David Kaufman (actor)

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David Kaufman
Born (1961-07-23) July 23, 1961 (age 60)
Alma mater UCLA
Years active1982–present
Lisa Picotte
(m. 1990)
Children2, including Grace Kaufman
Website www.davidkaufmanweb.com [ dead link ]

David Kaufman (born July 23, 1961) is an American actor, best known for his voice roles of Dexter Douglas in Freakazoid! , Jimmy Olsen in Superman: The Animated Series , the titular protagonist in Danny Phantom , Aldrin in The Buzz on Maggie , Marty McFly in Back to the Future , and Stuart Little in the animated series of the same name. He often serves as a voice double for Michael J. Fox.


Early life

Kaufman was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri on July 23, 1961. His father is Jewish, whereas his mother is Catholic. [1] Kaufman began acting at a young age in his hometown when his kindergarten teacher handed him the plum lead role of Santa Claus in the class Christmas play.

At the age of 18, Kaufman set out from St. Louis, Missouri to attend UCLA's Department of Theater Arts.


Since his college years, Kaufman has studied and worked extensively as a professional actor in films and television.

He has worked with the Daly family of actors on several projects: He worked with Tim Daly on Superman: The Animated Series and its subsequent spin-offs, playing Jimmy Olsen. He also appeared with Daly in the series Wings in 1995 with his wife Lisa; the two portrayed a couple whose wedding Daly's character Joe and his fiancée Helen crash. He worked with Tim's sister, Tyne Daly on Kids Like These and will join Tim again in Justice League: Doom, reprising his role of Jimmy Olsen.

Kaufman has also worked as a commercial actor. One of his most prominent roles was as a dancing stockboy in a 1989 commercial for Hi-C Ecto Cooler. [2] [ failed verification ]

Personal life

On June 30, 1990, Kaufman married actress Lisa Picotte; together, they have two children who are also actors, including Grace Kaufman. [3]


Television series

Kaufman has guest-starring roles on such series as:

Animated series

Kaufman lent his voice to several well-known animated series, including Jimmy Olsen from Superman: The Animated Series / Superman: Brainiac Attacks , and Justice League , and Dexter Douglas from Freakazoid , as well as filling in for Michael J. Fox in both the roles of Marty McFly on Back to the Future and Stuart Little in HBO's Stuart Little . He voiced Human Torch in Ultimate Spider-Man , and reprised the role for both Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 , and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes . Kaufman also provided the voice of Arik, a one-time character in the acclaimed Nickelodeon animated series The Legend of Korra .



as well as spots for Honda, Hi-C Ecto-Cooler, Maxwell House, Dentyne, Chili's, Midas, Wendy's, Twiglets and British Petroleum, among others.

Stage work

Kaufman has earned several Los Angeles area critics' awards and nominations.

He has been a member of the West Coast Ensemble in Los Angeles for over ten years, performing such varied roles as:

Video games

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