David Kaye

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David Kaye
David Kaye at an autograph session at Botcon 2008 in Cincinnati, Ohio.jpg
Kaye at an autograph session at Botcon 2008 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Born David V. Hope
(1964-10-14) October 14, 1964 (age 53)
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Voice actor/Announcer
Years active 1988 – Present
Spouse(s) Maria Hope
Website http://www.davidkaye.com/

David V. Hope (born October 14, 1964), better known by his stage name, David Kaye, is a Canadian actor who is most active in voice overs. His most recognized roles include Sesshomaru in the shōnen anime InuYasha, Treize Khushrenada in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Megatron in five of the Transformers series (Beast Wars, Beast Machines, Transformers: Armada, Transformers: Energon, and Transformers: Cybertron), Cronus in Class of the Titans, and Clank in the Ratchet & Clank series of video games. He is the in house announcer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO providing his voice for the "And Now This" segments in the middle of the show.


During the 1980s, he attended the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts after which he starred in plays such as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, where he played George and Harvey, where he played Elwood P. Dowd.[1]

David Kaye’s voice over career began in 1989 with General Hawk in the DIC animation series G.I. Joe. Working as an on air talent for radio station CKLG (LG73), he quickly became less interested 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 numerous TV series and movies such as The X-Files, Battlestar Galactica, and Happy Gilmore with Adam Sandler.

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. David’s biggest moment was when he was cast as Megatron in 1994 in the immensely 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 David. Thus began an almost a twenty-year relationship with the Transformers franchise. In 2007, David crossed over to become the first 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 lent his voice to Hammerstrike in Transformers: Robots in Disguise, making it the eighth Transformers cartoon he's worked on, more than any other actor in the franchise. Once again, David finds himself returning to a franchise he first engaged in years before, this time going back to the beginning with G.I. Joe: not only can he be heard as Scarlett’s father, but also introducing every episode as the expo voice during the opening titles.

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.

As the work keeps coming in, David’s voice can be heard in Insomniac Games' Ratchet & Clank video game series as the loveable robot Clank. He’s also been featured in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions as Mysterio, Nick Fury and Captain America in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, and many more. David, at that point, landed a role as a newsreel announcer in Disney/Pixar’s Oscar winning movie Up.

Originally, David had planned to work equally in both Los Angeles and Canada when expanding his career in 2007. As of 2012, however, he has since resigned from Ocean Productions and is now a full-time LA voice artist. He has been working on Ben 10 Omniverse as the villain, Khyber, with J. G. Quintel on Regular Show, playing J.A.R.V.I.S., Space Phantoms, Blood Brother #1 on Avengers Assemble and Clay on Xiaolin Chronicles.

With ongoing commitments now for movie trailers, network promo for ABC, Fox, CW and a host of radio and television affiliates and a lot of commercial work, 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.

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!”[citation needed]




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  1. 069 – David Kaye on Talkin Toons with Rob Paulsen – Weekly Voice Acting and Voice Over Tips. techjives.net. December 7, 2012
  2. "New Frontiers". Avengers Assemble. Season 2. Episode 25. September 13, 2015. Disney XD. 
  3. "Party Like It's 1899". Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!. Season 1. Episode 8. October 19, 2015. Cartoon Network. 
  4. Ben answers questions on VA roles for Shazam Ben Jones on Twitter. May 14, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  5. dkayevo (December 15, 2013). "Me Bizzaro...no really me play Bizzaro.. Tales of Metropolis: Bizarro" (Tweet). Retrieved December 2, 2015. 
  6. "Undercover Angle". Guardians of the Galaxy. Season 1. Episode 6. October 24, 2015. Disney XD. 
  7. Scooby-Doo! and the Beach Beastie. Warner Bros. 
  8. Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of. 

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