Patrick Warburton Says He’s Not a “Chameleon” Voice Actor (EXCLUSIVE)


When it comes to acting, there seems to be an idea that being too specific will “pigeonhole” you. However, all one has to do is look at Patrick Warburton’s career to see that this is not the case at all.

He voiced Grandpa Shark in the cartoon Baby Shark, Kronk in The Emperor’s New Groove, and Joe in Family Guy. In fact, a look at his IMDb page reveals that he has done voice work for over 80 projects.

His work in front of the camera is just as multifaceted: he played narrator Lemony Snicket on Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, General Rick Stoner on Agents of SHIELD and Puddy on Seinfeld; The list goes on and on.

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In an exclusive interview with Distractify, Patrick, who is promoting his latest collaboration with Days Inn, where he voices a courtesy pillow, revealed that while he first sees himself as a live-action actor, he enjoys the challenges of voice acting.

Patrick Warburton doesn’t see himself as a “chameleon” voice actor.

Like the Days Inn complimentary pillow, Patrick uses words of encouragement like “You’re wearing it today!” and “Can I tell you that your hair smells fabulous today?” with a voice that is perfect for his iconic character Kronk from The Emperor’s New Groove.

«Some voice actors are chameleons and others are not; I’m one of the latter,” replied Patrick when we mentioned the similarities.

While the term “chameleon” is often applied to some actors, the variety of roles and genres Patrick tackled on his resume suggests he’s extremely multifaceted, both in the studio and in front of the camera.

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Patrick went on to reveal that he sees himself as a live-action actor “first and foremost” and that most of his satisfaction comes from that job. However, both live acting and voice acting present their own challenges.

“It has to be bigger since we’re in the realm of animation rather than live action,” he said of the voice acting before adding: “[With] voiceover work you’re almost always alone in a studio… kind of like a cold, isolated room. You gotta work your ass and [get] rinsed”.

Patrick’s voice list includes Buzz Lightyear, so what does he think of Chris Evans’ ‘Lightyear’? Source: Disney/Pixar Animation Studios

Along with Tim Allen, Patrick also voiced the character from Toy Story, in the animated series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, before Chris Evans took over, and is a fan of the most recent version of the character.

“From what I have seen of [Chris’] Buzz is that he brings a great voice,” he shared. “These are characters who are going to live forever.” He also explained how it is the duty of each artist to interpret the character in the way they see fit.

The same could be said for his role as Lemony Snicket, for which he says A Series of Unfortunate Events executive producer/director Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler “went to bat” for him.

Patrick says he was “lucky” to work multiple times with Sonnenfeld, whom he calls a “force” and “incredible creator.”

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“Oftentimes in this industry it seems like they lack imagination,” he said. “When I did A Series of Unfortunate Events… Barry and [Daniel] he wanted me to do it. They went to bat for me.”

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And we can see why. The series currently has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 94 percent, with many outlets praising his performance, proving that Sonnenfeld and Handler’s vote of confidence in the actor was justified.