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William Farmer (born November 14, 1952) is an American voice actor and comedian. He has performed the voice of the Disney character Goofy since 1987, and is also the current voice of Pluto and Horace Horsecollar.

Early life

Template:BLP sources section Farmer was born on November 14, 1952, in Pratt, Kansas, as the second child in his family. His parents were of English and Welsh descent.

Farmer's first job, at the age of 15, involved doing voices, especially those of Western stars like John Wayne or Walter Brennan. He and his friends would sometimes go through fast food drive-thrus and order foods in his character voices. Bill graduated from the University of Kansas in 1975 and is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. In college, he found work in radio and TV and then moved on to stand-up comedy as an impressionist until he moved out to Hollywood, where he began voicing Goofy in January 1987. In 1982, while he was still doing stand-up comedy, Farmer worked at a comedy club called the Comedy Corner in Dallas, Texas. He continued to work there until his move to Hollywood in 1986.

His decision to move to California came from a Dallas commercial agent who suggested that, given his talent for voices, he should try his luck in California. He was recently married, but he and his wife talked it over and came to an arrangement. She stayed back in Dallas while he commuted for a year after he got an apartment. Then four months after his moving out to Hollywood, his agent asked him if he could do any Disney characters.

He asserts that voice acting is not about funny voices, but about acting. His mentor was the versatile voice actor Daws Butler, the man behind many of Hanna-Barbera's characters. He taught Farmer that when doing cartoon voices, you're not merely doing a funny voice, you're an actor and the acting is premier and you have to think like the character you're doing.


Template:BLP sources section In 1987, Farmer had a small part as reporter Justin Ballard-Watkins in the film RoboCop.

His very first voice over audition was for Goofy. When he auditioned for the voice, he studied the way the original actor Pinto Colvig performed as Goofy in the classic cartoons. He studied the hilarious laugh and the distinctive "gawrsh". He inherited the voice of Goofy (and also Pluto) around the same time Tony Anselmo inherited Donald Duck and Russi Taylor inherited Minnie Mouse.

He originated the voice of Horace Horsecollar in Disney's version of The Prince and the Pauper and has played him ever since as well. Farmer also performed additional voices on The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse (1987) and Astro Boy (2004).

Other significant characters he has played include Yosemite Sam, Sylvester and Foghorn Leghorn in the movie Space Jam (1996). He has also done several guest voices, both on TV, including The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and in video games, including the Destroy All Humans! series, Namco's Tales of Symphonia, where he voiced Governor-General Dorr, in Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts series reprising the role of Goofy, Detective Date in the SEGA game Yakuza, Captain Wedgewood and Frill Lizard in Ty the Tasmanian Tiger, many voices on EverQuest II, Cletus Samson, Floyd Sanders, Jeff Meyers and Ryan LaRosa in the video game Dead Rising and Sam and others in the cult classic adventure game Sam & Max Hit the Road.

Farmer has also played Secret Squirrel on Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law in both the animated series and its spin-off video game, Stinkie in Casper: A Spirited Beginning and Casper Meets Wendy, Willie Bear in Horton Hears a Who!, and Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in Robot Chicken.

From 2014 to 2016, he played Doc, the leader of the title characters in Disney's animated television series The 7D.

He also voiced Blackhoof Boar Clan Leader in the 2008 video game Kung Fu Panda.

Bill Farmer still regularly performs comedy routines at the Laugh Factory.

He has been voicing the character “Hop-Pop” on Disney's Amphibia.


In September 2009, Farmer was named a Disney Legend. In 2011, the International Family Film Festival awarded Bill Farmer the 'Friz Award' for Animation.

He won the Annie Award for Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production for his work as Goofy and Grandma Goofy in Mickey Mouse.

Personal life

Farmer has been married to his wife Jennifer Farmer since 1985; together they have a son.


