Garry Chalk

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Garry Chalk
Born Garry Glen Chalk
(1952-02-17) February 17, 1952 (age 66)
Southampton, Hampshire, England, U.K.
Residence Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Other names Gary Chalk
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1980–present

Garry Glen Chalk (born February 17, 1952) is a British-born 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, Godzilla and Freddy vs. Jason. He played the recurring role of Col. Chekov on Stargate SG-1.

Life and career[edit]

Chalk was born in Southampton, UK on February 17, 1952 and, at the age of 5, moved with his family to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on June 17, 1957.[1]

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.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Animation[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies King Gurumes (1996 BLT/Funimation dub)
1992 The New Adventures of Little Toot Captain Dogwood
1998 The Animated Adventures of Tom Sawyer Tattoo Joe Direct-to-video
1998 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie Blitzen
2000 Help! I'm a Fish Flounder
2001 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys Santa Claus, Bumbles the Abominable Snowman Direct-to-video
2002 Dennis the Menace: Cruise Control Hector TV movie
2002 Sabrina: Friends Forever Warlock #1 TV movie
2003 Barbie of Swan Lake Baker Direct-to-video
2003 Scary Godmother Halloween Spectacular Harry the Werewolf, Bug-A-Boo TV movie
2004 Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper Herve Direct-to-video
2004 In Search of Santa Derridommis / Capn' Cragg
2004 Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy Bluto TV movie
2005 Scary Godmother 2: The Revenge of Jimmy Harry the Werewolf, Bug-A-Boo
2006 Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses Desmond Direct-to-video
2007 Mosaic Nathan Nelson Direct-to-video
2007 Barbie as the Island Princess Frazer / Calvin Direct-to-video
2007 Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale King of the Cats Direct-to-video
2007 The Ten Commandments the General Direct-to-video
2009 Barbie: Thumbelina Louie
2010 Barbie in A Mermaid Tale Brake Direct-to-video
2012 Barbie in A Mermaid Tale 2 Brake Direct-to-video
2015 Open Season: Scared Silly Ed Direct-to-video
2017 Barbie: Dolphin Magic Pete Direct-to-video

Television[edit]

Film[edit]

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 Anthony Shephard TV movie
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 Principal 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 Walsh
2015 Tomorrowland Jail Desk Jockey
2016 Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story Doc Forrester
2017 Power Rangers Captain Bowen[3]
2017 Max 2: White House Hero Colonel Jones Direct to Video
2018 The Miracle Season Principal

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Bucky O'Hare Total Terror Toad / Al Negator
1995 Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu Robert Ripley
1998 ReBoot Slash / Herr Doktor / Binomes / Pee Wee Herman Binome
1999 Transformers: Beast Wars Transmetals Optimus Primal
2004 Transformers Optimus Prime
2006 Devil Kings Devil King
2006 The Godfather: The Game Bruno Tattaglia / Al Neri

Awards[edit]

Gemini Awards

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Garry Chalk". BlogTalkRadio (Audio). BlogTalkRadio, Inc. April 1, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ Nguyen, Michael (January 24, 2014). "Madman Interview with Garry Chalk". Behind The Voice Actors. Inyxception Enterprises, Inc. Retrieved May 22, 2016. 
  3. ^ Paladin (May 21, 2016). "Garry Chalk Joins Power Rangers 2017 Movie Cast". Toku Nation. Retrieved May 22, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Neil Kaplan
2001–2002
Robots in Disguise
Voice of Optimus Prime
2001–2007
Unicron Trilogy
Succeeded by
Peter Cullen
2007
Video game and live-action movie
Preceded by
Frank Welker
1984–1987
Original series
Voice of Megatron/Galvatron
1998
Beast Wars
Succeeded by
Daniel Riordan
2001–2002
Robots in Disguise