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Transformers Movie: The Voice Cast

Reported by Jay Cochran - 2007.06.19

Golden-throated PETER CULLEN (Optimus Prime®) is known throughout the world not only as the voice of the wise and heroic leader of the Autobots®, Optimus Prime®, on the popular 1980s cartoon series “The Transformers,” but he was also the voice of various other robots including Ironhide®, Slugslinger®, Streetwise®, Wingspan® and Nightstick®. In 1986, he reprised the voices Optimus® and Ironhide® in the animated film, “The Transformers: The Movie.”

Cullen also lends his talents to the somber but sincere voice of Eeyore, the eternally pessimistic donkey who views the world through morose-colored glasses, in Disney’s Winnie the Pooh® movies: “Wonderful World Adventure,” “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie,” “Springtime with Roo,” “Piglet’s Big Movie” and “The Tigger Movie.” Cullen, who ironically owns his own donkey, is heard on everything from cartoons and television commercials to theatrical promotions. He has long provided the voice of Eeyore, beginning with the popular TV series “The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” in 1988 to the “House of Mouse” in 2002. In addition, he is featured on Disney’s “Duck Tales” and plays Monterey Jack on “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers.”

Earlier in the 80s, Cullen was the voice of K.A.R.R., the evil incarnation of K.I.T.T., the talking Pontiac® Trans-Am, in the David Hasselhoff series “Knight Rider.” He was also the voice of Mantus in “The Pirates of Dark Water,” Hägar in “Hägar the Horrible,” Cindarr in “Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light,” Venger in “Dungeons and Dragons” and the narrator in the “Voltron” series. Other television credits include “Johnny Quest,” “Spider-Man,” “G.I. Joe,” “My Little Pony,” “Friends,” “Rainbow Brite,” “Scooby and Scrappy-Doo” and “The Jetsons.”

His film credits include the remake of “King Kong,” as the voice of the famous giant ape, and in the “Predator” films he provided the inhuman alien sounds for the title role. Cullen’s voice can also be heard in “My Little Pony: The Movie,” “Heathcliff: The Movie” and “Gremlins.”

The actor has guest-starred on “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour,” “The Bobbie Gentry Show” and the Hudson Brothers’ “Razzle Dazzle Show,” and was an announcer on the “Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.” Cullen also made appearances on Jonathan Winters and Richard Pryor specials.

Born in Montreal, Québec, Cullen is a member of the first graduating class of the National Theatre School of Canada and spent his early professional years as a radio announcer. His son is a stuntman in Hollywood.

Australian actor HUGO WEAVING (Megatron®) has starred in two of the biggest trilogies in film history, playing Elf leader Elrond in the “Lord of the Rings” films and Agent Smith in the “Matrix” films. He worked again with the Wachowski Brothers in “V for Vendetta,” opposite Natalie Portman, and most recently in Peter Himmelstein’s “The Key Man.”

Weaving is the recipient of two AFI (Australian Film Institute) Best Actor Awards, receiving the first in 1991 for his portrayal of a blind photographer in Jocelyn Moorhouse’s breakthrough feature “Proof.” He received a nomination in the same category in 1994 for his drag queen Mitzi Del Bra in Stephan Elliott’s “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.” Weaving won the same award for the second time in 1998 for his role in “The Interview,” written and directed by Craig Monahan, for which he also received the 1998 Best Actor Award at the World Film Festival in Montreal. He also worked with Monahan on the 2005 release “Peaches.” His most recent credit is the critically acclaimed “Little Fish,” opposite Sam Neill and Cate Blanchett.

Weaving also has a wealth of experience on stage. In 2006, he appeared with Blanchett in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of “Hedda Gabler” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

His other film credits include the Australian features “Russian Doll,” “The Magic Pudding,” “Strange Planet,” “Babe: Pig in the City,” “True Love,” “Chaos,” “Babe,” “Exile,” “The Custodian,” “Frauds,” “Reckless Kelly” and “…Almost” (aka “Wendy Cracked a Walnut”). His most recent Australian feature, “The Tenderhook,” opposite Rose Byrne, is set for release in 2008. Weaving also lent his voice to “The Girl Who Swallowed Bees” as the film’s narrator and as Noah the Elder in “Happy Feet.”

Born in Nigeria, Weaving was raised in England and Australia. He graduated from Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art.

