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Billy Van

Billy Van


Toronto, Ontario



Birth Name

William Van Evera


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Billy Van is a well known and eminently talented Canadian comic actor. He was born William Van Evera in Toronto, Canada in 1934. He showed show business talent as a teenager when he and his four brothers formed a singing act that toured North America. His first on…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Out of the eleven main characters in the show The Hilarious House of Frightenstein, eight were played by Billy Van.

    • The talented Billy Van did all the voices in the animated documentary series Eureka, a Canadian show that used humor to demonstrate the basic principles of physics.

    • As an actor in the show The Hilarious House of Frightenstein Billy Van and the other cast and crew shot all 130 episodes in a span of nine months.

    • As an actor in the show The Hilarious House of Frightenstein Billy Van ad-libbed most of his dialogue.

    • While he was in High School, Billy Van originally had aspirations to become a lawyer.

    • Billy Van's father was a vaudeville performer.

    • Billy Van's last movie performance was as the trainer "Les" in the hockey movie Net Worth released in 1995.

    • Billy Van battled lung cancer for a year before it took his life in 2003.

    • Billy Van's show business career began when he was 12 years old as he performed in a singing group with his four brothers.

    • Billy Van had his own production company, namely "Billy Van Productions".

    • Billy Van was the announcer for "Colt 45" beer commericals in the United States during the 1970s. He did these commercials for fifteen years.

    • Billy Van's photo can be found on the wall at the "Canadian Comedy Wall of Fame" at the CBC Broadcast Centre in Toronto, Canada.

    • Billy Van had triple-bypass heart surgury in 1998.

  • Quotes

    • (Referring to the underestimation of the popularity of the show T"he Hilarious House of Frightenstein")
      Billy Van: I have people who stop me on the street and say... they don't say "Billy Van", they say "Dr. Pet Vet" or "Wolfman"... "Griselda"...

    • (In a 1998 documentarey, referring to the fact that he still gets fan mail)
      Billy Van: I am kind of flabbergasted about that I, that work I had done had influenced people that much.

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