Tony Anselmo was born on February 18, 1960 in Salt Lake City, Ut. His grandfather had emigrated there from Italy in the 1920s to work in the Bingham Copper Mine.
Anselmo formed an early fascination with all things Disney sparked by a screening of Mary Poppins at the age of four. Anselmo says, “I remember leaving the theater and asking, ‘How did they do this? Who did that?’ and so on…So a seed was planted there, and from that time on I never wanted to be a fireman, an astronaut, or anything else. I wanted to work for Disney.”
Anselmo’s family moved to Sunnyvale, in northern California, when he was seven, and he continued to actively study Disney and animation. He began drawing, utilizing the famed Preston Blair book, Advanced Animation, built a light table of his own, and began creating animation with a Super 8 camera.
With the support and encouragement of his Disney Animation correspondents, Anselmo was able to attend California Institute Of The Arts in a Disney Family Fellowship. Anselmo says, “The Disney family’s support meant so much to me. If it hadn’t been for their help, that dream would have died then and there.”
He began his studies in the Character Animation Department at CalArts in the fall 1978. The head of the department was Jack Hannah, whose Disney career had included ten years as director of the unit producing Donald Duck shorts.
In subsequent years, Anselmo contributed to the animation of 20 Disney animated features, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Tarzan.
One of the Disney stalwarts that Anselmo frequently encountered during his early days at Disney was Clarence Nash, the original voice of Donald Duck. Tony’s friendship with Nash started casually. Anselmo says, “I was really just curious about it, because I could do voices, and that was one voice I couldn’t do.” Unable to duplicate the sound, Anselmo asked Nash to show him his technique. “It took me a long time to learn that, and actually I think it took Clarence a while to perfect that as well,” Anselmo says.
The year of 1984 was Donald’s 50th Birthday, an event celebrated by Disney with events, products, and personal appearances all around the country by Nash. He and Anselmo continued working together and occasionally socializing. During this time, however, Anselmo was unaware that Nash had leukemia. From time to time, the two continued their informal “training” in performing Donald’s dialogue, Anselmo never suspecting that Nash had a larger motive in mind. “I think, in hindsight, one of the reasons Clarence spent so much time working with me on Donald’s voice and personality before mentioning his plans for succession is that he wanted to make absolutely sure I would do that legacy justice before telling me.” When Nash died on February 20, 1985, Anselmo inherited the role of Donald Duck as Nash had wished.
Anselmo’s first performance as Donald was on a television program titled D-TV Valentine, and since then, Anselmo has voiced Donald hundreds of projects, including television, feature films, theme parks, and consumer products. Anselmo has also shared voice-over duties for Huey, Louie, and Dewey. He also lent his voice to minor characters in The Great Mouse Detective
Anselmo has been honored with several awards and nominations. He was a winner of the 2014 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series – Children’s/Educational for Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, an Annie award nomination for Three Musketeers, as well as the BTVA Video Game Voice Acting Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game – Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.
In September 2009, Tony Anselmo was named a Disney Legend.
Zachary Levi’s exuberance and charm have made him a Hollywood first pick and a favorite among his devoted fans.
Levi recently had a successful run in the Broadway revival of She Loves Me also starring Laura Benanti and Jane Krakowski. He earned a Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of Georg in the hugely popular show. Previously Levi had his Broadway debut opposite Krysta Rodriguez in the witty musical First Date The romantic comedy also received critical acclaim, as did Levi for the run of the show.
Fans can anticipate Levi’s return to television with the upcoming Netflix drama Alias Grace set to premiere in the fall. He will also be reprising his role as the delightful Flynn Rider reteaming with Mandy Moore’s Rapunzel for Disney’s Tangled Television series.
Levi recently appeared in the NBC series Heroes Reborn, the revamp of the fan favorite show, which premiered in the fall of 2015. This marked a return to NBC for Levi, who portrayed the beloved “Chuck” for five seasons. Additionally Levi hosted and produced Geeks Who Drink, a game show based on the pub trivia contest of the same name, for SyFy network.
On the big screen, Levi appeared in the Marvel film Thor 2 as the role of “Fandral the Dashing,” and is expected to make an appearance in the upcoming Thor Ragnarok. Levi also commanded the lead role opposite Mandy Moore in Disney’s twist on its classic Rapunzel; entitled Tangled. The Oscar nominated film was a huge success at the box office and DVD release.
Other notable big screen appearances include the 20th Century Fox film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel which broke box office records in its Christmas release, the independent feature film Spiral with Amber Tamblyn, and a starring role in the franchise film Big Momma’s House 2 with Martin Lawrence.
Levi grew up in Ventura County, CA. He began acting in theater at the early age of six, performing lead roles in regional productions such as Grease, The Outsiders, Oliver, Godspell, The Wizard of Oz, and Big River, and Marvin’s Room. It was this early training that ultimately brought him to the attention of Hollywood.
Levi devotes much time and energy doing philanthropic work as an ambassador for Operation Smile, through his company The Nerd Machine and his annual comic con event NERD HQ that has raised over a million dollars for the charity to date. Levi currently resides in Los Angeles.
