Beta Ray Bill
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Beta Ray Bill

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Beta Ray Bill with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Mighty Thor

Beta Ray Bill is a Korbinite cyborg and a champion among his people. He is an ally of Thor and once held Thor's hammer Mjolnir before a new hammer, Stormbreaker was forged for him. He is close with the Asgardians and shares many similar powers and abilities with Thor, therefore making him one of the most powerful beings in the Universe.
Created by Jackson_H on Feb 11 2010
Silver Surfer (1998)
Beta Ray BillKarl Pruner
Karl Pruner
The Super Hero Squad Show (2009)
Beta Ray BillPatrick Fraley
Patrick Fraley
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010)
Beta Ray BillSteve Blum
Steve Blum
Planet Hulk (2010)
Beta Ray BillPaul Dobson
Paul Dobson


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Lion's Edge
said at 6:35 AM on Mon May 14 2018
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I've definitely got to side with the majority consensus here. Paul Dobson NAILS Beta Ray Bill. He brings a great depth and gravel; a really distinctive and heroic spin on a voice type usually used by Paul for villains. Everything about his take sounds and feels like Bet Ray tBill: honourable, brave, heroic, selfless. thunderous and powerful. When he bellows, he can command a whole room. When he is furious, it is always empowered by righteousness. THIS is the voice that befits one chosen as worthy of the hammer of Thor.

Steve Blum's actual voice here is a very standard Steve Blum performance, BUT it is - like most Steve Blum performances - a damn good one. It is a touch deeper actually than I usually hear him and the subtleties of his delivery are enough to distinguish it from his Wolverine. It is a more solemn and stern performance, but still suitably heroic and fearless, and his shouts still sounded powerful enough that I'd honestly still call it a darn good performance, if not as distinct as Paul's.

Pat Fraley is third place here; he fits very well for the more comical, SHS take, with a very cheesy, almost Golden/Silver Age-style superhero. I'd be interested to see what he could do with a more multifaceted portrayal in the future in a reprisal.

Kari Pruner... WHA... I don't even MIND the Irish accent, but he sounds ridiculous here. No power or resonance and... way too light a voice. It just... sounds... AWKWARD.

My vote goes for Paul Dobson, followed by Steve Blum as a solid second place!

CASTING CALL: Ever since Fire Emblem Echoes, Patrick Seitz has always struck me as the ideal Beta Ray Bill. Both Zeke and Silverbolt have proven he can pull the brave, honourable and knightly voice; combine that with his naturally deep voice, it'd make for REALLY good Beta Ray Bill. Scott McNeil, with a slightly deeper version of his Silverbolt, would also work really, really well. Darin de Paul and Paul St. Peter could also work, using an accentless version of Reinhardt and Leomon as vocal templates. I'd also recommend Fred Tatasciore, J David Brimmer, David Sobolov, Michael Donovan and Rick D. Wasserman (closer to the Arishok than his Thor voice) for the role.
8000 Saiyans
said at 1:27 PM on Mon Nov 20 2017
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I think I'll give my full thoughts on all of these guys.

Paul Dobson is easily the best voice for Beta Ray Bill. He sounds heroic, honorable, brave, powerful and inspiring. One of the highlights of the voice acting in Planet Hulk, and a nice change of pace for Paul, considering he tends to play villains a lot more than heroes.

Steve Blum is good as Beta Ray Bill, but he feels too generic in the role and doesn't sound as unique as Paul.

Pat Fraley works well for the SHS version, but I'm sure that if he used his Tai Lung voice, he could work for the traditional version.

Karl Pruner is the only one here that doesn't work. He just sounds ridiculous and has an unnecessary Irish accent.

1. Dobson
2. Blum
3. Fraley
4. Pruner
said at 6:23 PM on Sat Oct 21 2017
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VC thoughts update

Steve Blum sounds pretty epic here. I love how stoic and honorable he sounds in the role.

Pat Fraley is also very good in the role. He fits the SHS version perfectly.

Paul Dobson also sounds awesome.

Karl Pruner sounds weird in the role.
8000 Saiyans
said at 1:33 PM on Sat Oct 21 2017
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Paul Dobson is the best here.
said at 9:47 AM on Fri Aug 25 2017
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1. Paul Dobson
2. Steve Blum
said at 8:27 PM on Sat Mar 26 2016
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1. Steve Blum
2. Paul Dobson
3. Patrick Fraley
4. Karl Pruner
said at 5:21 PM on Sat Mar 26 2016
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Paul Dobson's very talented of doing the voice for Beta Ray Bill.
said at 9:30 AM on Sun Jan 17 2016
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Paul Dobson and Steve Blum both sound very heroic and honour-bound but Paul Dobson feels far more unique for the role. He really reminds me of Thor in this role and that's a good thing in this case.

Steve Blum is good but I always thought he was a strange casting choice, plus he has already voices so many characters in the series. Still he did really well though he really shouldn't have a gravelly voice.

