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Val Bettin (born August 1, 1923) is an American retired voice actor, known for using a British accent in all of his roles.

Early life and career

He was born Valentin Bettin in La Crosse, Wisconsin. In 1948, he went to England, to enter the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and graduated in 1950. There he met his wife Hildy, and the two married that same year. They returned to the United States, in order for him to become a drama teacher in Iowa. He had been using a British accent in theatre, radio and TV roles since 1953.

He got his first film role in the movie Somewhere in Time, which was filmed in 1978-1979. He later became a voice actor, with his first role as Dr. David Q. Dawson in the 1986 Disney film The Great Mouse Detective. He has been credited in Shrek, Gargoyles and Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series. He voices Matt's grandfather Herbert in W.I.T.C.H.. He voiced the Sultan in the Aladdin TV series and sequels after Douglas Seale stepped down from the role.

His wife Hildy died in 2007, aged 83.

He retired from his career in 2008.


Animated Roles

  • The Great Mouse Detective - Dr. Dawson/Thug Guard
  • The Return of Jafar - Sultan
  • Aladdin - Sultan
  • Aladdin and the King of Thieves - Sultan
  • Shrek - Bishop
  • Somewhere in Time - Theater Director in 1912
  • The Mork & Mindy / Laverne & Shirley / Fonz Hour - Additional Voices
  • Hercules - King Tivius
  • Gargoyles - Egon Pax
  • Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles - Egon Pax
  • Webster - Erwin
  • Mighty Ducks - Sarks
  • W.I.T.C.H. - Herbert Olsen

Anime Roles

Video game Roles

  • Tarzan - Professor Porter
  • Zork: Grand Inquisitor - Sneffle/Flickering Torch

Live-Action Roles

  • Webster - Edwin
  • American Masters - John Latrobe
  • Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story - Mr. Breen
  • Somewere in Time - Director, in 1912
  • Triplecross - Winslow
  • Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase - Playwright
  • The Man Who Wasn't There - Monocle

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