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Richard Steven Horvitz
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Horvitz in 2020
Born (1966-07-29) July 29, 1966 (age 56)
Occupation
  • Actor
  • comedian
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s)
Kristen Lazarian
(m. 1996)
Children 3
Relatives Louis J. Horvitz (brother)

Richard Steven Horvitz (born July 29, 1966) is an American actor and comedian, best known for his voice work in animation and video games. His voice credits include the original Alpha 5 on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Power Rangers Zeo and Power Rangers Turbo, Razputin in Psychonauts, Kaos in Skylanders, Billy and his father Harold in Grim & Evil and The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Grey Matter in Ben 10, Rodney in Squirrel Boy, Daggett in The Angry Beavers, Zim in Invader Zim, Orthopox in Destroy All Humans!, the Zoni in Ratchet & Clank, Bumble in Kinectimals, the Space Weaver in Broken Age, Kanchomé in Zatch Bell!, and Moxxie in Helluva Boss.

Early life

Horvitz was born on July 29, 1966, in Los Angeles, California. His older brother, Louis J. Horvitz, is a television director and producer.

Career

Voice acting

Richard Horvitz JACON 2009 Orlando Florida
Horvitz with an autographed Invader Zim picture in May 2009

Horvitz first appeared in a 1976 Freshen Up gum commercial, which led to other commercial appearances and several hand modeling jobs. After a brief stint in an off-Broadway production of Oliver! he went on to make appearances on television series such as Kids Incorporated and Safe at Home, and films such as Summer School, How I Got into College, and Deadly Weapon. From 1988 to 1991, he starred as Howie for two seasons in the syndicated television sitcom The Munsters Today.

Starting in 1993, Horvitz changed the focus of his career to voice acting, starting with the voice of Alpha 5 in the live-action series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. From there, he had several other voice roles in such animated series as The Angry Beavers (as Daggett), Invader Zim (as Zim), Kim Possible, Dave the Barbarian (as Ned Frischman), Zatch Bell! (as Kanchomé), The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (as Billy and his father Harold), Ben 10 (as Grey Matter), Squirrel Boy (as Rodney), and Shorty McShorts' Shorts (as Dudley). He also co-wrote the Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy episode "Keeper of the Reaper" alongside his wife Kristen Lazarian.

After his stint as Alpha 5 ended, Horvitz went on to voice a few monsters in other Power Rangers series and was also the voice of Alpha 7 in the Power Rangers Wild Force episode "Forever Red". He voiced the main characters of Raz in the Psychonauts series and Orthopox in the Destroy All Humans! series. He has also voiced various NPCs in EverQuest II, the Berserker Darklings in The Darkness, Bumble in Kinectimals, and Kaos in Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure.

Horvitz voiced "Green Grapes" in the Fruit of the Loom commercials and has acted on stage, including in Jeffrey Hatcher's Mrs. Mannerly.

Horvitz also voiced Moxxie and served as voice director in the adult animated web series Helluva Boss.

Comedy

In 2001, Horvitz did not create, but was in the sketch comedy group The MoHos with Fred Willard, created by his wife Mary. He and Fred would sometimes perform on various talk shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Horvitz also appeared in an episode of Saturday Night Live in the short segment "Bear City" and briefly appeared on Tosh.0.

Personal life

Horvitz married playwright and screenwriter Kristen Lazarian on February 9, 1996. They currently live in Los Angeles and have three sons together.

Filmography

Live-action

Films

Animation

Anime

  • Dragon Ball Super – Dr. Rota (as Rico Bonet) (English dub)
  • Duel Masters – Fritz (English dub)
  • Howl's Moving Castle – Additional Voices (English dub)
  • Pom Poko – Additional Voices (English dub)
  • The Wind Rises – Additional Voices (English dub)
  • Zatch Bell! – Kanchome, Additional Voices (English dub)

Video games

  • Ape Escape: On the Loose – Spike, Child
  • Broken Age – Walt'r, The Space Weaver
  • Brütal Legend – Kabbage Boy Guitarist, Jack the Lift-Op, Additional Voices
  • Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL - Billy
  • Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time – Lani-Loli
  • Crash of the Titans – Brat Girl, Koo-Ala, Doom-Monkey
  • Destroy All Humans! (2005) – Orthopox 13, Suburban Crazy
  • Destroy All Humans! 2 – Orthopox 13 / Holopox
  • Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon – Holopox (Orthopox 13), Orthopox 14
  • Destroy All Humans! (2020) - Orthopox 13
  • Destroy All Humans! 2: Reprobed (2022) - Orthopox 13 / Holopox
  • Dragon Ball Legends – Chilled
  • EverQuest II – Geredo, Guard Tanglor, Shawdowman, Skeleton, Snorgle Filthwallow, Gerbard the Snitch, Cog Burn, Ogobre, Jubbs Tagglefoot, Gubbo Chaley, Farmer Walcott, Turtle
  • Jurassic Park: Dinosaur Battles – Gabriel (as Rich Horvitz)
  • League of Legends - Ziggs
  • Kinectimals – Bumble
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – PMC Soldiers
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl - Zim (voiceover added in the June 2022 update)
  • Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots – Zim (Nintendo DS version only)
  • Nickelodeon Extreme Tennis - Zim
  • Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway - Zim
  • Nicktoons MLB – Zim
  • Nicktoons Nitro – Zim
  • Nickelodeon Party Blast – Zim
  • Nicktoons Racing – Daggett "Dag" Beaver
  • PlayStation Move Heroes – Lunk, Zoni
  • Prototype 2 – Additional Voices
  • Psychonauts – Razputin "Raz" Aquato
  • Psychonauts 2 – Razputin "Raz" Aquato
  • Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin – Razputin "Raz" Aquato
  • Ratchet & Clank series – The Zoni, Stuart Zurgo, Tharpods, Additional Voices
  • Red Ninja: End of Honor - Additional Voice
  • Resistance: Fall of Man – Slipskull
  • Rise of the Argonauts – Sinon
  • Skylanders: Giants – Kaos
  • Skylanders: Imaginators – Kaos
  • Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure – Kaos
  • Skylanders: SuperChargers – Kaos
  • Skylanders: Swap Force – Kaos
  • Skylanders: Trap Team – Kaos
  • SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom – Zim
  • The Darkness – Berserker Darkling
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy – Billy, Harold
  • WildStar – Creature
  • World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth - Joma, Patch
  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria – Fel Imp, Saboteur Kip'tilak, Kaz'tik the Manipulator
  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor – Additional Voices
  • Zatch Bell! Mamodo Battles – Kanchome
  • Zatch Bell! Mamodo Fury – Kanchome

Audiobooks

  • Goosebumps: Attack of the Mutant – Skipper Matthews

Awards and nominations

  • NominatedAnnie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production for Invader Zim – 2001
  • NominatedAnnie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production for Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus – 2020
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