Corey Burton

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Corey Burton
Born Corey Gregg Weinberg
(1955-08-03) August 3, 1955 (age 60)[1]
Granada Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Other names Cory Burton, Corey Weinman
Occupation Voice actor, singer
Years active 1972–present
Known for Ludwig Von Drake (voice), 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 and singer, perhaps best known as the current voice of Ludwig Von Drake, Captain Hook and many other characters 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 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.[citation needed]

Burton performed another Frees imitation for comedian Stan Freberg's album Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America, Volume Two.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] However, he turned down the offer to reprise the role in Transformers: Dark of the Moon,[2] 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.[3]

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 Title Role Notes
1980 Closet Cases of the Nerd Kind Narrator Short film
1981 Wolfen ESS Voice
1982 The Sword and the Sorcerer
1982 Water Engine Mag-Lev Man, Farmer
1983 Good-bye, Cruel World Voice-Over
1985 Robotix
1986 Critters Critters
1986 Poltergeist II: The Other Side Reverend Henry Kane (voice) (uncredited)
1986 The Transformers: The Movie Spike, Brawn, Shockwave
1986 Transformers: Five Faces of Darkness Spike Witwicky, Prime Nova Direct-to-video
1986 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Professor Owl, Bertie Birdbrain Direct-to-video
1987 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Heigh-Ho Professor Owl, Bertie Birdbrain Direct-to-video
1987 G.I. Joe: The Movie Tomax Direct-to-video
1987 Amazon Women on the Moon Anchorman (segment "Murray in Videoland"), TV Announcer (segment "Amazon Women on the Moon"), Announcer (Segment: "Silly Pete")
1987 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: The Bare Necessities Professor Owl, Bertie Birdbrain Direct-to-video
1988 Invasion Earth: The Aliens Are Here Alien voice
1988 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: You Can Fly Professor Owl, Ludwig Von Drake, Bertie Birdbrain Direct-to-video
1988 Poltergeist III Reverend Henry Kane (voice) (uncredited)
1989 Stanley and the Dinosaurs Young Stanley
1989 Kiki's Delivery Service Radio Announcer
1989 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Fun with Music Professor Owl, Ludwig Von Drake, Bertie Birdbrain Direct-to-video
1990 Roller Coaster Rabbit Droopy Dog Short film
1990 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Under the Sea Professor Owl, Ludwig Von Drake, Bertie Birdbrain Direct-to-video
1990 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Disneyland Fun Professor Owl, White Rabbit, Dale, Bertie Birdbrain Direct-to-video
1990 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Professor Owl, Ludwig Von Drake, Bertie Birdbrain Direct-to-video
1992 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Be Our Guest Professor Owl, Bertie Birdbrain Direct-to-video
1992 Porco Rosso Additional voices
1992 Aladdin Additional voices
1993 Trail Mix-Up Droopy Dog Short film
1993 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Friend Like Me Professor Owl, Bertie Birdbrain Direct-to-video
1994 Mickey's Fun Songs: Campout at Walt Disney World Dale Direct-to-video
1994 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Circle of Life Professor Owl, Bertie Birdbrain Direct-to-video
1995 Mickey's Fun Songs: Beach Party at Walt Disney World Dale Direct-to-video
1995 Whisper of the Heart Additional voices
1995 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Colors of the Wind Professor Owl, Ludwig Von Drake, Bertie Birdbrain Direct-to-video
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Brutish Guard, additional voices
1996 The Best of Roger Rabbit Droopy Dog (Segments: "Roller Coaster Rabbit" and "Trail Mix-Up") Direct-to-video
1996 Aladdin and the King of Thieves Additional voices
1996 Black Mask Commissioner
1996 Disney's Greatest Video Volume 1 Dale the Chipmunk, Ludwig Von Drake Direct-to-video
1997 Hercules Titans, Burnt Man, End-of-the-World Man, Tour Bus Guide
1997 Princess Mononoke Additional voices
1997 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Zero to Hero Professor Owl, Bertie Birdbrain Direct-to-video
1998 Mulan Additional voices
1998 The Spirit of Mickey Prof. Ludwig Von Drake Direct-to-video
1998 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Honor to Us All Professor Owl, Bertie Birdbrain Direct-to-video
1999 Hercules: Zero to Hero Zeus Direct-to-video
1999 Dudley Do-Right Voice of the Announcer
1999 Toy Story 2 Woody's Roundup Announcer
1999 Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Dale Direct-to-video
2000 Bob's Video Klaxon
2000 Gen¹³ Additional voices
2001 The Trumpet of the Swan Senator
2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Gaetan "The Mole" Molière
2001 Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Ludwig von Drake, Mad Hatter, Grumpy, Gus, Captain Hook Direct-to-video
2002 Return to Never Land Captain Hook
2002 Cinderella II: Dreams Come True Gus Direct-to-video
2002 Mickey's House of Villains Captain Hook, Chernabog, 'How to' Narrator, Chief O'Hara Direct-to-video
2002 Treasure Planet Onus
2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Additional voices
2003 Atlantis: Milo's Return Mole Direct-to-video
2003 Stitch! The Movie Additional voices
2004 The Lion King 1½ Grumpy, additional voices
2004 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
2006 Mickey Saves Santa and Other Mouseketales Professor Ludwig Von Drake Direct-to-video
2006 Disney Sing Along Songs: Happy Haunting Magic Mirror, Host Direct-to-video
2007 Cinderella III: A Twist in Time Gus Direct-to-video
2007 Mickey's Great Clubhouse Hunt Dale, Ludwig Von Drake Direct-to-video
2007 The School Fanfarre Bo
2007 Planet Terror Narrator
2007 Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams King Stefan Direct-to-video
2007 How to Hook Up Your Home Theater Narrator
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Abin Sur
2008 Starship Troopers 3: Marauder Official Voice
2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars General Loathsom, Ziro the Hutt, Kronos-327
2009 Mickey's Adventures in Wonderland Professor Ludwig von Drake Direct-to-video
2010 Freaknik: The Musical Newscaster, Dukes of Hazzard Announcer
2010 The A-Team Narrator
2012 Partysaurus Rex Captain Suds
2012 Hotel Transylvania Additional voices
2014 Rocky & Bullwinkle Snidley Whiplash