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List of voice roles in feature films
Year Title Role Notes
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Additional voices
1991 Rover Dangerfield Farm voices  
1991 Beauty and the Beast Stanley  
1995 Theodore Rex Additional voices  
1995 A Goofy Movie Goofy Nominated - Annie Award for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Feature Production
1995 Toy Story Monotone Announcer  
1996 Space Jam Foghorn Leghorn, Sylvester, Yosemite Sam  
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Frollo's Soldiers  
1997 Cats Don't Dance Reporter  
1997 Hercules Builder #1  
1998 Antz Soldier Ants, Worker Ants  
1998 A Bug's Life Male Ants  
1999 The Iron Giant Robert The Army Diver Sub  
1999 The Adventures of Max Goof in Grouchland &nbsap;
1999 Toy Story 2 Man #1  
2001 Monsters, Inc. CDA, Photographer  
2003 Porco Rosso Additional voices English dub
2003 Brother Bear Edgar  
2004 Home on the Range Donkey, Junior (yelling)  
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Various Mammoths
2006 Cars Winford Bradford Rutherford, Lee Revkins, Ryan Shields
2007 Happily N'Ever After Additional voices
2008 Horton Hears a Who Willie Bear  
2010 I Want Your Money George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush  
2012 The Lorax Street sweeper
2013 Monsters University Jason Chiang
2015 Minions Additional voices
2016 The Secret Life of Pets Additional voices
2016 Sing Bob the News Reporter Dog
2017 Despicable Me 3 Additional voices
2018 The Grinch Sam the Bus Driver
List of voice performances in direct-to-video and television films
Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Prince and the Pauper Goofy, Pluto, Horace Horsecollar, Weasels #1  
1990 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Disneyland Fun Goofy, Pluto  
1993 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: The Twelve Days of Christmas Goofy  
1995 Runaway Brain Pluto  
1997 Casper: A Spirited Beginning Stinkie  
1998 Casper Meets Wendy Stinkie  
1998 The Spirit of Mickey Goofy  
1999 Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Goofy, Pluto  
2000 An Extremely Goofy Movie Goofy  
2001 Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Goofy, Pluto, Practical Pig  
2001 The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald Knight #2, Mob Leader Episode 5
2002 Mickey's House of Villains Goofy  
2003 Mickeypalooza Goofy, Pluto  
2004 The Lion King 1½ Goofy, Sleepy  
2004 Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Goofy, Pluto  
2005 Son of the Mask Masked Otis  
List of acting performances in feature films
Year Title Role Notes Source
1987 RoboCop Justin Ballard-Watkins  
1998 Pumpkin Man Father Goblin / Billy Bob Sr.  
2000 Bob's Video Sheriff Harmon
2013 I Know That Voice Himself Documentary  
2017 Generational Sins Sheriff Randall  
TBA Desert Shadows Detective Jerry McElroy Upcoming film  


List of voice performances in television shows
Year Title Role Notes
1987 D-TV Doggone Valantine Goofy  
1987 D-TV Monster Hits Goofy  
1989 Goofy About Health Goofy  
1989 Betty Boop's Hollywood Mystery Fergie Furbelow  
1992 Raw Toonage Goofy  
1992–93 Goof Troop Goofy  
1992 Goof Troop Christmas Goofy  
1993 Bonkers Goofy  
1995 What-a-Mess Additional Voices  
1996 Quack Pack Pluto  
1998–present The Magical World of Walt Disney Goofy, Pluto  
1998 Paracycling Goofy  
1999 Disney's Mouseworks Spaceship Pluto  
1999–2000 Mickey Mouse Works Goofy, Pluto, Horace Horsecollar  
2000 Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law Secret Squirrel  
2003–04 Totally Spies President (uncredited) Episodes: "First Brat", "Totally Switched"
2003–06 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Stank Williams, Blort Sportscaster  
2004 Astro Boy Tawashi  
2004 Game Over Race Announcer  
2005 Loonatics Unleashed Mr. Leghorn  
2006–16 Robot Chicken Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Pubertis  
2006 Ergo Proxy Al (English dub) 1 episode
2007 Higglytown Heroes Janitor Jay  
2008 The Banana Splits Fleegle, Bingo  
2012–2016 Minnie's Bow-Toons Goofy, Pluto, Additional voices  
2014–16 The 7D Doc, Sir Yips-A-Lot  
2014 Max & Ruby Additional voices 1 episode
2015 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Ghostly Bob  
2017–present Mickey and the Roadster Racers Goofy, Pluto, Horace Horsecoller, Mayor McBeagle, Mr. Bigby, Additional voices  
2019–present Amphibia Hopadiah "Hop Pop" Plantar  
2019 Vampirina Larry Moss  
List of acting performances in television shows
Year Title Role Notes Source
2010 'Til Death George Bush, Minister (voices) Episode: "The Wedding"  
2017 The UnPop Podshow Phil Gardender Episode: "Podfellas"  
2020 It's a Dog's Life with Bill Farmer Himself (host)  