James Mathis III, a Brooklyn, New York native, is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. At USC, he co-hosted the launch of TrojanVision, the school’s first TV network. After graduation he returned to New York to work alongside Kim Coles in her off-Broadway play “Homework”. Upon returning to LA, he began a 7 year stint at then upstart FX Networks, coordinating and writing on-air tv promos. While there, he continued working as an actor, landing guest roles on NBC, CBS, and Lifetime to name a few. After music videos for En Vogue and Toni Braxton, he took a turn as a fashion model, appearing in the MACY’s Passport Event and popular hip-hop magazine Rap Pages. In 2005 he began acting full-time, leaving FX for a recurring role on the critically acclaimed series Noah’s Arc. He later went on to star in the VH1 series, I Hate My 30’s. Seeking a new challenge, he launched a career in voice-over, breaking in with Urban Entertainment on several of their animated series and features including Undercover Brother and The Golden Blaze.
Other animation credits include Star Wars:The Clone Wars, Ben 10, WordGirl, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (2015 BTVA Nominee, Best Supporting Actor), pop culture classic Celebrity Deathmatch, and the anime film Ironman: Rise of Technovore. He has been the voice of national commercial campaigns for McDonald’s, Coors Light, Cadillac, and Benjamin Moore among others. As a promo announcer, his credits include ESPN, FOX, Tennis Channel, E!, BET, and Paramount to name a few. His extensive video game credits include Call of Duty:Infinite Warfare, Mafia 3, The Division, and the voice of Sigint in the Metal Gear Solid Series. He is currently the voice of Black Panther in Marvel’s Avengers Assemble. He continues to work both on and off-screen and is currently developing several animated series set to premiere in 2017.
Rob Paulsen’s goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those who are committed to their career and who combine experience, passion and skill are likely to succeed.
Some of Rob’s other well-known animated characters include Raphael of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Arthur in The Tick, the title role in The Mask, the title role in Mighty Max, Carl Wheezer in Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, Jack Fenton in Danny Phantom, Bobble in the Tinkerbell series of DVDs and hopefully more to come.
Paulsen’s extensive credits include on-camera roles in numerous motion pictures including Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match, and Warlocked. His television acting credits include guest-starring roles on MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors in the commercial arena, performing in over 1000 of commercial spots.
As passionate about “paying it forward” as he is about his lucrative career, Rob supports various charitable organizations, particularly those benefiting children and military veterans. Rob’s volunteer work with GOALmodels has been particularly rewarding. GOALmodels, a high school program in Reseda, California, is designed to inspire 9th graders to set goals and overcome obstacles in life. Blending his life experiences with passion for his work, his presentations are informative, entertaining and inspiring. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys golf, riding his motorcycle and occasionally lacing up his skates for another chance to relive his past glory on the rink. He spends the majority of his free time with his wife, Parrish, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Pooshie and Tala
Wallace Shawn has appeared in various films, including four directed by Louis Malle: My Dinner With Andre, Vanya On 42nd Street, Crackers, and Atlantic City; and five directed by Woody Allen: Manhattan, Radio Days, Shadows and Fog, Curse of the Jade Scorpion, and Melinda and Melinda; He also appeared in Amy Heckerling’s Clueless and Vamps; Paul Bartel’s Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills, Alan Rudolph’s The Moderns, Tom Noonan’s The Wife, Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride, Patricia Rozema’s Kit Kittredge, Richard Ayoade’s The Double, and Paul Weitz’s Admission. His most recent film is , directed by Jonathan Demme. He is the voice of Rex in Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and Toy Story 3, and he has had recurring roles in the television shows The Cosby Show, Murphy Brown, The “L” Word, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Gossip Girl, The Good Wife, and Mozart in the Jungle.
On stage he has appeared in his own plays The Hotel Play, The Fever, Aunt Dan and Lemon, The Designated Mourner, Grasses of a Thousand Colors and Evening at the Talk House, which just concluded its world premiere run at The National Theatre in London. Shawn’s plays are published by TCG Books and Grove Press, and his book of essays, called Essays, is published by Haymarket Books.
Kevin is a 30-year veteran of the Information Security business and is currently CEO of Validentity, a company dealing with online fraud and harassment in the video game industry.
Dr. Scott Viguié is a modern day Renaissance man. Holding two doctorates, he is an attorney, archaeologist, author and actor. Scott fulfilled his passion for educating others, and particularly rekindling an interest in the sciences, by creating both the audio show Doctor Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom, and the live event Doctor Geek’s Science Fair. Both projects are dedicated to STEM outreach. They combine science and fiction to educate and inspire others to help bring about the world of tomorrow today. One of Scott’s greatest joys in life is showing people that they, too, can achieve their dreams and build a better future. As he likes to say, “Nothing is impossible, just highly improbable.”
Debbie Viguié is the New York Times Bestselling author of fifty novels including the Wicked series co-authored with Nancy Holder and the Robin Hood Demon’s Bane series co-authored with James R. Tuck. In addition to her epic dark fantasy work Debbie also writes thrillers and mysteries. She writes the Tex Ravencroft science fiction adventure series with her husband, Dr. Scott Viguié. Debbie also plays a recurring character on the web series and the audio drama of Doctor Geek’s Laboratory. When Debbie isn’t busy writing or acting she enjoys spending time with her husband visiting theme parks. They live in Florida with their cat, Schrödinger. Visit her online at http://www.debbieviguie.com.