MARK RYAN (Bumblebee™) is a multi-talented performer, combining his acting, singing, writing and action direction talents, and has enjoyed a successful and eclectic career for some 30 years, working in all aspects of film and television.

He did several major musicals in London's West End, spending 4 years in Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash hit “Evita” originating the role of Magaldi and then playing Che under the direction of Broadway legend Hal Prince. He left “Evita” to play Mac in the movie “The Final Option” for director Ian Sharp.

Ryan originated the role of Nasir for the cult British series “Robin of Sherwood” and has appeared in dozens of films and television series both in the U.S. and the U.K.

Throughout his career Ryan has managed to keep a good balance between theater, film and television engagements. In 1986, he won critical acclaim for his portrayal of the title role in the musical “Elmer Gantry” at London's Gate Theatre and followed that with a national tour of the hit show “Guys and Dolls,” playing Sky Masterson. He returned to the West End to play Neville Landless in the Tony Award-winning musical “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and, the same year, recorded a duet with singing star Tom Jones on his album “Matador.”

Other TV appearances followed with roles in “The Bill,” “Dempsey & Makepeace,” “William Tell,” “Peak Practice,” “Harry” and “Casualty.” Other film work includes “The Corsican Brothers” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”

In 1993, he toured Europe and Britain playing Figaro in “The Marriage of Figaro” and Leporello in “Don Giovanni,” both for Music Theatre London and directed by Nick Broadhurst. He followed that successful run with a series of open air concert performances with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also an accomplished author and has written for DC Comics and HarperCollins, in addition to writing several screenplays.

In 2000, Ryan played every major theatre in the US with original Monty Python member Eric Idle, performing classic British comedy roles at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl in “Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python.” The team later recorded the show for The Comedy Channel.

Other appearances include work on “Frazier,” “Conan,” “JAG,” “General Hospital,” “Alias,” “The Young and the Restless,” “Nuremberg,” “Passions,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “A Piece of My Heart” and “Convicted.”

In 2003, he concluded work as a sword master and fight director on the Jerry Bruckheimer Films production of “King Arthur,” directed by Antoine Fuqua. He has also appeared in such productions as “The Prestige” and “The Thirst” and recently completed playing the lead in “Spec Ops: Delta” portraying Col. Anderson Savage.

He began working on “TRANSFORMERS” during filming as the on-set voice of several different robots. This work continued throughout filming and into editing, prior to the actual casting of voice-over talent when he landed the role of Bumblebee™. Ryan also voices Ironhide® and Hoist® for the Activision video game based on the film.

Nominated for an Emmy Award and named by Variety as one of the top ten voice actors, JESS HARNELL (Ironhide® / Barricade®) is truly one of the best and the busiest in the business.

His voice has been heard on countless primetime TV series, and he is the announcer on several top shows such as “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” and has appeared on practically every cartoon on TV from “The Simpsons” to “Fairly Oddparents” to “Rugrats.” In addition, he has starred as Captain Hero on Comedy Central’s hit “Drawn Together” and as Wakko on Steven Spielberg’s “Animaniacs,” winner of multiple Emmy Awards as well as the prestigious Peabody Award.

Harnell’s film credits include the recently released “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Over the Hedge,” “Cars,” “Robots,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Country Bears,” “Lilo & Stitch,” “Scooby-Doo,” “The Emperor’s New Groove,” “Toy Story 2,” “Toy Story“ and “A Bug’s Life.”

He has voiced thousands of promos and national commercials for clients such as Disney, McDonald’s, Diet Coke, Fox, Kellogg’s and a series of spots for Sea World as the voices of both Shamu and Shamu Jr. His voice is also featured in several of the world’s biggest video games.

Born on the East Coast and raised in California from the time he was ten, Harnell always knew he’d end up as a performer, though not necessarily as a cartoon. He has an extensive background as a rock singer, winning numerous awards and doing literally thousands of gigs as a studio vocalist and sound-alike, impersonating many famous vocalists flawlessly. As one of the top celebrity voice matches in the business, Harnell is able to mimic over 150 celebrities, both speaking and singing, from Albert Brooks to Ozzy Osbourne, Elvis Presley, all four Beatles, Steve Perry, Willie Nelson, Pee Wee Herman and even Rodney Dangerfield.

