EMMY-WINNING VOICE TALENT JIM WARD
ON TRENDS IN ANIMATION, POLITICAL HUMOR


(Valley Glen, CA) You may not know his name, but you’ve definitely heard the voice. Jim Ward is a top voice talent for animated films, cartoon programs, radio talk shows and video games. An impressionist extraordinaire, his penchant for absurd comedy bits, impressions and political satire make Jim a favorite with producers and the public. Fans particularly enjoy his daily role as The Voice Deity on the nationally syndicated radio program, “The Stephanie Miller Show.” And Jim is thrilled and honored to have won his first Emmy - the 2009 Daytime Emmy for his performance as the Crusher in “Biker Mice from Mars.”

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Jim Ward has been having a love affair with the microphone since he got his first tape recorder at the age of 14. Asked how the industry has changed over the years, Jim says, “One annoying trend in animation over the past few years has been the explosion of celebrities being brought into theatrical animation at considerable expense, leaving a smaller pie to be divided by ordinary working voice actors.” But there’s a silver lining, says Jim. “The upside is, when a video game based on the animated film is cast, the celebrity in question is often not available, and the producers start looking for people to voice-match the character.”

Jim’s political impressions are hilarious! But a new administration always presents challenges. “As far as the comedic opportunities in the Obama administration, compared to the satirical goldmine of the previous regime, it's a bit of a drought,” Jim notes. Joe Biden is a potential comedic bonanza with his hilarious gaffs, although they've kept him pretty quiet since the recent swine flu comments, which I put to good use for a couple of days.”

Asked about his dream role, Jim says, “If there were a Batman/Get Smart-esque TV series featuring a super-villain called, oh, I dunno, "The Chameleon"where I would play multiple characters, that would be pretty cool.”

About Jim Ward: Jim has appeared in various local L.A. theater productions since the eighties. Jim's most prolific professional activity has been providing character voices for video games, including the Ratchet & Clank and Star Wars series. He also has voiced numerous characters for animated films and TV series, such as Ben 10, The Fairly Oddparents, and Wolverine & The X-Men. His recent work includes miscellaneous voices in the Pixar movie WALL-E and the role of Al Gore in an episode of the PBS cartoon series Click and Clack. Jim is co-host on Stephanie Miller Radio Show in over 60 markets. In Los Angeles, he is on 7AM to 9AM Mon thru Friday on KTLK. The show also in on camera at ustream.com - type in Stephanie Miller, click on link and show pops up at airtime.

Jim has also landed some roles in front of the camera, making guest appearances in the TV series Becker, According to Jim, Alias, and ER, among others. His most widely seen movie appearance was as the Project Coordinator in Spiderman, though his screen time was kept brief by a spectacular demise.


      

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