That’s right, Doogie Howser, the boy genius, was not only ahead of his time as a 14 year-old physician, but he also beat us all to the world of blogging. Doogie closed episodes of his self-titled hit TV show (1989-1993) with a journal entry on his computer. This got me thinking. what would 34 year-old Doogie be blogging about now? Perhaps Doogie would be blogging about how he and his best friend Vinny Delpino went on to be successful voice actors…?
OK, make that Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie) and Max Casella (Vinny) went on from their Doogie Howser days to become successful voice actors. Neil Patrick Harris, among other acting achievements, has voiced characters on The Simpsons and Family Guy. You’ll also hear Harris voicing The Flash in Justice League: The New Frontier and Spider-Man in Spider-Man: The New Animated Series. Max Casella, of course, is well known for his role in The Sopranos (Benny Fazio), along with multiple other on-screen credits, but he has also voiced characters in several films, including The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (Tip) and Dinosaur (Zini). However, despite the fact that Casella voices the video game character Daxter for the game Jax and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, you won’t hear him in The Sopranos: Road to Respect video game. Benny didn’t make the cut, you’ll have to settle for Tony, Christopher, Silvio, Paulie, A.J., and Vito. [Check out HBO.com for videos of the making of Road to Respect, including behind the scenes look at the voice-over sessions.]
So, maybe today, Doogie would be blogging about missing Benny when he plays The Road to Respect on his PlayStation2, or more likely, he’d be wishing a happy birthday to Neil Patrick Harris (June 15, 1973) and Max Casella (June 6, 1967) two voice actors connected astrologically and indefinitely in Doogie Howser’s blogs, which incidentally, can be found here: http://doogiehowsermd.blogspot.com. Note the dates of his posts; yes, Virginia, Doogie Howser was a blogger.
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