Corey Burton

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Corey Burton
Born Corey Gregg Weinberg
(1955-08-03) August 3, 1955 (age 59)
Granada Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Other names Cory Burton, Corey Weinman
Occupation Voice actor
Years active 1972-present
Known for Brainiac (voice), Captain Hook (voice), Shockwave (voice), Hugo Strange (voice)
Awards Annie Award
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production
2003 for Disney's House of Mouse

Corey Burton (born Corey Gregg Weinberg; August 3, 1955) is an American voice actor, perhaps best known as the current voice of Captain Hook for numerous Disney projects, Brainiac in the DC animated universe, several central characters (Count Dooku, Cad Bane, and Ziro the Hutt) for numerous Star Wars projects, and Spike Witwicky and Shockwave in the Transformers universe. He has worked on numerous cartoon series for major networks such as Cartoon Network and has worked extensively with The Walt Disney Company and Disney theme parks.

Early career[edit]

Corey Burton began his career at age 17 under the name of Corey Weinman with an imitation performance of voice actor Hans Conried for Disney. He studied radio acting with Daws Butler (Time for Beany, Merrie Melodies, Yogi Bear) for four years and went on to work with nearly all of the original Hollywood radio actors in classic style radio dramas.


Burton has done extensive voice work for Disney including feature animations and interactive sections of the company, as well as many attractions at the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort and Tokyo Disney Resort. He provides the "Feature Presentation" voice on numerous Disney home video releases and can be heard as the tram narration voice at Disneyland Park. He provided the voice of Captain Hook in Disney's Return to Never Land and overdubbed the voice of Deems Taylor, the Master of Ceremonies in Fantasia, for the film's 2000 and 2010 video and DVD releases, as some of Taylor's original soundtracks had been lost.

Burton has voiced sound-alikes and original characters for over 50 Disney Storyteller records. His roles include:

Paul Frees[edit]

Burton is perhaps best known to Disney fans for his imitation of the late voice actor Paul Frees as the Ghost Host in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Holiday attraction. Burton also recited the classic line "Welcome, foolish mortals" in the opening of the film version of The Haunted Mansion.

Burton was also approached to record a new safety spiel for the beginning of the original Haunted Mansion ride. He declined and the spiel was instead recorded by voice actor Joe Leahy.

Burton provides many others Paul Frees-like voices for Disneyland Park, including several newer pirates in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction (like the "Pooped Pirate" and the pirate voice that guides you on and off the boat), Grumpy on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction, and almost every voice in Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.[1]

Burton performed another Frees imitation for comedian Stan Freberg's album Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America, Volume Two.[2] He also impersonated Frees as the voice of the alien foreheads in Larry Blamire's period science fiction spoof Trail of the Screaming Forehead.

Burton performed a Frees imitation as the voice of the announcer in the 1999 film Dudley Do-Right.


In the 60th Anniversary Edition and the 2010 special edition of Disney's Fantasia, Corey Burton voiced all of Deems Taylor's voice-over work. The original audio elements for Deems Taylor's commentaries were getting deteriorated that they couldn't use them anymore. Disney decided to have Corey Burton re-record all of Deems Taylor's commentaries for consistency.



Burton appeared as Shockwave, Sunstreaker, Brawn, and Spike Witwicky in the 1984-87 Transformers cartoon series by Sunbow Productions & Marvel Productions. He later appeared as Megatron, Ratchet, Ironhide, Brawn, Cyrus "The Colossus" Rhodes, Spike Witwicky, and Longarm Prime/Shockwave in the Transformers Animated series by Cartoon Network.

Burton stated in an interview that Shockwave was by far his favorite character to perform in the original show.[3] However, he turned down the offer to reprise the role in Transformers: Dark of the Moon,[4] so the part was given to Frank Welker, the voice of Soundwave.

Christopher Lee[edit]

Burton is also known to fans as the audio double for Christopher Lee:

For Star Wars, he has voiced Count Dooku in Star Wars: Clone Wars, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and several Star Wars video games.[5]

For the Kingdom Hearts series, he voiced Ansem the Wise/DiZ in Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.


Burton has portrayed Brainiac in the DC animated universe. He appeared as Brainiac in eight episodes of Superman: The Animated Series, two episodes of Justice League, two episodes of Static Shock, and five episodes of Justice League Unlimited. Although not set within the DCAU, he also voiced Brainiac in three episodes of Legion of Super Heroes and reprised his role in the online game DC Universe Online.

Other television highlights[edit]

Other work[edit]




Year Film Role
1980 Closet Cases of the Nerd Kind Narrator
Character voices
1981 Wolfen ESS Voice
1982 Water Engine Mag-Lev Man
The Sword and the Sorcerer Additional Voices
1983 Good-bye, Cruel World Voice-Overs
1985 Robotix Voice
1986 Critters Critters
Transformers: The Movie Shockwave, Spike Witwicky, Brawn
Poltergeist II: The Other Side Reverend Henry Kane (Voice) (uncredited)
1987 G.I. Joe: The Movie Tomax
Amazon Women on the Moon Anchorman (segment: "Murray in Videoland")
TV Announcer (segment: "Amazon Women on the Moon")
Announcer (segment: "Silly Pete")
1988 Poltergeist III Reverend Henry Kane (Voice) (uncredited)
Invasion Earth: The Aliens Are Here Alien Voice
1989 Stanley and the Dinosaurs Stanley
Tummy Trouble Orderly
Kiki's Delivery Service Radio Announcer
1990 Roller Coaster Rabbit Droopy Dog
1991 Uncle Elephant Additional Voices
1992 Boris and Natasha: The Movie Narrator
Porco Rosso Additional Voices
Aladdin Additional Voices
1994 King of the 'B's Additional Voices
1995 A Goofy Movie Wendell
Additional Voices
Whisper of the Heart Additional Voices
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Brutish Guard
Additional Voices
Aladdin and the King of Thieves Additional Voices
Black Mask Commissioner
1997 Hercules Titans
Burnt Man
End-of-the-World Man
Tour Bus Guide
Princess Mononoke Additional Voices
1998 Mulan Additional Voices
Hercules: Zero to Hero Zeus
1999 Dudley Do-Right Voice of the Announcer
Toy Story 2 Woody's Roundup Announcer
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Dale
2000 Bob's Video Klaxon
Gen 13 Additional Voices
2001 The Trumpet of the Swan Senator
Atlantis: The Lost Empire Gaetan "The Mole" Molière
2002 Return to Never Land Captain Hook
Cinderella II: Dreams Come True Gus
Treasure Planet Onus
2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Additional Voices
Atlantis: Milo's Return Gaetan "The Mole" Molière
Stitch! The Movie Additional Voices
2004 The Lion King 1½ Grumpy
Additional Voices
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Elf #4
2005 Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars Martian Scientist
Court Attendant
Eyes at Gate
2006 Asterix and the Vikings Doublehelix
2007 Cinderella III: A Twist in Time Gus
The School Fanfarre Bo
Planet Terror Narrator
Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams King Stefan
How to Hook Up Your Home Theater Narrator
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Abin Sur
Starship Troopers 3: Marauder Official Voice
Star Wars: The Clone Wars General Loathsom
Ziro the Hutt
2010 Freaknik: The Musical Newscaster
Dukes of Hazzard Announcer
The A-Team Narrator
2012 Partysaurus Rex Captain Suds
Hotel Transylvania Additional Voices
2014 Rocky & Bullwinkle Snidley whiplash

Theme Parks[edit]


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