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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Ironhide with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Transformers

Created by Foxwolf on Jun 14 2009
Special thanks to OptimusSolo, NCZ, Pokejedservo for additional sound clips.
The Transformers
IronhideRuss Veillard
Russ Veillard
Transformers (1984)
IronhidePeter Cullen
Peter Cullen
Transformers: Robots In Disguise (2001)
IronhideMichael McConnohie
Michael McConnohie
Transformers Energon (2004)
IronhideMatt Hill
Matt Hill
Transformers: The Game (2007)
IronhideMark Ryan
Mark Ryan
Transformers Animated (2007)
IronhideCorey Burton
Corey Burton
Transformers (2007)
IronhideJess Harnell
Jess Harnell
Transformers: Cyber Missions (2010)
IronhideBronco Jackson
Bronco Jackson
Transformers: War For Cybertron (2010)
IronhideKeith Szarabajka
Keith Szarabajka


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said at 12:02 PM on Tue Mar 8 2016
1. Keith
2. Peter
3. Jesx
said at 3:25 AM on Sun Jan 31 2016
I vote for Peter Cullen: wish he had voice him more. He should voice him again in the upcoming series. Jess Harnell is good and badass (the Clint Eastwood of Transformers universe) but Peter's Ironhide is a classic
said at 8:22 AM on Sun Jan 3 2016
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I love this ornery southern hot-blooded son of a gun. However my favourite voice here is Jess Harnell. I dunno the movie incarnation are the most badass to me and Harnell's voice is grade A badass.

Sure he goes more for a British Dirty Harry esque portrayal but I can totally see him pulling off the classic Texan Ironhide just the same. He's ill-tempered yet also knows how to follow his old friend Optimus's lead.

Peter Cullen's voice is classic and awesome but i feel he over does the drawl a bit and Keith Szarabajka while more consistent and less over the top, unfortunately sounds too light.

Mark Ryan emulates Harnell well, nothing much to it but it works.

I'm surprised Bronco Jackson doesn't do a British accent of any kind...the sound of the voice is cool but generic in the end.

Michael McConnohie, Corey Burton and Russ Veillard all sound too goofy and not as cool or badass with their southern accents.

Matt Hill is the worst. I feel the vocal effects on his voice make my ears bleed. No disrespect to Matt, as he was awesome in roles like Ed, Kira Yamato and Bankotsu but this (and along with Carlos) are the worst roles of his. He is also at a disadvantage since Energon Ironhide is so radically different from the other Ironhide's and not cool at all.

BONUS: I think Brian Bloom could make an awesome Ironhide. Imagine his Punisher voice but with a heavier southern or british accent. That would be amazing and somewhat chilling to listen to. Jim Cummings would be fantastic too, his Jonah Hex is what I hear for Ironhide in the comics. I also would love to see Brian Dobson voice Ironhide, think Groovy Guy Russell from Black Lagoon.
said at 9:07 PM on Wed Oct 21 2015
Jess, followed by Keith, Peter, Corey, Bronco, Matt, then Michael.
said at 1:54 PM on Mon Oct 19 2015
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1. Jess Harnell
2. Peter Cullen
3. Keith Szarabajka
4. Bronco Jackson
5. Mark Ryan
6. Corey Burton
7. Michael McConnohie
8. Matt Hill
9. Russ Veillard
said at 7:13 AM on Thu Jul 2 2015
1) Peter Cullen
2) Michael McConnohie
3) Jess Harnell
4) Keith Szarabajka
5) Mark Ryan
6) Matt Hill
7) Corey Burton
8) Russ Veillard
9) Bronco D. Jackson
Polyester Funk
said at 12:02 AM on Thu Apr 30 2015
Peter Cullen, Jess Harnell and Keith Szarabajka are my top three. Not really sure how I'd rank the others. Except for Russ Veillard who'd be last.
Mark Johnson
said at 2:46 PM on Sat Mar 28 2015
1. Jess Harnell
2. Peter Cullen
3. Bronco D. Jackson
4. Mark Ryan
5. Keith Szarabajka
6. Michael McConnohie
7. Corey Burton
8. Matt Hill *
9. Russ Veillard *

The last two have much younger voices. I like them, however, because it gives me a good look at what they sound like young. I mean, seriously, this guy is almost as old as Optimus Prime!
said at 6:36 AM on Thu Feb 26 2015
1) Peter Cullen
2) Michael McConnohie
3) Keith Szarabajka
4) Jess Harnell
5) Mark Ryan
6) Matt Hill
7) Russ Veillard
8) Corey Burton
9) Bronco D. Jackson
said at 8:59 AM on Fri Feb 27 2015
1) Peter Cullen
2) Michael McConnohie
3) Jess Harnell
4) Keith Szarabajka
5) Mark Ryan
6) Matt Hill
7) Russ Veillard
8) Corey Burton
9) Bronco D. Jackson
said at 9:57 PM on Thu Dec 4 2014
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........That's Jess Harnell??? That's really all I got to say. Out of everyone here, he stood out the most to me, so I vote for him. I also like Peter, Michael, and Keith. Everyone else is okay though.
said at 9:30 AM on Sun Oct 5 2014
My Top 5:

1) Cullen
2) McConnohie
3) Szarabajka
4) Harnell
5) Ryan
said at 6:18 AM on Sun Jul 20 2014
Jess is my Number1 pick for Ironhide as he sounds smart & tough at the same time.

