Crispin Freeman

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Crispin Freeman
Crispin Freeman.jpg
Crispin in 2009, after teaching at the JVTA-LA.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.[1]
Occupation Voice actor, ADR director, script writer
Years active 1998–present
Agent Arlene Thornton and Associates
Relatives Cassidy Freeman (sister)
Website www.crispinfreeman.com

Crispin Freeman is an American actor who has provided voice-overs in numerous English-language versions of Japanese anime, cartoons, and video games. In anime, some of his prominent roles include Zelgadis Greywords in Slayers, Alucard in Hellsing, Kyon in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Kirei Kotomine in Fate/Zero, Itachi Uchiha in Naruto, and Shizuo Heiwajima in Durarara!!.


Early life and education[edit]

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Crispin Freeman is the oldest of three children. He attended the Latin School of Chicago, where he graduated in 1990. 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[edit]

Crispin Freeman at Super-Con 2009

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 teaches classes, workshops, and performance lectures in the Los Angeles area.[2] In addition to classes, Freeman has a website called Voice Acting Mastery which includes podcasts and other resources regarding voice acting.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Freeman is the oldest of three children. His sister, Cassidy is an actress who played Tess Mercer in the Smallville and Cady Longmire in Longmire. Their brother, Clark, is an actor and musician; they are involved in a band called The Real D'Coys.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Anime[edit]

List of voice performances in anime
Year Title Role Notes Source[5]
1998 Revolutionary Girl Utena Touga Kiryuu, Dios
1998–2000;
2010
Slayers series Zelgadis Greywords
1999–2000 The Irresponsible Captain Tylor Justy Ueki Tylor Also OVAs [6]
1999 Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight Spark
2000 Geobreeders Various characters OVA
2000 Virgin Fleet Mau Sakisaka OVA
2000 Photon The Galactic Emperor OVA
2000 Shamanic Princess Kagetsu OVA
2001 Boogiepop Phantom Masami Saotome, Manticore
2001 Angel Sanctuary Rosiel OVA
2001 Assemble Insert Host 1, others OVA
2001 RG Veda Taishakuten OVA
2002 Now and Then, Here and There Tabool
2002 Rurouni Kenshin: Tales of the Meiji Various characters
2002 Hellsing Alucard
2002 Cosmo Warrior Zero Warrius Zero
2002 I My Me! Strawberry Eggs Hibiki Amawa, Seiko's Father
2002 Vandread: The Second Stage Tenmei Uragasumi, others
2002 X Fuma Monou
2002 Dangaizer 3 Koichiro Mitsurugi, Shadow 3 OVA
2002 Digimon Frontier Kouichi Kimura, Bakumon, Pipismon
2003 Argentosoma 1st Lt. Dan Simmons, MORGUE Military Official
2003 .hack//Liminality Yuki's Brother, Harald Hoerwick OVA
2003 Chobits Hideki Motosuwa
2003 R.O.D.: Read or Die Joker OVA [6]
2003 s-CRY-ed Straight Cougar, Councilmember
2003 The Big O Season 2 Alan Gabriel
2003 Geneshaft Mario Musicanova
2003 Initial D Kouichiro 'Cole' Iketani
2003 Spirit of Wonder Jim OVA
2003 Witch Hunter Robin Amon
2003 Last Exile Alex Row
2003 .hack//SIGN Balmung [6]
2004 Kikaider 01 Rei / Kikaider 00 OVA
2004 Wolf's Rain Tsume
2004 Kaze no Yojimbo Genzo Araki, Yamamoto
2004 .hack//Legend of the Twilight Balmung
2004 Rave Master Shuda, Sieghart [7]
2004 Angel Tales Shin
2004–05 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Togusa Also 2nd GIG
2004 Please Twins! Kousei Shimazaki
2005 Zatch Bell! Various characters
2005 Scrapped Princess Shannon Cassul, Lord Becknam
2005 Planetes Colin Clifford
2005 Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki Kamikura 3rd OVA series
2005–09 Naruto Itachi Uchiha, Ebisu, others [8][9]
2005 Mars Daybreak Lt. Rich
2005 IGPX Bjorn Johannsen
2006 Eureka Seven Holland [6]
2006 Noein: to your other self Karasu
2006–14 Hellsing Ultimate Alucard OVA series
2007 Blood+ Hagi, Van Argeno
2007 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Kyon [10]
2007 Phoenix Oh-ama-no-miko
2007 Digimon Data Squad Thomas
2008–09 Code Geass Jeremiah Gottwald
2008 Lucky Star Various characters [6]
2008 Strait Jacket Isaac Hammond [11][12][13]
2011 Durarara!! Shizuo Heiwajima   [14]
2013 Fate/Zero Kirei Kotomine [6][15]
2015–16 Durarara!!×2 Shizuo Heiwajima   [16][17]
2015 The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan Kyon   [18][19]
2015 Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works Kirei Kotomine TV series [20]


Animation[edit]

List of voice performances in animation
Year Title Role Notes Source[5]
2008 The Spectacular Spider-Man Max Dillon / Electro [6]
2009 Wolverine and the X-Men Multiple Man, Maverick [21]
2010–13 Young Justice Speedy, Arsenal, Red Arrow, Guardian, others [6]
2012 The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Scott Lang/Ant-Man II Ep. "To Steal an Ant-Man" [6]
2012 Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays Fabian Menkle [6]
2014–15 Steven Universe Mr. Maheswaran, Male Nurse Ep. "Fusion Cuisine" [6][22]

Films[edit]

