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Hello everyone. Today I’m checking out one of the great voice actors of our time Neil Ross. Ross started out in radio and once left his gig in Idaho and took a radio job in Hawaii for $400 per month. Ross was also the announcer for the popular game show Press Your Luck where he also did the sound for the little Whammy guy cartoon who would dance across the tv screen and take all your money. If you have never watched this show find a clip of it. Ross got into voice acting and would become one of the great voices of the eighties. Although Ross did modern work in shows such as Jimmy neutron and Ben 10, he did many great stuff in the eighties. His first big character was Keith from Voltron. I remember waking up early Saturday morning to watch Voltron. The show was really great and I loved it as it was much different then the other shows at the time. He also was several Transformers including his favorite Springer. His favorite character to play, as stated in a recent podcast “What’s In My Head”, Shipwreck from GI Joe. Shipwreck has always been one of my favorite characters and one of the first figures I bought with my own money. Among these popular shows he also played a number of other characters in shows like Rambo, Hulk Hogans Rock ‘n’ Wrestling, and X-Men animated series. Ross regrettably did say he passed up a chance at TMNT. How cool would that have been? Although he has also voiced many characters in video games like Star Wars and Spider-Man, he says you work mostly alone and he prefers working with other people. Ross also released a book “Vocal Recall” in 2018 about his life in radio and voice acting. He is an interesting person and a very interesting to listen to. Who is your favorite Neil Ross character?


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Neil Ross is so awesome. He IS Shipwreck, there will never be anyone else who can be the character in my mind. When I think about him i hear Neil Ross's voice in my head. That said, I guess I had no idea until today just how many other cartoons outside of G.I.Joe that he worked on, I always learn new things when i read your articles.

Now for the kicker, they need to bring back a continuation of the original G.I.Joe cartoon with as many of these original voice actors as they can before they all pass. They could turn a serious profit on it.

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This interview is super cool if you have not seen it check it out.


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Cool info! Thank you both for sharing this!

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This article got my juices flowing to make a little custom, what do you all think?


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Cool custom Kal!

Voice acting was so critical to the success of Sunbow (in addition to writing aimed at telling a story rather than random goofiness.) That is why it is challenging to think of another voice other than Neil Ross emanating out of animated Shipwreck.

And we can't imagine someone other than Peter Cullen voicing Optimus Prime.

The combined experience of seeing the animated character and hearing the voice actor's voice cemented the audio-visual memory in our young minds. If there was a different voice actor each week or episode, we wouldn't remember half of what we do.

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Cool custom Kal!

Voice acting was so critical to the success of Sunbow (in addition to writing aimed at telling a story rather than random goofiness.) That is why it is challenging to think of another voice other than Neil Ross emanating out of animated Shipwreck.

And we can't imagine someone other than Peter Cullen voicing Optimus Prime.

The combined experience of seeing the animated character and hearing the voice actor's voice cemented the audio-visual memory in our young minds. If there was a different voice actor each week or episode, we wouldn't remember half of what we do.


I agree 100%. The joe cartoons still hold up because of the stories and the voice actors. There are tons of cartoons from back then that i enjoyed as a kid, many of which i find really hard to watch now. G.I.Joe never gets old.

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I picked up his book, gonna try and get into it this weekend

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Train wrote:
I picked up his book, gonna try and get into it this weekend


Well you did it again, gave me some great new information with one of your articles. I didn't even know he had a book till i read your article, now i have to go and check that out.

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