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Futurama
''Futurama'' is an American animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series follows the adventures of the professional slacker Philip J. Fry, who is cryogenically preserved for 1000 years and revived on December 31, 2999. Fry finds work at an interplanetary delivery company, working alongside the one-eyed Leela and robot Bender. The series was envisioned by Groening in the mid-1990s while working on ''The Simpsons''; he brought David X. Cohen aboard to develop storylines and characters to pitch the show to Fox. Following its initial cancelation by Fox, ''Futurama'' began airing reruns on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block, which lasted from 2003 to 2007. It was revived in 2007 as four direct-to-video films, the last of which was released in early 2009. Comedy Central entered into an agreement with 20th Century Fox Television to syndicate the existing episodes and air the films as 16 new, half-hour episodes, ...
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Matt Groening
Matthew Abram Groening ( ; born February 15, 1954) is an American cartoonist, writer, producer, and animator. He is the creator of the comic strip ''Life in Hell'' (1977–2012) and the television series ''The Simpsons'' (1989–present), ''Futurama'' (1999–2003, 2008–2013, 2023–onwards), and ''Disenchantment'' (2018–present). ''The Simpsons'' is the longest-running U.S. primetime-television series in history and the longest-running U.S. animated series and sitcom. Groening made his first professional cartoon sale of ''Life in Hell'' to the avant-garde magazine ''Wet'' in 1978. At its peak, the cartoon was carried in 250 weekly newspapers. ''Life in Hell'' caught the attention of American producer James L. Brooks. In 1985, Brooks contacted Groening about adapting ''Life in Hell'' for animated sequences for the Fox variety show ''The Tracey Ullman Show''. Fearing the loss of ownership rights, Groening created a new set of characters, the Simpson family. The shorts were s ...
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Billy West
William Richard Werstine (born April 16, 1952), known professionally as Billy West, is an American voice actor. His voice roles include Bugs Bunny in the 1996 film ''Space Jam'' and several subsequent projects, the title characters of ''Doug'' and ''The Ren & Stimpy Show'', as well as the ''Futurama'' characters Philip J. Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, and Zapp Brannigan. In commercials, he is the current voice of the Red M&M and formerly voiced Buzz for Honey Nut Cheerios. West also voices other such established characters such as Elmer Fudd, Popeye, Shaggy Rogers, Skeets, Tom, Muttley, and Woody Woodpecker. He was a cast member on ''The Howard Stern Show'', during which time he was noted for his impressions of Larry Fine, Marge Schott, George Takei, and Jackie Martling. Early life William Richard Werstine was born in Detroit, Michigan, on April 16, 1952. He is of Irish descent, and was born with ADHD and autism. He grew up in Boston, in the Roslindale neig ...
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John DiMaggio
John William DiMaggio (; born September 4, 1968) is an American actor. His various voice roles include Bender on ''Futurama'', Jake the Dog on ''Adventure Time'', Marcus Fenix in the ''Gears of War'' series, Dr. Drakken on ''Kim Possible'', Hak Foo in '' Jackie Chan Adventures'', The Scotsman on '' Samurai Jack'', Brother Blood on ''Teen Titans'', Shnitzel on '' Chowder'', Fu Dog on '' American Dragon: Jake Long'', Hammerhead and Sandman on '' The Spectacular Spider-Man'', Aquaman on '' Batman: The Brave and the Bold'', King Zøg on '' Disenchantment'', Wakka and Kimahri in ''Final Fantasy X'', Rath in the '' Ben 10'' franchise, Crosshairs, Leadfoot and Stratosphere in the ''Transformers'' film franchise, and Gonza in the English version of '' Princess Mononoke''. Early life Born and raised in North Plainfield, New Jersey, DiMaggio graduated from North Plainfield High School. He is of Italian parentage, and was raised in the Catholic faith. He attended Rutgers Universi ...
