Michael Bell (actor)
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Michael Bell is an American actor, voice actor, voice director and animal-rights activist who is most active in voice over roles, known for his youthful voice. He has acted in video games and animated series, including The Transformers, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, The Houndcats, Rugrats, The Smurfs, and Snorks and appeared on-screen in film and television, including the TV programs Dallas and Star Trek. Bell was described as being "one of the most prominent voice actors of the 1980s." Both Bell's wife, Victoria Carroll, and his daughter, Ashley Bell, are actresses.
1970s and 1980s voice workEdit
Bell had an important part in animated entertainment in the 1970s and 1980s. His first voice role was that of Stutz, the leader of The Houndcats. He followed this with a co-starring role in the Canadian biker film "The Proud Rider" in 1971. In 1973, he was Mark on the Hanna-Barbera series Speed Buggy. He voiced Redbeard the Pirate's Ghost in The New Scooby-Doo Movies episode "The Ghostly Creep from the Deep" as the second Redbeard themed monster in Scooby-Doo. From 1977 to 1984, Michael Bell played two of his best-known roles, Zan and Gleek on various Super Friends incarnations. He would also voice The Riddler on Challenge of the Super Friends. He also provided the voice of Lex Luthor as a young man, in the episode "History of Doom". However, Stan Jones was the voice of the adult Luthor throughout the series. It's interesting to note that Bell later played Luthor in the 1988 Superman series.
He was also Doctor Ben Cooper in Jana of the Jungle and in 1979, he voiced the title character of The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show and later made a guest appearance as Doctor Octopus in another superhero show, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.
Outside of animation, Bell performed on records and commercials, including the Young Man in A&M Records' Story of Halloween Horror album in 1977, and Parkay Margarine and Mug Root Beer ads. Bell provided the overdubbing of Peter Criss' dialogue in the band KISS's TV movie KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park. In 1980, he provided the voice of the title character in The B.B. Beegle Show, an unsold TV show pilot that featured puppets.
Throughout the 1980s, Michael Bell starred in four hit animated series;
- as Grouchy Smurf, Lazy Smurf, Handy Smurf and Johan in The Smurfs
- as Autobot Prowl, Scrapper, Sideswipe, Bombshell, First Aid, Swoop, Gort, Brainstorm and Doctor Fujiyama in The Transformers and The Transformers: The Movie
- as Duke, Xamot, Blowtorch and numerous others in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and G.I. Joe: The Movie
- as Lance & Sven in Voltron: Defender of the Universe.
He also starred in the 1982 animated series The Incredible Hulk. The Hulk was voiced by Bob Holt, while his human side, Bruce Banner, was played by Bell. In a 2004 interview, he joked about how Bob Holt would be annoyed that he was growling his throat out while Bell got the easier stuff.
Later voice workEdit
Bell continues to work in animation in the 1990s and into the 21st century in movies and television, with roles such as Quackerjack from Disney's Darkwing Duck, Aziz on Aladdin and Ezekiel Rage on The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest. He was also featured as Opus in the Bloom County television special A Wish for Wings That Work.
In 2018, Bell reprised his role as Quackerjack on the reboot of DuckTales.
Video game voice workEdit
He is also a prolific voice in video games, which include Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, Age Of Empires III, Baldur's Gate, Ratchet & Clank, the character Dark Fact in the game Ys I & II, and the character Raziel in three games in the Legacy of Kain series, among many others.
His live action film career has included roles in films such as Thunder Alley (1967), Blue (1968), Brother John (1971), Rollercoaster (1977), Fast Company (1979), How to Beat the High Cost of Living (1980) and C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D. (1989). Bell also appeared in live-action exploitation shorts and PSAs - scare films made in California during the early 1960s, ranging in content from venereal disease (Damaged Goods) to psychedelic drug abuse (Trip To Where).
He made guest appearances in multiple episodes of the Star Trek series. He also appeared in the Star Trek: The Next Generation pilot episode, "Encounter at Farpoint", as Bandi administrator Groppler Zorn, and in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes "The Homecoming" as a Bajoran and in "The Maquis."
