Jim Cummings is your favorite performer that you have never heard of! He is one of the most successful voice-over actors of all time and is also the voice behind many of the most popular cartoon characters of the last few decades including the Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, the Tazmanian Devil, Darkwing Duck, Cat from CatDog and many many more.
Born in 1952 in Youngstown, Ohio, Jim Cummings worked as a traveling salesman, as a deckhand on a riverboat, and designed and built parade floats before he and his wife moved to California where he worked in a video store. When a customer in the store offered to show Jim’s demo tape to Don Bluth (All Dogs Go to Heaven), Jim soon found himself as a regular voice in the cast of Disney’s Dumbo’s Circus.
He began his voice career then in earnest in 1985 at the age of 31. After a golden age of ruling the Disney Afternoon as the “voice of Disney”, playing such favorites as Monterey Jack, Fat Cat and Nimnol on Rescue Rangers, Zummi Gummi on Gummi Bears, Louie and Don Karnage on Tale Spin, Darkwing Duck and Negaduck on Darkwing Duck, Pete on Goof Troop and both Lucky and Bonkers on Bonkers, Jim Cummings became one of the most in demand voice over actors in Hollywood.
His status as a cultural icon was solidified when Jim Cummings was given the permanent role of Winnie the Pooh for not only the New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh tv show, but also all upcoming movies, specials, talking toys and Disney theme park attractions. Furthermore, in 1998, when Disney fired Paul Winchell over a salary dispute, Jim also took the role of Tigger on as well.
In addition to his work with Disney, Jim has also been the voice of Looney Tunes’ Taz since the passing of Mel Blanc as well as Cat on Nickelodeon’s CatDog to name just two of the hundreds of roles. He has also starred in several feature films, video games, and has been the announcer for numerous commercials and movie trailers.