Kaye in April 2008
David V. Hope
October 14, 1964
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
David V. Hope (born October 14, 1964), better known as David Kaye, is a Canadian-American voice actor. He is best known for animation roles such as Megatron in five of the Transformers series (Beast Wars, Beast Machines, Armada, Energon, and Cybertron), Optimus Prime in Transformers: Animated, Professor X and Apocalypse in X-Men Evolution, Cronus in Class of the Titans, Khyber and Shocksquatch in Ben 10: Omniverse, several characters in Avengers Assemble, the newsreel announcer in the Pixar film Up, and Duckworth in the reboot of Ducktales. He is also known for anime roles including Sesshomaru in Inuyasha and Treize Khushrenada in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, and video game roles such as Clank in the Ratchet & Clank series and Nathan Hale in the Resistance series. He is also the announcer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO.
Kaye was born David V. Hope in Peterborough, Ontario, on October 14, 1964. During the 1980s, he moved to Vancouver to work in radio. He also did theater, playing George in a production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Elwood P. Dowd in a production of Harvey.
Kaye's voice acting career began in 1989 with General Hawk in the DiC animated series G.I. Joe. Working as an on-air talent for radio station CKLG (LG73), he quickly became less interested as both on-camera and voice roles started taking up more of his time. On-camera opportunities came in the form of guest roles on TV series and movies such as The X-Files, Battlestar Galactica, and Happy Gilmore. During this time, he was cast in several animation shows and video games, including a role as Megatron in Beast Wars. This began a decades-long relationship with the Transformers franchise. In 2007, Kaye become the first and (as of 2021) only actor in the franchise to play both Megatron and Optimus Prime in regular roles, voicing the latter for Cartoon Network's Transformers: Animated. He also lent his voice to the later series Transformers: Prime and Transformers: Robots in Disguise.
In anime, Kaye has been the voice behind Sesshomaru in the English dubbed InuYasha series, Treize Khushrenada in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Recoome in Dragon Ball Z (1996–98) and as Soun Tendo in Ranma ½. His involvement in anime has led to several appearances at conventions. Kaye later moved to Los Angeles and has since worked on Ben 10: Omniverse as the villain Khyber, on Regular Show as Reginald, and on Xiaolin Chronicles as Clay Bailey, F-Bot, and Chase Young. He is voicing several characters on the Avengers Assemble animated series and Max Tennyson in the reboot of Ben 10. He shared the role of the Stretch Monster with Miguel Ferrer in Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters, and also took over in the late actor's role of Vandal Savage in Young Justice: Outsiders.
Kaye and his wife, Maria Hope, have a daughter named Tianna.
- Avengers Assemble – Vision, J.A.R.V.I.S., Helmut Zemo / Citizen V, Ultron, Corvus Glaive, Heinrich Zemo, Space Phantom, Blood Brother #1, Roxxon Guard #1, Guardsman, Additional voices
- The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes – Supreme Intelligence
- Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! – Headless Count, Bradwick
- Beast Machines: Transformers – Megatron
- Beast Wars: Transformers – Megatron
- Being Ian – Jousting Tournament Announcer, Chopin
- Ben 10 – Max Tennyson, Shock Rock, Humungousaur, Fisherman, Steve. Trucker, Spider, Shock-O, Boxer, Clown #2, Lester, Guard, Mr, Billions, Tour Guide (2nd Time), Melvin, Lagrange, Lord Decibel, Karl, Azmuth
- Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United – Shocksquatch
- Ben 10: Omniverse – Khyber, Cannonbolt, Shocksquatch, Gravattack, Heatblast, Sunder, Frankenstrike, Mallice, Warlord Gar, Ultimate Gravattack, Thumbskull, Forever King, Joseph Chadwick (2nd Time), Lord Transyl, Deefus Veeblepister, Unitaur, Slapstrike, Exo-Skull, Skurd
- Class of the Titans – Cronus
- Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island – Bunga Berry, Additional Voices
- D'Myna Leagues – Barry
