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Crispin Freeman

Crispin Freeman
Crispin in 2009, after teaching at the JVTA-LA.
Born Crispin McDougal Freeman
(1972-02-09) February 9, 1972
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.[1]
Residence Santa Monica, California
Occupation Voice actor, ADR director, script writer
Years active 1998-present[2]
Agent Arlene Thornton and Associates[3]
Spouse(s) Izobel Carol (m. 2007)
Relatives Cassidy Freeman (sister)
Website .com.crispinfreemanwww

Crispin McDougal Freeman (born February 9, 1972) is an American voice actor. His roles have included Alucard from Hellsing, Kyon from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Shizuo Heiwajima from Durarara!!, Kirei Kotomine from Fate/Zero, Togusa from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, as Holland Novak from Eureka Seven, Touga Kiryuu in Revolutionary Girl Utena & Adolescence of Utena, Zelgadis Greywords from Slayers, Straight Cougar from S-CRY-ed, Tsume from Wolf's Rain, Guan Yu from Dynasty Warriors, Jeremiah Gottwald from Code Geass, Itachi Uchiha in Naruto, Rude from Final Fantasy VII, Albel Nox from Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, Balmung of the Azure Sky in the .hack series and three different versions of Roy Harper in Young Justice.

Contents

  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Anime 4.1
    • Animation 4.2
    • Films 4.3
    • Video games 4.4
    • Live action 4.5
    • Live-action dubbing 4.6
  • ADR Staff Credits 5
    • Voice Director 5.1
    • Script writer 5.2
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life and education

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Crispin Freeman is the oldest of three children;[1] he has a younger brother; actor, producer, director, and musician Clark Freeman,[4] and a sister; actress and musician Cassidy Freeman.[5] All three siblings attended the Latin School of Chicago, where he graduated in 1990.[1] He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College, majoring in Theater and minoring in Computer Science. Afterward, he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University in Acting, and performed on Broadway (New York City), at the American Repertory Theater in (Cambridge), at the Mark Taper Forum in (Los Angeles), at Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park, and at the Williamstown Theater Festival. As a child, Freeman was greatly influenced by anime shows such as Speed Racer and Battle of the Planets. Casey Kasem voiced the role of his favorite character, Mark of Battle of the Planets (he actually wanted to change his name to Mark at one point). Later, he discovered Voltron, Star Blazers, and Robotech, being quoted in the January 1999 issue of America Interview saying, "That show really blew me away." Freeman has also stated that the reason he got into the industry was because of the anime television show The Vision of Escaflowne. Freeman initially got involved in the anime voice-over industry when a friend of his landed a role in Peacock King.

Career

Knowing Freeman was a big anime fan, a friend suggested he call up Central Park Media (CPM) and apply for a job doing English dubs. When originally approached about dubbing, he initially declined. It was not until he remembered all of the anime shows he watched as a child that he realized that many people are introduced to anime through the English dubbed versions. In 1997, Freeman landed the role of Zelgadis Greywords in Slayers along with Lisa Ortiz, Eric Stuart and Veronica Taylor. He was the second and final voice actor to get the job, after Zelgadis' original voice actor, Daniel Cronin, lost contact with CPM after a year-long halt in the dubbing. Years later he turned to the American animation voice acting grounds. He been best known for his work in Marvel Comics based productions such as The Spectacular Spider-Man, Wolverine and the X-Men and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. He then starred as several versions of Roy Harper in Young Justice for DC Comics and Warner Bros. Since then, Freeman has had various roles throughout his career. He has appeared in many video game titles as memorable characters, such as Albedo from Namco's Xenosaga series, the god of the sun Helios in God of War III, Haji, Joel the 6th and Van Argeno in Blood+, the main protagonist Baldur in Silicon Knights's Too Human, Breakdown in Transformers: War for Cybertron, the Winter Soldier in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, and Iron Man in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2.

Freeman is also an educator, giving classes, workshops, and performance lectures in Los Angeles, California, for which information can be found on his official website under "classes".[6] In addition to classes, Freeman releases a new voice acting podcast at the Voice Acting Mastery website every two weeks.[7]

Personal life

On August 11, 2007, he married Izobel Carol on the island of Hawaii at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. In October 2009, Crispin hosted two virtual town halls on Vokle.com. He took questions from fans, did character voices and read his favorite scary story.

His sister, Cassidy Freeman, played Tess Mercer in the Smallville and Cady Longmire in Longmire. Cassidy and their brother Clark are involved in a band called The Real D'Coys.[8]

Filmography

Anime

Animation

Films

Video games

Live action

Live-action dubbing

  • Oldboy - Lee Woo-jin (English dub, uncredited)
  • The Porpeen - Xevious (Voice only)
  • Versus - Ponytail, One-handed Sidekick (English dub, credited as Mark Percy)
  • XX: Beautiful Beast - Yoichi Fujinami (English dub, credited as Mark Percy)

ADR Staff Credits

Voice Director

Script writer

References

  1. ^ a b c "Biography for Crispin Freeman - IMDB.com". Retrieved 29 November 2008. 
  2. ^ "Crystal Acids Crispin Freeman Page". Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  3. ^ http://www.arlenethornton.com/on_camera_talent_detail.asp?id=371
  4. ^ "Biography for Clark Freeman - IMDB.com". Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Biography for Cassidy Freeman - IMDB.com". Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ [4]}
  8. ^ 'Lex Schmex' – Meet SMALLVILLE's Tess Mercer Newsarama.com
  9. ^ "Aniplex Announces Part of Durarara!! English Dub Cast".  
  10. ^ "Durarara!!×2 English Dub to Premiere March 10".  
  11. ^ "Aniplex USA Details Fate/stay night UBW, Durarara!! 2xSho Release Details". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2015-07-02. 
  12. ^ " 
  13. ^ "Strait Jacket". Manga Video. October 7, 2008.  
  14. ^  
  15. ^ "The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan English Dub Reunites Haruhi Cast".  
  16. ^ "Behind The Voice Actors - Crispin Freeman". Behind The Voice Actors.  – check mark indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources
  17. ^ " 
  18. ^ "Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie". 
  19. ^ "Tiger & Bunny The Movie: The Rising 'New Driver' English Dub Clip Streamed". February 22, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  20. ^ Destiny - End Credits - IGN Video. IGN Video. 2014-09-11. 4:30 (Voice and Motion Performers). Retrieved 2014-12-04. 
  21. ^ Square Enix.  
  22. ^ Square Enix.  
  23. ^  
  24. ^ Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, closing credits, 4 minutes in - Metal Gear Online Unit - Voice-Over Cast - Soldiers
  25. ^  
  26. ^  
  27. ^ "Bang Zoom! Entertainment to Preview Adventures in Voice Acting Documentary at New York Anime Festival" (PDF). Adventures in Voice Acting (Press release). December 4, 2007. 
  28. ^ "Destroyer in the Dusk". Gungrave. Episode 1. Closing credits – via Funimation, YouTube. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Crispin Freeman at the Internet Movie Database
  • Crispin Freeman at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
  • Crispin Freeman convention appearances on AnimeCons.com
  • Voice Acting Mastery - Crispin Freeman's voice acting podcast blog
  • Mythology and Meaning - Crispin Freeman's website for his lectures on anime
Interviews
  • Crispin Freeman Interview at RPGSite
  • Crispin Freeman: Q and A at The Anime Lodge
  • "A Very Different Place" - A Crispin Freeman Interview part one
  • "A Very Different Place" - A Crispin Freeman Interview part two including audio
  • "Anime Today Episode 31" - Crispin Freeman Interview
  • 'Kana's Korner' Interview on 91.8 The Fan
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