Who is Peter Cullen?

Peter Cullen is a professional Canadian voice actor. He is famous for lending his voice in the original 1980s “Transformers” animated series as the “Optimus Prime”. He is also renowned for most of the other incarnations of the character. Also, he is widely known for lending his voice to a variety of popular media, which includes “Winnie the Pooh” as Eeyore, “Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers” as Monterey Jack, and “Knight Rider” as the first voice of KARR. He had started his career in 1962 and has never looked back.

Quick Info 
Full NamePeter Claver Cullen
Birth DateJuly 28, 1941
Birth PlaceMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Star SignLeo
ParentsFather: Henry Cullen
Mother: Muriel Cullen
SiblingsMichaela, Sonny, and Larry
Marital StatusMarried
ChildrenClay, Angus, Claire, and Pilar
Grand Children3
Net Worth$6 million
Height5 feet 8 inches
Weight72 kg
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorBrown

Peter Cullen


Peter, who has a birth name as Peter Claver Cullen, was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on July 28, 1941. Presently, he is 79 years old. He is a son to father, Henry, and to mother, Muriel Cullen. He grew up along with his three siblings named Michaela, Sonny, and Larry. His zodiac sign is Leo.

Nationality and Physical Statistics       

Peter is Canadian by nationality and is of the white race.

Besides that, Peter stands at a height of 5 feet 8 inches and weighing about 72 kg.  Additionally, his hair color is black, and his eye color is brown.

Early Life

The voice actor had studied Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School, where he was a member of the first graduating class of the National Theatre School of Canada. In 1963, he had his graduation done. His brother was a retired Captain in the United States Marine Corps and helped him to motivate him for the voice Optimus Prime.

Peter Cullen


Peter, along with Joan Stuart, appeared on the CBC Radio comedy series “Funny You Should Say That” as Giles and Penelope in a recurring segment about a French-Canadian man in 1968. Then, he starred in the children’s show “The Buddies on CFCF-TV in Montreal” as a French-Canadian astronaut in 1969. He sharpened his voice skills by working on MOR Station in Montreal as a radio announcer. Also, he worked as the announcer for “Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” from 1967 to 1969. Eventually, he landed on the series “Sony and Cher Comedy Hour” as one of the regulars from 1971 to 1974. Subsequently, in 1974, he got the opportunity to be the announcer and a series regular on “The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show”. Later, he also worked as a voice actor and lent his voice to a character in the album “The Story of Halloween Horror” in 1977.

As he heard of the role, the famous actor went on to audition for the character in the “Optimus Prime” as the robot superhero. His brother had helped him with his character. He continued his success path as it was one of his breakthrough roles and went on to reprise the role of Optimus Prime in the live-action film “Transformers” in 2007. He followed his success by starring in its sequel “Revenge of the Fallen,” “Dark of the Moon,” “Age of Extinction” and “The Last Knight”. As the video games of the films were released, he again went on to reprise his role in the video games “Transformer: War for Cybertron,” “Transformer: Fall of Cybertron” and “Transformer: Devastation”. You may also know him for the television series “Transformer: Rescue Bots,” “Transformers Prime” and “Transformers: Robots in Disguise.”


Peter has also appeared on several television shows in the 1980s and 1990s, which includes “Lion Voltron” and the anime series “Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs”. The famous voice actor had also gone on to star in the series in notable roles as Commander James Hawkins in “Vehicle Voltron,” as Eeyore in “Winnie the Pooh,” as the original first voice of KARR in “Knight Rider,”” as Antor and Bomba in “Dino-Riders,”” and as Nemesis Enforcer and Zandar in “G.I. Joe”.

He has also appeared in the five episodes mini-series “Sectaurs” in 1986 and in the cartoon series of “Spider-Man”. You may know him for other notable roles, which include in “Megas XLR” and in “The Pirates of Dark Water”. Eventually, in 1984, he went on to voice a part in the motion picture “Gremlins”. Similarly, he performed in the first season of the “Knight Rider” series in 2008. He continued to reprise his voice role as KARR in its sequel.

As a professional voice actor, he never looked back and again did a voice role in the film “The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible” and also continued his work in the animated series “Dungeons and Dragons.” He also played the evil sorcerer in the series “Little Wizards” and “Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light.” His other voice roles include “Toonami,” “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour,” “Saturday Supercade,” “The Dungeonmaster’s Guide,” “Tetragrammaton,” etc. Later, he also worked in advertisements as a voice announcer on “Police Story 4: First Strike” for New Line Cinema.

Peter Cullen


Peter has been associated with the entertainment industry for a long time and has contributed to many films and series. He has also been nominated for three awards.  In two Golden Raspberry Awards for “Worst Screen Combo” from “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” in 2010 and 2012 respectively.

Personal Life 

Peter is married, but his wife’s name has not been mentioned. He has four children named Clay, Angus, Claire, and Pilar. He also has three grandchildren.

Net Worth

Peter is living a luxurious life with his family. He is a famous actor who has earned a lot of money as well as fame. Cullen currently has about $6 million approximately.