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Full Name  David V. Hope
Role  Actor
Occupation  Voice actor/Announcer
Upcoming movie  Ratchet & Clank
Years active  1988 – Present
Ex-spouse  Maria Hope
Name  David Kaye

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Born  October 14, 1964 (age 51) (1964-10-14) Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Residence  Los Angeles, California, United States
Books  Crossroads: Your Journey Within
Movies and TV shows  Ratchet & Clank, Transformers: Animated, Beast Wars: Transformers, Transformers: Energon, Iron Man and Captain A
Similar People  Garry Chalk, Ian James Corlett, Terry Klassen, Peter Cullen, John DiMaggio

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David V. Hope (born October 14, 1964), better known by his stage name, David Kaye, is a Canadian voice actor. He is best known for his roles in animation, including Megatron in five of the Transformers series (Beast Wars, Beast Machines, Armada, Energon, and Cybertron), Optimus Prime in Transformers: Animated, Professor X and Apocalypse in X-Men Evolution, Cronus in Class of the Titans, Khyber and Shocksquatch in Ben 10: Omniverse, several characters in Avengers Assemble, Reginald and various other characters in Regular Show. He is also well known for his work on English versions of anime, his notable roles being Sesshomaru in InuYasha and Treize Khushrenada in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing. He provides the voice of Clank in the Ratchet & Clank video game franchise and the feature film. His voice is featured in the Academy Award-winning Disney/Pixar movie Up and he is also the in-show announcer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO.


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During the 1980s, he moved to Vancouver to work in radio. He also did theater, starring in plays such as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, where he played George and Harvey, where he played Elwood P. Dowd.

David Kaye's voice over career began in 1989 with General Hawk in the DiC animated series G.I. Joe. Working as an on air talent for radio station CKLG (LG73), he quickly became less interested as both on camera and behind the mic roles started taking up more time. Over the next decade and a half, David's on camera burgeoned along with his voice career. On camera opportunities came in the form of guest roles on numerous TV series and movies such as The X-Files, Battlestar Galactica, and Happy Gilmore with Adam Sandler.

Also during this time Kaye was being cast in some of the first of hundreds of animation shows and video games. So many, in fact, this now became the main focus of his career. David’s biggest moment was when he was cast as Megatron in 1994 in the immensely popular series Transformers. As a new animation art form was taking off bolstered by Mainframe Entertainment, Beast Wars was born (Beasties in Canada) and would run for three seasons of "…the most fun you could ever have!" says David. Thus began an almost a twenty-year relationship with the Transformers franchise. In 2007, David crossed over to become the first actor in the history of the franchise to play the lead villain and the lead hero when he was cast as Optimus Prime for Cartoon Network's Transformers: Animated. He lent his voice to Hammerstrike in Transformers: Robots in Disguise, making it the eighth Transformers cartoon he's worked on, more than any other actor in the franchise. Once again, David finds himself returning to a franchise he first engaged in years before, this time going back to the beginning with G.I. Joe: not only can he be heard as Scarlett's father, but also introducing every episode as the expo voice during the opening titles.

For Anime fans, Kaye has been the voice behind Sesshomaru in the English dubbed InuYasha series, Treize Khushrenada in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Recoome in Dragon Ball Z (1996-1998), and as the high strung father Soun Tendo in Ranma ½. His anime work still brings fans to conventions to meet him.

As the work keeps coming in, David's voice can be heard in Insomniac Games' Ratchet & Clank video game series as the loveable robot Clank. He's also been featured as Mysterio in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Captain America and Nick Fury in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, Nathan Hale in Resistance, Logan Carter in Dead Island and many more. In 2009 Kaye landed a role as a newsreel announcer in Pixar's Oscar-winning movie Up.

David is now a full-time Los Angeles based voice artist. He has worked on Ben 10 Omniverse as the villain, Khyber, with J. G. Quintel on Regular Show as Reginald the giant baby, and Clay Bailey, F-Bot and Chase Young on Xiaolin Chronicles. He is voicing several characters on Avengers Assemble and Max Tennyson in the reboot of Ben 10.

