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Matt Cates (born Matthew Robert Cates, September 18,1951), is an Americanmarker Voice Actor.

Cates began his career in radio in the 1970s, in his hometown of Saint Joseph, Missouri at KUSN, a station up for sale at the time of his hiring. As a result of staff attrition, and despite his lack of formal broadcast training, he eventually took on the roles of Disk Jockey, Production Director, Talk Show host, and News Director. He moved on to another local outlet, KKJO, where he hosted the station's morning talk program and polished his writing and production skills -- often voicing all the roles in a single project via multi-tracking and overdubbing.

In 1982, he moved to the San Franciscomarker Bay Areamarker, where he continued his work in radio production, often hosting mid-day and afternoon-drive programs, well into the 1990s. His last regular broadcast position was as News Director of KKIS, Concord, Californiamarker.

While at KKIS, he began performing independent voice-over work, and has since utilized his many character voices in nationally-aired radio & television commercials, as well as multimedia software. He voiced the role of the Robot Pilot on Deep Earth Exploration, a motion simulator dark ride at MGM Grand Adventures Theme Parkmarker in Las Vegasmarker. He has more recently made brief film and television appearances.

Cates is former Chairman of the Screen Actors Guild Conservatory (San Francisco Branch), and currently serves the union as Council Member-at-large. He is an active member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Bay Area's "Broadcast Legends" organization.

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