James Ross Meskimen (born September 10, 1959) is an American actor, comedian and impressionist, who is best known for his voice-over work in video games.

Jim Meskimen
Meskimen at the 2014 Annie Awards
Born
James Ross Meskimen

(1959-09-10) September 10, 1959 (age 64)
Occupations
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • impressionist
Years active1984–present
Spouse
Tamra Shockley
(m. 1987)
Children1
Parents
Websitewww.jimpressions.net

Early life edit

James Ross Meskimen was born in Santa Monica, California on September 10, 1959, the son of Marion Ross and Freeman Meskimen.[1]

Career edit

In the 1980s, Meskimen worked at Rankin/Bass as a character designer for ThunderCats.[2]

In the 1990s, Meskimen played 5 inch tall "Little Guy" in commercials for TGIFridays.[3]

In the 2000s, Meskimen portrayed the father of Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen's characters in Our Lips Are Sealed, and Officer Wholihan in How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

For voiceover, he provided the voices of Thom Cat, Neighbor John, and Stumpy in the Thom Cat short film on Random! Cartoons, Genie in the Aladdin franchise (which started with Disney Think Fast in 2008 and even before Robin Williams's suicide in 2014), several different characters in Lego The Lord of the Rings, George W. Bush and other politicians for the Jib Jab animated shorts, David Petraeus in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (which he also motion-captured), and Ultron (as well as other characters) in various Marvel projects.

Meskimen was a contestant on season eight of America's Got Talent. He has also toured various U.S. cities performing a one-man act, entitled "Jimpressions", of celebrity impersonations and original characters.[4]

Personal life edit

In 1987, Meskimen married Tamra Shockley.[5] They have a daughter named Taylor (b. 1990).[5] He is a Scientologist.[6]

Filmography edit

Film edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1995 Gordy Bill Clinton Voice [7]
Apollo 13 TELMU White
1999 My Neighbors the Yamadas Additional voices English dub
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein Mr. Yesman Voice; direct-to-video [7]
2000 Battlefield Earth Blythe
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Officer Wholihan
Our Lips Are Sealed Rick Parker Direct-to-video
2004 The Punisher Accountant
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Slam Bradley Voice; direct-to-video [7]
Batman: Gotham Knight Deadshot, Lt. James Gordon [7]
2010 Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Red Archer, Captain Super Voice [7]
Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Ignorance
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon John F. Kennedy Voice; uncredited
2012 Justice League: Doom King Voice; direct-to-video [7]
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Pt. 1 General Briggs [7]
Big Top Scooby-Doo! Detective, Phil Flaxman [7]
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Pt. 2 Ronald Reagan [7]
2015 Justice League: Gods and Monsters Victor Fries [7][8]
2019 Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Commissioner Gordon, Scarecrow
2020 Superman: Red Son Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy
2021 All Those Small Things Brian
Bad Detectives Mr. Strathmore
2023 Sweetwater Desk Clerk
2023 Once Upon a Studio Merlin, Eeyore Voice, short film [7]

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1985-1989 ThunderCats Secondary character designer [2]
1997 Superman: The Animated Series Danny the Janitor Voice, episode: "Double Dose" [7]
2002 Justice League Knight Voice, episode: "A Knight of Shadows" [7]
2004 All Grown Up! Skeleton, Dr. Cartunian, Dr. Cartunian Sr. Voice, episode: "The Old & the Restless"
Johnny Bravo Whiny Man, Derek, Waiter #1 Voice, episode: "It's a Magical Life/The Hunk at the End of This Cartoon" [7]
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Quentin Smithee Voice, episode: "Lights! Camera! Danger!"
2005 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Narrator, Old Man, Chubby Employee Voice, episode: "Runaway Pants/Scythe 2.0"
2005-2007 Avatar: The Last Airbender Fire Nation soldier, Jee, How, Avatar Kuruk, additional voices
2007 The Batman Chuck Voice, episode: "Joker Express" [7]
2007-2011 Back at the Barnyard Goraldo Voice, 2 episodes
2010 G.I. Joe: Renegades Norton, News Reporter, S.W.A.T. M.P. Voice, episode: "The Descent: Part 2" [7]
2011-2012 ThunderCats Aburn, Ponzi, Dog Constable, Vendor Voice [7]
2012-2014 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Emissary, Master Kweng, Shying Tree, Guardian #1 [7]
2012-2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Carlos Chiang O'Brien Gambe, General Griffen, EPF Commander #2 [7]
2013-2014 The Legend of Korra Bataar, Daw, Avatar Kuruk [7]
2014-2017 Avengers Assemble Ultron / Crimson Cowl, Arsenal, Super-Adaptoid, Roxxon Guard #3,
Phalanx, Scientist Supreme, Ultimates, Destroyer
[7][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]
2015 Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled Ultron Voice, television short [7][16]
2017 The Loud House Ted, Manager, Junkyard Guy, Announcer Voice, 2 episodes [7]
2018 Constantine: City of Demons Beroul Voice, episode #1.5 [17]
Family Guy Ron Howard Voice, episode: "Griffin Winter Games"
The Good Place Bertram Varmin Episode: "Rhonda, Diana, Jake, and Trent"
2019 The Kids Are Alright Johnny Carson Voice, episode 21
2021 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Deputy Chief Williams 2 episodes