Peter is 2nd as I really like that southern accent he gives Ironhide.

Bronco is pretty cool so he's 3rd while Keith is 4th for similar reasons.

Mark does a pretty good accent too though not as good as Peter's.

Every1 else was terrible in my opinion especially Matt.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:09 AM on Mon Jul 7 2014
I don't know if I can pick between Peter Cullen and Jess Harnell. They both were great as Ironhide and they both sounded so different. Cullen may be a bit campy, but he was fun and memorable. Plus it was the 80s and Transformers was meant for children.

Keith Szarabajka is quite good, too. He seems to be channeling Cullen, yet he is more subtle.

Mark Ryan and Corey Burton are fairly good.

Michael McConnohie is alright, but this is not one of his better roles.

I think Matt Hill did well for the younger version that he was playing even if it was odd to have Ironhide be depicted as a youngster.

Bronco Jackson sounds pretty cool. That voice reminds me of someone, but I can't place it.

Do not like Russ at all. He is way too light and he gives Ironhide a weird lisp.
said at 10:58 PM on Sun Jul 6 2014
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Matt Hill is just terrible as Ironhide
said at 7:12 PM on Mon Jun 30 2014
Does anyone else think Peter New could do a good job as Ironhide? Peter New did Big Macintosh from My little pony if anyone is wondering.
said at 8:07 PM on Thu Feb 13 2014
I like Jess, Keith, and Matt the best.
said at 4:36 AM on Fri Nov 22 2013
Cullen is IRONHIDE!!!! I love his performance, and it's a shame he got killed in the 1986 movie. But then again, everyone dies.
said at 9:33 PM on Thu Nov 14 2013
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I loved Jess Harnell as Ironhide. When I re-watched the first Bayformers film recently, I instantly thought "Wow, he has a really cool voice." The rest of them don't sound very distinctive or interesting to me.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 8:25 AM on Fri Nov 15 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy I love his slight British accent he puts on it! :D
said at 8:32 AM on Fri Nov 15 2013
@TylerMirage Heck yeah! I thought it was more unique to give him a bad-@ss tone with a slight British accent than just giving him another Southern or Western American accent. Who says British can't sound like bad-@ss gun crazy dudes who kick butt and take names, too (I know there are some in media, but still)? I find it refreshing.
said at 1:14 PM on Wed Sep 25 2013
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I wonder of James Remar would make a good Ironhide?
said at 4:35 AM on Fri Nov 22 2013
@Finister2 Nah, I think he's a lot cooler as Sideswipe :)
said at 1:42 PM on Mon Sep 23 2013
It's a tossup between Cullen and Harnell. Ironhide was honestly one of the VERY few characters I did enjoy from the live-action movies, mainly because of Jess's undeniably great voicework. Yet, Peter is still very memorable and very well works.

Er.... I'll be damned to have to break the tie, but I think I'm going to go with Harnell.

Szarabajka would be my second-place choice behind the other two.
SharpShot Shockwave
said at 7:30 AM on Mon Aug 5 2013
Jess Harnell Works as Ironhide for Me.
I'm not entirely sure why, But I Can't help hear A touch of british accent in jess's tactful vocal range.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 6:40 PM on Tue Aug 27 2013
@SharpShot Shockwave You probably hear a slight British accent because there *is* a slight British accent. ;) And I like it. Kind of a "Guv'ner", rather than a "cowboy".
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 10:37 PM on Tue May 21 2013
 4 Shout Outs!
Hmm. Nothing against Keith, but yeah, where did his votes suddenly come from, ha ha?
said at 12:19 PM on Mon Apr 15 2013
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Honestly what's so great about Keith anyway?!
Nightmare Crusher
said at 8:20 PM on Mon May 6 2013
@What's wrong with him? He fits the character, sounds pretty tough, and does a nice, but kind of subtle accent.
said at 5:54 AM on Tue May 7 2013
@Nightmare Crusher I'm not talking about this role in perticuler, its just that recently he has recieved a substantial amount of votes in almost every VC he's involved in, e.g. Venom. So now he is winning in almost all those VC's. It just doesn't seem right. :/
said at 8:20 PM on Thu May 9 2013
@Torak Maybe he's just that awesome! You ever think about that?
said at 3:26 AM on Fri May 10 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 I'll admit, he's a good actor, his take on Laserbeak was EPIC too! Still, his acting and voice wasn't great on polls such as Venom or Living Laser, yet he still leads those polls, but thats just my opinion on him; take it or leave it. :)
said at 6:06 AM on Fri May 10 2013
@Torak Some of his best voices, in my opinion, aren't even VC related.

