Beau Billingslea

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Beau Billingslea
Born John Billingslea
1944 (1944)[1]
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.[2]
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Education University of Connecticut (B.A., J.D.)
Occupation Actor
Home town Meriden, Connecticut, U.S.[1]
Spouse(s) Cecilia Billingslea[3]
Children 2[1]

John "Beau" Billingslea[4] is an American actor known as the voice of Jet Black in the popular anime Cowboy Bebop, Ogremon in Digimon and Homura and Ay, the Fourth Raikage in Naruto Shippuden. In addition to voice acting, He appeared in many television shows and some films including North and South Book II: Love and War, Just Jordan, The Hannah Montana Movie, and Star Trek: Into Darkness.

Biography[edit]

Billingslea was born in Charleston, South Carolina. His father was from Macon, Georgia and his mother was from Malensis, South Carolina near Charleston.[2] His family moved to Meriden, Connecticut, where he grew up.[1][4] At Maloney High School, he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball, and was offered a contract with the Kansas City Athletics,[4] but at the advice of his father, went to University of Connecticut, where he played football and co-captained in his senior year.[2][4][5][6] He graduated with a Bachelor's in Political Science in 1966.[1] He was involved in ROTC and had to turn down entering the NFL in order to fulfill his military service, however, his commitment was deferred so that he could attend UConn Law School, where he graduated and passed the Connecticut bar in 1969.[2][4] He became an officer in the Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps, and had tours in Germany and Europe, working on a number of cases. In Germany, he also taught criminal law for the University of Maryland's extension program.[2][4]

While in college, Billingslea was encouraged by his fraternity brother to perform the lead role in a production of Emperor Jones. This inspired him to go into acting, and he started getting involved professionally while he was in law school.[2][4] After moving to Los Angeles, he was involved in a number of action shows, including TJ Hooker, Hunter, The Fall Guy, and The A-Team. Billingslea mentioned in an interview that it was probably because of his military background that he was often cast as an officer.[2][7] He portrayed Ezra in the TV miniseries North and South, and was involved in a number of shows including Who's the Boss?, Murphy Brown, and Married with Children. On the Nick series Just Jordan he played Jordan's maternal grandfather Grant.[8] In the TV sitcom Franklin & Bash he portrayed Judge Douglas. He also acted in films such as Night Shift, The American President, Hannah Montana: The Movie, Halloween H2O, and a remake of The Blob.[4] In 2013, he portrayed Captain Abbot of the Starship Bradbury in the feature film Star Trek: Into Darkness.[7]

Billingslea's voice-over work started with radio spots for various businesses and organizations, including Honda, Hood, and California Highway Patrol.[2] He worked on several cartoons and anime, his most notable being Jet Black in Cowboy Bebop, which was broadcast on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block.[2][4] He also voiced starring characters Captain Michael Heartland in Argento Soma; Oji Tanaka in The Legend of Black Heaven, which was broadcast on International Channel; and was the voice of Ogremon and various "mons" in Digimon. In Naruto, he voices Homura and Ay, the Fourth Raikage. He attended several anime conventions, including the 2016 Anime Expo, which united the Cowboy Bebop English voice cast.[9] He has also been involved in narrating shows on The History Channel including Hero Ships, Modern Marvels, and Suicide Missions.[7][10]

Personal life[edit]

Billingslea lives in the Los Angeles area. His son is an attorney and his daughter is an accountant.[2][4] In 1987, he was inducted into the Meriden Hall of Fame.[1] In 2014, he gave the keynote address at a UConn Law School reunion.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Anime[edit]

List of voice performances in anime
Year Title Role Notes Source
1998 Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory Kowen [11]
1999 Digimon Ogremon, Saggitarimon, Parrotmon [12]
2000 Rurouni Kenshin Gohei [12]
2003 Argento Soma Captain Michael Heartland [10]
2000 The Legend of Black Heaven Oji Tanaka as John Billingslea, Grouped under English Voice Talent [13][14]
2001 Cowboy Bebop Jet Black as John Billingslea [15][16][17]
2001 Rave Master Bear / Dearhound [18]
2001–02 Cyborg 009 Geromino Jr. / Cyborg 005 [19]
2003 Wolf's Rain Sea Walrus [12]
2004 Gungrave Bear Walken [20]
2009–15 Naruto: Shippuden Homura, Ay (Fourth Raikage) [12]
2012 Tiger & Bunny Ben Jackson [21]

Animation[edit]

List of voice performances in animation
Year Title Role Notes Source
2004 Megas XLR Grrkek, others [11]
2015 Stakes The Moon Mini-series special for Adventure Time [22][23]

Film[edit]

