David Kaye (voice actor)

David Kaye is a Canadian voice actor. He is best known for animation roles such as Megatron in five of the Transformers series (Beast Wars, Beast Machines, Armada, Energon, and Cybertron), Optimus Prime in Transformers: Animated, Professor X, Jamie Madrox and Apocalypse in X-Men: Evolution, Cronus in Class of the Titans, Khyber and Shocksquatch in Ben 10: Omniverse, several characters in Avengers Assemble, the newsreel announcer in the Pixar film Up, and Duckworth in the reboot of DuckTales. He is also known for anime roles including Sesshōmaru in Inuyasha and Treize Khushrenada in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, and video game roles such as Clank in the Ratchet & Clank series and Nathan Hale in the Resistance series. He is also the announcer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO and voiced the Celestial Arishem in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Eternals.

David Kaye
David Kaye at an autograph session at Botcon 2008 in Cincinnati, Ohio (Cropped).jpg
Kaye in April 2008
OccupationVoice actor
Years active1989–present
SpouseMaria Hope

Early lifeEdit

During the 1980s, Kaye moved to Vancouver to work in radio. He also did theater, playing George in a production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Elwood P. Dowd in a production of Harvey.[1]


Kaye's voice acting career began in 1989 with General Hawk in the DiC animated series G.I. Joe. Working as an on-air talent for radio station CKLG (LG73), he quickly became less interested as both on-camera and voice roles started taking up more of his time. On-camera opportunities came in the form of guest roles on TV series and movies such as The X-Files, Battlestar Galactica, and Happy Gilmore. During this time, he was cast in several animation shows and video games, including a role as Megatron in Beast Wars. This began a decades-long relationship with the Transformers franchise. In 2007, Kaye become the first and (as of 2021) only actor in the franchise to play both Megatron and Optimus Prime in regular roles, voicing the latter for Cartoon Network's Transformers: Animated. He also lent his voice to the later series Transformers: Prime and Transformers: Robots in Disguise.

In anime, Kaye has been the voice behind Sesshomaru in the English dubbed InuYasha series, Treize Khushrenada in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Recoome in Dragon Ball Z (1996–98) and as Soun Tendo in Ranma ½. His involvement in anime has led to several appearances at conventions. Kaye later moved to Los Angeles and has since worked on Ben 10: Omniverse as the villain Khyber, on Regular Show as Reginald, and on Xiaolin Chronicles as Clay Bailey, F-Bot, and Chase Young. He has voiced several characters on the Avengers Assemble animated series and Max Tennyson in the reboot of Ben 10. He shared the role of the Stretch Monster with Miguel Ferrer in Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters, and also took over in the late actor's role of Vandal Savage in Young Justice: Outsiders.

Kaye also narrates film trailers and network promos for ABC, Fox, The CW, National Geographic, TLC, FX, and others.

Personal lifeEdit

Kaye and his wife, Maria Hope, have a daughter named Tianna.[2]



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  1. ^ 069 – David Kaye on Talkin Toons with Rob Paulsen – Weekly Voice Acting and Voice Over Tips. techjives.net. December 7, 2012
  2. ^ "Tianna Hope on Instagram: "❤️ Daddy's girl. Happy Father's Day @davidkayevo you're the best! #fathersday"".
  3. ^ "A Friend in Need". Avengers: Ultron Revolution. Season 3. Episode 15. September 11, 2016. Disney XD.
  4. ^ "The Avengers Protocol". Avengers Assemble. Season 1. Episode 1. May 26, 2013. Disney XD.
  5. ^ a b "Saving Captain Rogers". Avengers: Ultron Revolution. Season 3. Episode 3. March 27, 2016. Disney XD.
  6. ^ "Ghost of a Chance". Avengers Assemble. Season 1. Episode 3. July 7, 2013. Disney XD.
  7. ^ "Hulked Out Heroes". Avengers Assemble. Season 1. Episode 11. September 29, 2013. Disney XD.
  8. ^ "Bring on the Bad Guys". Avengers Assemble. Season 1. Episode 16. February 16, 2014. Disney XD.
  9. ^ "Crack in the System". Avengers Assemble. Season 2. Episode 14. April 12, 2015. Disney XD.
  10. ^ "Avengers Disassembled". Avengers Assemble. Season 2. Episode 15. April 19, 2015. Disney XD.
  11. ^ "New Frontiers". Avengers Assemble. Season 2. Episode 25. September 13, 2015. Disney XD.
  12. ^ "Prison Break". Avengers: Secret Wars. Season 4. Episode 4. August 27, 2017. Disney XD.
  13. ^ "Party Like It's 1899". Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!. Season 1. Episode 8. October 19, 2015. Cartoon Network.
  14. ^ Ben Jones [@idiotstyle] (May 14, 2014). "Ben answers questions on VA roles for Shazam" (Tweet). Retrieved January 5, 2015 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Kaye, David [@dkayevo] (December 15, 2013). "Me Bizzaro...no really me play Bizzaro.. Tales of Metropolis: Bizarro" (Tweet). Retrieved December 2, 2015 – via Twitter.
  16. ^ "Undercover Angle". Guardians of the Galaxy. Season 1. Episode 6. October 24, 2015. Disney XD.
  17. ^ Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of.
  18. ^ "Kessen (2000 Video Game)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved September 17, 2022.
  19. ^ "David Kaye (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved November 2, 2022.
  20. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: Super Bomberman R Presents: Official Voice Actors for Ratchet & Clank. June 7, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2018 – via YouTube.
  21. ^ Radio 1 In Miami

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