The animated sitcom Futurama takes place 1,000 years in the future in a world with flying cars, Cyclopes, and wise-cracking robots. Behind the scenes the show has some talented voice actors and actresses that you undoubtedly heard or saw elsewhere.
The talents of Billy West are immense. On Futurama alone he voiced Fry, the Professor, Dr. Zoidberg, and many others. Outside of the Futurama he has been pretty busy too. West was the original voice of Doug Funnie on the classic Nickelodeon show, Doug. He was also Stimpy on a more controversial Nickelodeon program, The Ren and Stimpy Show. Throughout the 1990s and even into the 2000s he has provided voices for many other cartoons as well. His biggest role in a movie was probably when he provided the voices for Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in the 1996 film Space Jam. He has also played the volatile Red M&M in the candy company’s commercials for several years now.
One of the most underrated entertainers, a moniker she deserves for as varied as her talents have been, is Katey Sagal. She provided the voice of Leela the beautiful Cyclops on Futurama. Her voice leant to other shows; Sagal’s true calling has been in acting. As Peggy Bundy on Married…with Children for 10 years, Sagal became a popular sitcom actress. She played another wife on 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter and currently stars as Gemma Teller on Sons of Anarchy.
The voice of the foul-mouthed Bender was John Dimaggio. Not a familiar name many people know, Dimaggio has been involved in more animated projects than you could possibly watch in a lifetime. Everything from voicing animals in Dr. Dolittle 2 to multiple voices on the popular Cartoon Network program Adventure Time, Dimaggio has done it. Occasionally his face pops up on television too, with guest appearances on shows such as Bones and The Sarah Silverman Project.
MadTV alumni Phil LaMarr provided the voice of Hermes on Futurama. Before that though, his most memorable role in the movies took place. LaMarr played Marvin in Pulp Fiction whose demise was cause by a faulty gun held by John Travolta’s character Vincent Vega. Throughout his career LaMarr has been primarily a voice actor, landing numerous superhero roles and several more comedic ones on Family Guy and Robot Chicken.
The adorably cute Amy Wong was voiced by Lauren Tom. As a Chinese-American, Tom has been the go-to actress for Asian animated characters–as stereotypical as it may seem. Among her roles, the most popular was probably on King of the Hill where she voiced Minh and Connie Souphanousiphone. Tom has also appeared in several live-action roles such as in the comedy Bad Santa and as one of the leads in The Joy Luck Club back in the early 1990s.