Bell appeared in multiple episodes of Dallas as Les Crowley during the 1980-81 season, in M*A*S*H in the episode "Souvenirs" as Willie Stratton and also guest starred in two episodes of Three's Company as Rama Mageesh and Michael, a sleazy dance instructor in the sixth-season episode "Some Of That Jazz" (1981). Bell played Bill Duncan, Sabrina (Kate Jackson)'s ex-husband on Charlie's Angels, as well as appearing as King Edward Spencer on Jackson's series Scarecrow and Mrs. King. In 1970, he appeared in an episode of The Silent Force.
He narrated the documentary programs Earth's Fury (also known as Anatomy of Disaster internationally), Expeditions to the Edge, Bullet Catchers and 'Mysteries of Asia, while he narrated some episodes of E! True Hollywood Story.
In 1983, he and his future wife Victoria Carroll opened The West End Playhouse in Van Nuys. The two of them organized, wrote, directed, and acted in dozens of productions.
One of the most notable was The Ladies of the Camillias in which Bell played the villain Ivan and Victoria starred as Madame Sarah Bernhardt. The play won multiple Drama Logue Awards.
He served as the theater's director until 1988, when by mutual agreement to devote more time to their child, Bell and Carroll sold the theater to Edmund Gaynes and Pamela Hall.
On March 30, 2012 the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) completed a merger of equals forming a new union SAG-AFTRA. As a result of this merger, a group of actors including Bell, fellow voice actors Wendy Schaal, Clancy Brown, Schaal's former stepmother Valerie Harper, and other actors including former SAG President Edward Asner, Martin Sheen, Ed Harris and Nancy Sinatra immediately sued against the current SAG President Ken Howard and several SAG Vice Presidents to overturn the merger and separate the (now merged) two unions because of their claims that the election was improper. The lawsuit was dropped by the plaintiffs several months later.
In 1991, he and his colleague Melanie Chartoff conceived the Grayway Rotating Drain, a graywater recycling device for reuse of shower and sink water in the home. The following year, they finished and patented the product with the help of Ronald K. Ford.
Bell has been married to actress Victoria Carroll since 1984. Together they have a daughter, Ashley Bell who is also an actress. He is an animal rights activist. He is the godfather of actor Steve Guttenberg, who cites Bell as his inspiration to become an actor.
|1965||Gomer Pyle: USMC||Garson||Episode: "PFC Gomer Pyle"|
|1967||Thunder Alley||Leroy Johnson|
|The Monkees||Artist||Episode: "Art for Monkees' Sake"|
|Get Smart||Brute||Episode: "The Mild Ones"|
|1969||Mission: Impossible||Captain Anders||Episode: "The Exchange"|
|Bob Greer||Episode: "To Draw the Lightning"|
|Dana Croft||Episode: "The Crimson Halo"|
|Larsen||Episode: "Picture of a Shadow"|
|1973||Tenafly||Steve Hall||Episode: "Joyride to Nowhere"|
|The F.B.I.||Parent||Episode: "Fatal Reunion"|
|Kibbee and Fitch||Russell Kibbee||Television film|
|1974–1975||Cannon||Delaney||Episode: "The Hit Man"|
|Thomas Lockner||Episode: "The Deadly Conspiracy: Part 1"|
|1974||The Law||Cliff Wilson||Television film|
|1975||Barnaby Jones||Thomas Lochner||Episode: "The Deadly Conspiracy: Part 2"|
|1975, 1977||The Streets of San Francisco||Robert O'Brien||Episode: "No Place to Hide"|
|Nick Malone||Episode: "One Last Trick"|
|1976–1977||The Rockford Files||Richard Stehler||Episode: "The Fourth Man"|
|Mike Krasny||Episode: "The Dog and Pony Show"|
|Charlie's Angels||Bill Duncan||2 episodes|
|1977||M*A*S*H||Willie Stratton||Episode: "Souvenirs"|
|1978, 1981||Three's Company||Rama Mageesh||Episode: "Chrissy and the Guru"|
|Michael||Episode: "Some of That Jazz"|
|1979||Fast Company||Chuck Randall|
|How to Beat the High Cost of Living||Tom|
|1980–1981, 1991||Dallas||Les Crowley||4 episodes|
|Pat Connors||Episode: "Farewell, My Lovely"|
|1985||Remington Steele||Bill Miles||Episode: "Steele in the Chips"|
|1986||Scarecrow and Mrs. King||King Edmund Spencer||Episode: "The Boy Who Could Be King"|
|1987||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Zorn||Episode: "Encounter at Farpoint"|
|1988||Hunter||Major Voss||2 episodes|
|1989||C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D.||Mr. Williams||Uncredited|
|1993–1994||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Borum||Episode: "The Homecoming"|