Year Television Voice Notes
1984–1987 The Transformers Brawn, Shockwave, Sunstreaker, Spike Witwicky
1985–1986 G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Tomax
1986 DTV Valentine Gruffi Gummi TV movie
1986–1991 Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears Gruffi Gummi, Toadwart
1986 G.I. Joe: Arise, Serpentor, Arise! Tomax TV movie
1987–1989 DuckTales Phil Barker, Ludwig Von Drake, additional voices Episodes: "Dime Enouch for Luck", "The Golden Fleecing" and "Yuppy Ducks"
1989–1990 Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Dale, Zipper, Snout, Mole
1989 Chip 'N Dale's Rescue Rangers to the Rescue Dale, Zipper, Snout, Mole
1991 James Bond Jr. James Bond Jr.
1992 Raw Toonage Ludwig von Drake, Captain Hook Episodes: "Spatula Party/Doggie Schnauzer/Marsupilami Meets Dr. Normanstein" and "Sheerluck Bonkers/All Potato Network/The Puck Stops Here"
1993–1994 Bonkers Ludwig Von Drake, Seymour S., Mad Hatter
1993–1994 Mighty Max Felix
1995–1999 The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa Quint, Speedy the Snail
1996 Quack Pack Ludwig Von Drake Episodes: "The Really Mighty Ducks", "Return of the T-Squad", "Duck Quake" and "Leader of the Quack"
1996 Superman: The Last Son of Krypton Brainiac, Councilman, Cop TV movie
1996–1998 Superman: The Animated Series Brainiac Recurring role
11 episodes
1997 The Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest Additional voices TV movie
1998–1999 Disney's Hercules: The Animated Series Zeus Recurring role
16 episodes
1999 Batman Beyond: The Movie Kaznian Minister of Commerce Vilmos Egans, Barge Captain TV movie
1999–2001 Batman Beyond Vilmos Egans, Barge Captain, General Norman, Cop, Captain, Istivan Hegedesh, Kobra Op 1
1999–2001 Mickey Mouse Works Ludwig Von Drake, Ranger J. Audubon Woodlore, Chief O'Hara, Narrator
1999 Boo Boo Runs Wild Ranger Smith, Moose
1999 A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith Ranger Smith
2001–2003 Disney's House of Mouse Ludwig Von Drake, Ranger J. Audubon Woodlore, Grumpy, Timothy Mouse, Cards, Tweedledee, Tweedledum, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Captain Hook, Maurice, Zeus, Chernabog, Female von Drake, Doorknob, Santa Claus, Caterpillar
2001–2003 Justice League Dr. Blizzard, Brainiac, Forager, Metallo, Toyman, Weather Wizard 8 episodes
2002 Samurai Jack Monk #1, Goatman Episode: "Jack and the Monks"
2003 Static Shock Brainiac Episodes: "A League of Their Own: Part 1" and "A League of Their Own: Part 2"
2003–2005 Star Wars: Clone Wars Count Dooku, San Hill
2005–2006 Justice League Unlimited Brainiac 5 episodes
2006–present Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Ludwig Von Drake, Dale
2007–2009 Transformers: Animated Ratchet, Megatron, Shockwave, Cyrus the Colossus Rhodes, Ironhide, Spike Witwicky
2007–2008 Legion of Super Heroes Brainiac Episodes: "Message in a Bottle", "Dark Victory: Part 1" and "Dark Victory: Part 2"
2008–2014 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Count Dooku, Cad Bane, Ziro the Hutt
2008–2010 The Secret Saturdays V.V. Argost, Leonidas van Rook
2008–2011 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Red Tornado, Mercury, Thomas Wayne
2009 Disney's Haunted Holidays; Tales of Two Cities Hatbox Ghost
2011–present Jake and the Never Land Pirates Captain Hook
2011–2012 Young Justice Brain, Dudley H Dudley, Hamilton Hill, Wizard, Commissioner James Gordon Episodes: "Alpha Male" and "Misplaced"

