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James Jonah Cummings (born November 3, 1952) is an American voice actor and singer, who has appeared in almost 400 roles. He is known for voicing the title character from Darkwing Duck, Dr. Robotnik from Sonic the Hedgehog, and Pete, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and the Tasmanian Devil. He has performed in numerous Disney and DreamWorks animations including Aladdin, The Lion King, Balto, Antz, The Road to El Dorado, Shrek, and The Princess and the Frog. He has also provided voice-over work for video games, such as Icewind Dale, Fallout, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Baldur's Gate, Mass Effect 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft: Legion, and Splatterhouse.

Jim Cummings
Jim Cummings January 2015.jpg
Cummings at MagicCity ComicCon 2015
Born James Jonah Cummings
(1952-11-03) November 3, 1952 (age 64)
Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Voice actor, singer
Years active 1984–present
Agent Atlas Talent Agency
Spouse(s) Stephanie Cummings (m. 2001)
Children 4

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CareerEdit

Some of Cummings' earliest vocal work was at Disney, where he replaced Hal Smith as the voice of Winnie-the-Pooh in 1988 (Smith had taken over the role from longtime actor Sterling Holloway in 1981). He began voicing Tigger in 1989, taking over for Paul Winchell (though Winchell voiced Tigger four more times, the last time being in February 1999) after Winchell died in 2005. In 1991, he ventured to Warner Bros. Animation and began voicing Tasmanian Devil on the animated series Taz-Mania (he would voice the character on other Warner Brothers shows, such as Animaniacs, and reprise the voice in 2006 in Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas).

When actor Jeremy Irons, the voice of Scar in The Lion King, developed vocal problems during recording of the song "Be Prepared", Cummings was chosen to replace him for the rest of the song.[1] Cummings would later be hired as the singing double for Russell Means in Pocahontas and Christopher Lloyd in Anastasia.

Personal lifeEdit

Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Cummings relocated to New Orleans, where he designed and painted Mardi Gras floats, worked as a river boat deck hand and sang and played drums in the regionally successful rock band, "FUSION".[2] He attended Immaculate Conception and St. Columba grade schools as well as Ursuline High School and graduated from there in 1970.[3]

