Jeff Nimoy has been in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. He is an Emmy award-winning voice actor, voice director, actor, writer, producer and director.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, in June 1966, Jeff grew up watching his second cousin once removed Leonard Nimoy play Spock on “Star Trek.” He attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Acting in 1988. He also attended the Stella Adler Conservatory, the National Shakespeare Conservatory and The Groundlings.
Once he graduated, Jeff drove out to Los Angeles in his Chevy Chevette with only $500 in his pocket. He didn’t have any job prospects, and he didn’t have any money for food, as his $500 went straight towards rent. So what did he do? The natural thing – he competed in rap competitions at The Red Onion in Mid-Wilshire.
That’s right; Jeff Nimoy got his start in Los Angeles by competing in rap competitions every Thursday night. First place prize was $100, and after he won five weeks in a row – with his original comedy rap song, “The Bugs Bunny Rap” – the staff told him he couldn’t enter the contest anymore. Jeff said he’d stop if they gave him a bartending job, and they accepted.
During his time in LA, Jeff studied with The Groundlings and other improv comedy groups, before jumping into voice acting in 1994 with “The Mutant League.” From there, he segued into voice directing, writing, producing and more. He worked with Fox Kids and produced shows like “Chimp Lips Theater” and “Gotcha! With Paul Rodriguez.”
His Time with “Digimon”
He eventually found his way into the world of “Digimon: Digital Monsters.” Jeff is most known for his work with the top-rated Fox Kids show, where he adapted, voice-directed and served as the story editor. He also voiced many characters, including Tentomon. He would eventually go on to adapt and voice direct the theatrically released 20th Century Fox animated feature film “Digimon: The Movie” and its sequel “Digimon Adventure 02: Revenge of Diaboromon” for Disney. Jeff also voiced the popular character Nicholas D. Wolfwood for the cult series “Trigun.”
As they say, the rest is history. Jeff became entrenched in anime and is known by fans at the “Spielberg of Anime.” He developed many big anime shows as their first season voice director.
Jeff served as the executive producer and writer on numerous Fox Kids and anime shows, and he adapted and/or voice-directed several popular Cartoon Network, KIDS WB, Disney XD and Disney Channel series, like “Naruto,” “Bleach,” “Zatch Bell!,” “Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo,” “MegaMan,” “Robodz” and “Stitch!” He voice directed the Netflix anime series “Ultraman” and the American version of “Tree Fu Tom,” a kids’ series for NBC and Freemantle.
Jeff Nimoy Keeps On Working
Over the course of four years, Jeff was nominated for three Emmy awards – and won once– for his comedic work as a writer, producer and voice director for “NFL Films Presents” on ESPN and Fox.
In 2013, Jeff produced and directed a web video for Audible.com, starring Billy Crystal, to promote Crystal’s autobiography “Still Foolin’ Em.” He also produced, wrote and directed original content for many websites owned by SpinMedia, including TheSuperficial.com, SPIN.com, Idolator.com, CeleBuzz.com and TheFrisky.com.
In 2014, Jeff produced a series of TV and web commercials for Walmart’s “Holiday Hub” campaign, which starred Anthony Anderson and Melissa Joan Hart. He developed a sitcom for Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video and MTV, and he voice directed the American version of Chavo, the historic Spanish language animated series.
Even with all these exciting opportunities, Jeff wasn’t really getting to do what he wanted to do: write, direct and produce movies.
That all changed when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2017.
It worked out for the best, though – he underwent surgery, the brain tumor was removed and Jeff had a new lease on life. He decided he wasn’t going to wait any longer to make a movie, and he was done asking permission to make one, too. Instead, he asked a bunch of industry pros to join him and help him create his movie. And they did.
In 2019, Jeff wrote, produced, directed and starred in his first live-action feature “Fame-ish,” a romantic comedy set at an anime convention. The microbudget film was shot at a live anime convention and distributed by Random Media internationally. “Fame-ish” is currently available digitally everywhere.
Jeff Nimoy has worked with major organizations and brands like Disney, Fox, ABC, MTV, Imagine Entertainment, NFL Films, Audbile.com, Google, Miracle Whip, Smirnoff Ice and Hanes. He has done commercials for Toyota, DeBeer Diamonds, The U.S. Army, Toys R Us, Southern Comfort, SamePlate.com, Ideal Image and more. His promo work includes the Tennis Channel, Disney Channel and Fox Kids.
Jeff’s looping experience covers both TV and films, including “Arrow,” “Buena Vista Social Club,” “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” “Grimm,” “Nashville,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Pulp Fiction” and “Run Lola Run.”
He also narrated the novel “The Dark Streets” by John Shannon.
Jeff is a member of SAG-AFTRA.
Equipment and Voice Description
Jeff’s equipment includes: Sennheiser 419, Apollo Twin Pre Amp, Twisted Wave and Source Connect.
Jeff can voice male characters ranging from their 20s to their 50s. His voice descriptions are “edgy, cool, smoky, real, sexy, bedroom-voice, friendly, smart, authoritative and conversational.”
Jeff Nimoy’s Resume
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