Winnie the PoohVoiced by Jim Cummings
JIM CUMMINGS (voice of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger) has given life and voice to some of America's most beloved animated characters, even a few of the late Mel Blanc's. He was recently nominated for an Emmy® Award for his work as the lovable Tigger on Disney Channel's "My Friends Tigger & Pooh," in which he also voices everyone's favorite bear, Winnie the Pooh.
Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, Cummings spent Saturday mornings riveted to the television screen as he mimicked the characters in his favorite cartoons, all the while dreaming that one day he would voice them himself. At age 19, he moved to New Orleans where he performed as a drummer, a singer and a deck hand on river boats, and he even designed and created Mardi Gras floats, all the while absorbing the rich characters and accents that would someday find expression in animation.
Years later, Cummings relocated to Southern California and managed a video store as he pursued his childhood dream. He gave his first demo tape to a customer who was also a movie producer, and the rest, as they say, is history. In 1984, Cummings landed his first role as Lionel the Lion in Disney Channel's "Dumbo's Circus." During his illustrious career, he has worked extensively for the Walt Disney Studios voicing classic characters such as Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, King Louis, Kaa the Snake, Pete (formerly peg-legged Pete) and more. His many other credits include Darkwing Duck, Bonkers, Fat Cat, Monterey Fack on "Chip'n'Dale's Rescue Rangers," Don Karnage on "Talespin" and more.
Cummings has done scores of voices for Warner Bros. as well, including Taz the Tasmanian Devil himself, for Steven Spielberg's "Animaniacs," "Tiny Toons," "Batman," "Pinky and the Brain," "Tazmania," "Duck Dodgers" and more. Other credits include "King of the Hill," "Bump in the Night," "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron," "The Replacements," "The Addams Family," "TMNT," "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," "The Simpsons," "Barnyard" and "Catdog."
Not limited to the small screen, Cummings has acted in blockbuster features for DreamWorks such as "Shrek," "Antz," "Kung Fu Panda's Furious 5," "Hook," "The Bee Movie," "Balto" and more. His credits read like a top list of animated and live-action films: "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?," "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," "Tarzan," "Pocahontas," "The Lion King," "Babe: Pig in the City," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," "Brother Bear 2." Cummings has an uncanny ability to sing in character and voice match for stars who borrow his singing abilities; it's led to many platinum and gold records for soundtracks such as "Anastasia," "The Lion King," "The Fox and the Hound 2," "Pocahontas," "Hercules" and more. He was also AC, lead singer of the famed California Raisins.
He provides the voice of Featherstone the pink flamingo lawn ornament in this year's "Gnomeo & Juliet," and lent his voice to Ray, the Cajun firefly, in Walt Disney Animation Studios' 2009 feature "The Princess and the Frog." Cummings' work in voiceover includes hundreds of television and radio commercials, movie trailers, promos, and videogames. He even provides the voice of Smokey Bear. No matter how busy Cummings' schedule may be, it all stops when Famous Fone Friends or the Make a Wish Foundation calls on behalf of a very ill child and distraught family in need of a phone call from their favorite cartoon character.
Cummings is a proud father of four and resides in Southern California with his wife Stephanie, their beautiful daughters Grace and Lulu Rose, and their critters.