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David Kaye

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David V. Hope , known professionally as David Kaye, is a Canadian American actor who is better recognized for his work as a voice actor. His most recognized roles include Sesshomaru in the shōnen anime InuYasha, Treize Khushrenada in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Megatron in five of the Transformers series , Cronus in Class of the Titans and Clank in the Ratchet & Clank series of video games.


Kaye began his career in radio in the early 1980s, working in London, Ontario and eventually transferring to station LG73 (also known as CKLG, which became CHMJ in 2001) in British Columbia, Vancouver from 1989 to 1994. Whilst there he was part of "The Morning Zoo" team, writing and improvising material as well as creating characters such as "Cowboy Dick." Kaye also had his own slot, the time of which changed over the years. In 1991, his slot aired from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Mondays to Fridays.

His acting studies include film and television, cold reading, classical theater acting and character voice study.

His big break in animation came in 1989, when he was cast as the voice of General Hawk in G.I. Joe. Consequently, Kaye lost interest in radio, an integral reason behind his departure from LG73. Since then, he has voiced hundreds of characters, his excellent range allowing a wide variety of ages, accents and dialects. For many, his most notable role is of Megatron in Beast Wars and the related Beast Machines. Kaye continued to voice the subsequent incarnations of Megatron in Transformers: Armada, Transformers: Energon, and Transformers: Cybertron series. Kaye was not asked to voice Megatron for the Transformers: Robots in Disguise series. He originally was not going to play the character in Transformers: Cybertron, however, Kaye was later asked to reprise his role after a handful of episodes were recorded with a different actor. This gap was the reason the initial three episodes of the series did not air in the United States until later He has played Megatron for the longest duration when compared with other voice actors of the character. Kaye provided the voice of Megatron's antithesis Optimus Prime in 2007-2009's Transformers Animated, which makes him the first actor who has voiced both Megatron and Optimus Prime on a regular basis.

He is also well versed in automated dialogue replacement in anime, playing Sesshomaru in the popular InuYasha and Soun Tendo in Ranma ½.

His voice has also carried him into audiobooks, video games and commercial radio and television announcing and advertising. He is the current voice over for the Fox Sports Network and can be heard on radio stations worldwide.

Kaye's live action roles consist of a large majority from the Sci-fi genre, such as Battlestar Galactica, The X Files, and The Twilight Zone. He is often typecast as a television reporter or anchor. Kaye has stated that he often becomes more interested with the technical aspects of live action acting rather than preparing for the roles themselves. Consequently, his on-camera roles have waned. Besides there is little time, as 12 hour days in studio recording tend to cut into his time to seriously pursue on-camera roles. He's been asked on several occasions to 'jump back in'. "When the time is right and I can devote more time to the craft, you bet."
Additionally, his theatre work has included the popular plays A Streetcar Named Desire and Of Mice and Men.

Currently, Kaye has chosen to dedicate his working hours to voice work, placing his theatre and live action roles on the sidelines.

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