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David Kaye
David Kaye
Biographical Information
Real Name: David V. Hope
Born: 14 October 1964
Height: 6'
Originally From: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Personal Information
First appearance: Strategy X
Portrays: Charles Xavier
Apocalypse
Jamie Madrox


David Kaye is a Canadian actor. He portrays Charles Xavier, Jamie Madrox and Apocalypse on X-Men: Evolution.

Life & Career

David Kaye's vocal career began with 'The Great American Hero', General Hawk in the D.I.C. animation series, G.I. Joe in 1989. Working as an on-air talent for radio station C.K.L.G. quickly became less interesting as both on-camera and behind-the-microphone roles started taking up more time. Over the next decade and a half David's on camera roles burgeoned along with his vocal career. On camera opportunities came in the form of guest roles on numerous T.V. series and movies such as the X-Files, Battlestar Galactica and Happy Gilmore with Adam Sandler.

During this time Kaye was being cast in some of the first of hundreds of animation shows and video-games. So many, in fact, this now became the main focus of his career and he's never looked back.

David's biggest moment was when he was cast as 'Megatron' in 1994 in the wonderfully popular series 'Transformers.' As a new animation art form was taking off, 'Beast Wars' was born ('Beasties' in Canada) and would run for four seasons of "...the most fun you could ever have!" says David. Thus began an almost twenty-year relationship with the 'Transformers' franchise. In 2007, David became the only actor in the history of the franchise to play the lead villain AND the lead hero when was cast as 'Optimus Prime' for Cartoon Network's 'Transformers: Animated."

Once again, David finds himself returning to a franchise he first engaged in years before. This time going back to the beginning with G.I. Joe. Not only can he be heard as Scarlett's father, but also introducing every episode as the narrator during the opening titles.

For fans of Japanese cartoons, David Kaye has been the voice behind 'Sesshomaru' in the English dub of the original 'Inuyasha' series, movies, and the games based off it (due to his moving to L.A., he was unavailable to reprise his role for the dub of the Final Act series and was replaced), 'Treize Khushrenada' in 'Mobile Suit Gundam Wing,' 'Recoome' in 'Dragon Ball Z' ('96-'98) and as the high strung father, 'Soun Tendo' in 'Ranma 1/2'. His cartoon work still brings fans to conventions to meet him.

After commuting between Vancouver and Los Angeles for almost a decade, a full-time move to L.A. was inevitable. Shortly after the move, David landed a role in Disney/Pixar's Oscar winning movie, 'Up.'

As the work keeps coming in, David's voice can be heard in Insomniac's 'Ratchet & Clank' video game series as the lovable robot 'Clank. He's also been featured in 'Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions' as 'Mysterio', 'Nick Fury' and 'Captain America' in 'Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2', 'Missing Link' in 'Monsters vs Aliens', the game and many more.

David is now working on another highly popular series 'Ben 10' as the lead villain. As well as working with J.G. Quintel on 'Flap Jack' and 'The Regular Show.'

With continuing commitments now for movie trailers, network promotions for A.B.C., Fox, C.W. and a host of radio and television affiliates and a lot of commercial work, the days get a little tight from time to time. - IMBd

Notes

  • He is the only voice actor in the Transformers franchise to have regularly played both Megatron and Optimus Prime.

X-Men Evolution Episode Guide

Season One
Strategy X
X Impulse
Rogue Recruit
Mutant Crush
Speed & Spyke
Middleverse
Turn of the Rogue
Spykecam
Survival of the Fittest
Shadowed Past
Grim Reminder
The Cauldron I
The Cauldron II

Season Three
Day of Recovery
The Stuff of Heroes
Mainstream
The Stuff of Villains
Blind Alley
X-Treme Measures
The Toad, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Self Possessed
Under Lock and Key
Cruise Control
X23
Dark Horizon I
Dark Horizon II

Season Two
Growing Pains
Power Surge
Bada-Bing Bada-Boom
Fun and Games
The Beast of Bayville
Adrift
On Angel's Wings
African Storm
Joyride
Walk on the Wild Side
Operation: Rebirth
Mindbender
Shadow Dance
Retreat
The Hex Factor
Day of Reckoning I
Day of Reckoning II

Season Four
Impact
No Good Deed
Target X
Sins of the Son
Uprising
Cajun Spice
Ghost of a Chance
Ascension I
Ascension II

Filmography

  • This does not include all credits.
Filmography
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Ranma ½ Soun Tendo 3 Episodes
1992 Dragon Ball Z Recoome / Major Metallitron 7 Episodes
2000 Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Treize Khushrenada 4 Episodes
2000 X-Men: Evolution Charles Xavier 48 Episodes
2002 Barbie as Rapunzel Hugo / Genera Movie
2001 Project ARMS Evil Scientist 1 Episode
2000 Dragon Ball Z Recoome / Major Metallitron 8 Episodes
2000 X-Men: Evolution Cyclops / Scott Summers 51 Episodes
2001 InuYasha Sesshōmaru 50 Episodes
2001 Kong: The Animated Series Professor Ramon De La Porta 40 Episodes
2005 Inuyasha: Feudal Combat Sesshōmaru Movie
2006 Class of the Titans Cronus 36 Episodes
2007 Transformers: Animated Optimus Prime 43 Episodes

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