|Drofo Awa||Episode: "The Maquis, Part II"|
|1997-1998||Earth's Fury (Anatomy of Disaster)||Narrator||Voice|||
|Medal of Honor|
|Mysteries of Asia|||
|1999-2002||E! True Hollywood Story|
|2004-2006||Expeditions to the Edge|
Animated TV seriesEdit
|1982-1983||The Incredible Hulk||Dr. Bruce Banner, additional voices||Main Role;13 Episodes|
|1983–1985||G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero||Blowtorch, Clutch, Duke, Lift-Ticket, Major Bludd, Scrap-Iron, Tollbooth, Xamot||Main Role|
|1983||Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends||Doctor Octopus||Ep. "Spidey meets the Girl from Tomorrow"|
|1988||Superman||Lex Luthor||7 Episodes|
|1989||X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men||Cyclops||TV Short|
|1991–2004||Rugrats||Chas Finster, Drew Pickles, Grandpa Boris Kropotkin, Mr. Mucklehoney, Doctor, Jonathan Witt, Mr. Snow, Mike, Artist, Lawyer #1, Mad Scientist, Mailman (1), Tina, Announcers (1), Manager (1), Big Bottle, Barker, Manager (2), Ace, Security Guard, Reptar (3), Dr. Schachter, Jonathan (2), Golfers, Sailor, Fat Man, Harry, Audience Members, Dept. Store Santa, Mission Control, Wedding Guest, Man #1, Ed, Voice (2), Announcer (5), Delivery Man (1), Les, Roberto Mazatlan, Sal (1), Thorg (2), Spike (Chuckie's Dream), Dog Warden, Mr. Mcdermott, Press, Clown (2), Salesman (1), Garbage Man (2), Weatherman (3), PA Announcer, Maintenance Worker, Judge #2, Clowns, Awards Host||Recurring role; 141 Episodes|
|1992–1995||Batman: The Animated Series||Airman Captain, additional voices||2 Episodes|
|1996||Adventures in Odyssey||Nagle||Episode 9: Someone to watch over me|
|2001||Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law||Zan||Ep. "Very Personal Injury"|
|2001–2002||Disney's House of Mouse||Pongo||2 Episodes|
|2002||Justice League||NTSB Inspector, Conducter||Ep. "Metamorphosis" Parts 1 & 2|
|2003-2007||All Grown Up!||Chas Finster, Grandpa Boris Kropotkin, Shop Owner, Cop, Martin Costomiris, Announcer||Recurring role; 24 Episodes|
|2004–2006||The Batman||Crime Boss 2, Reporter, Guard||2 Episodes|
|2006||Frisky Dingo||Phillip||3 Episodes|
|2011||G.I. Joe: Renegades||Duke's Dad (Max Hauser), Guard, Delivery Man||Ep. "Homecoming Part 1"|
|2011–2014||The LeBrons||Additional voices|
|2014||Community||Duke||Episode: "G.I. Jeff"|
|2015–2016||Transformers: Rescue Bots||High Tide||5 Episodes|||
|2017||Star Wars Rebels||General Dodonna||4 Episodes|
|2018||Voltron: Legendary Defender||The Archivist||Ep. "Kral Zera"|
- The Addams Family – Buck
- A Pup Named Scooby-Doo – Stinkweed, Boobeard, Boogedy Bones, Manny the Mauler
- Bonkers – The Collector
- The Brothers Flub – Additional voices
- Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels – Peter, additional voices
- The New Adventures of Captain Planet – Additional voices
- CB Bears – Chief
- Capitol Critters – Additional voices
- Challenge of the Super Friends – Riddler, Young Lex Luthor
- Commander Cork – Commander Cork
- Darkwing Duck – Quackerjack
- Devlin – Ernie Devlin
- Dink, the Little Dinosaur
- DuckTales – Talking Onion
- Garfield and Friends
- Tom and Jerry Works – Uncle Pecos
- Gargoyles – Pal Joey, Martin Hacker
- Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles – Old Man, Trooper 1
- Goof Troop – Dutch Spackle
- Foofur – Harvey
- The Freedom Force -Merlin, Tochi/Super Samurai
- Galtar and the Golden Lance – Yoggoth
- The Houndcats - Stutz, Raven
- Inhumanoids – Auger, Blackthorn Shore, Eddie Augutter
- Jana of the Jungle – Dr. Ben Cooper
- Kidd Video – Additional voices
- Lloyd in Space – Douglas' Father
- Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone – Sebastian
- Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour – Additional voices
- Mister T – Additional voices
- My Little Pony – Grogar
- My Smurfy Valentine (TV special)
- Pac Preview Party (TV Special) – Duke, Dash (uncredited)
- Problem Child – Additional voices
- Quack Pack – Additional voices
- Rambo and the Forces of Freedom – Additional voices
- Robotix – Kontor, Lupus, Traxis, Venturak
- Rubik, the Amazing Cube – Renaldo Rodriguez, Rudy Rodriguez
- Samurai Jack – Additional voices
- Saturday Supercade – Additional voices
- Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo – Additional voices
- Scooby Goes Hollywood (TV special) – Jackie Carlson, Jesse Rotten, V.P.
