Bob Bergen

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BIO

“When I was 5 years old I told my parents when I grow up I want to be Porky Pig. My Mother told me Honey, you can’t be Porky Pig. You’re Jewish”
–Opening line of the one man show, Bob Bergen: So, Here’s The Deal!
As a kid, Emmy nominated actor Bob Bergen spent endless hours watching and taping cartoons, imitating voices as well as creating characters of his own. His dream was to voice The Looney Tunes, and in particular Porky Pig. Bob’s idol was Mel Blanc, and he worked day and night trying to perfect eh-puh-peh-eh Porky’s famous voice. To his parents dismay, he spent more time working on voices than he did at his school work, though I think they’ve forgiven him by now.

At 14, Bob began investigating how to get into the world of doing voices for cartoons. He spent hours thumbing through the yellow pages, calling every animation studio in town, gathering information on how to break into the voice-over field. He figured the best person to ask for advice on how to get into the business, would be to call Mel Blanc. Bob’s Dad traveled Los Angeles gathering every white page phone book he could collect, and Bob called every M or Mel Blanc in the phone books, until he finally reached voice legend Mel Blanc.

Bob secretly taped the conversation by putting the receiver from one phone on the mic of his portable Panasonic tape recorder while talking to Mel on the extension from another room. The sound quality wasn’t great, but he was able to get the conversation on tape for posterity.

Here’s that actual recording:

After listening to this tape over and over, the tape broke, along with Bob’s heart!! So much for preserving history. Cut to March, 2003. Bob’s mother calls up asking if he knew anything about some old tape she found in a drawer that said “phone conversation with Mel Blanc.” Bob rushed the broken tape to a producer, who was able to splice the tape back together and digitally enhance the conversation. Sadly much of the conversation was destroyed when the tape broke, but what you hear is about 75% of it.

Within the part that is missing, Mel Blanc mentioned the name of the studio he was working at that week. He didn’t mention the date or time. Bob called the studio, pretending to be Blanc’s assistant and got the exact date and time he was working and crashed the session. When he arrived to the studio he told the receptionist he was a guest of Mel Blanc, and she showed him to where he was recording. Bob then told Blanc’s producer that he was a friend of the receptionist, and was allowed to watch his idol work.

At the end of the session, Blanc gave Bob an autograph picture.

Bob began studying voiceover with a variety of teachers in Los Angeles, including the legendary Daws Butler, who voiced Yogi Bear, Elroy Jetson, Snagglepuss, and Huckleberry Hound, to name a few.

When he was 18, a good friend of the family had Casey Kasem send Bob an autograph picture for his high school graduation.

Bob sent Casey a thank you note, stating he wanted to do voices for cartoons and included his phone number. To his shock Casey phoned Bob and offered his assistance. Casey requested Bob make a home made demo of as many voices as he could. Bob sent Casey a tape of 85 voices, which Casey, in turn, gave to his agent, who signed Bob for representation. Not long after, Bob booked his first cartoon, Spiderman, and His Amazing Friends.

His resume consists of 100s of cartoons, commercials, promos, radio imaging, live award show announcing, and interactive games. In 1990, Bob’s dream came true when he joined a handful of actors who share the job of voicing The Looney Tunes. Over the years, Bob has voiced Porky, Tweety, Marvin the Martian, Henry Hawk, Sylvester Jr., and Speedy Gonzales in a variety of feature films, albums, toys, games, and television series’, including the 2 time Emmy nominated series Duck Dodgers, in which Bob received an Annie Award nomination as best voice performer in a television series. In 1991 Bob was asked to play Sylvester Jr., for a radio program called Mrs. Bush’s Story Time, hosted by First Lady Barbara Bush. Soon after, he was thrilled to be invited to a reception at The White House in appreciation for his participation in Mrs. Bush’s literacy program.

Bob added game show host to his resume after landing the job of emcee on Jep!, the kid’s version of the classic game show Jeopardy!.

Bob created a one man show highlighting his journey as a “nice Jewish boy who wanted to be Porky Pig” called, Bob Bergen, So Here’s the Deal! The show has had two successful runs in LA, as well as NYC, Atlanta, and Chicago. A portion of the show has also been used as an opening act for Kenny Rogers.

Bob is one of the most sought after coaches in animation voice-over, teaching his weekend workshops throughout the US and Canada.

