|Created by Marc Brown|
Creator Marc Brown
Role Book character
|Name Arthur Read|
|First appearance Arthur's Nose (1976, book debut)
"Arthur's Eyes" (1996, television debut)|
Voiced by William Healy (2014–present) Drew Adkins (2012–2014) Dallas Jokic (2008–2012) Cameron Ansell (2004– Mark Rendall (2001–2003) Justin Bradley (2001, original broadcast) Michael Yarmush (1996–2000) Philip Penalosa (singing voice in Arthur's Perfect Christmas) Carr Thompson (Arthur's Missing Pal) Duncan Wold (Living Books: 1992–1994) Ben Ellis (Living Books: 1994–1999, Arthur's 1st Grade) Pamela Adlon (Arthur's Thinking Games)
Family David Read (father) Janet Read (mother) Dora Winifred "D.W." Read (sister) Kate Read (sister)
Relatives Grandma Thora Grandpa Dave Bud (uncle) Loretta (aunt) Ricky (cousin) Monique "Mo" (cousin) Bonnie (aunt) Sean (uncle) George (cousin) Lucy (aunt) Jessica (aunt) Richard (uncle) Cora (cousin) Fred (uncle) Gustav (great-great grandfather) Matthew (great-great-great uncle)
Played by Michael Yarmush, Cameron Ansell, Justin Bradley, Mark Rendall, Drew Adkins
Similar DW Read, Buster Baxter, Muffy Crosswire, Jane Read, Francine Alice Frensky
Arthur voice comparisons arthur read
Arthur Timothy Read is the main character and titular protagonist of both the book series and the PBS children's television show Arthur, created by Marc Brown. On the show, he is eight years old, in Mr. Ratburn's third grade class, and lives in Elwood City.
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- Physical appearance
- Buster Baxter
- Mary Alice Muffy Crosswire
- Alan The Brain Powers
- George Lundgren
- Shelley Binky Barnes
- Voice acting
- International Voice Actors
Arthur is an anthropomorphic aardvark. In Brown's first Arthur book, Arthur's Nose (1976), Arthur is shown with a long nose and resembles an actual aardvark, though as the books progressed and eventually became a TV series, a noticeable, simplified version of Arthur took shape. The character's most recognizable form is a light brown, slanted face with small ears, drawn as a bipedal, pre-pubescent youth with signature round glasses. On more than one occasion, Arthur's classmates tease him for his glasses and somewhat "dorky" attire.
The tensions between Arthur and his 4-year-old sister Dora Winifred "D.W." Read are a common theme in the Arthur series. Arthur is constantly pestered by his four-year-old younger sister D.W. She usually tries to get Arthur into trouble, although Arthur sometimes retaliates. Despite that, Arthur tries his best to ignore D.W.'s annoying antics most of the time and often does her favors—sometimes at his parents' request and against his will. D.W. also make frequent attempts to hang out with Arthur's friends, who relent in later episodes.
Arthur's parents are his mother, Jane Read, who is a work-at-home accountant, and his father, David L. Read, who runs a catering business. His mother is from the Pittsburgh area and knew Fred Rogers as a child, while most of his father's relatives are from Ohio. He also has a baby sister named Kate and a pet dog named Pal.
Appearances from Arthur's extended family include Grandma Thora, Grandpa Dave, Uncle Fred, Uncle Richard, Uncle Bud, Uncle Sean, Aunt Jessica, Aunt Loretta, Aunt Lucy, Aunt Bonnie Great-Grandma (Thora's mother) and his cousins Cora, Monique, Ricky, Unnamed cousin (Loretta's daughter), Cousin George and other unnamed relatives. However, the only two members of Arthur's extended family who have appeared more than once as of today are Grandma Thora and Grandpa Dave. They are grouchy and grumpy Grandma Thora lives in a house not too far from Arthur's in Elwood City and is known to be a bad cook, but a loving grandmother (however, she favors D.W. over Arthur in many scenes) and a world-class marbles player. She loves to play bingo every Friday night, and in some episodes has to watch over Arthur and D.W. Grandpa Dave lives on a farm that he claims has been in the family for 150 years. Grandma Thora also has a rescue dog named Killer, who acts tough on the outside, but has a soft inside once you get to know her.
Buster Baxter is regarded as Arthur's best friend who has the habit of eating junk foods, sometimes past their shelf life, and enjoys telling jokes.
Mary Alice "Muffy" Crosswire
Muffy is popular and rich due to her dad's successful used automobile business.
Alan "The Brain" Powers
The Brain's true name is Alan, but his friends call him Brain due to his high intelligence and habit of correcting others' mistakes in many subjects.
George is a ventriloquist and has a wooden giraffe ventriloquist dummy named Wally. George also has dyslexia, but he doesn't let that get in his way.
Shelley "Binky" Barnes
Binky acts as the main school bully, but he can't intimidate some of the students, especially Sue Ellen.
Francine Frensky and Sue Ellen Armstrong are some more of Arthur's friends who appear most frequently.
These are the people who have been the voice actor for Arthur in the TV series:
International Voice Actors
Since Arthur is shown in more than 80 countries, Arthur is dubbed by these voice actors shown here: