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Townsend Coleman (born May 28, 1954) is an American voice actor who performed in many animated series and TV commercials beginning in the early 1980s. Among his most notable roles are Michaelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles , Wayne Gretzky on ProStars, the title character of Where's Waldo?, and the title character of The Tick.

Early work

Townsend Coleman was a disc jockey for WGCL in Cleveland, Ohiomarker in the late 1970s. This included the weekend of July 7-8, 1979, when that radio station presented his own take on American Top 40 upon the station's refusal to air the "Top 40 Disco Songs" special for that weekend.

In the that same period, Coleman appeared in several plays through Jerry Leonard's Heights Youth Theater ensemble. The plays were staged at Wiley Junior High School in University Heightsmarker, Ohio — just down the road from John Carroll Universitymarker. Other famous performers who appeared in Jerry Leonard's plays include actress Carol Kane.

Voice acting

Coleman's career as a voice actor took off in the 1980s when, having recently moved to Los Angelesmarker, he auditioned for the role of Corporal Capeman on Inspector Gadget. An addition to the aforementioned roles, he also portrayed Riot on Jem, Gobo in the animated version of Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock, Scott Howard on the animated Teen Wolf, and many others. In TV commercials, he was the 7-Up "Spot," Keebler Elves, and Raid Bugs. Coleman has also been the voice of NBC commercials for programs such as "Must See TV" and The Tonight Show since the early 1990s. Coleman has also provided the voice for Jason Whittaker on the Focus on the Familymarker radio drama, Adventures in Odyssey, since 1994.

Coleman performed a wide range of voices in King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow, including Vizier Abdul Alhazred, Shamir Shamazel, Lord Azure, Ferryman, Beast, and the Minotaur.He was also the voice of The Tick.

More recently, Townsend is the voice of Sentinel Prime in the Transformers Animated series. The character was designed to look like The Tick, as confirmed by the writers of the show at Botcon 2008.

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  1. "Townsend Coleman Interview" Retrieved on 2009-19-06.

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