John Schwab

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John Schwab
John William Schwab III

(1972-09-15) September 15, 1972 (age 46)
ResidenceLondon, England
Alma materDurham University
OccupationActor, producer, musician
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Tasmin Schwab (m. 1994)
Children2 sons

John William Schwab III (born September 15, 1972) is an American actor, TV producer and musician who was born in Pensacola, Florida and resides in London. He produced The Hide with Christopher Granier-Deferre, which was nominated for a BIFA 2010.

Early life[edit]

Schwab was born in Pensacola, Florida, the son of John William Schwab II, and the third of four children. He went to high school in Okinawa, Japan and Seoul, South Korea. His father served in the United States Marine Corps.


Schwab made his first appearance in 1997 as the US voice of a voice trumpet in the British iconic children's series Teletubbies. In 2005, he played Bywater, a commander of the base who guards the Metaltron Cage with his subordinate, De Maggio (Jana Carpenter), in the episode of Doctor Who, "Dalek".

His other television roles include Rescue Heroes, My Dad's the Prime Minister, Noel's House Party, Hotel Babylon, Trust, Ultimate Force, Undercover, America's War on Drugs and Monarch of the Glen.

Schwab served as the narrator of the Discovery Channel documentary television series Weaponology from 2007 through 2008. Schwab provides the voice of Tristan Jackson in the Canadian animated series Elemental Dragons with fellow voice actors Samuel Vincent, Clancy Brown, Andrew Francis, Chiara Zanni, Keith David and Daniel Bacon.

Schwab auditioned to provide the US narration for Thomas & Friends after Michael Brandon and Michael Angelis left the series, but Mark Moraghan was chosen to narrate it instead in the US and UK dubs. Three years later, he joined the voice cast in the series taking on the role of Stanley in the US dub, replacing Rob Rackstraw and from Series 20 onwards.

He played an umpire in the comedy film Mr. 3000 (2004), featuring the comedic actor Bernie Mac. His film credits include Back to Gaya, The Fifth Estate, Zero Dark Thirty, The Anomaly, The Current War, The Program, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Annihilation.

Schwab appears as baseball player Lefty Grove in the biographical film The Catcher Was a Spy (2018), featuring Paul Rudd, Jeff Daniels, Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti.

He provided the English voice of Timo in the animated film Gladiators of Rome.


Schwab played the harmonica in the TV show The Hit Factory: The Pete Waterman Story (2001).


Schwab, alongside Christopher Granier-Deferre, produced the film The Hide, a movie that was nominated for the British Independent Film Award for producing in 2010.

Personal life[edit]

He met his wife, Tamsin, in Seoul after graduation and studied English Literature at Durham University. He and Tasmin married in 1994. He has two sons, Sammy (b. 2002) and Jack (b. 2005).

His second son, Jack, almost died after eating nuts during a holiday on the Spanish island of Menorca. Jack was rushed to hospital and, by sheer chance, a neighbouring holidaymaker saved Jack's life with an adrenaline shot.[1][better source needed]


