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Charles Michael "Charlie" Adler (born October 2, 1956 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American voice actor and voice director. Two time Annie Award Nominee Charlie Adler, recently named one of the "top thirteen all time voice-over artists" by Animation Magazine and "Voice Of The Decade" by Animation World News, is at the undisputed top of the world of voice for animation. He is also the director, writer and star of independent live action movie No Prom for Cindy.
One of the hottest and most sought after voice directors in the entertainment business, Adler directed Whoopi Goldberg, Andrea Martin and David Spade in the feature The Rugrats Movie
as well as Susan Sarandon, Debbie Reynolds and John Lithgow in the feature sequel Rugrats in Paris
. He was the voice director for The Wild Thornberrys
the series; Rugrats Kwanzaa
; the cast of One Hundred Deeds For Eddie Mc Dowd
; Nickelodeon's Rocket Power
and The Brothers Flub
. He's also directed pilots Psycho Ferret
and As Told by Ginger
for highly regarded studio Klasky Csupo.
As an actor, Charlie 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, Charlie 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
, 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, Charlie was a regular on very short-lived Redd Foxx Show
, assumed the roles of three generations of sons for PBS in Then And Now
, and 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, Charlie has co-written several Tiny Toon
episodes and his critically acclaimed one main show There Used To Be Fireflies
won him a Dramalogue Award For Best Actor. E!, Entertainment Tonight, TV Guide, PBS, The Los Angeles Times and The New York Daily Post have profiled him, so too the Times. He's been a guest on the Joan Rivers Show and in 1991 Charlie was one of hundreds of guests invited by Barbara Bush to a White House reception in honor of their contributions to the First Lady's literacy program.
Has been in:
- AAAHH!!! Real Monsters - Ickis
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius - Junkman
- Avengers Assemble - MODOK
- Disney's Aladdin: The Series - Mechanicles
- Ben10Omniverse - Hokestar, Chicken
- Bonkers - Mr. Doodles
- Brandy & Mr. Whiskers - Mr. Whiskers
- Bravestarr - Deputy Fuzz, Tex Hex
- Capitol Critters - Jammet
- Cool World: As the voice of Nails the Spider.
- Cow and Chicken - Cow, Chicken, Cousin Boneless Chicken, The Red Guy,
- I.R. Baboon
- Dino Riders - Rulon Hammerhead
- Darkwing Duck - Andy Ape
- Dave the Barbarian - Gormel, Molly, Jester Ghost
- Earthworm Jim TV series - Professor Monkey-For-a-Head
- Fallout game series - Harold
- The Flintstone Kids - Cavey Jr.
- G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero - Low-Light
- G.I. Joe: Resolute - Cobra Commander, Hard Master, Stalker, Flint, Gung-Ho
- G.I. Joe: Renegades - Cobra Commander
- The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound - Stinky Dalton
- The Haunted World of El Superbeasto - Krongarr
- Hero Factory - Corroder
- I Know That Voice - Himself
- Jem and the Holograms - Eric Raymond, Techrat and Zipper
- Loonatics Unleashed - Optimatus
- Marvel vs. Capcom 3 - Super-Skrull
- The Mask - Pete, the Dirty Coward leader of Lonnie the Shark's biker gang
- The Mighty Ducks - Dr. Droid
- Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures - Batbat, Witch, additional voices
- My Little Pony - Spike the dragon (TV specials and My Little Pony 'n Friends)
- Pet Alien - Dinko, Flip, Dr Daffodil, Gepetto
- Planescape: Torment - Ignus
- Project Gee Ke R - Dr. Maston
- The Replacements - Prime Minister Ricobo
- Rocko's Modern Life - Ed Bighead, Bev Bighead, Mr. and Mrs. Fathead, Gladys the Big Hippo Lady, George Wolfe, Grandpa Wolfe, Mr. Dupette
- Sacrifice - Charnel
- Sonic Sat AM- Snively
- The Smurfs - Nat Smurf
- Shuriken School - Principle of Shuriken, Principle of Katana, Tetsuo, Cleaning Lady, Vlad
- The Super Hero Squad Show - Captain Britain, Doctor Doom, Doombots, Melter, Sabretooth, Wrecker, Plantman, Super-Skrull
- SWAT Kats - T-Bone (Chance Furlong), Murray, Fango, Zed, various others
- El Tigre - Mano Negra
- Timeless Tales - The Ugly Duckling
- Tiny Toon Adventures - Buster Bunny and Roderick Rat
- Tom And Jerry Kids - Dripple
- The Transformers - Decepticon Targetmaster Triggerhappy, Silverbolt, Duros, Vorath and Dirk
- Transformers live action movies - Starscream
- The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat - Felix the Cat
- Wizards of Waverly Place - A Talking Report Card
- Wolverine and the X-Men - Mojo
- The Wizard of Oz - The Cowardly Lion.
Tropes applicable to him include:
- Acting for Two: Quite a lot. Overlaps with Talking to Himself.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: As Cow in Cow and Chicken, Bev Bighead and Gladys the Hippo Lady in Rocko's Modern Life and numerous others. He also uses his Cow voice whenever Buster Bunny crossdresses.
- The Danza: Played a recurring character called Mr. Adler in Beavis And Butthead.
- Guttural Growler: As Starscream, Cobra Commander, Super Skrull, and Dr. Doom.
- Large Ham: Often when he plays spastic characters with high voices, like Ickis, Buster Bunny, or Chicken, and especially when he voices smug asshole characters, like Mr. Bighead, Mr. Dupette, and The Red Guy.
- Man of a Thousand Voices
- Non-Singing Voice: Subverted in the Tiny Toons movie where he does sing for Buster Bunny. However, Buster's Duelling Banjos musical number was done by Rob Paulsen.
- The Other Darrin: Replaced Thom Adcox as the voice of Felix in The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat.
- Playing Against Type: As Cobra Commander, Starscream and Super Skrull.
- Relationship Voice Actor: Has played roles alongside Tom Kenny and Tress MacNeille many times.
- Talking to Himself: And in Rocko's Modern Life he almost had sex with himself.