B. J. Ward
Ward in 2018
Betty Jean Ward

(1944-09-12) September 12, 1944 (age 79)
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active1960–present
AgentSBV Talent Agency
  • (m. 1966; div. 1978)
  • (m. 1995; died 2016)

Betty Jean Ward[1] (born September 12, 1944)[2] is an American actress. She is the creator and the star of Stand-Up Opera, a musical one-woman show.

Personal life

Ward was first married to Donald Trenner in 1966, they divorced in 1978,[1] She was later married to director Gordon Hunt from 1995 until his death in 2016.[3]


Early career

She made her debut on the stage in 1960, in the original off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks, where she was an understudy for the role of Luisa/the Girl. B.J. Ward had gotten the part by calling the producer of the show.[1]

She toured with the Groundlings for a short while before starting her own voice over career starting with Hanna-Barbera's Jana of the Jungle in 1978.[4]

Singing career

Ward also worked as a singer, she is well known fir her highly critical acclaim one-woman show, "Stand-Up Opera", were it became a massive success with critics and audience alike.[5] She has also released seven different albums throughout her singing career including Vocal Ease, Queen Of The Night, Stand-Up Opera, B.J. Ward Sings Marshall Barer, Double Feature: Love Songs From The Movies and Double Feature 2: More Songs From The Movies!.[5]

Voice acting career

Ward is best known as a voice actress. Her animation voice credits include:

Live-action career

In 1985, she made a rare film appearance in the TV movie Malice in Wonderland alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Jane Alexander.

Ward has also guest-starred on television series such as Frasier, ER, and In-Laws.

Video game career

Ward has also done voices for video games, including:

Other acting and singing work

In addition, she has also done voiceovers for theme parks, including:




Video games



  1. ^ a b c d Don Heckman (March 13, 1987). "B.J. Ward: She Talks A Good Show". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  2. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes: Movies | TV Shows | Movie Trailers | Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on May 9, 2022.
  3. ^ Steve Marble (December 20, 2016). "Gordon Hunt, director, voice actor and father of Helen Hunt, dies at 87". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  4. ^ "BJ Ward". Retrieved October 7, 2023.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Music". Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  6. ^ Capcom (April 27, 2004). Onimusha 3: Demon Siege. Scene: Closing credits, 0:45 in, cast.
  7. ^ a b "BJ Ward (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved April 30, 2021. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.((cite web)): CS1 maint: postscript (link)