Billy Regan

Biography: Bill Timoney grew up admiring the work of actors who dubbed the English version of Chinese kung-fu movies. He was surprised to learn that this technique was also used in English-language movies, where an actor's dialog had to be "improved" for various reasons. Deciding to become an actor, he studied acting during high school and performed in various school plays. He also gained some directing experience when he was called to direct some of the plays.

After graduation he continued to work and improve his acting. His first big break came in the 1980's when he found steady work playing Alfred Vanderpool on the soap "All My Children". When his character was discontinued in 1986, he supported himself by taking bit parts on other TV shows and small plays around New York. It was during this time that he decided to pursue his childhood dream of doing voice dubbing. He sought out and established contacts with people who did Automatic Dialog Replacement (ADR) and "walla" work for
Bill Timoney grew up admiring the work of actors who dubbed the English version of Chinese kung-fu movies. He was surprised to learn that this technique was also used in English-language movies, where an actor's dialog had to be "improved" for various reasons. Deciding to become an actor, he studied acting during high school and performed in various school plays. He also gained some directing experience when he was called to direct some of the plays.

After graduation he continued to work and improve his acting. His first big break came in the 1980's when he found steady work playing Alfred Vanderpool on the soap "All My Children". When his character was discontinued in 1986, he supported himself by taking bit parts on other TV shows and small plays around New York. It was during this time that he decided to pursue his childhood dream of doing voice dubbing. He sought out and established contacts with people who did Automatic Dialog Replacement (ADR) and "walla" work for movies. His persistence paid off when one of his contacts recommended him to the ADR coordinator of the Ron Howard film "Far And Away". Posing as an Irishman, Timoney spoke with an Irish dialect and got the job. From this experience he learned how to lip sync; a skill that would prove to be very useful for him.
Soon after completing his work on "Far And Away", he heard of auditions for the Anime "Urotsukidoji: Legend Of The Overfiend". Wanting to continue working as a voice actor, and needing the money for rent, he auditioned and got several of the lead parts. As Timoney and his fellow actors got to know more about the story, though, they became increasingly disturbed with the pornographic content of "Overfiend". However, since this was his first dubbing job on an anime, he decided to go ahead with it to gain the experience and skills he knew he will need to continue as a voice actor. He worked fast, attracting the attention of director Michael Alben. By the end of the film, he and Alben have became friends. Liking his work, Alben sent more voice work his way, including parts for two other animes: "Madara" and "E.Y.E.S. of Mars". Alben also started to train Timoney in the art of ADR directing by allowing him direct walla sessions for battle scenes.

His growing experience paid off when Alben called him in to try for a part in one of his longer anime projects, "Record of Lodoss War". He auditioned and got the part of "Parn", the lead character. He also got his first opportunity to direct when ADR director Dave Seigal was called away to finish another project. By the time Seigal returned to "Lodoss" , Timoney had directed episodes 2 thru 8. Unfortunately, the end credits had been done ahead of time so he was not officially credited for directing those episodes. Nevertheless, he was glad to have had gained the experience of directing.

He continued to work as part of the ADR crew for several movie productions as well as performing in small plays around New York, but by the mid ‘90's he decided to move out to LA and try his luck there. With his credits from "Lodoss" as a ADR director, he was able to established new contacts in the LA anime community. Along the way, he struck a friendship with actor/director Lia Sargent. She included him in many of her projects, including "Trigun" , "Perfect Blue" and "Serial Experiments Lain". With Sargent's friendship and help, Timoney felt that she had made him a better director. Over the next few years he continued to work as an actor and as part of the ADR crew for many movie productions in LA. When he heard that a sequel to "Lodoss" was in production, he paid the expense of flying out to New York to reprise his role of "Parn". During this time his character from "All My Children" was revised, providing more opportunities for him as an actor.
As the 90's drew to a close he met and fell in love with Georgette Reilley, a girl who lived out east. He married his "Jersey" girl and moved back to New York. Looking for ADR work again, he contacted the vendor that was used for the "Lodoss" sequel. As luck would have it the vendor, Joe DiGiorgi, was desperately looking for a new director for a project he was starting. Ironically, actor/director Crispin Freeman, who was originally slated to do it, was moving out to LA. Timoney worked with Joe on the 22-episode project , entitled "Gokudo", as an ADR director, script adapter and actor, voicing several parts. They so enjoyed working together that they teamed up for another, smaller project "Jewel BEM Hunter Lime", a short, 3-episode OVA (Original Video Animation).

Presently, Bill Timoney continues his work as an actor on TV and movies, and as a ADR director, script adaptor and voice actor in anime. He has recently appeared on such shows as "Law & Order: Criminal Intent", "Malcolm in the Middle", as well as a few cable and independent movies.

Sources:
IMDb: Bill Timoney
Angelfire Interview: "BILL TIMONEY: The Voice of Parn"
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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Pokémon: Season 13 Jun 5, 2010 Conway 8.1
tbd Pokémon: Season 11 Apr 12, 2008 Conway 8.2
tbd Pokémon: Season 10 Apr 20, 2007 Conway 7.8
tbd Pokémon: Season 9 Sep 8, 2006 Harley 7.7
tbd All My Children: Season 36 Jan 5, 2005 Alfred Vanderpoole tbd
tbd All My Children: Season 35 Jan 5, 2004 Alfred Vanderpoole tbd
tbd Pokémon: Season 1 Sep 8, 1998 Nando, Conway 8.3