Maurice LaMarche (born March 30, 1958) is an American voice actor and former stand up comedian. He is best known for his voicework in Futurama as Kif Kroker, as Egon Spengler in The Real Ghostbusters, Verminous Skumm and Duke Nukum in Captain Planet and the Planeteers and The Brain in Animaniacs/Pinky and The Brain.
LaMarche was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, but his family moved to Timmins, Ontario very soon after he was born. LaMarche's childhood was filled with his "own little world of cartoons and sixties television". It was not until his sophomore 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 actually used all the way up 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, 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 straight 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." - Maurice LaMarche
Over the next five years, LaMarche's career would gradually progress, playing comedy clubs all over the U.S., with several appearances on Merv Griffin and "An Evening At The Improv", but in spite of such interest, LaMarche always 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". Unfortunately, LaMarche would not get that chance.
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 Inauguration Day in 1989, LaMarche embarked again into the world of his first love, standup comedy, in the early part of 1990. However, just as he was regaining lost momentum, tragedy struck once more, as 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 couldn't do standup comedy anymore.
"Oh, that's it. I don't have any funny left in me. I'm done." - Maurice LaMarche
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.
LaMarche's first 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. After The Real Ghostbusters, LaMarche became a regular mainstay of the voiceover industry appearing in such shows as Talespin, 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 Duckman, Hey Arnold! as Big Bob Pataki, Queer Duck, King of the Hill, The Chimp Channel, and Sonic Underground as Sleet. It was at this time, 1999, that LaMarche began work on Futurama. 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 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.
Pinky and the Brain
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 wasn't 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.
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, and another for Blotto Bros. wine).
The Inspector Gadget universe
LaMarche has voiced Inspector Gadget (originally voiced by Don Adams) in two Inspector Gadget films (direct-to-video and television movies) as well as two television series (the original, and Gadget and the Gadgetinis), plus two live-action appearances in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!. LaMarche also voiced Chief Quimby.
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 has appeared in many films including the voice of Orson Welles in Ed Wood, Pepe Le Pew in Space Jam, the voice of Alec Baldwin 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.
Outside of film, television, and radio, LaMarche's repertoire includes audio-books, as he recently served as narrator for a collection of H.P. Lovecraft short stories.
Roles in television, film, and video games
|1980||Easter Fever|| Don Rattles|
Peter Easter Bat
|1980||Take Me Up to the Ball Game||Animated special|
|1983||Inspector Gadget||Chief Quimby||Animated series|
|1986||The Real Ghostbusters||Egon Spengler||Animated series|
|1986||Dennis the Menace|| George Wilson|
|1987||The Facts of Life||Rod Sperling||Live action|
|1987||Popeye and Son||Popeye||Animated series|
|1988||Beany and Cecil||Dishonest John||Animated series|
|1990||Captain Planet and the Planeteers||Verminous Skumm||Animated series|
|1990||Tiny Toon Adventures||Dizzy Devil||Animated series|
|1990||TaleSpin||General Patton||Animated series|
|1990||Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Animated Series|| Zoltan|
|1991||Taz-Mania||Hugh Tasmanian Devil||Animated series|
|1991||Cool World|| Interrogator #2|
drunken bar patron
Dr. Vincent "Vegas Vinnie" Whiskers
|Live action/Animated film|
|1991||Felix the Cat: The Movie||The Grandfather|| Direct-to-video|
Wakko (burping only)
|1993||Bonkers||Mr. Blackenblue||Animated series|
|1994||The Tick|| Human Ton & Handy|
Various other characters
|1994||The Critic|| Jeremy Hawke|
|1994||Ed Wood||Orson Welles||Voice only|
|1995||Duckman||Merv Griffin||Animated series|
|1995||Napoleon||Snake and frill-Necked Lizard||Voice only|
|1995||The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries|| Yosemite Sam|
|1995||Pinky and the Brain||The Brain||Animated series|
|1996||Space Jam||Pepe Le Pew||Animated film|
|1996||Dexter's Laboratory||Simion||Animated series|
|1996||Rocko's Modern Life||Conglomo Lizard||Animated series|
|1996||All Dogs Go to Heaven 2||Lost & Found Officer||Animated film|
|1997||Space Goofs||Etno||Animated series|
|1997||Extreme Ghostbusters||Egon Spengler||Animated series|
|1998||Histeria!||Abraham Lincoln||Animated series|
|1999||Inspector Gadget: Gadget's Greatest Gadgets|| Inspector Gadget|
| Voice only|
|1999||Wakko's Wish|| Brain|
|1999||The Chimp Channel|| Harry Waller|
Bernard the Sarcastic Cockatoo
|1999||Dilbert||The World's Smartest Garbageman||Animated series|
|1999||Queer Duck|| Oscar Wildcat|
|1999||Futurama|| Kif Kroker|
Horrible Gelatinous Blob
|1999||Sonic Underground|| Sleet|
|2000||Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman||Mr. Lawrence Talbot|| Voice only|
|2000||Hard Drinkin' Lincoln||John Wilkes Booth||Animated series|
|2001||The Oblongs||Tommy Vinegar||Animated series|
