David Kaye

David Kaye

Date Of Birth: Oct 14, 1964
Birth Place: Peterbourgh, Ontario, Canada

Popularity: 122nd All Time, 152nd This Week

Trivia & Fun Facts:

  • Born as David V. Hope
  • Favorite Anime: Fushigi Yuugi, Pokemon
  • Favorite TV Shows: Beast Wars 
  • Favorite VAs: Gregg Berger
  • Favorite Actors: Patrick Stewart 
  • Favorite Characters he didn't voice: Bugs Bunny 
  • Favorite drinks: Baja Rose, Scotch, Brandy 
  • Favorite Movies: Office Space, Zoolander
  • Favorite Movie Genre: Comedy 
  • Favorite Comedian: Bill Conway 
  • Hobbies: Squash, Hockey, Basketball, Downhill and Cross-Country Skiing, Cycling, Hiking, Bodybuilding 
  • He stated that he tried to make Beast Wars Megatron to be a mix of Anthony Hopkins, Sean Connery and a lizard.
  • He prefers pre-lay voice work (such as cartoons) to ADR work (like anime). He likes pre-lay more because it allows more freedom.
  • Voiced Dalton Brooks in the original version of Fuse, back when it was called Overstrike.

Contact Info:

Official Website:
http://www.davidkaye.com/

Quotes:

(On Beast Wars Megatron's Rubber Duckie)
"It's such a wonderful visual isn't it. Megs in a tub squeezing his rubber ducky !! That's his escape. Locking the doors filling the tub...lotsa bubbles ....and his little friend."

(in Optimus Prime's voice)
"That's it, Megatron. I've had it! Bumblebee... SpongeBob... transform and roll out!"

(When requested upon doing an small bit of improv on what if Megatron, Sesshomaru and Treize were roomies in an apartment)
Megatron: All right, who has been putting dirty socks in the kitchen sink?
Sesshomaru: It was Jaken's fault!
Megatron: And where the hell is my rubber ducky?
Sesshomaru: Trieze, what are you doing in the bedroom?
Trieze: I'm spending time with Lady Une...
Megatron: Oh, "spending time with Lady Une" huh? *sigh*

(in Megatron's voice)
"Oh, rubber ducky, you're the one..."

(On Megatron and Frank Welker)
"All in all, I just tried to have fun with him and lets not forget, Frank Welker's a bit of a legend. Me...I've a lot of years to go."

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THE VOICES OF David Kaye

Credits On BTVA: 332 Roles from 141 Titles  [ Only show characters with sound clips ]

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BlueScarabGuy
said at 10:56 PM on Wed Dec 7 2016
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After looking over all the roles that I'm familiar with that he's played over the years, I'd probably say that David Kaye is my favorite Canadian voice actor.

YYEEEEEESS
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 12:10 PM on Thu Dec 8 2016
@BlueScarabGuy "Canadian"
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:22 PM on Thu Dec 8 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed

He is Canadian in origin and worked there for a significant portion of his VO career. Why the scare quotes?
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 1:59 PM on Thu Dec 8 2016
@NCZ Mainly because, while Dave has had a pretty significant background in Canadian work..he's entirely cut off ties with them from a business standpoint. It certainly would be remiss to dismiss his serious background, but he hasnt really been relevant as a "Canadian voice actor".

It's like saying "Batman TAS is my favorite anime" in a way. Both TAS & recently Kaye's most known establishment *isnt* within the realm of anime/Canadian VO (both, in Kaye's case), so saying that may be perceived as a tad disingenuous. I like both BlueScarabGuy & David Kaye both.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 2:20 PM on Thu Dec 8 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed

It's more disingenuous to compare someone's nationality/country of origin to the place where an American-written cartoon was animated and say that they were "never relevant as a Canadian voice actor" despite having literally 100 credits in said country. Jeez louise.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 6:00 PM on Thu Dec 8 2016
@NCZ I didn't say Dave was "never relevant", but that his business entirely shifted to LA almost *10 years ago* now. He was *phenomenal* in Vancouver, but Tara Strong was as well, & heck Laura Bailey was FUNi's go-to lead girl back in the day as well. But you wouldnt generally think of Tara Strong or Laura Bailey as VAs of Toronto/Dallas, even *if* some prominent characters (Hello Kitty, tons of anime) of theirs were done there.

