Michael Bell is an American actor, voice actor, voice director and animal-rights activist who is most active in voice over roles, known for his youthful voice. He has acted in video games and animated series, including The Transformers, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, The Houndcats, Rugrats, The Smurfs, and Snorks and appeared on-screen in film and television, including the TV programs Dallas and Star Trek. Bell was described as being “one of the most prominent voice actors of the 1980s.” Both Bell’s wife, Victoria Carroll, and his daughter, Ashley Bell, are actresses.
Michael Bell was born in Brooklyn, New York to a Jewish family.
1970s and 1980s voice work
Bell had an important part in animated entertainment in the 1970s and 1980s. His first voice role was that of Stutz, the leader of The Houndcats. He followed this with a co-starring role in the Canadian biker film “The Proud Rider” in 1971. In 1973, he was Mark on the Hanna-Barbera series Speed Buggy. He voiced Redbeard the Pirate’s Ghost in The New Scooby-Doo Movies episode “The Ghostly Creep from the Deep” as the second Redbeard themed monster in Scooby-Doo. From 1977 to 1984, Michael Bell played two of his best-known roles, Zan and Gleek on various Super Friends incarnations. He would also voice The Riddler on Challenge of the Super Friends. He also provided the voice of Lex Luthor as a young man, in the episode “History of Doom”. However, Stan Jones was the voice of the adult Luthor throughout the series. It’s interesting to note that Bell later played Luthor in the 1988 Superman series.
He was also Doctor Ben Cooper in Jana of the Jungle and in 1979, he voiced the title character of The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show and later made a guest appearance as Doctor Octopus in another superhero show, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.
Outside of animation, Bell performed on records and commercials, including the Young Man in A&M Records’ Story of Halloween Horror album in 1977, and Parkay Margarine and Mug Root Beer ads. Bell provided the overdubbing of Peter Criss’ dialogue in the band KISS’s TV movie KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park. In 1980, he provided the voice of the title character in The B.B. Beegle Show, an unsold TV show pilot that featured puppets.
Throughout the 1980s, Michael Bell starred in four hit animated series;
He also starred in the 1982 animated series The Incredible Hulk. The Hulk was voiced by Bob Holt, while his human side, Bruce Banner, was played by Bell. In a 2004 interview, he joked about how Bob Holt would be annoyed that he was growling his throat out while Bell got the easier stuff.
During this time, the actor also played Hiro Taka on Spiral Zone and Allstar Seaworthy on The Snorks (1984-1989)
Later voice work
Bell continues to work in animation in the 1990s and into the 21st century in movies and television, with roles such as Quackerjack from Disney’s Darkwing Duck, Aziz on Aladdin and Ezekiel Rage on The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest. He was also featured as Opus in the Bloom County television special A Wish for Wings That Work.
From 1991 to 2004, in the Rugrats and All Grown Up!, he voiced three of the main characters’ parents; Drew Pickles, Charles Finster Sr., and Boris Kropotkin.
Bell did the voices of Drake on W.I.T.C.H., Max Hauser, Duke’s Dad on G.I. Joe: Renegades, Willy Wachowski on Handy Manny and additional roles in Tangled (2010).
In 2018, Bell reprised his role as Quackerjack on the reboot of DuckTales.
Video game voice work
He is also a prolific voice in video games, which include Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, Age Of Empires III, Baldur’s Gate, Ratchet & Clank, the character Dark Fact in the game Ys I & II, and the character Raziel in three games in the Legacy of Kain series, among many others.
His live action film career has included roles in films such as Thunder Alley (1967), Blue (1968), Brother John (1971), Rollercoaster (1977), Fast Company (1979), How to Beat the High Cost of Living (1980) and C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D. (1989). Bell also appeared in live-action exploitation shorts and PSAs – scare films made in California during the early 1960s, ranging in content from venereal disease (Damaged Goods) to psychedelic drug abuse (Trip To Where).
He made guest appearances in multiple episodes of the Star Trek series. He also appeared in the Star Trek: The Next Generation pilot episode, “Encounter at Farpoint”, as Bandi administrator Groppler Zorn, and in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes “The Homecoming” as a Bajoran and in “The Maquis.”
Bell appeared in multiple episodes of Dallas as Les Crowley during the 1980-81 season, in M*A*S*H in the episode “Souvenirs” as Willie Stratton and also guest starred in two episodes of Three’s Company as Rama Mageesh and Michael, a sleazy dance instructor in the sixth-season episode “Some Of That Jazz” (1981). Bell played Bill Duncan, Sabrina (Kate Jackson)’s ex-husband on Charlie’s Angels, as well as appearing as King Edward Spencer on Jackson’s series Scarecrow and Mrs. King. In 1970, he appeared in an episode of The Silent Force.
He narrated the documentary programs Earth’s Fury (also known as Anatomy of Disaster internationally), Expeditions to the Edge, Bullet Catchers and ‘Mysteries of Asia, while he narrated some episodes of E! True Hollywood Story.
