Paul Rugg (born October 21, 1960) is an American screen writer, producer, and voice actor who voices Lord Starchbottom and few other minor characters on The 7D. He also writes for the aforementioned show.
Rugg has worked extensively in the field of animation. His list of credits include writing for, co-producing, and playing the voices of several cartoon characters, first being credited as "Mr. Director" (a Jerry Lewis-esque character when he screams) from Animaniacs. Afterwards, he voiced the title character in Freakazoid and the Histeria! portrayal of Nostradamus, as well as the main recurring villain, the Dark Lord Chuckles the Silly Piggy, in the Disney series Dave the Barbarian. He also provided the voice of Barbra for Cartoon Network's Secret Mountain Fort Awesome in 2011.
Rugg also appeared live as the eccentric character "Manny" in the ABC Kids short Manny the Uncanny.
Rugg created and directed The Sam Plenty Cavalcade of Action Show Plus Singing with Mitch Schauer, on behalf of The Jim Henson Company. He also played the voice of Principal Rotwood in the Disney Channel Original series American Dragon Jake Long.
Rugg was once—along with Adam Carolla and John P. McCann (his co-producer on Freakazoid)—an improvisational actor at the Acme Comedy Theatre in Los Angeles, where he created the character Manny the Uncanny.
Rugg was recruited to the Warner Brothers Television Animation team headed up by Jean MacCurdy and Tom Ruegger and was a key contributor to their various series in the 1990s. Rugg recently moderated a panel about some of the classic series produced during this time at Comic-Con in 2008. (Participants included Paul Dini, Jean MacCurdy, McCann, and Andrea Romano).
Paul Rugg later worked with Brian Henson when he took up puppeteer work for Puppet Up and other projects of the Jim Henson Company under its "Henson Alternative" banner.
In 2010, Paul Rugg, along with Tom Ruegger, Sherri Stoner, Nathan Ruegger and John P. McCann appeared in The Nostalgia Critic's Animaniacs Tribute and was interviewed by The Critic.
Rugg has been nominated for several Emmys, and has received three. He lives up the coast from Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.
In the show
- "The Long, Long Winter"
- "Starchy Takes a Break"
- "New Shoe"
- "Uncle Humidor"
- "The Rock of Sages" (story credit with Tom Ruegger, Shea Fontana and Deanna Oliver)
- "Oh Happy Grumpy"
- "The Family Pickles" (with Stoner)
- "They Growl By Night" (with Oliver, Mark Drop and Paul Dini)
- "The Jollywood Games" (with Oliver, Michael Loprete and Randy Rogel; also story)
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