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Rugg at Comic-Con in San Diego in 2008
Paul Kevin Rugg

(1960-10-21) October 21, 1960 (age 63)
Occupation Screenwriter, producer, voice actor, puppeteer
Years active 1985–present
Agent SBV Talent Agency
Spouse(s) Maria Rugg
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Paul Kevin Rugg (born October 21, 1960) is an American screenwriter, producer, voice actor, and puppeteer.


Rugg has worked extensively in the field of animation. His list of credits include writing for, co-producing, and playing the voices of several cartoon characters, first being credited as "Mr. Director" (a Jerry Lewis-esque character) from Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs. Afterwards, he voiced the title character in Steven Spielberg Presents Freakazoid and the Histeria portrayal of Nostradamus, as well as the main recurring villain, the Dark Lord Chuckles The Silly Piggy in the Disney series Dave the Barbarian. Recently, he has provided the voice of Gweelok for Cartoon Network's Secret Mountain Fort Awesome.

Rugg also appeared live as the eccentric character "Manny" in the Manny the Uncanny short segments as part of Disney's One Saturday Morning for ABC.

Rugg created and directed The Sam Plenty Cavalcade of Action Show Plus Singing with Mitch Schauer, on behalf of The Jim Henson Company. He also played the voice of Principal Rotwood in the Disney Channel Original series American Dragon Jake Long.

Rugg was once—along with Adam Carolla and John P. McCann (his co-producer on Freakazoid)—an improvisational actor at the Acme Comedy Theatre in Los Angeles, where he created the character Manny the Uncanny.

Rugg was recruited to the Warner Bros. Television Animation team headed up by Jean MacCurdy and Tom Ruegger and was a key contributor to their various series in the 1990s. Rugg recently moderated a panel about some of the classic series produced during this time at Comic-Con in 2008. (Participants included Paul Dini, Jean MacCurdy, John P. McCann, and Andrea Romano).

Paul Rugg later worked with Brian Henson when he took up puppeteer work for Puppet Up and other projects of The Jim Henson Company under its "Henson Alternative" banner. He reunited with Brian Henson as puppet talk show host Ned on the Disney+ talk show Earth To Ned.

Rugg has been nominated for several Emmys, and has received three. He lives up the coast from Los Angeles with his wife Maria and daughter.




Video games

  • EverQuest II – Calig Shauwls, Captain Ganwail, Dailin Blainin, Drammer Quickblade, Haunt of Solusek Mines, Lord Fannos Stormhelm
  • Hitman: Blood Money – Additional Voices
  • Xiaolin Showdown – Dojo Kanojo Cho


  • Alt/Reality – Various
  • Puppet for President – Marvin E. Quasniki
  • Simian Undercover Detective Squad – Captain Marion Futz


  • Puppet Up! – Himself, Various
  • Nostalgia Critic – Himself

Crew work

See also

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