|2002||Inspector Gadget's Last Case: Claw's Revenge||Inspector Gadget|| Direct-to-video|
|2002||Hey Arnold!: The Movie|| Big Bob Pataki|
Head of Security
|2002||Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring||Spike and Alley Cat|| Direct-to-video|
|2002||My Gym Partner's a Monkey|| Mr. Hornbill|
|2002||Codename: Kids Next Door||Father||Animated series|
|2002||Balto II: Wolf Quest||Balto|| Direct-to-video|
|2003||101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure||Horace|| Direct-to-video|
|2003||K10C: Kids' Ten Commandments||Omri and Amos||Animated series|
|2004||Team America: World Police||Alec Baldwin||Voice only|
|2004||Balto III: Wings of Change||Balto|| Direct-to-video|
|2004||Felix the Cat Saves Christmas||Rock Bottom|| Direct-to-video|
|2004||Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers||Shorty, one of The Beagle Boys|| Direct-to-video|
|2004||Comic Book: The Movie||Himself|| "Behind the Voices"|
|2005||Tripping the Rift||Gus||CGI-animated series|
|2005||Inspector Gadget's Biggest Caper Ever||Inspector Gadget|| Direct-to-video|
|2005||Pom Poko||Narrator||Animated film (English dub)|
|2006||Tak & the Power of Juju||Chief||Animated series|
|2006||Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas||Yosemite Sam||Animated film|
|2006||Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law|| Apache Chief|
Quick Draw McGraw
Inch High Private Eye
|2006||Shuriken School|| Mr. No|
|2006||Operation: Z.E.R.O.||Father||Animated television film|
|2006||Casper's Scare School|| Pirate|
|Animated television film|
|2006||Barnyard||Igg the Cow||Animated film|
|2006||Queer Duck: The Movie||Oscar Wildcat||Direct-to-video|
|2007||Futurama: Bender's Big Score|| Kif Kroker|
|2007||Random! Cartoons|| Klemp|
Working Troll #1
|2008||Crash: Mind over Mutant||Dr. Nitrus Brio|| Uncredited|
by Radical Entertainment
|2008||Futurama: Bender's Game||Various characters|| Direct-to-video|
|2008||The Jewish Nudist Buddhist||God||Independent film|
|2008||Guild Wars: Eye of the North||Vekk||Video game expansion pack|
|2008||Dead Space: Downfall|| White|
|2008||Tripping the Rift: The Movie||Gus|| Direct-to-video|
|2008||Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs|| Kif Kroker|
|2009||Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder|| Kif Kroker|
|2009||Bob & Doug||Various characters||Animated series|
|Futurama|| Kif Kroker|
Horrible Gelatinous Blob
|2011||Batman: Arkham City||Mr. Freeze|| Video game|
by Rocksteady Studios
- Video games
- Several characters in Lucasarts' Full Throttle
- Yoshimo and Renal Bloodscalp in the award-winning RPG, Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn.
- Jack O' Lantern in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
- Vekk in Guild Wars Eye of the North
- The Brain in Animaniacs: The Great Edgar Hunt
- Doctor Nitrus Brio in Crash: Mind over Mutant
- The Devil in George and William: Idiot Essimary
- Mr. Freeze in Batman: Arkham City
- Narrator in the commercial for the video game Nightmare Creatures 
- Web Originals
- ↑ Interview with Quick Stop Entertainment (5th question) Interview with Quick Stop Entertainment (8th question)
- ↑ Plume, Ken. "Interview with Quick Stop Entertainment (12th question)". Quickstopentertainment.com. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- ↑ Plume, Ken. "Interview with Quick Stop Entertainment (18th question)". Quickstopentertainment.com. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- ↑ Plume, Ken. "Interview with Quick Stop Entertainment (questions 19-21)". Quickstopentertainment.com. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- ↑ Plume, Ken. "Interview with Quick Stop Entertainment (Questions 22-26)". Quickstopentertainment.com. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- ↑ Plume, Ken. "Interview with Quick Stop Entertainment (40th question)". Quickstopentertainment.com. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- ↑ Plume, Ken. "Interview with Quick Stop Entertainment (Questions 42-43)". Quickstopentertainment.com. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- ↑ Plume, Ken. "Interview with Quick Stop Entertainment (43rd question)". Quickstopentertainment.com. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Plume, Ken. "Interview with Quick Stop Entertainment (51st question)". Quickstopentertainment.com. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- ↑ Plume, Ken. "Interview with Quick Stop Entertainment (45th question)". Quickstopentertainment.com. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- ↑ "Interview with Quick Stop Entertainment (2nd page, Questions 33 and 39". Quickstopentertainment.com. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- ↑ "Interview with Quick Stop Entertainment (5th question)". Quickstopentertainment.com. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- ↑ "Interview with Quick Stop Entertainment (3rd page, 27th question)". Quickstopentertainment.com. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- ↑ "Interview with Quick Stop Entertainment (4th page, 19th question)". Quickstopentertainment.com. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- ↑ Salem, Rob (2008-09-20). "Zachary Quinto interview: Vulcan vs. Villain". TheStar.com. Retrieved 2008-09-20.
Before Quinto was cast, the character's early, off-camera presence was the uncredited work of Toronto-born voice veteran Maurice LaMarche
- ↑ "Blatant Bias: Opposite of Dream Creatures". Blatantbias.blogspot.com. 2009-02-09. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- ↑ "Axe Cop Episode THREE". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
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