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Michael Bell (actor) : biography

July 30, 1938 -

Michael Patrick Bell (born July 30, 1938) is an American actor and voice actor. He has acted in video games and animated series, including The Transformers, Rugrats and The Smurfs and appeared on-screen in film and television, including in the TV programs Dallas and Star Trek. Bell was described as "one of the most prominent voice actors of the 1980s." Both Bell's wife, Victoria Carroll, and his daughter, Ashley Bell, are actresses.


1970s and 1980s voice work

Bell had an important part in animated entertainment in the 1970s and 1980s. His first voice-over role was that of Stutz, the leader of The Houndcats. In 1973, he was Mark on the Hanna-Barbera series Speed Buggy. From 1977 to 1984, Michael Bell played two of his best-known roles, Zan & and Gleek on various Super Friends incarnations. Bell would also voice The Riddler on Challenge of the Super Friends).

He was also Doctor Ben Cooper in Jana of the Jungle and in 1979, he voiced the title character of The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show and later made a guest appearance as Doctor Octopus in another super-hero show, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. He voiced Redbeard the Pirate's Ghost in the New Scooby Doo Movies episode "The Ghostly Creep from the Deep" as the second Redbeard themed monster in Scooby Doo.

Outside of animation, Bell performed on records and commercials, including the Young Man in A&M Records' Story of Halloween Horror album in 1977 and Parkay Margarine and Mug Root Beer. Bell 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.

Throughout the 1980s, Michael Bell starred in four hit animated series;

  • as Grouchy Smurf, Lazy Smurf, Handy Smurf and Johan the human in The Smurfs
  • as Autobot Prowl, Scrapper, Sideswipe, Bombshell, First Aid, Swoop, Gort, Brainstorm and Doctor Fujiyama in The Transformers and The Transformers: The Movie
  • as Duke, Xamot, Blowtorch and numerous orhers in Marvel's G.I. Joe, G.I. Joe: The Revenge of Cobra and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
  • as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in The Incredible Hulk (1982 animated series).

In the last one, The Hulk was voiced by Bob Holt, while his human side, Bruce Banner was Michael Bell. He joked about how Bob Holt would be annoyed that he was growling his throat out, while Bell got the easier stuff .

Later voice work

Bell continued to work in animation in the 1990s and into the 21st century in movies and television, including roles such as Quackerjack from Disney's Darkwing Duck, Playhouse Disney's Handy Manny and Ezekiel Rage in The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest. From 1991 to 2004, in the Rugrats and All Grown Up!, he voiced three of the main characters' parents; Drew Pickles, Charles Finster Sr., and Boris Kropotkin. Mr. Bell was also featured as Opus in the Bloom County television special "A Wish for Wings That Work."

Michael Bell did the voices of Drake on W.I.T.C.H., Max Hauser, Duke's Dad on G.I. Joe: Renegades and additional roles in Tangled.

Video game voice work

Bell is a prolific voice in video games. He performed in Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, Baldur's Gate, Ratchet and Clank and the character Raziel in three games in the Legacy of Kain series, among many others.

Live-action roles

Bell appeared in live-action exploitation shorts and PSAs - scare films made in California during the 1960s, ranging in content from venereal disease (Damaged Goods) to psychedelic drug abuse (Trip To Where).

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