David Kaye

Voice Actor, Coach

David Kaye’s voice over career began with ‘The Great American Hero’, General Hawk in the DIC animation series, GI Joe in 1989. Working as an on air talent for radio station CKLG (LG73) quickly became less interesting as both on camera and behind the mic roles started taking up more time. Over the next decade and a half David’s on camera burgeoned along with his voice career. On camera opportunities came in the form of guest roles on various TV series and movies such as ‘Battle Star Galactica’ the X-Files and ‘Murder In My Mind’ with Stacy Keach and Nicole Sheridan, and ‘Dead Mans Gun’ with Michael York. Also during this time Kaye was being cast in some of the first of hundreds of animation shows and video games. So many, in fact, this now became the main focus of his career and he’s never looked back. 

David’s biggest moment was when he was cast as ‘Megatron’ in 1994 in the wonderfully popular series ‘Transformers.’ As a new animation art form was taking off bolstered by Mainframe Entertainment. ‘Beast Wars’ was born (‘Beasties’ in Canada) and would run for four seasons of “…the most fun you could ever have!”, says Kaye. Thus began an almost a twenty year relationship with the ‘Transformers’ franchise. In 2007, David “crossed over” to become the only actor in the history of the franchise to play the lead villain AND the lead hero when he was cast as ‘Optimus Prime’ for Cartoon Network’s ‘Transformers: Animated.’  He continues to play a host of other notable roles for the Transformers franchise in ‘ F:Prime’ and ‘Robots In Disguise.’  For Anime fans, David Kaye has been the voice behind ‘Sesshomaru’ in the English dubbed ‘Inuyasha’ series, ‘Treize Khushrenada’ in ‘Mobile Suit Gundam Wing,’ ‘Recoome’ in ‘Dragon Ball Z’ (’96-’98) and as the high strung father, ‘Soun Tendo’ in ‘Ranma 1/2′. His anime work still brings fans to conventions to meet him. After commuting between Vancouver and Los Angeles for almost 10 years a full time move to LA was inevitable.

Shortly after the move, David landed a role in Disney/Pixar’s Oscar winning movie, ‘Up’  as the voice of ‘Movie Town News.’  As the work keeps coming in, David’s voice can be heard in Insomniac’s ‘Ratchet & Clank’ video game series and the feature film as the loveable robot ‘Clank’. Among the many video game series he’s worked on over the years, he’s voiced some of Marvel’s most famous characters including Iron Man, Wolverine, Captain America, Nick Fury, Mysterio, Venom and J.A.R.V.I.S who he also plays in the animated series Avengers: Assemble.  Among other characters in that series, Kaye now lends his voice to the character, Vision. Crossing over to the D.C side of things, he’s also lent his voice to Superman and others in the Fisher Price Toy series and video games.

David has been working on another highly popular series ‘Ben 10’ as the new Grampa Max and in the last Ben 10:Omniverse series as the lead villain, Khyber as well as a host of other aliens. David also wrapped up the final season of The Regular Show working with the great JG Quintel.  Kaye has also been fortunate to have guest spots on the latest 2 Scooby Doo series. “I had a chance  to say the famous line that I remember as a kid when I religiously watched that show…’I would’ve gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids!’  I can’t believe I got to say ‘THE LINE!’  

2016 has been another breakout year for Kaye with two Emmy winning shows under his belt including FX’s The People Vs OJ Simpson (promo voice) and incredible run as the in-show voice for John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight.   David has also been nominated for a Voice Arts Award for his audio book work on Brooke Burgess’ new novel, ‘A Cats Maw’. It’s the first such nod for an individual award in a long career. “That 9th grade basketball trophy might get a little company one day, but that’s not what I got into this business for. I just had a goal to be paid for having fun everyday.” So far it’s worked out quite well for Kaye.

With on going commitments now for movie trailers (Secret Life Of Pets, Denial, Hot Tub Time Machine) , network promo for ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CW and a host of radio and television affiliates and a lot of commercial work (Phillips Norelco, Pepsi Max, McDonalds, T-Mobile, Dodge) the days get a little tight from time to time. So much so, that he even has a unit that he can use to record from his car. “Don’t worry, I actually have to pull over”, he says. The projects continue to line up and unfortunately, the days don’t get any longer. David says “You won’t ever hear me complain, though. I’m working with the coolest people on the planet and deeply love what I do… I’ve put a request in for a 28 hour day!”