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Corey Burton
Born Corey Gregg Weinberg
August 3, 1955 (1955-08-03) (age 54)
San Fernando Valley, California
Other name(s) Cory Burton
Occupation voice actor
Years active 1972-present
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Corey Burton (born August 3, 1955) is an American voice actor, perhaps best known as Count Dooku, Ziro the Hutt and Cad Bane in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Brainiac in the DC animated universe and Spike Witwicky and Shockwave in the Transformers universe. Burton has worked on numerous cartoon series for other networks, such as Cartoon Network, and has also worked extensively with Disney and Disneyland theme parks.


Early career

Corey Burton began his career at age 17, in an imitation performance of voice actor Hans Conreid for Disney. He studied radio acting with Daws Butler (Time for Beany, Merrie Melodies, Yogi Bear) for four years and went on to work with nearly all of the original Hollywood radio actors in classic-style radio dramas.


Burton has done extensive voice work for Disney including feature animations and interactive sections of the company, as well as many attractions at the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort and Tokyo Disney Resort. He provides the "Feature Presentation" voice on numerous Disney home video releases and can be heard as the tram narration voice at Disneyland park. He provided the voice of Captain Hook in Disney's Return to Never Land and overdubbed the voice of Fantasia Master of Ceremonies Deems Taylor for the film's 2000 re-release, as Taylor's original soundtrack had deteriorated.

Burton has voiced sound-alikes and original characters for over 50 Disney Storyteller records. His roles include:

Paul Frees

Burton is perhaps best known to Disney fans for his imitation of the late voiceover actor Paul Frees as the Ghost Host in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Holiday attraction, as well as providing the same voice for Walt Disney World's HalloWishes fireworks show during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party event. Burton also recited the classic line "Welcome, foolish mortals" in the opening of the film version of The Haunted Mansion.

Burton was also approached to record a new safety spiel for the beginning of the original Haunted Mansion ride. He agreed to do this under the condition that it was only an addition and did not replace any of Frees' original dialogue. Since this was not the case, he declined and the spiel was instead recorded by voice actor Joe Leahy. Petitions are now being drawn to either have Frees' spiel reinstated or have Burton re-record it.

Burton provides many others Paul Frees-like voices for Disneyland park, including several newer pirates in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction (most notably the "Pooped Pirate") and almost every voice in Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.[1]

Burton performed another Frees imitation for comedian Stan Freberg's album Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America, Volume Two.[2]



Burton appeared as Shockwave, Sunstreaker, Brawn and Spike Witwicky in the 1984-86 Transformers cartoon series by Sunbow Productions & Marvel Productions. He later appeared as Megatron, Ratchet, Ironhide, Cyrus "The Colossus" Rhodes, Spike Witwicky and Longarm Prime/Shockwave in the Transformers Animated series by Cartoon Network.

Burton stated in an interview that Shockwave was by far his favorite character to perform in the original show.[3]

Star Wars

Corey Burton is known to Star Wars fans as the audio double for Christopher Lee as Count Dooku in Star Wars: Clone Wars and several Star Wars video games. He appears in various roles in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars film and TV series, including (but not limited to) Count Dooku, Cad Bane, and Ziro the Hutt.


Corey Burton has portrayed Brainiac in the DC animated universe. He appeared as Brainiac in six episodes of Superman: The Animated Series, two episodes of Static Shock, two episodes of Justice League, five episodes of Justice League Unlimited, and three episodes of Legion of Super Heroes.

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