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Charles Michael "Charlie" Adler (born October 2, 1956) is an American voice director and voice actor.

Early lifeEdit

Adler was born in Paterson, New Jersey on October 2, 1956.[1] In the mid 1960s, his family moved to Massachusetts. His sister Cheryl Adler is a psychotherapist who wrote the book Sober University. Growing up, Adler was a "TV junkie",[2] a fan of The Three Stooges, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and Irene Ryan's Granny Moses from The Beverly Hillbillies.


Adler's first professional acting job was in a commercial in 1971.[1] Afterwards, he took a break from acting. During this time, Adler worked a variety of jobs, including waiter, janitor, paper delivery man, floor stripper, house painter, remedial reading teacher, and caretaker for an Episcopal church.

In 1984 and 1985, he starred as Arnold Beckoff in Torch Song Trilogy, for which he was nominated for the 1985 Helen Hayes Best Actor Award, in New York before moving to California in 1986.[2][3]

Adler's first animation role was recorded in New York, voicing Spike in Rescue at Midnight Castle.[4]

In 1985, after convincing the head of the Abrams, Rubiloff, and Lawrence agency to allow him to audition for their voice over department,[4] Adler went to a private audition for Ginny McSwain and Arlene Thornton. An agent had praised him in front of them as the "next Frank Welker".[5] Despite the fact that McSwain recalls that he blew their minds, Adler recalls them having "no interest in him". Having no demo, they arranged for him to record an audition. Adler improvised characters on the spot during the tape, which impressed both McSwain and Thornton, however left him so embarrassed with his behavior that he performed with his back to them and his face hidden with a hat and sunglasses.[2]

His voice acting career had taken off, Adler landed the roles of Nat Smurfling in the fourth season of The Smurfs, Rowdy Roddy Pipper in Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling, Silverbolt in The Transformers, and Eric Raymond in Jem.

After portraying Ralph / Rita in The Redd Foxx Show, Adler was completely dissatisfied with working on a TV series and how "you spend your whole life going, 'God, I just want to be in a TV show and have a parking space.' Then I got it and it was just so not what I wanted to do." That is when animation "grabbed him".[2][4]

He became active chiefly in animation, his roles include reprising as Spike in My Little Pony, Low-Light in G.I. Joe, Mr. O'Greasy in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Deputy Fuzz and Tex Hex in Bravestarr, Cavey, Jr. in The Flintstone Kids, Pinky Dalton in The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound, Quark and Zappy in Rockin' with Judy Jetson, the Hamburglar in a few McDonald's commercials, Mad Dog, Hacksaw, and Howard Huge in TaleSpin, Dripple in Tom and Jerry Kids, and the bear from darkest Peru in Hanna-Barbera's version of Paddington Bear.

In 1990, Adler lent his voice to Buster Bunny on Tiny Toon Adventures.[3] The show's producer Tom Ruegger recalled that he and voice director Andrea Romano insisted Steven Spielberg cast Adler, due to his bringing "a great deal of energy" to Buster. During season 3 of the show in 1992, Adler abruptly walked off from the show after a dispute with the producers. While voice actors with smaller roles in the show were given starring roles in Tiny Toons' successor Animaniacs, Adler had become upest when he had not been given a role in that show. John Kassir replaced Adler as the voice of Buster by the end of season 3.

In 1993, Adler went on to portray Chance "T-Bone" Furlong in Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron, Bill in The Terrible Thunderlizards, Ickis in Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Ed Bighead, Bev Bighead, and other characters in Rocko's Modern Life, Stalker Slaughter in Captain Planet and the Planeteers, and Screwball Squirrel and reprising his role of Dripple in Droopy, Master Detective.[2]

In 1995, he voiced several characters on multiple What a Cartoon! episodes, such as Gramps, Awfully Lucky, Yoink! of the Yukon, and No Smoking. In the latter, he played Cow, Chicken and The Red Guy. No Smoking was a pilot created by David Feiss, which was greenlit to be a series in 1997 with Adler on board to reprise his characters, which now included a new character, I.R. Baboon, for a new segment within the show. The hit program Cow and Chicken ran from 1997-1999, receiving multiple awards and nominations, including an Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production for Adler as Cow.