Many of Dave's roles prior to his move, like Clank, were American-only productions as well. He did do a lot of that to "dip his feet in the waters" so to speak. Definitely a comparison to a fellow VA, like say Troy Baker, is probably less offensive than the BTAS comparison, though, I'll agree.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 6:01 PM on Thu Dec 8 2016
I definitely sound rather argumentative here, reading it after the fact. Ugh.
Shaun Ince
said at 7:44 PM on Thu Nov 3 2016
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David Kaye has huge range. It always surprises me when I hear him in something. Alot of the Marvel roles mostly the one's from Avengers Assemble I had little to no idea he voiced that character. His Baren Zemo was so similar to Robin Atkin Downes, I was almost convinced Robin reprised his role. That's how good Kaye is.

In terms of versatitlity he's up there with the Dobson brothers if not just that slight bit better. Though that's me being extremely generous.
WrightWay
said at 1:17 PM on Fri Oct 14 2016
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Happy Birthday, David Kaye! He has some incredibly powerful range and he always seems to deliver a solid performance no matter what the case may be, though my personal favorites from him are Clank, Prof. Charles Xavier, Sesshomaru, and Recoome.
tmnisaac
said at 6:09 AM on Fri Oct 14 2016
Happy Birthday David Kaye!
HylianBelmont
said at 3:34 AM on Fri Oct 14 2016
Happy Birthday David Kaye!
Marusero
said at 3:16 AM on Fri Oct 14 2016
Happy birthday, David.
CelestialOuroboros
said at 2:00 AM on Fri Oct 14 2016
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My name is Recoome, it rhymes with doom, and you're gonna be hurtin' all TOO SOON. Happy Birthday, David Kaye! He can showcase some deadly range and it's not difficult to see why he's very well-liked as he is. I'm more familiar with his work on western animation and video games than anime, but just to get things out of the way, my favorite Kaye roles alongside Recoome include Optimus Prime, Megatron, Grimlock, Clank, Professor Charles Xavier, Kim Kaphwan, Head Baby, Khyber the Hunstman, Cannonbolt, Shocksquatch, Protoman.EXE, J.A.R.V.I.S., and Sesshomaru.
Omar_Lopez
said at 4:49 PM on Fri Oct 7 2016
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Back in elementary school I always cheered for the Predacons because Megatron IMO was the coolest character in Beast Wars. Was a tough TIL lesson when a friend said the good guys always win in cartoons, always! -_-
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 7:11 PM on Fri Sep 30 2016
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David Kaye, Corey Burton, & Peter Jessop are the kings of robot voice-overs.
Darkness Dragon
said at 12:28 AM on Sat Aug 20 2016
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Trieze,Clank and Sesshomaru are my favorite roles
He was also great as Professor X,Tony Stark,Apocalypse, Megatron, Galvatron, And Soun Tendo.
TwitchingFool0
said at 3:30 AM on Mon May 23 2016
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Sad he didn't reprise his role as Sesshomaru in the Final Act, he was amazing as him.
dcmarvelanime
said at 8:04 AM on Mon May 23 2016
@TwitchingFool0 True Dat!
Shaun Ince
said at 7:59 AM on Wed Jun 1 2016
@TwitchingFool0 Around the time Inuyahsa: The Final Act was being dubbed, Kaye had decided to become a permanent VA in LA instead. Prior to this, he'd been going back & forth between LA & Canada to do voice work.

Considering he also prefers Pre-Lay voice work more than anime, and that loads of cartoons are all pre-lay, might have influenced his decision to move to LA permanently.
GreenGoblin75
said at 5:16 PM on Thu Apr 14 2016
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David Kaye is always awesome.
Shaun Ince
said at 7:13 PM on Sun Dec 27 2015
 5 Shout Outs!
It does kinda suck that he doesn't do Ocean dubbed anime anymore, but I can kinda live with that. His work outside of Canada is very good.
BayleyRose
said at 11:57 AM on Fri Oct 16 2015
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Happy belated Birthday David Kaye!
I love his voices for Sesshomaru, ProtoMan, and Soun Tendo!
Autovolt
said at 1:15 PM on Wed Oct 14 2015
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Happy Birthday David Kaye!

