Maurice LaMarche (born March 30, 1958) is a Canadian voice actor and former stand-up comedian. He has voiced Egon Spengler in The Real Ghostbusters and its follow-up Extreme Ghostbusters, the Brain in Animaniacs and its spin-off Pinky and the Brain as well as a variety of characters in Futurama.
|Occupation||Voice actor, stand-up comedian|
|Years active||1980–present (voice acting)|
1980–90 (stand-up comedy)
Robin Eiseman (m. 1991)
LaMarche was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His family moved to Timmins, Ontario, soon after he was born. LaMarche's childhood was filled with his "own little world of cartoons and sixties television". It was in his second 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 used until the end of his stand-up career.
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". 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.
Three years later, at the age of 22, LaMarche moved 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."
Over the next five years, LaMarche's career would gradually progress, playing comedy clubs over the U.S., with several appearances on The Merv Griffin Show and An Evening At The Improv, but in spite of such interest, LaMarche 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".
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.
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. After getting sober on January 20, 1989, LaMarche embarked again into the world of standup comedy, in the early part of 1990. As he was regaining lost momentum, his 18-year-old sister was killed in a car accident in September of that year. At this point, though he remained sober, LaMarche decided he just could not do standup comedy anymore. He said, "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'".
LaMarche's entrance into the voiceover industry was in 1980 in Easter Fever and Take Me Up to the Ball Game, two Canadian films from Nelvana. LaMarche did not venture into voiceover acting again until years later as a side endeavor during his full-time standup comedy career.
LaMarche began on Inspector Gadget and went on to Dennis the Menace, Popeye and Son and The Real Ghostbusters where he played Egon Spengler. 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 whom 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 reprised his role as Yosemite Sam in Cartoon Network's new series, The Looney Tunes Show, and its spin-off, New Looney Tunes.
LaMarche made several roles in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic where he voiced Chancellor Neighsay.
Pinky and the BrainEdit
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, although the character was not modeled after Welles. Voicing Brain gave LaMarche the opportunity to make use of his signature impersonation of Welles. 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. LaMarche would later use this accent to voice Father in Codename: Kids Next Door.
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.
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 Nero-esque Hedonismbot, Morbo the news anchor, and Lrrr, ruler of the planet 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 the episode "Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences". He won another Emmy the following year for the Futurama episode "The Silence of the Clamps".
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.
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.
LaMarche has also lent his voice to commercials. He voiced Kellogg's Froot Loops spokesbird Toucan Sam, the animated Willy Wonka character in Nestlé's Willy Wonka Candy Company commercials, and the narrator for Lexus commercials. He would also appear as himself, doing the voice of Popeye the Sailor for the Long John Silver's restaurant chain in the early 1990s.
On 8 September 2018 LaMarche was featured in the commercial for the upcoming open world driving game Forza Horizon 4.
LaMarche has been married to Robin Eisenman since May 19, 1991; together they have a son, Jonathan.
|1983||Rock & Rule||The Sailor||Voices|
|1994||Ed Wood||Orson Welles|
|1995||Napoleon||Snake, Frill-Necked Lizard||Voices|
|1996||Space Jam||Pepé Le Pew|
|All Dogs Go to Heaven 2||Lost & Found Officer|
|1999||Wakko's Wish||Brain, Squit||Voices|
Nominated – Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
|The Chimp Channel||Harry Waller, Bernard the Cockatoo||Voices|
|2000||Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman||Lawrence Talbot, The Wolfman|
|2002||Balto II: Wolf Quest||Balto||Voices|
|Inspector Gadget's Last Case: Claw's Revenge||Inspector Gadget|
