Category Archives: Actor Spotlight

Charlie Adler a G1 Original Favorite!

Charlie_AdlerHaving recently watched the creation of the Aerialbots, I’ve been watching Season 2 Transformers of late, I can say Silverbolt is defiantly one of my favorites! But it’s not the only voiced character by Adler… The man has talent! Enjoy the video below, and enjoy this Retro Spotlight from my original site, honoring this amazing talent! 

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Frank Welker… Voice Actor Extraordinaire!

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I love this photo above, of Frank Welker & Peter Cullen from Hascon, Frank, of course, was Megatron in the 80’s Transformers cartoon, and Peter was Optimus Prime! Both are still very active in the Transformers community, but, I myself, am more of a G1 fan!

Editor’s Note: As Thanksgiving nears, and many of us are running about getting ready for the holidays, I thought I’d spotlight one of my favorite talents! I’ve only met Frank once, and that was during a Botcon convention… But I did get to talk to him a little as I sat in a green room, Sue Blu and  John Moschitta, Jr. At one point he barked like a dog, and I thought it was Sue’s dog. I also interviewed Frank several years back for a magazine, and he wrote me back making me an honorary Decepticon.

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Frank began his professional career as a comic in 1967 and went on to open for such musical acts as The Righteous Brothers… Sonny and Cher, and Diana Ross. He made his acting debut in the Elvis Presley film, Trouble With Girls. Welker was a regular in Knott’s weekly television series and later co-starred in the television series Laugh Trax with Howie Mandel and Jim Staahl. I also remember his appearing in ‘The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes’ one of my favorite Disney movies from 1969!

Then moving onto animation Frank not only was the voice of many of my favorite Transformer characters, but he was a huge part of my childhood as I watched Scooby-Doo and Jabberjaw most every school day! Then Saturday mornings it was..The Real Ghostbusters, from which Frank had a huge role as our favorite green ghost and RayStantz!

Frank has always been well known for his wonderful characters… Including that of the Transformer character’s Megatron and Soundwave!

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A Mike Nesmith Weekend!

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For those that have known me the longest, you probably know I’ve always loved The Monkees! It was a daily thing, coming home from school and watching the show! My uncle Joe once made me a mixed tape, that my Dad and I always sung to. So it was a thrill this weekend to sing ‘Papa Genes Blues’ with Micheal Nesmith, and a crowd of other devoted fans! Photo above by Troubadour! Follow Micheal Nesmith on Video Ranch!

Because I had so much fun, I had to share a couple videos, one from the original show! And one from the concert.

Papa Genes Blues sung on The Monkees!

 

Pretty much what we saw Saturday, but this was recorded [Live at the Troubadour]!

I also got an autographed album and a t-shirt from the event, along with a very cool fan pin!! I also got the chance to speak with Christian Nesmith a few minutes too, that’s Mike’s eldest son!

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Have you purchased your tickets, for Retro Con 2018? For more information go to retrocons.com!

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Neil Ross: A Life in Radio and Voiceovers

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Growing up Neil Ross was two of my favorite Voltron members, Keith and Pidge. Then as I started watching Transformers and G.I. Joe, I knew him as  Slag, Springer, Buzzer and Shipwreak. Of course I’m only naming a few of the characters he’s voiced! He has a long list of credits, that also include major films like Back to the Future 2!

Now fans can learn the story behind this incredible talent! Neil’s written a book, and I highly recommend it! Purchase a copy HERE! Above is a photo of Neil Ross, Corey Burton, Myself [I should have been wearing a transformer t-shirt at the time!], and Gregg Berger!

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Again purchase this amazing book at: www.neilbook.com

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Autobot City’s under attack in Transformers the movie! One of my favorite movie moments! Pictured above: HotRod, Arcee, Kup, and Springer.

 

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Meet Sgt. Slaughter at Retro Con 2018!

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One of my favorite moments in G.I. Joe the movie, was when Sargent Slaughter and his Marauders first appear, to train Lt.Falcon! So you can only imagine how excited I am, to see Sarge again at Retro Con 2018! If you haven’t purchased your TICKETS yet, why wait?! Join in the fun and do check out Saturday Night’s concert too!