Without a doubt my all time favourite VA EVER! Yup that's right David is my personal fav why because he's been a major part of my childhood in nearly every step of the way, as well as having a killer vocal range that works perfectly for charismatic villains, brutish warriors, announcers/news casters, aloof bishonens and even heroes too.

I've been a Transformers fan since 2003 and thus the first Megatron I ever heard was David Kaye's version in Transformers Armada. But the best version of his Megatron was in Beast Wars. Beast Wars Megatron is one of my all time favourite characters EVER, he's a cunning, manipulative and deliciously wicked villain and yet at the same time is very charismatic and yet would play in his bath tub with a rubber ducky. Megatron easily stole the show and so much of it was due to David's performance. While I wasn't the biggest fan of Beast Machines I really enjoyed their take on Megatron just the same. While he's a lot more serious and grimdark, I really dug how deep and malevolent sounding Megatron was here. His work on the Unicron Trilogy while not as strong as it was in Beast Wars and Beast Machines, I still really enjoyed his Megatron here too.

So after Cybertron finished it really came as a shock to me that David Kaye was then cast as Optimus Prime in Transformers Animated....I mean how does one feel after playing the villain for over 10 years you suddenly start voicing his arch-rival and heroic counterpart, well let me tell you David did not disappoint as Optimus. I loved TFA Optimus Prime, he was a younger rookie leader trying to find his footing being in charge instead of being a stoic and mature veteran Autobot leader and IMO this is the best version of Optimus Prime thus far. What else was great about Animated was that David got to show off his versatility here, also doing the brutish and fanatical Decepticon loyalist Megatron (again it's hilarious how became the number one worshipper of the character he's spent his career voicing) as well as Grimlock, Cliffjumper, Warpath and Highbrow.

During the same as the Unicron Trilogy I was getting into anime and my gateway series was InuYasha and I really took an immediate liking to Sesshomaru, this cold and aloof demon bishonen with a really icy tone of voice. It blew my mind when I found out that Sesshomaru and Megatron had the same VA. It's a shame he didn't reprise for The Final Act but Michael Daingerfield Hall did well as his replacement continuing where he left off.

I also loved his performances as Professor Xavier, Apocalypse, Iron Man, JARVIS, Mysterio, Treize Khusrenada, Protoman.EXE, Recoome, Iwao Takatsuki, Cronus, Savage/Noble, Hardshell, Hammerstrike, General Tandin, Captain Marvel, Superman, Bizzaro, Patrick O'Hara, Khyber the Huntsman, Cannonbolt, his numerous other roles on Ben 10 Omniverse and the Newsreel Announcer in Up.

I hope I get the chance to meet him someday, that for me would pretty much be the best day ever! Anyways I've rambled on long enough, Have a great day David Kaye!
Autovolt
said at 9:22 AM on Fri Oct 14 2016
A month ago on Twitter, David gave a cryptic message on Twitter implying he's done more voice work for Transformers: Robots in Disguise, which means either Hammerstrike is going to return or he's been cast as another character. Well either way I look forward to hearing more of him in the franchise that made gave him his breakout role (Megatron in Beast Wars).

It was great re-watching Beast Wars again this summer and I still really love his performance as Megatron. So charismatic, manipulative, cunning and most of all hilarious. This is a perfect villain performance in every way imaginable.

I also find it amusing that he shares his birthday with his fellow Beast Wars co-star, Richard Newman. Fitting since they also both voiced Energon Megatron too.

As for new roles, David did really well as Baron Zemo/Citizen V in Avengers Assemble, while I still prefer Robin Atkin Downes more in the role, David is easily my second favourite voice for Zemo. It's definitely one of the better casting choices in Avengers Assembled.

I for one would really love to see David Kaye land a role in a show like Voltron: Legendary Defender. I was thinking he would make a perfect Prince Lotor. That or get a major role in the next Transformers cartoon that comes out after RID wraps up.

Happy Birthday David Kaye!