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Katey Sagal
Catherine Louise "Katey" Sagal (; born January 19, 1954) is an American actress and singer. She is known for playing Peggy Bundy on '' Married... with Children'' (1987–1997), Leela on ''Futurama'' (1999–2003, 2008–2013, 2023), Cate Hennessy on ''8 Simple Rules'' (2002–2005), Gemma Teller Morrow on the FX series ''Sons of Anarchy'' (2008–2014), for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 2011, Dr. Jones on '' Shameless'' (2018–2019), and Louise Goldufski-Conner on '' The Conners'' (2018–present). Early life Sagal was born on January 19, 1954, in Los Angeles, California, to a show business family with five children. Her mother, Sara Zwilling, was a singer (stage name Sara Macon), producer, and television writer who died of heart disease in 1975, and Sagal's father, Boris Sagal, worked as a television director. Her father was a Ukrainian-Jewish immigrant. Her mother had Amish ancestors. In 1977, Sagal's father married dan ...
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Maurice LaMarche
Maurice LaMarche (born March 30, 1958) is a Canadian voice actor, comedian, and impressionist. He has voiced the Brain in '' Animaniacs'' as well as its spin-off '' Pinky and the Brain'', Big Bob in ''Hey Arnold!'' (1996–2004), and a variety of characters in ''Futurama''. He also voiced Egon Spengler in '' The Real Ghostbusters'' and its follow-up '' Extreme Ghostbusters''. Early life LaMarche was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on March 30, 1958, to Guy LaMarche and Linda Bourdon. 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 ...
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Phil LaMarr
Phillip LaMarr (born January 24, 1967) is an American actor, comedian and screenwriter. LaMarr was one of the original featured cast members on the sketch comedy television series '' Mad TV''. His voice acting roles in animated series include John Stewart / Green Lantern in '' Justice League'' and ''Justice League Unlimited'', Hermes Conrad in ''Futurama'', the title characters of '' Samurai Jack'' and '' Static Shock'', and Wilt in '' Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends''. He has also provided voices for video game franchises including ''Metal Gear'', ''Jak and Daxter'', '' Darksiders'', ''Final Fantasy'', '' Infamous'', ''Dead Island'', ''Kingdom Hearts'', and ''Mortal Kombat''. He also played as Browntooth the Goblin rogue in a Critical Role One-Shot " The Goblins". In film, he played Marvin in '' Pulp Fiction''. He also appeared in '' Kill the Man'', ''Free Enterprise'', '' Cherish'', and '' Manna from Heaven''. Early life LaMarr was born in Los Angeles. He is a graduate o ...
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Patric Verrone
Patric Miller Verrone (born September 29, 1959) is an American television writer and labor leader. He served as a writer and producer for several animated television shows, most notably ''Futurama''. Schooling and pre-television career Verrone graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1981 where he was an editor of the ''Harvard Lampoon''. He graduated from Boston College Law School in 1984 after serving as editor of the Boston College Law Review. He practiced law in Florida and California before becoming a television writer. Career in television Verrone began his career as a variety show writer, which included a late 1980s job as monologue writer for ''The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson''.Patric Verrone interview with Shannon Muir f ...
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Ken Keeler
Ken Keeler is an American television producer and writer. He has written for numerous television series, most notably ''The Simpsons'' and ''Futurama''. According to an interview with David X. Cohen, he proved a theorem that appears in the ''Futurama'' episode "The Prisoner of Benda". Education and early career Keeler studied applied mathematics at Harvard University, graduating ''summa cum laude'' in 1983. He then gained a master's degree from Stanford in electrical engineering before returning to Harvard. He earned a PhD in applied mathematics from Harvard in 1990. His doctoral thesis was "Map Representations and Optimal Encoding for Image Segmentation". After earning his doctorate, Keeler joined the Performance Analysis Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Career Keeler soon left Bell Labs to write for David Letterman and subsequently for various sitcoms, including several episodes of ''Wings'', ''The Simpsons'', ''Futurama'', and '' The Critic'', as well as the short-lived ...
