Peter Cullen

Peter Cullen

Date Of Birth: Jul 28, 1944
Birth Place: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Popularity: 80th All Time, 108th This Week

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Has stated that of all the voices he has done, Optimus and Eeyore are his favorites.

Based Optimus Prime's voice on that of his brother, Larry.

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Shaun Ince
said at 10:20 PM on Wed Nov 9 2016
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It does kinda suck that he mostly sticks to voicing Optimus Prime these days. Because he very rarely has a chance to play any other characters. As for his range, it's excellent. Particularly when it comes to his Marvel roles. Never would I have thought that Mysterio & Red Skull were also voice by the man behind Optimus Prime. It's a huge contrast when compared the main role that he's known for. A part of me pines for the days where he can showcase his great range again.
said at 3:50 PM on Sun Nov 20 2016
@Shaun Ince But even in the earlier days they didn't use him enough... Seriously, if Disney still wants him (and there should be no reason why not) Bring him into Star Wars Rebels!
said at 5:03 PM on Thu Jul 28 2016
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Happy birthday Peter Cullen!

The definitive voices for Optimus Prime and Eeyore in my mind. Whether it's G1, bayformers, high moon video games, His Optimus is just legendary.

I will say though I feel his range really goes underappreciated. I know he's got range, but it's still a shame he doesn't really get to use it these days, a couple examples being Ironhide and Mysterio, which I think he was also excellent as.
said at 3:17 PM on Thu Jul 28 2016
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Happy birthday, Peter Cullen!!!

He was great as Optimus Prime, Ironhide, Streetwise, Airborne, Zandar, the Red Skull, Havoc, Mysterio, Nemesis Enforcer and Slugslinger.
said at 3:07 PM on Thu Jul 28 2016
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Happy Birthday Peter Cullen!!! You rock as Optimus Prime, Ironhide, Eeyore, Predator, Red Skull, Mysterio, Captain Slaughter, Klaar, & Zanzoar!!!
said at 7:40 AM on Thu Jul 28 2016
Happy birthday, Mr. Cullen.
said at 7:18 AM on Thu Jul 28 2016
Happy 72nd Birthday to Everyone's Favourite Depressed Donkey. Hope we can see him again someday eventually, and have Cullen reprise his role.
said at 5:46 AM on Thu Jul 28 2016
Happy Birthday Peter Cullen!
said at 5:03 AM on Thu Jul 28 2016
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Happy Birthday, Peter Cullen! Optimus Prime is one thing, but the voice of Eeyore? Now that is incredible. Only Toonami
Shaun Ince
said at 4:43 AM on Thu Jul 28 2016
Happy Birthday Peter Cullen. The original Optimus Prime.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:55 AM on Thu Jul 28 2016
Happy birthday, Peter Cullen. I've loved your voice as Optimus Prime for pretty much my entire life.
said at 12:37 AM on Thu Jul 28 2016
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Happy 75th birthday Peter Cullen
said at 7:18 PM on Wed May 25 2016
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Nor was I. But one day, an Autobot shall rise from our ranks, and use the power of the Matrix to light our darkest hour. Until that day, till all are one.
said at 7:32 PM on Wed May 25 2016
Also I just realized I haven't faved him yet. I have never felt more ashamed.
said at 10:45 AM on Sat Aug 15 2015
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He has been in inspiration to me. His voice changed the importance of what being human is to me.
Shaun Ince
said at 12:03 PM on Wed Jul 29 2015
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Happy belated Birthday Peter Cullen. One of the greatest voice actors of all time in my opinion. His roles are iconic while at the same time all very good. His range does go a little under-appreciated as his roles from the 1981 spiderman series showcase here.
SAO maister
said at 3:58 AM on Wed Jul 29 2015
hope you had a great birthday
said at 7:47 PM on Tue Jul 28 2015
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Happy Birthday Peter Cullen the original Optimus Prime and Eeyore
said at 4:26 PM on Tue Jul 28 2015
Happy Birthday Optimus Prime and Eeyore.
said at 12:22 PM on Tue Jul 28 2015
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Happy Birthday Peter Cullen! THE Voice of Optimus Prime.