Such as Detective Hershel Biggs in LA. Noire or The Didact in Halo 4.
said at 1:14 PM on Fri May 10 2013
Now those are some good examples of Keith's work! But yeah, he's a good actor, but sometimes I feel he's a little overated thats all. Nothing against him, just feel that he shouldn't be winning some polls imo.
said at 11:35 PM on Fri May 10 2013
@Torak Oh & by the way, let's not forget Harbinger & Dr. Kyne from Mass Effect & Dead Space, respectively.
said at 11:38 PM on Sat May 11 2013
@Torak Agreed with Venom, but his Ironhide and Living Laser are pretty good.
said at 6:02 AM on Tue Apr 9 2013
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Man... those Keith Szarabajka fans... what has become of this VC?

I'll go with Jess, I hate to go against original Transformers VA's but this is an exception.
said at 1:40 PM on Sun Apr 7 2013
Didn't Mark Ryan audition for Ironhide in the first film.
said at 11:18 AM on Wed Apr 3 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
I've gotta give this one to Jess Harnell. I'm so glad the movies hired actual voiceactors to play the characters. Keith is a REALLY close second.
said at 6:57 AM on Fri Feb 15 2013
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Cullen sounds way too over the top and Harnell sounds a little forced. I'm gonna go with Keith Szarabajka.
said at 6:11 AM on Tue Feb 12 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
# 1 - Keith Szarabajka.
# 2 - Jess Harnell.
# 3 - Corey Burton.
# 4 - Peter Cullen.
said at 5:38 PM on Mon Dec 24 2012
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I definitely prefer Jess Harnell even if they gave him less and less lines the further the films went. Harnell just had a badass quality that fit Ironhide
said at 10:39 AM on Sat Dec 22 2012
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I'm going with Keith Szarabajika.
said at 1:59 AM on Mon Sep 3 2012
1: Peter Cullen.
said at 1:53 AM on Tue Jul 31 2012
What's with the Southern accent on Cullen's Ironhide? O_O
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:50 AM on Tue Jul 31 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight It adds a bit of character, establishing him as an older, somewhat-laidback tough guy, and it helps distinguish Prime and Ironhide, because they otherwise have essentially the same voice.
said at 11:10 PM on Sun Jul 22 2012
Peter Cullen.
said at 12:50 PM on Tue Apr 17 2012
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I'm going with Keith Szarabajka for Ironhide, though I also did like Peter Cullen and Jess Harnell in the role.
said at 2:47 AM on Sun Nov 20 2011
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I heard Diedrich Bader is considered to voice Ironhide in Prime.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 12:26 AM on Tue Apr 3 2012
@Mr.Fennoy93 1.) *IF* he appears in the show, and 2.) Where have you heard this rumour? The only other place I've heard of it is one ranting VA fan over on the TFW2005 boards.
said at 12:39 AM on Fri Sep 7 2012
@Mr.Fennoy93 I I remember Ironhide was gong to be a regular character early in development but was replaced with Bulkhead.
said at 8:04 PM on Thu Feb 13 2014
@TylerMirage I remember what I stated above, back before it came out.
said at 11:46 AM on Tue Mar 11 2014
@Mr.Fennoy93 I think Diedrich Bader would make an awesome Ironhide.
said at 7:08 AM on Fri Apr 10 2015
Me Too
said at 8:56 AM on Mon Aug 15 2011
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 12:28 AM on Tue Apr 3 2012
@IRONHIDE and ROBERT I think you guys *both* need to turn off the caps-lock. ;) But I understand, Ironhide can get people excited.
said at 9:16 PM on Mon Aug 1 2011
I like Jess Harnell the most with Mark Ryan and Bronco Jackson as close seconds. Peter Cullen and Keith Szarabajka are tied for third for me, the rest are pretty mediocre aside from Corey Burton (Sorry Michael McConnohie)
said at 6:48 PM on Sun Mar 27 2011
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I like the sound clip that goes with Matt Hill by-the-way! ;)
said at 8:01 PM on Fri Mar 18 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Oh, come on guys! Matt Hill wasn't that bad. ;) He did play his character well. His version of Ironhid just wasn't the usual personality your used to.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 12:27 AM on Tue Apr 3 2012
@Hotshotfan I agree. He's not my favourite version of the character, but that's the thing: he's a DIFFERENT version. A young, brash, head-strong warrior eager to prove his metal. Different personality than the other versions.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:23 PM on Sat Sep 4 2010
Peter Cullen for me. Corey Burton did a good imitation, and Keith Szarabajka sounded just like Cullen (aside from the lack of an accent...).
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