Harvey Atkin

Harvey Atkin
Born (1942-12-18) December 18, 1942
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1957–present
Spouse(s) Celia Atkin
Children 2

Harvey Atkin (born December 18, 1942) is a Canadian actor and voice actor who has worked in feature films and television. He has also done voice-overs, and has voiced animations.

Early life

Atkin was born in 1942 at Toronto, Ontario. He developed his interest in acting during high school.[1] After school, he initially worked at his father's construction company. He then became a real estate agent eventually transitioning to acting in commercials.[2]


Atkin had a role in William Fruet's horror film Funeral Home (1980), as well as the role of Sam in The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police, and also played Mario's and Luigi's archenemy King Koopa on DiC Entertainment's cartoon version of Super Mario Bros. (notably, he is the first English voice actor for the character). Playing Bowser in all three Mario animated series, he is the only voice actor to appear in all three series as the same character.

He voiced Mr. Mushnik on Little Shop, loosely based on the movie Little Shop of Horrors. He also played characters in other series such as Beetlejuice, Bad Dog and Ruby Gloom. Atkin has appeared in more than 75 films and on many television series. He has done voice-over work in many television and radio commercials, for which he has won three Clio Awards.

He played Morty Melnick in the comedy film Meatballs (1979), for which performance he earned a Genie nomination. He appeared in 95 episodes of Cagney & Lacey as Sergeant Ronald Coleman.[2] Atkin plays Judge Alan Ridenour in a recurring role on the television drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a role he also played in Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order, and is the voice-over in Leon's and "Buy Israel Bonds" commercials in Canada. He also made a cameo playing a bus driver in the classic film Atlantic City (1980) starring Burt Lancaster, and is the voice for Morty in the television series Jacob Two-Two. He made a guest appearance in 2010 as a rabbi on the CBC Television series 18 to Life. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series 2000-2011) Judge (18 episodes, 2000-2011)


Film performances[3]
Year Title Role Notes
1976 Silver Streak
1978 High-Ballin'' Buzz
1978 Power Play Anwar
1979 Meatballs Morty Melnick
1980 Atlantic City Bus Driver
1980 Funeral Home Harry Browning
1981 The Incubus Joe Prescott
1981 Improper Channels Sergeant
1981 The Last Chase
1981 Heavy Metal Alien / Henchman voice
1981 Ticket to Heaven
1982 If You Could See What I Hear Bert
1982 Rubberface
1982 Visiting Hours Vinnie Bradshaw
1983 All in Good Taste
1984 Finders Keepers
1985 Carried Away voice
1985 Joshua Then and Now Dr. Jonathan Cole
1986 Separate Vacations
1987 Mr. Nice Guy Jerry Reeman
1989 Speed Zone Gus Gold
1989 Mindfield
1989 Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! Lew Eisen
1991 Snake Eater II: The Drug Buster
1991 The Lump voice
1991 Every Dog's Guide to the Playground voice
1991 The Apprentice voice
1993 Guilty as Sin Judge Steinberg
1996 The Stupids Deli Guy
1997 Love and Death on Long Island Lou
1997 Critical Care Judge Fatale
1998 One Tough Cop Rudy
1998 Jo's Wedding
2010 Barney's Version
Television film performances[3]
Year Title Role Notes
1977 The War Between the Tates
1992 Terror on Track 9
1994 Seasons of the Heart
1994 Janek: The Silent Betrayal;
1995 Between Love and Honor
1995 Family of Cops
1996 Radiant City
1996 Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault
2000 Out of Sync
2001 Club Land
2006 Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy
Television series performances[3]
Year Title Role Notes
1975 Down Home Country Chuck Wagon
1982-1988 Cagney & Lacey Sergeant Ronald Coleman
1982 Claim to Fame
1989 The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Bowser Koopa voice
1990 The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 Bowser Koopa voice
1991 Super Mario World Bowser Koopa voice
1992 Stunt Dawgs Badyear voice
1996 Goosebumps Mr. Malik Episode: "Bad Hare Day"
1997 The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police Sam voice
1998 Bad Dog voice
2000-2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Judge Alan Ridenour
2003 Jacob Two-Two Morty voice
2010-2013 Scaredy Squirrel


  1. Lucas, Ralph. "Harvey Atkin". Northern Stars. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  2. 1 2 TV Data (9 November 1986). "Harvey Wants To Work (And His Wish Is Granted)". Toledo Blade. p. TVT-5. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  3. 1 2 3 "Harvey Atkin (filmogrpahy)". Northern Stars. Retrieved 4 October 2015.

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