Coleman in March 2018
Townsend Putnam Coleman III
|Occupation||Voice actor, DJ|
Townsend Putnam Coleman III is an American voice actor who has performed in many animated series and TV commercials beginning in the early 1980s. Among his most notable roles are Michaelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,Wayne Gretzky on ProStars and the title characters in Where's Wally? and the eponymous The Tick.
Coleman was a disc jockey for WGCL in Cleveland, Ohio, in the late 1970s. This included the weekend of July 7-8, 1979, when that radio station presented his own take on American Top 40 after the station's refusal to air the "Top 40 Disco Songs" special for that weekend.
In the same period, Coleman appeared in several plays through Jerry Leonard's Heights Youth Theater ensemble. The plays were staged at Wiley Junior High School in University Heights, Ohio, — just down the road from John Carroll University. Other famous performers who appeared in Leonard's plays include the actress Carol Kane.
Coleman's career as a voice actor took off in the 1980s when, having recently moved to Los Angeles, he auditioned for the role of Corporal Capeman on Inspector Gadget. He also portrayed Riot on Jem, Gobo in the animated version of Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock, Scott Howard on the animated Teen Wolf and many others. In TV commercials, he was the 7-Up "Spot", Keebler Elves, and Raid Bugs. Coleman has also been the voice of NBC commercials for programs such as Must See TV and The Tonight Show since the early 1990s. Coleman has also provided the voice for Jason Whittaker on the Focus on the Family radio drama Adventures in Odyssey since 1994. He also voiced the Autobot Mini-Cassette Rewind on the Transformers cartoon series (1986) and provided the voice of Colt in Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs.
From 1987 to 1996, Coleman voiced his most popular character; Michelangelo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Coleman also provided the voice for The Tick in the 1994 cartoon series, for which he received an Annie Award nomination.
Coleman performed a wide range of voices in King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow, including Vizier Abdul Alhazred, Shamir Shamazel, Lord Azure, Ferryman, Beast and the Minotaur.
Coleman returned to the Transformers franchise by voicing Sentinel Prime in the Transformers Animated series. The character was designed to look like The Tick, as confirmed by the writers of the show at Botcon 2008, Coleman also currently provided the voice of Neddy the Mallet in the Cartoon Network series, Mighty Magiswords. Neddy's mannerisms on the show are based on The Tick which led to him being acquired the role. According to the creator Kyle Carrozza, Neddy was Townsend's first original cartoon role in years.
He also returned the Tick franchise in the 2017 series on Amazon Prime, providing the voice of ex-superhero dog Midnight.
|1986||Black Moon Rising||Waiter||Live action|
|The Kingdom Chums: Little David's Adventure||Eliab / Fox Soldier #2||TV Movie|
|The Amazing Adventures of Inspector Gadget||Cpl. Capeman|
|1987||Alice Through the Looking Glass||Tom Fool||TV Movie|
|1988||Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears||Zor One|
|1992||FernGully: The Last Rainforest||Knotty|
|1998||Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero||Additional Voices||Direct-to-video|
|Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night||Father Joseph|
|2000||The Christmas Lamb||Samuel / Daneil / Joseph||TV Movie|
|2007||Superman: Doomsday||Drill Operator||Direct-to-video|
|2008||Justice League: The New Frontier||Dr. Magnus|
|2013||Batman: The Dark Knight Returns||Morrie / Abner|
|Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite||Commissioner Gordon|
|1992||King's Quest VI||Vizier Abdul Alhazred / Shamir Shamazel
|2007||Mass Effect||Lord Darius / Rafael Vargas
|2012||Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes||Mr. Freeze / Mad Hatter
Commissioner Gordon / General Zod
|Spec Ops: The Line||Soldiers|
|1985||Inspector Gadget||Corporal Capeman / Sweetly|
|1986||Transformers||Mini-Cassette Rewind / Martin|
|1986-1987||Teen Wolf||Scott Howard (Teen Wolf)|
|1987-1996||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)||Michaelangelo, Rat King, Krang (1989 alternate)
Shredder (1993 alternate - 7 episodes only)
Usagi Yojimbo, Rahzar
Screwloose, Splinter (season 5 alternate)
Burne Thompson (season 3 alternate)
Jerry Spiegel, Electrozapper
Dalton Dumpsky, Fritz
|1987||Fraggle Rock||Gobo Fraggle / Wrench Doozer
|Episode: "Wembley and the Bemble/A Fraggle for All Seasons"|
|1988||Jem and the Holograms||Rory "Riot" Lewellyn|
|1988||Superman||Teenage Clark Kent / Ted Kline|
|1989||Ring Raiders||Yasu Yakamura|
|1990||TaleSpin||Turkey Client / Newsreel Announcer||Episode: "From Here to Machinery"|
|1991||Darkwing Duck||Patrick||Episode: Whiffle While You Work|
|1994-1996||The Tick (1994)||The Tick|
|1995-1996||Timon and Pumbaa||Vulture Police / Purplest Stupidest Pirate|
|1995-1997||Spider-Man||Young and Middle-Aged Silvermane||2 Episodes|
|1996||Mighty Ducks||Canard||2 Episodes|
|1996-1999||Superman: The Animated Series||Programmer / Thug Leader
Death Fist Ninja / Co-Pilot / Captain
|1997-1999||The New Batman Adventures||Rocco / Mugger / Mugsy||2 Episodes|
|1999-2000||Batman Beyond||Falseface / Lieutenant||2 Episodes|
|2002||Spy TV||Announcer||2 Episodes|
|2005||Duck Dodgers||Superego Dodgers / Protectorate #2||Episode: "A Lame Duck Mind"|
|2007||The Batman||Campus Guard||Episode: "Seconds"|
|2007-2009||Transformers Animated||Sentinel Prime, Tracks||13 Episodes|
|2014-2017||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)||80s Michelangelo / Clerk||5 Episodes|
|2015||Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.||Hercules||Episode: "The Tale of Hercules"|
|2016-2018||Mighty Magiswords||Neddy the Mallet, Beeswax Crown|
|2017-2018||The Tick (2017)||Midnight/Onward|