If there is one VA that has managed to capture the hearts of Transformers fans everywhere it's Peter Cullen. He breathe life into the role of a Saturday Morning Cartoon Hero whose ultimate purpose was to sell more toys and made him into something more. Someone we could look up and admire.

I feel nowadays and don't get me wrong Peter is amazing as Optimus, I feel he's now just typecast way too much as Optimus. Back in the 80's Cullen was in a lot more series and played more types of characters including villains and thugs and he sounded great in those roles.

Personally my favourite role of his is actually Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh and I'm still quite sad they recast Eeyore a few years back. I hope he gets the chance to reprise the role someday soon before its too late.

I also really loved his work as Ironhide, Monterey Jack, K.A.R.R and his many roles in Marvel back in the day. I mean who would have imagined Optimus Prime once did The Hulk or Mysterio....and even the dreaded Red Skull? I know its unlikely but I hope he can branch out and do more. I'd also love it if Peter got to voice Primus in the Transformers franchise. I mean how fitting would that be?
Eddie Frangos
said at 9:17 PM on Sat Sep 26 2015

Yeah it be cool for him to voice Primus. I hope he dose more.
said at 1:34 PM on Thu Jul 28 2016
Happy Birthday Peter Cullen!

On an interesting and unrelated note for anyone in Shanghai, China this weekend. Peter Cullen is a special guest at the Cybertron Con.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 8:36 AM on Tue Jul 28 2015
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Happy birthday Peter Cullen, you've always done a good job as the voice of Optimus Prime!
Jared Delgado
said at 6:21 AM on Tue Jul 28 2015
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Happy Birthday, Peter! May you live in prosperity! God bless you!
said at 5:56 AM on Tue Jul 28 2015
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Happy Birthday Optimus Prime, Ironhide, and Eeyore.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:45 AM on Tue Jul 28 2015
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Happy birthday, Peter! Such a magnificent voice. He is so great as Optimus Prime and let's not forget Eeyore.

He really showed off his range on the Filmation Ghostbusters toon. Something he doesn't seem to do anymore unfortunately. But, hey I still love that deep Optimus voice.
said at 6:51 PM on Sat Dec 13 2014
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................ Ok, WHY is he NOT being used in other productions? of course I want no one else to be Optimus (It seems like it's a galactic law now, and it's recently happened to Frank Welker with Megatron too thank God) but seriously, He could have been used in the Avatar, Ghibli dubs and all that jazz.

Hell, why not the Final Fantasy series?
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 8:39 AM on Sun Dec 14 2014
@Aussieroth I'm *guessing* it might be a personal choice. Peter's been in the industry for nearly 40 years now. He's worked very hard and been involved in so many projects over the years. Anyone else in any other job would likely be retired at this point, but he's still walking up to that mic. He seems like the kind of elderly man who is completely content with just voicing Optimus on occasion from here on out.

He's probably inundated with offers to work, but he chooses to limit what he works on. He's coasting (not in a bad way). He's back in the saddle, more or less, but only when he chooses to be.

I mean, I'd LOVE for him to voice a character in something Marvel or DC-related these days, but if he just wants to be Optimus for his last years, then more power to him.

Again, that's just my guess - I could be completely wrong, ha ha.
said at 7:14 PM on Sun Dec 14 2014
@TylerMirage To an extent that's true, but his manager/management is extremely protective of him.

Plus he himself said that Optimus will always be his favourite and he's content on being Optimus in his dying days, but he would like to try other work too. (He was a bit sad, angry and confused that he wasn't going to voice Eeyore anymore.)

