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Jim Cummings

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Jim Cummings
Jim Cummings January 2015.jpg
Cummings at MagicCity ComicCon 2015
Born James Jonah Cummings
(1952-11-03) November 3, 1952 (age 62)
Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Voice actor, singer
Years active 1984–present
Agent Atlas Talent Agency
Spouse(s) Stephanie Cummings (m. 2001)
Children 4
Awards Daytime Emmy Award (2009)

James Jonah "Jim" Cummings (born November 3, 1952) is an American voice actor and singer, who has appeared in almost 400 roles. He is known for voicing Darkwing Duck, Dr. Robotnik from Sonic the Hedgehog, and Pete, as well as being the current voice of both Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, as well as the Tasmanian Devil. He has performed in numerous animated Disney and DreamWorks movies including Aladdin, 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, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Baldur's Gate, Mass Effect 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, and Splatterhouse.

Personal life

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".[1]

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 and his wife Stephanie have two daughters as well as two older children from a previous marriage.[citation needed]

Career

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 1990, taking over for Paul Winchell (though Winchell voiced Tigger four more times, the last time being in February 1999) after Winchell died in 2005. 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).

At Walt Disney Studios, he contributed to many of their televised animated shows: Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears (taking over the character of Zummi Gummi after Paul Winchell's departure from the role), DuckTales, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck (as the lead character), TaleSpin (as Don Karnage and Louie), Goof Troop (as Pete, a role that would carry him into many other Disney shows), Bonkers, Aladdin, Gargoyles, Timon & Pumbaa, The Legend of Tarzan and House of Mouse, and animated films such as Hercules, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocahontas. He voiced Bering and Chilkoot in the 2006 direct-to-DVD film Brother Bear 2 and "Razoul" in the 1994 Aladdin direct-to-video sequel The Return of Jafar.

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.[2]

Cummings was the only original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles voice actor to return for the 2007 film, having previously appeared in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (as Leatherhead), Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time. In 1995 he voiced the main villain Steele in Universal and Amblin Entertainment's Balto. He also had vocal roles in The Nuttiest Nutcracker, Shrek and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.

Cummings has provided voices for video games, television commercials, and movie trailers, and was one of the official announcers for Kids' WB!, promo announcer for Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, as well as the official spokesperson for the current Cheez-It commercials and some current Weather Channel commercials (most notably the Wake Up With Al ones). He did vocal work in a Charmin Ultra toilet paper commercial, echoing his role as Winnie the Pooh. He has done the voice of Minsc of Baldur's Gate/Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn and Drizzt Do'Urden in the first Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance game. He is prominently displayed in the credits of Kingdom Hearts as Pooh, Tigger, and Pete. Cummings provided the voices for "Bad Mr. Frosty", "Hougan", and "Sumo Santa" in Clay Fighter 63⅓.

Cummings has made some vocal performances using his voice at normal pitch for some younger looking characters like Witterquick from Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light and Glatorian Ackar in Bionicle: The Legend Reborn.

He also voiced Papa Smurf and Gargamel on the TV Funhouse sketch "The Smurfette Show" on Saturday Night Live's season 28's premiere episode.

