Jess Harnell

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Jess Harnell
Jess Harnell
OccupationVoice actor, Singer
Years active1987–present
 
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Jess Harnell
Jess Harnell
OccupationVoice actor, Singer
Years active1987–present

Jess Harnell is an American voice actor and singer, best known for voicing Wakko Warner on Animaniacs and Ironhide in the Transformers film series. Harnell has been the announcer for America's Funniest Home Videos since 1998.

Career[edit]

Harnell started his career with minimal experience and has gone on to become one of the top voice actors in the industry, in addition to a successful career as a rock and session singer. A small sampling of his credits: In 1989, he provided the voices of Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Fox in the then-new Splash Mountain attraction at Disneyland Park, reviving the roles last played in 1946 by Johnny Lee and James Baskett, respectively, in the film Song of the South. Harnell also recorded some new character dialogue for the subsequent Walt Disney World version of the attraction. He was later called in to reprise these roles once again for the 2011 video game Kinect Disneyland Adventures.

Wakko from Animaniacs

In 1993, he went on to voice two of his most popular roles, Wakko Warner on Animaniacs and Secret Squirrel on 2 Stupid Dogs. From 1994 to 1996, he supplied the voices of Sewer Urchin, The Human Bullet and Chief Louder in the animated series The Tick.

Also in 1996, he was Hunter on Road Rovers. One of Harnell's next appearances was as the principal stormtrooper in the 1997 Star Wars fan film Troops, a parody of the Cops TV series set in the Star Wars universe. Harnell voiced Joe Tabootie on the Nickelodeon show ChalkZone, Petrol on Firehouse Tales, Crash Bandicoot in Crash Tag Team Racing, Crash of the Titans, and Crash: Mind over Mutant, Lo-Lo in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, Spyro the Dragon in Spyro: A Hero's Tail and Spyro: Shadow Legacy, Marlin in Finding Nemo (video game) Jerry in Totally Spies, Linguni in Pucca, and Doctor Finklestein in The Nightmare Before Christmas's video game spin-offs, as well as in the Kingdom Hearts series replacing the late William Hickey who voiced him in the film. In 2005 he voiced Buzz Blister in Tom & Jerry: Blast off to Mars and numerous other characters in subsequent Tom & Jerry features. He also voiced wild and energetic Cro Magnon Doubledome from the Longhair and Doubledome cartoon shorts for Cartoon Network's Big Pick (also starring Daniel Davis as Longhair).

In 2001, he was the singing voice of Buster on Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure. He also voiced Captain Hero on Comedy Central's animated comedy Drawn Together and he also does the voices of Wooton Bassett, and Bennett Charles on the radio drama Adventures in Odyssey, as well as playing the lead role of Finnian Jones for the Lamplighter Theatre Radio Drama. He also made appearances on Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad. His voice also made an appearance in NASCAR Rumble, and is credited for in-game commentary in the follow-up game Rumble Racing. Jess also replaced Brad Garrett as the voice of Fatso during season 3 of The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper. He also played a role in Samurai Jack as he voiced Ringo and a waitress in the episode "Jack Under the Sea". In 2007 he replaced Neil Flynn as the voice of The Plumber in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time. He also voiced the Smuggler in that popular series.

In that same year, he voiced the characters of Ironhide and Barricade in the Michael Bay-directed Transformers, making him the only voice actor to play both an Autobot (Ironhide) and a Decepticon (Barricade) in that film. He returned to voice Ironhide once again in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen[1][2][3] and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

He voiced a character in the popular animated film Up and replaced Brad Garrett as the voice of Professor Buffo in Special Agent Oso. For a more complete representation of Harnell's extensive v=credits, please see his IMDB page.

Music career[edit]

As a musician, Harnell released his only solo album, The Sound Of Your Voice, in 1995. He is the lead vocalist in the pop/metal mashup rock band, Rock Sugar, which evolved from his previous band, Loud & Clear. With Loud & Clear or Rock Sugar, Harnell released four albums: Disc-Connected (2003), self-titled demo album (2007), Festival Of Fire (2008), and Reimaginator (2010). Rock Sugar has opened for groups including AC/DC, Def Leppard, Linkin Park and Aerosmith.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Soundtrack (Small excerpt of credits)[edit]

YearFilmRoleSongArtist/Writer
1991-1995Taz-ManiaTheme song vocalist"Come to Taz-Mania"Jess Harnell & Jim Cummings
1993-1998AnimaniacsWakko"The Monkey Song"
"I Am the Very Model of a Cartoon Individual"
"Yes, Brothers Warner We"
"Wakko's America (The Capitals Song)"
"Be Careful What You Eat"
"Do Your Ears Hang Low?"
"John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt"
"The Twelve Days of Christmas"
"Dixie"
"Hello Nurse"
Richard Stone, Steve Bernstein, Julie Bernstein & Gordon Goodwin
1995Aladdin and the King of ThievesAdditional voices"Are You In or Out?"David Friedman
2001Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp's AdventureBuster"Junkyard Society Rag"Melissa Manchester & Norman Gimbel
2004The Powerpuff GirlsAdditional voices"Give Something to Me"
"Sai Lai lufti de santra mekidu"
"Sunshine, Sunshine, Down on Me"
"Thank You"
"This is the Best Day of My Life Today"
"Real Good"
"Sai Lai lufti de santra mekidu 2"
Manda Rin, Steven Clark, John Disco, James L. Venable, Thomas Chase & Stephen Rucker
2005The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's RevengeDr. Finkelstein"Dr. Finklestein's Song"Danny Elfman
2011The Looney Tunes ShowTosh Gopher"Be Polite"
"You Like / I Like"
"Drifting Apart"
Andy Sturmer
2012Doc McStuffinsChilly"You Can Do It"
"Chillin' in the Snow"
Michelle Lewis & Kay Hanley

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Preceded by
Gary Owens
Announcer for America's Funniest Home Videos
1998–present
Succeeded by
incumbent
Preceded by
Tom Kenny
Voice of Spyro the Dragon
2004–2005
Succeeded by
Elijah Wood
Preceded by
Steven Jay Blum
Voice of Crash Bandicoot
2005–2010
Succeeded by
incumbent
Preceded by
Matt Hill
Voice of Ironhide
2007
Succeeded by
Corey Burton
Preceded by
Corey Burton
Voice of Ironhide
2009
Succeeded by
Keith Szarabajka
Preceded by
Keith Szarabajka
Voice of Ironhide
2011
Succeeded by
Current