Neil Ross

Neilson David Ross (born 31 December 1944) is a British-American voice actor and announcer, now resident in the United States, working in Los Angeles. Noted for his Trans-Atlantic accent, Ross has provided voices in many American cartoons, most notably Voltron, G.I. Joe, and Transformers. He has also done voice work in numerous video games, including Mass Effect and Leisure Suit Larry 6 and 7. Ross has also provided voice roles (such as radio announcers) for many movies, including Back to the Future Part II, Babe, Quiz Show, and Being John Malkovich.

Neil Ross
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Ross in 2011
Neilson David Ross

(1944-12-31) 31 December 1944 (age 75)
OccupationVoice actor, announcer
Years active1978–present
Jeanne Jackson
(m. 1977)

Neil Ross was the announcer for the 75th Annual Academy Awards Telecast in 2003, and the Emmy Awards Telecast in 2004. He has also narrated numerous episodes of A&E's Biography, and many editions of NOVA on PBS (including Mars – Dead or Alive, which was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2004).

Early lifeEdit

Neil Ross was born in London, England, on 31 December 1944 and subsequently raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His family moved to Long Beach, California when he was 12 years old. When they moved to San Diego, a young Ross started listening to KFWB, and became obsessed with becoming a disc-jockey.


He started working in radio when he finished school. His first station was KMUR in Salt Lake City, Utah. Following this, he moved on to KORL, KGMB and KKUA in Honolulu, Hawaii, before moving to KCBQ in San Diego in 1969. He stayed in California, working on KYA San Francisco and KMPC Los Angeles. He made his last broadcast in 1985.

He began his voice-over work in 1978 when he moved to Los Angeles. His first role was as a salesman in an episode of Richie Rich for Hanna-Barbera. Ross has voiced radio and television commercials for companies including Wal-Mart, AT&T, Volkswagen, Coca-Cola, Mattel, Goodyear, Disney, Hoover, Anheuser-Busch, Southwest Airlines, and Kelloggs, and has done promo works for CBS, NBC, ABC, TBS, Game Show Network and Fox Kids, using an American accent in all of his performances.

Ross lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.



Year Title Role Notes References
1981 Spider-Man (1981) Green Goblin/Norman Osborn Unknown episodes
1983 Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends Cyclops Ep."The X-Men Adventure"
1983-1986 G.I. Joe "Buzzer", "Dusty", "Heavy Metal", "Monkeywrench", "Shipwreck", "Thunder" Unknown episodes
1984 Poochie Hermes
Voltron: Defender of the Universe Commander Keith, various characters
1984–1987 The Transformers[1][2] Bonecrusher, Hook, Springer, Slag, Sixshot, Pointblank, Fracas Unknown episodes
1985-1992 Cap'n O. G. Readmore Cap'n O. G. Readmore others (Animated specials only)
1985–1986 Jem Howard Sands, Hector Ramirez Unknown episodes
Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling Mean Gene Okerlund 26 episodes
1986 Galaxy High Rotten Roland 13 episodes
Inhumanoids Herc Armstrong, Tank, Ssslither, Sabre Jet, Ronald Reagan, Hector Ramirez Unknown episodes
Rambo: The Force of Freedom John J. Rambo 65 episodes
The Centurions Ace McCloud Unknown episodes
1987 Bionic Six F.L.U.F.F.I. Unknown episodes
The Little Troll Prince Prag No. 1 Television special
Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light Leoric Unknown episodes
Spiral Zone Overlord, Wolfgang 'Tank' Schmidt Unknown episodes
1989 X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men Nightcrawler Television pilot
1990–1991 Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Animated Series Whitley White Unknown episodes
Wake, Rattle and Roll Axel, Baba Looey Unknown episodes
Zazoo U Logan Chomper Unknown episodes
1991 Yo Yogi! Morocco Mole Unknown episodes
1992–1994 Batman: The Animated Series Dealer, Ratso, Jake Unknown episodes
1993-1994 SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron Mac Mange 5 episodes
1994 Fantastic Four Doctor Doom (Season 1), Puppet Master
Warlord Krang, Super-Skrull (Season 1)
Unknown episodes
1994–1996 Iron Man Fin Fang Foom, Wellington Yinsen, Howard Walter Stark, Blizzard Unknown episodes
1995–1997 The Mask: The Animated Series Lt. Kellaway, Sly Eastenegger Unknown episodes
1995–1998 Spider-Man (1994) Green Goblin/Norman Osborn Unknown episodes
1996 Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm Shang Tsung
2000 Oh Yeah! Cartoons Al, Pirate Ep. Sick 'n' Tired in Bug Bite!
2000–2007 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law Vulturo, Dr. Benton Quest, Ding-A-Ling Wolf, Rehnquist Unknown episodes
2003–2009 My Life as a Teenage Robot Dr. Phineas Mogg, Redneck, Special Agent #1 Unknown episodes
2003-2005 Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks Mr. McGandry, Mr. O'Hopper Unknown episodes
2007 Ben 10 Wainwright, Guard #2, Radio Chatter #1 Ep. "Ben 4 Good Buddy"
2012 The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes William Cross / Crossfire, Thug 1, Security Guard Ep. "To Steal an Ant-Man"
2012–2013 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Constable Hu Unknown episodes
2017 Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Scrooge, Symposium Head Ep. "Scroogey Doo" [3]
2019 The Tom and Jerry Show Dr. Frankenstein 2 episodes

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  1. ^ a b Lawson, Tim; Persons, Alisa (2004), The magic behind the voices: a who's who of cartoon voice actors, Univ. Press of Mississippi, p. xxx, ISBN 978-1-57806-696-4
  2. ^ "The TCC Presents: Screamers Retro-Views – G1 Interview with Neil Ross". Transformers Collectors Club Magazine. 1 (37): 3.
  3. ^ "Voice Of Cyclops - X-Men franchise | Behind The Voice Actors". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 27 December 2018. Check marks indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources
  4. ^ Capcom (27 April 2004). Onimusha 3: Demon Siege. Scene: Closing credits, 0:45 in, cast.

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