Jim Cummings

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Jim Cummings
Jim Cummings in 2018.jpg
Cummings in 2018
Born James Jonah Cummings
(1952-11-03) November 3, 1952 (age 65)
Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Voice actor, singer
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s)
Stephanie Cummings (m. 2001)
Children 4

James Jonah Cummings (born November 3, 1952) is an American voice actor and singer, who has appeared in almost 400 roles. He is known for voicing the title character from Darkwing Duck, Dr. Robotnik from Sonic the Hedgehog, Pete, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Bonkers D. Bobcat and the Tasmanian Devil. He has performed in numerous Disney and DreamWorks animations including Aladdin, The Lion King, Balto, Antz, The Road to El Dorado, Shrek, and The Princess and the Frog. He has also provided voice-over work for video games, such as Icewind Dale, Fallout, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Baldur's Gate, Mass Effect 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft: Legion, and Splatterhouse other voice characters voiced as Biker Mice from Mars, Iron Man, Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Incredible Hulk, Batman: The Animated Series and Fantastic Four. He has been the voice of Pooh since 1988.

Career[edit]

Some of Cummings' earliest vocal work was at Disney, where he replaced Hal Smith as the voice of Winnie-the-Pooh in 1988 (Smith had taken over the role from longtime actor Sterling Holloway in 1981). He began voicing Tigger in 1989, taking over for Paul Winchell (though Winchell voiced Tigger four more times, the last time being in February 1999). In 1991, he ventured to Warner Bros. Animation and began voicing Tasmanian Devil on the animated series Taz-Mania (he would voice the character on other Warner Brothers shows, such as Animaniacs, and reprise the voice in 2006 in Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas).

When actor Jeremy Irons, the voice of Scar in The Lion King, developed vocal problems during recording of the song "Be Prepared", Cummings was chosen to replace him for the rest of the song.[1] Cummings would later be hired as the singing double for Russell Means in Pocahontas and Christopher Lloyd in Anastasia.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Cummings relocated to New Orleans, where he designed and painted Mardi Gras floats, worked as a river boat deck hand and sang and played drums in the regionally successful rock band, "FUSION".[2] He attended Immaculate Conception and St. Columba grade schools as well as Ursuline High School and graduated from there in 1970.[3]

He later married and moved to Anaheim, California, where he managed a video store in the early 1980s, before launching his voice-acting career in late 1984. Cummings has two daughters with Stephanie Cummings, as well as two older children from a previous marriage.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Castle in the Sky General Muoro Disney 2003 dub
1987 The Brave Little Toaster Evil Clown Uncredited
1988 Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf Frankenstein, Skull Head and Gengis Kong
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Bullet #2
1989 Stanley and the Dinosaurs Caveman Stanley
1990 Raisins: Sold Out!: The California Raisins II Narrator
1992 Aladdin Razoul and Farouk
Pinocchio Geppetto Direct-to-video
1994 The Return of Jafar Razoul
The Lion King Ed, Gopher, Scar
(singing voice)
The Pagemaster Long John Silver
Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins Shang Tsung and Sub-Zero Direct-to-video
1995 A Goofy Movie Pete
Runaway Brain Julius
Pocahontas Chief Powhatan and Kekata
(singing voices)
Balto Steele
1996 Siegfried & Roy: Masters of the Impossible Additional Voices
Aladdin and the King of Thieves Razoul Direct-to-video
Ed's Next Move Lee's Boyfriend and Raphael[5]
All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 Jingles
The Story of Santa Claus Mr. Minch
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Frollo's Soldiers and Gypsies
1997 Hercules Nessus the River Centaur, Tall Thebian, Elderly Thebian and Lava Titan
Redux Riding Hood Thompkins
Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin Winnie the Pooh and Skullasaurus Direct-to-video
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Additional Voices
Anastasia Rasputin's singing voice
1998 Belle's Magical World Webster Direct-to-video
The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars Singer
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Scar
Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World King James and Chief Powhatan
Rusty: A Dog's Tale Additional Voices
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island Jacques and Morgan Moonscar Direct-to-video
Antz Soldier Ants and One Worker Ant
Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night Buster[6]
1999 Tarzan Dennis
The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue Singer Direct-to-video
The Nuttiest Nutcracker Uncle Drosselmeier and Gramps
Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Pete Direct-to-video
Bartok the Magnificent Additional voices Uncredited
Direct-to-video
2000 The Tigger Movie Tigger and Winnie the Pooh
An Extremely Goofy Movie Pete Direct-to-video
The Road to El Dorado Hernán Cortés and Additional voices
Aladdin and the Adventure of All Time Additional voices
Titan A.E. Chowquin
Tweety's High-Flying Adventure Taz, Rocky, Yosemite Sam, Cool Cat, Shropshire Slasher, Casino Cat, Policeman and Additional Voices Direct-to-video
The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus Santa Claus
CatDog and the Great Parent Mystery Cat
The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire Sierra Direct-to-video
2001 Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure Tony
Shrek Captain of Guards
Atlantis: The Lost Empire Helmsman, Smithsonian Board Member #1
The Book of Pooh: Stories from the Heart Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Direct-to-video
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Ultra Lord, Mission Control and General
2002 Return to Never Land Turk
The Hunchback of Notre Dame II Archdeacon Direct-to-video
Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring Butch
Tarzan & Jane Tantor
Mickey's House of Villains Pete, Big Bad Wolf, Kaa and Ed
Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Dirty Dawson
The Jungle Book 2 Kaa, Colonel Hathi and M.C. Monkey
Piglet's Big Movie Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Luca and Additional voices
2004 Comic Book: The Movie Dr. Cedric Perview Live Action
Direct-to-video
The Lion King 1½ Ed
Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Direct-to-video
Jimmy Neutron: Win, Lose and Kaboom Gen. Abercrombie, Brain #2 and Mayor Quadar
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers Pete Direct-to-video
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Blitzen
2005 Pooh's Heffalump Movie Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie Direct-to-video
2006 Disaster! Harry Bottoms, Guy Kirk and Narrator
Brother Bear 2 Chilkoot and Bering Direct-to-video
Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas Taz and Gossamer
The Fox and the Hound 2 Waylon/Floyd and Additional voices
2007 Hellboy: Blood and Iron Tom Manning
TMNT Additional voices
Bee Movie Title Narrator and Graduation Announcer
Super Sleuth Christmas Movie Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Direct-to-video
2008 The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning King Triton and Shelbow
Dead Space: Downfall Captain Mathius and Farum
The Powerpuff Girls Rule! Fuzzy Lumpkins Direct-to-video
Turok: Son of Stone Caveman
2009 My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and Beaver
Bionicle: The Legend Reborn Ackar Direct-to-video
The Princess and the Frog Ray
2010 My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Duper Super Sleuths Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Direct-to-video
2011 Gnomeo and Juliet Featherstone
The Little Engine That Could Rusty Direct-to-video
Winnie the Pooh Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
2012 Zambezia Budzo
Wreck-It Ralph Additional voices
Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess Wormwood
2013 I Know That Voice Himself Documentary
2014 The Pirate Fairy Oppenheimer and Port Direct-to-video
Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon Kaldorf
2015 Minions Additional voices Credited as James J. Cummings
2016 The Secret Life of Pets
Sheep and Wolves Magra, Klif and Baron[7]
Sing Additional voices Credited as James J. Cummings
List of voice performances in Live-Action Movies
Year Title Role Notes
1987 The Garbage Pail Kids Movie Greaser Greg and Nat Nerd
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Bullet #2 and Lion from Tom and Jerry Voice
1994 Cabin Boy Cupcake
1998 Small Soldiers Ocula
Babe: Pig in the City Pelican
2018 Christopher Robin Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Voice

