Crispin Freeman

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Crispin Freeman
Crispin Freeman.jpg
Freeman in August 2009
Born (1972-02-09) February 9, 1972 (age 48)
Occupation
  • Voice actor
  • voice director
  • screenwriter
Years active1997–present
RelativesCassidy Freeman (sister)
Websitewww.crispinfreeman.com

Crispin Freeman (born February 9, 1972) is an American voice actor, voice director, and screenwriter who is best known for voicing characters in English-language dubs of Japanese anime, animation, and video games. Some of his prominent anime roles include Zelgadis Graywords in Slayers, Kyon in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Alucard in Hellsing, Kirei Kotomine in Fate/Zero and Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, Itachi Uchiha in Naruto, and Shizuo Heiwajima in Durarara!!

Early life[edit]

Freeman was born in Chicago[1] on February 9, 1972.[2][3] His father is Jewish.[4] He is the oldest of three children. His sister, Cassidy, is an actress, while his brother, Clark, is an actor and musician.[5] Freeman graduated from the Latin School of Chicago in 1990 and earned a BA from Williams College, where he majored in theater and minored in computer science. He then earned an MFA in acting from Columbia University and went on to perform on Broadway, at the American Repertory Theater, at the Mark Taper Forum, at Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park, and at the Williamstown Theater Festival. As a child, he was greatly influenced by anime such as Speed Racer and Battle of the Planets. Casey Kasem voiced the role of his favorite character, Mark of Battle of the Planets, and Freeman even wanted to change his name to Mark at one point. He later discovered Voltron, Star Blazers, and Robotech. He has also stated that the reason he got into the industry was because of the anime The Vision of Escaflowne. He initially got involved in the voice-over industry when a friend of his landed a role in Peacock King.

Career[edit]

Freeman in May 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 Graywords 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.

Freeman has 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.[6] In addition to classes, Freeman has a website called Voice Acting Mastery which includes podcasts and other resources regarding voice acting.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Anime[edit]

List of voice performances in anime
Year Title Role Notes Source[8]
1998 Revolutionary Girl Utena Toga Kiryu, Dios
1998–2000
2010
Slayers series Zelgadis Graywords
1999–2000 The Irresponsible Captain Tylor Justy Ueki Tylor Also OVAs [9]
1999 Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight Spark
2000 Virgin Fleet Mau Sakisaka OVA
Photon The Galactic Emperor OVA
Shamanic Princess Kagetsu OVA
2001 Boogiepop Phantom Masami Saotome, Manticore
Angel Sanctuary Rosiel OVA
Assemble Insert Host 1 OVA
RG Veda Taishakuten OVA
2002 Now and Then, Here and There Tabool
Rurouni Kenshin Shogo Amakusa
Hellsing Alucard
Cosmo Warrior Zero Warrius Zero
I My Me! Strawberry Eggs Hibiki Amawa (male), Seiko's Father
Vandread: The Second Stage Tenmei Uragasumi
X Fuma Monou
Dangaizer 3 Koichiro Mitsurugi, Shadow 3 OVA
Digimon Frontier Kouichi Kimura, Duskmon, Lowemon, Bakumon, Pipismon
2003 Argentosoma 1st Lt. Dan Simmons, MORGUE Military Official
.hack//Liminality Yuki's Brother, Harald Hoerwick OVA
Chobits Hideki Motosuwa
R.O.D.: Read or Die Joker OVA [9]
s-CRY-ed Straight Cougar, Councilmember
The Big O Season 2 Alan Gabriel
Geneshaft Mario Musicanova
Initial D Koichiro "Cole" Iketani
Spirit of Wonder Jim OVA
Witch Hunter Robin Amon
Last Exile Alex Row
.hack//SIGN Balmung [9]
2004 Kikaider 01 Rei / Kikaider 00 OVA
Wolf's Rain Tsume
Kaze no Yojimbo Genzo Araki, Yamamoto
.hack//Legend of the Twilight Balmung
Rave Master Shuda, Sieghart [10]
Angel Tales Shin
2004–2005 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Togusa Also 2nd GIG
2004 Please Twins! Kosei Shimazaki
2005 Zatch Bell! Takeshi Kaneyama
Scrapped Princess Shannon Cassul Voice director, ADR Script Writer [11]
Planetes Colin Clifford
Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki Kamikura 3rd OVA series
2005–2009 Naruto Itachi Uchiha, Ebisu, Rasa [12][13]
2005 Mars Daybreak Lt. Rich
IGPX Bjorn Johannsen
2006 Eureka Seven Holland [9]
Noein: to your other self Karasu
2006–2014 Hellsing Ultimate Alucard OVA series
2007 Blood+ Hagi, Van Argeno, Joel Goldschmidt VI
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Kyon [14]
Phoenix Oh-ama-no-miko
Digimon Data Squad Thomas H. Norstein
2008–2009 Code Geass Jeremiah Gottwald
2008 Lucky Star Tomokazu Sugita, Kyon (cosplayer) [9]
Strait Jacket Isaac Hammond [15][16][17]
2009–2012 Bakugan series Gus Grav, Amazon
2009-2018 Naruto Shippuden series Itachi Uchiha, Rasa, Ebisu
2011 Durarara!! Shizuo Heiwajima   [18]
Marvel Anime: Wolverine Tesshin Asano [19]
2013 Tenkai Knights Vilius, Slyger
Fate/Zero Kirei Kotomine [9][20]
2015–2016 Durarara!!×2 Shizuo Heiwajima   [21][22]
2015 The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan Kyon   [23]
Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works Kirei Kotomine TV series [24]
2016 God Eater Soma Schicksal [25]
2019 Ingress: The Animation Jack Norman
2020 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Gyomei Himejima [26]
Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2045 Togusa [9]
Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon Osamu Kirin TV series