In 1983, he and his future wife Victoria Carroll opened The West End Playhouse in Van Nuys. The two of them organized, wrote, directed, and acted in dozens of productions.
One of the most notable was The Ladies of the Camillias in which Bell played the villain Ivan and Victoria starred as Madame Sarah Bernhardt. The play won multiple Drama Logue Awards.
He served as the theater’s director until 1988, when by mutual agreement to devote more time to their child, Bell and Carroll sold the theater to Edmund Gaynes and Pamela Hall.
Bell was the voice director for Kidd Video, Peter Pan and the Pirates, as well as the web series The LeBrons.
On March 30, 2012 the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) completed a merger of equals forming a new union SAG-AFTRA. As a result of this merger, a group of actors including Bell, fellow voice actors Wendy Schaal, Clancy Brown, Schaal’s former stepmother Valerie Harper, and other actors including former SAG President Edward Asner, Martin Sheen, Ed Harris and Nancy Sinatra immediately sued against the current SAG President Ken Howard and several SAG Vice Presidents to overturn the merger and separate the (now merged) two unions because of their claims that the election was improper. The lawsuit was dropped by the plaintiffs several months later.
In 1991, he and his colleague Melanie Chartoff conceived the Grayway Rotating Drain, a graywater recycling device for reuse of shower and sink water in the home. The following year, they finished and patented the product with the help of Ronald K. Ford.
Bell has been married to actress Victoria Carroll since 1984. Together they have a daughter, Ashley Bell who is also an actress. He is an animal rights activist. He is the godfather of actor Steve Guttenberg, who cites Bell as his inspiration to become an actor.
Bell served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Local of SAG-AFTRA in 2016 until 2019.
|1965||Gomer Pyle: USMC||Garson||Episode: “PFC Gomer Pyle”|
|1967||Thunder Alley||Leroy Johnson|
|The Monkees||Artist||Episode: “Art for Monkees’ Sake”|
|Get Smart||Brute||Episode: “The Mild Ones”|
|1969||Mission: Impossible||Captain Anders||Episode: “The Exchange”|
|Bob Greer||Episode: “To Draw the Lightning”|
|Dana Croft||Episode: “The Crimson Halo”|
|Larsen||Episode: “Picture of a Shadow”|
|1973||Tenafly||Steve Hall||Episode: “Joyride to Nowhere”|
|The F.B.I.||Parent||Episode: “Fatal Reunion”|
|Kibbee and Fitch||Russell Kibbee||Television film|
|1974–1975||Cannon||Delaney||Episode: “The Hit Man”|
|Thomas Lockner||Episode: “The Deadly Conspiracy: Part 1”|
|1974||The Law||Cliff Wilson||Television film|
|1975||Barnaby Jones||Thomas Lochner||Episode: “The Deadly Conspiracy: Part 2”|
|1975, 1977||The Streets of San Francisco||Robert O’Brien||Episode: “No Place to Hide”|
|Nick Malone||Episode: “One Last Trick”|
|1976–1977||The Rockford Files||Richard Stehler||Episode: “The Fourth Man”|
|Mike Krasny||Episode: “The Dog and Pony Show”|
|Charlie’s Angels||Bill Duncan||2 episodes|
|1977||M*A*S*H||Willie Stratton||Episode: “Souvenirs”|
|1978, 1981||Three’s Company||Rama Mageesh||Episode: “Chrissy and the Guru”|
|Michael||Episode: “Some of That Jazz”|
|1979||Fast Company||Chuck Randall|
|How to Beat the High Cost of Living||Tom|
|1980–1981, 1991||Dallas||Les Crowley||4 episodes|
|Pat Connors||Episode: “Farewell, My Lovely”|
|1985||Remington Steele||Bill Miles||Episode: “Steele in the Chips”|
|1986||Scarecrow and Mrs. King||King Edmund Spencer||Episode: “The Boy Who Could Be King”|
|1987||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Zorn||Episode: “Encounter at Farpoint”|
|1988||Hunter||Major Voss||2 episodes|
|1989||C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D.||Mr. Williams||Uncredited|
|1993–1994||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Borum||Episode: “The Homecoming”|
|Drofo Awa||Episode: “The Maquis, Part II”|
|1997-1998||Earth’s Fury (Anatomy of Disaster)||Narrator||Voice|
|Medal of Honor|
|Mysteries of Asia|
|1999-2002||E! True Hollywood Story|
|2004-2006||Expeditions to the Edge|
Animated TV series
|1982-1983||The Incredible Hulk||Dr. Bruce Banner, additional voices||Main Role;13 Episodes|
|1983–1985||G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero||Blowtorch, Clutch, Duke, Lift-Ticket, Major Bludd, Scrap-Iron, Tollbooth, Xamot||Main Role|
|1983||Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends||Doctor Octopus||Ep. “Spidey meets the Girl from Tomorrow”|
