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Peter Cullen

Peter Cullen (July 28th, 1941 —) is a Canadian voice actor who has earned fame, respect and admiration as the voice of the original Optimus Prime.

In 2006 it was announced that he would be voicing Optimus Prime in the 2007 movie as well. And there was much rejoicing (One person started complaining. He was torn limb from limb, skewered and eaten).

In addition to Transformers, some of Cullen's other roles include Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh, Venger from Dungeons & Dragons, Bankjob Beagle from Ducktales, Cindarr from Visionaries, Zandar and Nemesis Enforcer from G.I. Joe, K.A.R.R. from Knight Rider, Monterey Jack from Chip N' Dale's Rescue Rangers and as the title villain from Predator. He has also recently done announcer work for commercials for the U.S. Navy, taking over the job from Keith David, the announcer for the U.S. Navy for a number of years.

In 2010, he was one of the first 4 humans, along with Bob Budiansky, Kohjin Ohno and Hideaki Yoke, to be inducted into the Transformers Hall of Fame.


The Transformers

Transformers: Armada

  • A Transformers Armada Toonami Commercial

Transformers (2007 film)

Transformers: The Game

Transformers: Beginnings

Revenge of the Fallen (film)

Revenge of the Fallen: The Game

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Transformers: Dark of the Moon game

Transformers: War for Cybertron

Transformers: Prime

Transformers: Rescue Bots

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

Transformers: Prime - The Game

Transformers Universe

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers: Devastation

Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015)

Transformers: Titans Return

Transformers: The Last Knight

Transformers: Power of the Primes



  • Yes, Optimus Prime is his favorite voice acting role.
  • At BotCon 2007, Peter Cullen said he'd love to own one of the three modified Peterbilt 379 trucks used in the filming of Transformers (film). Let's try and picture Optimus Prime driving himself for a moment. Has your brain exploded yet from the sheer awesomeness?
  • From "Transformers Unmasked" [1] Rhode Island Comic Con 2015.[2]
    Frank Welker & Peter Cullen - Rhode Island Comic Con 2015

    Frank Welker & Peter Cullen - Rhode Island Comic Con 2015

Movieop voyager driver

Now all it needs is a mustache.

  • The mid-range Voyager class Movie Optimus Prime toy (in its many releases) features a non-removable cowboy-hat-bedecked driver figurine that flips out of the seat when the driver's side door is closed. This appears to be based on Peter Cullen himself. Awesome.
  • He has also been the Toonami announcer (or as TOM calls him: "The Big Guy") for many years, allowing him to narrate commercials for Armada, Energon and Cybertron.
  • Peter was asked to reprise Optimus Prime in an episode of Robot Chicken, where the character would enact a dramatization that he's dying from prostate cancer. He turned down the offer as he took the role too seriously to make fun of it, which the Adult Swim people respected him for. Although, he later voices Optimus for the sake of comedy on The Late Show with David Letterman.

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