Townsend Coleman

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Townsend Coleman
Townsend Coleman by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Coleman in March 2018
Born Townsend Putnam Coleman III
New York, New York, U.S.
Occupation Voice actor, DJ
Years active 1974–present

Townsend Putnam Coleman III is an American voice actor who performed in many animated series and TV commercials beginning in the early 1980s. Among his most notable roles are Michaelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,[1] Wayne Gretzky on ProStars and the title characters in Where's Wally? and the eponymous The Tick.

Early work[edit]

Coleman was a disc jockey for WGCL in Cleveland, Ohio, in the late 1970s. This included the weekend of July 7–8, 1979, when that radio station presented his own take on American Top 40 after the station's refusal to air the "Top 40 Disco Songs" special for that weekend.

In the same period, Coleman appeared in several plays through Jerry Leonard's Heights Youth Theater ensemble. The plays were staged at Wiley Junior High School in University Heights, Ohio, — just down the road from John Carroll University. Other famous performers who appeared in Leonard's plays include the actress Carol Kane.

Voice acting[edit]

Coleman's career as a voice actor took off in the 1980s when, having recently moved to Los Angeles, he auditioned for the role of Corporal Capeman on Inspector Gadget. He also portrayed Riot on Jem, Gobo in the animated version of Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock, Scott Howard on the animated Teen Wolf and many others. In TV commercials, he was the 7-Up "Spot", Keebler Elves, and Raid Bugs. Coleman has also been the voice of NBC commercials for programs such as Must See TV and The Tonight Show since the early 1990s. Coleman has also provided the voice for Jason Whittaker on the Focus on the Family radio drama Adventures in Odyssey since 1994. He also voiced the Autobot Mini-Cassette Rewind on the Transformers cartoon series (1986) and provided the voice of Colt in Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs.

From 1987 to 1996, Coleman voiced his most popular character; Michelangelo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Coleman performed a wide range of voices in King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow, including Vizier Abdul Alhazred, Shamir Shamazel, Lord Azure, Ferryman, Beast and the Minotaur.

More recently, Townsend is the voice of Sentinel Prime in the Transformers Animated series. The character was designed to look like The Tick, as confirmed by the writers of the show at Botcon 2008. Townsend provided the voice for the title character of The Tick in the 1994 cartoon series, for which he received an Annie Award nomination.

Townsend also currently provides the voice of Neddy the Mallet in the Cartoon Network series, Mighty Magiswords. Neddy's mannerisms on the show are based on The Tick which led to him being acquired the role. According to the creator Kyle Carrozza, Neddy was Townsend's first original cartoon role in years.

He also returned the Tick franchise in the 2017 series on Amazon Prime, providing the voice of ex-superhero dog Midnight.


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Black Moon Rising Waiter Live action
The Kingdom Chums: Little David's Adventure Eliab / Fox Soldier #2 TV Movie
The Amazing Adventures of Inspector Gadget Cpl. Capeman
1987 Alice Through the Looking Glass Tom Fool TV Movie
1988 Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears Zor One
1992 FernGully: The Last Rainforest Knotty
1998 Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero Additional Voices Direct-to-video
Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night Father Joseph
2000 The Christmas Lamb Samuel / Daneil / Joseph TV Movie
2007 Superman: Doomsday Drill Operator Direct-to-video
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Dr. Magnus
2013 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Morrie / Abner
Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite Commissioner Gordon
2016 Sing! Additional Voices

Select filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Townsend Coleman Interview" Retrieved on June 19, 2009.
  2. ^ "The Tales of Hercules". Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Season 2. Episode 16. March 15, 2015. Disney XD. 

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