Actor Bill Farmer

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

Early life

Farmer was born on November 14, 1952, in Pratt, Kansas, 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.


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 film 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, Oliver Sansweet’s lawyer in The Incredibles, 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.

Farmer still regularly performs comedy routines at the Laugh Factory. He has been voicing the character “Hop-Pop” on Disney’s Amphibia.

In 2020, Farmer began hosting the live action television show It’s a Dog’s Life with Bill Farmer on Disney+.


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, about a year or two before his career began; together they have a son, Austin.



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Goofy (some scenes)
1991 Rover Dangerfield Farm voices
Beauty and the Beast Stanley
1995 Theodore Rex Additional voices
A Goofy Movie Goofy Nominated – Annie Award for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Feature Production
Runaway Brain Pluto Short film
Toy Story Monotone Announcer
1996 Space Jam Foghorn Leghorn, Sylvester, Yosemite Sam Role of Foghorn shared with Greg Burson
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Frollo’s Soldiers
1997 Cats Don’t Dance Reporter
Hercules Builder #1
1998 A Bug’s Life Scared Ant #2
1999 The Iron Giant Maine Man #2
Toy Story 2 Man #1
2001 Monsters, Inc. CDA, Photographer
2003 Brother Bear Edgar
2004 Home on the Range Donkey, Morse
2005 Son of the Mask Masked Otis Role shared with Richard Horvitz
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Male Elk
Cars Winford Bradford Rutherford, Lee Revkins, Ruby Easy Oaks
2007 Happily N’Ever After Additional voices
Surf’s Up Additional voices
2008 Horton Hears a Who Willie the Bear
2010 I Want Your Money George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush
2012 The Lorax Thneedville Man #3
2013 Monsters University Jason Chiang
2015 Minions Additional voices
2016 The Secret Life of Pets Additional voices
Sing Bob
2017 Despicable Me 3 Additional voices
2018 The Grinch Sam the Bus Driver
2020 Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe Hermellivue
Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Prince and the Pauper Goofy, Pluto, Horace Horsecollar, Weasels #1
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Disneyland Fun Goofy, Pluto
1993 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: The Twelve Days of Christmas Goofy
1994–95 Mickey’s Fun Songs series Goofy, Pluto
1997 Casper: A Spirited Beginning Stinkie
1998 Casper Meets Wendy Stinkie
The Spirit of Mickey Goofy
1999 Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas Goofy, Pluto
2000 An Extremely Goofy Movie Goofy Nominated – Outstanding Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Feature Production
2001 Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Goofy, Pluto, Practical Pig
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald Knight #2, Mob Leader Episode 5
2002 Cinderella II: Dreams Come True Citizens, Additional voices
Mickey’s House of Villains Goofy, Pluto
2004 The Lion King 1½ Goofy, Sleepy
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers Goofy, Pluto
Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas Goofy, Pluto
2007 Mickey’s Great Clubhouse Hunt Goofy, Pluto
2009 Mickey’s Adventures in Wonderland Goofy, Pluto
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Choo-Choo Express Goofy, Pluto
2010 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Road Rally Goofy, Pluto
2011 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventure Goofy, Pluto


Year Title Role Notes
1987 D-TV Doggone Valantine Goofy Television film
1987 D-TV Monster Hits Goofy Television film
1988 Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures Additional voices 6 episodes
1989 Goofy About Health Goofy
1989 Betty Boop’s Hollywood Mystery Fergie Furbelow
1989 Goody Field Trips Goofy Episode: “Planes”
1990 Goofy’s Guide to Success Goofy Television film
1991 Murphy Brown George Bush Episode: “Hoarse Play”
1992 Raw Toonage Goofy 1 episode
Goof Troop Christmas Goofy Television film
Mickey’s Nutcracker Goofy, Pluto Uncredited
Television special
1992–93 Goof Troop Goofy Main cast
Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa Puma 4 episodes
1993 Bonkers Goofy 3 episodes
1995 What-a-Mess Additional voices
1996 Quack Pack Pluto 2 episodes
1998 Paracycling Goofy
1999 Disney’s Mouseworks Spaceship Pluto
1999–2000 Mickey Mouse Works Goofy, Pluto, Horace Horsecollar Main cast
2001–03 Disney’s House of Mouse Goofy, Pluto, Horace Horsecollar, Practical Pig, Sheriff of Nottingham Main cast
2003–04 Totally Spies President Uncredited
Episodes: “First Brat”, “Totally Switched”
2003–06 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Stank Williams, Blort Sportscaster 3 episodes
2004 Game Over Race Announcer Episode: “Meet the Smashenburns”
2004–05 Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law Secret Squirrel 2 episodes
2005 Loonatics Unleashed Mr. Leghorn Episode: “Stop the World I Want to Get Off”
2006–16 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Goofy, Pluto Main cast
2006–16 Robot Chicken Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Coach, Pubertis 4 episodes
2006 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius Additional voices Episode: “Who Framed Jimmy Neutron?/Flippy”
2006 Ergo Proxy Al (English dub) Episode: “Shoujo Smile: Eternal Smile”
2006–2007 VeggieTales Additional voices 3 episodes
2007 Higglytown Heroes Janitor Jay Episode: “The Big Pink Elephant/Higglies on Horseback
2008 The Banana Splits Fleegle, Bingo
2008–2013 The Garfield Show Additional voices 5 episodes
2010 ‘Til Death George Bush, Minister Episode: “The Wedding”
2010 Jonah Hex: Motion Comics Additional voices 7 episodes
2011–2016 Minnie’s Bow-Toons Goofy, Pluto, Additional voices 40 episodes
2013 Wheel of Fortune Goofy, Pluto Episodes: “Making Disney Memories Week 1, Making Disney Memories Week 2”
2013–2019 Mickey Mouse Goofy, Pluto Main cast
2014–16 The 7D Doc, Sir Yips-A-Lot Main cast
2015 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Ghostly Bob 2 episodes
2017–2021 Mickey and the Roadster Racers /
Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures
Goofy, Pluto, Horace Horsecoller, Mayor McBeagle, Mr. Bigby, Additional voices Main cast
2018–2019 Uncle Goof 3 episodes
2019 The Tom and Jerry Show Irish Spike, Irish Butch Episode: “Double Dog Trouble”
2019–present Amphibia Hopediah “Hop Pop” Plantar Main cast
2019 Vampirina Larry Moss Episode: “Bat Got Your Tongue/Haunted Theater”
2020 DuckTales Goofy Episode: “Quack Pack!”
2020–present The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse Goofy Main cast
2021 Mickey Mouse Funhouse Goofy Main cast

Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Porco Rosso Additional voices English dub
2004 Astro Boy Tawashi Main cast

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
King’s Quest VIII: Mask of Eternity King Gryph, Weirdling Tradesman
Baldur’s Gate Brunos, Irlentree, Yeslick Orothiar
2000 Mickey’s Speedway USA Goofy
Looney Tunes Racing Foghorn Leghorn
Looney Tunes: Space Race Foghorn Leghorn
Mickey Mouse Kindergarten Goofy, Pluto, Bellhop #1, Bellhop #2
Mickey Mouse Preschool Goofy, Pluto, Gas Attendant
The Flintstones: Bedrock Bowling Bamm-Bamm Rubble, Dino Bridge
The Emperor’s New Groove Villager
2001 Disney Learning: Phonics Quest Goofy, Horace Horsecollar
Goofy’s Fun House Goofy
2002 Ty the Tasmanian Tiger Wedgwood the Pirate, The Frill Necked Lizard
Kingdom Hearts Goofy, Pluto
Disney Golf Goofy
Disney Sports Soccer Goofy
Disney Sports Skateboarding Goofy
Disney Sports Football Goofy
Disney Sports Basketball Goofy
2003 Disney’s Party Goofy
Toontown Online Goofy
Tales of Symphonia Governor-General Dorr
2004 Champions of Norrath: Realms of EverQuest Additional voices
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2 Parrotbeard, Squeaver, Johno
EverQuest II Various characters
2005 Destroy All Humans! Narrator, Rural Male
Crash Tag Team Racing Old Man, Park Drones
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 3: Night of the Quinkan Parrotbeard
2006 Over the Hedge Lou, Rottweiler
Cars Rustbucket Cars
Dead Rising Cletus Samson, Floyd Sanders, Jeff Meyers, Ryan LaRosa
Kingdom Hearts II Goofy, Pluto
Scooby-Doo! Who’s Watching Who? Ghost of Elias Kingston, Sylvester Sweetsugar, Farmer Burt Harrison, Captain Quint
Yakuza Makoto Date English dub
Flushed Away Spike
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
Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed Colonel Kluckin
Kung Fu Panda Blackhoof Boar Clan Leader
Disney Think Fast Goofy, Horace Horsecollar
Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon Legg Tallman, Deep Navel
Looney Tunes: Cartoon Conductor Foghorn Leghorn, Mouse
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories Goofy
2009 Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Goofy
2010 Epic Mickey Goofy, Horace Horsecollar
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
Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion Goofy
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
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
2020 Yakuza: Like a Dragon Makoto Date English dub
Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory Goofy

Theme park attractions

Year Title Role
2003 Mickey’s PhilharMagic Goofy
2020 Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Goofy, Pluto


Year Title Role Notes Source
1987 RoboCop Justin Ballard-Watkins
1998 Pumpkin Man Father Goblin / Billy Bob Sr.
1999 Men in Scoring Position Smiling Jack
2000 Bob’s Video Sheriff Harmon
2013 I Know That Voice Himself Documentary
2017 Generational Sins Sheriff Randall
The UnPop Podshow Phil Gardender Podcast
Episode: “Podfellas”
2020 Desert Shadows Detective Jerry McElroy Upcoming film
It’s a Dog’s Life with Bill Farmer Himself (host)

Production credits

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

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

External Links

Actor Bill Farmer – Wikipedia

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