- Snorks – Allstar Seaworthy, Bigweed
- Space Stars – Space Ace
- Speed Buggy – Mark
- Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends – Doctor Octopus, Otto Octavius
- Super Friends – Riddler, Zan, Gleek
- Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show – Zan, Gleek
- Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron – Captain Grimalken
- Talespin – Mr. Perry, Owl Capone Bird Bodyguard, Herman Grapple, Snobs, Lefty
- The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie – The Artful Dodger, Fishmonger, Craig Robinson / Tyrano Guard (Episodes: "Oliver and the Artful Dodger: Parts 1 & 2" and "Lost in Space")
- The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda – Additional voices
- The All-New Super Friends Hour – Zan, Gleek
- The Centurions – John Thunder
- The Dukes – Additional voices
- The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley – Additional voices
- The Flintstone Kids – Mr. Billy Bad
- The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang – Additional voices
- The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible – Angel of the Lord, Captain, Eliab, Philistine Warrior
- The Incredible Hulk – Zzzax
- The Jetsons – Additional voices
- The Karate Kid – Additional voices
- The Kwicky Koala Show – George, Ranger Rangerfield
- The Mork & Mindy / Laverne & Shirley / Fonz Hour – Additional voices
- The New Adventures of Gigantor – Dr. Murkybottom
- The New Adventures of Jonny Quest – Doctor Forbes
- The New Scooby-Doo Movies – Mark, Red Beard, Robot Gunslinger, Gene Haultrey, Scorpion Coach, Mr. Finster, Additional Voices
- The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries – Yorick, Ghost of Hamlet, Professor Mikos, additional voices
- The Pirates of Dark Water – Additional voices
- The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show – Plastic Man, Dr. Astro, Gearshift Swift, Half-Ape
- The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest – Ezekiel Rage
- The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour – Tar Monster, additional voices
- The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo/Puppy Hour – Dash, Duke
- The Smurfs – Grouchy Smurf, Handy Smurf, Johan, Lazy Smurf
- The Smurfs Christmas Special (TV special) – Additional voices
- The Smurfs Springtime Special (TV special) – Grouchy Smurf
- The Super Globetrotters – Additional voices
- The Transformers – Bombshell, Brainstorm, First Aid, Prowl, Scrapper, Sideswipe, Swoop, Dr. Fujiyama, Possum Brown
- The World's Greatest Super Friends – Zan, Gleek
- Thundarr the Barbarian – Additional voices
- Timeless Tales from Hallmark – Additional voices
- Tom and Jerry Kids – Additional voices
- Trollkins – Grubb Trollmaine
- Voltron – Lance, Sven Holgersson
- Voltron: The Third Dimension – Lance
- W.I.T.C.H. – Crimson, Drake
- What-a-Mess – Father
- Damaged Goods (1961 – aka V.D.) – Monk
- Trip to Where (1968) – Joe Hennessey
- A Wish for Wings That Work – Opus the Penguin
- Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein – Dr. Frankenstein
- Anastasia – Additional voices (Uncredited)
- Cars – Speed cars
- Cats Don't Dance - Lil' Ark Angels Announcer
- Davy Crockett on the Mississippi – TV Movie – Honeysuckle, Settler
- G.I. Joe: The Movie – Duke, Blow–Torch, Lift Ticket, Xamot
- GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords – Granite, Narligator, Slimestone
- Heidi's Song – Willie
- Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby – Mr. Pyrite
- Home on the Range – Horse
- Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco – Stokey
- How to Beat the High Co$t of Living – Tom
- Inhumanoids: The Movie – Auger, Blackthorn Shore
- I Yabba-Dabba Do! (TV movie) – Mr. Pyrite, additional voices
- Jetsons: The Movie – Board Member #1
- Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland – Oompy
- My Little Pony: The Movie – Grundle
- Porco Rosso – Additional voices
- Ratatouille - Damaged Rat
- Revenge of the Pink Panther – Claude Russo (uncredited)
- Rockin' with Judy Jetson – Quasar
- Rugrats Go Wild! – Chaz Finster, Drew Pickles
- Rugrats in Paris: The Movie – Chaz Finster, Drew Pickles, Chinese in Tokyo Man
- Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island – Pierre
- Scooby-Doo! and the Loch Ness Monster – Duncan MacGubbin, McIntyre
- The Smurfic Games (TV movie) – Handy Smurf, Lazy Smurf, Argus
- Star Fairies (TV movie) – Freddy Flawless, Frump, Spectre
- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope – General Vanden Willard
- Tangled – Guards
- The B.B. Beegle Show (TV pilot) – B.B. Beegle
- The Brave Little Toaster - TV Announcer
- The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera (theme park short) – Dick Dastardly
- The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound – Bailiff, Laughing Donkey, Longhorn Steer, Station Announcer, Stinky Dalton
- The Little Troll Prince – Krill, Kristi and Sonja's Father, Ribo
- The Rugrats Movie – Chaz Finster, Drew Pickles, Grandpa Boris Kerpacketer
- The Wind in the Willows – Ratty
- Tom and Jerry: The Movie – Ferdinand, Straycatcher #1
- The Transformers: The Movie – Bombshell, Junkion, Prowl, Scrapper, Swoop
- Golden, Lori (December 1999). "Michael Bell: A Voice for Animals On and Off the Screen". The Pet Press.
- Kang, Inkoo (August 22, 2013). "Ten Fascinating Facts from Slimed!, the new Oral History of '90s Nickelodeon". The Village Voice. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
- "The Proud Rider at IMDb.com (retrieved 7 January 2018); "The Proud Rider at Letterboxd.com (retrieved 7 January 2018)
- "An Interview with Michael Bell". The Incredible Hulk 1982 Cartoon Webpage. November 2004.
- Koehler, Robert (September 16, 1988). "Stage Review Ladies of the Camellias Matches Duse, Bernhardt at West End". Los Angeles Times.
- "Stage News & Notes". The Daily News of Los Angeles. December 9, 1988.
- Handel, Jonathan (February 27, 2012). "SAG/AFTRA Anti Merger Lawsuit Drops Demands". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Verrier, Richard. "SAG-AFTRA merger opponents to drop lawsuit". The New York Times.
- *U.S. Patent 5,274,861, "Gray water recycling system" (Jan. 4, 1994)
- "GRAYWAY ROTATING DRAIN - Graywater Recycling Device". graywayrotatingdrain.com. Archived from the original on 5 August 2018. Retrieved 23 September 2018 – via archive.org.
- "Grayway FAQ". members.aol.com:80/graywaydrain2003. Archived from the original on 18 November 2003. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
- "Melanie Chartoff is also an inventor". Record-Journal. 1992-09-28. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
- "United States Patent: 5274861 - Gray water recycling system". uspto.gov. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
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- "Ashley Bell". The New York Times. Archived from the original on June 19, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
- "Local Board". SAG-AFTRA.
- "Superstorms". Anatomy of Disaster. Season 1. Episode 2. GRB Entertainment. The Learning Channel. Retrieved April 12, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Mysteries of Asia: Jewels in the Jungle". Amazon.com. Retrieved April 12, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Turning the Tide". Transformers: Rescue Bots. Season 3. Episode 18. April 11, 2015. Discovery Family. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- InXile Entertainment. The Bard’s Tale. InXile Entertainment. Scene: Ending credits, 2:10:13 in, More Great Talent.
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