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Jack Angel (1930–2021), voice actor in “Super Friends,” “Transformers”

by Linnea Crowther

Jack Angel was a voice actor in cartoons including “Super Friends,” “Transformers,” and “The Smurfs.”

Voice acting career

Angel got his start in the entertainment industry as a radio disc jockey in California. He worked in radio for almost 20 years before beginning his voice acting career on the popular Saturday morning cartoon “Super Friends.” Angel provided the voices of Hawkman, the Flash, and Super Samurai. He went on to perform in beloved cartoons including “The Smurfs,” “Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo,” and “Spider-Man.” In 1985, Angel began voicing a number of characters for “The Transformers,” including Ramjet, Smokescreen, and Omega Supreme. He was the voice of Wetsuit in “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero” and Dr. Zachary Darrett in “Pole Position” as well as providing a number of voices in “Voltron: Defender of the Universe.” Angel also worked in animated feature films, providing voices for many movies including “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “A Bug’s Life,” “The Iron Giant,” “Spirited Away,” and “Monsters Inc.” Angel was a U.S. Army veteran who served in Korea.

Notable quote

“Voice acting is a snap compared to on-camera because you don’t have to memorize anything and you can look any way you choose. The only downside would be that quite often I’m called upon to do a loud rasping voice that rips my throat.” —from an interview for the Cybertron Chronicle

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