William Dufris, voice of Bob the Builder, dies at 62

Bob the Builder

Voice of Bob The Builder William Dufris dies of cancer aged 62

William Dufris, who voiced the title character in the USA and Canadian version of the children's series Bob the Builder for its first nine seasons, has died of cancer.

The actor's dying was introduced in a Tweet from Pocket Universe Productions, a manufacturing firm he co-founded. They wrote how the loss has left a lot of people with a hole in their heart.

William Dufris, who voiced the main character in the American and Canadian version of the children's series.

Dufris, who was born in ME, began his career in London, working on BBC Radio plays with the likes of Kathleen Turner and Helena Bonham-Carter. As for his voice-acting resume, he also contributed to audio drama productions of Spider-Man, Judge Dredd, Voyage and An American Werewolf in London.

There is a hole in a lot of people's hearts right now. Unfortunately, on Tuesday, 24 March, he lost that battle.

In each episode, the crew would be summoned to take on a big construction project, and upon getting their assignment, Bob would turn to his crew and ask, "Can we build it?" - to which his "staff" replied in unison, "Yes we can!"

Throughout the 1980s and '90s, Dufris voiced characters for English dubs of Japanese anime such as Angel Cop, Genocyber, Patlabor: The Movie, and more. The company's twitter handle broke the news of Dufris' death. We will have more to say later.

Dufris lend his voice to the character of Bob in the USA and Canadian versions of the cartoon for the first nine series before stepping down from his role in 2006. He was also the co-founder of Pocket Universe Production, that released the news of his untimely demise.

But he always credited his work on animated series for his success across all forms of voice work.

Navy docks USS Theodore Roosevelt to test crew for COVID-19