Billy West

William Richard Werstine, better known by his stage name Billy West is an American musician, singer, comedian, voice actor and a radio star. He is a personality with many talents up his sleeves and in his career spanning over 40 years, he has earned himself several accolades.

He started off in the 1980s when he performed in the daily comedic routines on Boston’s WBCN. After his upshot to fame, he worked for the Ren and Stimpy Show where he voiced the title character of Doug. On the Simpsons, he is known for voicing Zoidberg in the Simpsons Game.

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Biography and Early Life

Billy West was born with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (a condition where a person suffers from attention difficulty, hyperactivity and impulsiveness) and autism (a developmental disorder of variable severity that is characterized by difficulty in social interaction and a communication).

He was born in Detroit, although he grew up in New Jersey and the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston. He had a traumatic childhood because of his ill-tempered father.  West used to be a guitarist when in school, and he started off as a part of an oldies band The Shutdowns.

He worked at the WBCN. He is a former Radio personality who used to work at K-Rock Radio in new york city (1988). Next up, he was a part of “The Howard Stern show” until the time he left for Los Angeles where he found his big break.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Billy West in 2021 and what is his height and weight? Well, Billy West’s age is 69 years old as of today’s date 2nd August 2021 having been born on 16 April 1952. Though, he is 5′ 35″ in feet and inches and 163 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 176 lbs in Pound and 80kg in Kilograms.


Billy West completed his education from Roslindale, Boston, Massachusetts. In school, he used to be a guitar player, playing for several school bands.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Billy West suffered from chronic depression which apparently was a repercussion of a troubled childhood. West is said to have found his passion for voice-acting when he performed little acts of comedy by impersonating his favourite cartoon characters in front of his mother. That remained his root of salvation.

He also resorted to substance abuse owing to his depressive behavior. However, West successfully came out of his struggles and is now sobered and strictly a vegan. He owns a $480,000 dollar property in the Hollywood Hills West neighborhood in Los Angeles. However, he sold his property for $1.18 million in March 2016.

Is Billy West Gay?

Billy West’s sexual orientation is Straight. He was married to Violet West although they are now divorced.

Professional Career

After moving onto Los Angeles, West was a part of bigger projects which would later be associated with his name very dearly. Those shows were none other than “The Ren and Stimpy Show”[1991-1996] and “Futurama”. In Futurama, he voiced the characters of ‘Philip J. Fry’, ‘Professor Farnsworth’, ‘Doctor Zoidberg’ and ‘Zapp Brannigan’.

His career only went uphill from then. He was a part of the animated sports comedy film ‘Space Jam’. He starred as ‘Shaggy Rogers’ in 1998 in the movie “Scooby Dooon zombie island” for the Scooby-Doo franchise. We can also see West appearing in a cameo role in the film “Garfield: The Movie”

West toured as a guitarist for Roy Orbison and Brian Wilson. He has also had golden opportunities to collaborate with Lou Reed, Deborah Harry and Los Lobos and has played live with Brian Wilson.

As he appeared in Eric Kaplan’s web cartoon Zombie College and Ken Reid’s TV advice podcast, West was also part of online web cartoons.

West has made an impression in the video games’ arena too. He voiced the characters ‘Bugs Bunny’ and ‘Elmer Fudd’ in many Looney Tunes Video Games. His other noteworthy works for video games are:

  • Stimpy in the Ren and Stimpy show:Veediots!
  • Zoidberg in ‘The Simpsons Game’
  • ‘Sparx’ in The Legends of Spyro: The eternal Night

West is currently working for commercials as the person behind the voice of Red M&M. He used to voice Buzz for ‘Honey Nut Cheerios.’


Billy West won the coveted ‘Annie for Best Achievement’ award for’ Voice Acting’ nomination for his ‘Ren and Stimpy Show’ performance.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Billy West in 2021

Billy West’s tremendous talents and his various fields of expertise has helped him amass a solid $40 million net worth as of 2021.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

Apart from all the fantastic voice roles West has done to do brilliantly, he has also done several celebrity impressions in “The Howard Stern Show”. He also impersonated one of the best comedian and voice actor Mel Blanc.

On the ‘Adam Carolla Show’ on October 4, 2006, West announced he was diagnosed with prostate cancer for which he had to undergo surgery.

Billy also had a band named “Billy West and the Grief Counselors” and their debut album ‘Me-Pod’.

Billy West is regarded as one of the finest voice artist whose trademark methodology includes impersonating  the character in his mind and the throat naturally knows how to sound. He has had a busy career filled with milestones and has contributed to world cinema, music, cartoons and video games.


Facts of William Richard Werstine

  • Gender Male
  • full nameWilliam Richard Werstine
  • birthplaceDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
  • Date of Birth April 01, 1952
  • Age 72 years 1 months
  • Horoscope Aries
  • Lucky Number 8
  • Lucky Stone
  • Lucky Color
  • Best Match for Marriage
  • nationalityAmerican
  • religionN/A
  • net worth$40 million
  • professionAmerican voice actor, singer, musician, songwriter
  • weightIn Kilograms – 80 Kg, In Pounds – 176 lbs
  • heightIn Centimetres – 163 cm, In Feet and Inches – 5′ 35″
  • hair colorBrunette
  • eye colorBlue
  • high schoolN/A

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