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Mike Pollock

Michael B. Pollock (born March 9, 1965)[1] portrays Dr. Eggman (from Sonic the Hedgehog) in Wreck-It Ralph. He is best known as the voice of Dr. Eggman in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, as well as many characters in various anime English-language dubs and video games. He provided voices for the narrator, Raoul Contesta, and Drayden in the Pokémon series, Adon Coborlwitz from Berserk, Meat from Ultimate Muscle, Langston Lickatoad from Viva Piñata, Suikyou from the Ikki Tousen series and Beast in the motion comic adaptation of Astonishing X-Men.

Voice acting career

Pollock worked in radio in Upstate New York in the 1980s. He graduated from Roslyn High School in 1983, where he was involved with their theatre group called the Royal Crown Players.[2] When he returned to New York City in the 1990s, he was booked into some children's videos, anime, and an episode of Pokémon.[3] Pollock recalls it was director Eric Stuart who brought him in as a guest spot for Pokémon and he then got recommended for roles in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Ultimate Muscle, as well as the Fox Box promotion announcer.[4]

Dr. Eggman in Sonic franchise

Pollock first took the role of Dr. Eggman in the English dub of Sonic X, in which he also portrayed Professor Gerald Robotnik.[5] Pollock assumed the role of Eggman in the video game series beginning with the 2005 games Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic Rush, as part of an initiative by SEGA to maintain vocal consistency between the concurrent video game/TV portrayals of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.[3]

Several anime websites, anime conventions, podcasters and interviewers have also taken notice of Pollock's performance as Dr. Eggman in numerous video games and animated series within the Sonic franchise.[6] His performance as Dr. Eggman has become synonymous to the character himself.[7]

On July 15, 2010, Sega announced that the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise would undergo a re-casting, with a new set of voice actors based in Los Angeles, California assuming the roles of each character; however, it was also announced that Pollock would continue to voice Dr. Eggman.

Pollock is the only voice actor out of the entire Sonic cast to still reside in New York as opposed to California; he communicates with the Studiopolis cast via headphones. Pollock has reprised his role of Dr. Eggman on the TV series Sonic Boom, which premiered on November 8, 2014. Pollock has currently held the role for longer than any other English-speaking actor.

Other voice work

For Teleflora's Mother's Day campaign in 2016, Pollock narrated Vince Lombardi's "What It Takes to Be Number One" speech in a commercial video called "One Tough Mother".[8][9]

References

  1. Pollock, Mike. Mike's Résumé - Voice Over Actor Mike Pollock. It's a Mike (Mike Pollock official website). October 24, 2017.
  2. Roslyn High School. The Royal Crown Players - ALUMNI. rcp.roslynschools.org. May 2, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Pollock, Mike. Mike's Fan FAQ - Voice Over Actor Mike Pollock - It's A Mike!. www.itsamike.com. December 28, 2016.
  4. TSSZ News (July 31, 2009). In Case You Missed it: The Mike Pollock SAGE Chat. tssznews.com. May 1, 2017.
  5. Anime News Network citations for Pollock's roles in Sonic X:
  6. Interviews with Pollock/conventions that Pollock attended:
  7. Hazeldine, Julian (October 11, 2014). Speedrun: The Unauthorised History of Sonic the Hedgehog. Lulu Press, Inc. ISBN 978-1291832341.
  8. Gianatasio, David (April 25, 2016). Ad of the Day: Teleflora Finds Fresh Use for Vince Lombardi in Powerful Ad for Mother's Day. May 1, 2017.
  9. Jones, Brian (April 26, 2016). WATCH: Vince Lombardi featured in Teleflora commercial. May 1, 2017.
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