His voice is also onscreen this summer in the animated “Surf’s Up,” along with Shia LaBeouf, Zooey Deschanel, Jon Heder, Jeff Bridges and James Woods, as well as in “Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm” with Rob Paulsen, Ruth Buzzi and Dom DeLuise, set for release later this year.

In 2005-2006 ROBERT FOXWORTH (Ratchet®) co-starred in the award-winning Broadway production of “Twelve Angry Men” for the Roundabout Theatre. In 2003, he was Brutus in Daniel Sullivan’s production of “Julius Caesar” at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, and during the 2001-2002 season he played Robert in the national Broadway tour of “Proof.” Foxworth made his Broadway debut in the American Shakespeare Festival’s production of “Henry V” and won the Theatre World Award for his portrayal of John Proctor in “The Crucible” at Lincoln Center.

His stage work was interrupted for a period of time as he starred in several television series, including “Storefront Lawyers,” “Falcon Crest” and “Late Line,” with Al Franken. He has appeared as a recurring series character on “Six Feet Under,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SUV,” “Enterprise” and “Justice League.” Foxworth has also guest-starred on countless series and movies-of-the-week over the years, most recently “Brothers & Sisters,” “Boston Legal,” “Bones,” “The West Wing” and “Gilmore Girls,” and in the motion picture “Syriana.”

Additional work in the theatre includes “Cyrano” at the Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Iago and Macbeth at the Guthrie, George in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” at the Hartford Stage, Brecht’s “Galileo” at Center Stage in Baltimore, “Uncle Vanya” at the Geffen and “Private Lives” and “Below the Belt” at the Old Globe.

On Broadway he was Count Shebyelski in “Ivanov” at Lincoln Center, starred with Jane Alexander in “Honour” at the Belasco and played the prosecuting attorney Colonel Parker in “Judgment at Nurmenberg” at the Longacre.

Foxworth is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and a founding member of The Matrix Theatre Company.

JIMMIE WOOD (Bonecrusher®) is a musician, singer and actor best known as the front man and harmonica player for his band the Imperial Crowns. Jimmie has recorded with artists from across the musical spectrum, from Bruce Springsteen to Johnny Rotten (with PIL), from Gladys Knight to Megadeth, international superstar Ofra Haza, Etta James, Bruce Hornsby, Cheap Trick and Chuck E. Weiss, among others. He’s sung and played harmonica on dozens of movie scores and TV commercials. As an actor, Wood has appeared in the movies “Suckers” and “Girl in 3D” as well as on the television series “Rugrats,” “Real Monsters” and “The Wild Thornberrys.”

DARIUS McCRARY (Autobot Jazz®) will soon be seen in the musical comedy “Steppin’: The Movie,” costarring Anthony Anderson, Mo’Nique and James Avery, on which he also serves as co-producer, and in “A Good Man is Hard to Find” with Lance E. Nichols. Both films are currently in post-production.

McCrary is best known for his role as Eddie Winslow on the long-running television series “Family Matters.” He began his career in Hollywood at the age of ten.

McCrary has also starred as a series regular on NBC’s “Committed” as Bowie James and later as Jamal in UPN’s “Eve.” He also appeared on the small screen in the NBC/Paramount miniseries “Kingpin,” on HBO’s multi-award-winning “Don King: Only in America,” starring Ving Rhames, and in the popular Neal Israel-directed “Kidz in the Woods.”

On film, McCrary portrayed Malcolm Tremell in “The Maintenance Man,” based on the novel by author Michael Baisden; he was Ray Collins in “Vampires: Los Muertos,” the sequel to John Carpenter’s original “Vampires”; Detective Tommy Cullen in “15 Minutes”; and Aaron Williams in “Mississippi Burning.” Other film credits include “Hostage,” “Something to Sing About,” “Kingdom Come,” “The Breaks,” “Park Day” and “Big Shots.”

McCrary, who is also a songwriter and music producer, is the son of Grammy-nominated gospel/jazz musician Howard McCrary and older brother of actor Donovan McCrary.

Emmy Award-winning director and two-time Annie Award nominee CHARLIE ADLER (Starscream®) is one of the industry’s most sought after directors and voice-over artists. He is currently lending his voice direction talents to the series “All Grown Up” for Nickelodeon, and “Stripperella” and “The Immigrants” for Spike TV. Adler has also voice directed for the “Rugrats,” “The Wild Thornberrys” and “Rocket Power” cartoon franchises.