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1984–1987 The Transformers Afterburner, Rippersnapper
1985–1986 Dumbo's Circus Lionel the Lion, Aunt Fira
1985–1991 Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears Zummi Gummi (originally Paul Winchell), Chummi Gummi (season 6 only)
1986 The Care Bears Family Bob the Swamp Monster Ep. "The Camp Out"
1987–1990 DuckTales El Capitan
1987 Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light Witterquick & the Bearer of Knowledge
1987–1996 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder (1991 and European Vacation Alternate), Leatherhead, Genghis Frog, Dirk Savage, Dirtbag, Merlin, Drakus/Beserko, Doomquest
1988–1991 The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Papa Heffalump
1989–1990 Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers Monterey Jack (in the five-part pilot and in seasons two and three while Peter Cullen voiced the character in the earlier episodes), Fat Cat, Professor Nimnul, Wart the Lizard, Rat Capone
1989–1990 Dink, the Little Dinosaur Tubble, Fleetfoot
1990–1991 TaleSpin Don Karnage, Louie, Trader Moe, Covington
1990–1993 Tom & Jerry Kids Redbeard, Tundo
1990–1992 Tiny Toon Adventures Iodizer, Jack Nicholson, Melvin the Monster, Mike Tyson, Papa Flea
1991–1993 The Pirates of Dark Water Skorian, Ioz (Season 2)
1991–1995 Taz-Mania Taz, Buddy Boar, Bushwhacker Bob, Wendel T. Wolf
1991–1992 Darkwing Duck Drake Mallard/Darkwing Duck, Negaduck, DarkWarrior Duck, Warden Waddlesworth, Herb Muddlefoot, Professor Moliarty
1992–1995 Batman: The Animated Series Tygrus, Real Jekko, Saunders 3 episdoes "Be a Clown", "Tyger, Tyger" and "House & Garden"
1992–1993 The Addams Family Lurch, Spy Twins, Fingers
1992–1993 Goof Troop Pete
1992–1994 The Little Mermaid Ebb the Male Crocodile
1993–1994 Bonkers Bonkers D. Bobcat, Lucky Piquel, Other Characters
1993 2 Stupid Dogs Morocco Mole (season 1 only)
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Dr. Robotnik, Scratch (in unaired pilot episode)
1993–1997 Animaniacs Narrator, Buddy, Tazmanian Devil, Announcer, Additional Voices
1993–1995 SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron Mayor Manx, Feral's Sergeant
1994–1995 Aladdin Razoul
1994–1996 The Tick Thrakkorzog, Barry Hubris, Stalingrad, Captain Decency, Mister Mental, Multiple Santa, Leonardo da Vinci
1994–1996 Iron Man MODOK, Century ("The Beast Within" only), Whirlwind, Dreadknight, Backlash, President Bill Clinton, many additional supporting characters (including Bill Clinton) and stand-in vocals for War Machine, Grey Gargoyle, & Justin Hammer
1994 Fantastic Four Slash Curtis / Bull Donovan / Skink Lomas, President Bill Clinton / Votan 2 episodes The Origin of the Fantastic Four: Part 2 and Incursion of the Skrulls
1994–1997 Gargoyles Dingo, Other Characters
1995-1998 Spider-Man Shocker, Chameleon (uncredited), Man-Spider
1995 Biker Mice from Mars Deathmaster / Saddle Sore, Gerald Gruyere / Gutama Gouda 2 episodes So Life Like and Diet of Worms
1995-1997 The Mask Doyle (Lieutenant Kellaway's partner), Kablamus, Various One-Shot Characters
1995-1999 Timon & Pumbaa Ed the hyena, Smolder the Bear, Pumbaa's Uncle Boaris, Bruce the Blue Crab, Additional Voices
1995-1996 Earthworm Jim Psycrow, Bob the Killer Goldfish, Various voices
1995-1997 Freakazoid! Senator Janos Ivnovels
1996–1998 Adventures from the Book of Virtues Aristotle
1996–2000 Superman: The Animated Series Phantom Zone Beast
1997 The Incredible Hulk The Absorbing Man episode "They Call Me Mr. Fixit"
Space Goofs Slick Stagger, Ernie, additional voices
1997–1998 101 Dalmatians: The Series Colonel, Mayor Ed Pig, Persian Pete
1998–2005 CatDog Cat, additional voices
The Powerpuff Girls Fuzzy Lumpkins
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Senator Aarrfvox Ep. "A Zoo Out There"
2001-2003 Disney's House of Mouse Pete, Humphrey the Bear, King Louie, Big Bad Wolf, Censor Monkeys, Ed the Hyena, Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Additional Voices
2002–2004 ChalkZone Skrawl
2004 The Simpsons Duncan the Horse Ep. "Saddlesore Galactica"
2004–2006 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Mayor Quadar, Ultra Lord, Cap'n Betty, Atilla The Hun
2005 Wonder Showzen Bottle of Magic Ep. "Ocean"
2006 Catscratch Klqain Quid Ep. "Clan Destiny"
2009 Chowder Alligator Ep. "My Big Fat Stinky Wedding"
2012 Adventure Time Porcupine, Lenny the Beaver, Owl Ep. "Up a Tree"
2013 Phineas and Ferb Additional voices
2014 Clarence
The 7D Roar Ep. "Frankengloom"
2015–2018 The Adventures of Puss in Boots El Guante Blanco, Two-Eyed Alonso, Briny Pete
2016–2017 Avengers Assemble Ghost
2016–present The Powerpuff Girls (2016 TV series) Fuzzy Lumpkins
2017–present OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Lord Boxman
DuckTales (2017 TV series) Darkwing Duck