Year Title Role Notes
1997-2001 Teletubbies Voice Trumpet 365 episodes
USA version
1998-present The Magical World of Walt Disney Tom 450 episodes
1998 Noel's House Party Episode: #7.18
2000-2002 Rescue Heroes Additional Voices 14 episodes
2001 Hotel! Agent Imefine
2002 Fireheart Blake Voss Television movie
2003 My Dad's the Prime Minister American Businessman Episode: Homework
2004-2010 Wife Swap Narrator 107 episodes
2004 Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets Larry Conrad, CAPCOM
2005 Doctor Who Bywater Episode: Dalek
2005-2006 Transformers: Cybertron Additional Voices 51 episodes
2005 Monarch of the Glen Bill Episode: Episode #7.4
2005 Broken News Miles Anderton Episodes: Tomato Flu, Missing Island, Half Way There Day, Bolivian Crisis
2006 Ultimate Force Lt. Pincher Episode: Dividing Line
2006 The Only Boy for Me NY Colleague
2007-2008 Weaponology Narrator Documentary series
2007-2009 Storm Hawks Various Cyclonian Talons Voices
45 episodes
2007 Hotel Babylon Texan Cliff Barnes Episode: Episode #2.1
2008 Zorro Generation Z Additional Voices
2010 The Special Relationship Reporter Television movie
2012 Top Secret Weapons Revealed Narrator Episode: "Weapons of the Superspies"
2013 The Vatican Reporter Television movie
2013-2016 Officer Blue Officer Cade McDonough Lead role
96 episodes
2013 Nixon's the One Bill Headline Episode: "TV"
2014 Obsession: Dark Desires Alan Episode: "Screams in the Desert"
2014 CIA Declassified Narrator Episode: "Killing Mad Dog Gaddafi"
2014 The Assets Interviewee #1 Episode: "Avenger"
2015-2017 Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet Narrator 22 episodes
2016 Undercover Dr. Francis Episode: #1.1
2016 Amazing Animal Selfies Narrator Television movie
2016–present Thomas & Friends Stanley US voice, Season 20 onwards
2017 America's War on Drugs Rob Maheu Episode: "Cocaine, Cartels, and Crackdowns"
2017 Sheriff Callie's Wild West Calamity Caleb Voice
2018 Trust Lang Jeffries 5 episodes
Year Film Role Notes
2001 Nothing to Declare Pilot Voice
2003 The Order American Bureaucrat
2004 Back to Gaya Zeck Voice
2004 Mr. 3000 Umpire
2005 Foster Older Zach Also associate producer
2010 Shooting Earth Moe Short film
2012 Gladiators of Rome Timo Voice
English version
2012 Zero Dark Thirty Deputy National Security Advisor
2013 The Fifth Estate White House Staffer
2013 Kick-Ass 2 Detective
2013 The Trap Dog Cop
2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit New York DWP Worker
2014 The Angola Deception Advisor Short film
2014 Beyond National Space Agency Spokesperson
2014 The Anomaly Harrison Samuel
2015 The Program Travis Tygart
2016 Thomas & Friends: The Great Race Vinnie Voice
2016 Soldier Voiceover Short film
2016 Storks Additional Voice Voice
2017 Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown Dapper Jack Voice
2017 The Current War Rudolph Young
2017 Journey Beyond Sodor Ulli and an unnamed Bridlington Diesel Voice
2018 Annihilation Paramedic
2018 The Catcher Was a Spy Lefty Grove
2018 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Tech Operator
Video Games
Year Game Role Notes
2002 Vietcong
2002 Prisoner of War Also in special thanks
2002 Simple 2000 Series, Vol. 16: The Sniper 2 Harry
2004 Shrek 2 Writer
2004 Vietcong: Fist Alpha
2004 Vietcong: Purple Haze
2004 Killzone Additional ISA Voices
2006 Pursuit Force
2006 Killzone: Liberation ISA Demolition Guy, ISA Generic
2007 Crysis Crewman 1
2008 Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures Additional Voices
2008 Crysis Warhead Dane
2008 Mirror's Edge Generic SWAT #2 Male
2009 Killzone 2 Additional ISA Voices
2011 The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Dandelion
2011 Kinect Disneyland Adventures Additional Voices
2013 Crysis 3 Teammate #7
2013 Killzone: Shadow Fall VSA
2014 Alien: Isolation Additional Voices
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Dandelion
2017 Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Jin
2018 Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country Jin
Year Audio Role Notes
2006 Doctor Who: The Nowhere Place EXO Moore Audio drama
2006 Doctor Who: The Reaping Lieutenant Doyle Audio drama
2007 Doctor Who: Phobos Hayd Audio drama
2008 Stargate SG-1: Gift of the Gods Lt. Hunter Audio drama


  1. ^ "'I floated in the corner watching my son dying':Hollywood actor shares the moment his son three-year-old son came close to death after eating ONE cashew nut". 29 June 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014.

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