ByJack Reneau, writer at
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Jack Reneau

It's been two years since the official (second) end of one of the favorite sci-fi comedies of the new millenium. Winner of 6 Primetime Emmys, Futurama refused to quit throughout its run despite failing to be renewed by Fox after its fourth season and finding a new home on Comedy Central. While there are many contributing factors to the shows popularity, the sheer talent and life brought to every episode by the voices behind the characters outshines them all. Let's take a look at some of these incredible people and what they've been up to since the end of the future.

1. Billy West

From lovable Phillip J. Fry and galactic buffoon Zapp Brannigan to eccentric Professor Farnsworth and oblivious Dr. Zoidberg, Billy West brought more crucial characters to life than any other Futurama voice actor. His impressive vocal range is clearly on display in the variety of characters he portrays, some of which you would likely never guess were done by the same person. Since the show's end, West has appeared in Adventure Time and The SpongeBob Movie in guest roles. His larger projects include voicing Elmer Fudd in The Looney Tunes Show and two of the seven dwarfs, Bashful and Sneezy, in Disney's The 7D. If you're a fan of Telltale Games, see if you can pick out his vocal contribution to Minecraft: Story Mode.

2. Katey Sagal

Delivery captain and resident badass Turanga Leela was brought to life by legendary actress and singer Katey Sagal. Before bringing the boot-loving cyclops to life, Sagal got her start on Married with Children and accumulated a respectable live-action resume. When Futurama ended, life went on for Sagal: she continued to portray matriarch Gemma Morrow on Sons of Anarchy and landed the role of Annora of the Alders on The Bastard Executioner. Notable guest roles include voicing Mordecai's mom on Regular Show as well as an appearance in Pitch Perfect 2.

3. John Dimaggio

Chances are if you've seen an animated show in the past five years, you've heard John Dimaggio's voice. While he's mostly recognized for playing characters like Jake the Dog in Adventure Time or Bender Rodriguez in Futurama, Dimaggio has amassed a whopping 275 acting credits through his career in video games, animation and live-action. Since playing everyone's favorite beer-guzzling lazy robot, Dimaggio hasn't slowed down for even a second. You can hear his skills at work in shows like Ultimate Spiderman, Gravity Falls, Teen Titans Go! and more. He lent his voice to Autobot weapons master Crosshairs in Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction, and if you play video games you've probably heard him there too, specifically in games like Shadow of Mordor, Destiny and LEGO Marvel Superheroes.

It's never easy to give up a favorite show when it all comes to an end. It's nice to know that for even just one of said shows, those voices are still out there. Would you like to see Futurama come back someday? Or should all good things come to an end? Sound off in the comments, and thanks for reading!


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