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Overview (3)

Born in Youngstown, 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 (1)

Stephanie Cummings (10 November 2001 - 31 August 2011) ( 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 (13)

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 (1994). 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 a knockoff 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 West.
Of all the direct to video and theatrical Winnie the Pooh films in which he voiced the titular character and Tigger, he considers The Tigger Movie (2000) to be his all time favorite.
Distinguishes himself from Paul Winchell by giving Tigger a slight lisp.

Personal Quotes (10)

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.
In 1929, The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind and Snow White all came out, and they could all be released now and they'd probably do rather well. The point is that they last forever. These movies don't go anywhere. They'll always be there. I just hope Christopher Robin (2018) comes across and everybody loves it as much as we all did. It's a beautiful thing.
About Christopher Robin (2018): I think it's just beautiful. It's perfect timing because the world can catch up with us and steal our magic and that childhood sense of wonder. It's really east to forget the truly important things in the world when you're doing the 9 to 5 and bringing home the paycheck. Next thing you know, you're out there in the world and you don't stop and smell the roses. So, Pooh makes sure that Christopher gets back to what's important in the world. I think we can all use some of that.
It's amazing to just be a cog in a wheel for anything Star Wars. Hondo Ohnaka, from Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), is definitely one of my favorites. He was originally just supposed to be in a two or three episode storyline arc in Star Wars: Clone Wars, years ago. He came in and people responded nicely to it, so he got written into a few more episodes. And then, in the next season, he got written into a few more. They kept adding him, which was great. He's one of my favorites.
About Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends: I just have to say that it's truly a blessing and an honor. It's a privilege to carry these characters forward to a new generation, in such a fresh way. They're absolutely beautiful, these little guys. I even have a teddy bear of my own at home that's about 60 years old, and it's all I could do to keep from throwing him into the Hundred Acre Wood with the rest of his friends.
Winnie-the-Pooh always sees the world through honey-colored glasses. It's never a question of, is the honey pot half-full or half-empty? It's got honey in it, and would you please put in some more? And while you're at it, grab another pot. It's all just forward-thinking and positivity. I leave the gloom and doom to Eeyore because he does it best.
I always think of Disney-ana and the Disney lore that's woven right into the fabric of America. I still have my Davey Crockett hat. It's an honor and a privilege. I just love it. It's the greatest thing in the world, knowing that you're part of this great giant tapestry of magic and happiness. It feels that way to me, for real, without even being corny. I love it. It's a privilege.
On voicing Ray the Firefly from The Princess and the Frog (2009): New Orleans is my second home. My little girl, Gracie, was four years old, at the time, and in the beginning of that movie, Princess Tiana was about four years old. So, he is very near and dear to my heart. Being from New Orleans, I had that Cajun accent down.

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