Greg Proops

Stand-up comic and actor Greg Proops earned critical and audience praise for his wry, erudite observations on culture and current events in live and podcast settings, as well as his talents as an improvisational ... Read more »
Born: 10/03/1959 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Filmography

Actor (27)

Hell and Back 2015 (Movie)

Asmoday (Voice)

Whose Line Is It Anyway? 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

World's Funniest Fails 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

True Jackson, VP 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Trapped in Paris 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Drew Carey's Green Screen 1994 - 2001, 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Men Behaving Badly 1992 - 2002, 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Jamie Foxx Show 1992 - 2002, 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Veronica's Closet 1992 - 2002, 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Whose Line Is It Anyway? 1992 - 2002, 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kaena: The Prophecy 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Worm (Actor)

Brother Bear 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Male Lover Bear (Actor)

I Love the '70s 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 (Tv Show)

Guest

Rendez-View 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Late Friday 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Drew Carey Show 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

2nd Annual TV Guide Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

Comedy Central's Vs. 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: Rush Hour 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 1999 (Movie)

Fode (Actor)

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Tompkins Square 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Anna Lee: Requiem 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993 (Movie)

of Harlequin Demon (Voice)

Thanksgiving Day (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Stand-up comic and actor Greg Proops earned critical and audience praise for his wry, erudite observations on culture and current events in live and podcast settings, as well as his talents as an improvisational performer and voice-over artist in a wide variety of programming, from "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (Channel 4/ABC 1998-2007). Born Gregory Everett Proops on October 3, 1959 in Phoenix, Arizona, Greg Proops was raised in the Bay Area suburb of San Carlos, California. He began performing comedy while attending the College of San Mateo and studied acting and improvisation at San Francisco State University. After college, Proops performed in an improv group, which caught the attention of the producers of the British comedy series "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" He performed on the long-running series for four years before returning to the United States, where he worked steadily as a guest performer on television and as a voice-over artist, most notably in Tim Burton's cult favorite "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993). When "Whose Line" was adapted for American television in 1998, Proops became a recurring guest performer on that series, as well as an acerbic presence on numerous other talk, variety and pop-culture-commentary programs. In 1999, Proops voiced Fode, the English-speaking half of the two-headed race commentator in George Lucas' "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace" (1999). That same year, Proops was cast as the titular hero in the U.S. version of "Bob the Builder: Project Build-It" (Nick Jr. 1999-2004), a spin-off series of the hugely popular U.K. animated show "Bob the Builder" (CBBC/CBeebies 1998- ). He continued to divide his time between animated projects like "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" (Cartoon Network 2008-2013), guest turns on numerous series, including "Drew Carey's Green Screen Show" (The WB/Comedy Central 2004-05), and work as a regular on "True Jackson, VP" (Nickelodeon 2008-2011) and Ileana Douglas' web comedy "Easy to Assemble" (2008-2013). Proops also drew considerable acclaim for a weekly talk show, "The Greg Proops Show," which he hosted from the Largo nightclub in Los Angeles, California, as well as a podcast, "The Smartest Man in the World" (2010- ), which allowed him to comment on a wide variety of cultural topics before a live audience.

EDUCATION

San Francisco State University

Did not earn his degree

Milestones

2010

Launches his own podcast, "The Smartest Man in the World"

1999

Voices Fode in "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace"

1998

Joins ABC's "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" as a recurring performner

1993

Voices several characters for Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

1989

Series regular on the Channel 4 version of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

Bonus Trivia

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For years, Proops would tell interviewers that he and his wife owned an ocelot. Though told as a joke, he discovered that many interviewers accepted it as fact, so he continued to make up stories about the fictitious pets for the press.

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Reprised his voice-over role as Fode for the games "Star Wars Episode 1: Racer" and "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace."

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Was deported from England after his work visa expired while working on the Channel 4 version of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" The matter was later resolved.

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