As a busy Hollywood voice-actor, Townsend Coleman is perhaps one of the most recognizable voices on TV. For 16 years, he was the voice of NBC's "Must See TV" and "Comedy Night Done Right" primetime comedy promos, including hits from Seinfeld and Frasier to 30 Rock and The Office, as well as the promos for "The Tonight Show" starring Jay Leno (then Conan), "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (then Jimmy Fallon), "Last Call with Carson Daly" and "Saturday Night Live". He currently voices the daily on-air promos for the long-running “Live with Kelly and Michael” and radio spots for “Judge Judy”, in addition to regularly voicing primetime promos for ABC Family, The Hub, and now, ABC-TV.
But the character behind the voice really came to life in 1985, when Coleman, having just moved to Los Angeles from Cleveland, Ohio, auditioned for and got a part on the animated hit, "Inspector Gadget". As the voice of Corporal Capeman, Gadget's bumbling assistant, he embarked on an entirely new career, providing the voices for some of the most memorable characters in cartoons and commercials. In addition to thwarting evil as the voice of "The Tick", Fox Kids' hit animated series, he has provided the voices for many popular cartoon characters, including Michaelangelo, Rat King, and Usagi Yojimbo on the original, long-running cartoon series, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". He also voiced Waldo on "Where's Waldo?", Gobo, Architect, and Wrench on NBC's animated "Fraggle Rock", Scott/Teen Wolf on "Teen Wolf", Scratch on "Spacecats", the voice of Wayne Gretzky on "Prostars", Riot on "Jem and the Holograms", Dragonflyer on "Glofriends", Rewind on the 80’s "Transformers", and 20 years later, Sentinel Prime on “Transformers: Animated” for Cartoon Network.
In addition to his active animation career, Coleman has also been the voice behind numerous national TV ad campaigns for clients such as Home Depot, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, Mattel Hot Wheels, Sunny Delight, Colgate, Jenny Craig, Blockbuster Video, Greyhound, AT&T, Eggo Waffles, Taco Bell and the voice of "Spot", the precocious red 7-Up dot... even a few "Keebler elves" and "Raid bugs".
Born in New York City in 1954, Coleman spent his childhood in Denver, Colorado and Cleveland, Ohio. After studying architecture and theater at the University of Colorado in Boulder, he returned home to Ohio to pursue a radio career. Ten years as a disc jockey at various Cleveland radio stations led to numerous commercial and voiceover jobs. He appeared as host of the nationally syndicated TV series "The Dance Show" prior to moving his family to LA in 1984 to take advantage of career opportunities on the west coast. Coleman's primary career focus was acting in TV and film, but soon changed, as he foresaw a more lucrative career specializing in the field of voiceovers. Having performed in numerous theatrical and musical productions back in Cleveland, the fall of 2013 saw Townsend re-ignite his passion for theatre after a 30 year hiatus by performing the role of Uncle Sid in Eugene O’Neill’s ‘Ah, Wilderness!’ at The Actors Co-op in Hollywood.
Barry Gordon began his nearly six-decade long career at the age of three by singing Johnny Ray’s “Cry” on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour, winning 2nd place (1st place when to an Italian orphan’ choir). At six, he recorded “Nuttin’ for Christmas,” being the youngest performer ever to have a top ten record. “Nuttin’” is still listed by Billboard magazine as one of the top ten best-selling Christmas records of all-time.
At thirteen, he earned a Tony nomination for his Broadway debut as Nick in Herb Gardner’s “A Thousand Clowns,” a role that he later reprised in the successful film version.