I really hope he gets to be a guest at TFCon next year. Meeting him would be the best day ever.
tmnisaac
said at 12:43 PM on Wed Oct 14 2015
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Happy Birthday Megatron from Beast Wars, Recoome, Clank from Ratchet and Clank, Pyron, Treize Khusrenada, Professor Xavier, Apocalypse, Sesshomaru, Proto Man from Mega Man NT Warrior, Cronus, Animated Optimus Prime, Lugnut, Supreme Intelligence, and Hammerstrike.
Shaun Ince
said at 11:14 AM on Wed Oct 14 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Happy Birthday David Kaye.
Polyester Funk
said at 1:10 AM on Wed Oct 14 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Happy birthday, David Kaye.
BayleyRose
said at 1:24 PM on Thu Aug 13 2015
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ProtoMan, Seshomaru, and Soun Tendo!
SteelEthlan
said at 7:36 AM on Wed Oct 22 2014
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I seriously think he'll capture the awesomeness that is Mewtwo.
Zillah
said at 7:46 PM on Wed Oct 15 2014
Happy birthday David! Yeeeessss.
skeletonking1234
said at 8:44 PM on Tue Oct 14 2014
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happy half a century dave.
DravenRoth994
said at 11:44 AM on Tue Oct 14 2014
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Happy Birthday David!! Loved him as Professor Xavier, Megatron (Yesss), Optimus Prime, Apocalypse, Mysterio, Bizzaro, Captain Marvel, and J.A.R.V.I.S. among others.
Ross123
said at 9:03 AM on Tue Oct 14 2014
Happy 50th David. I look forward to hearing you as Clank again in the R&C movie next year.
Axem Red
said at 6:33 AM on Tue Oct 14 2014
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Happy Birthday Mr. Kaye! One of the best Megatrons!!
Jared Delgado
said at 1:06 AM on Tue Oct 14 2014
Happy birthday, Kaye,and amazing job as Clank and others.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:09 AM on Tue Oct 14 2014
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Happy birthday, David! I enjoyed your work as Megatron, Sesshomaru, Treize, Professor X, Apocalypse, Khyber, Shocksquatch and more.
SteelEthlan
said at 6:16 AM on Sat Sep 6 2014
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I really think that he'll make an awesome mewtwo voice if he had a chance.
Madness Abe
said at 7:16 PM on Mon Oct 14 2013
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Happy Birthday, Megatron and Sesshomaru. Yessss....
UltimateSSJ4GokouEX
said at 7:01 PM on Mon Oct 14 2013
Happy Birthday, David Kaye. I enjoyed your work as Soun Tendo, Proto Man and Pyron.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 4:46 PM on Mon Oct 14 2013
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Happy birthday, David Kaye! Yessss!
Ross123
said at 11:08 AM on Mon Oct 14 2013
BIG fan of Ratchet & Clank. He's not just the original Clank voice but he's also the only actor 2 be in every single game as the same character: Clank. I wonder if he'll ever stop voicing him but I hope it's not for a while yet.
Regomania
said at 10:58 PM on Sun Oct 13 2013
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Happy Birthday David!
OmegaRider99
said at 9:07 PM on Sun Oct 13 2013
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Happy Birthday Mr.David Kaye Megatron Terrorize!!!!!!! YESSSS
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 5:13 PM on Fri Aug 16 2013
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Man, he's turning fifty next year? Dang, time sure flies and life is short. :/
solidejake (Moderator)
said at 6:49 PM on Sat May 11 2013
I spoke with Insomniac Games' CEO Ted Price the other day regarding David Kaye. I brought to his attention that it seems like Insomniac is his greatest fan seeing as how he is a lead in every Ratchet & Clank game, the first two Resistance games, and WAS the lead in OverStrike, before it became Fuse. I asked him why they changed lead voice actors, and he said to ask TJ Fixman. I can only imagine because although the character he played is named Dalton Brooks just like the lead in Fuse, they're way different characters at heart.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:44 PM on Sat May 11 2013
@solidejake Was this on the Reddit AMA from a couple days ago?
solidejake (Moderator)
said at 11:52 PM on Fri May 17 2013
@NCZ Me talking to him? I played with him on the demo of Fuse and got to ask him a whole lot of questions. His favorite Ratchet & Clank game is Up Your Arsenal, and I even asked him a few voice actor related questions too. I asked, "Have you ever vocally cameod in any of your games? Like a member of a crowd, or a random NPC?" "(laughingly) No! I am a horrible actor. I could never do anything like that! But one of my good friends, Lorne Lanning is an amazing actor and does almost all of the voice work in the Oddworld games." At this point, I almost blew my mind! Lorne Lanning is an absolute favorite of mine. Ted Price was an amazing guy to talk to.
pokemastanumba1
said at 10:09 PM on Sun Oct 14 2012
That's so weird; I've been mulling over who's going to be in Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale for a while now, and to my surprise, Clank was in the roster! XD Happy Birthday David! :-)