Bob’s voice has been heard in hundreds of commercials, including McDonald’s, Mitsubishi, Geico, Petsmart, Publix, Albertsons. His promo resume includes Disney Channel, NBC, FOXKids. He’s the imaging branding voice for radio stations throughout the US. Animated features include Tangled, TinkerBell, Spirited Away, Akira, A Bug’s Life, Iron Giant, Cars, The Emperor’s New Groove, Up, Wall-E, Wreck it Ralph, to name a few.

He voices Luke Skywalker for LucasArts interactive games, as well as all 3 Robot Chicken: Star Wars specials. He’s supplied special vocal effects for dozens of films, including Gremlins, Army of Darkness, Dunsten Checks In, Fright Night 2, Honey, I Blew up the Kid, Santa Clause 2 & 3, He’s an Annie Award nominee for Porky Pig/Cadet in the Emmy nominated series Duck Dodgers. He currently stars as Porky Pig in Cartoon Network’s hit series The Looney Tunes Show, which he received an Emmy nomination for “Best Voiceover Performer” in 2011.

RESUME

The Looney Tunes Show (TV series)
Porky Pig / Aunt Duck / Doug / …
– Father Figures (2012) … Porky Pig (voice)
– Semper Lie (2012) … Porky Pig (voice)
– Rebel Without a Glove (2012) … Porky Pig (voice)
– Itsy Bitsy Gopher (2012) … Porky Pig (voice)
– You’ve Got Hate Mail (2012) … Porky Pig (voice)

2012 Wreck-It Ralph
Additional Voices (voice)

2009-2012 We’re Alive (TV series)
Skittles / Duncan
– The Thirty-First (2012) … Skittles / Duncan
– No Place Like Home (2011) … Skittles
– There Might Be Others (2010) … Skittles
– The Road to Living Death (2009) … Skittles

2012 The Lorax
Additional Voices (voice)

2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic (Video Game)
Additional Voices (voice)

2011 Small Fry (short)
Condorman (voice)

2011 Disney Universe (Video Game)
HEX

2010 Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III (TV movie)
Luke Skywalker (voice) / Board Man (voice)

2010 Tangled (voice)

2010 Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TV series)
Lama Su
– ARC Troopers (2010) … Lama Su (voice)
– Clone Cadets (2010) … Lama Su (voice)

2010 Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (video)
Additional Voices (voice)

2009 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (voice)

2009 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
Bugs (voice) / Creatures (voice)

2009 Up
Additional Voices (voice)

2006-2009 Robot Chicken (TV series)
Luke Skywalker / Man / Porky Pig / …
– Love, Maurice (2009) … Roger Rabbit (voice) / Man (voice)
– Adultizzle Swizzle (2008) … Luke Skywalker (voice)
– Rodigitti (2006) … Porky Pig (voice)

2008 Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II (TV movie)
Luke Skywalker (voice)

2006-2008 The Emperor’s New School (TV series)
Bucky / Bucky the Squirrel
– Kuzcokazooza/Kuzco’s Little Secret (2008) (voice)
– Emperor’s New Show/Too Many Malina’s (2008) … Bucky (voice)
– Yzbot/The Puma Whisperer (2008) … Bucky (voice)
– Auction Action/The Astonishing Kuzco (2008) … Bucky (voice)
– The Good, the Bad and the Kronk/Mud (2008) … Bucky (voice)

2008 Tinker Bell (video)
Firelfies

2008 Ponyo
Additional Voices (voice: English version)

2008 WALL·E (voice)

2008 Horton Hears a Who!
Additional Voices (voice)

2007 Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal (Video Game)
Porky Pig (voice)

2007 Robot Chicken: Star Wars (TV movie)
Luke Skywalker (voice)

2007 Surf’s Up (voice)

2007 Loonatics Unleashed (TV series)
Pink the Pug / Pinkster Pig
– In the Pinkster (2007) … Pinkster Pig/Pink the Pug (voice)

2006 Happily N’Ever After
Additional Voices (voice) (as Robert Bergen)

2006 Bah Humduck!: A Looney Tunes Christmas (video)
Porky Pig / Speedy Gonzales / Tweety Bird

2006 The Wild (voice)

2006 Cars (voice)

2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown (voice)

