The voice of Optimus Prime
Peter Cullen (born July 28, 1941) is a Canadian voice actor who is perhaps best known as the voice of Optimus Prime in The Transformers
(he would subsequently reprise his role as Optimus in Michael Bay
's live-action Transformers film series
and the Transformers Prime
and Transformers Rescue Bots
animated series). In addition, he has narrated and 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
, Venger in Dungeons & Dragons
, the narrator, Murky Dismal, and Skydancer in Rainbow Brite
, Eddie Spenser in Filmations Ghostbusters
, the Predator
in the original film, King Kong
in the 1976 remake, and KARR
in Knight Rider
. He also holds the milestone of being the first person to provide the voice of Mario
(in the Donkey Kong
segments from Saturday Supercade
), and for many years provided voice-overs for Toonami
's promos. Cullen also voiced Monterey Jack on Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers
for the first season, but was replaced by Jim Cummings
for the rest of the series (it should also be noted that Cummings voiced Monterey Jack in the five-part pilot movie "To The Rescue").
Then when the news broke that he was to return to voice Optimus Prime, the fandom rejoiced, giving the temporary Trope Namer
(Cue Cullen) for And the Fandom Rejoiced
Then when the news broke that he was not to return to voice Eeyore, people were not quite so happy.
The fandom rejoiced once more, when he reprised the role of KARR in the new Knight Rider
series. Even more so because KARR is a Transforming Mecha
in this version.
And before you ask, yes, Optimus and Eeyore are his favorite roles.
No relation to Bill Cullen
, or that sparkly vampire dude.
Also, not to be confused with Peter Mullan.