Video games

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Sam and Max Hit the Road Sam, Psychic, Flambe  
1994 Quest for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness Leshy  
1995 Full Throttle Horrace, Corley Motors Merchandise Salesman, Gas Guard Pilot, News Anchorman  
1996 Mortimer and the Riddles of the Medallion Bald Eagle, Coyote, Gila Monster, Additional voices  
1998 Disney's Hades Challenge Goofy  
1998 King's Quest VIII: Mask of Eternity King Gryph, Weirdling Tradesman  
1998 Baldur's Gate Brunos, Irlentree, Yeslick Orothiar  
2000 Mickey's Speedway USA Goofy  
2000 Looney Tunes Racing Foghorn Leghorn  
2000 Looney Tunes: Space Race Foghorn Leghorn  
2000 Mickey Mouse Kindergarten Goofy, Pluto, Bellhop #1, Bellhop #2  
2000 Mickey Mouse Preschool Goofy, Pluto, Gas Attendant  
2000 The Flintstones: Bedrock Bowling Bamm-Bamm Rubble, Dino Bridge  
2000 The Emperor's New Groove Villager  
2001 Disney Learning: Phonics Quest Goofy, Horace Horsecollar  
2001 Goofy's Fun House Goofy  
2002 Ty the Tasmanian Tiger Wedgwood the Pirate, The Frill Necked Lizard  
2002 Kingdom Hearts Goofy, Pluto  
2002 Disney Golf Goofy  
2002 Disney Sports Soccer Goofy  
2002 Disney Sports Skateboarding Goofy  
2002 Disney Sports Football Goofy  
2002 Disney Sports Basketball Goofy  
2003 Disney's Party Goofy  
2003 Toontown Online Goofy  
2003 Tales of Symphonia Governor-General Dorr  
2004 Champions of Norrath: Realms of EverQuest Additional voices  
2004 Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2 Parrotbeard, Squeaver, Johno  
2004 EverQuest II Various characters  
2005 Destroy All Humans! Narrator, Rural Male  
2005 Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 3: Night of the Quinkan Parrotbeard  
2006 Over the Hedge Lou, Rottweiler  
2006 Cars Rustbucket Cars  
2006 Dead Rising Cletus Samson, Floyd Sanders, Jeff Meyers, Ryan LaRosa  
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Goofy, Pluto  
2006 Scooby-Doo! Who's Watching Who? Ghost of Elias Kingston, Sylvester Sweetsugar, Farmer Burt Harrison, Captain Quint  
2006 Yakuza Date (English version)  
2006 Flushed Away Spike  
2006 Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island Old Hermit Crab, Plant King, Crab Refugee #4, Plant Guard  
2007 Meet the Robinsons Ice Cream Vendor  
2008 Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law Secret Squirrel, Cameraman, Prison Guard #2  
2008 Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed Colonel Kluckin  
2008 Kung Fu Panda Blackhoof Boar Clan Leader  
2008 Disney Think Fast Goofy, Horace Horsecollar  
2008 Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon Legg Tallman, Deep Navel  
2008 Looney Tunes: Cartoon Conductor Foghorn Leghorn
2008 Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories Goofy  
2009 Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Goofy  
2010 Epic Mickey Goofy, Horace Horsecollar  
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Goofy, Horace Horsecollar, Sleepy  
2011 Kinect Disneyland Adventures Goofy, Pluto  
2012 Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Goofy, Horace Horsecollar, Practical Pig  
2012 Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion Goofy  
2012 Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Goofy  
2013 Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix Goofy, Pluto Archive audio
2014 Disney Magical World Goofy, Pluto, Sleepy  
2014 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Goofy, Horace Horsecollar, Sleepy Archive audio
2017 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Goofy Archive audio
2019 Kingdom Hearts III Goofy  

Theme park attractions

Year Title Role
2003 Mickey's PhilharMagic Goofy
2020 Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway

Production credits

Year Title Position
1992 Death Becomes Her ADR loop group
2004 Shrek 2 ADR group
2004 Boomerang Editor
2015 With Lee in Virginia Cinematographer

Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result
2000 Annie Awards Outstanding Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Feature Production An Extremely Goofy Movie Nominated
2009 Disney Legend Award Animation - Voice Won
2011 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Nominated
2012 Behind the Voice Actors Video Game Voice Acting Award Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Nominated
2014 Annie Awards Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance Mickey Mouse Nominated
2015 Behind the Voice Actors Television Voice Acting Award Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series The 7D Won
Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Children's/Educational Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Nominated
Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Mickey Mouse Won
2016 Behind the Voice Actors Television Voice Acting Award Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series The 7D Won