List of voice performances in direct-to-video and television films
Year Title Role Notes Source[4]
1995 Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie Dee Jay As John Hammond [12]
2002 Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Jet Black [24][25]
2006 Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Barret Wallace [11][26]
2013 Tiger & Bunny: The Rising Ben Jackson [27]
2015 The Last: Naruto the Movie Fourth Raikage / Ay Nominated for Best Male Supporting Vocal Performance in an Anime Movie/Special, 4th Annual BTVA Anime Dub Awards 2015 [11][28]
List of voice performances in feature films
Year Title Role Notes Source
2012 War of the Worlds: Goliath Abraham Douglas Premiered in Malaysia in English; U.S. release in 2014 [29][30][31]
2015 The Laws of the Universe Part 0 Goat-type Alien Limited theatrical release [11]

Video games[edit]

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes Source
2003–14 Dynasty Warriors games Cao Ren [12][32]
2004 Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War Marcus Snow (Swordsman) Uncredited [12]
2006 Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII Barret Wallace [11]
2011–16 Naruto games Ay (Fourth Raikage) [11]
2014 WildStar Judge Kain, Osun Male [33]

Live-action television[edit]

List of acting performances in television
Year Title Role Notes Source[4]
1984–87 Hunter Officer Bolin, various characters Eps. "The Hot Grounder", "Flashpoint", "The Shooter" [34][35][36][37]
1984–85 Santa Barbara Police Officer [38][39]
1985 The Atlanta Child Murders Commissioner Lee Brown TV miniseries [40]
1985 Dallas Dr. Miller [41]
1985–86 Hotel Cop #2, Officer Ep. "Recriminations" [42][43]
1985–86 The A-Team Armored car guard, Owens Ep. "Incident at Crystal Lake", "Family Reunion" [43][44][45][46]
1985 Moonlighting Ep. "Brother, Can You Spare a Blonde?" [47]
1986 North and South Ezra TV miniseries, Book II: Love and War [48]
1986 Trapper John, M.D. Ambers Ep. "Self-Diagnosis" [49]
1987 MacGyver Moss Ep. "Family Matter" [50]
1989 Murder, She Wrote Kei Murray Ep. "Three Strikes, You're Out" [51]
1991 Line of Fire: The Morris Dees Story Hal TV movie [52]
1993 NYPD Blue Det. Hankin Ep. "Oscar, Meyer, Weiner" [53]
1993 Married... with Children Moderator Ep. "Banking on Marcy" [54][55]
1994 Melrose Place George Ep. "Michael's Game" [43][56]
1994 Green Dolphin Beat TV movie [57]
1995 The Young and the Restless Trenton Jordan [58]
1996 Married... with Children Reverend Hightower Ep. "A Bundy Thanksgiving" [59]
1997 Murphy Brown Agent Scanlon Ep. "Hero Today, Gone Tomorrow" [60]
1997 Mad About You Security Chief Ep. "The Birth: Part 2" [61]
1998 Profiler Prison DIrector Ep. "Coronation" [43]
1999 Baywatch Ben Frazier Ep. "The Big Blue" [43][62]
2001 NYPD Blue Deputy Warden Jim Cullen Ep. "Hit the Road, Clark" [63][64]
2001 JAG Col. Klesko Ep. "Ambush" [43]
2001 7th Heaven Gene Carter [65]
2001–02 Family Law Judge Lawrence Harrington [66]
2003 Modern Marvels Narrator Various episodes [10]
2004 The West Wing Agent Caswell [67]
2006 Gone, but Not Forgotten Chester Shortridge Lifetime TV movie [68]
2007–08 Just Jordan Grant Cunningham [8][69]
2008 Hero Ships Narrator History Channel series [70]
2011 General Hospital Prof. Russell Stern [71]
2011–14 Franklin & Bash Judge James Douglas [10]
2016 Star Trek Continues Vulcan Vice Admiral Stomm Ep. "Embracing the Winds" [12]


Live-action film[edit]

List of acting performances in film
Year Title Role Notes Source[1][4]
1977 Alex Joseph and His Wives FBI Agent Vernon Wood [72]
1982 Night Shift Donny [73]
1983 10 to Midnight Desk Sergeant [74]
1985 Real Genius George [75]
1988 The Blob Moss Woodley [10][76]
1994 In the Army Now Sgt. Daniels [77]
1995 The American President Agent Cooper [78]
1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Detective Fitzsimmons [10][79]
2003 Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood [10]
2005 Rebound NCBA Board Member [80]
2008 Vacancy 2: The First Cut [81][82]
2009 Hannah Montana: The Movie Mayor [83][84]
2013 Star Trek: Into Darkness Captain Abbott [12]

References[edit]

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