Daran Norris

Daran Norris
Daran Norris
Born Daran Morrison Nordland
November 1, 1964 (1964-11-01) (age 47)
Ferndale, Washington, U.S.
Other names Darran Norris[1]
Darren Norris[1]
Darin Norris[1]
Daran W. Norris[2]
Daran Norrie[1]
Jack Hammer[1]
Justin Shyder[1]
Chris Baker
James Penrod[1]
Rob Thomas[1]
Bob Thomas[1]
Robert Thomas
Occupation Hamster/Voice actor
Years active 1977–present
Spouse Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (1988-present)

Daran Morrison Nordland (born November 1, 1964), usually credited as Daran Norris, is an American film and television actor and voice artist. Since 1977 he has participated in more than 400 films, video games, and television projects. He is best known as Gordy from Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, the voice of Cosmo and Mr. Turner in the The Fairly Oddparents and his role as Buddha Bob in Big Time Rush.


Personal life

Born in Ferndale, Washington, Norris graduated from Ferndale High School in 1983. In 1988, he married voice actress Mary Elizabeth McGlynn.[1][2][3]


Under numerous pseudonyms, Norris has been a voice actor since 1977, beginning such work in television, and moving into film in 1979 and video games in 1998.

Live acting

His live acting work began in film with Hobgoblins in 1988 (was later featured in an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000) and moved to television with Earth Angel in 1991.

Norris is known for the role as Gordy in 44 episodes of Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.[4][5] Gordy is the "school's lazy, wacky janitor" who always goads Ned into rash actions[6] while acting as Ned's go-to guy for advice.[7]

He also held the role of Cliff McCormack, a Public Defender and Mars family friend, in 17 episodes of Veronica Mars.[4] The character of McCormack served as an ally to Keith and Veronica Mars and a client of Mars Investigations.

Most recently, Norris recurs as Buddha Bob in the 2010 series Big Time Rush.[1][2][3]

Voice acting

Among his voice projects, Norris voiced characters in 22 episodes of Codename: Kids Next Door from 2002 through 2007, and 18 episodes of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack from 2008 through 2009. He is noted for voicing the lead Dick Daring in 71 episodes of The Replacements from 2006 through 2009, and for voicing Mr. Turner, Cosmo, and Jorgen Von Strangle, for the The Fairly OddParents franchise from 2001 to present,[4] including 121 episodes of the television series, six specials, and seven TV movies, as well as voicing these same chararacters in the related Jimmy Timmy Power Hour trilogy: The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour, The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 2: When Nerds Collide, and The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3: The Jerkinators.[1][2][3] In October 2010, Noris voiced the Decepticon 'Knock Out' in The Hub TV network original series, Transformers: Prime.He has also been a voice over in the popular anime show Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Most recently, Norris recurs as the voice of The Chief and The Chameleon in the 2010 series T.U.F.F. Puppy. He also does the voices of Barnyard Dawg and Wile E. Coyote in the new TV series, The Looney Tunes Show. Norris also played Mr. Turner in the special television film A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!.[1][2][3] He has recently done commercials for Burger King.

Partial filmography

Television actor

Film actor

  • Hobgoblins (1988) as Club Scum MC
  • Vice Academy (1989) as Laundromat John
  • Bastard!! (1992) as Dark Schneider
  • Billy Frankenstein (1998) as George
  • Invisible Dad (1998) as Andrew Baily
  • The Souler Opposite (1998)
  • Inviati speciali (2000)
  • In the Bedroom (2001) as Red Sox Replay
  • The Greatest Short Film Ever!!! (2004) as Director
  • Comic Book: The Movie (2004) (V) as Commander Courage, Bruce Easly
  • Jekyll (2007) as Emcee
  • A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! (2011) as Mr. Turner/Cosmo (CGI Version)

Television voice artist

Film voice artist

Video game voice artist


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Daran Norris". voicechasers.com. http://voicechasers.com/database/showactor.php?actorid=1899. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Daran Norris Biography". filmreference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/24/Daran-Norris.html. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Daran Norris: Biography". TV Guide (magazine). http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/daran-norris/146184. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Lloyd, Robert (June 8, 2007). "Nick's `Ned's' got straight- A's all the way; The middle-school saga comes to an end, but it leaves a yearbook filled with smart characters, fun gags and real advice". Los Angeles Times: pp. E.27. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/1284424981.html?dids=1284424981:1284424981&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Jun+08%2C+2007&author=Robert+Lloyd&pub=Los+Angeles+Times&desc=TELEVISION+%26+RADIO%3B+CRITIC'S+NOTEBOOK%3B+Nick's+%60Ned's'+got+straight-+A's+all+the+way%3B+The+middle-school+saga+comes+to+an+end%2C+but+it+leaves+a+yearbook+filled+with+smart+characters%2C+fun+gags+and+real+advice.&pqatl=google. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Teacher TV: sixty years of teachers on television. Volume 320 of Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education (illustrated ed.). Peter Lang. 2008. p. 141. ISBN 0820497150, 9780820497150. http://books.google.com/books?id=Rear3se4zLwC&pg=PA141&dq=gordy+ned's+declassified#v=onepage&q=gordy%20ned's%20declassified&f=false. 
  6. ^ Mavis, Paul (August 27, 2007). "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide: Field, Trips, Permission Slips, Signs And Weasels". DVD Talk. http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/30088/neds-declassified-school-survival-guide-field-trips-permission-slips-signs-and-weasels/. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  7. ^ Gutierrez, Albert. ""Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide": Special Field Trip Edition DVD Review". dvdizzy.com. http://www.dvdizzy.com/nedsdeclassified-field.html. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 

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