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Daran Norris (born Daran Morrison Nordland; November 1, 1964) is an American film, television and voice actor. He has appeared or voiced characters in more than 400 films, video games, and television programs, including: Gordy in Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide; Cliff McCormack in Veronica Mars; the voices of Cosmo, Jorgen Von Strangle, and Mr. Turner in the The Fairly OddParents; Buddha Bob in Big Time Rush; and Knock Out in Transformers Prime.

Personal life

Born in Ferndale, Washington, Norris graduated from Ferndale High School in 1983, and married voice actress Mary Elizabeth McGlynn in 1988.

Career

Norris has been an actor since 1988, beginning such work in television commercials, and moving into film, TV, and voice work in early-mid 90s.

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 work.

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

He also held the role of Cliff McCormack, a Public Defender and Mars family friend, in 17 episodes of Veronica Mars. 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.

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 2008-9. He is noted for voicing the lead Dick Daring in 71 episodes of The Replacements from 2006-9, and for voicing Mr. Turner, Cosmo, and Jorgen Von Strangle, for the The Fairly OddParents franchise from 2001 to present, including 126 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. In October 2010, Norris 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 live-action television film A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!. He has recently done commercials for Burger King.

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