Jess Harnell

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Jess Harnell
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Jess Harnell
Born Jess Q. Harnell
(1963-12-23) December 23, 1963 (age 50)
Teaneck, New Jersey
Occupation Voice actor, Singer
Years active 1987–present

Jess Q. Harnell (born December 23, 1963)[1] is an American voice actor and singer, best known for voicing Wakko Warner in Animaniacs and Ironhide in the Transformers film series. Harnell has been the announcer for America's Funniest Home Videos since 1998.

Career[edit]

In 1989, Harnell provided the voices of Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Fox for the Splash Mountain attraction at Disneyland Park, reviving the roles last played in 1946 by Johnny Lee and James Baskett, respectively, in the film Song of the South. Harnell also recorded some new character dialogue for the subsequent Walt Disney World version of the attraction. He was later called in to reprise these roles for the 2011 video game Kinect Disneyland Adventures.

In 1993, he went on to voice Wakko Warner on Animaniacs and Secret Squirrel on 2 Stupid Dogs. From 1994 to 1996, he supplied the voices of Sewer Urchin, the Human Bullet and Chief Louder in the animated series The Tick.

Also, in 1996, he was Hunter on Road Rovers. One of Harnell's next appearances was as the principal stormtrooper in the 1997 Star Wars fan film Troops, a parody of the Cops TV series set in the Star Wars universe. Harnell voiced Joe Tabootie on the Nickelodeon show ChalkZone, Crash Bandicoot in Crash Tag Team Racing, Crash of the Titans, and Crash: Mind over Mutant, Lo-Lo in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, Spyro the Dragon in Spyro: A Hero's Tail and Spyro: Shadow Legacy, Marlin in Finding Nemo, Jerry in Totally Spies, Linguni in Pucca and Doctor Finklestein in The Nightmare Before Christmas '​s video game spin-offs, as well as in the Kingdom Hearts series replacing the late William Hickey who voiced him in the film. In 2005 he voiced Buzz Blister in Tom & Jerry: Blast off to Mars and numerous other characters in subsequent Tom & Jerry features. He also voiced wild and energetic Cro Magnon Doubledome from the Longhair and Doubledome cartoon shorts for Cartoon Network's Big Pick (also starring Daniel Davis as Longhair).

In 2001, he was the singing voice of Buster on Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure. He also voiced Captain Hero on Comedy Central's animated comedy Drawn Together and he also does the voices of Wooton Bassett, and Bennett Charles on the radio drama Adventures in Odyssey, as well as playing the lead role of Finnian Jones for the Lamplighter Theatre Radio Drama. He also made appearances on Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad. His voice also made an appearance in NASCAR Rumble, and is credited for in-game commentary in the follow-up game Rumble Racing. Jess also replaced Brad Garrett as the voice of Fatso during season 3 of The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper. He also played a role in Samurai Jack as he voiced Ringo and a waitress in the episode "Jack Under the Sea". In 2007, he replaced Neil Flynn as the voice of The Plumber in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time. He also voiced the Smuggler in that popular series.

In that same year, he voiced the characters of Ironhide and Barricade in the Michael Bay-directed Transformers, making him the only voice actor to play both an Autobot (Ironhide) and a Decepticon (Barricade) in that film. He returned to voice Ironhide once again in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen[2][3][4] and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

He voiced a character in Up and replaced Brad Garrett as the voice of Professor Buffo in Special Agent Oso.

Music career[edit]

Main article: Rock Sugar (band)

As a musician, Harnell released his only solo album, The Sound Of Your Voice, in 1995. He is the lead vocalist in the pop/metal mashup rock band, Rock Sugar, which evolved from his previous band, Loud & Clear. With Loud & Clear or Rock Sugar, Harnell released[vague] four albums: Disc-Connected (2003), self-titled demo album (2007), Festival Of Fire (2008), and Reimaginator (2010).

Filmography[edit]

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Year Film Role Song Artist/Writer
1991-1995 Taz-Mania Theme song vocalist "Come to Taz-Mania" Jess Harnell & Jim Cummings
1993-1998 Animaniacs Wakko "The Monkey Song"
"I Am the Very Model of a Cartoon Individual"
"Yes, Brothers Warner We"
"Wakko's America (The Capitals Song)"
"Be Careful What You Eat"
"Do Your Ears Hang Low?"
"John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt"
"The Twelve Days of Christmas"
"Dixie"
"Hello Nurse"
Richard Stone, Steve Bernstein, Julie Bernstein & Gordon Goodwin
1995 Aladdin and the King of Thieves Additional voices "Are You In or Out?" David Friedman
2001 Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp's Adventure Buster "Junkyard Society Rag" Melissa Manchester & Norman Gimbel
2004 The Powerpuff Girls Additional voices "Give Something to Me"
"Sai Lai lufti de santra mekidu"
"Sunshine, Sunshine, Down on Me"
"Thank You"
"This is the Best Day of My Life Today"
"Real Good"
"Sai Lai lufti de santra mekidu 2"
Manda Rin, Steven Clark, John Disco, James L. Venable, Thomas Chase & Stephen Rucker
2005 The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge Dr. Finkelstein "Dr. Finklestein's Song" Danny Elfman
2011 The Looney Tunes Show Tosh Gopher "Be Polite"
"You Like / I Like"
"Drifting Apart"
Andy Sturmer
2012 Doc McStuffins Chilly "You Can Do It"
"Chillin' in the Snow"
Michelle Lewis & Kay Hanley
2014 Special Agent Oso Chilly "The Doc with the Golden Bed"

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Preceded by
Gary Owens
Announcer for America's Funniest Home Videos
1998–present
Succeeded by
incumbent
Preceded by
Tom Kenny
Voice of Spyro the Dragon
2004–2005
Succeeded by
Elijah Wood
Preceded by
Steven Jay Blum
Voice of Crash Bandicoot
2005–2010
Succeeded by
incumbent
Preceded by
Matt Hill
Voice of Ironhide
2007
Succeeded by
Corey Burton
Preceded by
Corey Burton
Voice of Ironhide
2009
Succeeded by
Keith Szarabajka
Preceded by
Keith Szarabajka
Voice of Ironhide
2011
Succeeded by
Current