Peter Claver Cullen (born July 28, 1941) is a Canadian voice actor. He is best known as the original voice of Optimus Prime in the original 1980s Transformers animated series, and most other appearances, as well, and Eeyore in the Winnie-the-Pooh franchise. He also voiced Monterey Jack in Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers from seasons one to three, and is also known for his contribution to the voice of The Predator in Predator. Starting in 2007, Peter Cullen has reprised his role as Optimus Prime in related Transformers media, starting with the first live-action film.
1. I ENJOY DRAMATIC NARRATION, OF COURSE, BECAUSE I’M AN ACTOR AND I STARTED AS AN ACTOR. BUT I LOVE THINGS THAT ARE A CHALLENGE, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO MORE WORK WITH THAT IN THE FUTURE. SO THERE’S ALWAYS A SUN COMING UP THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR ME.
2. I KIND OF MODELED OPTIMUS PRIME’S VOICE OUT OF MANY PEOPLE I HAD KNOWN OVER THE YEARS, MY FAMILY ESPECIALLY.
3. I ALWAYS TRY TO MAKE A VOICE TO GO WITH THE CHARACTERISTICS – IF THE GUY’S A HOTHEAD OR HE’S COOL, WHATEVER.
4. THE PHENOMENON OF ‘TRANSFORMERS’ ITSELF IS MIND-SHAKING, YOU KNOW?
5. I IMMERSE MYSELF RIGHT INTO MY CHARACTER WHETHER OR NOT I’M RELATING TO PEOPLE LIVE AS AN ACTOR ON STAGE OR WHATEVER.