- Dan Vs. – Additional Voices
- DC Nation Shorts: Shazam – Shazam, Ibac
- DC Nation Shorts: Tales of Metropolis – Bizarro
- DuckTales – Duckworth, Rhutt Betlam
- Electric City – Dr. Loman
- Exosquad – General Draconis, Lt. Hallas
- Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes – Iron Man (Ep. "Shell Games")
- Fat Dog Mendoza – Cry Baby Cry Announcer, Superboots Spokesperson, Pterodactyl, Big Al
- Generation O! – Fred Topple
- G.I. Joe – General Hawk (season 2)
- G.I. Joe: Renegades – Narrator (uncredited), Patrick O'Hara
- Gadget and the Gadgetinis – Additional Voices (uncredited)
- GeoTrax – Tex/Sir John
- Geronimo Stilton – Chippy P. Crunchrat
- Green Eggs and Ham – Crony 1
- Guardians of the Galaxy – Corvus Glaive
- Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 – Kromulax
- Hurricanes – Narrator
- Jackie Chan Adventures – Elvin Elf, Santa Claus
- Kleo the Misfit Unicorn – Slim, Various
- Kong: The Animated Series – Professor Ramon De la Porta
- Mummies Alive! – Talos
- NASCAR Racers – Additional Voices
- ReBoot – Head Spectral (Ep. "Where No Sprite Has Gone Before")
- Regular Show – Reginald, Various
- Rescue Heroes – Rock Miner
- RoboCop: Alpha Commando – Additional Voices
- Robot Chicken – Megatron, Invisible Man, 8-bit Blacksmith
- Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths and Legends – Additional Voices
- Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated – Argus Fentonpoof, Dr. Phobos, Bill Buntman
- Skysurfer Strike Force – Jack Hollister / Skysurfer One (season 2)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – General Tandin, Citizen, Rebel
- Street Fighter – Akuma
- Street Sharks – Dr. Robert Bolton
- Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters – Stretch Monster, Epsilon Interviewer
- Stroker and Hoop – Ansel, Announcer
- Teen Titans Go! – Death, Ferryman, Whimsy Robin, Whimsy Cyborg, Buster, Dragon
- The Cramp Twins – News Anchor, Man (Ep. "News Whale/Twisted Ending")
- The Wacky World of Tex Avery – Narrator
- Tom and Jerry Tales – Mauricio (Ep. "Tiger Cat/Feeding Time/Polar Peril")
- Transformers: Animated – Optimus Prime, Grimlock, Lugnut, Cliffjumper, Warpath, Highbrow, Sparkplug Witwicky
- Transformers: Prime – Hardshell, Vehicon Trooper #1
- Transformers: Robots in Disguise – Hammerstrike, Slashmark, Race Announcer (Ep. 55)
- The Twisted Whiskers Show – Dander, Claude, Dash, Fishmonger
- Ultimate Spider-Man – J.A.R.V.I.S. (Ep. "The Avenging Spider-Man: Part 1")
- Walter Melon – Alien Father, NASA Reporter
- We Bare Bears – Additional Voices
- Xiaolin Chronicles – Clay Bailey, Chase Young, F-Bot
- X-Men: Evolution – Professor Charles Xavier, Apocalypse
- Yakkity Yak – Additional Voices
- Young Justice: Outsiders – Vandal Savage, Steve Lombard
- Yvon of the Yukon – Additional Voices
- Dragon Ball Z – Recoome (Ocean dub)
- Eat-Man '98 – Bolt Crank
- Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle – Kim Kaphwan
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex OVAs – Batou
- Inuyasha – Sesshomaru (1st voice, also movies)
- Key the Metal Idol – Tomoyo Wakagi
- Maison Ikkoku – Soichiro Otonashi
- MegaMan NT Warrior – ProtoMan.EXE
- Mobile Suit Gundam Wing – Treize Khushrenada
- Monster Rancher – Monol, Captain Clay, Celius, End Bringer, Moo
- Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge – Pyron
- Ranma ½ – Soun Tendo, The Gambling King, Daisuke, Additional Voices
- Ronin Warriors – The Ancient One, Narrator
- Tico of the Seven Seas – James
- Tokyo Underground – Pairon, Narrator
- Transformers: Armada – Megatron / Galvatron
- Transformers: Cybertron – Megatron / Galvatron
- Transformers: Energon – Megatron / Galvatron
- Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon - Sesshomaru
- Barbie and the Three Musketeers – Alexander
- Barbie as Rapunzel – Hugo
- Barbie: Mariposa – Royal Guard
- Broken Saints – Lear Dunham
- Casper's Haunted Christmas – Narrator
- Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture – Kim Kaphwan
- Hot Wheels AcceleRacers – Deezel "Porkchop" Riggs
- Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United – J.A.R.V.I.S., Computer Voice #1
- Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United – J.A.R.V.I.S.
- Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade – Additional Voices
- Night of the Living Carrots – The Missing Link
- Barbie in Princess Power - Wes Rivers
- Ratchet & Clank – Clank
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie – Cupid
- Scooby-Doo! and the Beach Beastie – Grafton Brownstone
- Scooby-Doo! and the Gourmet Ghost – Henry Metcalf, Chef Edward DuFlay
- The Ant Bully – Wrangler Ant, Sleeping Ant #2, Guard Ant #3
- The Hero of Color City – Black, King Scrawl
- Up – Newsreel Announcer
- Assassin's Creed 2 – Additional Voices
- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood – Salai (Da Vinci's Disappearance DLC)
- Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II
- Batman: Arkham City – James Gordon
- Beetle Adventure Racing – Game Announcer
- Ben 10: Omniverse – Cannonbolt, Gravattack, Heatblast, Khyber, Shocksquatch, Arachdroid
- Ben 10: Omniverse 2 – Cannonbolt, Gravattack, Incursean Frog Commando, Swampfire
- Dead Island – Logan Carter
- Dead Island: Riptide – Logan Carter
- Disney Infinity 3.0 – J.A.R.V.I.S., Mysterio
- Hot Shots Golf Fore! – Clank
- Fuse – Oculus
- Impossible Creatures – Upton Julius
- Inuyasha: Feudal Combat – Sesshomaru
- Kessen – Narrator
- Kingdom Hearts III – Olympus Narrator
- Lost: Via Domus – John Locke
- Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects – Iron Man
- Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 – Captain America, Colonel Nick Fury
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order – Corvus Glaive, Mysterio, Vision
- Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite – Jedah Dohma
- Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond – Matt Hazard
- Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space – Random Pilots
- Need for Speed series – Game Announcer
- Overstrike – Dalton Brooks (Trailer)
- PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale – Clank
- PlayStation Move Heroes – Clank
- Psychonauts – Ford Cruller
- Ratchet & Clank series – Clank, Klunk
- Resistance series – Nathan Hale
- Spider-Man: Friend or Foe – Electro
- Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions – Mysterio
- Super Bomberman R – Clank (PlayStation 4 version)
- The Cave – Magician, Weight Guesser, Roulette Barker
- The Wolf Among Us – Dr. Swineheart
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow – Suhadi Sadono
- Transformers – Megatron
- Transformers Animated: The Game – Optimus Prime, Lugnut
- Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart – Clank
- BBC Radio 1 – Announcer for coverage of the 2007 Miami Winter Music Conference
- I Know That Voice – Himself
- Battlestar Galactica – James McManus
- Carpool – Scott Lewis
- Death Note – Koreyoshi Kitamura (voice, English dub)
- Edge of Tomorrow – UDF Commercial (voice)
- Happy Gilmore – Reporter
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – Announcer (voice)
- Martian Child – Andy
- The Quest – Narrator (voice)
- The X-Files – (2 episodes)
- X2: X-Men United – TV Host (uncredited)
- 069 – David Kaye on Talkin Toons with Rob Paulsen – Weekly Voice Acting and Voice Over Tips. techjives.net. December 7, 2012
- "A Friend in Need". Avengers: Ultron Revolution. Season 3. Episode 15. September 11, 2016. Disney XD.
- "The Avengers Protocol". Avengers Assemble. Season 1. Episode 1. May 26, 2013. Disney XD.
- "Saving Captain Rogers". Avengers: Ultron Revolution. Season 3. Episode 3. March 27, 2016. Disney XD.
- "Crack In The System". Avengers Assemble. Season 2. Episode 14. April 12, 2015. Disney XD.
- "New Frontiers". Avengers Assemble. Season 2. Episode 25. September 13, 2015. Disney XD.
- "Ghost of a Chance". Avengers Assemble. Season 1. Episode 3. July 7, 2013. Disney XD.
- "Hulked Out Heroes". Avengers Assemble. Season 1. Episode 11. September 29, 2013. Disney XD.
- "Avengers Disassembled". Avengers Assemble. Season 2. Episode 15. April 19, 2015. Disney XD.
- "Prison Break". Avengers: Secret Wars. Season 4. Episode 4. August 27, 2017. Disney XD.
- "Party Like It's 1899". Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!. Season 1. Episode 8. October 19, 2015. Cartoon Network.
- Ben Jones [@idiotstyle] (May 14, 2014). "Ben answers questions on VA roles for Shazam" (Tweet). Retrieved January 5, 2015 – via Twitter.
- Kaye, David [@dkayevo] (December 15, 2013). "Me Bizzaro...no really me play Bizzaro.. Tales of Metropolis: Bizarro" (Tweet). Retrieved December 2, 2015 – via Twitter.
- "Undercover Angle". Guardians of the Galaxy. Season 1. Episode 6. October 24, 2015. Disney XD.
- Sherman, Jennifer (October 26, 2020). "Funimation Announces Inuyasha Spinoff Anime Yashahime's Dub Cast". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
- Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of.
- Super Bomberman R Presents: Official Voice Actors for Ratchet & Clank. June 7, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2018 – via YouTube.
- Radio 1 In Miami
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