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Will Ryan (born November 13, 1939) is an American voice actor and producer–writer–composer, well-known for singing about the American West. In the late seventies 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.

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.

Ryan had also provided the original voice of Petrie in the 1988 animated film The Land Before Time.

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 from Mickey's Christmas Carol.

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.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Will Ryan, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia .

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Will Ryan (born November 13, 1939) is an American voice actor and producer–writer–composer, well-known for singing about the American West. In the late seventies 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.

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.

Ryan had also provided the original voice of Petrie in the 1988 animated film The Land Before Time.

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 from Mickey's Christmas Carol.

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.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Will Ryan, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia .

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 45

Birthday 1939-11-13

Place of Birth Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Wil Ryan
  • William Z. Ryan

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2015 The Adventures of Biffle and Shooster as Sam Shooster
2014 I Know That Voice as Himself
2013 Get a Horse! as Peg-Leg Pete (voice)
2006 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (59 episodes) as Willie the Giant
2005 Wonder Showzen (1 episode)
2004 Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi (4 episodes)
2004 Drawn Together (1 episode)
2002 Adventures in Odyssey: The Caves of Qumran as Eugene Meltsner
2001 Adventures in Odyssey: Escape from the Forbidden Matrix as Eugene Meltsner
2001 Disney's House of Mouse (0 episodes) as Willie the Giant
2000 Adventures in Odyssey: The Last Days of Eugene Meltsner as Eugene Meltsner
1999 Family Guy (1 episode)
1998 Adventures in Odyssey: Baby Daze as Eugene Meltsner
1998 Adventures in Odyssey: A Stranger Among Us as Eugene Meltsner
1997 Adventures in Odyssey: A Twist In Time as Eugene Meltsner
1997 Adventures in Odyssey: In Harm's Way as Eugene Meltsner
1995 Adventures in Odyssey: Go West Young Man! as Eugene Meltsner
1994 Adventures in Odyssey: Once Upon an Avalanche as Eugene Meltsner
1994 Thumbelina as Hero / Reverend Rat (voice)
1993 Adventures in Odyssey: Star Quest as Eugene Meltsner
1993 Mouse Soup as Weasel
1990 Jack and the Beanstalk as Bean Seller (voice) (uncredited)
1990 The Clean Club
1989 The Little Mermaid as Seahorse (voice)
1989 Stanley and the Dinosaurs as Voice
1988 The Land Before Time as Petrie
1988 Totally Minnie as Goofy (voice)
1987 DuckTales (1 episode)
1987 Frog and Toad Together as Frog
1987 Down and Out with Donald Duck as Pete / Goofy (voice)
1987 Alice Through the Looking Glass as The Paper Man (voice)
1986 An American Tail as Digit
1986 Pooh's Great School Bus Adventure as Tigger (voice) as Rabbit (voice)
1986 The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin (65 episodes)
1986 Disney's DTV Valentine as Pongo / Goofy (voice)
1985 Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears (95 episodes) as Unwin / Ogres (voice)
1985 Frog and Toad Are Friends as Frog
1985 Dumbo's Circus (99 episodes)
1984 G.I. Joe: The Revenge of Cobra as Rock 'N' Roll
1984 Fitness and Me: Why Exercise? as Voice
1983 Mickey's Christmas Carol as Collector for the Poor #2 / Ghost of Christmas Present (Willie the Giant) / Ghost of Christmas Future (Pete) / Santa Claus (Big Bad Wolf) / Weasel #2 (voice)
1983 G.I. Joe (2 episodes)
1983 Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore as Rabbit (voice)
1977 Wizards as Guards (uncredited)

Production

1996 The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss (46 episodes)Producer
1993 Mouse Soup Associate Producer

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