Michael B. Pollock (born March 9, 1965) 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. When he returned to New York City in the 1990s, he was booked into some children's videos, anime, and an episode of Pokémon. 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.
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. 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.
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. His performance as Dr. Eggman has become synonymous to the character himself.
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
- ↑ Pollock, Mike. Mike's Résumé - Voice Over Actor Mike Pollock. It's a Mike (Mike Pollock official website). October 24, 2017.
- ↑ Roslyn High School. The Royal Crown Players - ALUMNI. rcp.roslynschools.org. May 2, 2017.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ TSSZ News (July 31, 2009). In Case You Missed it: The Mike Pollock SAGE Chat. tssznews.com. May 1, 2017.
- ↑ Anime News Network citations for Pollock's roles in Sonic X:
- Osmond, Andrew. Dub Actors David Vincent and Mike Pollock Confirmed for London Anime Con. Anime News Network. December 28, 2016.
- Anime News Network. Bleach Voice-Actor David Vincent @ London Anime Con & New Cosplay Forum Launched. Anime News Network. December 28, 2016.
- Osmond, Andrew. London Anime Con this Weekend. Anime News Network. December 28, 2016.
- Anime News Network. Castle Point Anime Convention Announces Michelle Knotz, Bill Rogers, Uncle Yo, Katie Tiedrich, and Mike Pollock as Special Guests. Anime News Network. December 28, 2016.
- Anime News Network. Voice Actors, Cosplayers & Celebrities at an Expanded London Anime Con This 20–21 July. Anime News Network. December 28, 2016.
- Anime News Network. A Chance to Win the Title of Best Cosplayer in the World at London Anime & Gaming Con. Anime News Network. December 28, 2016.
- Anime News Network. Anime Festival @ London Anime Con This 20–21 July & Cosplay Stars Ticket Contests!. Anime News Network. December 28, 2016.
- Anime News Network. London Gaming Convention 2 Announced for this 4-5 May 2013. Anime News Network. December 28, 2016.
- Anime News Network. London Anime Con Brings Video Game Tournaments and Leading Figures in Gaming to Islington. Anime News Network. December 28, 2016.
- ↑ Interviews with Pollock/conventions that Pollock attended:
- Aisha Anime (October 14, 2015). Villiany has no Bounds for Mike Pollock (interview). The Ordeals of a Creative Mind. December 28, 2016.
- Trueblue. Mike Pollock Interview (Dr Eggman). YouTube. December 28, 2016.
- Fan Cons. Mike Pollock Information. FanCons.com. June 6, 2018.
- Bergen Charter School. Voice Over Actor Mike Pollock visits HS. bergencharter.ilearnschools.org. December 28, 2016.
- Shorty Awards. Dr. Eggman Twitter Takeover - The Shorty Awards. shortyawards.com. December 28, 2016.
- ↑ Hazeldine, Julian (October 11, 2014). Speedrun: The Unauthorised History of Sonic the Hedgehog. Lulu Press, Inc. ISBN 978-1291832341.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ Jones, Brian (April 26, 2016). WATCH: Vince Lombardi featured in Teleflora commercial. May 1, 2017.
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