|Net Worth||$15 Million|
|Height||Voice Actor, Comedian, Singer-songwriter|
|Profession||United States of America|
|Date of Birth||Apr 16, 1952 (70 years old)|
Billy West Net Worth:
How Much Is Billy West Net Worth?
American voice actor, singer, comedian, writer, director, and producer Billy West has a $15 million net worth. Doug Funnie on “Doug” (1991–1994), Ren Hoek and Stimpy J. Cat on “The Ren & Stimpy Show” (1991–1996), and Philip J. Fry, Zapp Brannigan, Professor Farnsworth, and Dr. Zoidberg on “Futurama” (1999–2013) are West’s most well-known roles. Billy has lent his voice to over 260 films and television shows, including “Space Jam” (1996) and “Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island” (1998), as well as “Extreme Ghostbusters” (1997), “King of the Hill” (1997–1999), “The New Woody Woodpecker Show” (1999–2002), and “Disenchantment” (2018–present).
West has also provided his voice for a variety of video games, including “Atomic Bomberman” (1997), “Tiny Toon Adventures: Toonenstein” (1999), “The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night” (2007), and “Minecraft: Story Mode” (2015). Billy co-wrote and co-produced “Comic Book: The Movie” with Mark Hamill in 2004, and he directed “Pet Star” in 2002. As a musician, he recorded the album “Me-Pod” (2004) with Billy West and The Grief Counselors and toured as a guitarist with Brian Wilson and Roy Orbison.
Billy West was born William Richard Werstine in Detroit, Michigan on April 16, 1952. Billy was born with autism and ADHD and was subjected to childhood maltreatment by his father. West said “Wikinews” reporter David Shankbone: “My father was a certified psychopath and he made my life a living hell; my childhood home was a nightmare chamber. For no apparent reason, the guy used to beat the daylights out of me left and right. He was a deranged lunatic. I grew up with him ridiculing me. I was compelled to escape into a realm where I could not be injured, beaten, or otherwise victimized.” His mother finally divorced his father and sent Billy and his two brothers to Boston when West began imitating voices as an escape. West started playing trumpet at age 10 and participated in school productions. During the Nixon administration, Billy was vulnerable to the 1969 Vietnam War Draft lottery. Although his draft number was low enough for him to be recruited, he was not required to enroll after being classed as ‘4-F’ owing to flat feet and hypertension.
Billy was a member of the oldies band The Shutdowns in the early 1980s. He worked at the Boston radio station WBCN and did comedy routines on “The Big Mattress” before moving to New York City in 1988 and obtaining a position at K-Rock Radio. West performed impersonations of Marge Schott, the owner of the Cincinnati Reds, and Larry Fine of the Three Stooges on “The Howard Stern Show” until 1995. After his departure from “The Howard Stern Show,” Billy relocated to Los Angeles. His first voice part on television was Cecil on “The New Adventures of Beany and Cecil” in 1988. In 1991, he gained fame on Nickelodeon, playing the lead characters on “Doug” and “The Ren & Stimpy Show.” In “Space Jam” (1996), West portrayed Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. In “Scooby-Doo on the Case of the Zombies” (1998), he voiced Norville “Shaggy” Rogers. In 1997, he portrayed Harvey the Wonder Hamster on “The Weird Al Show” and Slimer on “Extreme Ghostbusters.” In 1999, Billy began providing the voices for many characters on “Futurama,” which ran on Fox from 1998 to 2003 and on Comedy Central from 2008 to 2013. The series broadcast 140 episodes throughout seven seasons, and West repeated his roles in a number of direct-to-video films.
Billy voiced characters in the 2000s films “Rugrats in Paris: The Movie” (2000), “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius” (2001), “Looney Tunes: Back in Action” (2001), “Garfield” (2004), “Curious George” (2006), “Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes” (2010), “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” (2015), “Pixels” (2015), and “Scoob!” (2020). From 1999 to 2002, he provided the voices of Woody Woodpecker, Wally Walrus, Smedley, and Doug Knutts on “The New Woody Woodpecker Show.” Since then, he has voiced characters in “The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius” (2002–2006), “My Life as a Teenage Robot” (2003–2009), “What’s New, Scooby-Doo?” (2004), “Justice League Unlimited” (2004), “Loon (2007). West provided the voice of Elmer Fudd from 2011 to 2014 on “The Looney Tunes Show” and Bashful from 2014 to 2016 on “The 7D.” In 2018, he returned with “Futurama” creator Matt Groening to voice Sorcerio, Mertz, The Jester, King Rulo the Elf, and Pops the Elf in the Netflix comedy “Disenchantment.” In the same year, Billy began portraying Mortimer Mousewell on “Rockin’ South,” and in 2020, he joined the cast of the British television puppet program “Spitting Image,” on which he has portrayed Joe Biden, William Shatner, and Vladimir Putin, among others.
Billy wed Violet Benny in 1992, and in 2009 they divorced. West has criticized the Republican party, characterizing its senators as “old men with horrible breath and dandruff.” Billy began drinking and using drugs at the age of 21, and he entered rehabilitation following a series of near-fatal vehicle accidents. “You might reach a moment in your life when you don’t want to live, but you haven’t taken the decision to die,” he remarked of that period.
Honors and Candidatures
West has been nominated for thirteen Behind the Voice Actors Awards, ten for “Futurama,” two for “The 7D,” and one for “Scooby-Doo! He has won eight of these awards, including Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series for “Futurama” in 2012, Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series (BTVA Television Voice Acting Award and BTVA People’s Choice Voice Acting Award) for “Futurama” in 2012, Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series – Comedy/Musical (BTVA Television Voice Acting Award and BTVA People’s Choice Voice Acting Award) for “Futura Billy also received nominations for the 1994 Annie Award for Best Achievement in Voice Acting for “The Ren & Stimpy Show” and the 2014 Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Voice-Over Performance for “Futurama.”
In 1998, West purchased a 2,446-square-foot property in Hollywood Hills West for $480,000. In 2016, he sold the four-bedroom, three-bathroom residence for $1.18 million.