Patrick Fraley is enjoyable for the SHSS version of the character as he sounds cheesy heroic in all the right ways.

Karl Pruner sounds ridiculous and I don't imagine Beta Ray Bill with an Irish accent.

In the end I'm going with Paul Dobson.

BONUS: I've always thought Jim Cummings would make the perfect Beta Ray Bill.
said at 11:47 AM on Fri May 22 2015
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1. Karl Pruner
2. Steve Blum
3. Pat Fraley
4. Paul Dobson
said at 5:57 AM on Fri Mar 27 2015
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1) Steve Blum
2) Pat Fraley
3) Paul Dobson
4) Karl Pruner
Nightmare Crusher
said at 2:06 PM on Fri Sep 27 2013
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Paul Dobson and Steve Blum are obviously the best. I actually think both of the voices are very recognizably them, but they also both work in their own way. I actually lean toward Steve, I think his acting is just a little better than Paul's. That and, to me, Paul sounds like he should be playing Thor, which he would be amazing at.

Pat Fraley also did a decent job. Karl Pruner sounds hilariously bad.
said at 4:05 PM on Sun Mar 22 2015
@Nightmare Crusher Would you mind explaining to me how Paul Dobson and Steve Blum are obviously the best?
Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:09 PM on Sun Mar 22 2015
@Smarttamarr94 They are the ones who have the deep, strong voice that Bill should have and potray him as the fierce warrior he is. Pat Fraley is more of a minor and much more silly character. Karl Pruner is... strange.
said at 5:25 PM on Thu May 14 2015
@Nightmare Crusher I was going to type up a post, but I agree with everything you wrote! Couldn't have said it better, really.
said at 12:48 PM on Thu Sep 26 2013
I'm going with Paul Dobson.
said at 3:37 PM on Wed Sep 25 2013
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I thought Paul Dobson was perfect. Honorable, brave, powerful, and inspiring. Read VctrBnsn's comment for my thoughts on Steve Blum, but even with that said he gave his all to the performance as he always does, even if his voice was way too recognizable. Patrick and Karl are just okay, IMO.
said at 5:22 AM on Sun Jul 7 2013
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Paul was excellent in Planet Hulk. His Beta Ray is exactly how I imagined the character to sound like.
said at 9:26 PM on Wed Jul 3 2013
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#1 Paul Dobson
He's a great fit for BRB, his acting is great, and he really has the power in his voice. Not to mention that it's a rather interesting change of pace for him, even though he's usually cast as villains. Overall, his BRB is a good example of Paul's work and the voice-over work in Planet Hulk.

#2 Patrick Fraley
Even though his performance was restricted by the watered-down writing and voice direction of Super Hero Squad, he still did a fine job, retaining BRB's essence of power. I'm sure he'd do well in a more serious, comic-accurate incarnation.

#3 Steve Blum
His acting's just fine, but his voice, as many others have said, is just way too generic. He keeps using the same voice over and over, and it's getting really old by now. I just wish he'd at least try to come up something more unique and different once in a while. Again, he's not bad, but he could've done a lot better.

#4 Karl Pruner
Ehhh... no.
The Doctor
said at 4:04 PM on Tue May 21 2013
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Karl Pruner. Good for what it is, but he was not playing BRB.

Paul Dobson. Almost perfect, but I have personally always imagined BRB with little bit more booming voice.

Patrick Fraley. Not big fan of SHS, but I suppose that he was ok, for comedic take on the character.

Steve Blum. His acting was fine, but voice was wrong.

