorcity Mr. Gordy Episode: "Reunion" [15]
2012–2014 Black Dynamite Halloween Party Radio DJ / George Washington Carver III / News Reporter 3 Episodes
2012–2016 Doc McStuffins Marcus McStuffins / Doc's Dad 17 Episodes [15]
2013 Beware the Batman Michael Holt Episode: "Hunted" [15]
2013–2015 Rick and Morty Various roles 4 Episodes
2014 Sofia the First Hobwing Episode: "The Curse of Princess Ivy" [15]
2014–2016 TripTank Wizard / Reneger / Dream Wizard / Others 10 Episodes [15]
2014–2017 Sheriff Callie's Wild West Dirty Dan / Dusty / Sidekick Rustler 31 Episodes
2015 The Awesomes 3 Episodes
2016 Star Wars Rebels Gron / Stormtrooper #2 / Stormtrooper Commander #1 Episode "Legends of lasat"
2016 Transformers: Robots in Disguise Slicedice 2 Episodes [15]
2016 The Loud House Super Mart Manager Episode: "Cereal Offender" [15]
2016–present The Lion Guard Mufasa 10 Episodes [15]
2017 Bob's Burgers Judge Conklin Episode: "A Few 'Gurt Men"
2017 Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Agent Conductor Episode: "Mysteries on the Disorient Express"
2018 Miles from Tomorrowland Fortis / Hemeran Episode: "Grendel's Moving Castle/The Great Gadfly"
2018 Star Wars Resistance Kragan Gorr Episode: "The Triple Dark"
2019 Love, Death & Robots XBOT 4000 Episode: "Three Robots"
List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role
2002 Star Trek: Starfleet Command III Additional Voices
2003 Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick Additional Voices
2005 Yakuza Additional Voices
2007 Mass Effect Charles Saracino, Elanos Haliat, Citadel Control, Turian Diplomat
2009 Halo Wars Additional Voices
2009 Infamous Male Pedestrian
2010 Alpha Protocol Yancy Westridge
2010 StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty General Warfield, Tal'darim Executor
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame Mongul
2013 StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm General Warfield
2016 XCOM 2 Tygan
2017 XCOM 2: War of the Chosen Tygan
2017 Horizon Zero Dawn Burgrend

Improvisational comedyEdit

Williams is a regular performer with the Flying Fannoli Brothers, an improv comedy band.[16] He performs in the improvisational shows Cookin' With Gas and The Black Version at The Groundlings Theatre in Los Angeles. Williams also returns to Atlanta to perform with Laughing Matters once or twice a year. Since 2013 he has been a recurring performer on The CW's revival of Whose Line Is It Anyway?.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Today in History". Philadelphia Tribune. March 14, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Eldridge, Richard L. "Atlantic Station's set for taste of Hollywood". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. October 20, 2005.
  3. ^ Garretson, Shari. "Cat on a Hot Tin Streetcar". '"The Atlanta Journal. May 25, 1994.
  4. ^ Gincel, Richard. "Instant comedy requires quick wits". The Atlanta Journal. July 22, 1993.
  5. ^ Downey, Maureen; Shurling, Bo. "No secret: TV role `Smart' move". The Atlanta Journal. October 18, 1994.
  6. ^ Ho, Rodney. "Dad's Garage goes big at Fox with new fundraiser The Fabulous Fox Theatre plays host to this year's event". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. June 10, 2015.
  7. ^ Simon, Mashaun D. "Georgian Stars With Eddie Griffin In New Action-Comedy". Atlanta Daily World. May 2, 2002. p. 6.
  8. ^ a b Thomas, Don. "Gary Anthony Williams: A Theatrically Trained Performer". New York Beacon. May 1, 2002. p. 31.
  9. ^ Ho, Rodney. "Random Bits". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. December 27, 2005.
  10. ^ "Disney Junior Celebrates Black History Month with "We Are Doc Mcstuffins"". Chicago Citizen. February 13, 2013. p. 15.
  11. ^ "EUR Hollywood Gossip Scoop". The Jacksonville Free Press (Jacksonville, Florida). May 21, 2009. p. 9.
  12. ^ Cahillane, Kevin. "Homegrown: A Stoner Comedy Straight Out of Randolph". '"The New York Times. August 16, 2004. p. 7.
  13. ^ Foran, Chris. "TMNT return to spotlight". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. June 3, 2016.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s https://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/Gary-Anthony-Williams/
  15. ^ Littlejohn, Janice (November 19, 2007). "'Boondocks': Raising a ruckus". The Berkshire Eagle. Pittsfield, Mass.: New England Newspapers Inc. Retrieved December 24, 2018.

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