Neil Ross

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross (crop).jpg
Ross in 2011
Born (1944-12-31) 31 December 1944 (age 74)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationVoice actor, Announcer
Years active1978–present
Notable credit(s)
G.I. Joe
as Dusty/Shipwreck
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
as Colonel Volgin
as Bonecrusher/Hook/Springer/Slag
as Keith/Jeff/Pidge/Chip
Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron
as Mac Mange

Neil Ross (born 31 December 1944) is a British-born American voice actor and announcer, now resident in the United States, working in Los Angeles. Noted for his Trans-Atlantic accent, Ross has provided voices in many American cartoons, most notably Voltron, G.I. Joe and Transformers. He has also done voice work in numerous video games, including Mass Effect and Leisure Suit Larry 6 and 7. Ross has also provided voice roles (such as radio announcers) for many movies, including Back to the Future Part II, Babe, Quiz Show, and Being John Malkovich.

Neil Ross was the announcer for the 75th Annual Academy Awards Telecast in 2003, and the Emmy Awards Telecast in 2004. He has also narrated numerous episodes of A&E's Biography, and many editions of NOVA on PBS (including Mars – Dead or Alive, which was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2004).

Early life[edit]

Neil Ross was born in London, England, on 31 December 1944 and subsequently raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His family moved to Long Beach, California when he was 12 years old. When they moved to San Diego, a young Ross started listening to KFWB, and became obsessed with becoming a disc-jockey.


He started working in radio when he finished school. His first station was KMUR in Salt Lake City, Utah. Following this, he moved on to KORL, KGMB and KKUA in Honolulu, Hawaii, before moving to KCBQ in San Diego in 1969. He stayed in California, working on KYA San Francisco and KMPC Los Angeles. He made his last broadcast in 1985.

He began his voice-over work in 1978 when he moved to Los Angeles. His first role was as a salesman in an episode of Richie Rich for Hanna-Barbera. Ross has voiced radio and television commercials for companies including Wal-Mart, AT&T, Volkswagen, Coca-Cola, Mattel, Goodyear, Disney, Hoover, Anheuser-Busch, Southwest Airlines, and Kelloggs, and has done promos for CBS, NBC, ABC, TBS and Fox Kids, using an American accent in all performances.

Neil Ross lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.



Year Title Role Notes
1981 Spider-Man (1981) Green Goblin/Norman Osborn
1984-1987 The Transformers[1][2] Bonecrusher, Hook, Springer, Slag, Sixshot, Pointblank, Fracas
1990-1991 Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Animated Series Whitley White
1992-1994 Batman: The Animated Series Dealer, Ratso, Jake
1994 Fantastic Four Doctor Doom (Season 1), Puppet Master
Warlord Krang, Super-Skrull (Season 1)
1995-1998 Spider-Man (1994) Green Goblin/Norman Osborn
1995-1997 The Mask: The Animated Series Lt. Kellaway, Sly Eastenegger
1996 Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm Shang Tsung
2000-2007 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law Vulturo, Dr. Benton Quest, Ding-A-Ling Wolf, Rehnquist
2003-2007 My Life as a Teenage Robot Dr. Phineas Mogg, Redneck, Special Agent #1
2007 Ben 10 Wainwright, Guard #2, Radio Chatter #1 Ep. "Ben 4 Good Buddy"
2012 The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes William Cross / Crossfire, Thug 1, Security Guard Ep. "To Steal an Ant-Man"
2012-2013 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Constable Hu

Live action[edit]


Video and computer games[edit]


  1. ^ a b Lawson, Tim; Persons, Alisa (2004), The magic behind the voices: a who's who of cartoon voice actors, Univ. Press of Mississippi, p. xxx, ISBN 978-1-57806-696-4
  2. ^ "The TCC Presents: Screamers Retro-Views – G1 Interview with Neil Ross". Transformers Collectors Club Magazine. 1 (37): 3.
  3. ^ Capcom (2004-04-27). Onimusha 3: Demon Siege. Scene: Closing credits, 0:45 in, cast.

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