David Kaye (voice actor)

David V. Hope (born October 14, 1964 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada), better known by his stage name David Kaye, is a Canadian-American voice actor best known for his roles in animation, including Megatron in five of the Transformers TV series (Beast Wars, Beast Machines, Armada, Energon and Cybertron), Optimus Prime in Transformers: Animated, Professor X and Apocalypse in X-Men Evolution, Cronus in Class of the Titans, Khyber and Shocksquatch in Ben 10: Omniverse, several characters in Avengers Assemble and Reginald in Regular Show. He is also well known for his anime roles (such as Sesshomaru in Inuyasha and Treize Khushrenada in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing) and his video game roles (such as Clank in the Ratchet & Clank series and Nathan Hale in the Resistance series). His voice is also featured in the Academy Award-winning Disney/Pixar film Up and is the announcer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO. Kaye also voices the character of Duckworth in the cartoon series DuckTales (2017).

David Kaye
David Kaye at an autograph session at Botcon 2008 in Cincinnati, Ohio (Cropped).jpg
Kaye at an autograph session at BotCon 2008 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
David V. Hope

(1964-10-14) October 14, 1964 (age 56)
OccupationVoice actor
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Maria Hope


During the 1980s, Kaye moved to Vancouver to work in radio. He also did theater, starring in plays such as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, where he played George and Harvey, where he played Elwood P. Dowd.[1]

Kaye's voice-over career began in 1989 with General Hawk in the DiC animated series G.I. Joe. Working as an on-air talent for radio station CKLG (LG73), he quickly became less interested as both on camera and behind the mic roles started taking up more time. On camera opportunities came in the form of guest roles on numerous TV series and movies such as The X-Files, Battlestar Galactica and Happy Gilmore with Adam Sandler.

During this time, Kaye was cast in several animation shows and video games, including a role as Megatron in Beast Wars. This began an almost a twenty-year relationship with the Transformers franchise. In 2007, he become the first and as of 2020 only, actor in the franchise to play both Megatron and Optimus Prime in regular roles, voicing the latter for Cartoon Network's Transformers: Animated. Kaye also lent his voice to the later series Transformers: Prime and Transformers: Robots in Disguise.

In anime, Kaye has been the voice behind Sesshomaru in the English dubbed InuYasha series, Treize Khushrenada in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Recoome in Dragon Ball Z (1996–98) and as Soun Tendo in Ranma ½. His involvement in anime has led to several appearances at conventions.

Kaye became a Los Angeles based voice artist. He has worked on Ben 10: Omniverse as the villain Khyber, with J. G. Quintel on Regular Show as Reginald, and Clay Bailey, F-Bot & Chase Young on Xiaolin Chronicles. He is voicing several characters on the Avengers Assemble animated series and Max Tennyson in the reboot of Ben 10.

He shared the role of the Stretch Monster with Miguel Ferrer in Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters, and also took over in the late actor's role of Vandal Savage in Young Justice: Outsiders.

Alongside conventional voicework, Kaye also narrates movie trailers, network promo for ABC, Fox, The CW, National Geographic, TLC, FX and other commercial work.



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  1. ^ 069 – David Kaye on Talkin Toons with Rob Paulsen – Weekly Voice Acting and Voice Over Tips. techjives.net. December 7, 2012
  2. ^ "A Friend in Need". Avengers: Ultron Revolution. Season 3. Episode 15. September 11, 2016. Disney XD.
  3. ^ "The Avengers Protocol". Avengers Assemble. Season 1. Episode 1. May 26, 2013. Disney XD.
  4. ^ a b "Saving Captain Rogers". Avengers: Ultron Revolution. Season 3. Episode 3. March 27, 2016. Disney XD.
  5. ^ "Crack In The System". Avengers Assemble. Season 2. Episode 14. April 12, 2015. Disney XD.
  6. ^ "New Frontiers". Avengers Assemble. Season 2. Episode 25. September 13, 2015. Disney XD.
  7. ^ "Ghost of a Chance". Avengers Assemble. Season 1. Episode 3. July 7, 2013. Disney XD.
  8. ^ "Hulked Out Heroes". Avengers Assemble. Season 1. Episode 11. September 29, 2013. Disney XD.
  9. ^ "Avengers Disassembled". Avengers Assemble. Season 2. Episode 15. April 19, 2015. Disney XD.
  10. ^ "Prison Break". Avengers: Secret Wars. Season 4. Episode 4. August 27, 2017. Disney XD.
  11. ^ "Party Like It's 1899". Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!. Season 1. Episode 8. October 19, 2015. Cartoon Network.
  12. ^ Ben Jones [@idiotstyle] (May 14, 2014). "Ben answers questions on VA roles for Shazam" (Tweet). Retrieved January 5, 2015 – via Twitter.
  13. ^ Kaye, David [@dkayevo] (December 15, 2013). "Me Bizzaro...no really me play Bizzaro.. Tales of Metropolis: Bizarro" (Tweet). Retrieved December 2, 2015 – via Twitter.
  14. ^ "Undercover Angle". Guardians of the Galaxy. Season 1. Episode 6. October 24, 2015. Disney XD.
  15. ^ Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of.
  16. ^ Super Bomberman R Presents: Official Voice Actors for Ratchet & Clank. June 7, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2018 – via YouTube.

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