Travis Willingham rose to fame through a medium that many have yet to take advantage of. As a tool, language has many facets. With it we can communicate abstract ideas such as strength, fear, love, desire. Armed with this knowledge and humanity’s constant desire to be entertained in different mediums, a few people have devoted themselves to expressing the words and the feelings behind them in order to give pleasure to the viewer or listener in a profession called Voice Acting. One such person is Travis Willingham. Here’s a look at his career, personal life, and accomplishments as an actor.
Travis Willingham – Biography
Travis is one of the biggest names in voice acting with a career that has garnered over 300 film and television credits. It is an accomplished career and his life began on August 3, 1981 in one of the most populated cities in America, Dallas. Despite his accomplished and famous life as a voice actor, Travis has managed to keep the details of his personal life out of the public eye. We do know, however, that his mother is Patricia Mueller and he has a younger brother called Carson Willingham.
Although the details have been kept out of the public eye, his educational background suggests that he was raised by Christian parents. After graduating from high school at Woodrow Wilson High School in 1999, he enrolled and attended Texas Christian University, where he studied acting. He graduated from the theater program in 2003.
Naturally, when one graduates in acting, there is an expectation that such a person will spend their career or part of it in front of an audience or at least a camera. For a time after graduation, that was the case with Travis Willingham when he starred in Used Lions and Prison-A-Go-Go! . His filmography shows scenes of live roles in front of a camera during his 16-year career.
At just 8 films, his live action roles pale in comparison to his credits. He first starred in the popular Japanese anime show, Dragon Ball Z as a voice actor before he graduated from Texas Christian University. During the series, he played various characters, presenting himself as a talented actor.
After graduating in 2003, he continued his voice acting roles. The cartoons are originally produced in Japanese and are dedicated to American markets, which creates opportunities for several players. Travis Willingham has been at the forefront of these opportunities, voicing characters in major anime such as One Piece, Fullmetal Alchemist, Bleach, Naruto: Shippuden, Shin-chan, among others. Till date he has delivered more than 40 animes.
Having established himself as a talented voice actor capable of expressing the words and feelings of foreign characters, he landed numerous roles in English productions, from video games to films and television. He’s also done roles for Marvel animation, including iconic characters like Hulk and Thor. For DC, he voiced Lex Luthor, Superman’s nemesis. In video games, he has accumulated a lot of credits for a total of more than 50. He voiced Kingpin in the 2018 version of the game Spider-Man.
After nearly two decades of working with major franchises such as Marvel and DC in the film/television sector and several video game franchises, Travis Willingham has been able to create an enviable net worth of $6 million.
Who is his wife – Laura Bailey?
Travis has had success in his profession and he has had it for the heart. On September 25, 2011, he married longtime girlfriend and voice actor Laura Bailey.
Laura’s acting credits include video games like World of Warcraft, Street Fighter, Halo 5, Uncharted franchise, and anime like Negima, Suzuka, Gunslinger Girl, among others. She and Travis have worked together on several projects. The couple have a son, Ronin Willingham.
Other Facts About Travis Willingham
He’s a fitness buff – Although his job doesn’t require him to be in front of a camera, Travis hasn’t stopped Travis from maintaining excellent body shape. He is known to regularly participate in triathlons.
He was a national finalist in the Irene Ryan Competition for Actors held in Washington, DC.