With ongoing commitments now for movie trailers, network promo for ABC, Fox, CW, National Geographic, TLC, FX and a host of radio and television affiliates and a lot of commercial work, the days get a little tight from time to time. So much so, that he even has a unit that he can use to record from his car. "Don't worry, I actually have to pull over", he says.

David says "You won’t ever hear me complain, though. I'm working with the coolest people on the planet and deeply love what I do… I've put a request in for a 28 hour day!"


  • Dragon Ball Z – Recoome (Ocean dub)
  • Eat-Man '98 – Bolt Crank (Only in the first two episodes; the remaining episodes were not dubbed into English)
  • Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle/Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture – Kim Kaphwan
  • Gintama° – Yaemon
  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex OVAs – Batou
  • InuYasha – Sesshomaru (1st Voice) (Also movies)
  • Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade – Additional Voices
  • Key the Metal Idol – Tomoyo Wakagi
  • Maison Ikkoku – Soichiro Otonashi
  • MegaMan NT Warrior – ProtoMan.EXE
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing – Treize Khushrenada
  • Monster Rancher – Monol, Captain Clay, Celius, End Bringer, Moo (final episode)
  • Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge – Pyron
  • Ranma ½ – Soun Tendo, The Gambling King, Daisuke, Additional Voices
  • Ronin Warriors – The Ancient One, Narrator
  • Tokyo Underground – Pairon, Narrator
  • Transformers: Armada, Energon, and Cybertron – Megatron/Galvatron
  • Video games

  • Assassin's Creed 2 – Additional voices
  • Assassin's Creed Brotherhood DLC "Da Vinci's Disappearance" – Salai
  • Batman: Arkham City – James Gordon
  • Beetle Adventure Racing – Game Announcer
  • Ben 10: Omniverse – Cannonbolt, Gravattack, Heatblast, Khyber, Shocksquatch
  • Dead Island – Logan Carter
  • Dead Island: Riptide – Logan Carter
  • Disney Infinity 3.0 – J.A.R.V.I.S., Mysterio
  • Dynasty Warriors 3 – Xiahou Dun (uncredited)
  • Hot Shots Golf Fore! – Clank
  • Fuse – Oculus
  • Impossible Creatures – Upton Julius
  • InuYasha: Feudal Combat – Sesshomaru
  • Kessen – Narrator
  • Lost: Via Domus – John Locke
  • Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects – Iron Man
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite – Jedah Dohma
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 – Captain America, Colonel Nick Fury
  • Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond – Matt Hazard
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space – Random Pilots
  • Need for Speed series – Game Announcer
  • Overstrike – Dalton Brooks (trailer only)
  • PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale – Clank
  • PlayStation Move Heroes – Clank
  • Psychonauts – Ford Cruller
  • Ratchet & Clank series – Clank
  • Up Your Arsenal – Klunk
  • Size Matters – Dreamy Klunk
  • Secret Agent Clank – Klunk
  • Resistance – Nathan Hale
  • Spider-Man: Friend or Foe – Electro
  • Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions – Mysterio
  • The Cave – Magician, Weight Guesser, Roulette Barker
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow – Suhadi Sadono
  • Transformers – Megatron
  • Transformers Animated – Optimus Prime, Lugnut
  • The Wolf Among Us – Dr. Swineheart
  • Live action

  • Battlestar Galactica – James McManus (Season 1: "Colonial Day", Season 2: "Lay Down Your Burdens (Part 1)", "Lay Down Your Burdens (Part 2)")
  • Carpool – Scott Lewis
  • Death Note – Koreyoshi Kitamura (voice, English)
  • Edge of Tomorrow – UDF Commercial (voice)
  • Happy Gilmore – Reporter
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – Announcer
  • Martian Child – Andy
  • The Quest – Narrator
  • The X Files – (2 episodes)
  • X2: X-Men United – TV Host (Uncredited)
  • Amero Squad - ShapeTaker (Male Version of Shapeshifter)
  • Other

  • BBC Radio 1 – Announcer: Coverage of Miami Winter Music Conference 2007 Radio 1 In Miami
  • I Know That Voice – Himself
  • References

    David Kaye Wikipedia

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