Bender Bending Rodriquez
age: 1057 (Head), 4 (Body)
job: Ship's Cook
voiced by: John DiMaggio
Bender is a Unit 22 Bending Unit and was his mothers 1729 th son. His father was killed by a can opener. Comprising of 40% Zinc and 40% Titanium he later attended Bending State college where he majored in Bending and minored in Robo-American studies. He became a legend for his pranks while being part of the house Epsilon rho rho.
He then took up a successful career in bending Girders but tried to kill himself when he found out they were for suicide booths. He was saved by Fry and later took up the job of ships cook at Planet Express. His other pastimes include watching TV, smoking cigars and stealing. To be able to function properly he needs the chemical energy from alcohol, so excessive drinking is mandatory or he will become sober and unable to control his body. Magnets stuck to his head make him sing like a folk singer.
An actor well-known in animation circles, Billy West is one of an increasingly popular breed - actors heard but not seen. Tops in the voice-over business, some of West's most famous voices include those of Ren & Stimpy, Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in the feature film Space Jam and the official voice of Woody Woodpecker, as well as years of providing celebrity voice impersonations on The Howard Stern Show. Some of his animated projects include: Histeria!, Catdog, Detention, Voltron, Rayman, Project Geeker and Men in Black.
Amongst other things, West has been the in-show announcer for the Screen Gems Network, the voice of George Jetson for Radio Shack, Marfalump for the Pepsi/Star Wars ad campaign, various claymation characters for Brisk Iced Tea and the Red M&M for the millennium M&Ms campaign. A self-proclaimed Mel Blanc devotee, West recalls that even as a very small child he would listen to people's voices on the radio and imitate them.
His big break came in 1988, when he landed the role of Cecil in the cartoon Beanie and Cecil. From there, he was noticed by the creators of Ren & Stimpy, who brought him on to portray the dim-bulb feline, Stimpy; later, he also took over the role of the psychotic chihuahua Ren. It was at that time that he supplied an array of outrageous characterizations for The Howard Stern Show.