Townsend Coleman filmography and biography
Date of birth: 28 May 1954, New York City, New York, USA
Townsend Coleman biography
As a busy Hollywood voice-actor, Townsend Coleman is perhaps one of the
most recognizable voices on TV. Since 1993, he's been the voice of
NBC's "Must See TV" and "Comedy Night Done Right" promos and promos for
"The Tonight Show" starring Jay Leno, "Saturday Night Live", "Late
Night with Conan O'Brien" and "Last Call with Carson Daily". He also
voices the daily promos for the long-running "Live with Regis and
But the character behind the voice really came to life in 1985, when Coleman, having just moved to Los Angeles from Cleveland, Ohio, won a chance audition for the animated hit, "Inspector Gadget". As the voice of Corporal Capeman, Gadget's bumbling assistant, he embarked on an entirely new career, providing the voices for some of the most memorable characters in cartoons and commercials. In addition to thwarting evil as the voice of "The Tick", Fox Kids' hit animated series, he has provided the voices for many popular cartoon characters, including Michaelangelo on the original, long-running cartoon series, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". He also played Waldo on "Where's Waldo?", Gobo on NBC's animated "Fraggle Rock", Scott on "Teenwolf", Scratch on "Spacecats", the voice of Wayne Gretzky on "Prostars", Riot on "Jem", Dragonflyer on "Glofriends", Rewind on "Transformers" and many others.
In addition to his active animation career, Coleman has also been the voice behind numerous national TV ad campaigns for clients such as Home Depot, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, Mattel Hot Wheels, Sunny Delight, Colgate, Jenny Craig, Blockbuster Video, Greyhound, AT&T, Eggo Waffles, Taco Bell and "Spot", the precocious red 7-Up dot... even a few "Keebler elves" and "Raid bugs".
Born in New York City in 1954, Coleman spent his childhood in Denver, Colorado and Cleveland, Ohio. After studying architecture and theater at the University of Colorado in Boulder, he returned home to Ohio to pursue a radio career. Ten years as a disc jockey at various Cleveland radio stations led to numerous commercial and voiceover jobs. He appeared as host of the nationally syndicated TV series "The Dance Show" prior to moving his family to LA in 1984 to take advantage of career opportunities on the west coast. Coleman's primary career focus was acting in TV and film, but soon changed as he foresaw a more lucrative career specializing in the field of voiceovers.
Townsend Coleman trivia
- Proud sponsor of Camp Will-A-Way, a camp for the mentally and/or physically disabled
- Appeared as a contestant on Super Password in the 1970's before his voice acting career took off. He lost on his first appearance. His nametag said "T.C." At the time he mentioned he had a 9-year-old daughter, and a 7-year-old son.