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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 the independent live action short film No Prom For Cindy
, a teen dramedy about a high school girl, played by the then-middle-aged, muscular Mr. Adler with no attempts to make him look like a girl aside from being dressed like one, and no one in-story noticing or caring that "Cindy" is a man
. In the film, Cindy tries to make sense of her sexuality after kissing her best female friend and refusing to make out with a boy who asked her to the prom.
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 Gods 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.
- Aaahh!!! Real Monsters - Ickis
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius - Junkman
- Avengers Assemble - MODOK
- Aladdin: The Series - Mechanicles
- Ben 10: Omniverse - Hokestar, Chicken
- Bonkers - Mr. Doodles
- Brandy & Mr. Whiskers - Mr. Whiskers
- Bravestarr - Deputy Fuzz, Tex Hex
- Capitol Critters - Jammet
- Cool World - Nails the Spider
- Cow and Chicken - Cow, Chicken, Cousin Boneless Chicken, The Red Guy, various
- Dino Riders - Rulon Hammerhead
- Darkwing Duck - Andy Ape
- Dave the Barbarian - Gormel, Molly, Jester Ghost
- Earthworm Jim TV series - Professor Monkey-For-a-Head
- El Tigre - Mano Negra
- 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 Am Weasel - I.R. Baboon and I.B. Red Guy
- 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 And 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 (Heffer's adopted father), Grandpa Wolfe (Heffer's adopted grandfather), Mr. Dupette (Mr. Bighead's boss, though the episode "Canned" had him as Rocko's boss at Super-Lot-O-Comics).
- Sacrifice - Charnel
- Sky Commanders - Dreek
- Sonic Sat AM - Snively
- The Smurfs - Nat Smurf
- Shuriken School - Principle of Shuriken, Principle of Katana, Tetsuo, Cleaning Lady, Vlad
- Star Trek Online - Ambassador S'taass
- 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
- 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 film series - 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. Much like Billy West, Tress MacNeille, and Mel Blanc, Adler is one of those voice actors who could conceivably voice every character (male and female) in an animated show if given the chance (and Adler has, if Cow and Chicken is indicative of anything).
- Breakthrough Hit: For voice acting: Tiny Toon Adventures in 1991, for directing and behind-the-scenes work, The Rugrats Movie in 1998.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: As Cow in Cow and Chicken, Bev Bighead and Gladys Hippo 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.
- Doing It for the Art: The short film No Prom for Cindy was conceived when Adler was talking with David Feiss (the creator of Cow and Chicken and I Am Weasel) and Michael Ryan (one of the writers of the two aforementioned shows) about "the power of acting, and specifically, what if something were horribly cast, but through the power of acting, you could pull it off", which explains why Adler was cast in the lead role.
- 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 and the Red Guy.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: But it's usually easy to detect his characteristic voice.
- 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.
- Star-Making Role: Nat Smurfling in Smurfs in 1983. Although a character he played earlier recently became a favourite for the bronies.
- The Immodest Orgasm: This video from a Talking Toons live special has Adler doing this as The Red Guy. Even David Feiss — who created two Cartoon Network shows of dubious content — was hiding his face in embarrassment (and to keep from laughing).
- The Other Darrin: Replaced Thom Adcox as the voice of Felix in The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat and Chris Latta as Cobra Commander.
- Playing Against Type: Since 2007 he mostly plays serious villains like Starscream and Cobra Commander.
- Relationship Voice Actor: Has played roles alongside Tom Kenny and Tress MacNeille many times.
- Talking to Himself: And in Rocko's Modern Life (the Banned Episode "Leap Frogs") he almost had sex with himself.
- Cow and Chicken may as well have been The Charlie Adler Show, given how many characters he voiced (besides Cow, Chicken, and The Red Guy).
- What Could Have Been: Originally, Charlie Adler wanted to be a painter, but abandoned that dream when he was diagnosed with colorblindness.