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Daniel Charles Jacobs, Jr. (born July 7, 1968) is an American actor, singer, voice artist, and comedian. He served as the voice of King Julien in the Madagascar franchise, substituting for Sacha Baron Cohen since 2008. In Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012), he provided Julien's singing voice in the soundtrack.

Danny Jacobs
Daniel Charles Jacobs, Jr.

(1968-07-07) July 7, 1968 (age 51)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesDaniel Jacobs
OccupationActor, voice artist, comedian, singer
Years active2007-present
Home townDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Parent(s)Danny Jacobs, Sr.

Jacobs made his voice acting debut in 1999 with an uncredited role in Full Blast. He began his role of King Julien in The Penguins of Madagascar (2008–2015) and had reprised his role in the Christmas special Merry Madagascar (2009), the Valentine's Day special Madly Madagascar (2013), and All Hail King Julien (2014–2017). He also impersonated Baron Cohen's character Borat Sagdiyev (as well as a cameo appearance as a Pirate with an Eye Patch) in Epic Movie (2007).

Besides King Julien, his voice work includes the role of Rowdy Remington in Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil (2010–2012), Victor Zsasz in Batman: Arkham Asylum (2011), Special Agent Porter in Justice League: Doom (2012), Snake / Snakeweed in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), Grifter / Captain Cold in Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013), Baron Mordo in Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6 (2016), and Heinrich Zemo in Avengers: Ultron Revolution (2016).

Early lifeEdit

Jacobs was born Daniel Charles Jacobs, Jr. in Detroit, Michigan on July 7, 1968 to Danny Jacobs, Sr. (?-2011). He is the sixth of seven children.[citation needed]

Jacobs attended St. Matthew Elementary School and Bishop Gallagher High School (which later merged with St. Florian High School to become Trinity Catholic High School). He then went on to business school at Wayne State University for 2 years. In 1988, he transferred to the University of Arizona and switched his major to musical theatre.[citation needed]


After graduating from the University of Arizona, Jacobs had acted in regional theaters across the country. He had established himself as a national voice-over talent with clients, such as Bissel, Blockbuster, Bud Light, Ford Dealers, GMAC, and KFC, among others.

In 1993, Jacobs originated the role of Chico Fernández in Jeff Daniels' comedy The Vast Difference at the Purple Rose Theatre.

In 1996–97, he won acting awards in Michigan, Florida, and Wisconsin for his portrayal of Aram in Richard Kalinoski's "Beast on the Moon."

In 1999, Jacobs landed an uncredited voice role as Curt in Full Blast. In the same year, he appeared in his first live-action role in Get the Hell Out of Hamtown.

In 2003, he began touring the nation with "Triple Espresso: A Highly Caffeinated Comedy."

Jacobs portrayed Borat Sagdiyev and made a cameo appearance as a Pirate with an Eye Patch in Epic Movie (2007). When portraying the role of Borat, Jacobs did an impression of Sacha Baron Cohen.[citation needed]

In 2008–2015, Jacobs was a substitute for Baron Cohen as the voice of King Julien in The Penguins of Madagascar, again as an impression of Baron Cohen (Jacobs also provided additional voices in the series). In 2011, he won a Daytime Emmy Award for the role. Jacobs reprised his role in Merry Madagascar (2009) and Madly Madagascar (2013). In 2014–2017, he returned to the role in All Hail King Julien. In Penguins of Madagascar (2014), Jacobs once again reprised his role as King Julien. He had also done voice-overs in various commercials.

In addition to the jobs that led to All Hail King Julien, Jacobs had been doing voice-over work for animated television series, including Phineas and Ferb (in which he provided additional voices) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (in which he voiced Snake / Snakeweed), as well as several video games. He had said that animation, much like the theatre, gives actors a chance to play a wide range of roles. He said, "I can play any character of any ethnicity, any age, even any gender. And that's a freedom the camera doesn't give you. It's an incredibly freeing thing."[1] He also stated that King Julien is his favorite voice role and would gladly reprise his role if ever asked.[citation needed] Jacobs had received more recognition as King Julien than the character's predecessor Baron Cohen. In Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012), Jacobs provided the singing voice of King Julien for the soundtrack.

He had a voice role in Teen Titans Go! as George Washington.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

On July 13, 2015, Jacobs donated to Kids Kicking Cancer and had entertained some children with his King Julien voice.[3]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Jacobs was nominated for the 2010 Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Television Production for his voice role of King Julien in Merry Madagascar (2009), but lost the award to Tom Kenny.[4]

He won a 2011 Daytime Emmy Award and 2015 Daytime Emmy Award for his voice role of King Julien in The Penguins of Madagascar (2008–2015) and All Hail King Julien (2014–2017).



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  1. ^ "Madagascar's King Julien finds a new voice". Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  2. ^ "Money Grandma". Teen Titans Go!. Season 2. Episode 4. July 3, 2014. Cartoon Network.
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-24. Retrieved 2013-05-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Season 2 Episode 27 closing credits
  6. ^ "He Blinded Me with Science". All Hail King Julien. Season 1. Episode 7. April 3, 2015. Netflix.
  7. ^ "Ocean in Motion/Explorer Exchange". Miles from Tomorrowland. Season 1. Episode 2. February 6, 2015. Disney Junior.
  8. ^ "The Most Beautiful Cockroach in the World". Pig Goat Banana Cricket. Season 1. Episode 8. September 25, 2015. Nickelodeon.
  9. ^ "BananaLand". Pig Goat Banana Cricket. Season 1. Episode 13. November 13, 2015. Nickelodeon.
  10. ^ "Miles From Home". Ultimate Spider-Man. Season 4. Episode 3. February 28, 2016. Disney XD.
  11. ^ "Strange Little Halloween". Ultimate Spider-Man. Season 4. Episode 20. October 1, 2016. Disney XD.
  12. ^ "The Mines of Graballa". Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures. Season 1. Episode 2. June 21, 2016. Disney XD.
  13. ^ "Behind The Voice Actors - Danny Jacobs". Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  14. ^ "The House of Zemo". Avengers Assemble. Season 3. Episode 19. October 9, 2016. Disney XD.
  15. ^ "Pretzel Logic". Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015). Season 2.5. Episode 3. November 5, 2016. Cartoon Network.
  16. ^ Vicarious Visions. Skylanders: SuperChargers. Activision. Scene: Closing credits, 7:13 in, Voice Actors.

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