Wikia

The Disney Wiki

Will Ryan

Comment1
27,223pages on
this wiki
Actor 1905
Will Ryan
Background information
Born: William Z. Ryan
November 13, 1939 (age 74)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died:
Cause of death:
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Alternate names:
Occupation(s): Voice actor, producer, comedian, writer, composer and singer
Years active: 1966-present
Spouse(s):
Partner(s):
Children:

William Z. "Will" Ryan (born November 13, 1939) is an American voice actor, producer, comedian, writer, composer and a well-known singer for singing about the American West. In the '70s, he teamed up with Phil Baron as Willio and Phillio. They had regular gigs on television, radio and comedy clubs and universities throughout the US. Ryan and Baron later paired up again voicing characters of best friends Teddy Ruxpin (Baron) and Grubby the Octopede (Ryan) in the Teddy Ruxpin book and tape series as well as the 1987 television show The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin.

The Willio and Phillio act brought Ryan back into music and after moving to California, he began to write and record songs for Disney. He provided the voice of Rabbit, Tigger, and Eeyore in the Disney Channel's long-running series Welcome to Pooh Corner and in many other Pooh cartoons. He also provided the voice of Barnaby the Dog on the popular series Dumbo's Circus.

In 1985, he voiced Unwin and a hunter in the Adventures of the Gummi Bears.

Since 1987, Ryan has been a fixture of the radio drama Adventures in Odyssey, playing Eugene Meltsner, Harlow Doyle, David Harley, Patrick O'Ryan and hundreds of one-shot characters.

He also voiced Rabbit in Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore after the death of Junius Matthews.

Ryan also voiced the character Digit in the 1986 animated film An American Tail.

He appears in the film The Wizard of Speed and Time as several different motion picture union representatives.

He is the current voice of Elmo Aardvark. He can be heard as the character, called Elmo Aardvark: Outer Space Detective and in several Elmo Aardvark CDs.

Ryan is the current voice of Willie the Giant. He started voicing the character in Mickey's Christmas Carol, where he also voiced Pete.

Ryan's youthful involvement in pop music has continued alongside his animation career. Will Ryan compositions have been recorded by artists such as Patti LaBelle, Diane Schuur, Victoria Jackson, The Pointer Sisters and Joanie Sommers (whom he also produced).

With Andrew J. Lederer and Michael Rosenberg (Jackie Diamond), Ryan performed in the '20s-style music and comedy trio, The Merry Metronomes. He and Lederer also appeared from time to time as a duo, usually under the name The Natty Nabobs.

His latest musical incarnation is as leader of Los Angeles-based Will Ryan and the Cactus County Cowboys, a cross between the Marx Brothers and The Sons of the Pioneers. His variety show, Will Ryan's Cactus County Round-Up, has been a staple in Southern California since 2008. It regularly plays at several venues, including the Steve Allen Theatre in Hollywood.

Ryan continues to do voice work. In 2009, he was working on the third season of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, the 21st season of Adventures in Odyssey and the new radio series of Will Ryan's Cactus County Round-Up.

Disney roles

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki