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 66)
OccupationVoice actor, singer
Years active1984-present
Spouse(s)
Stephanie Cummings
(m. 2001; div. 2011)
Children4

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 (since 1988), Tigger, Bonkers D. Bobcat and the Tasmanian Devil. He has performed in numerous Disney animated films including Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Hercules and The Princess and the Frog, and others from studios such as Universal/DreamWorks, MGM and Nickelodeon including Balto, All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, Antz, The Road to El Dorado, Shrek and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. 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.

Career

Some of Cummings' earliest vocal work was at Disney, where he replaced Hal Smith as the voice of Winnie the Pooh in 1988. He began replacing partially Paul Winchell as Tigger, before fully replacing him as the character in 2000's The Tigger Movie. 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 replaced him on the remainder of the track.[1] Cummings would later be hired as the singing double for Russell Means in Pocahontas and Christopher Lloyd in Anastasia.

In 2018, he became the first voice performer of animation to reprise his role(s) for a live-action Disney film, reprising the roles of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger for the film Christopher Robin.[2][3] His performance as Pooh was particularly praised by Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair, who felt it was "Oscar-worthy" and said that "[a]s Winnie the Pooh … the veteran voice actor gives such sweet, rumpled, affable life to the wistful bear of literary renown that it routinely breaks the heart."[4]

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".[5] He attended Immaculate Conception and St. Columba grade schools as well as Ursuline High School and graduated from there in 1970.[6]

