William Dufris Wiki – Biography
William Dufris was an American voice actor. It was in London where Dufris began his audio career. During this time, he worked a number of BBC Radio plays with Kathleen Turner, Sharon Gless, Stockard Channing, and Helena Bonham-Carter.
William Dufris, the voice behind multiple characters on Bob the Builder in the United States and Canada, has died from cancer. He was 62.
Dufris’ death was confirmed via social media on Tuesday by audio movie maker Pocket Universe Productions, a company he co-founded alongside Lance Roger Axt.
William Dufris Age
William Dufris was 62 years old. He was born on February 1, 1958 in Houlton, Maine, United States.
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William Dufris began his audio career in London, England. He co-found the audio production company The Story Circle, Ltd in the UK. In the US, he founded Mind’s Eye Productions and co-founded Rocky Coast Radio Theatre in addition to The AudioComics Company, for which he is producer, director, actor and engineer. Durfis was nominated six times as a finalist for the APA’s prestigious Audie Awards.
He garnered eighteen Golden Earphones Awards through AudioFile magazine, which honored him as one of The Best Voices at the End of the Century. Of his work, AudioFile said, “William Dufris commands a dazzling array of voices that bring to life the dozens of audiobooks he’s narrated.”
His audiobook credits include many of Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen, Ph.D.’s works, such as Days of Infamy and Pearl Harbor, in addition to George McGovern’s Abraham Lincoln, Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon and John Scalzi’s The Ghost Bridges.
Dufris acted on stage and in television and is best known as the original North American voice of the cartoon character Bob in Nickelodeon’s popular children’s show, Bob the Builder. Additionally, he worked with legendary director Dirk Maggs on his audio drama productions of Spider-Man.
However, he is most famed for voicing Bob the Builder in the US and Canada from season one to nine, starring in 75 episodes.
Dufris left the show after its co-creator Sarah Bell moved on in 2006, with the voice of Bob then performed by comedian Greg Proops.
In his varied career, Dufris also voiced Rocky’s best friend Elvis and Dougan the red walrus in the children’s stop motion TV series Rocky and the Dodos for Cosgrove Hall and dubbed several anime films such as X and two of the Lupin III films.
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Bob The Builder was created in the UK by Keith Chapman and was originally voiced by Neil Morrissey.
It was sold to US toy giants Mattel for $680 million in 2011 and was revamped in 2014 with a complete overhaul of the cast.
Cause of Death
William Dufris, the actor who voiced the main character in the North American version of “Bob the Builder” has died at the age of 62.
News of Dufris’ death was confirmed in a tweet from Pocket Universe Productions, the company he co-founded. According to the company, Dufris died of complications relating to cancer.
“There is a hole in a lot of people’s hearts right now. We will have more to say later,” the tweet read. “Bless you, Bill.”
We are heartbroken to announce that the co-founder of @pocketplot and the director of “EC Comics Presents… The Vault of Horror”, William Dufris, has died from cancer.
There is a hole in a lot of people’s hearts right now. We will have more to say later.
Bless you, Bill. pic.twitter.com/QHrZ69i6ti
— Pocket Universe Productions (@PocketPlot) March 24, 2020
“We are heartbroken to announce that the co-founder of @pocketplot and the director of ‘EC Comics Presents… The Vault of Horror,’ William Dufris, has died from cancer,” the Twitter message reads. “There is a hole in a lot of people’s hearts right now. We will have more to say later. Bless you, Bill.”
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