Voice work

Television series

Film

Year Title Role
1986 Castle in the Sky General
1987 Garbage Pail Kids Movie, TheThe Garbage Pail Kids Movie Greaser Greg, Nat Nerd
1988 Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf Frankenstein, Skull Head, Gengis Kong
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Bullet #2
1990 Raisins: Sold Out!: The California Raisins II Narrator
1991 Rescuers Down Under, TheThe Rescuers Down Under The Crocodiles
1992 Aladdin Razoul, Farouk
1994 Cabin Boy Cupcake
Return of Jafar, TheThe Return of Jafar Razoul
Lion King, TheThe Lion King Ed, Gopher, Scar (Singing voice, second half of Be Prepared), Additional Voices
Pagemaster, TheThe Pagemaster Long John Silver
1995 Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins Shang Tsung, Sub-Zero
Goofy Movie, AA Goofy Movie Pete
Runaway Brain Julius
Pocahontas Chief Powhatan, Kekata (Singing Voices)
Balto Steele
1996 Siegfried & Roy: Masters of the Impossible Additional Voices
Aladdin and the King of Thieves Razoul
Ed's Next Move Lee's Boyfriend, Raphael[3]
All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 Jingles
Story of Santa Claus, TheThe Story of Santa Claus Mr. Minch
Hunchback of Notre Dame, TheThe Hunchback of Notre Dame Guards, Gypsies
1997 Hercules Nessus the River Centaur, Tall Thebian, Elderly Thebian, Lava Titan
Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin Winnie-the-Pooh, Skullasaurus
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Additional Voices
Anastasia Rasputin (singing voice)
1998 Belle's Magical World Webster
Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars, TheThe Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars Singer
Mulan Hayabusa (Shan Yu's falcon)
Lion King II: Simba's Pride, TheThe Lion King II: Simba's Pride Scar
Small Soldiers Ocula
Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World King James, Chief Powhatan
Rusty: A Dog's Tale Additional Voices
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island Jacques, Morgan Moonscar
Antz Additional Voices
Babe: Pig in the City Pelican
Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night Buster[4]
1999 Tarzan Additional Voices
Legend of the Titanic, TheThe Legend of the Titanic Sharks
Nuttiest Nutcracker, TheThe Nuttiest Nutcracker Uncle Drosselmeier, Gramps
Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Pete/Postman
2000 Tigger Movie, TheThe Tigger Movie Tigger, Winnie-the-Pooh
Extremely Goofy Movie, AnAn Extremely Goofy Movie Pete
Road to El Dorado, TheThe Road to El Dorado Hernán Cortés, 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
Life & Adventures of Santa Claus, TheThe Life & Adventures of Santa Claus Old Santa Claus
CatDog and the Great Parent Mystery Cat
2001 Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure Tony
Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire, TheThe Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire Sierra
Shrek Captain of Guards
Atlantis: The Lost Empire Additional Voices
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Ultra Lord, Mission Control, General
2002 Return to Never Land Additional Voices
Hunchback of Notre Dame II, TheThe Hunchback of Notre Dame II Archdeacon
Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring Butch
Tarzan & Jane Tantor
Mickey's House of Villains Pete, Big Bad Wolf, Kaa, Ed
Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger
2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Additional Voices
Jungle Book 2, TheThe Jungle Book 2 Kaa, Colonel Hathi, M.C. Monkey
Piglet's Big Movie Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Luca, Additional Voices
2004 Comic Book: The Movie Dr. Cedric Perview
Lion King 1½, TheThe Lion King 1½ Ed
Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger
Jimmy Neutron: Win, Lose and Kaboom Gen. Abercrombie, Brain #2, Mayor Quadar
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers Pete
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Blitzen
2005 Pooh's Heffalump Movie Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger
Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger
2006 Disaster! Harry Bottoms, Guy Kirk, Narrator
Brother Bear 2 Chilkoot, Bering
Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas Taz, Gossamer
Fox and the Hound 2, TheThe Fox and the Hound 2 Waylon/Floyd, Additional Voices
2007 Hellboy: Blood and Iron Tom Manning
TMNT Additional Voices
Bee Movie Title Narrator, Graduation Announcer
My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Sleuth Christmas Movie Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger
2008 Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning, TheThe Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning King Triton, Shelbow
Dead Space: Downfall Captain Mathius, Farum
Powerpuff Girls Rule!, TheThe Powerpuff Girls Rule! Fuzzy Lumpkins
2009 My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Beaver
Bionicle: The Legend Reborn Ackar
Princess and the Frog, TheThe Princess and the Frog Ray
2010 My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Duper Super Sleuths Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger
2011 Gnomeo and Juliet Featherstone
Little Engine That Could, TheThe Little Engine That Could Rusty
Winnie the Pooh Winnie the Pooh, Tigger
2012 Zambezia Budzo
Wreck-It Ralph Additional Voices
Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess Wormwood
2014 The Pirate Fairy Oppenheimer / Port

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