As a voice-over artist Adler has appeared as series regular in over 90 animated series. Currently playing Mr. Whiskers in Disney’s “Brandy & Mr. Whiskers” and co-starring in “Pet Aliens” and “Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks” for PBS, Adler’s metamorphic voice is heard an average of 20 times a day all over the world. Starring in the prime time Emmy-nominated series and international hit “Cow & Chicken,” he played the parts of Cow, Chicken and The Red Guy.

Adler’s most notable characters are Buster Bunny from Steven Spielberg's “Tiny Toon Adventures,” Ickis in “AAAHH!!! Real Monsters” and Ed and Bev Bighead in “Rocko’s Modern Life.” He has also been a Smurf, a G.I. Joe, a Transformer™ and a Glow Friend and starred as the Baboon in “I.M. Weasel,” opposite Michael Dorn. In the cult feature “Cool World” he played opposite Kim Basinger and Brad Pitt as Nails, the neurotic sidekick. Adler has also turned out three direct-to-video McDonald’s Adventures and numerous CD-Rom games, and created the voice of the Internet’s Mr. Smarmy in the series “Mr. Baby.”

Named one of the Top 13 All Time Voice-Over Artists by Animation Magazine and Voice of The Decade by Animation World News, Adler is at the undisputed top of the world of voice for animation.

He is also the director, writer and star of the award-winning independent live action movie “No Prom for Cindy,” appearing in over 45 festivals worldwide and winning numerous awards. The movie was recently adopted by San Francisco State University’s Film Department as part of their curriculum.

As an actor, Adler starred on Broadway in “Torch Song Trilogy” as a successor to Harvey Feinstein. He also toured in the first national company, for which he earned a Helen Hayes Award best actor nomination. Off-Broadway, Adler starred in “Family Business” at the Astor Place Theater for a year, as well as appearing in Alan Albert’s acclaimed improv company The Proposition. Adler co-starred with Imogene Coca and Rita Rudner in “Once Upon A Mattress” and with Professor Irwin Corey in Neil Simon’s “God’s Favorite,” and toured as Edward Albee’s psycho in “Zoo Story.” In addition, he has played Israel Horowitz’s “Hero in Dr. Zero,” as well as the Emcee in “Cabaret.”

On television, Adler was a regular on “The Redd Foxx Show,” assumed the roles of three generations of sons for PBS in “Then and Now,” and was an obsessive photographer in “First & Ten.” Adler has also been a familiar face in over 100 television commercials for Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, IBM, G.E., Big Red Gum and Safeguard Soap. As a writer, Adler has co-written several “Tiny Toon” episodes and his critically acclaimed one-man show, “There Used to Be Fireflies,” won him a Dramalogue Award for Best Actor.

A familiar face on the small screen, RENO WILSON (Decepticon Frenzy™) recently appeared on NBC’S cops-and-robbers drama “Heist” as Detective Tyrese Evans, and last year starred as Detective Tom Selway on ABC’s Steven Bochco series “Blind Justice.”

Wilson made his television debut as Howard, Theo Huxtable’s best friend, on the celebrated comedy series “The Cosby Show.” More recently, he played Wes Freewald on the cult favorite “The Chronicle” for the Sci-Fi Channel and Owen Davies on the critically acclaimed Showtime series “The Hoop Life.”

Wilson starred in Comedy Central’s “Three Strikes,” as well as guest-starring on dozens of television series including “Lincoln Heights,” “Life,” “Las Vegas,” “Wanda at Large,” “Touched by an Angel,” “The Mermaid Chronicles,” “N.Y.P.D. Blue,” “Chicago Hope,” “The Sentinel,” “Cybill,” “Coach” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”

The actor has made over a dozen films, including “Crank,” “Fronterz” (which Wilson also executive produced), “Mighty Joe Young,” “Rough Draft,” “Fallen” and “The Great White Hype.” Next up are the independent films “TV Virus” and “Bolden!” in which he is portraying the legendary Louis Armstrong.

Wilson is a native New Yorker. His father was a jazz pianist and his mother an opera singer. He attended the famed High School for the Performing Arts in New York City.

July 3, 2007 The TRANSFORMERS movie is released in theaters!!!

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