Tino Insana

Silvio Peter "Tino" Insana (February 15, 1948 – May 31, 2017) was an American actor, producer, writer, voice artist, and comedian.

Tino Insana
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Tino Insana
Birth nameSilvio Peter Insana
Born(1948-02-15)February 15, 1948
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedMay 31, 2017(2017-05-31) (aged 69)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
MediumFilm, television, voice-over
Years active1977–2017
Dana Moller
(m. 1975; his death 2017)
Notable works and rolesThree Amigos, Barnyard, Neighbors[1]

Life and careerEdit

Insana was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 15, 1948, the son of Silvio A. Insana, a musician, and Hiloray (Swanson).[2] In 1971, Insana co-founded a local comedy troupe known as the West Compass Trio, along with Steve Beshekas and John Belushi. Insana's voice has been featured in many animated television series, most notably Disney's Darkwing Duck as Dr. Reginald Bushroot and Bobby's World as Bobby's Uncle Ted. He also voiced Pig in Nickelodeon's animated film Barnyard and its subsequent spin-off TV series.

In the 1980s, Insana wrote two episodes for Police Squad! and an episode of Sledge Hammer!; he also served as story editor on both series. Insana then wrote, produced, and acted in Wedding Band and Masters of Menace.

Insana also made brief acting appearances in such films as Neighbors, Three Amigos, Who's Harry Crumb?, The Couch Trip, Oscar, and Beverly Hills Cop III. He also made guest appearances on situation comedy series such as Night Court and Mad About You.

In 2008, Insana voiced the role of Barf on Spaceballs: The Animated Series (possibly due to Insana's voice being similar to John Candy). He also did voice work in Goof Troop, Camp Candy, The Little Mermaid, Pepper Ann (as Pepper Ann's police officer uncle Jojo), House of Mouse, What-a-Mess, Bonkers, Aladdin, Jungle Cubs, Problem Child, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Teacher's Pet, and Tom and Jerry: The Movie.

He was the speaking voice of Mr. Grouper in Bubble Guppies.


On May 31, 2017, Insana died in his home in Los Angeles, California of cancer at the age of 69.[3][4]


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Cracking Up
1981 Neighbors Perry Greavy
1983 Going Berserk Biker Leader
1986 Three Amigos Studio Guard
1987 Amazon Women on the Moon Mr. Sylvio (segment "Video Pirates")
1988 The Couch Trip Jail Guard #1
1988 For Keeps Capt. O'Connell
1989 Who's Harry Crumb? Smokey
1989 Wedding Band Hugh Bowmont
1990 Why Me? Cop #3 at Home
1990 Masters of Menace Horny Hank
1991 Oscar Tiny the Iceman Uncredited
1992 Tom and Jerry: The Movie Patrolman Voice[5]
1994 Beverly Hills Cop III Burly Cop
2006 Barnyard Pig Voice[5]
Year Title Role Notes
1990-1998 Bobby's World Uncle Ted Voice, 40 episodes
1991 Darkwing Duck Dr. Reginald Bushroot Voice, 14 episodes
1992 Goof Troop Colonel Carter Voice, 1 episode
1992 The Little Mermaid Baracuda Voice, 1 episode
1993 Bonkers Stew / Scatter Squirrel Voice, 3 episodes
1994 Aladdin Prince Uncouthma Voice, 3 episodes
1997 Jungle Cubs Fat Cat Voice, 1 episode
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Samsa Voice, 1 episode[5]
2007-2011 Back at the Barnyard Pig Voice, 47 episodes[5]
2008-2009 Spaceballs: The Animated Series Barf Voice, 12 episodes
2011-2016 Bubble Guppies Mr. Grouper Voice, 79 episodes


  1. ^ "Tino Insana". IMDB. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  2. ^ "Tino Insana Biography (1948-)". Film Reference. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  3. ^ Nunzio, Miriam Di (June 2, 2017). "Second City alum Tino Insana has died at 69". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  4. ^ "In Remembrance: Tino Insana". The Second City. June 1, 2017. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d https://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/Tino-Insana/

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