Video games[edit]

Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Disney's Cartoon Arcade Ludwig Von Drake
1998 Rocky & Bullwinkle's Know-It-All Quiz Game Narrator, Snidely Whiplash
1998 Hades Challenge Additional Voices
1999 Superman: The New Adventures Brainiac
1999 Disney's Villains' Revenge Captain Hook, Smee, White Rabbit, Ringmaster
2000 Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour Dale, Moe Whiplash, Bruno Biggs
2000 Mickey's Speedway USA Professor Ludwig Von Drake
2000 Donald Duck Goin' Quackers Merlock, Gladstone Gander, Gyro Gearloose
2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Molière
2001 Disney Learning: Phonics Quest Yen Sid
2001 Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex N.Gin, N. Tropy Credited as Cory Burton
2001 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds Count Dooku, Jedi Starfighter Pilot, Gen. Tal Ashen
2002 Kingdom Hearts Captain Hook, The White Rabbit, The Doorknob, Floatsam, Jetsam English version
2002 Disney Golf Ludwig Von Drake
2002 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Battle Droid Scout, Count Dooku
2002 Star Wars: Bounty Hunter Count Dooku, Darth Tyranus, Prison Guard #1
2004 The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge Santa Claus
2004 Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories Captain Hook (archive sound) English version
2005 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Count Dooku, Darth Tyranus, Flying Battle Droids, Jedi Sniper, Rune Haako, Jedi Brute, Jedi Pilot
2005 Star Wars: Battlefront II Count Dooku, Imperial Officer #2, Ki Adi Mundi
2005 Kingdom Hearts II Dale, MCP, Santa Claus, Sark, Shan-Yu, The Peddler, Yen Sid English version
2006 The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning Volteer, Exhumor
2007 The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night Volteer, Exhumor
2007 Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+ Yen Sid, Dale, Sark, MCP, Santa Claus, Shan-Yu, The Peddler English version
2007 Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories DiZ, Captain Hook English version
2007 Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey Gus, Grumpy
2007 Cars Mater-National Championship Doc Hudson
2008 The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon Volteer, Mason
2008 Transformers Animated: The Game Megatron, Ratchet, Shockwave
2009 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes Count Dooku, Darth Tyranus, Cad Bane
2009 Cars Race-O-Rama Doc Hudson
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Ansem the Wise, Captain Hook, The Magic Mirror, Yen Sid, Dale, Grumpy English version
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame Red Tornado, Museum Guide, Weather Wizard
2010 Kingdom Hearts Re:coded Dale, Yen Sid English version
2010 Epic Mickey Yen Sid, Captain Hook
2011 DC Universe Online Brainiac Previously voiced the character in Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League and Legion Of Super Heroes
2011 Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars Count Dooku
2011 Batman: Arkham City Hugo Strange
2011 Kinect Disneyland Adventures Dale, Captain Hook, Mad Hatter, Caterpillar
2011 Batman: Arkham City Lockdown Hugo Strange
2012 Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Ansem the Wise, Yen Sid, Claude Frollo English version
2012 Kinect Star Wars Count Dooku, Darth Ror, Red 7, RedMaID
2012 Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Yen Sid
2012 Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion Captain Hook
2012 Ben 10: Omniverse Malware
2013 Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life Dale, Grumpy, Yen Sid, The Doorknob, Mad Hatter, Captain Hook English version
2014 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Ansem the Wise, Dale, Yen Sid, MCP, Santa Claus, Sark, Shan-Yu, The Peddler, Captain Hook, The Magic Mirror Re:coded cutscenes (English version)
2014 Fantasia: Music Evolved Yen Sid
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Cad Bane [4]

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