Did you know that Transformers’ Optimus Prime’s voice belongs to the same guy that also gave the voice of Eeroye from Winnie the Pooh?
The blockbuster franchise that made tons of fans fall in love with the Transformers movies wouldn’t have been such a hit if the original animated TV series of the same name from the 1980s weren’t so popular among fans back then. The voice of the leading robot character Optimus Prime from the original series belongs to a Canadian voiceover actor, named Peter Cullen. Cullen stated that Optimus Prime was his favorite character even nowadays.
The 74 year old actor is the guy standing behind the voices of many iconic characters, including King Kong in the 1976 movie of the same name. One of his most popular and striking roles, however, was to lend his voice for Eeyore, the melancholic donkey from Winnie the Pooh. Shocking, isn’t it? The same guy, who voiced the monstrous Optimus Prime also voiced the sad and sympathetic Eeyore!
Apart from starring in the original Transformers and Winnie the Pooh series, Peter Cullen also voiced these two lovable and adored by millions of fans characters in various franchise projects, such as video games and other features. The same actor keeps lending his voice to Eeyore and Optimus Prime even nowadays. He’s the very same actor, who also voiced Optimus Prime in the movies that made Shia LeBeouf a star. Cullen has lent his voice to various projects ever since the distant 1960s and he has more than 160 titles in his filmography as a voiceover actor. His legendary voice was also featured in one of the trailers for 1993’s horror movie Return of the Living Dead.
Cullen often claims that Optimus Prime is his favorite role and that the voice of the leader of the Autobots is based on his own brother in real life.