Biography Townsend Coleman, Transformers: Animated, Justice League: The New Frontier

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 Kelly".

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.

Townsend Coleman filmography

Name Year
Transformers: Animated 2008
Justice League: The New Frontier 2008
Mass Effect 2007
Superman/Doomsday 2007
Deal or No Deal 2005
The Batman 2004
Duck Dodgers 2003
I Love 1980's 2001
Spy TV 2001
Batman Beyond 1999
Inspector Gadget: Gadget's Greatest Gadgets 1999
Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night 1998
SubZero 1998
The Legend of Calamity Jane 1997
Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off 1997
The New Batman Adventures 1997
Superman 1996
Mighty Ducks 1996
Pinky and the Brain 1995
Timon and Pumbaa 1995
The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat 1995
The Tick 1994
Spider-Man 1994
Animaniacs 1993
Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron 1993
FernGully: The Last Rainforest 1992
King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow 1992
Batman 1992
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time 1991
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Planet of the Turtleoids 1991
Spacecats 1991
ProStars 1991
Where's Waldo? 1991
Darkwing Duck 1991
Widget, the World Watcher 1990
Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue 1990
TaleSpin 1990
Captain Planet and the Planeteers 1990
Tom & Jerry Kids Show 1990
Ring Raiders 1989
Dino-Riders in the Ice Age 1989
Yogi & the Invasion of the Space Bears 1988
Denver, the Last Dinosaur 1988
Dino-Riders 1988
Alice Through the Looking Glass 1987
Fraggle Rock 1987
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987
Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs 1987
Teen Wolf 1986
The Kingdom Chums: Little David's Adventure 1986
The Glo Friends 1986
The Amazing Adventures of Inspector Gadget 1986
Black Moon Rising 1986
Wildfire 1986
Adventures of the Gummi Bears 1985
Jem 1985
The GLO Friends Save Christmas 1985
Transformers 1984
Inspector Gadget 1983
Hotel 1983
We're Dancin' 1982
ABC Weekend Specials 1977