Barry became a fixture as a character actor in feature film and television, most prominently as a co-star on the hit series “The New Dick Van Dyke Show” and “Fish,” as the lawyer Gary Rabinowitz, Carroll O’Connor’s nemesis on “Archie Bunker’s Place.” He also recurred as Larry David’s Rabbi on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” His voice was heard for decades as the Nestle Quik Bunny and he originated the voice of Donatello on the television animated megahit, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
Outside of show business, Barry’s interests moved into law and politics. In his mid-thirties, he returned to school, graduated summa cum laude as a political science major from California State University, Los Angeles, and went on to Loyola Law School, graduating in the top five percent of his class. Putting his love of show business and law together, he became active in the Screen Actors Guild and ultimately became its longest-serving National President, holding the office for seven years - one year longer than either Charlton Heston or Ronald Reagan. In 1998, he was the Democratic candidate for Congress, coming within three points of defeating a popular Republican incumbent.
After a six-decade career, Barry has decided to turn to mentoring others and is currently a visiting professional, teaching acting for the stage, screen, and television in the MFA program at his alma mater, Cal State L.A.
Carlos Alazraqui was not just the face of Deputy James Garcia on Comedy Central’s “Reno 911! He’s also been a standup comedian for over 20 years and one of LA’s top voiceover actors for over 15 years, providing the voices for Rocko and Spunky on Nickelodeon’s “Rocko’s Modern Life, Mr. Weed on FOX’s “The Family Guy”, Denzel Crocker on “Fairly Odd Parents”, Lazlo on Cartoon Networks’s “Camp Lazlo” and of course the voice of Gidget “The Taco Bell Chihuahua, to name just a few. Hear him as the voice of Nestor, the Latin Penguin in Happy Feet 1 and 2 and as the breakout character “El Chupacabra” in PIXAR’S Planes, coming out in 2013.
Carlos has a 4 episode pick up deal with Mondo Media for his cartoon “Off The Curb”, a totally improvised show. The pilot episode can be seen on MondoMedia.com. The cast includes voice over heavyweights, John DiMaggio, Gary Anthony Williams, Cedric Yarbrough and Fred Tatasciore. If scheduling permits, they will have a live appearance at this year’s San Diego COMICON, where Carlos will also be part of the Fairly Odd Parents Panel
Carlos is also the voice of Bane for Justice League Doom.
This year Carlos booked a Southeast Regional Campaign for Direct Auto Insurance. He plays ex-racecar driver JJ Hightail in 12 commercial spots and on billboards and buses as well. He is set to shoot several more spots this July. Check out JJ Hightail on YouTube!
Carlos has a Comedy Central Half Hour Comedy Special under his belt, as well as several other national television appearances including 3 spots on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Carlos continues to tour the country as Headlining Comedian and
In December of 2008 Carlos joined forces with his Reno 911! Cast Mate, Cedric Yarbrough and hit the college circuit. They are now one of the most requested acts in the country.
Carlos continues to tour the country as Headlining Comedian
Check out Carlos at CarlosAlazraqui.com, twitter or Facebook for a listing of his live appearances.
Eric Vale has spent over 17 successful years in the entertainment business as an actor, writer, producer, and director. Known around the world for his voice work on hit TV shows like Dragon Ball Z as Trunks, One Piece as Sanji, and Fullmetal Alchemist as Kimblee, he was also voice director for the hugely successful Gearbox video game Borderlands 2 and, most recently, ADR director for the feature film Daylight’s End.
In addition to his voice acting, Eric also spent nearly ten years as a head writer for Funimation adapting over fifty anime programs such as One Piece, Witchblade, Dragon Ball Z and GT, Desert Punk, Ouran High School Host Club, and Blue Gender. In addition to scripting anime, Eric has also written multiple original screenplays including the feature film Chariot, which Vale also produced to a successful release last year. Much of his current efforts are being poured into the pre-production of his new feature film, Purity.
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Billy West is an actor, singer, musician and songwriter best known for his voice-work of many beloved characters, including the titular duo on The Ren & Stimpy Show, Doug Funnie from Doug, and Philip J. Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan and others on Futurama. He has voiced Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Popeye, Shaggy Rogers and Woody Woodpecker and was also a cast member on noted impressionist on The Howard Stern Show, noted for his impressions of Larry Fine, Marge Schott and George Takei.