Trek Untold

Hosted ByMatthew Kaplowitz

"Trek Untold" is the Star Trek podcast that goes beyond the stars! This show features guests, including character actors, stunt performers, directors, writers, VFX artists, and the behind-the-scenes people who make the Star Trek universe boldly go where no sci-fi franchise has gone before.

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79: Michael Bell – Trek, Toons & Teachings from a Master

You’ve heard the sound of his voice since you were a kid, today learn all about the man behind it!

This week on Trek Untold, we speak with veteran performer and voiceover artist Michael Bell. You may recognize his voice as Duke from “G.I. Joe,” Lance from “Voltron,” Prowl and Sideswipe from “Transformers,” Chaz Finster from “The Rugrats,” and many many more! Michael also spent some time in the Star Trek franchise, starting with the TNG pilot “Encounter at Farpoint” as Gropler Zorn, and then returning later to DS9 as Borum in “The Homecoming” and Drofo Awa in “The Magquis, Part 2” concluding with roles in some of the Star Trek video games from that era.

 Learn all about Michael’s long road towards performing, his first role in the cult film “Damaged Goods,” working on “The Monkees” and his scene with Micky Dolenz, his appearance on “M.A.S.H.,” “Three’s Company,” how he found his way into voiceover acting and learning from legendary pros like Mel Blanc, how he creates his voices and the memorable emotional moment as Chaz Finster in the Mother’s Day episode from “The Rugrats.”

And of course, plenty of Trek talk with Michael, including his original audition for the part of Q, working on the pilot with Jonathan Frakes, Patrick Stewart, and Brent Spiner, discussion of one of the deleted scenes from the TNG pilot, the excruciating makeup process for his second role on DS9, lessons he learned from his VO contemporaries, his hopes for his legacy, advice to preserve your voice for animation for years to come, and other tips and tricks that come from a lifetime of work in VO performing.

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