Michael Bell (actor)

Michael Bell (actor)
Michael Bell
Born Michael Patrick Bell
July 30, 1938 (1938-07-30) (age 73)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Other names Mike Bell
Occupation Actor/Voice actor
Years active 1957–present
Spouse Victoria Carroll (1968-present)

Michael Patrick Bell (born July 30, 1938) is an American actor and voice actor. He is most commonly credited in video games, animated movies, and television series.

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Career

1970s and 1980s voice work

Bell is a mainstay of 1970s and 1980s animation. In the '70s he voiced the title character of The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show as well as Ernie Devlin of Devlin, Super Friend's Riddler, Zan the Wonder Twin and Speed Buggy's Mark. In the '80s he voiced Duke on G.I. Joe, Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk, and several characters in The Transformers such as Prowl, Swoop, Brainstorm, Gort, First Aid, and Sideswipe. For The Smurfs he provided the voices of Lazy, Grouchy, and Handy Smurf along with the human Johan. Bell also voiced Lance and Sven on Voltron and returned to voice Lance in Voltron: The Third Dimension. In 1985 he gave his voice to Ribo in The Little Troll Prince. In the 1980s, he was the voice of Allstar Seaworthy and Bigweed on The Snorks.In the late 1980s, he voiced the character Thakur the herding teacher in the CBS Storybreak episode Ratha's Creature.

Outside of animation, Bell played the voice of the Young Man in A&M Records' Story of Halloween Horror album in 1977 and provided teh '70s commercial voiceovers for Parkay Margarine and Mug Root Beer. Bell also provided the overdubbing of Peter Criss’ dialogue in the band KISS's TV movie KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park. In 1980, Bell provided the voice of the title character in The B.B. Beegle Show, an unsold TV show pilot that featured puppets.

Animation voice work

Bell's animation work continues to this day. He voiced Quackerjack from Disney's Darkwing Duck in the 1990s as well as Ezekiel Rage in The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest. In the Rugrats and All Grown Up! series of the 1990s and 2000s, he voiced three of the main characters' parents, Drew Pickles, Charles Finster Sr., and Boris Kropotkin. In the 2000s, he provided voices for Drake, Althor, Crimson and Mama in W.I.T.C.H. and Board Member #1 in Jetsons: The Movie. For SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, Bell provided the elderly-sounding voice of the one-shot character Captain Grimalken, leader of a peaceful alien tribe known as the Aquians, in the episode When Strikes Mutilor. Disney's Gargoyles he voiced Martin Hacker and Pal Joey. Bell also provided the voice of Naugus in Sonic the Hedgehog, and wrote on SpongeBob SquarePants for a season. Mr. Bell was also featured as Opus in the Bloom County television special "A Wish for Wings That Work."

Video game voice work

Bell is also a prolific voice in video games. He voiced the butler Lawrence in Ratchet and Clank 3: Up Your Arsenal, Gleeman Vox in the sequel game, Ratchet: Deadlocked and he reprised his role of Lawrence in Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time. He voiced Dr. Dmitry Sestrogor in Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix. In Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos he voiced the Druid of the Talon and Necromancer units and the character Medivh, along with the Druid class and Nihlathak in the game Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. He has also voiced The Fear in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Guts in Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage, WWI journalist Peter Jacob in Eternal Darkness, Diekbeck in Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits, Enorym Tenspur in Advent Rising, the tiefling bard Haer'Dalis in Baldur's Gate II, and John Black in Age of Empires III. The NPC/unlockable player character (PC) Vault Dweller of Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel was voiced by Bell, as was the PC Cain, and NPC enemies Nightkin and Super Mutant.[1]

He provided the voice of Raziel in three of the Legacy of Kain series games, along with Melchiah and a number of antagonists of the series. He was the voice of Cassus Vicus in Clive Barker's Jericho. He voiced the character Sed in Lost Odyssey. A more recent voicing was that of Magicman and the President in Condemned 2: Bloodshot. He also voiced Dark Fact on the Turbografix-16 version of Ys Book I & II, the Patriarch Sergius XVII in Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Böse, and the Dark Elf Shadow Knight in Champions of Norrath and its sequel, Champions: Return to Arms. He did an "in-game" radio commercial for Saints Row. He also voiced Kahn in Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance.

Live-action roles

Michael appeared in several live-action exploitation shorts and psa - scare films made in California during the 1960s, ranging in content from venereal disease (Damaged Goods) to psychedelic drug abuse (Trip To Where). In addition to his voice work, Bell has performed as a guest actor in the Star Trek series. He appeared in the Star Trek: The Next Generation pilot episode “Encounter at Farpoint”, as Bandi administrator Groppler Zorn, and in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes “The Homecoming” (as a Bajoran) and “The Maquis.” Bell also appeared in several episodes of Dallas as Les Crowley during the 1980-81 season and in the M*A*S*H episode “Souvenirs” as Willie Stratton. He played in two episodes of Three's Company as Rama Mageesh and Michael, a sleazy dance instructor. He also played Bill Duncan, Sabrina (Kate Jackson)'s ex-husband on Charlie's Angels.

Voice director

Bell also worked as a voice director on Kidd Video and Peter Pan and the Pirates.

Personal

Bell was born in Brooklyn, New York. He is married to actress Victoria Carroll and together they have a daughter, Ashley Bell. He is an avid animal rights activist. Bell currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild, Hollywood Division.[2]

Filmography

Animated roles

Film roles

Video game roles

Crew Work

References

External links


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