Video games edit

Internet edit

Music edit

References edit

  1. ^ Ross, Marion (2018). My Days Happy and Otherwise. Kensington Books. p. 100. ISBN 9781496715173. I gave birth to a baby boy at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica on September 10, 1959... James Ross Meskimen.
  2. ^ a b Blogs, Jo (13 October 2010). ""Thunder, Thunder, THUNDER..."". Jim Meskimen. Retrieved 31 October 2023.
  3. ^ Elliott, Stuart (5 April 1995). "THE MEDIA BUSINESS: Advertising; New campaigns invite consumers to surrender to the surreal". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 15 June 2023.
  4. ^ "Jimpressions".
  5. ^ a b "'Happy Days' Mom Marion Ross' Look-Alike Son Jim is an Actor and Impressionist". 11 November 2019.
  6. ^ SCIENTOLOGY: What I like about it. Jim Ross Meskimen's Blog.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "Jim Meskimen (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 12 June 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.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  8. ^ Justice League: Gods and Monsters (film). 2015.
  9. ^ "Thanos Triumphant". Avengers Assemble. Season 2. Episode 13. 1 March 2015. Disney XD.
  10. ^ "The Arsenal". Avengers Assemble. Season 2. Episode 1. 28 September 2014. Disney XD.
  11. ^ "Avengers Disassembled". Avengers Assemble. Season 2. Episode 15. 19 April 2015. Disney XD.
  12. ^ "The Ultron Outbreak". Avengers Assemble. Season 2. Episode 18. 17 May 2015. Disney XD.
  13. ^ "Adapting to Change". Avengers Assemble. Season 3. Episode 1. 13 March 2016. Disney XD.
  14. ^ "The Ultimates". Avengers Assemble. Season 3. Episode 2. 20 March 2016. Disney XD.
  15. ^ "A Friend in Need". Avengers Assemble. Season 3. Episode 15. 11 September 2016. Disney XD.
  16. ^ "Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled". Lego Marvel Super Heroes. 16 November 2015.
  17. ^ "Constantine: City of Demons – The Movie". Archived from the original on 17 January 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  18. ^ https://www.imdb.com/character/ch0173901/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t11 [dead link] [user-generated source]
  19. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Whose Line UK 4x11 (1/3)". YouTube.
  20. ^ "Armored Core V – PS3 Manual". Namco. p. 20. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 6, 2015.
  21. ^ Rocksteady Studios. Batman: Arkham Knight. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Scene: Credits, 13:05 in, Voiceover & Mocap Talent.
  22. ^ "Destroy All Humans! 2: Make War Not Love (2006 Video Game)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 25 September 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.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  23. ^ Blizzard Entertainment. Diablo III. Scene: Closing credits, 4:10 in, Voice Over, Additional Voices.
  24. ^ Blizzard Entertainment. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. Scene: Closing credits, 5:23 in, Voice Over, Additional Voices.
  25. ^ Square Enix. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Scene: Closing credits, 5 minutes in, Voice Actors, Additional Voices.
  26. ^ Toys for Bob. Skylanders: Trap Team. Scene: Closing credits, 8:40 in Voice Actors.

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