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Jess Harnell (born December 23, 1963) is an American voice actor, (Named by Variety Magazine as one of the Top Ten in the business) and singer, best known for voicing Wakko Warner on Animaniacs and Ironhide in the Transformers film series. Harnell has also been the announcer for America's Funniest Home Videos since 1998.

Music Career[]

As a musician, Harnell released his only solo album in 1995 called The Sound Of Your Voice. He is the lead vocalist in the highly acclaimed world's first Pop/Metal mashup rock band, Rock Sugar, which evolved from his previous band, Loud & Clear. With Loud & Clear or Rock Sugar, Harnell released four albums: 2003's Disc-Connected, 2007's self-titled demo album, 2008's Festival Of Fire, and 2010's Reimaginator. Rock Sugar has played on some of the biggest bills in the world, opening for such rock luminaries as AC/DC, Def Leppard, Linkin Park and Aerosmith.

Voice Acting Career[]

Harnell started his career with minimal experience and has gone on to become one of the top voice actors in the industry, in addition to a successful career as a rock and session singer. A small sampling of his credits: In 1989, he provided the voices of Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Fox in the then-new Splash Mountain attraction at Disneyland Park, reviving the roles last played in 1946 by Johnny Lee and James Baskett, respectively, in the film Song of the South. Harnell also recorded some new character dialogue for the subsequent Walt Disney World version of the attraction. He was later called in to reprise these roles once again for the 2011 video game Kinect Disneyland Adventures.

In 1992, he went on to voice two of his most popular roles, Wakko Warner on Animaniacs and Secret Squirrel on 2 Stupid Dogs. From 1994 to 1996, he supplied the voices of Sewer Urchin, The Human Bullet and Chief Louder in the animated series The Tick.

Also in 1996, he was Hunter on Road Rovers. One of Harnell's next appearances was as the principal stormtrooper in the 1997 Star Wars fan film Troops, a parody of the Cops TV series set in the Star Wars universe. Harnell voiced Joe Tabootie on the Nickelodeon show ChalkZone, Tug on Firehouse Tales, Crash Bandicoot in Crash Tag Team Racing, Crash of the Titans, and Crash: Mind over Mutant, Lo-Lo in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, Spyro the Dragon in Spyro: A Hero's Tail and Spyro: Shadow Legacy, Marlin in Finding Nemo (video game) Jerry in Totally Spies, Linguni in Pucca, and Doctor Finklestein in The Nightmare Before Christmas video game spin-offs, as well as in the Kingdom Hearts series replacing the late William Hickey who voiced him in the film. In 2005 he voiced Buzz Blister in Tom & Jerry: Blast off to Mars and numerous other characters in subsequent Tom & Jerry features. He also voiced wild and energetic Cro Magnon Doubledome from the Longhair and Doubledome cartoon shorts for Cartoon Network's Big Pick (also starring Daniel Davis as Longhair).

In 2001, he was the singing voice of Buster on Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure. He also voiced Captain Hero on Comedy Central's animated comedy Drawn Together and he also does the voices of Wooton Bassett, and Bennett Charles on the radio drama Adventures in Odyssey, as well as playing the lead role of Finnian Jones for the Lamplighter Theatre Radio Drama. He also made appearances on Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad. His voice also made an appearance in NASCAR Rumble, and is credited for in-game commentary in the follow-up game Rumble Racing. Jess also replaced Brad Garrett as the voice of Fatso during season 3 of The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper. He also played a role in Samurai Jack as he voiced Ringo and a waitress in the episode "Jack Under the Sea". In 2007 he replaced Neil Flynn as the voice of The Plumber in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time. He also voiced the Smuggler in that popular series.

In that same year, he voiced the characters of Ironhide and Barricade in the Michael Bay-directed Transformers, making him the only voice actor to play both an Autobot (Ironhide) and a Decepticon (Barricade) in that film. He returned to voice Ironhide once again in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

He voiced a character in the popular animated film Up;; and replaced Brad Garrett as the voice of Professor Buffo in Special Agent Oso.


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Boulevard of Broken Dreams Benny Dimase
1994 Yakko's World: An Animaniacs Singalong Wakko Warner (voice) (Direct-to-video)
Pom Poko Gyobu (voice) (1995 English dubb)
1995 Felidae Additional Voices (1996 English version)
Aladdin and the King of Thieves (Direct-to-video)
1997 Casper: A Spirited Beginning Fatso (voice) (Direct-to-video)
1998 Quest for Camelot Additional Voices
Casper Meets Wendy Fatso (voice) (Direct-to-video)
1998 A Bug's Life Bus Beetle (voice)
1999 We Wish You a Merry Christmas Santa
Man #1
Man #2
Our Friend, Martin Reporter #1
O' Christmas Tree Man in House
Wakko's Wish Wakko Warner (voice)
Toy Story 2 Additional Voices
2000 Lion of Oz Singer (voice)
Joseph: King of Dreams Issachar
Lead Trader
The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus Wagif Knook
Additional Voices
Little Nicky Gary the Monster (voice)
The Emperor's New Groove Additional Voices
2002 Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring
Scooby-Doo Creatures (voice)
Lilo & Stitch Additional Voices
The Country Bears Long-Haired Dude
2004 Comic Book: The Movie Ricky (Direct-to-video)
Also producer
Clifford's Really Big Movie Dirk (voice)
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers Major General (voice) (Direct-to-video)
Kangaroo Jack: G'Day U.S.A.! Dude #2 (voice)
2005 Racing Stripes Additional Voices
Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars Major Buzz Blister
Martian General
Worker #3 (voice)
Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry Buzz Blister
Film Director
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Additional Voices
Cars Sven 'The Governator' (voice)
Asterix and the Vikings Cacofonix (voice) (English version)
The Wild Additional Voices
Tales from Earthsea Hazia Dealer (English version)
2007 TMNT Additional Voices
Surf's Up
Transformers Ironhide
Barricade (voice)
Underdog Astronaut (voice)
Jekyll Guy #1
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Another Who
Additional Voices
Dragon Hunters Gildas (voice) (English version)
WALL·E Additional Voices
Space Chimps
Ponyo (English version)
2009 Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Bloo superdude theme song Singer Episode "The Bloo Superdude and the Great Creator of Everything's Awesome Ceremony of Fun That He's Not Invited To"
Igor Announcer
Royal Guard #2
Up Nurse AJ
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Ironhide Nominated - Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple
Shared with Shia LaBeouf and either Megan Fox or any "Transformer"
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Uncle Carl
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Additional Voices
2010 Toy Story 3 Army Man (voice)
The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! Captain Hero
Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes Pan
Brett Jeremy
2011 Cars 2 Additional Voices
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Ironhide (voice) Nominated - Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Ensemble
Shared with the entire cast
2012 The Lorax Additional Voices
Wreck-It Ralph Don (voice)
2013 Monsters University Additional Voices
Despicable Me 2 Additional Voices


Year Title Role Notes/Awards
1987 Throb Member of The Playthings Episode: "The Spa"
1990 Wake, Rattle & Roll Droop-A-Long Coyote
Hardy Har Har
1991 Darkwing Duck Additional Voices
1992 Camp Candy Episode: "When It Rains... It Snows"
Goof Troop Episode: "E=MC Goof"
1993 The Pink Panther Episode: "Pilgrim Panther / That Old Pink Magic"
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Captain Zorax
Wolf Jaxon
Episode: "Night of the Dark Turtle"
Problem Child Additional Voices
Bonkers Toon Bomb
Charlie the Toon Pig
Additional Voices
Episodes: "Color Me Piquel"
"Tune Pig"
"Fall Apart Bomb Squad"
"Going Bonkers"
"When the Spirit Moves You"
2 Stupid Dogs Secret Squirrel
Scirocco Mole
1993-1995 Biker Mice from Mars Evil Eye Weevil
Honka Lougie
Episodes: "Garbage Wars"
"Villain of the Year"
"Motocross Trap"
"Test of Friendship"
"We Don't Need No Stinkin' City"
1993-1998 Animaniacs Wakko Warner
Walter Wolf
Humphrey Bogart
Additional Voices
All 99 Episodes
1994 Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? Additional Voices
Red Planet
The Legend of Prince Valiant Episode: "The Gathering Storm"
Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad Man on Street
Radio Nerd
Rock n' Roll Virus
Episodes: "Loose Lips Sink Microchips"
"The Taunt Heard Round the World"
"Rock n' Roll Virucide"
Tiny Toon Spring Break Special Michael Molten-Lava
Additional Voices
Television special
1995 Empty Nest Vince Episode: "Harry Weston: Man's Best Friend"
The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat Additional Voices
Timon & Pumbaa Bugs Episodes: "Rocky Mountain Lie/Amazon Quiver"
1995-1998 Pinky and the Brain Additional Voices
1996 Fantastic Four Impossible Man
Episode: "Hopelessly Impossible
Road Rovers Hunter Episodes: "Where Rovers Dare"
"A Hair of the Dog That Bit You"
"Let's Hit the Road"
Quack Pack Additional Voice Episode: "Recipe for Adventure"
1996-1998 The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper Fatso
1997 Rugrats Guide
Episode: "Vacation"
Extreme Ghostbusters Additional Voices
I Am Weasel French Prime Minister
Episode: "This Bridge, Not Weasel Bridge"
The Weird Al Show Dr. Legume Episode: "One for the Record Books"
Jungle Cubs Toucan Episode: "Old Green Teeth/The Elephant Who Couldn't Say No"
Kyûketsuki Miyu Takashi Kashiwabara Episode: "The Red Shoe's"
1997-1998 Life with Louie Additional Voices Episodes: "Louie's Gate"
"Do It or Donut"
Recess Micky McCloud Episode: "Swing on Thru to the Other Side"
"Parents' Night"
"Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave: Part 1"
1998 Histeria! Additional Voices
The Wild Thornberrys Marsh Deer
Episode: "Vacant Lot"
1998-1999 The Secret Files of the Spy Dogs William
Big Jim Jones
Frank Sir
Episodes: "Bone / Time"
"Escape / Exposed"
"DNA / Santa"
"Charlie / Automutt"
Mad Jack the Pirate Snuck
Additional Voices
1999 The New Woody Woodpecker Show Additional Voices
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Bartender Heads
2001 The Simpsons Pancho Episode: "The Parent Rap"
The Drew Carey Show Elvis Performer Episode: "Drew and the King"
2001-2002 Horrible Histories Darren Dongle
House of Mouse Additional Voices
2001-2004 Totally Spies! Jerry
Frankie Dude
2002-2004 ChalkZone Joe Tabootie
Additional Voices
2001-2007 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Additional Voices
2002-2006 Codename: Kids Next Door Ice Cream Man
Chef Pierre
Dr. Julious B. Sharp
Additional Voices
Episode: "Operation: I.-S.C.R.E.A.M./Operation: C.A.N.N.O.N."
"Operation B.R.E.A.K-U.P./Operation S.A.F.A.R.I."
"Operation C.A.N.Y.O.N./Operation H.O.L.I.D.A.Y."
"Operation C.A.K.E.D.-F.I.V.E."
"Operation C.L.O.W.N./Operation S.P.A.N.K.E.N.S.T.I.N.E."
2003 Clifford the Big Red Dog Rexxington
Singing Dog
Episode: "Food for Thought/Friends Forever"
The Powerpuff Girls Gnomey Episode: "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey"
2003-2005 Duck Dodgers Tosh Gopher
Captain Peters
Clifford's Puppy Days Jorge
Mr. Sidarsky
2004 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Constable
Flute Player
Shane Flinty
Episode: "Large Dragon at Large"
The Fairly OddParents Singer Episode: "Shelf Life"
Higglytown Heroes Higglyhune Chief Episode: "Higgly Islands"
Evil Con Carne Harv
Radio Singer
Episode: "Gridlocked and Loaded/Fool's Paradise"
My Life as a Teenage Robot Singer
Todd's Dad
Episode: "A Robot for All Seasons"
2004-2008 Drawn Together Captain Hero
Additional Voices
2005 The Buzz on Maggie Eugene
Episodes: "The Science Whatchamacallit"
"King Flear"
"The Usual Insects"
Tripping the Rift Captain Kirk Episode: "Chode & Bobo's High School Reunion"
2006 Pet Alien Gumpers
Nominated - Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program
My Gym Partner's a Monkey Bear Kid
Episode: "Shark Attack/Me Adam, You Jake"
Catscratch Mitchell the Mammoth Episode: "A Woolly Adventure/Evil!"
2006-2007 Biker Mice from Mars Ronaldo Rump
Dr. Catorkian
2006-2009 The Replacements Donny Rottweiler
Additional Voices
2007 Random! Cartoons Crank The Mall Security Guard Episode: "Ratzafratz!"
The Land Before Time Swooper Episode: "The Hermit of Black Rock"
Kim Possible The Mayor Episodes: "Cap'n Drakken"
"Mathter and Fervent"
2007-2008 Chowder Additional Voices Episodes: "The Sing Beans/Certifrycation Class"
"The Broken Part/The Meach Harvest"
"The Fire Breather/The Flying Flinger Lingons"
2008-2010 Phineas and Ferb Episodes: "Bowl-R-Ama Drama"
"Phineas and Ferb Hawaiian Vacation"
2008-2009 The Secret Saturdays Piecemeal
Episodes: "Guess Who's Going to Be Dinner"
"Target: Fiskerton"
2009-2011 The Super Hero Squad Show Odin
Additional Voices
2009–2012 Jungle Junction Taxicrab
2010 Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Additional Voices
2010-2012 Special Agent Oso Professor Buffo
2011–2013 The Cleveland Show Tim
The Looney Tunes Show Tosh Gopher
Additional Voices
2012 Doc McStuffins Chilly, Buddy, and The Wicked King
Pound Puppies Additional Voices Episodes: "Lucky Gets Adopted"
"Zipper the Zoomit Dog"
Motorcity Texas
2013-present Sofia the First Cedric the Sorcerer
Sir Gilliam
Additional Voices
Rick and Morty Terry
Additional Voices
Episodes: "Lawnmower Dog"
"Anatomy Park"
2014 Gravity Falls Additional Voices
2015-present Crash Bandicoot Crash Bandicoot

Video Games[]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Secret of Monkey Island Bill Fettuccini
Estervan - the SCUMM Bar Pirate
Pirate Leader I
Store Keeper
Sword-Head Ghost
1994 Quest for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness Franz
1997 Clayfighter 63 1/3 Kung Pow
1999 Bugs Bunny: Lost in Time Merlin 'Moyle' Munroe
2000 Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles Jedi Knight Ki-Adi-Mundi
102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue Additional Voices
Star Wars: Demolition Darth Maul
2001 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds Darth Maul
Gungan Bolo Trooper
Hannoon Soldier
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex Lo-Lo, the Elemental mask of wind
Star Wars: Starfighter Special Edition Ric Olié
Pirate Ground Forces
Rumble Racing In-Game Commentator
2002 Star Wars: Racer Revenge Darth Maul
Star Wars: Obi-Wan Gran Thug
Wounded Naboo Soldier
Kingdom Hearts Dr. Finkelstein
(Engish version)
Star Wars: Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast Mon Calomari Rogue Leader
Star Trek: Starfleet Command III Additional Voices
2003 Finding Nemo Marlin
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Republic Soldier
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy Gran
2004 Hot Shots Golf Fore! Allan
(English version)
Spyro: A Hero's Tail Spyro the Dragon
Hunter the Cheetah
Moneybags the Bear
Sgt. Byrd the Penguin
Additional Voices
The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge Dr. Finkelstein
2005 Robots Rodney Copperbottom
Additional Voices
Crash Tag Team Racing Crash Bandicoot
Kingdom Hearts II Dr. Finkelstein
(Engish version)
2006 Ice Age 2: The Meltdown Additional Voices
Over the Hedge Vincent
King Rat
Police Chief
2007 Shrek the Third Pirate Captain
Peasant Actor
Evil Knight 3
Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ Dr. Finkelstein
(Engish version)
Biker Mice from Mars Ronaldo Rump
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction Smuggler
2008 Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty
Crash: Mind Over Mutant Crash Bandicoot
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Ironhide
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time Smuggler
Battery Bot
2010 Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet Hercules
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Ironhide
Kinect Disneyland Adventures Br'er Fox
Br'er Rabbit
2013 Skylanders: Swap Force Blast Zone