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William Richard "Billy" West (born April 16, 1952) is an American voice actor. He launched his career in the late 1980s on the revival of Beany and Cecil and when he was a castmember on Howard Stern's radio show during the early 1990s. West is best known for his voice-work on Ren & Stimpy, Doug and Futurama. His favorite characters are Philip J. Fry (Futurama) and Stimpy (Ren and Stimpy), both of which he originated. West's most notable film work was in Space Jam (1996) providing the voice of both Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd; he has provided the same voices for other Looney Tunes films and video games. West has been very outspoken over his displeasure about the influx of movie star actors providing voice-over for films and major shows.
Billy West has been diagnosed with low serotonin levels and chronic depression, stemming from the child abuse he suffered at the hands of his alcoholic father, leading to a long period of drugs and alcohol abuse. In 2006, he had surgery to treat prostate cancer. As well as a voice artist, West is also a guitarist and singer-songwriter with a band called Billy West and The Grief Counselors.