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BTVA Spotlight - DreamWorks
Garry Chalk

Garry Chalk

Date Of Birth: Feb 17, 1952
Birth Place: Southampton, England, United Kingdom

Popularity: 249th All Time, 287th This Week. *

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. 


(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)


Credits On BTVA: 156 Roles from 75 Titles  [ Only show characters with sound clips ]

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HK-47 master
said at 5:23 PM on Thu Jan 21 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
I've only just realised that he was in the Watchmen movie.
HK-47 master
said at 12:33 AM on Wed Dec 23 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Optimus Primal: There he is my little guy! There he is my little guy! Isn't he cute?

Rattrap: That's not...what I wanted to hear.
said at 3:30 PM on Fri Jul 31 2015
 1 Shout Out!
He is the Optimus Prime, now and forever.
said at 10:37 AM on Thu Jan 7 2016
@Slingshot I would say that distinction goes to PC but you're welcome to believe otherwise. :p
Personally I think he's the second best.
Too bad that the only actual role as Optimus Prime he got was in the Unicron Trilogy (which was all the same Optimus with different bodies making it only one rather than three). :{

(Optimus Primal doesn't count. :p)
said at 3:02 PM on Tue Feb 17 2015
 4 Shout Outs!
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.
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
 2 Shout Outs!
Happy birthday, Garry! You were great as Optimus Primal, Optimus Prime, Man-At-Arms.
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.
said at 12:35 AM on Wed Sep 3 2014
 1 Shout Out!
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
 5 Shout Outs!
Did anyone else spot Garry in the new Godzilla movie (2014) besides me?
said at 8:48 AM on Mon Mar 3 2014
Chekov on Stargate Sg1
said at 10:13 PM on Mon Feb 17 2014
 4 Shout Outs!
Happy birthday, Garry! MAXIMIZE!!!
Polyester Funk
said at 12:23 AM on Mon Feb 17 2014
Happy birthday Garry Chalk.
said at 4:04 PM on Mon Nov 18 2013
 1 Shout Out!
He is extremely kind and generous. I met him recently at a con. He gave me the coolest autograph ever.
said at 12:03 AM on Sun Feb 17 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Happy Birthday Garry Chalk Optimus Primal Maximize and He-Man 1990s I have the Power
said at 1:57 PM on Sat Oct 20 2012
I like the new pic!
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
 1 Shout Out!
Happy Birthday, Mr. Chalk! You are in fact, the true Optimus Primal!
said at 7:12 PM on Tue Mar 8 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Gary Chalk is my favorite Optimus Prime voice ever!
Faved by 76 BTVA Members
Favorite Role
Who's your favorite Garry Chalk role? *
Optimus Primal
34.1% (15 votes)
Optimus Prime
31.8% (14 votes)
6.8% (3 votes)
4.5% (2 votes)
Guts Man
4.5% (2 votes)
Blitzen, Rudolph's Father
2.3% (1 votes)
Fido the Diamond Dog
2.3% (1 votes)
Captain Rescue
2.3% (1 votes)
Sky Marshall Wade
2.3% (1 votes)
2.3% (1 votes)
Dr. Robotnik
2.3% (1 votes)
Metal Head
2.3% (1 votes)
Captain Pounder
2.3% (1 votes)
44 Total Votes
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