Garry Chalk

Garry Chalk

Date Of Birth: Feb 17, 1952
Birth Place: Southampton, England, UK

Popularity: 305th All Time, 225th 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)

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Garry Chalk Voices

Credits On BTVA: 197 Roles from 87 Titles  [ Only show characters with sound clips ]
Additional Voice Credits on BTVA: 1

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8000 Saiyans
said at 10:11 AM on Mon Jul 16 2018
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You can spot him in various live-action stuff done in Vancouver.
said at 12:40 AM on Sun Feb 18 2018
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Happy belated birthday, Garry Chalk!

Loved his work as Optimus Primal and Grounder the most, he was hilarious as Captain Rescue and he was also pretty cool as Oda Nobunaga, King Gurumes, and Blitzen. He's had loads of great roles in general.

Even though he's never been my favourite Robotnik, it's still really cool that he played him years after playing Grounder.
8000 Saiyans
said at 10:36 AM on Sat Feb 17 2018
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Happy birthday, Garry! Awesome as Optimus Primal.
said at 8:53 AM on Sat Feb 17 2018
Happy Birthday Garry Chalk aka Secretary Norris (Action Man 1995), Sky Marshall Wade (Voltron Force) and Connor Penn (Dragon Booster).
said at 3:33 AM on Sat Feb 17 2018
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Happy birthday, Garry Chalk!!!

My favorite roles from him are:

1) Metal-Head (1989 G.I. Joe)
2) Luca Brasi (The Godfather: The Game)
3) Grounder (Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog)
4) Optimus Primal (Beast Wars Transformers)
5) General Blitz (Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles)
6) Pathfinder (1989 G.I. Joe)
7) Lt. Stone (G.I. Joe Extreme)
8) Dhalsim (1995 Street Fighter)
9) Donkey Kong (Captain N: The Game Master)
10) Burke (1995 Street Fighter)
said at 6:04 PM on Sat Apr 1 2017
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One of Vancouver great Garry great as Man-at-arms, Metal head, Sky Marshall Wade, Gangrene, Captain Pounder, and Optimus Primal
said at 8:33 AM on Fri Feb 17 2017
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Happy Birthday Garry Chalk!

My top 10 favourite roles from him are:

1.) Optimus Primal (Beast Wars)
2.) Optimus Prime (Transformers: Cybertron)
3.) Grounder (The Adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog)
4.) Metal Head (G.I Joe)
5.) Prince Rutherford (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
6.) Guts Man (Mega Man)
7.) Soundwave (Transformers: Cybertron)
8.) King Gurumes (Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies)
9.) Fido the Diamond Dog (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
10.) Gangrene (Action Man (2000))
said at 5:08 AM on Sun Feb 18 2018
It was great seeing him reprise his role as Prince Rutherford on My Little Pony, last season.

Though it's a shame that he's not reprising Optimus Primal in the upcoming Transformers: Power of the Primes series....I mean I really dislike the Machinima series but it still would've been nice, it's annoying that Garry wasn't even considered but also understandable due to how union laws work since Garry's in Canada and Machinima's in the US. Still it was pretty humble of Garry to approve of Ron Perlman taking over the role.

I really hope Garry gets to come back and voice in Transformers again, either as Optimus or a new character altogether or both.

Happy Birthday Garry Chalk!
said at 6:36 AM on Fri Feb 17 2017
Happy Birthday, Garry Chalk!
said at 4:25 AM on Fri Feb 17 2017
Happy Birthday Garry Chalk!
said at 2:44 PM on Thu Oct 13 2016
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Was pleasantly surprised to see him in last night's Arrow episode
said at 12:37 PM on Sun May 22 2016
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So he's going to have a role in the new Power Rangers movie/reboot.

Funny enough I totally called it a couple of months ago when they announced it was going to be filming in Vancouver, he would most likely get cast since of all the VA's in Vacouver he's the one that usually does the most live-action work and is easily recognizable.

I love it when I'm right. Still that's great for Garry.
said at 7:17 PM on Wed Apr 13 2016
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His Optimus Prime voice is just great.
said at 2:44 PM on Wed Feb 17 2016
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Happy Birthday Garry Chalk Optimus Primal in Beast Wars and Optimus Prime in Unicron Trilogy
said at 2:26 PM on Wed Feb 17 2016
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Happy birthday to Gary Chalk, the iconic role of Optimus Primal/Prime has always been in my head since the 90s. Also Grinder and Turbo, and the original King Gurumes. Peace out to you.
said at 12:56 PM on Wed Feb 17 2016
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Happy Birthday Optimus Prime/Primal, Guts Man, Slash, Turbo, Cyrus, Commander Dogstar, Al Negator, Snagg, Conan's Father, Marsala, Grounder, Emperor Femur Mungus the Giant, Bad Rap, Harry, Bug a Boo, Man-At-Arms, El Haystack Grande, Whiplash, Oda Nobunaga / Devil King,King Of Cats, Break Summers, King Gurumes, Mr. Cartwright, Captain Pounder, Fido the Diamond Dog, and Sky Marshall Wade.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 10:06 PM on Tue Feb 16 2016
Happy birthday Garry Chalk, I've always enjoyed your portrayal of Santa Claus in "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys," and your role as Turbo (as well as your many background voices) in ReBoot!
HK-47 master
said at 5:23 PM on Thu Jan 21 2016
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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
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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
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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
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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.
said at 3:49 AM on Wed Feb 17 2016
I also got to see him on an episode of the 2nd season of Fargo where he played a racist bar owner.

That was a rather surprisingly appearance, I really didn't expect his scene at all.

Happy Birthday Garry Chalk, the voice of Optimus Primal and one of my all-time favourite hero/leader voices.
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
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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?
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
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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
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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
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Happy Birthday, Mr. Chalk! You are in fact, the true Optimus Primal!
said at 7:12 PM on Tue Mar 8 2011
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Gary Chalk is my favorite Optimus Prime voice ever!
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Favorite Role
Who's your favorite Garry Chalk role? *
Optimus Primal
33.9% (19 votes)
Optimus Prime
26.8% (15 votes)
7.1% (4 votes)
Captain Rescue
5.4% (3 votes)
Blitzen, Rudolph's Father
3.6% (2 votes)
Guts Man
3.6% (2 votes)
3.6% (2 votes)
El Haystack Grande
1.8% (1 vote)
Captain Pounder
1.8% (1 vote)
Mungus the Giant
1.8% (1 vote)
Dr. Robotnik
1.8% (1 vote)
Fido the Diamond Dog
1.8% (1 vote)
Sky Marshall Wade
1.8% (1 vote)
1.8% (1 vote)
Metal Head
1.8% (1 vote)
1.8% (1 vote)
56 Total Votes
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