Wally Burr

Wally Burr

Date Of Birth: Jun 2, 1926
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Date Of Death: Jul 9, 2017
Cause Of Death: Complications from a stroke

Popularity: 1,390th All Time, 1,549th This Week

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Wally founded Wally Burr Recording.  It was there that he cast and voice directed many shows such as Transformers and G.I. Joe. In 2001 Burr sold his recording studios.

His direction style was very perfectionist, and he would often do many takes of a single line until he thought it had been nailed. This was often very exhausting for the voice actors, who often tell stories of Wally in interviews and the like. With that being said, they do agree that in the end, he created a quality product that they are all satisfied with, and most think back on these sessions fondly in spite of their rigorousness.

Quotes:

"Union rules allow 4 hours for recording the dialogue for a half-hour show. Overtime must be paid after that time. Based on the assumption that most things (including cartoon shows) can be done better if one uses the allowed time to the fullest, I usually plan to use the full 4 hours. Some directors pride themselves on getting a script recorded in 2 or 3 hours. But the actors are still paid for 4, so I see no point in establishing new speed records when there are almost always scenes or sequences that could be improved by doing another take. And yes, I have a reputation for frequently asking for several takes. I also have a reputation for producing crisp, well-paced, well-acted dialogue tracks."

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Dee15gon
said at 9:58 PM on Sun Jul 16 2017
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5 years ago, I started doing Soul Calibur III voice clips. But I never finished it. So I'm gonna finish it now.

I'm going to start with Rock first.
Scrappy-Fan92
said at 9:43 PM on Sat Jul 15 2017
Rest in peace.
HienFan
said at 4:16 AM on Thu Jul 13 2017
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RIP I like his work in Dynasty Warriors and his voice direction is top notch
Shaun Ince
said at 9:25 AM on Tue Jul 11 2017
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I was not expecting this. Rip Wally Burr. Great voice actor as well as director.
Autovolt
said at 6:20 AM on Tue Jul 11 2017
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RIP Wally Burr.

Without you, we wouldn't have enjoyed Transformers, G.I Joe and the many other shows and movies he voice directed for, as much as we did.

This years TFCon which is coming this weekend, must pay tribute to Mr. Burr in some way now.

also it's really cool that he was like the youngest tank commander in World War II. He was a legitimate badass.
virtual revenger
said at 1:00 PM on Wed Jul 12 2017
@Autovolt SO true. He really did show up that Screamer.
CelestialOuroboros
said at 5:30 AM on Tue Jul 11 2017
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R.I.P to one of the most revered voice directors in the business, who also happened to be a very good VA in his own right if his work on Transformers and that performance as Rock Adams can attest to. To say the least, Wally Burr will certainly be missed by many (myself included).
Keldor
said at 5:28 AM on Tue Jul 11 2017
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RIP Wally, you did an excellent Scatman Crothers impression for Jazz in Kremzeek!

And I preferred your voice for Thundercracker in Wardawn than John Stephenson's voice for Thundercracker.
Anicomicgeek
said at 11:03 PM on Mon Jul 10 2017
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R.I.P., Mr. Burr, you'll be missed.
Starscreamsfan
said at 8:32 PM on Mon Jul 10 2017
 5 Shout Outs!
RIP Wally Burr.

He truly was one of the best voice directors from the old days.
Archerboy58
said at 5:56 PM on Mon Jul 10 2017
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RIP Wally. I just heard the news from Jack Angel. You were a great voice director and a great Atom.
rosebr10
said at 4:43 PM on Mon Jul 10 2017
RIP to the voice director of Transformers, G.I. Joe and some early Vancouver dubs, the original Raoh, and the man I hope indeed was DW5 Huang Zhong and SCIII Rock, as then I can truly say that a mighty warrior has fallen.
whyofbladez
said at 4:40 PM on Mon Jul 10 2017
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R.I.P. Wally Burr.

I can't think of anything else to call him but a voice acting/directing legend who will be sorely missed.
MegaMike1990
said at 3:58 PM on Mon Jul 10 2017
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R.I.P. Wally Burr.

He was one great voice director when it comes to shows like Transformers. He will be missed.
CaptainGrumpy
said at 3:25 PM on Mon Jul 10 2017
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R.I.P. to the voice director of every show you ever loved in the 80s
skeletonking1234
said at 3:24 PM on Mon Jul 10 2017
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RIP Wally Burr, one of the greatest voice directors of all time
Metabad
said at 2:50 PM on Mon Jul 10 2017
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R.I.P. Wally Burr.

Decent as Raoh, great as Larry Buck and Rock, and a fantastic voice director all around, he may have had a reputation for being a perfectionist, but he always did get great performances out of his actors by the end of it.

You will be missed.
tmnisaac
said at 2:39 PM on Mon Jul 10 2017
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R.I.P. Wally Burr!
Blues
said at 12:03 PM on Mon Jul 10 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
RIP
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tmnisaac
said at 7:14 AM on Fri Jun 2 2017
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Happy Birthday Wally Burr!
Starscreamsfan
said at 8:54 PM on Thu Jun 2 2016
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Happy birthday Wally Burr!!!

An excellent voice director and I really loved him as the Atom.
GreenGoblin75
said at 4:24 PM on Thu Jun 2 2016
Happy birthday to an excellent voice director and a good voice actor for Thundercracker & Rock Adams!!!!!
Autovolt
said at 1:28 PM on Tue Jun 2 2015
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Happy Birthday Wally Burr!

An incredible voice director is what he is. Dare I even say he's a better voice for Thundercracker than the late John Stephenson?

Also it's cool he's directed for both cartoons and anime and went to BotCon in 2013.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:19 PM on Sat Jun 2 2012
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Transformers had some truly outstanding voice acting and is a major part of what reignited my interest in it. If I had to thank one specific person for it who isn't Frank Welker or Peter Cullen, it'd have to be this guy. One of the all-time great voice directors.
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6th Annual BTVA Voice Acting Awards 2016
Favorite Role
Who's your favorite Wally Burr role? *
Huang Zhong
25.0% (4 votes)
Nathaniel 'Rock' Adams
25.0% (4 votes)
Thundercracker
18.8% (3 votes)
Raoh
12.5% (2 votes)
Jazz
12.5% (2 votes)
Atom / Ray Palmer
6.3% (1 vote)
16 Total Votes
VOICE COMPARES
Listen to other actors who have also voiced the following Wally Burr characters.
Rock
Rock
Seaspray
Seaspray
Thundercracker
Thundercracker
Atom
Atom
Ratchet
Ratchet
Raoh
Raoh
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