Cullen was born in Montreal ( Quebec ), the son of Henry L. Cullen and Mauriel McCann. He is one of the first graduates of the National Theatre School of Canada, where he graduated from high school in 1963. His brother, Larry Cullen, was a retired captain in the United States Marine Corps. According to his own statements Larry Peter inspired to the voice of Optimus Prime. His sister, Michaela Tomlinsom, is married to Frank Tomlinson and supports her brother a long time.
Cullen has three children and three grandchildren. He also has three siblings.
1960s - 1970s
In 1968, he appeared as Giles with Joan Stuart as " Penelope " in L' Anglaise, a sitcom of the American television channel CBC on. He also embodied a French-Canadian astronaut with the name Bebe LaToque, next to Ted Zwigler for a children's series from the year 1969.
From 1967 to 1969 Cullen was the spokesperson for Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. In 1974 he discussed The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show.
As Optimus Prime
Cullen spoke for the voice of Optimus Prime at a casting house in Burbank, California before.
Cullen himself claims that Optimus Prime is his favorite voice and that his works are based on her on his older brother Larry 's voice. " When he came home, I could see a change. He was quiet and he was a man and a hero to me, " Cullen said. "I looked at him and listened to him. I never had the desire to speak a superhero, but word came that just came out of me and I still sounded like Optimus. "
He also claimed that he had never heard of Optimus Prime 's popularity until his controversial death in the animated film from 1986. The studio would never have given him the letters of the children, that were addressed to Optimus Prime. The strong counter-reaction, which was triggered by Optimus Prime 's death surprised the producers. Children left the idea because of the death of the character. The writers planned the death of Optimus Prime ' originally for an episode in Season 3, " Dark Awakening ", a. However, it was a two - part episode at the request of fans, "The Return of Optimus Prime ", produced.
Cullen synchronized the role of Optimus Prime in the sci-fi movie Transformers in 2007, the sequels Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers 3, as well as all video games based on it.
He originally had a cameo appearance in the second part of the series, which was, however, removed again afterwards.
Nominations and awards
On the BatCon 2010 Hasbro Cullen has named as one of the first human conscripts in the Transformers Hall of Fame for his dubbing work for Optimus Prime.