Garry Chalk

Garry Glen Chalk (born February 17, 1952)[1] is a British-born Canadian actor and voice actor. He has provided the voices for Optimus Primal of Beast Wars: Transformers and Beast Machines, as well the Optimus Prime in the anime English dubs of Transformers: Armada, Transformers Energon, and Transformers: Cybertron, and also was the third American voice of Dr. Robotnik for Sonic Underground. He has lent his voice to over 30 animated television series and has been in films such as The Fly II, Godzilla and Freddy vs. Jason. He played the recurring role of Col. Chekov on Stargate SG-1. He is perhaps best known for his recurring role as Inspector Andrew Pawlachuk on Cold Squad.

Garry Chalk
Garry Glen Chalk

(1952-02-17) February 17, 1952
ResidenceVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Other namesGary Chalk
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1980–present

Life and career

Chalk was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on February 17, 1952 and, at the age of 5, moved with his family to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on June 17, 1957.[2] Initially wanting to become a teacher, a college play he saw made him want to pursue an acting career. He received his acting training at Studio 58.

Chalk has been involved with professional theatre since 1978, and has performed at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company (VPTC), the Arts Club Theatre Company (ACTC), The Vancouver Theatresports League and numerous theatres in British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta. The last live stage production he did was A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, where he played Miles Gloriosus. He also performed in Henry IV and As You Like It at the VPTC, as well as Dracula and Passion at the ACTC.

A highly-prolific character actor, most of his career has been in film and television, usually portraying a corrupt law enforcement officer. He had a recurring role on Cold Squad for four years, for which he won Gemini Awards in two consecutive years, and until the close of its ninth season had a recurring role on the science-fiction series Stargate SG-1. Known for his perfect enunciation and his mellifluous deep voice, Chalk is also a veteran of over 1,500 animated productions including Class of the Titans, and the 2002 remake of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. He is also known for his voice work in the Transformers franchise as the voice of Optimus Primal in Beast Wars and Beast Machines, and as Optimus Prime in the Unicron Trilogy. He also voiced the original Megatron in an episode of Beast Wars.

In the 2000s, he appeared occasionally in the Sci-Fi Channel shows Eureka, as Col. Briggs and Painkiller Jane, as Ruben Hennessey.[3] Chalk is a proficient guitarist and singer and often performs his music when he makes public appearances and at conventions.





1985The Journey of Natty GannChicago Worker
1989The Fly IIScorby
1990Stephen King's ItCoach
1997Warriors of VirtueMoselyVoice
2002Bang Bang You're DeadChief Bud McGee
2003Freddy vs. JasonSheriff Williams
2004The Karate DogOfficer Brunelli
Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2Police Captain
2005Fierce PeopleMcCallum
His and Her ChristmasAnthony ShephardTV movie
SupervolcanoGovernor Billy Marshall, of Wyoming
2006Deck the HallsSheriff Dave
Eight BelowBoat Captain
2007Battle in SeattleChief Faherty
2008Christmas TownGrandpa Jack
2009Scooby-Doo! The Mystery BeginsVice-Principal Grimes
WatchmenMilitary General
2011Marley & Me: The Puppy YearsAnnouncer
2012Big Time MovieMI6 Agent #1
2013SuddenlySheriff Grant
2014GodzillaStan Welsh
2015TomorrowlandJail Desk Jockey
2016Stagecoach: The Texas Jack StoryDoc Forrester
2017Power RangersCaptain Bowen[4]
Max 2: White House HeroColonel JonesDirect-to-video
2018The Predator Postal Worker
The Miracle SeasonPrincipal Shaw
2020Sonic the Hedgehog

Video games


Gemini Awards

  • 2000–2001 Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Cold Squad
  • 2001–2002 Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Cold Squad


  1. "Garry Chalk". IMDb. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  2. "Garry Chalk". BlogTalkRadio (Audio). BlogTalkRadio, Inc. April 1, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  3. Nguyen, Michael (January 24, 2014). "Madman Interview with Garry Chalk". Behind The Voice Actors. Inyxception Enterprises, Inc. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  4. Paladin (May 21, 2016). "Garry Chalk Joins Power Rangers 2017 Movie Cast". Toku Nation. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
Preceded by
Neil Kaplan
Robots in Disguise
Voice of Optimus Prime
Unicron Trilogy
Succeeded by
Peter Cullen
Video game and live-action movie
Preceded by
Frank Welker
Original series
Voice of Megatron/Galvatron
Beast Wars
Succeeded by
Daniel Riordan
Robots in Disguise
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