Calling all Autobots, it’s time to party. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced that voice actor Peter Cullen, who has been voicing the great Optimus Prime since 1984, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for his many contributions. Cullen will receive his award at the Children & Family Emmy Awards on December 17th, 2023.
While Cullen is known primarily for his role as Optimus Prime in the original G1 series, video games like War For Cybertron, Michael Bay’s live-action franchise, as well as the rebooted Bumblebee and Rise of the Beasts, he has had a vast career that has taken him from the planet Cybertron to The Hundred Acre Woods where he voiced Eeyore. He also voiced Zandar in G.I. Joe, and more recently Thaedus in Prime Video’s Invincible.
Following this announcement, Cullen joked “Are you sure they have the right Cullen? I spell it C-u-l-l-E-n. Seriously though, I am humbled to be recognized by the Academy with this great honor.“
As Transformers fans, we could not be happier. Cullen’s work as Optimus has truly become synonymous with the franchise. While other actors have voiced Optimus in the past, and have done a fantastic job, there really is one one Optimus Prime, and seeing him receive this great honour warms our sparks.
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