Video games[edit]

Theme park attractions[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Award Category Subject Result
Annie Awards Best Voice Acting for Television Darkwing Duck Won
Goof Troop Won
Bump in the Night Nominated
Best Voice Acting in a Feature Production The Jungle Book 2 Nominated
Gnomeo & Juliet Nominated
Zambezia Nominated
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program My Friends Tigger & Pooh Nominated
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Has Disney Been 'Lion' About Jeremy Irons' Singing Voice?". Huffington Post. 19 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  3. ^ "Heard but not seen: Catholic voice actor leads an animated life -". The Catholic Review. July 24, 2009. 
  4. ^ "At work, Jim Cummings is quite the characters". VC Star. 
  5. ^ "Ed's Next Move". 27 September 1996. Retrieved 4 January 2017 – via IMDb. 
  6. ^ McCormick, Moira (July 25, 1998). "Musical mice enliven 'Silent Night'". Billboard. VNU/Nielsen Business Media. 110 (30): 74. Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ "About Movie". sheepandwolvesmovie.com. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall". 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2018-08-09. 
  9. ^ Rockstar North (17 September 2013). Grand Theft Auto V. PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Rockstar Games. Level/area: Credits, 21:10 in, The Cast, The Local Population. 
  10. ^ "Jim Cummings". behindthevoiceactors.com. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "SQUARE ENIX". eidosgames.com. Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  12. ^ Square Enix. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Scene: Closing credits, 5 minutes in, Voice Actors, Additional Voices. 
  13. ^ Carbine Studios. WildStar. NCSOFT. Scene: Credits, 2:45 in, Cast. 

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