His voice directing career began in the late 1990s with Rugrats and continued with other Klasky Csupo franchises. Adler has since directed The Wild Thornberrys, All Grown Up, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, The Replacements and many more.[6]

Adler also voiced Dr. Peacock in the Froot Loops commercials, Patrick Winks and Mr. Hornsby on Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks, and SAVO on Danger Rangers and Mr. Whiskers in Brandy & Mr. Whiskers

In 2002, Adler directed his own short movie No Prom for Cindy in which he also played the title character.

In 2007, Adler voiced in Michael Bay's live-action Transformers film series, providing the voice of Starscream after having voiced the characters of Silverbolt and Triggerhappy in The Transformers. Just as Chris Latta voiced both Starscream and Cobra Commander in the Sunbow cartoons, Adler voiced Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: Resolute and G.I. Joe: Renegades.

Crew workEdit



Year Title Role Notes
2013 Khumba Wild Dog/Dassie Leader
2011 Transformers: The Ride - 3D Starscream
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Starscream
2009 The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Krongarr/Mooney McMoon/Albino Singer
2009 G.I. Joe: Resolute Cobra Commander/Flint/Gung-Ho/Hard Master/Stalker
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Starscream
2007 Transformers Starscream
2006 Bratz: Passion 4 Fashion - Diamondz Big Daddy direct to video
2005 The Happy Elf Proctor direct to video
2005 Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild Beaver direct to video
2005 Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry Grammy direct to video
2003 Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure Templeton/Lurvy direct to video
2003 The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Legend of McDonald-Land Loch Hamburglar short movie
2002 The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Have Time, Will Travel Hamburglar short movie
2002 The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Birthday World Hamburglar/McNugget #3 short movie
2000 Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Inspector
1999 The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Visitors from Outer Space Hamburglar/McNugget #3 short movie
1999 The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Legend of Grimace Island Hamburglar/McNugget #3 short movie
1998 The Rugrats Movie United Express Driver
1998 The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Scared Silly Hamburglar/McNugget #3/McSplorer short movie
1998 Rusty: A Dog's Tale Agent the Snake
1996 Siegfried & Roy: Masters of the Impossible Loki direct to video
1996 The Flintstones Christmas in Bedrock Additional Voices short movie
1994 The Bears Who Saved Christmas Christopher and Bobby Bucktooth short movie
1994 Scooby-Doo in Arabian Nights Captain/guard TV movie
1993 Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby Rocky TV movie
1993 Once Upon a Forest Waggs
1992 Aladdin Gazeem/Melon Merchant/Nut Merchant
1992 Cool World Nails
1992 Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation Buster Bunny direct to video
1990 The Prince and the Pauper Weasel Guards/Pig Driver/Peasants short movie
1990 DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp Additional Voices
1990 Roller Coaster Rabbit Carnival Barker theatrical short
1989 The Little Mermaid Additional Voices
1989 Police Academy 6: City Under Siege The Mastermind uncredited role
1988 BraveStarr: The Movie Deputy Fuzz/Tex Hex
1988 The Good, the Bad and Huckleberry Hound Pinky Dalton/newscaster TV movie
1988 Rockin with Judy Jetson Quark/Zappy TV movie
1987 The Chipmunk Adventure
1987 G.I. Joe: The Movie Low Light direct to video
1986 My Little Pony: The End of Flutter Valley Spike direct to video
1986 My Little Pony: The Movie Spike/Woodland Creature
1985 Rainbow Brite & the Star Stealer Popo


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Wander Over Yonder Stok (1 episode) "The Timebomb"
2013–present Marvel's Avengers Assemble M.O.D.O.K. Main role
2014 The Tom and Jerry Show Polly's Owner "One of a Kind"
2012-2014 Ben 10: Omniverse Hokestar

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