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Robert Francis "Bobcat" Goldthwait (born May 26, 1962) is a comedian, actor, writer, director, and a voice actor for Regular Show. He is well known for his shrill and screeching yet gruff and grating distinctive voice.
Robert Francis Goldthwait was born on May 26, 1962 in Syracuse, New York, to his parents, Tom, a sheet metal worker, and Kathleen Goldthwait, a department store employee. When he was 13 he started performing in the punk band Dead Ducks until being kicked out by his bandmates. He graduated high school at Bishop Grimes High School in 1980.
Film and television
He then started doing stand-up comedy, working at local bars and nightclubs while he was still in high school. At 18 he partnered with Tom Kenny, the future voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, as the comedy team Bobcat and Tomcat, earning his nickname. His live comedy was captured in the films Share the Warmth, Is He Like that All the Time? and I Don't Mean to Insult You, but You Look Like Bobcat Goldthwait. He made his professional debut on Late Night with David Letterman at 20. He made his film debut in the drama Massive Retaliation in 1984. He also acted in the Police Academy film series, portraying a thug in the second film and a rookie cop in the third and fourth films. He then acted as a son of a Marine in One Crazy Summer, a dog groomer in Burglar and a disgruntled employee in Scrooged. He then wrote, directed and produced the 1992 film Shakes the Clown, which his then-wife Ann Luly helped produce; the film did poorly, both with critics and audiences. He continued acting in film, acting in Hot to Trot, his first leading role, though the film was met with poor reception. He then played a cocaine hustler in Blow, and served as the narrator for the film A Halfway House Christmas. He later became the host of Bobcat's Bigass Show on FX, a reality show. He served as a director on The Chappelle Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Man Show, Crank Yankers and Important Things with Demetri Martin.
Goldthwait has also appeared on talk shows, showing his erratic onscreen personality: He spray-painted "Paramount Sucks" and destroyed the set of The Arsenio Hall Show and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, he lit a couch on fire after dosing it with lighter fluid, before being fined $2,700 and having to reimburse NBC for the chair he damaged, paying $698. He was charged of arson and faced up to six months in jail; he was eventually ordered by court to make a public service announcement about fire safety. He was also one of the celebrities on Hollywood Squares but was fired after calling the contestant a "jackass" out of frustration of not being called on; Goldthwait later added another reason he was fired was because of his refusal to read their pre-written jokes. As for television, he has acted on such shows as The Larry Sanders Show, ER, Living Single and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
More recently he both acted and directed the film Windy City Heat and Sleeping Dogs Lie, the latter of which earned him a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize in the Dramatic Features category. He also has worked on World's Greatest Dad, God Bless America and Willow Creek. God Bless America earned him Esquire magazine's Director of the Year title. Goldthwait now focuses more on his standup routine, having done the Showtime special You Don't Look the Same Either.
He made his voiceover debut on the cartoon Capitol Critters in 1992, providing the voice of retired lab rat Muggle. He then voiced the talking stuffed rabbit Mr. Floppy in The WB sitcom Unhappily Ever After, where he became romantically involved with fellow cast member Nikki Cox. He later voiced Pain in the Disney movie Hercules and its spinoffs, Wolf in Tales from the Crypt, Silly Ozbul in Lion of Oz, Uncle Creamy in The Tick, an Indian on Duckman, a fictionalized version of himself on Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, XL in Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Nosy in Lilo & Stitch and voiced himself on an episode of The Simpsons. More recently, he has voiced Hockey Mask Bob in Back at the Barnyard, Ed on Adventure Time and Dickie on Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja. He currently voiced Pop Fizz in the Skylanders series and reprises his role for Skylanders Academy.
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Goldthwait has been married twice. He married his first wife, Ann Luly, a film producer, in 1981. They had a daughter, named Tasha Tilton Goldthwait, who was an actress and now currently a costume designer, and a son, Taylor. Goldthwait also adopted Luly's son Tyler John Roberts as his own. The couple later divorced in 1998. Soon after the divorce Goldthwait began dating his Unhappily Ever After co-star, actress Nikki Cox, after Cox confessed she had a crush on him. The two became engaged shortly afterwards. They remained together for a couple years before breaking off their engagement in July 2002. He then began dating Sarah de Sa Rego, a backstage worker in film, in 2005. He married Sarah in 2009 and they have remained married since. Goldthwait is a vegetarian and also a recovering alcoholic, having remained sober for over thirty years. His parents are Tom and Kathleen Goldthwait; Kathleen later died in 1999 and Tom died shortly before Goldthwait's film World's Greatest Dad was released, dedicating the film to his memory. He is good friends with Jimmy Kimmel, Tim Kazurinski, Whoopi Goldberg and Tom Kenny; he and Kenny have been friends since Goldthwait was 6. He also was a friend of Kurt Cobain, as Cobain was a fan of Goldthwait's comedy and even went on tour with Cobain's band Nirvana as an opening act, and also was a close friend of Robin Williams. He also considers Andy Kaufman, George Carlin and Richard Pryor his comedic influences. He resides in West Toluca Lake, California.
- Wikipedia article on Bobcat Goldthwait
- Bobcat Goldthwait's Instagram
- Bobcat Goldthwait's Myspace
- Bobcat Goldthwait's Twitter
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