James Carter Cathcart

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James Carter Cathcart, often credited as simply Carter Cathcart, is an American former voice actor, screenwriter and musician who is best known for his work on the English-language dub of the Pokémon anime. He has also been credited under his pseudonyms Billy Beach and Jimmy Zoppi. Besides voice acting, he is also a musician. He plays bass, electric guitar, keyboards and drums.

Carter Cathcart


Cathcart was born on March 8, 1954 in West Long Branch, New Jersey. He is one of the original actors on the anime. Aside from his role as Gary Oak, he mainly played characters of the day until Pokémon: Battle Frontier, when TAJ Productions and The Pokémon Company International, then known as Pokémon USA, took over the dub. When his voice-acting duties were increased by becoming the voice of James and Meowth of Team Rocket as well as Professor Oak, he took on the pseudonym Billy Beach. Previously, for the 4Kids-dubbed episodes of the anime, Cathcart went under the pseudonym Jimmy Zoppi, his most well-known pseudonym.

Since season 5, he has been responsible for the script adaptation of episodes, a role which he still performs on the show. As script adapter, in 4Kids-dubbed media, The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon, and the ninth movie, he was credited as Carter Cathcart, the name he used in his voice acting duties in Pokémon Chronicles and from the thirteenth movie until the end of the twenty-second season, and in all other TPCi-dubbed media, he is credited under his full name, James Carter Cathcart, the name he now uses in his voice acting duties as of Season 23.

Following the retirement of Kayzie Rogers at the start of Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon, he is now the longest-serving voice actor in the English dub. He is the only English voice actor in the series to work on the dub of every season of the anime so far. In 2023 whilst undergoing treatment for cancer, Carter Cathcart announced he would be retiring from script adapting and voice acting on Pokémon at the end of Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series.

Pokémon roles






Video games

Pokémon Snap

Pokémon Puzzle League

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure

PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond

Pokémon Masters EX

Other non-Pokémon roles


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  This article is part of Project VA, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each voice actor of the Pokémon anime.