But otherwise... yeah.
said at 9:23 PM on Thu Jun 25 2015
@TylerMirage That may or may not be true, but I also have a slightly bit more cynical theory here. Namely that Hasbro tries to keep Peter Cullen around as Optimus to appease G1 fans since it worked so well with the first Bayformers movie.

Why do I say this you ask? Its because older voice actors are having a harder time getting work nowadays. Sure there are those like Rob Paulsen, Corey Burton, Maurice LaMarche and Jim Cummings. But there are also those like Michael Bell, Jack Angel, Peter Renaday and Alan Oppenheimer who are not getting as much work as they use to. Heck Buster Jones kept trying to get voice work all throughout the 2000s until he died of old age recently.

So in other words if it wasn't for Hasbro getting Peter to reprise his role as Optimus in the first Bayformers movie he probably would still be mainly playing Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. Now granted Tyler could be right that Peter is deliberately focusing on Optimus and maybe an occasional nameless extra in Transformers productions by choice. But there is also the unfortunate possibility that Optimus is one of the only roles he could really get anymore.
said at 3:03 PM on Mon Sep 21 2015
@Pokejedservo Michael Bell was in "Turbo". There might still be hope!

I hope Peter Cullen gets to voice Eeyore again someday. I don't want Bud Luckey to be replaced, though. Maybe he and Peter could share the role, like how Paul Winchell and Jim Cummings shared the role of Tigger in the 1990s?
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 3:15 PM on Mon Sep 21 2015
@Michaelsar That's not "the" Michael Bell we're referring to, though. The one in "Turbo" was Michael PATRICK Bell.
Ka Yan
said at 8:21 PM on Fri Sep 12 2014
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I am a Chinese and transformers fan, Peter Cullen's voice is epic and amazing, so, I am learning English for his voice, I want to understand what he said.

I love Peter Cullen.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:43 PM on Fri Sep 12 2014
@Ka Yan That's pretty cool. I hope that your learning goes well.
Ka Yan
said at 3:01 AM on Sat Sep 13 2014
@Polyester Funk thank you, I will work hard to learn English, it's wonderful.
said at 12:31 AM on Wed Sep 3 2014
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You are the one true Optimus Prime, there is Just no contest. You are a legend.
said at 8:50 PM on Mon Jul 28 2014
Happy Birthday Mr.Peter Cullen the original Optimus Prime G1,Movie,Prime and Rescue Bots Autobots Transform and Rollout
said at 5:37 PM on Mon Jul 28 2014
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Happy Birthday Peter Cullen, THE one true Optimus Prime from 1984 to today, 30 years of Optimus Prime shows that he's the ONLY Optimus Prime out there.
said at 11:30 AM on Mon Jul 28 2014
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Happy birthday Peter. The 1 & only Optimus Prime.
said at 10:31 AM on Mon Jul 28 2014
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One of the single most epic hero voices to ever exist. Happy birthday, Peter!
Polyester Funk
said at 1:16 AM on Mon Jul 28 2014
Happy birthday, Peter Cullen/Optimus Prime! Your voice is amazing!
said at 7:20 PM on Tue Jun 24 2014
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The one and only Optimus Prime
said at 9:44 AM on Sun Mar 16 2014
Funny how the very first Mario voice actor looks like Mario himself
said at 12:16 PM on Mon Apr 21 2014

