“WHO IS IT?” “It’s Rich…” “WHO IS IT?!” “It’s Richard…” “WHO IS IT?!?!” … “It’s Richard Horvitz!”
With one of the most unique voices in the business, Richard Horvitz has had no problem creating iconic characters and leaving quite the impression on television, animation, and video games over the last three decades. Fans of the Skylanders franchise know him as Kaos, countless members of my generation will recognize him as the manic robot Alpha 5 (and 7) on the many iterations of Power Rangers, and any fan of the twisted humor of Invader Zim can appreciate the sacrifice Richard made for that show. I am, of course, referring to his vocal cords.
Richard also lends his talents to those looking to make a career out of voice acting. As a teacher, he is a firm believer in the “art of playing pretend”, and when he’s not behind the mic, he holds 6-week workshops several times a year for up-and-coming actors.
In the penultimate entry in our series of interviews from ConnectiCon 2014, Richard shares his thoughts about his characters, his philosophy toward acting, and some amusing stories from his career.
Check out the conversation below!
Many thanks to Richard for the generosity with his time. Like many of the guests at ConnectiCon, he was quite popular and was kind enough to chat with me between panels and signings. Check out Richard’s homepage to find out more about his classes, and follow him on Twitter at @RichardHorvitz to keep up with his latest projects.
Check back tomorrow for the final interview from ConnectiCon! You won’t want to miss it!