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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 3 November 1952Youngstown, Ohio, USA
Birth NameJames Jonah Cummings
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born James Jonah Cummings on November 3, 1952, he grew up in Youngstown, Ohio.

Sooner or later, he moved to New Orleans. There, he designed Mardi Gras floats, was a singer, door-to-door salesman, and a Louisiana riverboat deckhand.

Then Cummings moved to Anaheim, California, where he started his career playing Lionel from the program Dumbo's Circus (1985).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

Stephanie Cummings (2001 - present) (2 children)
? (? - ?) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (3)

A deep voice that can be manipulated for different characters
Frequently provides the voice of Disney characters
Voice of Darkwing Duck

Trivia (11)

Role as the voice-over actor in Mark Hamill's Comic Book: The Movie (2004) is his only full-bodied, live-action role to date.
He had to fill in for Jeremy Irons during the song "Be Prepared" in The Lion King. Jeremy Irons threw out his voice after singing, "You won't get a sniff without me!".
He was also the 1991 alternate of the Shredder for the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) series, which is also the same show where he voiced Leatherhead the mutant alligator.
Has taken over two of Sterling Holloway's characters. He took over the as the voice of Winnie The Pooh after Holloway's death and took over for the voice of Kaa in The Jungle Book 2 (2003).
In an interview with Disney comics he cited Darkwing Duck and Don Karnage as two of his favorite roles, stating "they're both probably the closest to me - I kinda improvise a lot of them, kinda ad-lib".
The family of the late Louis Prima (who voiced King Louie in The Jungle Book (1967)) sued Disney because Cummings did too good of a job impersonating Prima when he voiced the character in the TV series spin off, TaleSpin (1990). As a result, King Louie was completely absent from The Jungle Book 2 (2003) and was replaced by an Expy named "King Larry" in the TV series House of Mouse (2001) who was also voiced by Cummings.
Only actor to appear in every animated series produced by Disney during the 90s. These include Gargoyles (1994), Goof Troop (1992), Darkwing Duck (1991), Aladdin (1994) and Bonkers (1993).
Good friends with Pat Fraley, Jess Harnell, Rob Paulsen, and Bill Farmer.
Gave up an opportunity to meet Sterling Holloway. While in a restaurant he heard the veteran actor's signature voice request a bowl of clam chowder. Jim recognized it immediately but he didn't go up to him as he feared he would have been too excited and would have scared the elderly Holloway. He later said he kind of wished he had.
Is not related to Brian Cummings.
Father of actress Raleigh Jackson Jones.

Personal Quotes (3)

There's not a lot of us but we're out there. (about voice actors)
I'm kind of the token non-celebrity in everything I'm in.
I much prefer being in a recording session with all the other cast. You can play off each other so much easier but, I mean, I've sung harmony with people who aren't there.

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