Garry Chalk

Garry Chalk is an English-Canadian actor. He has provided the voices for Optimus Primal of Beast Wars: Transformers and Beast Machines, as well as Optimus Prime in the anime English dubs of Transformers: Armada, Transformers Energon, and Transformers: Cybertron. He has lent his voice to over 30 animated television series and has been in films such as The Fly II, Godzilla and Freddy vs. Jason. He played the recurring role of Col. Chekov on Stargate SG-1. He is perhaps best known for his recurring role as Inspector Andrew Pawlachuk on Cold Squad.

Garry Chalk
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Chalk at the Florida Supercon in 2013
Other namesGary Chalk
Years active1980–present
Colleen Nystedt
(m. 2013)

Early lifeEdit

Chalk was born 17 February 1952 in Southampton, Hampshire, England and, at the age of 5, moved with his family to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[1] Initially wanting to become a teacher, a college play he saw made him want to pursue an acting career. He received his acting training at Studio 58.


Chalk has been involved with professional theatre since 1978, and has performed at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company (VPTC), the Arts Club Theatre Company (ACTC), The Vancouver Theatresports League and numerous theatres in British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta. The last live stage production he did was A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, where he played Miles Gloriosus. He also performed in Henry IV and As You Like It at the VPTC, as well as Dracula and Passion at the ACTC.

A highly-prolific character actor, most of his career has been in film and television, usually portraying a corrupt law enforcement officer. He had a recurring role on Cold Squad for four years, for which he won Gemini Awards in two consecutive years, and until the close of its ninth season had a recurring role on the science-fiction series Stargate SG-1. Known for his perfect enunciation and his mellifluous deep voice, Chalk is also a veteran of over 1,500 animated productions including Class of the Titans, and the 2002 remake of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. He is also known for his voice work in the Transformers franchise as the voice of Optimus Primal in Beast Wars and Beast Machines, and as Optimus Prime in the Unicron Trilogy. He also voiced the original Megatron in an episode of Beast Wars.

In the 2000s, he appeared occasionally in the Sci-Fi Channel shows Eureka, as Col. Briggs and Painkiller Jane, as Ruben Hennessey.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Chalk is a proficient guitarist and singer and often performs his music when he makes public appearances and at conventions.



Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Journey of Natty Gann Chicago Worker
1989 The Fly II Scorby
1990 Stephen King's It Coach
1997 Warriors of Virtue Mosely Voice
1998 The Fearless Four Platini, The Baron, The Miller, Guard #2 Voice, English version
2002 Bang Bang You're Dead Chief Bud McGee
2003 Freddy vs. Jason Sheriff Williams
2004 The Karate Dog Officer Brunelli
Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 Police Captain
2005 Fierce People McCallum
His and Her Christmas Anthony Shephard TV movie
Supervolcano Governor Billy Marshall, of Wyoming
2006 Deck the Halls Sheriff Dave
Eight Below Boat Captain
2007 Battle in Seattle Chief Faherty
2008 Christmas Town Grandpa Jack
2009 Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins Vice-Principal Grimes
Watchmen Military General
2011 Marley & Me: The Puppy Years Announcer
2012 Big Time Movie MI6 Agent #1
2012 A Christmas Story 2 Santa Claus Direct-to-video; uncredited
2013 Suddenly Sheriff Grant
2014 Godzilla Stan Welsh
2015 Tomorrowland Jail Desk Jockey
2015 Open Season: Scared Silly Ed (voice) Direct-to-video
2016 Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story Doc Forrester
2017 Power Rangers Captain Bowen[3]
Max 2: White House Hero Colonel Jones Direct-to-video
2018 The Predator Postal Worker
The Miracle Season Principal Shaw
2020 Sonic the Hedgehog Navy Chief of Staff


Year Title Role Notes
2000-2005 Dragon Tales Mungus the Giant, The Gilded Dragon, Various (voices) 8 episodes
2005-2006 Transformers: Cybertron Optimus Prime 52 episodes
English version
2009-2010 RollBots Captain Pounder, Oddball (voices) 26 episodes
2015 Fargo Bartender 1 episode
2016-2017 Arrow Lieutenant General J.G. Walker 3 episodes



Video gamesEdit


Gemini Awards

  • 2000–2001 Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Cold Squad
  • 2001–2002 Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Cold Squad


  1. ^ "Garry Chalk". BlogTalkRadio (Audio). BlogTalkRadio, Inc. April 1, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  2. ^ Nguyen, Michael (January 24, 2014). "Madman Interview with Garry Chalk". Behind The Voice Actors. Inyxception Enterprises, Inc. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  3. ^ Paladin (May 21, 2016). "Garry Chalk Joins Power Rangers 2017 Movie Cast". Toku Nation. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  4. ^ "Garry Chalk (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved April 15, 2021. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.CS1 maint: postscript (link)

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Preceded by
Neil Kaplan
Robots in Disguise
Voice of Optimus Prime
Unicron Trilogy
Succeeded by
Peter Cullen
Video game and live-action movie
Preceded by
Frank Welker
Original series
Voice of Megatron/Galvatron
Beast Wars
Succeeded by
Daniel Riordan
Robots in Disguise