Peter Cullen

Infobox actor
name = Peter Cullen



imagesize = 200px
caption = Peter Cullen at BotCon '07
birthname =
birthdate = 1944
location = Montreal, Quebec, Canada
deathdate =
deathplace =
othername =
spouse =
yearsactive = 1962 — present
homepage =
emmyawards =
tonyawards =

Peter Cullen, born in 1944 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, [ [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0191520/bio Peter Cullen (I) - Biography ] ] is a voice actor who is best known for providing the voices for Optimus Prime and Ironhide, in the original "Transformers" series and the narrator in both American "Voltron" series (he would subsequently reprise the role of Optimus Prime in the 2007 live action Michael Bay feature film "Transformers"). In addition, he has played Coran and King Alfor in the Lion "Voltron" series, the transforming spaceship/robot Ramrod in the 1980s anime series "Saber Rider And The Star Sheriffs", Commander James Hawkins in the Vehicle "Voltron" series, Eeyore in "Winnie-the-Pooh", KARR in "Knight Rider", Antor and Bomba, and Gunner, in "Dino-Riders", and Mantus in "The Pirates of Dark Water".

Voice work

In the 1980s and the 1990s, Cullen appeared on a number of television shows, including "My Little Pony", "Filmation's Ghostbusters", "The Smurfs", "Dungeons & Dragons" as Venger, "Snorks", "The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo", "Tom and Jerry Kids Show", "DuckTales", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", "Challenge of the GoBots", "Rude Dog and the Dweebs" as Herman, "Rainbow Brite" as Murky Dismal, "The Biskitts" as Scratch, "Robotix", "Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers" as the original voice of Monterey Jack, "Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs", "The Little Engine That Could" as Pete, the powerful freight engine, ', "The Jetsons" and '. He also had a voice part in "Gremlins" as a gremlin and "Knight Rider" as KARR. He also did voicework in ' series, notably as the king of Ninevah in the Jonah episode. He played the evil sorceror Renwick in the lesser known series "Little Wizards" and played Cindarr in the short-lived series '.

Among many other television shows and movies, he has also lent his basso voice to many movie trailers and television commercials, including announcing for "Toonami" on the Cartoon Network. Cullen spent some of his early professional years in Montreal as a radio announcer/DJ on CKGM; and as a character in a then-popular local television kids show. He acted the role of a French-Canadian astronaut, along with writer and his partner on the show, Ted Ziegler. Both Ziegler and Cullen were spotted in the credits and doing small cameo walk-ons in various comedic roles on "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour", as well as other network comedies of the era.

He also voiced Nintendo's mascot Mario in the "Donkey Kong" segments on "Saturday Supercade", making him the first person to ever provide a voice for the character.

Cullen has also done voicework on drum and bass DJ Dieselboy's 2004 album, "The Dungeonmaster's Guide". He also did voicework for the unreleased Blizzard Entertainment game , [ [http://www.csoon.com/issue24/p_bliz1.htm Blizzard Entertainment - Press News - Coming Soon Magazine ] ] and provided narration for the Star Wars fan film "".

Cullen reprised the role of Optimus Prime in the 2007 "Transformers" live-action movie, and has signed on for two sequels. [cite news|url=http://www.superherohype.com/news/topnews.php?id=6401 | publisher=SuperHero Hype|author=Heather Newgen|title=Cullen Says to Expect Two More "Transformers"|date=2007-10-12|accessdate=2007-10-14] Jess Harnell was cast to voice Ironhide, whom Cullen voiced in the original series. Cullen was offered to reprise Optimus Prime in an episode of Robot Chicken, but refused as he took the role too seriously to make fun of it, which the crew respected enough to accept his rejection.

Personal life

Cullen is a member of the first graduating class of the National Theatre School of Canada, which graduated in 1963.

He has three children: Clay, Claire, and Pilar E. Cullen; and one grandchild. [ [http://www.aboutheroes.com/content/2006/12/about_heroes_episode_38.php] ]

He has stated that of all the voices he has done, Optimus Prime is his favorite. In interviews, he has said that he had no idea of Optimus Prime's popularity until the character's death in the , as the studio had never given him fan letters from children addressed to Optimus Prime. The public backlash over the death surprised producers to such an extentFact|date=September 2008 that Optimus Prime was brought back to life in the show's third season, in which he ultimately saved the Earth and Cybertron from a strain of extraterrestrial spores that threatened all life.

References

External links

*voice actor|id=1268|name=Peter Cullen
*imdb name|id=0191520|name=Peter Cullen
* [http://www.knightrideronline.com/wiki/doku.php?id=k.a.r.r/ Peter Cullen] on Knight Rider Online


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Peter Cullen — en 2007. Peter Cullen est un acteur canadien né le 1er décembre 1944 à Montréal. Biographie Né à Montréal (Canada), Peter Cullen …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Peter Cullen (scientist) — Professor Peter Cullen AO FTSE, MAgrSc, DipEd (Melb), Hon DUniv (Canb), (born May 18, 1943, Melbourne, Victoria; died March 14 2008, Canberra) was a leading Australian water scientist. EducationThe son of an engineer, Cullen got his start as a… …   Wikipedia

  • Edward Peter Cullen — Infobox bishopbiog name = Edward Peter Cullen religion = Roman Catholic See = Allentown Title = Bishop of Allentown Period = 1997 mdash; Predecessor = Thomas Jerome Welsh Successor = (incumbent) ordination = May 18, 1962 bishops = Bishop of… …   Wikipedia

  • Edward Peter Cullen — (* 15. März 1933 in Philadelphia) ist Altbischof von Allentown. Leben Der Erzbischof von Philadelphia, John Joseph Krol, weihte ihn am 19. Mai 1962 zum Priester und wurde in den Klerus des Erzbistums Philadelphia inkardiniert. Johannes Paul II.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Cullen (disambiguation) — Cullen may refer to:*Cullen, the Royal Burgh of Cullen, a burgh in Moray, Scotland, on the North Sea coast, east of Elgin *Cullen College of Engineering, an academic college at the University of Houston *Cullen, Louisiana, USA *Cullen, Cork, a… …   Wikipedia

  • Cullen (surname) — Cullen is a surname of Scottish or Irish origin. Cullen is a surname of Scottish origin. Cullen (Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Cuilinn) is a village and former royal burgh in Moray, Scotland, on the North Sea coast 20 miles (32 km) east of Elgin. The… …   Wikipedia

  • Cullen — bezeichnet eine: Cullen Pflanzengattung der Schmetterlingsblütler (Faboideae) Cullen ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Charles Cullen (* 1960), US amerikanischer Serienmörder Christian Cullen (* 1976), neuseeländischer Rugbyspieler… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Peter Facinelli — Données clés Naissance 26 novembre …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Peter Facinelli — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Peter Facinelli Peter Nacimiento …   Wikipedia Español

  • Cullen Performance Hall — Front entrance to Cullen Performance Hall Location 4800 Calhoun Road Houston, Texas United States Type Proscenium theatre …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.