2006 Curious George (TV series)
Misc.

2005 The Emperor’s New Groove 2: Kronk’s New Groove (video)
Bucky (voice)

2003-2005 Duck Dodgers (TV series)
The Eager Young Space Cadet / Porky Pig as The Eager Young Space Cadet / Football Player #2 / …
– Bonafide Hero: Captain Duck Dodgers (2005) … The Eager Young Space Cadet (voice) / Himself (voice)
– Master & Disaster/All in the Crime Family (2005) … The Eager Young Space Cadet (voice) / Mummy (voice)
– A Lame Duck Mind (2005) … The Eager Young Space CadetMonkey Cadet (voice)
– Too Close for Combat/Fins of War (2005) … The Eager Young Space Cadet (voice)
– The Six Wazillion Dollar Duck (2005) … The Eager Young Space Cadet (voice) / Keith the Grad Student (voice)

2005 Star Wars: Battlefront II (Video Game)
Luke Skywalker (voice)

2004 My Generation G… G… Gap (short) (voice)

2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action (Video Game) (voice)

2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Porky Pig (voice)

2003 Looney Tunes: Stranger Than Fiction (video)
Porky Pig (voice)

2003 Looney Tunes: Reality Check (video)
Porky Pig (voice)

2003 Brother Bear
Additional Voice (voice)

2003 Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III – Rebel Strike (Video Game)
Luke Skywalker (voice)

2003 Star Wars: Jedi Knight – Jedi Academy (Video Game)
Luke Skywalker (voice)

2002 Treasure Planet
Additional Voice (voice)

2002 The Santa Clause 2
Comet (voice)

2002 Lilo & Stitch
Additional Voice (voice) (as Robert Bergen)

2002 Johnny Bravo (TV series)
Farnsworth
– The Hansel and Gretel Witch Project/I.Q. Johnny/Get Stinky (2002) … Farnsworth (voice)

2002 Star Wars: Jedi Knight II – Jedi Outcast (Video Game)
Luke Skywalker (voice)

2002 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds (Video Game)
Luke Skywalker (voice) / Reytha Soldier (voice)

2001 Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II – Rogue Leader (Video Game)
Luke Skywalker (voice)

2001 Totally Spies! (TV series)
Ricky Mathis
– A Thing for Musicians (2001) … Ricky Mathis (voice)

2001 Monsters, Inc. (voice)

2001 Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase (video)
Eric Staufer (voice)

2001 Sheep Raider (Video Game)
Porky Pig (voice)

2001 Spirited Away
No-Face (voice: English version) / Frog (voice: English version) / Additional Voices (voice: English version)

2001 Throne of Darkness (Video Game) (voice)

2000 The Emperor’s New Groove
Bucky the Squirrel (voice)

2000 Looney Tunes: Space Race (Video Game)
Porky Pig (voice)

2000 Looney Tunes Racing (Video Game)
Porky Pig (voice)

2000 Escape from Monkey Island (Video Game)
Whipp the Lucre Lawyer (voice)

2000 Star Wars: Episode I – Racer (Video Game)
Clegg Holdfast (voice) / Jinn Reeso (voice) / Wan Sandago (voice) / …

2000 Star Wars: Force Commander (Video Game)
Coruscant Palace Guard (voice) / Luke Skywalker (voice)

2000 The Shangri-la Café (short)
Television Announcer (voice)

1999-2000 Sabrina the Animated Series (TV series)
Tim the Witch Smeller
– Key to My Heart (2000) … Tim the Witch Smeller (voice)
– La Femme Sabrina (2000) … Tim the Witch Smeller (voice)
– The Bat Pack (2000) … Tim the Witch Smeller (voice)
– Wiccan of the Sea (2000) … Tim the Witch Smeller (voice)
– Strange New World (1999) … Tim the Witch Smeller (voice)

1999 Toy Story 2
Additional voices (voice)

1999 The Iron Giant
Additional Voices (as Robert Bergen)

1999 Tarzan (voice / as Robert Bergen)

1999 Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance (Video Game)
Luke Skywalker (voice) / Civillian Officer (voice)

1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (Video Game)
Alien Pedestrian/Coruscant Thug #3/EV-7G&/Gungan Citizen #2 (voice)

1998 A Bug’s Life (voice)

1998 Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (video)
Additional voices (voice)

1998 Looney Tunes Sing-Alongs (video short)
Porky Pig

1998 Quest for Camelot Sing-Alongs (video short)
Porky Pig

1998 Star Wars: Rebellion (Video Game)
Luke Skywalker

1998 The Fantastic Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor (TV series)

1998 The Junkyard Run (Video Game)
Porky Pig (voice) (uncredited)

1998 Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi (Video Game)
Luke Skywalker (voice)

