Thursday, March 26, 2020
William Dufris, who voiced the title character in the U.S. and Canadian version of the children's series Bob the Builder for its first nine seasons, has died of cancer. He was 62. Born on February 1, 1958, in Houlton, ME, Dufris got his start in voice acting in London during his early 20s. He worked on audiobooks, language tapes and the like and also acted in BBC Radio plays opposite such stars as Helena Bonham-Carter, Kathleen Turner, Sharon Gless and Stockard Channing. Dufris' biggest role came in the dubbed North American version of the UK's animated kids series Bob the Builder, voicing the busy title character for its first nine seasons. The show aired on Nick Jr. from 2001-04 and PBS Kids from 2005-18.
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