 

A Sgt. Slaughter’s Marauders Toy Commercial, from the late eighties!

Straight from the Retro Con Page!

We welcome back to Retro Con a true living legend: The one and only Sgt. Slaughter!

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A wrestler for over 40 years, Sgt. Slaughter became a household name when he joined the WWF in the early 1980s with his signature “Cobra Clutch” move. Inspired by the Sarge’s drill instructor persona and wild popularity, Hasbro decided to incorporate the Sarge into their GI Joe: A Real American Hero toy line, comic, and animated series in 1985! Voicing himself, his cartoon debut was in the Season 2 Arise Serpentor Arise mini series, where we learn the Sarge is one of the GI Joe team’s greatest warriors and trainers. The character is easily a fan-favorite and is still regularly talked about by Joe fans to this day.

Sgt. Slaughter will be at the show all weekend for autograph and photo ops. We’ll have his prices up on the website very soon. Come to Retro Con and meet one of the true icons of pop culture!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For you Retro Fans! Have I got the convention for you! Retro Con 2018! For more information go to retrocons.com!

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Help!… It’s the Hair Bear Bunch!

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Help!… It’s the Hair Bear Bunch! Was a Saturday morning cartoon, produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1971 for CBS! And it was also one of my favorite cartoons.. In saying that, here’s some fun facts about this amazing cartoon! 

Did you know the Theme Song was Sung by the cast! 

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In the Wonderland Zoo,
There are certain bears who,
Stay at home every night,
Never quarrel or fight,
Ah! We don’t even bite!

So don’t yell,
Help! Help! Here come the bears,
Help! Help! Here come the bears,
Help! Help! Here come the bears,
Let’s split!

So don’t yell,
Help! Help! Here come the bears,
Help! Help! Here come the bears,
Help! Help! Here come the bears,
Let’s split!

Help! It’s the Hair Bear Bunch!

 

The Episodes: The episodes ran from September 1971 to January 1972!

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Keep Your Keeper [September 11, 1971]
Rare Bear Bungle [September 18, 1971]
Raffle Ruckus [September 25, 1971]
Bridal Boo Boo [October 2, 1971]
No Space Like Home [October 9, 1971]
Love Bug Bungle [October 16, 1971]
I’ll Zoo You Later [October 23, 1971]
Ark Lark [October 30, 1971]
Gobs of Gabaloons [November 6, 1971]
Panda Pandemonium [November 19, 1971]
Closed Circuit TV [November 20, 1971]
The Bear Who Came to Dinner [November 27, 1971]
Unbearably Peevly [December 4, 1971]
Goldilocks and the Three Bears [December 11, 1971]
The Diet Caper [December 18, 1971]
Kling Klong versus The Masked Marvel [January 8, 1972]

 

Cast & Characters: The amazing talent behind these characters!

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Daws Butler – Hair Bear, Bumbo the Elephant, Bananas the Gorilla
William Callaway – Square Bear
Don Messick – Hercules the Hippo, Ambassador of Ptomania
Joe E. Ross – Lionel J. Botch
Hal Smith – Rare Bear
John Stephenson – Eustace P. Peevly, Zoo Superintendent, Slicks the Fox, Hippy the Hippopotamus, Dr. Kneeknocker
Janet Waldo – Pipsqueak the Mouse
Lennie Weinrib – Bank Robber, Wrestling Manager
Paul Winchell – Bubi Bear, Furface the Lion, Tiptoes the Ostrich, Specs the Mole, Mr. Grunch

 

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Favorite Talents

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With Pat Fraley, during Retro Con 2015!

Dinner with Hank Garrett & Morgan Lofting, during a Joe Con!

It’s going to take me awhile, but I’m adding more goodies to the blogging site. Here’s just a few of the talented actors I plan to spotlight in the near future!

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For those that remember the seventies and eighties as well as I do, you’ll remember many of these wonderful talents from the Hanna Barbera cartoons! Who hasn’t watched Scooby Doo or the Flintstones? This part of my archive is to honor those favorite talents who voiced those cartoons and more!

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