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Lauren Tom
Lauren Tom (born August 4, 1961) is an American actress. Her roles include Lena St. Clair in '' The Joy Luck Club'', Julie in the NBC sitcom ''Friends'', Dot in the final season of ''Grace Under Fire'', and the voices for Amy Wong in ''Futurama'', Dana Tan in '' Batman Beyond'', Jinx and Gizmo in ''Teen Titans'' and '' Teen Titans Go!'', Minh and Connie Souphanousinphone in '' King of the Hill'', and Numbuh 3 in '' Codename: Kids Next Door''. She portrayed Celia Mack in the Disney Channel series '' Andi Mack'' and also played Mrs. Tran in the CW series ''Supernatural''. Early life Tom was born in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois,Tom in the daughter of Nancy (née Dare) and Chan Tom, Jr. She has a brother named Chip. Their parents were born in Chicago, and their grandparents came from Kaiping, Guangdong, China. Raised in Highland Park, she grew up as a Catholic in a largely Jewish neighborhood. Career Theatre At the age of 17, Tom landed a spot with a touring com ...
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David Herman
David Herman (born February 20, 1967) is an American actor and comedian. He was an original cast member on '' MADtv'' from 1995 to 1997, and played Michael Bolton in ''Office Space''. He has done voice-over work in hundreds of episodes of ''Bob's Burgers'', '' Brickleberry'', ''Futurama'', '' King of the Hill'', ''OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes'', '' Disenchantment'', and '' Father of the Pride''. Early life Herman was born into a Jewish family in New York City and raised in Washington Heights, Manhattan. He graduated from the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in 1987, then attended the acting program at SUNY Purchase. Career ''MADtv'' Herman was part of the cast of John Leguizamo's short-lived series ''House of Buggin''' in 1994. When Fox cancelled ''House of Buggin and decided replace it with a sketch comedy show, Herman was signed on as one of nine original cast members of '' MADtv'' when the series began in 1995. Unlike most of the ...
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Tress MacNeille
Teressa Claire MacNeille (née Payne; born June 20, 1951) is an American voice actress, whose credits include voicing Dot Warner on the animated television series '' Animaniacs'', Babs Bunny on ''Tiny Toon Adventures'', Chip and Gadget Hackwrench on '' Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers'', and Daisy Duck in various Disney media since 1999. She has also worked on animated series such as ''The Simpsons'', '' Futurama'', '' Rugrats'', and '' Hey Arnold!'' Early life MacNeille loved cartoons as a child and wanted to be a voice actress from the age of eight, but instead chose a "practical" career, feeling she would never be able to realise her ambition. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and attended broadcasting school, becoming a disc jockey. Career MacNeille worked in numerous jobs and had many minor voiceover roles before becoming a regular on an animated TV show. In her words: "I'd been doing radio spots, some TV, demos, sound-alikes, industrial narrations&md ...
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Eric Kaplan
Eric Kaplan is an American television writer and producer. His work has included shows such as ''Late Show with David Letterman'', ''Andy Richter Controls the Universe'', ''Malcolm in the Middle'', ''Futurama'', ''The Simpsons'' and ''Rick and Morty''. He also worked on ''The Big Bang Theory'' throughout its run. Early life Kaplan was raised in a Jewish family in Flatbush, Brooklyn where his father was a "storefront lawyer" and his mother taught high school biology at Erasmus Hall. Kaplan graduated from Hunter College High School and Harvard College (where he wrote for the ''Harvard Lampoon'') in 1989. Prior to committing to a career in professional writing, Kaplan had been an English teacher in Thailand. After that he took five years of philosophy graduate school at Columbia and UC Berkeley. Starting in 1986, Kaplan interned for ''Spy'' magazine, where his duties included mopping the floors and writing blurb-length film reviews. Career in television Eric Kaplan's first tel ...
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