Corey Burton

Corey Burton
Corey Burton
Born Corey Gregg Weinberg
August 3, 1955 (1955-08-03) (age 56)
San Fernando Valley, California, U.S.
Other names Cory Burton
Occupation Voice Actor
Years active 1972-present
Awards Annie Award
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production
2003 for House of Mouse

Corey Burton (born August 3, 1955) is an American voice actor, perhaps best known as Count Dooku, Ziro the Hutt and Cad Bane in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Brainiac in the DC animated universe and Spike Witwicky and Shockwave in the Transformers universe. Burton has worked on numerous cartoon series for major networks such as Cartoon Network and has also worked extensively with The Walt Disney Company and Disneyland theme parks.


Early career

Corey Burton began his career at age 17 with an imitation performance of voice actor Hans Conreid for Disney. He studied radio acting with Daws Butler (Time for Beany, Merrie Melodies, Yogi Bear) for four years and went on to work with nearly all of the original Hollywood radio actors in classic-style radio dramas.


Burton has done extensive voice work for Disney including feature animations and interactive sections of the company, as well as many attractions at the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort and Tokyo Disney Resort. He provides the "Feature Presentation" voice on numerous Disney home video releases and can be heard as the tram narration voice at Disneyland park. He provided the voice of Captain Hook in Disney's Return to Never Land and overdubbed the voice of Deems Taylor, the Master of Ceremonies in Fantasia, for the film's 2000 and 2010 video releases, as some of Taylor's original soundtracks had been lost.

Burton has voiced sound-alikes and original characters for over 50 Disney Storyteller records. His roles include:

Paul Frees

Burton is perhaps best known to Disney fans for his imitation of the late voiceover actor Paul Frees as the Ghost Host in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Holiday attraction, as well as providing the same voice for Walt Disney World's HalloWishes fireworks show during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party event. Burton also recited the classic line "Welcome, foolish mortals" in the opening of the film version of The Haunted Mansion.

Burton was also approached to record a new safety spiel for the beginning of the original Haunted Mansion ride. He agreed to do this under the condition that it was only an addition and did not replace any of Frees' original dialogue. Since this was not the case, he declined and the spiel was instead recorded by voice actor Joe Leahy. Petitions are now being drawn to either have Frees' spiel reinstated or have Burton re-record it.

Burton provides many others Paul Frees-like voices for Disneyland park, including several newer pirates in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction (like the "Pooped Pirate" and the pirate voice that guides you on and off the boat) and almost every voice in Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.[1]

Burton performed another Frees imitation for comedian Stan Freberg's album Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America, Volume Two.[2] He also impersonated Frees as the voice of the alien foreheads in Larry Blamire's period science fiction spoof Trail of the Screaming Forehead.



Burton appeared as Shockwave, Sunstreaker, Brawn and Spike Witwicky in the 1984-86 Transformers cartoon series by Sunbow Productions & Marvel Productions. He later appeared as Megatron, Ratchet, Ironhide, Cyrus "The Colossus" Rhodes, Spike Witwicky, Megatron and Longarm Prime/Shockwave in the Transformers Animated series by Cartoon Network.

Burton stated in an interview that Shockwave was by far his favorite character to perform in the original show.[3] However, he turned down the offer to reprise the role in Transformers: Dark of the Moon,[4] so the part was given to Frank Welker, who also voiced Soundwave.

Star Wars

Corey Burton is known to Star Wars fans as the audio double for Christopher Lee as Count Dooku in Star Wars: Clone Wars and several Star Wars video games. He appears in various roles in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars film and television series, including (but not limited to) Count Dooku, Cad Bane, and Ziro the Hutt. Along with his character of Count Dooku, Corey Burton reprised his role as Cad Bane in the video game: Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Republic Heroes.


Burton has portrayed Brainiac in the DC animated universe. He appeared as Brainiac in six episodes of Superman: The Animated Series, two episodes of Static Shock, two episodes of Justice League and five episodes of Justice League Unlimited. Burton also voiced Brainiac in three episodes of Legion of Super Heroes, although this show is not set within the DCAU. Burton reprises his role of Brainiac in an online game, DC Universe Online.

Other television highlights

Other work



Year Film Role
1980 Closet Cases of the Nerd Kind Narrator
Character voices
1981 Wolfen ESS Voice
1982 Water Engine Mag-Lev Man
The Sword and the Sorcerer Additional voices
1983 Good-bye, Cruel World Voice overs
1985 Robotix Voice
1986 Critters Critters
Transformers: The Movie Shockwave, Spike Witwicky
Poltergeist II: The Other Side Reverend Henry Kane (uncredited)
1987 G.I. Joe: The Movie Tomax
Amazon Women on the Moon Anchorman (segment: "Murray in Videoland")
TV Announcer (segment: "Amazon Women on the Moon")
Announcer (segment: "Silly Pete")
1988 Poltergeist III Reverend Henry Kane
Invasion Earth: The Aliens Are Here Alien voice
1989 Stanley and the Dinosaurs Stanley
Tummy Trouble Orderly
Kiki's Delivery Service Radio Announcer
1990 Roller Coaster Rabbit' Droopy Dog
1991 Uncle Elephant Additional voices
1992 Boris and Natasha: The Movie Narrator
Porco Rosso Additional voices
Aladdin Additional voices
1994 King of the 'B's Additional voices
1995 A Goofy Movie Wendell
Additional voices
Whisper of the Heart Additional voices
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Brutish Guard
Additional voice
Aladdin and the King of Thieves Additional voices
Black Mask Commissioner
1997 Hercules Titans
Burnt Man
End-of-the-World Man
Tour Bus Guide
Princess Mononoke Additional voices
1998 Mulan Additional voice
Hercules: Zero to Hero Zeus
1999 Dudley Do-Right Voice of the Announcer
Toy Story 2 Woody's Roundup Announcer
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Dale
2000 Bob's Video Klaxon
Gen 13 Additional voices
2001 The Trumpet of the Swan Senator
Atlantis: The Lost Empire Gaetan "The Mole" Molière
2002 Return to Never Land Captain Hook
Cinderella II: Dreams Come True Gus
Treasure Planet Onus
2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Additional voices
Atlantis: Milo's Return Gaetan "The Mole" Molière
Stitch! The Movie Additional voices
2004 The Lion King 1 1/2 Grumpy
Additional voices
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Elf #4
2005 Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars Martian Scientist
Court Attendant
Eyes at Gate
2006 Asterix and the Vikings Doublehelix
2007 Cinderella III: A Twist in Time Gus
Planet Terror Narrator
Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams King Stefan
How to Hook Up Your Home Theater Narrator
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Abin Sur
Starship Troopers 3: Marauder Official Voice
Star Wars: The Clone Wars General Loathsom
Ziro the Hutt
2010 Freaknik: The Musical Newscaster
Dukes of Hazzard Announcer
The A-Team Narrator


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