List of voice performances in direct-to-video and television films
Year Title Role Notes Source[5]
1998 Grave of the Fireflies Doctors, Old Man
2001 Revolutionary Girl Utena Touga Kiryuu, Prince
2001 Night on the Galactic Railroad Campanella
2001 Space Travelers Hayabusa 'Jay' Jetter
2002 Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Operator
2004 Slayers Premium Zelgadis Greywords
2005 Howl's Moving Castle Turnip
2006 Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Rude [6]
2006 Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence Togusa
2007 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society Togusa
2015 Tiger & Bunny: The Rising Virgil [23]

Video games[edit]

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes Source[5]
2003 .hack series Balmung Mutation, Outbreak, Quarantine [6]
2004 Tales of Symphonia Regal Bryant [6]
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Setzer Gabbiani, Will Turner [6]
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow Will Turner [6]
2006 Baten Kaitos Origins Heughes [6]
2003–06 Xenosaga series Albedo Piazolla, Gaignun Kukai [6]
2006 Justice League Heroes Superman [6]
2006–16 Naruto video games Itachi Uchiha, Fourth Kazekage, Ebisu [6]
2006 Gothic 3 The Nameless Hero [6]
2006–07 .hack//G.U. series Sakaki, Azure Balmung Rebirth, Reminisce, Redemption [6]
2006 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Winter Soldier [6]
2007 Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops High Officer A [6]
2007 Rogue Galaxy Gale Dorban, Jaus [6]
2008 Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law Myron Reducto [6]
2008 Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Rude [6]
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Enemy Soldiers [6]
2009 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Alex [6]
2009 The Lord of the Rings: Conquest Legolas [6]
2009 MagnaCarta 2 Alex [6]
2010 White Knight Chronicles Setti, Grazel [6]
2010 Clash of the Titans Prokopion, Belo, Soldiers [6]
2010 Valkyria Chronicles II Zeri [6]
2010 Transformers: War for Cybertron Breakdown [6]
2010 God of War III Helios [6]
2011 White Knight Chronicles II Setti, Grazel [6]
2011 Resistance 3 Charlie Tent, Winston (Smoking Man), Leroy [6]
2012 Diablo III Wizard – Male [6]
2013 Marvel Heroes Pyro, Gorgon, Ka-Zar
2013 God of War: Ascension Bliss King, Civilian, Slave, Sailor [6]
2013 Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Sundowner [6]
2013 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: The Video Game Alex [6]
2013 Batman: Arkham Origins Firefly [24]
2014 Bayonetta 2 Balder [6]
2014 Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle Vilius, Slyger, A.I. Guidance System [6]
2014 Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Soldiers/Extras [6]
2015 Batman: Arkham Knight Firefly [25]
2015 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Soldiers/Extras [6]
2016 Overwatch Winston [26]
2016 Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness Victor Oakville [6]
2016 World of Final Fantasy Captain [6]

Other dubbing[edit]

List of voice performances in other dubbing
Year Title Role Notes Source[5]
2005 Oldboy Lee Woo-jin [27]

Live action[edit]

List of acting performances and appearances in television and film
Year Title Role Notes Source[5]
2008 Adventures in Voice Acting Himself [28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About - Crispin Freeman". Crispin Freeman Productions. Retrieved August 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ http://crispinfreeman.com/classes.html
  3. ^ http://www.voiceactingmastery.com
  4. ^ 'Lex Schmex' – Meet SMALLVILLE's Tess Mercer Newsarama.com
  5. ^ a b c d e f http://www.arlenethornton.com/on_camera_talent_detail.asp?id=371
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av "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
  7. ^ Rave Master. Event occurs at Closing credits, English language cast. 
  8. ^ Studio Pierrot (7 April 2007). "Return of the Morning Mist". Naruto. Episode 81. Cartoon Network. 
  9. ^ "Voice Actor Crispin Freeman to Appear at Otakon" (Press release). Anime News Network. 11 June 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  10. ^ Ohanesian, Liz (June 28, 2010). "The Fandom of Haruhi Suzumiya". Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Strait Jacket". Manga Video. October 7, 2008. OCLC 244206876. 
  12. ^ Greenberger, Robert (2008-09-08). "Strait Jacket to Make Domestic Debut on DVD". Comic Mix. 
  13. ^ Strait Jacket (DVD). Manga Video. October 7, 2008. OCLC 244206876. 
  14. ^ Brusuelas, James (December 12, 2010). "Aniplex Announces Durarara English Cast". Animation World Network. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Fate/Zero Anime to Get English Dub, Will Stream on Neon Alley – News". Anime News Network. February 6, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Durarara!!×2 English Dub to Premiere March 10". Anime News Network. March 6, 2015. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Aniplex Announces Part of Durarara!! English Dub Cast". Anime News Network. July 30, 2015. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  18. ^ "The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan English Dub Reunites Haruhi Cast". Anime News Network. May 28, 2015. Retrieved May 29, 2015. 
  19. ^ "The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan English Dub Reunites Haruhi Cast". Anime News Network. May 28, 2015. Retrieved May 29, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Aniplex USA Details Fate/stay night UBW, Durarara!! 2xSho Release Details". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2015-07-02. 
  21. ^ "Crispin Freeman SacAnime Convention". sacanime.com. Retrieved September 19, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Fusion Cuisine". Steven Universe. Season 1. Episode 32. November 6, 2014. Cartoon Network. 
  23. ^ "Tiger & Bunny The Movie: The Rising 'New Driver' English Dub Clip Streamed". February 22, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  24. ^ Freeman, Crispin (November 9, 2013). "Yes, that is me as Firefly.". Twitter. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  25. ^ Rocksteady Studios. Batman: Arkham Knight. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Scene: Credits, Voiceover & Mocap Talent. 
  26. ^ http://twinfinite.net/gallery/here-are-the-voice-actors-of-the-overwatch-cast/7
  27. ^ "Crystal Acids Crispin Freeman Page". Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  28. ^ "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. 
Interviews

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