In the end, all of them are fine, but none of them is definite BRB voice for me. Giving my vote to Dobson, because he came closest.
said at 4:43 PM on Tue May 7 2013
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Paul Dobson because I hear a character, not an actor. Steve did good too. An actor using the same voice over again doesn't bother me that much, but it does kinda bother me because Steve has used similar voices IN THIS SHOW.
said at 11:31 PM on Sun Apr 14 2013
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I kinda thought Steve Blum didn't fit Bill. He did a good job, didn't fit to me. I'm giving it to Paul Dobson.
said at 1:37 AM on Mon Dec 31 2012
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I don't know what all of you are talking about with saying that Steve's being "too generic." It's just Steve Blum doing what Steve Blum does best: being awesome.
said at 3:13 PM on Mon Dec 31 2012
@TheAtticus We mean that Blum's just using the same voice he's used for a ton of other characters he's done before. If the voice isn't specific to this character, then it can't be said that it's a very good voice-acting job. And no, just because the voice simply "works" doesn't make it good enough.
said at 1:12 AM on Wed Jan 2 2013
@CatsTuxedo Eh, speak for yourself. As long as the voice suits the character, I don't have a problem with characters sounding similar.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:07 PM on Wed Jan 2 2013
@CatsTuxedo I disagree. Voice acting is as much about acting as it is the voice. Continuing with Steve Blum for example. Just because Spike Spiegel, Vincent Valentine, Amon, and Wolverine all have the same or similar voices, does that mean they are automatically bad performances? No, because Steve delivers believable, strong acting that sounds natural and professional. And hey, it'd get pretty hard doing a completely different voice for every single one of your roles when you've played hundreds upon hundreds of them. Even people praised for their wide ranges like Frank Welker and Mel Blanc aren't immune to that. Voice actors are only human. Not everyone is a literal man or woman of 1000 voices.
said at 9:00 PM on Wed Jan 2 2013
@NCZ I wasn't saying that the performance was a bad one, just that it wasn't as good as it could be with a more specific voice. With the ideal voice-acting role, the audience should be hearing the character rather than the actor behind the character.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:07 PM on Sat Jan 5 2013
@CatsTuxedo Ah, I see. I can agree with that to an extent. Sometimes it is distracting when I hear an actor rather than a character (I was this close to naming the main character in Persona 4 "Johnny Bosch" on my playthrough), but it's not much of a dealbreaker for me.
said at 10:38 AM on Mon Jan 28 2013
@TheAtticus Well thats your opinion and you're welcome to have it. Also, i never said that I think his performance was bad. I just think Steve is quite overused and that his performance of BRB wasn't that special and unique.
said at 8:50 PM on Fri Mar 29 2013
@GerPer92 I take your point, but here's my argument: "So what?" The man has a gift from the voice acting gods. Yes, it's a generic voice from Blum, but when it comes to Blum, generic is still awesome.
said at 4:49 PM on Sat Mar 30 2013
@TheAtticus Like I said, it's just my opinion and you're welcome to have yours. I f.e. respect Blum as an actor, but I don't see him in a that high position like you do. And I simply liked Dobson's portrayal of him better :)
said at 9:42 AM on Fri Apr 5 2013
@TheAtticus Haha, Blum logic is the best logic. :-P

*hi-5 from one Blum Faithful to another*
said at 2:21 PM on Sat Sep 22 2012
Paul no doubt. Steve is too generic (he is kind of overused) and the other 2 are just not good.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 3:41 PM on Fri Aug 24 2012
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Patrick isn't actually all that bad. I've seen the episode, he is actually not as goofy as he seems in the clip
said at 4:40 PM on Sat May 26 2012
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Steve sounds like his Wolverine but I'm still going with him. I never noticed that in the actual episode anyway.
said at 11:05 PM on Sat Dec 22 2012
@pete Nah, his Wolvy was gruffer. ;-)
said at 1:14 AM on Sun Dec 23 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight I hear an original voce with Wolvy, Starcream, Gobby, Venom and Vilgax mixed in now.
said at 2:27 AM on Sun Dec 23 2012
@pete I hear a lower-pitched version of his voice. :-P
said at 11:46 AM on Sun Dec 23 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight On second thought yeah I hear it too.
said at 4:46 AM on Sat May 26 2012
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Blum was awesome, but I'm still voting Dobson
said at 1:14 AM on Sat May 26 2012
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Yup, Steve Blum's the man. ;)
said at 10:56 PM on Fri May 18 2012
cant decide on to wait for steve blum in EMH or vote for paul...
The Maskeraider
said at 10:34 PM on Mon May 21 2012
@partymonster411 You could change your vote.
said at 6:53 AM on Thu May 17 2012
Dobson's easily because he is pretty much only one who is faithfull to source material. To be fair Pruner does make really good performance and Fraley didn't have much to work with.
said at 11:19 PM on Fri May 25 2012
@Matt Ironic that you say that, since that's the one that is the most inaccurate. Beta Ray replaced Silver Surfer in Planet Hulk.
said at 4:45 AM on Sat May 26 2012
@Aquafox84 I meant that Dobson's take on the character was most faithfull to the character from the comics
said at 12:54 AM on Sun May 27 2012
@Matt alright, it still sounds skewed a bit when you use those words in that sentence but I understand.
said at 4:02 AM on Sun May 27 2012
@Aquafox84 Sorry. English is not my native language so excuse me if sometimes my writing doesn't make any sense
said at 11:39 AM on Sun May 27 2012
@Matt Don't worry, what I meant was. I have Planet Hulk and read that Beta Ray Bill's role in the movie was a replacement for Silver Surfer. I was only musing to myself. Being faithful to the comics in that case didn't make too much sense.
said at 1:30 PM on Mon Apr 16 2012
Paul Dobson's the superior one for Beta Ray Bill.
said at 11:41 PM on Fri May 25 2012
@Anicomicgeek Yeah, gonna have to change my vote to Steven Blum. He was aewsome as BRB.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 3:12 PM on Thu Feb 23 2012
I don't think it's perfect, but Paul Dobson's voice was the best of the three. Patrick Fraley is good for what it is. Karl Pruner was absolutely horrible.
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