He later married and moved to Anaheim, California, where he managed a video store in the early 1980s, before launching his voice-acting career in late 1984. Cummings has two daughters with Stephanie Cummings, as well as two older children from a previous marriage.[4]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Castle in the Sky General Muoro Disney 2003 dub
1987 Garbage Pail Kids Movie, TheThe Garbage Pail Kids Movie Greaser Greg and Nat Nerd
The Brave Little Toaster Evil Clown Uncredited
1988 Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf Frankenstein, Skull Head and Gengis Kong
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Bullet #2 and Lion from Tom and Jerry
1989 Stanley and the Dinosaurs Caveman Stanley
1990 Raisins: Sold Out!: The California Raisins II Narrator
1992 Aladdin Razoul and Farouk
Pinocchio Geppetto
1994 Cabin Boy Cupcake
Return of Jafar, TheThe Return of Jafar Razoul
Lion King, TheThe Lion King Ed, Gopher, Scar
(singing voice)
Pagemaster, TheThe Pagemaster Long John Silver
Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins Shang Tsung and Sub-Zero
1995 Goofy Movie, AA Goofy Movie Pete
Runaway Brain Julius
Pocahontas Chief Powhatan and Kekata
(singing voices)
Balto Steele
1996 Siegfried & Roy: Masters of the Impossible Additional Voices
Aladdin and the King of Thieves Razoul
Ed's Next Move Lee's Boyfriend and Raphael[5]
All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 Jingles
Story of Santa Claus, TheThe Story of Santa Claus Mr. Minch
Hunchback of Notre Dame, TheThe Hunchback of Notre Dame Various Guards and Gypsies
1997 Hercules Nessus the River Centaur, Tall Thebian, Elderly Thebian and Lava Titan
Redux Riding Hood Thompkins
Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin Winnie the Pooh and Skullasaurus
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Additional voices
Anastasia Rasputin
(singing voice)
1998 Belle's Magical World Webster
Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars, TheThe Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars Singer
Lion King II: Simba's Pride, TheThe Lion King II: Simba's Pride Scar
Small Soldiers Ocula
Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World King James and Chief Powhatan
Rusty: A Dog's Tale Additional Voices
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island Jacques and Morgan Moonscar
Antz Additional voices
Babe: Pig in the City Pelican
Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night Buster[6]
1999 Tarzan Dennis
The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue Singer
Nuttiest Nutcracker, TheThe Nuttiest Nutcracker Uncle Drosselmeier and Gramps
Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Pete
Bartok the Magnificent Additional voices Uncredited
2000 Tigger Movie, TheThe Tigger Movie Tigger and Winnie the Pooh
Extremely Goofy Movie, AnAn Extremely Goofy Movie Pete
Road to El Dorado, TheThe Road to El Dorado Hernán Cortés and Additional voices
Aladdin and the Adventure of All Time Additional voices
Titan A.E. Chowquin
Tweety's High-Flying Adventure Taz, Rocky, Yosemite Sam, Cool Cat, Shropshire Slasher, Casino Cat and Policeman
Life & Adventures of Santa Claus, TheThe Life & Adventures of Santa Claus Santa Claus
CatDog and the Great Parent Mystery Cat
Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire, TheThe Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire Sierra
2001 Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure Tony
Shrek Captain of Guards
Atlantis: The Lost Empire Additional voices
The Book of Pooh: Stories from the Heart Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Ultra Lord, Mission Control and General
2002 Return to Never Land Turk
Hunchback of Notre Dame II, TheThe Hunchback of Notre Dame II Archdeacon
Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring Butch
Tarzan & Jane Tantor
Mickey's House of Villains Pete, Big Bad Wolf, Kaa and Ed
Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Dirty Dawson
Jungle Book 2, TheThe Jungle Book 2 Kaa, Colonel Hathi and M.C. Monkey Nominated - Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
Piglet's Big Movie Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Luca and Additional voices
2004 Comic Book: The Movie Dr. Cedric Perview
Lion King 1½, TheThe Lion King 1½ Ed
Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
Jimmy Neutron: Win, Lose and Kaboom Gen. Abercrombie, Brain #2 and Mayor Quadar
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers Pete
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Blitzen
2005 Pooh's Heffalump Movie Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
2006 Disaster! Harry Bottoms, Guy Kirk and Narrator
Brother Bear 2 Chilkoot and Bering
Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas Taz and Gossamer
Fox and the Hound 2, TheThe Fox and the Hound 2 Waylon/Floyd and Additional voices
2007 Hellboy: Blood and Iron Tom Manning
TMNT Additional voices
Bee Movie Title Narrator and Graduation Announcer
My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Sleuth Christmas Movie Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
2008 Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning, TheThe Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning King Triton and Shelbow
Dead Space: Downfall Captain Mathius and Farum
Powerpuff Girls Rule!, TheThe Powerpuff Girls Rule! Fuzzy Lumpkins
Turok: Son of Stone Caveman
2009 My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and Beaver
Bionicle: The Legend Reborn Ackar
Princess and the Frog, TheThe Princess and the Frog Ray
2010 My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Duper Super Sleuths Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
2011 Gnomeo and Juliet Featherstone Nominated - Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
Little Engine That Could, TheThe Little Engine That Could Rusty
Winnie the Pooh Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
2012 Zambezia Budzo Nominated - Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
Wreck-It Ralph Additional voices
Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess Wormwood
2014 The Pirate Fairy Oppenheimer and Port
Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon Kaldorf
2015 Minions Additional voices Credited as James J. Cummings
2016 The Secret Life of Pets
Sheep and Wolves Magra[7]
Sing Additional voices Credited as James J. Cummings
2018 Christopher Robin Winnie the Pooh

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Has Disney Been 'Lion' About Jeremy Irons' Singing Voice?". Huffington Post. 19 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  3. ^ "Heard but not seen: Catholic voice actor leads an animated life -". The Catholic Review. July 24, 2009. 
  4. ^ http://archive.vcstar.com/lifestyle/at-work-jim-cummings-is-quite-the-characters-ep-371327984-350657571.html
  5. ^ "Ed's Next Move". 27 September 1996. Retrieved 4 January 2017 – via IMDb. 
  6. ^ McCormick, Moira (July 25, 1998). "Musical mice enliven 'Silent Night'". Billboard. VNU/Nielsen Business Media. 110 (30): 74. Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ "About Movie". sheepandwolvesmovie.com. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  8. ^ Rockstar North (17 September 2013). Grand Theft Auto V. PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Rockstar Games. Level/area: Credits, 21:10 in, The Cast, The Local Population. 
  9. ^ "Jim Cummings". behindthevoiceactors.com. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "SQUARE ENIX". eidosgames.com. Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  11. ^ Square Enix. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Scene: Closing credits, 5 minutes in, Voice Actors, Additional Voices. 
  12. ^ Carbine Studios. WildStar. NCSOFT. Scene: Credits, 2:45 in, Cast. 

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