1998 Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (Video Game)
Luke Skywalker (voice)

1997 Hercules
Additional Voices (voice)

1996-1997 Spider-Man: The Animated Series (TV series)
Ned Leeds / Additional Voices
– Partners in Danger Chapter 6: The Awakening (1997) … Ned Leeds (voice)
– Partners in Danger Chapter 1: Guilty (1997) … Ned Leeds (voice)
– Sins of the Fathers Chapter 3: Attack of the Octobot (1996) (voice)
– Sins of the Fathers Chapter 2: Make a Wish (1996) … Additional Voices (voice)

1997 Bugs Bunny’s Funky Monkeys (video) (voice)

1996 Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (Video Game)
Luke Skywalker (voice)

1996 Space Jam
Bert (voice) / Herbie (voice) / Marvin the Martian (voice) / …

1996 Saved by the Bell: The New Class (TV series)
Baby
– Baby Care (1996) … Baby (voice)

1996 Superior Duck (short)
Porky Pig (uncredited)

1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (voice / as Robert Bergen)

1996 Dunston Checks In
Special Vocal Effects (voice)

1996 Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter (Video Game) (voice)

1996 Eagle Riders (TV series)
Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)

1995 Carrotblanca (short)
Tweety as Usmarte (voice)

1995 See How They Grow: Tree Animals (video short)
Narrator (voice)

1995 See How They Grow: Sea Animals (video)
Additional Voices (voice)

1995 See How They Grow: Desert Animals (video short)
Narrator (voice)

1995 See How They Grow: Jungle Animals (video)
Narrator (voice)

1994 Felidae
Hermann 2 (voice: English version) (uncredited)

1994 Crimson Wolf (video)
Kai (voice: English version) (as Bob Bergan)

1994 Teknoman (TV series)
Ness Carter / Slade / Teknoman Slade (UPN version)

1993 All-New Dennis the Menace (TV series)
– Dennis the Genius (1993) (voice / as Bob Berger)
– Wish You Weren’t Here (1993) (voice / as Bob Berger)
– Moms Helper/Battle of the Bonding (1993) (voice / as Bob Berger)
– Pig Out/Yankee Doodle Dennis (1993) (voice / as Bob Berger)
– Navy Destroyer (1993) (voice / as Bob Berger)

1993 Look Who’s Talking Now
Dog/Wolf (voice)

1993 Dave
Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)

1991 The Legend of Prince Valiant (TV series)
– The Finding of Camelot (1991) (voice)
– The Cursed (voice)
– The Lost (voice)
– The Tree (voice)

1991 Shout
Additional Voices (voice) (as Robert Bergen)

1991 Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College (video)
Rat Ghoulie (voice) (uncredited)

1991 Rover Dangerfield
Gangster/Farm Voice (voice) (as Robert Bergen)

1991 Flight of the Intruder
Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)

1990 Tiny Toon Adventures (TV series)
Porky Pig / Tweety Bird
– Hero Hamton (1990) … Porky Pig (voice)
– Animaniacs! (1990) … Porky Pig (voice) (as Robert Bergen) / Tweety Bird (voice) (as Robert Bergen)

1990 Problem Child
Additional Voice (voice) (as Robert Bergen)

1990 Total Recall
Additional Voices (voice)

1990 Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (TV series)
Dr. Eaton

1989 Beetle Bailey (TV movie)
Killer (voice)

1988 Fright Night Part 2
Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)

1988 Akira
Masaru (voice: English version) / Kai (voice: English version)

1987 Fraggle Rock (TV series)
Additional Voices / Wembley

1987 Lily C.A.T.
Hiro Takagi (voice)

1985 Megazone 23 (video)
Shôgo Yahagi

1984 Gremlins
Mogwai (voice) (as Bob Berger) / Gremlins (voice) (as Bob Berger)

1980 Lupin the 3rd (TV series)
Arsène Lupin III / Wolf / Negata Jr.
– Farewell My Beloved Lupin (1980) … Arsène Lupin III (voice: English version) / Wolf (voice: English version) / Negata Jr. (voice: English version)
– Wings of Death: Albatross (1980) … Arsène Lupin III (voice: English version) / Wolf (voice: English version)

1979 Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro
Arsene Lupin III (voice: English version)

1978 Lupin the Third: The Secret of Mamo
Lupin III (1995 Streamline version) (voice: English version)

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