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 Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Wayne Gretzky on ProStars, the title character of Where's Waldo?, and the title character of The Tick.
Townsend Coleman was a disc jockey for WGCL in Cleveland, Ohio 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 Heights, Ohio — just down the road from John Carroll University. Other famous performers who appeared in Jerry Leonard's plays include actress Carol Kane.
Coleman's career as a voice actor took off in the 1980s when, having recently moved to Los Angeles, 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 Family radio drama, Adventures in Odyssey, since 1994. He also voiced the Autobot Mini-Cassette Rewind on 1986 of the Transformers
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.
- Alice Through the Looking Glass - Tom Fool
- Inspector Gadget - Corporal Capeman
- Jem and the Holograms- Rory "Riot" Lewellyn
- NBC advertising
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Michelangelo, Rat King, Krang(1989 Alternate) and Shredder (1993 Alternate) (7 episodes only)
- The Tick - The Tick
- Transformers Animated - Sentinel Prime
- Transformers 3 - Sentinel Prime
- Where's Waldo? Waldo
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