|Hey Arnold!: The Movie||Big Bob Pataki, Head of Security||Voices|
|2002||Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring||Spike, Butch||Voices|
|2003||101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure||Horace|
|2004||Team America: World Police||Alec Baldwin||Voice|
|Balto III: Wings of Change||Balto||Voices|
|Felix the Cat Saves Christmas||Rock Bottom|
|Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers||Medium Beagle Boy, Additional Voices|
|Comic Book: The Movie||Himself||Segment: "Behind the Voices"|
|Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas||Yosemite Sam||Voices|
|Casper's Scare School||Pirate, Thurdigree Burns|
|Barnyard||Igg the Cow|
|Queer Duck: The Movie||Oscar Wildcat||Voice|
|2007||Futurama: Bender's Big Score||Various||Voices|
|2008||Futurama: Bender's Game|
|The Jewish Nudist Buddhist||God||Independent film|
|Dead Space: Downfall||White, Bavaro||Voices|
|Tripping the Rift: The Movie||Gus|
|Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs||Various|
|2009||Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder|
|2012||Wreck-It Ralph||Root Beer Tapper||Voices|
|2013||Frozen||King of Arendelle|
|I Know That Voice||Himself||Documentary|
|2014||The Boxtrolls||Sir Langsdale||Voice|
|2017||Best Fiends: Visit Minutia||Howie||Voice|
|2018||Best Fiends: Fort of Hard Knocks|
|Ralph Breaks the Internet||Tapper||Voice|
|2019||Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost||Vincent Van Ghoul||Voice|
|2019||The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part||Spike||Voice|
|1980||Easter Fever||Don Rattles, Steed Martin, Peter Easter Bat||Television film|
|Take Me Up to the Ball Game||Additional Voices||Television film|
|1985–86||Inspector Gadget||Chief Quimby||Season 2|
|1986||Faerie Tale Theatre||Mockingbird Maurice|
|The Transformers||Six-Gun||Ep. "Thief in the Night"|
|1986–91||The Real Ghostbusters||Egon Spengler, Various Voices|
|1987||The Facts of Life||Rod Sperling||Ep. "Seven Little Indians"|
|Popeye and Son||Popeye|
|DuckTales||Count Roy||Ep. "Duck in the Iron Mask"|
|1988||Beany and Cecil||Dishonest John|
|Dennis the Menace||George Wilson, Henry Mitchell, Ruff|
|1989||The Super Mario Bros. Super Show||Inspector Gadget||Ep. "Defective Gadgetry"|
|Dennis the Menace||George Wilson, Henry Mitchell, Ruff|
|1989–92||G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero||Copperhead, Low-Light, Spirit, Serpentor, Destro, Big Ben|
|1990–91||Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Animated Series||Zoltan, Ketchuck, Tomato Guy|
|1990–95||Captain Planet and the Planeteers||Verminous Skumm, Duke Nukum|
|Tiny Toon Adventures||Dizzy Devil, Tasmanian Devil, Orsen Whales, Yosemite Sam|
|1991||Where's Waldo?||Additional Voices|
|1991–95||Taz-Mania||Hugh Tasmanian Devil, Daffy Duck|
|1993–95||Bonkers||Mr. Blackenblue, Smarts, Tuttle Turtle|
|1993–96||Rocko's Modern Life||Additional Voices|
|1993–98||Animaniacs||Brain, Spartacus, Bob Hope, Squit, Michelangelo|
|1994||The Little Mermaid||Scuttle|
|1994–95||The Critic||Jeremy Hawke, Orson Welles, Additional Voices|
|1994–96||The Tick||Human Ton & Handy, Pigleg, Mr. Smartypants, Various Voices|
|1995–present||The Simpsons||Various Voices|
|1995–97||Freakazoid!||Longhorn, Dan, Captain "K", The Brain|
|1995–98||Pinky and the Brain||The Brain|
|Gadget Boy and Heather||Boris, Mulch and Humus, Myron Dabble, Chief Strombolli, G9|
|1995–2001||The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries||Yosemite Sam, Additional Voices|
|Hey Arnold!||Big Bob Pataki, Additional Voices|
|1997–2005||Space Goofs||Etno Polino|
|Extreme Ghostbusters||Egon Spengler|
|The Wacky World of Tex Avery||Mooch, Emperor, Narrator, Additional Voices|
|1997–2004||Johnny Bravo||Dr. Alphonse, Squint Ringo, Fish Lips Malone, Additional Voices|
|1997–2006||Space Goofs||Etno Polino|
|1998||The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald||Dr. Quizzical, Burger Chef, Knight|
|1998–2005||The Powerpuff Girls||Additional Voices|
|1999||Sonic Underground||Sleet, SWATbots, Athair, Delphius, Additional Voices|
|Queer Duck||Oscar Wildcat, Mr. Duckstein, others|
|1999–2000||Mickey Mouse Works||Mortimer Mouse|
|Dilbert||The World's Smartest Garbageman|
|Sabrina: The Animated Series||Additional Voices|
|2000||Hard Drinkin' Lincoln||John Wilkes Booth|
|2000–03||Poochini's Yard||Dirt, Additional Voices|
|2001||Baby Felix & Friends||Master Cylinder|
|2001–02||The Oblongs||Tommy Vinegar|
|2001–03||The New Adventures of Lucky Luke||Joe Dalton, Buffalo Bill|
|House of Mouse||Various Voices|
|2001–04||Jackie Chan Adventures||Ikazuki, Cardiff Zendo, Tso Lan|