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.[7] The couple divorced in 2011.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Castle in the Sky General Muoro Disney 2003 dub
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
1991 Dragon and Slippers Sir Kay English dub
1992 Aladdin Razoul and Farouk
Pinocchio Geppetto Direct-to-video
1994 The Return of Jafar Razoul
The Lion King Ed, Gopher and 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[8]
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/Skullasaurus/Tigger (singing voice) Direct-to-video
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Additional Voices
Anastasia Rasputin
(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
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[9]
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, Atlantean Ketak Warrior and Atlantean Photographer
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
Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring Butch Direct-to-video
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron Colonel's Soldiers
Tarzan & Jane Tantor Direct-to-video
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
The Wild Thornberrys Movie Ranger Arresting Sloan Blackburn
2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Dirty Dawson Direct-to-video
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[10] English dub[10]
Sing Additional voices Credited as James J. Cummings
List of voice performances in live-action films
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
1994 Cabin Boy Cupcake
1998 Small Soldiers Ocula
Babe: Pig in the City Pelican
2018 Christopher Robin Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1984–1987 The Transformers Afterburner and Rippersnapper
1985–1986 Dumbo's Circus Lionel the Lion and Aunt Fira
1985–1991 Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears Zummi Gummi (originally Paul Winchell) and 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 and Doomquest
1988–1991 The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Papa Heffalump and additional voices
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 and Rat Capone
1989–1990 Dink, the Little Dinosaur Tubble and Fleetfoot
1990–1991 TaleSpin Don Karnage, Louie, Trader Moe and Covington
1990–1993 Tom & Jerry Kids Wrestling Gator (Gator, Baiter/Hoodwinked Cat/Medieval Mouse), Pirate Captain (Who Are You, Kitten?/Broadway Droopy/Pussycat Pirate), additional voices (Penthouse Mouse/12 Angry Sheep/The Ant Attack) 3 episodes
1990–1992 Tiny Toon Adventures Papa Flea, Bedbug, Armadillo (Starting from Scratch), Melvin the Monster (Hare-Raising Night), Chef, Mike Tyson, Jack Nicholson (Hollywood Plucky), Iodizer, Elk (Mr. Popular’s Rules of Cool!), Singer (Son of the Wacko World of Sports), Singer, Knuckles Cutlet, additional voices (Here’s Hamton), Papa Flea, Boss Tick, TV Announcer (Flea for Your Life) and Nasty Condor, Mr. Elk, Bear #2 (Toons from the Crypt) 8 episodes
1991–1993 The Pirates of Dark Water Skorian and Ioz (Season 2)
1991–1995 Taz-Mania Taz, Buddy Boar, Bushwhacker Bob and Wendel T. Wolf
1991–1992 Darkwing Duck Drake Mallard / Darkwing Duck, Negaduck, Herb Muddlefoot, Professor Moliarty, DarkWarrior Duck and Warden Waddlesworth
1992–1995 Batman: The Animated Series Tygrus, Real Jekko and Saunders 3 episodes "Be a Clown", "Tyger, Tyger" and "House & Garden"
1992–1993 The Addams Family Lurch, Spy Twins and Fingers
1992 Goof Troop Pete
1992–1994 The Little Mermaid Ebb the Male Crocodile, Emperor Sharga and The Ancient Seaclops (episode Calliope Dreams)
1993–1994 Bonkers Bonkers D. Bobcat, Lucky Piquel and additional voices
1993 2 Stupid Dogs Morocco Mole (season 1 only)
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Dr. Robotnik and Scratch (in unaired pilot episode)
1993–1997 Animaniacs Narrator, Buddy, Tazmanian Devil, Announcer and additional voices
1993–1995 SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron Mayor Manx and Feral's Sergeant
1994–1995 Aladdin Razoul
1994–1996 The Tick Thrakkorzog, Barry Hubris, Stalingrad, Captain Decency, Mister Mental, Multiple Santa and 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 ("The Thrill of the Hunt", "Leader of the Pack", "Walkabout and Upgrade"), Hunter (City of Stone: Part One), Gillecomgain ("City of Stone: Part 2"), Matrix ("Walkabout"), Mr. Acme ("Vendettas"), Gillecomgain’s Father, Thug #3, Man ("Hunter’s Moon: Part One"), Hugo ("Broadway Goes to Hollywood"), Bum, Security Guard 1, Isaiah ("A Bronx Tail"), Cop #1, Street Person #1, Sergeant ("And Justice for All"), Dr. Nexus, Lead Cop, Bodyguard #1 ("To Serve Mankind) and Business Man, Male Commuter #1, Cop #1 ("Angels in the Night:" 12 episodes
1995 Biker Mice from Mars Deathmaster, Saddle Sore, Gerald Gruyere and Gutama Gouda 2 episodes "So Life Like" and "Diet of Worms"
1995-1998 Spider-Man Shocker, Chameleon and Man-Spider (episodes "Duel of the Hunters", "Blade, the Vampire Hunter", "Spider Wars Part 1: I Really, Really Hate Clones" and "Spider Wars Part 2: Farewell, Spider-Man")
1995-1998 Pinky and the Brain Punk (Of Mouse and Man), The Mist (Pinky & the Fog/Where No Mouse Has Gone Before/Cheese Roll Call), Fred Floppel (Brainania), Innkeeper (Ambulatory Abe/The Mouse of La Mancha), V / O #1 (Brain’s Song), Saran (A Little Off the Top/Megalomaniacs Anonymous), Chuck (The Mummy/Robin Brain) and Orson Welles (Whatever Happened to Baby Brain/Just Say Narf) 8 episodes
1995-1997 The Mask Doyle (Lieutenant Kellaway's partner), Kablamus and additional voices
1995-1999 Timon & Pumbaa Ed the hyena, Smolder the Bear, Gopher, Pumbaa's Uncle Boaris, Bruce the Blue Crab and additional voices
1995-1996 Earthworm Jim Psycrow, Bob the Killer Goldfish and additional voices
1995-1997 Freakazoid! Senator Janos Ivnovels
1996–1998 Jungle Cubs Kaa, Fred, Jed and additional voices
Adventures from the Book of Virtues Aristotle
1996–2000 Superman: The Animated Series Phantom Zone Beast
1997 The Incredible Hulk The Absorbing Man Ep. "They Call Me Mr. Fixit"
Space Goofs Slick Stagger, Ernie and additional voices
1997–1998 101 Dalmatians: The Series Colonel, Mayor Ed Pig and Persian Pete
1998-present The Magical World of.Walt Disney Pete, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and additional voices
1998–2005 CatDog Cat and additional voices
The Powerpuff Girls Fuzzy Lumpkins
1999-2000 Mickey Mouse Works Pete, Humphrey the Bear and Zeke
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Senator Aarrfvox Ep. "A Zoo Out There"
2001 The Book of Pooh Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger
2001-2003 The Legend of Tarzan Tantor, Lieutenant Colonel Jean Staquait and Merkus
Disney's House of Mouse Pete, Humphrey the Bear, Big Bad Wolf, Ed the Hyena, King Larry, Censor Monkeys and additional voices
2002–2004 ChalkZone Skrawl
2003 Mickeypalooza Pete, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Television special
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 and Atilla The Hun
2005 Wonder Showzen Bottle of Magic Ep. "Ocean"
2006 Catscratch Klqain Quid Ep. "Clan Destiny"
2006-2016 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Pete, Humphrey the Bear and additional voices
2007-2010 My Friends Tigger & Pooh Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger and Beaver
2009 Chowder Alligator Ep. "My Big Fat Stinky Wedding"
2009-2012 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Hondo Ohnaka and additional voices 9 episodes
2011-2013 The Looney Tunes Show Tasmanian Devil, Beaky Buzzard and additional voices 9 episodes
2012 Adventure Time Porcupine, Lenny the Beaver and Owl Ep. "Up a Tree"
2012-2013 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Lidong, Rhino Guard 3 episodes
2013 Phineas and Ferb Additional voices
2014 Clarence
The 7D Roar Ep. "Frankengloom"
2014-present Mickey Mouse Pete
2015-2016 The Great Adventures Mike and additional voices
2015–2018 The Adventures of Puss in Boots El Guante Blanco, Two-Eyed Alonso and Briny Pete
Star Wars Rebels Hondo Ohnaka and additional voices 6 episodes
2016–2017 Avengers Assemble Ghost 2 episodes "The Kids Are Alright" and "Avengers No More: Part One"
Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Hondo Ohnaka and additional voices 2 episodes
2016–present The Powerpuff Girls Fuzzy Lumpkins
2017 Doc McStuffins Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Ep. "Into the Hundred Acre Wood"
2017–present OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Lord Boxman
Mickey and the Roadster Racers Pete and additional voices
2018 Star Wars Forces of Destiny Hondo Ohnaka Ep. "Triplecross"
DuckTales Jim Starling / Negaduck, TVs Darkwing Duck and Paddywhack 4 episodes

Video games

Theme park attractions

Accolades

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

  1. ^ "Has Disney Been 'Lion' About Jeremy Irons' Singing Voice?". Huffington Post. 19 September 2011.
  2. ^ Mescobar, Aaron (May 27, 2018). "Chris O'Dowd Replaced As Tigger In 'Christopher Robin' By Original Voice Actor Jim Cummings". We are Geeks of Color. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
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