Garry Chalk

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Not to be confused with the British illustrator Gary Chalk.
Garry Chalk
Born (1952-02-17) 17 February 1952 (age 63)
Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Other names Gary Chalk
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1980–present

Garry Chalk (born 17 February 1952) is a Canadian actor and voice actor. He has provided the voices for Optimus Primal of Beast Wars: Transformers and Beast Machines, as well the Optimus Prime in the anime English dubs of Transformers: Armada, Transformers Energon, and Transformers: Cybertron, and also was the third American voice of Dr. Robotnik for Sonic Underground. He has lent his voice to over 30 animated television series and has been in films such as The Fly II and Freddy vs. Jason.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Chalk was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England, and moved with his family to Vancouver, Canada on 17 June 1957.[2]

Chalk has been involved with professional theatre since 1978, and has performed at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company (VPTC), the Arts Club Theatre Company (ACTC), The Vancouver Theatresports League and numerous theatres in British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta. The last live stage production he did was A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, where he played Miles Gloriosus. He also performed in Henry IV and As You Like It at the VPTC, as well as Dracula and Passion at the ACTC.

Most of his career has been in film and television; he had a recurring role on Cold Squad for four years, for which he won Gemini Awards in two consecutive years, and until the close of its ninth season had a recurring role on the science-fiction series Stargate SG-1. He is also a veteran of over 1,500 animated productions including Class of the Titans, and the 2002 remake of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. He is also known for his voice work in the Transformers franchise as the voice of Optimus Primal in Beast Wars and Beast Machines, and as Optimus Prime in the Unicron Trilogy. He also voiced the original Megatron in an episode of Beast Wars.

In the 2000s, he appeared occasionally in the Sci-Fi Channel shows Eureka, as Col. Briggs and Painkiller Jane, as Ruben Hennessey.[3][4]


Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Journey of Natty Gann Chicago Worker
1989 The Fly II Scorby
1990 Stephen King's It Coach
1997 Warriors of virtue Mosely (Voice)
2003 Freddy vs. Jason Sheriff Williams
2004 The Karate Dog Officer Brunelli
2004 Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 Police Captain
2005 Fierce People Mcllum
2005 His and Her Christmas(TV) Anthony Shephard
2005 Supervolcano Governor Billy Marshall, of Wyoming
2006 Deck the Halls Officer Dave
2006 Eight Below Boat Captain
2007 Battle in Seattle Chief Faherty
2008 Christmas Town Grandpa Jack
2009 Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins Vice Prinipal Grimes
2009 Watchmen Military General
2011 Marley & Me: The Puppy Years Announcer
2012 Big Time Movie MI6 Agent #1
2013 Suddenly Sheriff Grant
2014 Godzilla Stan Welsh
2015 Tomorrowland Jail Desk Jockey
Video games


Gemini Awards

  • 2000–2001 Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Cold Squad
  • 2001–2002 Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Cold Squad


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Preceded by
Neil Kaplan
Robots in Disguise
Voice of Optimus Prime
Unicron Trilogy
Succeeded by
Peter Cullen
Video game and live-action movie
Preceded by
Frank Welker
Original series
Voice of Megatron/Galvatron
Beast Wars
Succeeded by
Daniel Riordan
Robots in Disguise