Charles Michael "Charlie" Adler (born October 2, 1956 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American voice actor and voice director. He's voiced a ton of characters over the years, most notably as the original voice for Buster Bunny from Tiny Toon Adventures, and about half the cast for Cartoon Network's Cow and Chicken and spinoff I Am Weasel. He's also been the voice of Starscreamnote in the Transformers movies.
He's also gotten into voice-directing: he's voice direted The Rugrats Movie Rugrats in Paris. The Wild Thornberrys; Rugrats the series; the cast of One Hundred Deeds For Eddie Mc Dowd; Rocket Power, The Brothers Flub and the pilot for As Told by Ginger.
As an actor, Charlie Adler starred on Broadway in Torch Song Trilogy as a successor to Harvey Fierstein. 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.
He was 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 during a slumber party, refusing to make out with a boy who asked her to the prom, and being sent to a religious-based corrective therapy program by her intolerant parents.
In live-action TV, Charlie was a regular on the very short-lived The Redd Foxx Show, assumed the roles of three generations of sons for PBS in Then And Now, and played an obsessive photographer in HBO's First And Ten, as well as over 100 commercials. As a writer, Charlie has co-written several Tiny Toon Adventures episodes and his critically acclaimed one man 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. 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.
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius — Junkman
- Aladdin — Gazeem
- Aladdin: The Series — Mechanicles
- Avengers, Assemble! — MODOK
- Aaahh!!! Real Monsters — Ickis
- Ben 10: Omniverse — Hokestar, Cow and Chicken, Proctor Servantis
- Bonkers — Toon Siren
- 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
- Darkwing Duck — Andy Ape
- Dave the Barbarian — Gormel, Molly, Jester Ghost
- Dino-Riders — Rulon Hammerhead
- Droopy, Master Detective — Dripple, Screwball Squirrel
- Earthworm Jim TV series — Professor Monkey-For-a-Head
- Eek! The Cat — JB, Bill
- El Tigre — Mano Negra
- Fallout game series — Harold
- The Flintstone Kids — Cavey Jr.
- G.I. Joe:
- The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound — Stinky Dalton, Pinky Dalton
- The Haunted World of El Superbeasto — Krongarr
- Hero Factory — Corroder
- Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling — "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
- 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 Max — Ernie
- Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures — Batbat, Witch, additional voices
- My Little Pony — Spike the dragon (the TV specials, the [original] movie, and My Little Pony 'n Friends)
- Paddington Bear — Paddington Bear
- 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
- The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show — Chafe
- Shuriken School — Principle of Shuriken, Principle of Katana, Tetsuo, Cleaning Lady, Vlad
- Sky Commanders — Dreek
- The Smurfs — Nat Smurfling
- Space Goofs — Candy
- Sonic Sat AM — Snively
- Star Trek Online — Ambassador S'taass
- The Super Hero Squad Show — Captain Britain, Doctor Doom, Doombots, Melter, Sabretooth, Wrecker, Super-Skrull
- SWAT Kats — T-Bone (Chance Furlong), Murray, Fango, Zed, various others
- TaleSpin — Mad Dog, Howard Huge
- Timeless Tales — The Ugly Duckling
- Tiny Toon Adventures — Buster Bunnynote and Roderick Rat
- Tom and Jerry Kids — Dripple
- The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat — Felix the Cat
- Wake, Rattle and Roll — Catula, Igor Jr.
- Wizards of Waverly Place — A Talking Report Card
- The Wizard of Oz — The Cowardly Lion
- Wolverine and the X-Men — Mojo
Tropes applicable to him include:
- Acting for Two: See 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. Cow and Chicken famously had him playing both leads and the villain.
- 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.
- The Immodest Orgasm: This video from a Talking Toons live special has Adler doing this as The Red Guy. Even David Feiss, who created the character, was hiding his face in embarrassment (and to keep from laughing).
- Man of a Thousand Voices: But it's usually easy to detect his characteristic voice.
- Monster of the Week: Played this role numerous times for Disney; in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo he even played it literally.
- Production Posse: He was a main character in no less than EIGHT Hanna-Barbera tv shows (TEN if you count the spinoffs). Most of his voice directing was for Nickelodeon.
- Relationship Voice Actor: Has played roles alongside Jim Cummings and Tom Kenny many times.
- Talking to Himself: Happens in Monster Tails.
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