Daran Norris is an American TV and film actor who has also played countless roles in hundreds of animated films, TV shows and video games. Norris is more notable for lending his voice in popular cartoon shows like Chowder, Fairly Odd Parents, Dexter’s Laboratory, and Naruto, among others.
Daran Norris’s Early Life
Daran Norris was born Daran Morrison Nordland in Ferndale, Washington, USA. He graduated from Ferndale High School in 1983. He was married to Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, the sister of Melissa McGlynn, from June 1988 until they filed for a divorce in 2012. They have two children.
Daran Norris’s Early Career
Daran Norris started working as an actor in 1988, where he began his career in television and television commercials including some for Pop-Tarts. He started his career in film and voice work in the mid-1990s.
Daran Norris’s Live Action Projects
Despite starting his career as a voice actor in the mid-1990s, Daran Norris has not stopped working as a TV and film actor.
He starred in several notable projects in the past in both film and television such as Veronica Mars, Big Time Rush, and Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.
His most recent projects include iZombie, Dog with a Blog, Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything, 100 Things to Do Before High School, as well as The Real O’Neals, where he was a game show host.
Daran Norris’s Voice Roles
For his voice roles, Daran Norris’s list of projects is comprised of surprisingly familiar titles. These include The Fairly Odd Parents, Samurai Jack, Chalkzone, The Powerpuff Girls, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Codename: Kids Next Door, What’s New, Scooby-Doo?, Dexter’s Laboratory, My Life as a Teenage Robot, Megas XLR, Stroker and Hoop, Danny Phantom, Duck Dodgers, The Buzz on Maggie, Lunatics Unleashed, American Dad!, The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, and The Batman.
Daran Norris also lent his voice to The Replacements, W.I.T.C.H., Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Random Cartoons, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Wishology, Word Girl, Handy Manny, T.U.F.F. Puppy, Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil, Generator Rex, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, Phineas & Ferb, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers: Prime, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and DC Super Friends where he was the voice of Batman.
Daran Norris’s Anime and Film Roles
Daran Norris’s voice acting wasn’t just confined to cartoons and animated films. He also has lent his voice to several Anime titles, including: Street Fighter II V, Digimon Frontier, Tiger & Bunny, Marvel Anime: Iron Man, Battle Athletes’ Victory, Dinozaurs, Mon Colle Knights, Gatekeepers, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Doomed Megaopolis, Hyper Doll, Giant Robo, Black Jack, El Hazard, The Wanderers, Fushigi Yugi, Fist of the North Star, and Naruto.
In film, Daran Norris also played a role in Ninku: The Movie, Black Jack: The Movie, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, Team America: World Police, Bolt, Escape from Planet Earth, Asterix and the Vikings, Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising, and Naruto Shippuden the Movie.
Daran Norris’s Video Games
Aside from the long list of projects he did in film, TV, and anime, Daran Norris also lent his voice to numerous video games.
Among these games are King’s Quest VIII: Mask of Eternity, Bushido Blade 2, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro, The Scorpion King: The Rise of the Akkadian, Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, True Crime: Streets of L.A., The Hobbit, Doom 3, Madagascar, Bee Movie Game, Monsters vs. Aliens, Transformers: Prime — The Game, Kung Fu Panda: Legendary Warriors, Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, as well as Star Wars: The Old Republic and Star Wars: The Knights of the Old Republic II.
Facts About Daran Norris
While Daran Norris is no doubt a prominent figure in the world of voice acting, he was mistakenly credited under the pseudonym ‘Jack Hammer’ for about 15 years in numerous projects. As to why the mistake went on for a full fifteen years remains unknown to this day.
Daran Norris’s Net Worth
Daran Norris’s net worth is currently estimated at $4 million, although details about his estates, properties, and other assets remain unknown.
Daran Norris’s Awards
So far, Daran Norris has been nominated for a total of six awards. He was nominated under the Voice Acting in a Television Production in the 2012 Annie Awards, and also received mulitple nominations for the Behind The Voice Actors Awards (BTVA), including Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role – Action/Drama and Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series – Action/Drama in 2013, Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series – Action/Drama and Best Vocal Ensemble in an Anime Television Series/OVA and Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role – Action/Drama in 2014, and Best Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short — which he won in the same year.
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