DEAD: William Dufris (aged 62)
American voice actor
William Dufris (February 1, 1958 – March 24, 2020) was an American voice actor.
It was in London where Dufris began his audio career (radio plays, audiobooks, film/animation dubbing, language tapes). During this time, he worked a number of BBC Radio plays with Kathleen Turner, Sharon Gless, Stockard Channing, and Helena Bonham-Carter. Moreover, he worked with director Dirk Maggs (of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fame) on his audio drama productions of Spider-Man (where he voiced the title role of Peter Parker), Judge Dredd, Voyage and An American Werewolf in London. He was best known as the original voice of Bob the Builder in the popular children’s show Bob The Builder for the US and Canada from Seasons one through nine. He left because Sarah Ball, the show’s co-creator and one of the writers, directors, and producers, was moving on. Dufris also voiced Rocky’s best friend Elvis and Dougan the red walrus in the children’s stop motion TV series Rocky and the Dodos for Cosgrove Hall and dubbed several anime films such as X, Appleseed and two of the Lupin III films.
DEATH: Dufris died of cancer on March 24, 2020 at the age of 62.