You may not know the man, but you most certainly know his voice; award-winning voice actor Rob Paulsen is coming to New Jersey for a book signing on Sunday, October 13, 2019. The signing takes place at Bookends in Ridgewood, Bergen County.
Paulsen, 63, will be at Bookends at 2:00 pm to meet with fans and sign copies of his new memoir; Voice Lessons. The book, published by Viva Editions – an imprint of Start Publishing – comes out on October 8. (Just five days before the event.) Paulsen will also appear at Strand Book Store with Michael Fleeman and Kevin Conroy at 7:00 pm on October 10.
The Man Behind the Voice
Paulsen has more than 500 live-action and voice acting credits spanning 36 years. Early in his career (1983), he voiced multiple characters on G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and The Smurfs. But most people know him for his work in the ’90s; his collection of character credits includes Sonic the Hedgehog, Jimmy Neutron, The Powerpuff Girls, and Samurai Jack. He’s also famous for being the voice of Pinky from Pinky and the Brain and Yakko from Animaniacs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans, however, may know him best; Paulsen served as the voice of Raphael in the ’80s cartoon, and Donatello in the 2012 Nickelodeon reboot.
Paulsen is a Daytime Emmy winner (for his role in Pinky and the Brain, 1999) and an Annie Award recipient. He is currently part of a national live tour of “Animaniacs in Concert!” but that’s not all; The Spielberg-produced show is coming back, and due to air in 2020.
In February 2016, Paulsen was diagnosed with Stage III throat cancer; but after intense treatment, his cancer went into (and remains in) remission. With this in mind, Voice Lessons “tells the heartwarming and life-affirming story of Rob’s experience with an aggressive cancer treatment and recovery regimen, which luckily led to a full recovery.”
Still Going Strong
Post-recovery, Paulsen went right back to doing what he loves, voicing animated characters across television and film. When he arrives at Bookends, he’ll bring with him a renewed sense of vigor and interest in his craft; plus a constant appreciation for his fans, the people who helped him enjoy a career spanning more than three decades.
“I can not only continue to make a living, but make a difference, and I can’t wait to use that on the biggest scale that I can,” Paulsen says.
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