Harvey Atkin

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Harvey Atkin
Born (1942-12-18) 18 December 1942 (age 72)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actor
Years active 1957-present
Spouse(s) Celia Atkin; 2 children

Harvey Atkin (born 18 December 1942, Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian actor and voice actor who has worked in feature films and television. He has also done voice-overs, and has voiced animations.

Early life[edit]

Atkin was born in 1942 at Toronto. His parents were Russian immigrants. He developed his interest in acting during high school.[1] After school, he initially worked at his father's construction company. He then became a real estate agent eventually transitioning to acting in commercials.[2]


Atkin had a role in William Fruet's 1980 horror film Funeral Home, as well as the role of Sam in The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police, and also played Mario's and Luigi's arch enemy King Koopa on DiC Entertainment's cartoon version of Super Mario Bros. (notably, he is the first English voice actor for the character). Playing Bowser in all three Mario animated series, he is the only voice actor to appear in all three series as the same character.

He voiced Mr. Mushnik on Little Shop, loosely based on the movie Little Shop of Horrors. He also played characters in other shows such as Beetlejuice, Bad Dog and Ruby Gloom. Atkin has appeared in more than 75 films and on many television shows. He has done voice-over work in many television and radio commercials, for which he has won three Clio awards.

He played Morty in the 1979 film Meatballs, for which performance he earned a Genie nomination. He appeared in 95 episodes of Cagney & Lacey as Sergeant Ronald Coleman.[2] Atkin plays a judge in a recurring role on the television drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a role he also played in Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order, and is the voice-over in Leon's and "Buy Israel Bonds" commercials in Canada. He also made a cameo playing a bus driver in the classic film Atlantic City starring Burt Lancaster, and is the voice for Morty in the television series Jacob Two-Two. He made a guest appearance in 2010 as a rabbi on the CBC TV series 18 to Life.


Film performances[3]
Year Title Role Notes
1976 Silver Streak
1978 High-Ballin'
1978 Power Play
1979 Meatballs Morty
1980 Atlantic City
1980 Funeral Home
1981 The Incubus
1981 Improper Channels
1981 The Last Chase
1981 Heavy Metal voice
1981 Ticket to Heaven
1982 If You Could See What I Hear
1982 Rubberface
1983 Visiting Hours
1983 All in Good Taste
1984 Finders Keepers
1985 Carried Away voice
1985 Joshua Then and Now
1986 Separate Vacations
1987 Mr. Nice Guy
1989 Sped Zone
1989 Mindfield
1989 Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives!
1991 Snake Eater II: The Drug Buster
1991 The Lump voice
1991 Every Dog's Guide to the Playground voice
1991 The Apprentice voice
1993 Guilty as Sin
1996 The Stupids
1997 Love and Death on Long Island
1997 Critical Care
1998 One Tough Cop
1998 Jo's Wedding
2010 Barney's Version
Television film performances[3]
Year Title Role Notes
1977 The War Between the Tates
1992 Terror on Track 9
1994 Seasons of the Heart
1994 Janek: The Silent Betrayal;
1995 Between Love and Honor
1995 Family of Cops
1996 Radiant City
1996 Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault
2000 Out of Sync
2001 Club Land
2006 Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy
Television series performances[3]
Year Title Role Notes
1975 Down Home Country
1982-1988 Cagney & Lacey Sergeant Ronald Coleman
1982 Claim to Fame
1989 The Super Mario Brothers' Super Show voice
1990 Captain N & the Adventures of the Super Mario Brothers 3 voice
1992 Stunt Dawgs voice
1997 The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police voice
1998 Bad Dog voice
2000-2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
2003 Jacob Two-Two


  1. ^ Lucas, Ralph. "Harvey Atkin". Northern Stars. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b TV Data (9 November 1986). "Harvey Wants To Work (And His Wish Is Granted)". Toledo Blade. p. TVT-5. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Harvey Atkin (filmogrpahy)". Northern Stars. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 

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