|1988||Superman||Lex Luthor||7 Episodes|
|1989||X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men||Cyclops||TV Short|
|1991–2004||Rugrats||Chas Finster, Drew Pickles, Grandpa Boris Kropotkin, Mr. Mucklehoney, Doctor, Jonathan Witt, Mr. Snow, Mike, Artist, Lawyer #1, Mad Scientist, Mailman (1), Tina, Announcers (1), Manager (1), Big Bottle, Barker, Manager (2), Ace, Security Guard, Reptar (3), Dr. Schachter, Jonathan (2), Golfers, Sailor, Fat Man, Harry, Audience Members, Dept. Store Santa, Mission Control, Wedding Guest, Man #1, Ed, Voice (2), Announcer (5), Delivery Man (1), Les, Roberto Mazatlan, Sal (1), Thorg (2), Spike (Chuckie’s Dream), Dog Warden, Mr. Mcdermott, Press, Clown (2), Salesman (1), Garbage Man (2), Weatherman (3), PA Announcer, Maintenance Worker, Judge #2, Clowns, Awards Host||Recurring role; 141 Episodes|
|1992–1995||Batman: The Animated Series||Airman Captain, additional voices||2 Episodes|
|1996||Adventures in Odyssey||Nagle||Episode 9: Someone to watch over me|
|2001||Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law||Zan||Ep. “Very Personal Injury”|
|2001–2002||Disney’s House of Mouse||Pongo||2 Episodes|
|2002||Justice League||NTSB Inspector, Conducter||Ep. “Metamorphosis” Parts 1 & 2|
|2003-2007||All Grown Up!||Chas Finster, Grandpa Boris Kropotkin, Shop Owner, Cop, Martin Costomiris, Announcer||Recurring role; 24 Episodes|
|2004–2006||The Batman||Crime Boss 2, Reporter, Guard||2 Episodes|
|2006||Frisky Dingo||Phillip||3 Episodes|
|2011||G.I. Joe: Renegades||Duke’s Dad (Max Hauser), Guard, Delivery Man||Ep. “Homecoming Part 1”|
|2011–2014||The LeBrons||Additional voices|
|2014||Community||Duke||Episode: “G.I. Jeff”|
|2015–2016||Transformers: Rescue Bots||High Tide||5 Episodes|
|2017||Star Wars Rebels||General Jan Dodonna||4 Episodes|
|2018||Voltron: Legendary Defender||The Archivist||Ep. “Kral Zera”|
|1989||Ys I & II||Dark Fact|
|1999||Star Trek: Starfleet Command|
|Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver||Melchiah|
|Sword of the Berserk: Guts’ Rage||Guts|
|2000||Star Wars: Force Commander||General Tyr Taskeen|
|Star Trek: New Worlds|
|Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn||Haer’Dalis|
|Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Fallen||Bajoran Man|
|Starfleet Command Volume II: Empires at War|
|2001||Emperor: Battle for Dune||Unit Response Voice|
|Baldur’s Gate II: Throne of Bhaal||Omar Haraad|
|Diablo II: Lord of Destruction||The Druid|
|Soul Reaver 2||Raziel|
|Star Trek: Armada II||N/A||Additional voices|
|Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty||Russian Soldier|
|Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix||Dr. Dimitri Sestrogar|
|Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem||Peter Jacob|
|Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos||Druids of the Talon|
|2003||Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits||Diekbeck|
|Grand Chase||Dungeon of Monsters|
|Call of Duty||Sergeant Pavlov||Also additional voices|
|Legacy of Kain: Defiance||Raziel|
|Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando||Biker #2|
|2004||Champions of Norrath||Male Dark Elf Shadowknight|
|Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Böse||Patriarch|
|Doom 3||Dr. Pierce Rogers|
|Shellshock: Nam ’67||Howell|
|Shark Tale||Additional Tenant Fish|
|The Bard’s Tale||N/A||Additional voices|
|Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal||Comic Narrator|
|Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater||The Fear|
|2005||Shadow of Rome||Julius Caesar||Also additional voices|
|Rise of the Kasai||Maibisi|
|Madagascar||Nick the Camel|
|Advent Rising||Enorym Tenspur|
|Age of Empires III||John Black|
|2007||Ninja Gaiden Sigma||Muramasa|
|Clive Barker’s Jericho||Governor Cassus Vicus|
|Universe at War: Earth Assault||Sergeant Woolard|
|2008||Condemned 2: Bloodshot||Magic Man|
|Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa||N/A||Additional voices|
|2009||Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time||Lawrence|
|2010||Alpha Protocol||Alan Parker|
|2011||Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One||Lawrence|
|2012||World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria||Kairozdormu|
|2013||Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII||N/A||Additional voices|
|2015||Heroes of the Storm||Medivh|
|2016||World of Warcraft: Legion||Medivh|
|2020||Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition||John Black|