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Garry Chalk

Garry Chalk

Birth Place: Southampton, England, United Kingdom
Date Of Birth: Feb 17, 1952
Voice Over Language: English

Trivia & Fun Facts:

  • Fave Characters: Optimus Primal, Huckleberry Hound, Grounder (Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog), Bugs Bunny, Megatron (Beast Wars), Silverbolt (Beast Wars)
  • Fave Series: Beast Wars 
  • Fave VA: Daws Butler
  • Stated that he and his fellow VAs did their work separately in Armada yet did it as a group in Beast Wars.
  • Said that if he wasn't a VA he'd be an anthropologist or English teacher. 
  • While he didn't hate Armada, Beast Wars was a lot more fun to him & his fellow VAs. 
  • Says that he & Optimus Primal have plenty of things in common. 

Quotes:

(On acting)

"Hmm... let me see. Well, there are several different types of enjoyment. I like the animation because it doesn't matter what you look like when you come into the studio in the morning, you don't have to memorize lines, and you get to have a laugh and relax the whole day. So that's fun, you get to do fun stuff. On camera, my biggest joy is mixing the technical with the artistic. It's like a contest, you sit there and you say "I can get these words to hit, right on that note," or "I can walk into this room and hit that mark," and know that everything is going to fit in just perfectly. I don't know, each one of them has their own special attraction. Like stage. Working on stage is wonderful, because you get an immediate response from the audience. You get to work things in a run."

(Himself and David Kaye on Beast Wars)

David : There's some fun characters in there to watch, like Alec Willows.

Gary : Yeah, his laugh is just great... he's Tarantulas and he was so funny. I remember Sue Blu said was "Find a jester, a heroic jester or a creepy jester. How does the character laugh? Give me the character's laugh and you'll have the character." You'd go around searching for a laugh for these characters and sure enough, you find one. I've watched Alec and I've watched Parker and Scotty do his Dinobot where he rasps for a laugh... it's quite fun to watch.

(On Silverbolt)

"I love Silverbolt, because he's so straight and so deadly earnest.

Other Professions:

Executive board director of the Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP)

STARRING ROLES

Credited Roles On BTVA So Far: 151
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Autovolt
said at 3:02 PM on Tue Feb 17 2015
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Happy Birthday Garry Chalk.

One of the best voices for authority figures out there, awesome as Optimus Primal/Prime. At times I prefer him over Peter Cullen mostly due to Garry's voice being younger sounding and isn't too serious all the time but is just as commanding.

I also enjoy seeing him whenever he appears in live action like in the 2014 Godzilla movie alongside Bryan Cranston. Even though it was short, it was a cool moment in the movie.
tmnisaac
said at 7:17 AM on Tue Feb 17 2015
Happy Birthday Optimus Prime/Primal, Guts Man, Slash, Grounder, Mungus the Giant, Man-At-Arms, and Sky Marshall Wade.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:52 AM on Tue Feb 17 2015
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Happy birthday, Garry! You were great as Optimus Primal, Optimus Prime, Man-At-Arms.
Telme22
said at 11:39 AM on Fri Nov 21 2014
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I actually flipped out when I saw him in the trailer for Tomorrowland.
IamOptimusPrime2020
said at 12:35 AM on Wed Sep 3 2014
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You, sir, are the one and only Optimus Primal,and the Second Optimus Prime, even if it was only for the Unicron Trilogy.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 7:45 PM on Mon Jun 9 2014
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Did anyone else spot Garry in the new Godzilla movie (2014) besides me?
Archerboy58
said at 8:48 AM on Mon Mar 3 2014
Chekov on Stargate Sg1
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 10:13 PM on Mon Feb 17 2014
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Happy birthday, Garry! MAXIMIZE!!!
Polyester Funk
said at 12:23 AM on Mon Feb 17 2014
Happy birthday Garry Chalk.
Regomania
said at 4:04 PM on Mon Nov 18 2013
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He is extremely kind and generous. I met him recently at a con. He gave me the coolest autograph ever.
OmegaRider99
said at 12:03 AM on Sun Feb 17 2013
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Happy Birthday Garry Chalk Optimus Primal Maximize and He-Man 1990s I have the Power
cardboardwalk
said at 1:57 PM on Sat Oct 20 2012
I like the new pic!
NitroEX
said at 9:57 AM on Sun Jun 17 2012
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When I was younger I always thought it was James Avery who voiced Optimus Primal. They sound so alike!
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 1:32 PM on Thu Jul 26 2012
@NitroEX Ha ha, they *do* sound alike. I never noticed that before.
Madness Abe
said at 10:06 PM on Fri Feb 17 2012
Happy Birthday, Mr. Chalk! You are in fact, the true Optimus Primal!
Hotshotfan
said at 7:12 PM on Tue Mar 8 2011
Gary Chalk is my favorite Optimus Prime voice ever!


#1 favorite Voice Actor
for 1 member.

A favorite Voice Actor
for 67 members.
Latest Reason:

"Daws Butler would be proud of you Garry Chalk."

- Radiohist
FAVORITE ROLE
Who's your favorite Garry Chalk role? *
Optimus Prime
35.1% (13 votes)
Optimus Primal
32.4% (12 votes)
Grounder
5.4% (2 votes)
Guts Man
5.4% (2 votes)
Fido the Diamond Dog
2.7% (1 votes)
Captain Rescue
2.7% (1 votes)
Sky Marshall Wade
2.7% (1 votes)
Turbo
2.7% (1 votes)
Dr. Robotnik
2.7% (1 votes)
Harry
2.7% (1 votes)
Metal Head
2.7% (1 votes)
Blitzen, Rudolph's Father
2.7% (1 votes)
37 Total Votes