Chris Latta

Chris Latta

Date Of Birth: Aug 30, 1949
Birth Place: Orange, New Jersey, USA
Date Of Death: Jun 12, 1994
Cause Of Death: Cerebral hemorrhage

Popularity: 560th All Time, 1,362nd This Week

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Sometimes Credited As: Christopher Collins, Chris Collins, Christopher Charles Collins

Birth name: Christopher Lawrence Latta

Other Professions:

- Former Stand-up Comic

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said at 5:43 AM on Tue Aug 30 2016
Happy Birthday and R.I.P. Chris Latta!
said at 3:22 AM on Tue Aug 30 2016
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Happy Birthday and R.I.P., Chris Latta!
said at 10:43 AM on Wed Apr 27 2016
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said at 7:49 PM on Wed Apr 27 2016
Oh how it pains me TO DO THIS!!!!!!!
said at 11:39 AM on Mon Feb 8 2016
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Wasn't he the original voice of Mr. Burns in a few Season 1 Simpsons episodes?
said at 12:07 PM on Sun Aug 30 2015
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Happy Birthday and RIP Chris Latta!

He really was an incredible VA who sadly had his demons. I mean his Starscream and Cobra Commander voice (his most iconic roles) have this unique high pitch and shrill voice that when most people try to do this, it can strain the throat. How Chris managed to pull this off, We'll never know? But then he also does tough gruff voices like Wheeljack, and Sparkplug which is very impressive and the fact he was the original Mr. Burns on The Simpsons. I've always wondered what would have happened if they kept Chris on the role and when he passes away would they have retired the character or would Harry Shearer have stepped in like he ended up doing so?

also if he were still alive, he'd most likely still be doing Starscream and Cobra Commander and more likely would do an approach similar to Steve Blum or Charlie Adler and it would have been awesome if Chris could have reprise Starscream in Beast many great what could have beens. RIP Chris Latta!
said at 5:43 AM on Sun Aug 30 2015
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Happy birthday and RIP Christopher Collins.

A really exceptional performer that was taken too soon from us. His Cobra Commander and Starscream were really full of energy and a lot of fun. He had all the good things of a radio actor. Although a lot of people have tried to imitate him, no one has ever surpassed him.
said at 4:24 AM on Sun Aug 30 2015
Happy Birthday G1 Starscream, G1 Wheeljack, and G1 Cobra Commander.
said at 8:33 AM on Thu May 28 2015
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This guy had great range, excellent acting ability, perfect comedic timing, a lot of energy and a great ability for accents. This guy had all the things that a voice performer should have. That's why he's my favorite VA of all time, he was definetly the quintessential VA.

Sadly, he's another one of those performers who was taken too soon from us. And, like a lot of pre-1990s performers, he's becoming extremely underrated. :'(

What's even more depressing for me, is that he died in my first birthday (June 12, 1994).

RIP Chris. Thanks for all the fun moments you gave me with all your characters.
said at 11:32 PM on Wed Nov 19 2014
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I can't believe how versatile he was. I knew he was Starscream and Cobra Commander but had no idea he was other characters in those series.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:49 PM on Wed Nov 19 2014
@meestah009 Yep, he was really versatile. I'm still amazed that he could do the Starscream/Cobra Commander voice as his actual voice is so different.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:05 AM on Thu Jun 19 2014
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He actually looked just like Sparkplug Witwicky. I always pictured him as a thin guy who could go deep, but instead he was a large dude who could go very high and screechy.
said at 11:39 AM on Mon Jan 12 2015
@Polyester Funk Not only that, but he could go deeper than his normal voice. Just listen to his Defensor. It's a lot deeper than his normal voice.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:44 PM on Mon Jan 12 2015
@Starscreamsfan Yep. He had an incredible range.
said at 1:31 PM on Fri Oct 25 2013
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He was wonderful voice actor who left us before his time at the age of 44. Too young but he will be with us at all times in our hearts. RIP Chris.
virtual revenger
said at 1:31 AM on Wed Jul 10 2013
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Didn't he voice a character in the Dr Seuss Butter battle book?
virtual revenger
said at 1:31 AM on Wed Jul 10 2013
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May you rest with the those Blue Angels, Starscream and Cobra Commander. Crazy people Go straight to heaven.
said at 7:24 AM on Tue Nov 20 2012
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I loved cobra commander and starscream, chris had one of the greatest most evilest voices ever,I still watch the 80s GIJOE to this day.
virtual revenger
said at 1:32 AM on Wed Jul 10 2013
@darkrider1 I agree but he put elegance in evil.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:28 PM on Thu Aug 30 2012
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Happy birthday and RIP Chris. He left us way too soon.
Madness Abe
said at 7:53 PM on Thu Aug 30 2012
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Rest in Peace, Chris. The greatest Starscream and Cobra Commander.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:00 PM on Sat Apr 14 2012
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That's a great new photo of him.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 2:42 PM on Sun Apr 15 2012
@NCZ Thanks :)
said at 1:09 PM on Sat Mar 31 2012
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You guys should look up his stand up! He was pretty funny and made good use of voices in his routine!
said at 8:22 AM on Thu Feb 28 2013
@cardboardwalk His comedy was hit-and-miss, in my opinion, but his best was his routine about growing up in Harlem.
said at 8:25 PM on Thu Mar 22 2012
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He did the voices on the Simpsons in the first season. He was Mr. Burns in the episode Homer's Odyssey and did the voice for Moe in Some Enchanted Evening, both in 1990.
said at 6:45 PM on Mon Jun 27 2011
Wow, I didn't know someone else ever voiced Mr. Burns. I just looked it up and he also did the voice of Moe the Bartender in some episodes.
said at 3:39 AM on Thu May 12 2011
How did I not notice he voiced all those other Transformer characters besides Starscream? For shame... :(
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 7:32 PM on Mon Feb 8 2010
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Unfortunately, as stated above in his bio, Chris Latta left us way before his time in 1994. That being said, I am sure someone related to him is still getting royalties on certains voices...
said at 12:56 AM on Tue Apr 26 2011
@OptimusSolo what can i say
chris latta is the man
better than rest, period
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Favorite Role
Who's your favorite Chris Latta role? *
48.5% (16 votes)
Cobra Commander
42.4% (14 votes)
'America's Most Armed and Dangerous' Host
3.0% (1 vote)
3.0% (1 vote)
3.0% (1 vote)
33 Total Votes
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