|2001–07||Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law||Various Voices|
|2001–02||What's With Andy?||Principal DeRosa||Season 1|
|2002||Kim Possible||Big Daddy Brotherson|
|2002-03||Gadget & the Gadgetinis||Lt. Gadget|
|2002–05||¡Mucha Lucha!||El Phantasmo, Additional Voices|
|2002||Samurai Jack||The Boss||Ep. "Jack and the Gangsters"|
|2002–04||Teamo Supremo||Baron Blitz|
|2002–08||Codename: Kids Next Door||Father|
|2003–06||The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius||Zix|
|2003||K10C: Kids' Ten Commandments||Omri, Amos|
|2003–04||Sabrina's Secret Life||Salem|
|2004–05||Duck Dodgers||K'chutha Sa'am, Masativo|
|2004–06||Xiaolin Showdown||Master Fung, Chucky Choo||Seasons 2–3|
|Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi||Additional Voices|
|2004–09||Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends|
|The Buzz on Maggie||Additional Voices|
|Loonatics Unleashed||Ophimius Sam|
|2005–07||Tripping the Rift||Gus|
|Catscratch||Hovis, Additional Voices|
|2005–08||Camp Lazlo||Additional Voices|
|My Gym Partner's A Monkey||Principal Pixiefrog, Mr. Mandrill, Mr. Hornbill, Mr. Blowhole|
|2006||Mickey Mouse Clubhouse||Mortimer Mouse|
|2006–09||Yin Yang Yo!||Additional Voices|
|2006–07||Shuriken School||Mr. No, Naginata, Kubo Utamaro, Zumichito, Daisuke Togakame|
|El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera|
|2007–08||Tak and the Power of Juju||Chief|
|2007–09||Random! Cartoons||Klemp, Birdsdorf, Elecaptain Sam, Bjorn|
|2008||The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack||Additional Voices|
|The Mighty B!|
|The Boondocks||Larry King, Donald Richards||Ep. "The S-Word"|
|2009||The Cleveland Show||Keith Leib||Ep. "Birth of a Salesman"|
|2009–11||Bob & Doug||Various Voices|
|2010||Axe Cop Motion||Avocado Soldier||Web comic|
|2010–12||Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil||Additional Voices|
|2010–13||Pound Puppies||Jean Luc Glaciaire, Agent Francois, Hench Grocer|
|2010–17||Regular Show||Additional Voices|
|2011–14||Adventure Time||Weapon Head, Stranson Doughblow, Bella Noche|
|The Looney Tunes Show||Yosemite Sam|
|2011–13||Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated||Vincent Van Ghoul|
|2011–18||American Dad!||Colonel Withersberry, Uzi Knessett|
|2012–16||Transformers: Rescue Bots||Chief Charlie Burns, Additional Voices|
|2012||Dan Vs.||Mel Darwin|
|Robot Chicken||Brain, Ricky Recycle Bin|
|The Penguins of Madagascar||Various Voices|
|Have a Laugh!||Mortimer Mouse|
|2012–14||The Legend of Korra||Equalist Announcer, Defense Attorney, Aiwei, Additional Voices|
|2012–15||Robot and Monster||Gart, Perry, Loudmouth, Jerry, Nicky the Axe, Howly|
|2013–17||Ultimate Spider-Man||Doctor Doom, Doombot, Charles the Butler, |
|2013||Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.||Doctor Doom||Ep. "Red Rover"|
|Brickleberry||Kurt Thoreau, Native American Chief, Flamey the Bear, Donnie|
|2013–14||Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness||Heilang, Lin Kuei|
|2013–present||Avengers Assemble||Doctor Doom|
|Rick and Morty||Scary Olderson, Abradolf Lincler, Crocubot|
|2014||Nostalgia Critic||The Brain||Web series|
Ep. "The Purge"
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Atilla the Frog, Rasputin the Mad Frog||Ep. "The Croaking"|
|2014–present||Turbo FAST||Tickula, Additional Voices|
|Sonic Boom||Various Voices|
|VeggieTales in the House||George the Cucumber||Ep. "Larry's Cousin Comes to Town"|
|2015||Star vs. the Forces of Evil||King Pony Head, Emilio|
|2015, 2017||Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero||Narrator, Fredricks, Unicorn Soldiers|
|2015–17||Harvey Beaks||Additional Voices|
|2015–present||New Looney Tunes||Yosemite Sam|
|2015–16||Gravity Falls||Additional Voices|
|2016–present||The Powerpuff Girls||Man Boy|
|Milo Murphy's Law||Additional Voices|
|The Loud House|
|2017–present||The Lion Guard||Kifaru|
|2017||Transformers: Robots in Disguise||Drag Strip, Dragbreak|
|Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie||Big Bob Pataki||Television film|
|2018||My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic||Chancellor Neighsay|
|Disenchantment||Odval, Big Jo, others||Main role|
|2018–19||Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Foot Brute, Mobster No. 1, Voice Over Guy|
|2018||The Neighborhood||HandyRandy79||Ep. "Welcome to the Repipe"|
|Big City Greens||Mr. Grigorian|
|2019||The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants||Tubbadump|
|Love, Death & Robots||Narrator||Ep. "When the Yogurt Took Over"|
|SpongeBob SquarePants||Additional Voices||Ep. "Squid's on a Bus"|
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