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Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime in The Transformers: The Movie

Peter Cullen (1941 -)

Prolific voice actor (most notably Optimus Prime in Transformers)

Film Deaths[]

  • King Kong (1976) [King Kong]: Falls to his death from the World Trade Center after being shot by fighter pilots. (Peter provided the voice of the character, while Rick Baker appeared under the costume.)
  • Gremlins (1984) [Gremlins]: Providing voices for several of the creatures, most of them apart from their leader Stripe (Frank Welker) are killed in an explosion after Zach Galligan causes a gas leak then sets fire to the theater they are hiding out at. Others are killed by either Zach or Frances Lee McCain at various parts of the film.
  • Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer (1985; animated) [Murky/Castle Monster/Glitterbot/Guard/Skydancer/Slurthie]: Providing the voices of multiple roles, the "Glitterbots" die when Rainbow Brite and Krys destroy the Princess' power crystal; several "Guards" are crystalized by Krys' power beam. All of Cullen's other characters survive.
  • The Transformers: The Movie (1986; animated) [Optimus Prime/Ironhide]: Providing the voices of two robots, "Ironhide" gets blasted to death by Megatron (Frank Welker) during the Decepticon attack on the Autobots' spaceship; "Optimus Prime" dies from his wounds following a battle with Megatron, after passing the Matrix of Leadership to Ultra Magnus (Robert Stack). His voice is heard inside the Matrix when Hot Rod (Judd Nelson) takes it from Galvatron (Leonard Nimoy) and becomes Rodimus Prime. Due to the mass negative reception of Optimus Prime's death, the character was revived by the Quintessons in the TV series episode Dark Awakening, only to die again saving the Autobots from a Quintesson trap. He is later resurrected permanently in the aptly-named two-part season finale The Return of Optimus Prime.
  • G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987; animated) [Nemesis Enforcer]: Thrown to a pit by Sgt. Slaughter (voiced by the real life Sgt. Slaughter).
  • Predator (1987) [The Predator]: Commits suicide by blowing himself up with a bomb planted on his wrist after Arnold Schwarzenegger crushes him with a log. (Peter provided the voice of the character, while Kevin Peter Hall appeared under the costume.)
  • Treasure Planet (2002; animated) [Captain Nathaniel Flint]: dies (off-screen) years before the movie begins; his skeleton is found by Jim Hawkins (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and B.E.N (Martin Short).
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) [Optimus Prime]: Stabbed in the back by Megatron (Hugo Weaving), almost the same as the 1986 animated movie. He tries to free himself, but Megatron destroys his spark with a blast from his Fusion Cannon. He is revived later on by Shia LaBeouf when he stabs him with the Matrix of Leadership.

TV Deaths[]

  • Knight Rider: Trust Doesn't Rust (1982) [K.A.R.R. (voice)]: Trying to avoid colliding with (K.I.T.T.) William Daniels, he veers off the road and drives off a cliff and seemingly explodes in the ocean. He comes back in episode K.I.T.T. vs. K.A.R.R. and is voiced by Paul Frees.
  • Voltron: Defender of the Universe: A Ghost in the Chance (1984; animated) [Narrator/Coran/King Alfor]: King Alfor died sometime before the events the show, he only appears as a Ghost. Coran survives the episode.
  • The Transformers: A Prime Problem (1985; animated) [Optimus Prime/Ironhide/Optimus Prime Clone]: The Optimus Prime clone is destroyed by the Autobots. The real Optimus Prime and Ironhide survive the episode.
  • The Transformers: Dark Awakening (1986; animated) [Optimus Prime]: Sacrifices his own life in order to save his Autobot friends and thwart the Quintessons' (Regis Cordic, Roger C. Carmel and Jack Angel) schemes by piloting and ramming a ship into a trap placed on an asteroid, the explosion destroying him. This is retconned in a later showing of this episode, which leads to the two-parter: The Return of Optimus Prime.
  • Ducktales: Armstrong (1987; animated) [Armstrong]: Voicing a Robot, short circuited and falls apart when Launchpad (Terry McGovern) dump Water from his Plane on him.
  • Megas XLR: Coop D'Etat (2004; animated) [Zanzor]: Cut in half by Coop (David DeLuise), when he took the sword from him by piloting Megas.
  • Transformers Prime: Nemesis Prime (2011; animated) [Optimus Prime/Nemesis Prime]: Nemesis Prime is destroyed by Optimus, who smashes him through the roof of the MECH headquarters. Optimus Prime survives the episode. (Nemesis Prime was voiced by both Cullen and Clancy Brown).
  • Transformers Prime: Rebellion (2012; animated) [Optimus Prime]: Dies from the wounds he received during the destruction of the Autobot base in the episode Darkest Hour. He's revived by Smokescreen (Nolan North) with the Forge of Sllus Prime.
  • Transformers Prime: Thirst (2012; animated) [Vehicon]: Destroyed by Megatron (Frank Welker).
  • Transformers Prime: Predacons Rising (2013; animated; TV Movie) [Optimus Prime]: Sacrifices his own life in order to restore life on Cybertron. Later returns to life in the sequel series Robots in Disguise. Note that by this point, Optimus Prime dying and coming back had become a regular occurence, the main shock factor coming from Optimus making it through a series without dying.
  • Knight Rider: Day Turns Into Knight (2009) [K.A.R.R. (voice)]: Destroyed by Justin Bruening when he turbo boosts K.I.T.T. through K.A.R.R.'s exoskeleton.

Video Game Deaths[]

  • Transformers: The Game (2007) [Optimus Prime]: In the Decepticons Campaign, his head is smashed in by Frank Welker's flail.
  • Transformers: Decepticons (2007) [Optimus Prime]: Killed after a boss battle by Frank Welker.
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Decepticons (2009) [Optimus Prime]: Killed by James Arnold Taylor.