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Keith Scott (born October 28, 1953) is an Australian voice actor, comedian, impressionist and animation historian.

Career

At a young age, Scott was always enchanted by the mimics and impressionists on The Ed Sullivan Show. He began developing his ability to impersonate voices in high school, doing teacher's voices. In 1972, just after leaving school, Scott was hired by William Hanna, the head of Hanna-Barbera, which had established a large animation studio in Sydney, Australia. He got the gig when he brought in some letters that he had received from Daws Butler (voice of Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, etc.). Hanna gave him a letter of recommendation when he was retrenched from the H-B office, and his name was such a credible one that it got Scott an instant agent, and his voice-over career began. In 1974, Scott began doing either impersonations or original character voices in many anonymous radio and TV commercials.

He has provided voices for various Australian animations, including Yoram Gross's Dot feature films, Blinky Bill (he also sang the original version of the theme song for the first season), Tabaluga, Skippy: Adventures in Bushtown and Flipper and Lopaka. In the case of Yoram Gross' productions, Scott usually provided all of the male character voices. He began working for Gross in 1984.

Scott made many appearances on TV shows as a comic impressionist, including Hey Hey It's Saturday and The Midday Show. His topical stand-up shows at corporate functions are highly popular with a vast range of companies. It was his expert "matching" of great Hollywood cartoon characters for which Scott became internationally famous. In 1989, after doing a stand-up routine on Hey Hey It's Saturday, he was appointed an official licensed voice of Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes characters for Australia, and since then he did Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the rest for countless animated TV commercials, live shows and promos for Warner Bros. Movie World, Westfield, KFC, etc.

Scott was a long-time friend of Bill Scott (no relation) and Jay Ward, and is an expert on the history of Jay Ward Productions, authoring the book The Moose That Roared: The Story of Jay Ward, Bill Scott, a Flying Squirrel, and a Talking Moose. He has also spent years studying the work of early voice actors, trying to identify performers who originally went uncredited in cartoons.

In 1991, a couple of years after Ward died in 1989, his daughter Tiffany took over his company and began revitalizing the The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends characters. At that time Scott had made a tape of all the imitations of Bullwinkle J. Moose, Boris Badenov, Dudley Do-Right and a lot of the supporting characters. Tiffany got a copy of the tape from June Foray (voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel). Once Tiffany heard the tape, she realized that Scott had obviously studied it for years, so she appointed him the official voices in 1992. Scott did the voice of the narrator in George of the Jungle and George of the Jungle 2, and provided the voices for Bullwinkle, Boris, Fearless Leader, The Narrator and the RBTV Announcer in the 2000 motion picture The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (for which he had been specially flown to the United States several times). Also in 2000, Scott was originally cast as the voice of Diesel 10 in Thomas & the Magic Railroad, but he was removed from the film afterwards because the US test audiences thought that Scott made Diesel 10 sound much too frightening for young children. However, his voice can still be heard in early UK and US trailers of the film. Apart from originally meant to be voicing Diesel 10, he also narrated the Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends toy merchandise commercials from Bluebird Toys in Australia in 1998.

Filmography

Animation Dubbing

Animated Series

Anime Dubbing

Anime

  • Kum Kum (1975-1976) - Strongarm, The Wise One, Jumbo, Additional Voices

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