Once fought off an enraged grizzly bear by reciting Carole Stone's 'Networking The Art of Making More Friends', chapter 9: 'Ladies Who Do Lunch'. The grizzly bear gave him half a salmon. Jan's voice is that epic.
Jen Johnston, Professional Rumour Mill, agent @ Red Management
Years ago Jan took a chance and hired me at his recording studio, despite my appearance and it worked out quite well, and I would urge people to give Jan the same courtesy. However, you won't be sorry.
Andrew Feliciano Owner, Voicetrax West Recording Studio, Los Angeles
No one, not even Newt Gingrich, makes me laugh like Jan Rabson.
David Isaacs, Writer/Producer MASH, Cheers, Frasier
This guy makes me laugh! he also makes me spit, and pay for lunch but I love him and you'd be a sucker not just listen to his shtick!!!
Bob Doucette - Director - The Quest for Zhu
Jan Rabson is a talent that I can always count on to make my clients happy...he's fun, smart, quick and crazy creative! I love him because he makes any casting I do better and my client's love him because he makes their jobs come to life!
Mary Lynn Wissner - Owner of Voices Voicecasting, Los Angeles!
It is with great exuberance and honor, I scribe words endorsing the supremely talented human being named Jan Rabson. I’ve had the pleasure working with Jan on a bunch of animated projects. He made me laugh, he made me cry, he made me realize, he was one funny n talented guy. You’d be lucky to have this man named Jan for your next project. Click HERE to book Jan now.
Matt Hill, Voice-over actor
Jan is one of the most versatile and talented actors I know. His range is only surpassed by his ability to find the humour and/or pathos in any script. He's a pleasure to work with and I only wish I had more opportunities to do so ... unless I'm mixing him up with this other actor that looks like him.
Tanya K. Taylor, Owner, Vida Spark Productions Inc.
I remember walking in the studio one day hearing a killer BORIS BADENOV - it was Rabson. I hated him for it. But seriously folks, I've worked with Jan on many cartoons and it's always a pleasure. Great characters, acting chops and comedic timing.
Ian James Corlett, writer/producer BEING IAN
Over the years Jan Rabson has written and performed for us on many occasions. It is always a pleasure to have him in our studios – getting him out is the problem.
Dick Orkin - owner/producer - The Radio Ranch
Jan is that priceless combo of being a great actor and great fun to work with. Nothing beats that.
Teresa Ganzel, Actress, Comedienne, and Voice Over Artist
I can't think of a better recommendation than 'I've hired him' and then 're-hired him'. Jan is enormously talented and I look forward to 'hiring him' again.
Ken Levine writer/producer MASH, Cheers, Frasier, Simpsons
Jan is not only a talented character actor for both on camera and voice over, he is one of the funniest guys I know. His comedy writing is outstanding. Best of all, he makes the best gin martini I've ever had. A man of so many talents.
Sandie Schnarr, AVO Talent, Los Angeles Voice Over Agent for my Canadian Celebrity Jan Rabson
Jan is one of our go-to actors. He consistently brings great humor, energy, and ideas to our sessions... and hilarity ensues!
Kim Adams - Producer, CarsToons / Toy Story Toons, Pixar Animation Studios
Jan is simply THE BEST. How nice to work with someone who is not only so talented, but is also a pleasure to work with. That's a rare and wonderful combination.
Andy Mayer, Co-Founder, Becker & Mayer
Jan has a voice that can make you laugh or cry, depending on what dress he’s wearing.
Tony DeSena, Emmy-winning head writer, Sesame Street
How can you really enjoy a perfect, happy, picturesque, working environment up there???!!! Come back to L.A.!!!! Misery loves company!
Ginny McSwain, 4 time Emmy award winning animation director, "Transformers", "Fanboy", "Gravity Falls".
In a room full of funny, talented, creative people, he's the one you want to sit down with.
Becky Bonar, actress, producer, bon vivant
Jan Rabson Rocks!!Great multiple voiced talent and an asset to any project....he delivers!
