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Jess Harnell
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Full Name Jess Q. Harnell
Gender Male
Date of Birth December 23, 1963
Birthplace Teaneck, New Jersey
Occupation Voice actor, Singer
Role Texas

Jess Q. Harnell (born December 23, 1963) is an American voice actor and singer, best known for voicing Wakko Warner on Animaniacs and Ironhide in the Transformers film series. Harnell has been the announcer for America's Funniest Home Videos since 1998. He voices Texas in DisneyXD's Motorcity.


Harnell is originally from Teaneck, New Jersey. Harnell's father was the composer Joe Harnell.


Harnell started his career with minimal experience. In 1989, he provided the voices of Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Fox in the then-new Splash Mountain attraction at Disneyland Park, reviving the roles last played in 1946 by Johnny Lee and James Baskett, respectively, in the film Song of the South. Harnell also recorded some new character dialogue for the subsequent Walt Disney World version of the attraction. He was later called in to reprise these roles once again for the 2001 television series Disney's House of Mouse and the 2011 video game Kinect Disneyland Adventures.

In 1993, he went on to voice his most popular roles, Wakko Warner on Animaniacs and Secret Squirrel on 2 Stupid Dogs. From 1994 to 1996, he supplied the voice of Sewer Urchin in the animated series The Tick. In the late 1990s, he first recorded the voice of Bluebeard in the English dub of the 1994 Trickompany film, Felidae but was replaced by Kiefer Sutherland.

Also in 1996, he was Hunter on Road Rovers. Harnell's next appearance was as the principal stormtrooper in the 1997 Star Wars fan film Troops, a parody of the Cops TV series set in the Star Wars universe. Harnell voiced Joe Tabootie on the Nickelodeon show ChalkZone, Petrol on Firehouse Tales, Crash Bandicoot in Crash Tag Team Racing, Crash of the Titans, and Crash: Mind over Mutant, Lo-Lo in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, Spyro the Dragon in Spyro: A Hero's Tail and Spyro: Shadow Legacy, Marlin and Bruce in Finding Nemo (video game) Jerry in Totally Spies, Linguni in Pucca, and Doctor Finklestein in The Nightmare Before Christmas's video game spin-offs, as well as in the Kingdom Hearts series replacing the late William Hickey who voiced him in the film. In 2005 he voiced Buzz Blister in Tom & Jerry: Blast off to Mars. He also voiced wild and energetic Cro Magnon Doubledome from the Longhair and Doubledome cartoon shorts for Cartoon Network's Big Pick (also starring Daniel Davis as Longhair).

In 2001, he was the singing voice of Buster on Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure. He also voiced Captain Hero on Comedy Central's animated comedy Drawn Together and he also does the voices of Wooton Bassett, and Bennett Charles on the radio drama Adventures in Odyssey, as well as playing the lead role of Finnian Jones for the Lamplighter Theatre Radio Drama. He also made a few appearances on Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad, both on-screen and voice-over. His voice also made an appearance in NASCAR Rumble, and is credited for in-game commentary in the follow-up game Rumble Racing. Jess also replaced Brad Garrett as the voice of Fatso during season 3 of The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper. He also played a small role in Samurai Jack as he voiced Ringo and a waitress in the episode "Jack Under the Sea". In 2007 he replaced Neil Flyn as the voice of The Plumber in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time. He also voiced the Smuggler in that series.

In that same year, he voiced the characters of Ironhide and Barricade in the Michael Bay-directed Transformers, making him the only voice actor to play both an Autobot (Ironhide) and a Decepticon (Barricade) in that film. He returned to voice Ironhide once again in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen[1][2][3] and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

He also voiced a character in the popular animated film Up, which Ratchet & Clank co-star David Kaye was also in. He replaced Brad Garrett as the voice of Professor Buffo in Special Agent Oso. [1][2]Wakko from Animaniacs==Music career== As a musician, Harnell released his only solo album in 1995 called The Sound Of Your Voice. He is the lead vocalist in the Pop/Metal mashup rock band, Rock Sugar, which evolved from his previous band, Loud & Clear. With Loud & Clear/Rock Sugar, Harnell released four albums: 2003's Disc-Connected, 2007's self-titled demo album, 2008's Festival Of Fire, and 2010's Reimaginator.



