Neil Ross

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Neil Ross
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Ross at BotCon in 2011
Born (1944-12-31) December 31, 1944 (age 69)
London, England
Status married
Occupation Voice actor
Years active 1978–present
Notable credit(s) G.I. Joe
as Dusty/Shipwreck
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
as Colonel Volgin
Transformers
as Bonecrusher/Hook/Springer/Slag
Voltron
as Keith[disambiguation needed]/Jeff/Pidge/Chip[disambiguation needed]
Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron
as Mac Mange
Children one daughter
Website
http://www.neilross.com

Neil Ross (born December 31, 1944) is an English-born voice actor and announcer, now resident in the United States, working in Los Angeles. He has provided voices in many American cartoons, most notably Voltron, G.I. Joe and Transformers. He has also done voice work in numerous video games, including Mass Effect and Leisure Suit Larry 6 and 7. Ross has also provided voice roles (such as radio announcers) for many movies, including Back to the Future Part II, Babe, Quiz Show, and Being John Malkovich.

Neil Ross was the announcer for the 75th Annual Academy Awards Telecast in 2003, and the Emmy Awards Telecast in 2004. He has also narrated numerous episodes of A&E's Biography, and many editions of NOVA on PBS (including Mars – Dead or Alive, which was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2004).

Early life[edit]

Neil Ross was born in London, England, on December 31, 1944 and subsequently raised in Montreal, Canada. His family moved to Long Beach, California when he was 12 years old. When they moved to San Diego, a young Ross started listening to KFWB, and became obsessed with becoming a disc-jockey.

Career[edit]

He started working in radio when he finished school. His first station was KMUR in Salt Lake City, Utah. Following this, he moved on to KORL, KGMB and KKUA in Honolulu, Hawaii, before moving to KCBQ in San Diego in 1969. He stayed in California, working on KYA San Francisco and KMPC Los Angeles. He made his last broadcast in 1985.

He began his voice-over work in 1978 when he moved to Los Angeles. His first role was as a salesman in an episode of Richie Rich for Hanna-Barbera. Ross has voiced radio and television commercials for companies including Wal-Mart, AT&T, Volkswagen, Coca-Cola, Mattel, Goodyear, Disney, Hoover, Anheuser-Busch, Southwest Airlines, and Kelloggs, and has done promos for CBS, NBC, ABC, TBS and Fox Kids, using an American accent in all performances.

From 1989-1990, he was the announcer for Signal Research's (later Signal/ABC Research, as a result of a merger between Signal Research and the ABC Television Network) Game Player's Gametape VHS series, which was a home video counterpart of the defunct magazine publication of the same name.

Neil Ross lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

Selected voice work[edit]

Cartoons[edit]

Live action[edit]

Year Title Role
1994 Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad Skorn, Stupid Virus (voice)
2010 The Suite Life on Deck Narrator (I Brake for Whales)

Movies[edit]

Video and computer games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lawson, Tim; Persons, Alisa (2004), The magic behind the voices: a who's who of cartoon voice actors, Univ. Press of Mississippi, p. xxx, ISBN 978-1-57806-696-4 
  2. ^ "The TCC Presents: Screamers Retro-Views – G1 Interview with Neil Ross". Transformers Collectors Club Magazine 1 (37): 3. 

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