The questions most frequently asked of Wally...

WHERE ARE YOU FROM? I was born in Des Moines, Iowa, but shortly thereafter we moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota for awhile. Then we moved to Aberdeen, South Dakota, then we moved back to Sioux Falls just before my senior year! Nothing like a good, solid Midwestern upbringing!

HOW DID YOU LIKE WORKING WITH JHONEN VASQUEZ?
Jhonen's great! I know he has this "Prince of Darkness" kind of image, but really, he's a very VERY cool guy! I would work with him again anytime he asked! Toward the end of the "Zim" sessions, I realized that his sense of humor is more like mine than I originally thought!

WERE YOU A TRANSFORMERS FAN BEFORE YOU GOT HIRED ON
"ROBOTS IN DISGUISE?"
Not really. When the show came on in the 80's, I didn't have a television so I haven't seen any "G1" episodes. But I knew it was a big opportunity and a huge responsibility when I was hired for RID. I realized the Transformers franchise was a time-honored presence and I wanted to do the best job I could.

DO YOU ANSWER YOUR E-MAILS? I make it a point to try and answer just about every e-mail I get. Sometimes they'll get by me, but it's rare. I ALWAYS answer first-time e-mailers, but I'm not a very good pen pal, so the continuing e-mails are tough for me to stay on top of. So if we've been e-mailing each other off and on and you didn't hear from me one time...I'M REALLY SORRY! But here's a good guideline for getting an e-mail to me...I'm not a fan of cyberspeak. So please write in complete sentences, with correct punctuation. My eyes start to blur when your e-mail looks like this..."y not bcuz ur goin to the other place c what i mean ok well by 4 now" and usually ends up getting deleted anyway because I don't have the time to decode the message. You wouldn't believe it, but I've actually gotten solicitations for career advice from people who can't compose a complete, correctly spelled, correctly punctuated sentence. I told them before anything, they had to learn how to write correctly.

HERE'S A SAMPLE OF JUST SUCH AN EMAIL THAT I RECENTLY GOT!

Dear Wally
Hi my name is (name withheld to avoid embarrassment) and I am
17 year old. I love Family Guy it was soooo damn funny. Akk my
friend always laughter in school when we use youtube.com.
I love the part when the baby use golf to kill the talk dog and
the bledd came out of the dog. That was soooo funny!!!!!!! Can
I have your autogrpah and my address is
 
Name withheld
Address withheld
 
thanks I love Family guy
 
(Maybe this person should spend less time in school looking at
youtube.com, and more time actually learning how to write a
letter)

IF I SEND YOU MY TRANSFORMERS SIDEBURN TOY, WOULD YOU
SIGN IT FOR ME AND SEND IT BACK?
Sure. I'd be glad to.

DO YOU EVER DO APPEARANCES IN OTHER CITIES?
Only rarely. Because of the professional responsibilities I have here in L.A. it's tough for me to get out of town...EVEN FOR A MUCH DESERVED VACATION!! But if I ever do go to other towns, I'll be sure to post it on my site!

HOW MANY CHARACTERS DID YOU VOICE ON "FAMILY GUY?"
I would estimate about 40-50 during the run of the series, and there will be about 20 or more in the new episodes starting in the spring of '05.

WHICH DO YOU PREFER TO DO MORE, VOICE-OVER OR
ON-CAMERA ACTING?
They both appeal to different sides of my personality. Somedays I'm glad I get to slather on the make-up and do a character on-camera, but other times I like to completely focus on the character's vocal characteristics. I LOVE voice-over, but I would LOVE to do more on-camera acting as well. I WANT IT ALL!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU KNOWN ADAM WEST? I met Adam in March of 1980, so we've known each other for over 30 years. He was, is, and always will be...my hero.

WHERE CAN I GET A COOL TONY CLIFTON APPLIANCE AND TUXEDO JACKET LIKE YOURS? The jackets are tough to find because they're vintage 70's tuxes. The one I found was a Prince Edward from Lord West. I got it at the same store Andy originally got his back in the 70's. You may want to check all the used clothing stores in your area. The facial appliance is a little tougher to obtain. Mine was made custom by the make-up artist who made me up for the "E! True Hollywood Story." If you'd like to have one made, contact your local community or college theatre department. They're usually pretty good with stuff like that. I do have a few extra Tony jackets that I don't need, so if you're interested in buying one, e-mail me.

HOW MANY "E! TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORIES" DID YOU NARRATE?
I believe close to 20 (including "E! Celebrity profiles).

WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE VOICE TO DO?
That's like asking me who my favorite child is!

ARE YOU MARRIED? No. I've been divorced since 1984.

IS IT TRUE THAT YOU DON'T DRINK OR DO DRUGS?
Absolutely. I have NEVER had alcohol. Not one beer, no wine, nothing. I've just never had the urge to ever try it and I don't feel like I'm missing anything. I've never really seen it do anyone any good anyway. I experimented with pot briefly in the early 80's, but it left me with such a foggy, out-of-control feeling that I basically considered it an insult to my intelligence and never did it again. and furthermore I don't recommend anyone else try it either. Why do you think they call it "dope?"