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Boulevard of Broken Dreams Benny Dimase
1994 Yakko's World: An Animaniacs Singalong Wakko Warner (voice) (Direct-to-video)
Pom Poko Gyobu (voice) (1995 English dubb)
1995 Felidae Additional Voices (1996 English version), Uncredited
Aladdin and the King of Thieves Additional Voices (Direct-to-video), Uncredited
Casper Arnold (voice)
1997 Casper: A Spirited Beginning Fatso (voice) (Direct-to-video)
1998 Casper Meets Wendy Fatso (voice)
A Bug's Life Additional Voices
1999 We Wish You a Merry Christmas Santa / Man #1 / Man #2 (voice) (Direct-to-video)
Our Friend, Martin Reporter #1 / Demonstrator (voice)
O' Christmas Tree Man in House / Skunk / Santa (voice) (Direct-to-video)
Wakko's Wish Wakko Warner (voice) (Direct-to-video)
Toy Story 2 Additional Voices
2000 Lion of Oz Singer (voice)
Joseph: King of Dreams Issachar / Lead Trader (voice) (Direct-to-video)
The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus Wagif Knook / Giant / Additional Voices (voice)
Little Nicky Gary the Monster (voice)
The Emperor's New Groove Additional Voices
2002 Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring Additional Voices
Scooby-Doo Creatures (voice)
Lilo & Stitch Additional Voices
The Country Bears Long-Haired Dude
2004 Comic Book: The Movie Ricky (voice) (Direct-to-video)
Clifford's Really Big Movie Dirk (voice)
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers Major General (voice) (Direct-to-video)
Kangaroo Jack: G'Day U.S.A.! Dude #2 (voice)
2005 Racing Stripes Additional Voices
Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars Major Buzz Blister
Martian General
Worker #3 (voice)
Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry Buzz Blister / Film Director (voice) (Direct-to-video)
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Additional Voices
Cars Sven 'The Governator' (voice)
Asterix and the Vikings Cacofonix (voice) (English version)
The Wild Additional Voices
Tales from Earthsea Additional Voices (English version)
2007 TMNT Additional Voices
Surf's Up Additional Voices
Transformers Ironhide / Barricade (voice)
Underdog Astronaut (voice)
Jekyll Guy #1
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Another Who (voice) / Additional Voices
Dragon Hunters Gildas (voice) (English version)
WALL·E Additional Voices
Space Chimps Additional Voices
Ponyo Additional Voices (English version)
Igor Announcer / Royal Guard #2 (voice)
2009 Up Nurse AJ (voice)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Ironhide (voice)
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Uncle Carl (voice)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Additional Voices
2010 Toy Story 3 Additional Voices
Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes Pan / Brett Jeremy (voice) (Direct-to-video)
2011 Cars 2 Additional Voices
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Ironhide (voice)
2012 The Lorax Additional Voices


Year Television Role                                    Notes/Awards
1987 Throb Member of The Playthings Episode: The Spa
1990 Wake, Rattle & Roll Droop-A-Long Coyote
Hardy Har Har
1991 Darkwing Duck Additional Voices
1992 Camp Candy Additional Voices Episode: When It Rains... It Snows
Goof Troop Additional Voices Episode: E=MC Goof
1993 The Pink Panther Additional Voices Episode: Pilgrim Panther / That Old Pink Magic

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1978)

Captain Zorax
Wolf Jaxon
Episode: Night of the Dark Turtle
Problem Child Additional Voices
Bonkers Toon Bomb
Charlie the Toon Pig
Additional Voices
Episodes: Color Me Piquel
Tune Pig
Fall Apart Bomb Squad
Going Bonkers
When the Spirit Moves You
2 Stupid Dogs Secret Squirrel
Scirocco Mole
1993-1995 Biker Mice from Mars Evil Eye Weevil
Honka Lougie
Episodes: Garbage Wars
Villain of the Year
Motocross Trap
Test of Friendship
We Don't Need No Stinkin' City
1993-1998 Animaniacs Wakko Warner
Walter Wolf
Humphrey BogartCabby
Additional Voices
All 99 Episodes
1994 Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? Additional Voices
Red Planet Additional Voices
The Legend of Prince Valiant Additional Voice Episode: The Gathering Storm
Tiny Toons Spring Break Michael Molten-Lava
Additional Voices (voice)
Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad Man on Street
Radio Nerd
Rock n' Roll Virus
Episodes: Loose Lips Sink Microchips
The Taunt Heard Round the World
Rock n' Roll Virucide
1995 Empty Nest Vince Episode: Harry Weston: Man's Best Friend
The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat Additional Voices
Timon & Pumbaa Bugs Episodes: Rocky Mountain Lie/Amazon Quiver
1996 Fantastic Four Impossible Man
Episode: Hopelessly Impossible
Road Rovers Hunter Episodes: Where Rovers Dare
A Hair of the Dog That Bit You
Let's Hit the Road
Quack Pack Additional Voice Episode: Recipe for Adventure
1997 Rugrats Guide
Episode: Vacation
Extreme Ghostbusters Additional Voice
I Am Weasel French Prime Minister
Episode: This Bridge, Not Weasel Bridge
Recess Episode: Parents' Night
Swing on Thru to the Other Side
The Weird Al Show Dr. Legume Episode: One for the Record Books
Jungle Cubs Toucan Episode: Old Green Teeth/The Elephant Who Couldn't Say No
Kyûketsuki Miyu Takashi Kashiwabara Episode: The Red Shoe's
2000 Yu-Gi-Oh! Additional Voices Minor
2012 Motorcity Texas