|Born||Daniel John Gilvezan
October 26, 1950
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Alma mater||Webster University|
Daniel John "Dan" Gilvezan (born October 26, 1950) is an American actor, best known as the voice of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the 1981 animated series, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends and the voice of the Autobots Bumblebee, Outback and Hot Spot and the Decepticon Snapdragon in the original 1984-1987 Transformers series.
Early life and career
Gilvezan was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Webster University with a B.A. in drama and soon began touring with the National Players company in Washington D.C. From the mid- to late-1970s, Gilvezan 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 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 parts of Spike Witwicky and Bumblebee in "The Transformers", but, was only given the role of Bumblebee because the produces did not want the two characters to be voiced by the same person. Dan Gilvezan was also Outback, Hot Spot and Snapdragon on the show and reprised all of them on Transformers: The Movie and The Return of Optimus Prime.
Dan also worked on Jem, providing a few guest roles on various episodes, though he did play a re-occurring character called Sean Harrison (with a British accent), one of many crushes of Jem and the Hologramms' band member; Kimber and of whom almost proposed to marry her at the end of the second season.
He also voiced Brick Bradley/Bugman on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for two episode as well as Dirk Courage on Spiral Zone. Dan also played Cooler in Hanna-Barbera's Pound Puppies TV series, Questar in Dino-Riders and Rolf in The Legend of Prince Valiant.
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, Dan 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
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, starred as Kent Beudine on several episodes of Diagnosis Murder and appeared as Skip Seville on She-Wolf of London. Between 1983-1986, he appeared in commercials as the spokesperson for Jack in the Box restaurants.
- "The TCC Presents...". Transformers Collectors Club Magazine 1 (41): 3. October/November 2011.
|Voice or portrayal of Spider-Man
Christopher Daniel Barnes
|Voice of Bumblebee