P.S. He BETTER reprise the role there, or I'll seriously blow mushroom cloud!
Cheesyfeet106
said at 12:30 PM on Sun Oct 14 2012
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Yesssssssss!!!!!!!!!! Happy birthday to Clank, Megatron, and Optimus, as well as numerous others!
warriorofice
said at 12:06 AM on Sun Oct 14 2012
Happy Birthday David! Yesssss!
Therion Xion
said at 9:24 AM on Tue Jun 5 2012
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Before I ever paid attention to the voices behind the characters, David Kaye has played several characters I loved (Megatron, Sesshomaru, Treize). I hope he never stops doing what he's doing.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 7:31 AM on Mon Jan 30 2012
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The best Professor X ever!
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 6:28 PM on Tue May 17 2011
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I had no idea he was Clank. THat's awsome.
BTW why did you change his picture, not complaing just unexpected
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:14 PM on Tue May 17 2011
@Music Meister It was changed because the other admins thought it was more professional and publicity-like.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 8:27 PM on Wed May 18 2011
@NCZ Good point
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 10:59 AM on Sun May 8 2011
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Best Megatron and great range. He just rocks.
BlankSlate
said at 4:41 PM on Wed Mar 27 2013
@Music Meister His Optimus isn't bad either. But that's my opinion.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 10:33 PM on Thu Apr 14 2011
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Best Megatron Ever Yessss
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 3:44 PM on Fri Apr 15 2011
@pete Couldn't disagree more
SupremeTarantulas
said at 1:29 PM on Sun Apr 17 2011
@OptimusSolo Go somwhere and start hating. Don't come on to his page just to bash him no matter how little it is.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 1:30 PM on Sun Apr 17 2011
@OptimusSolo I'm open to debate this but first go to the Megatron VC for my defense.
BlankSlate
said at 7:05 PM on Sun Mar 10 2013
@pete "*sigh* Autobots suck at golf!"
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:57 PM on Fri Oct 8 2010
Happy birthday, David!
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:12 PM on Mon Dec 22 2014
@Slick It's an annual event; it happens every July. Don't know if you're in Canada though. It always takes place in the greater Toronto area.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 6:58 PM on Fri Oct 8 2010
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Happy Birthday David Kaye! Thank you for voicing Megatron in the first Transformers show (Beast Wars) I ever saw. :)
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 12:55 AM on Sun Jul 18 2010
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that's awesome NCZ. we hope in the future when the site gets bigger some of us can attend conventions and get interviews with VA's in person
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:58 PM on Sat Jul 17 2010
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I got to meet David Kaye at TFcon today. He's really nice and really funny. He improvised a sketch about Optimus Prime, Lugnut, Grimlock, and Megatron at a picnic.
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Favorite Role
Who's your favorite David Kaye role? *
Megatron
33.0% (30 votes)
Sesshomaru
22.0% (20 votes)
Clank
19.8% (18 votes)
Optimus Prime
5.5% (5 votes)
Professor Charles Xavier
3.3% (3 votes)
Soun Tendo
3.3% (3 votes)
Khyber the Huntsman
2.2% (2 votes)
J.A.R.V.I.S.
2.2% (2 votes)
Mysterio
1.1% (1 vote)
Deezel 'Porkchop' Riggs
1.1% (1 vote)
Chase Young
1.1% (1 vote)
Newsreel Announcer
1.1% (1 vote)
Commisioner James Gordon
1.1% (1 vote)
Hardshell
1.1% (1 vote)
Lugnut
1.1% (1 vote)
Commissioner James Gordon
1.1% (1 vote)
91 Total Votes
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