I'm gladI'm not the only one who caught that!!! :D XD
said at 5:49 PM on Sun Feb 2 2014
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He's fantastic as Optimus Prime, but I only wish he was given more roles outside of Optimus in this day and age.
said at 9:17 AM on Mon Oct 14 2013
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Does Optimus Prime in a lot of Transformers stuff including the films. He's also the best Eeyore actor of all time. I know Bud Lucky replaced him in the 2011 film but I hope Disney get him back some day as he was really great at it.
said at 8:11 PM on Mon Sep 16 2013
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Peter Cullen is the best Optimus Prime ever. Not only for the live Transformers movies, but Transformers Prime too. He also made the right call quitting the role of a gloomy jackass. I'm not swearing on that one, that's just what a donkey is called.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 9:18 PM on Fri Oct 11 2013
@Legacyman I'm pretty sure Peter would take huge offense to this. One, he didn't quit, he was fired. Two, Peter loved doing Eeyore. It was one of his favortie roles.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 9:52 AM on Mon Oct 14 2013
@Nightmare Crusher I'm totally with you, NC, but to elaborate upon your first point... Peter neither quit NOR was he fired. Despite the bond between iconic characters and their VAs, the VAs do NOT "own" said role. If the VA genuinely doesn't want to voice the character again, then they WON'T. But that wasn't the case with Peter. Peter loved the role of Eeyore and would've loved to reprise the role. If the show creators/casting directors want to cast someone else in the role, they CAN. And that WAS the case with Peter. He didn't quit the role. He wasn't fired. It was just decided that they were going to get different VAs to voice Eeyore for various reasons.

Same way that Spider-Man has had various VAs throughout history. Do people say that Neil Patrick Harris "quit" Spider-Man? No. Do people say that Rino Romano was "fired" from being Spider-Man? No. Different shows, different years, different creative control, different cast, different choices. The universe dictated that Peter Cullen wouldn't be voicing Eeyore this time around. Simple as that.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 1:16 PM on Mon Oct 14 2013
@TylerMirage I didn't necessarily mean that he was literally fired, but you make a very valid point. My thinking was that since the cast for Winnie the Pooh has been so consistent for years and going by Peter saying that Disney told him he was no longer Eeyore beforehand that it was basically equivalent to being "fired."
said at 2:13 PM on Sat Oct 19 2013
@Nightmare Crusher are you so sure? Optimus Prime is his favorite role really! Don't get me wrong, the jackass was the only Pooh character with real personality. Truth is the Winnie the Pooh series is garbage. Any little kid can make it up. It was even a no brainer that the latest movie wasn't oscar worthy. I didn't see it because I know it's all crud from some kids imagination. Truely, Optimus Prime is the best character Peter Cullen ever voiced.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 2:34 PM on Sat Oct 19 2013
@Legacyman Try harder son.
said at 8:14 AM on Fri Nov 29 2013
@Legacyman That's just your opinion I like Winnie the Pooh and I have seen works for older audience that is easier to write than this

Just because it's for a younger target doesn't mean it's crude

Jackass is a swearword dude no matter what
virtual revenger
said at 10:51 AM on Wed Jan 22 2014
What??!! He got fired or lay off or was told he wasn't play it no more! It was Disney productions, not the original Walt? What were they thinking? I am in shock. It is like telling him not to play Optimus anymore.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 11:29 AM on Wed Jan 22 2014
@virtual revenger Not the original Walt? He's been dead for decades, of course it wasn't him.
said at 3:39 PM on Wed Jan 22 2014
said at 3:40 PM on Wed Jan 22 2014
...sorry, I just really wanted to use that reaction.
said at 9:56 AM on Wed Sep 11 2013
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If only I had a quarter for every time Peter has had to say....