Susan Silo, VO Actor/Coach LA
jan rabson is a truly outstanding voice actor - and the ONLY voice actor who ever offered to let me come hang out with him on his island!
Jess Harnell, voice actor anaimaniacs, transformers , america's funniest home videos
Jan Rabson is a true veteran of the animation voice -over industry. Always a pleasure to work with, his talent and expertise provides a wide variety of performance bringing us the wacky and funny cartoon characters, as well as the warm and loveable all the way through to the chilling villain. We are especially delighted with his excellent performance as the wise, mystical sage, Zhu Fu, in the Zhu Zhu movies.
Liz Young - Owner/Producer- Mike Young Productions
Jan Rabson is a very gifted actor with an extremely impressive range, however, it is his attention to the writer’s intentions that make his characters fully dimensional, which is the ultimate goal on an animated project! He’s the only voice-over actor I’ll sleep with.
Cindy Akers, Animation Voice Casting and Direction.
Jan Rabson is one of the actors I’ve worked with!
Al Lowe, Creator of Leisure Suit Larry
Jan Rabson is a voice over actor whose list of credits is so long, chances are, you have laughed at him many times. For over 40 years he has breathed life into words on the page, turning them into memorable, often funny, and always lovable characters.
As with all great actors, his ability to capture the humanity of a character is distinctive. Conveying depth, humility, empathy and humor, Jan connects with audiences.
He has acted in thousands of films, TV shows, multi-media games, radio and TV commercials. Called upon by directors for his extraordinary versatility, his character voices range from young to old including every accent and dialect imaginable.
On the animated big screen his credits include, Bug's Life, Toy Story I, II and III, Finding Nemo, Shrek 2, Wall-E, Monster's Inc, Ponyo, Horton Hears a Who, and most recently "The Lorax". His commercial voice-over work includes McDonald's, Pepsi, Ford, Budweiser, and L.A. Gear, and Apple. You might also remember Jan from TV series, both on-screen and off, in movies and in commercials. Jan's TV credits include Married With Children, Cheers, Designing Women, Night Court, Wings, Star Trek and The Tonight Show.
Jan was born in East Meadow, New York. He credits his facility with foreign accents to his father's business clientele. His father, an accountant, worked out of the family home and many of his clients were immigrant small business owners from Brooklyn and Queens. Simply answering the phone, Jan gained a first hand education into the dialects and accents of his Dad's clients.
He first began working in the film business at the age of fifteen when he was hired by Bristol-Meyers to write and produce short educational films. One of the films he created and starred in received a US Senate subcommittee award.
After obtaining his degree in Theatre Arts from Long Island University, and subsequently acting on stage in New York, Jan moved to Los Angeles in 1977 to pursue onscreen and voice over acting. A brave young upstart, he connected with his hero Mel Blanc early on — who was taken with Jan and got him his first Hollywood agent.
His quick wit was a natural fit for improv and he enjoyed performing with most of the well-known improv groups during his early years in L.A. He was a member of the Groundlings in '77 & '78, working with Phil Hartman, Paul Rubens, Edie McClurg and many others, including Robin Williams and Fred Willard.
Jan's improvisational skills were most apparent as a member of Johnny Carson's Mighty Art Players in the 90's, when he appeared with Johnny, on and off camera, in sketches and provided the voice-over for answering machines, cash registers and dozens of other inanimate objects.
His voices range from friendly to acerbic and he is particularly noted for his dry wit and improv ability. He is a favorite among producers who want to bring a script to life. His humor comes out in dialogue spots as both the straight man and the fall guy and his "man on the street" is usually peppered with a subtle wit.
Jan also is a writer and producer and along with his wife Cindy Akers, who is a renowned and respected voice director, ran Voicetrax West, a full production recording facility in Los Angeles for over a decade.
Currently, Jan divides his time between his home on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia where he works remotely, and Vancouver and Los Angeles. He enjoys mentoring and teaching the art of voice over as well as continuing to work in the business he loves so much.
These days, Jan works solely in voice-over, "Unless a producer calls me out of the blue for something — i.e.; Baywatch. How could I refuse?" says Jan.
Classic Jan Rabson.