Dan Gilvezan

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Dan Gilvezan
Born Daniel John Gilvezan
(1950-10-26) October 26, 1950 (age 63)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Alma mater Webster University (BA)
The Catholic University of America (MA)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1975-present
Agent DPN
Children 1 child

Daniel John "Dan" Gilvezan (born October 26, 1950) is an American actor, best known for playing Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the 1981 animated series, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends and Autobots Bumblebee, Outback and Hot Spot and the Decepticon Snapdragon in the original 1984-1987 Transformers series.

Early life and career[edit]

Gilvezan was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Webster University with a B.A. in drama and later earned a Master's degree from The Catholic University of America. Soon afterwards he began touring with the National Players company in Washington D.C. From the mid-to-late 1970s, he appeared in plays in summer stock, children's theater and dinner theater.

In 1980, while doing an on-camera commercial he met an agent from The Danis, Panaro & Nist agency and signed on with them. His first voice-over role was as Spider-Man in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, which continued for three seasons.

In 1984, he voiced Bumblebee on Transformers. According to an interview in the Transformers Collectors Club magazine, Gilvezan auditioned for both the part of Spike Witwicky and the part of Bumblebee in "The Transformers", but was only given the role of Bumblebee because the produces did not want the two characters to be played by the same person.[1] Dan Gilvezan was also Outback, Hot Spot and Snapdragon on the show and reprised all of them on Transformers: The Movie.

Dan also worked on Jem, providing a few guest roles on various episodes, though he did play (with a British accent) a recurring character called Sean Harrison, one of many crushes of Jem and the Hologramms' band member; Kimber and of whom almost proposed to her at the end of the second season.

Later, he voiced Slip Stream on G.I. Joe, Brick Bradley/Bugman on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for two episodes, as well as Dirk Courage in Spiral Zone. Dan also played Cooler in Hanna-Barbera's Pound Puppies TV series, Questar on Dino-Riders, Rolf in The Legend of Prince Valiant and Henry Mitchell and Ruff the Dog on the short-lived The All-New Dennis the Menace series.

Dan returned to the Spider-Man Universe to lend his voice to Miguel O'Hara/Spider-Man 2099 in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. In an interview with 2D-X.com, he stated "After a 25 year hiatus, I feel I finally have a grasp of the character. Seriously, the whole experience has been a delight."

Television guest starring roles[edit]

He has also guest starred on many television shows, including The Bernie Mac Show, NYPD Blue, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Family Ties, ALF, thirtysomething, Punky Brewster, Archie Bunker's Place, Newhart, Moonlighting, Normal, Ohio, Perfect Strangers, Sisters, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Step by Step, Evening Shade, Alice, Bette, Bones and Boston Legal.

Dan played a reporter on two episodes of Hill Street Blues, appeared as Kent Beudine on several episodes of Diagnosis Murder and starred as Skip Seville on She-Wolf of London. Between 1983-1986, he appeared in commercials as the spokesperson for Jack in the Box restaurants.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The TCC Presents...". Transformers Collectors Club Magazine 1 (41): 3. October–November 2011. 

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Preceded by
Ted Schwartz
Voice or portrayal of Spider-Man
1982-1983
Succeeded by
Christopher Daniel Barnes
Preceded by
None
Voice of Bumblebee
1984-1986
Succeeded by
Mark Ryan