"...and I am Optimus Prime".
said at 12:19 PM on Mon Apr 21 2014

You and me both do you know how rich we'd or anyone would be?!!
said at 3:00 PM on Fri Sep 6 2013
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THE best voice for narration EVER
said at 1:40 AM on Mon Jul 29 2013
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Happy birthday from Australia again Mr. Cullen!
said at 11:25 PM on Sun Jul 28 2013
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Happy birthday from australia Peter/Optimus!
said at 10:15 PM on Sun Jul 28 2013
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Happy Birthday Optimus!
said at 8:27 PM on Sun Jul 28 2013
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Happy Birthday Mr.Peter Cullen the original Optimus Prime say Autobots Transform and Roll Out
virtual revenger
said at 12:05 AM on Sun Jul 28 2013
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Happy Birthday Eeyore and Prime
said at 12:23 PM on Thu May 30 2013
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who's with me?!
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 1:43 PM on Sun Mar 3 2013
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I miss when Cullen got to show his range, don't get me wrong his Prime voice is perfect but its a shame we don't see Cullen's range anymore
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:49 PM on Sun Mar 3 2013
@Music Meister I agree, especially since he lost the role of Eeyore. Optimus is pretty much all he's got these days, and as flawless as he is in that role, I'd love to hear him in other stuff too.
said at 6:25 PM on Sat May 18 2013
@NCZ It's a freaking crime that he lost Eeyore too. Whoever decided to replace him should be fined.
said at 2:58 PM on Mon May 20 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy By fined I of course mean a nice wad of cash for criminal stupidity. :D
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 1:04 PM on Sun Jul 7 2013
@Music Meister I posted a video in the "Transformers Dream Casts"-thread that shows Peter at a convention, and he does his own rendition of Frank's TFP Megatron voice. ... AND IT'S FRIGHTENINGLY GOOD. It's just as raspy as Frank's, but it's got that deep rumble of Peter's Optimus voice. Sort of like a raspy KARR voice. I had almost forgot that Peter actually has range, ha ha. I really hope that Peter plays Megatron (or some equally big villain) someday. I think it'd be a great choice. :D
said at 6:42 AM on Wed Jan 1 2014
@Music Meister Agreed, I mean c'mon its nice that you are definitely letting Peter voice Prime again but he is capable of voicing OTHER characters too.
said at 12:20 PM on Mon Apr 21 2014

........hey can you link it?
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 1:16 PM on Mon Apr 21 2014
said at 6:47 AM on Tue Oct 7 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy At the time, it turned out that Cullen was busy voicing Optimus Prime in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
said at 2:25 AM on Fri Jan 25 2013
My Brother says the Peter Cullen Scares him. Sad, he's awesome as both Venger & Predator.
said at 12:21 PM on Mon Apr 21 2014

..............WHY?! XD 0_e
said at 3:10 PM on Sat Jul 28 2012
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Happy birthday, Optimus Prime.

But seriously, Peter Cullen always rules as the above character.
said at 2:37 AM on Sun Jun 24 2012
I swore this was the DBZ narrator O-o
or at least from Toonami? (Not TOM)
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:58 AM on Sun Jun 24 2012
@Vegatifa Yes, he narrated Toonami.
said at 10:42 PM on Sun May 13 2012
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I kind of wish that he did more voice acting now a days than just optimus prime!
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 1:07 PM on Thu Apr 26 2012
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It's interesting how the voice he's best known for is so widely associated with a heroic character and yet it works just as well with villainous types.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 9:19 PM on Thu Apr 26 2012
@CatsTuxedo Agreed! It almost even works better with villains!
said at 2:27 AM on Sun Sep 23 2012
@OptimusSolo Just like Keith David and Kevin Conroy. :-P
said at 1:19 AM on Thu Jan 26 2012
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He Should Voice The Anti-Montior for DC soon.
said at 7:54 PM on Mon Jan 2 2012
Go Peter!!!!!!!!
said at 12:22 PM on Thu May 30 2013
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 2:27 AM on Wed Feb 9 2011
About time Peter Cullen got 100 credits!

As much as I like some ADR VAs we do need more prelay VAs with 100+ credits.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 2:33 AM on Wed Feb 9 2011
@Jackson_H Yeah I have been trying to get him there for a while. Luckily there are so many different Eeyore incarnations otherwise it may not have ever happened.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:01 PM on Wed Dec 1 2010
Happy birthday, Peter! Hopefully he'll provide the voice of Optimus Prime for years to come, and maybe he can return to the role of Ironhide as well.
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Who's your favorite Peter Cullen role? *
Optimus Prime
82.9% (102 votes)
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Monterey Jack
1.6% (2 votes)
King Kong
0.8% (1 vote)
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