Animation[edit]

List of voice performances in animation
Year Title Role Notes Source[8]
2006 W.I.T.C.H. Raphael Sylla Ep. "Z is for Zenith"  
2008 The Spectacular Spider-Man Max Dillon / Electro [9]
2009 Wolverine and the X-Men Multiple Man, Maverick [27]
2010–2013,
2019–present
Young Justice Roy Harper / Arsenal / Red Arrow, Guardian [9][28]
2010 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Howard E. Robertson, Rhino, Ben, Cook Ep. "The Shrieking Madness" [9]
2012 The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Scott Lang / Ant-Man II Ep. "To Steal an Ant-Man" [9]
Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays Fabian Menkle TV special [9]
2014–2015

2017

Steven Universe Doug Maheswaran, Male Nurse 3 episodes [9][29]
2015 Wabbit Old Man #1, Dust Bunny Eps. "Buddha Bugs" & "Dust Bugster" [30][31]
2016–2018 Justice League Action J'onn J'onzz / Martian Manhunter [32]
2016 Adventure Time Turtle Prince, Ice President Ep. "Five Short Tables" [33]
2017 All Hail King Julien Alex Ep. "The End is Here" [9]
Spider-Man Mysterio, Spot Ep. "Bring On the Bad Guys Part 2" [9]

Films[edit]

List of voice performances in feature films
Year Title Role Notes Source[8]
1998 Grave of the Fireflies Doctors, Old Man English dub
2001 Revolutionary Girl Utena Touga Kiryuu, Prince English dub
Night on the Galactic Railroad Campanella English dub
Space Travelers Hayabusa "Jay" Jetter English dub
2002 Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Operator English dub
2003 Sakura Wars: The Movie Brent Furlong Credited as Joseph McDougall, English dub [9]
2004 Slayers Premium Zelgadis Graywords English dub [9]
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence Togusa English dub [9]
2005 Howl's Moving Castle Prince Justin / Turnip Head English dub
2006 Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Rude English dub [9]
2007 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society Togusa English dub
2010 The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya Kyon English dub [9]
2015 Tiger & Bunny: The Rising Virgil English dub [34]
2017 Teen Titans: The Judas Contract Roy Harper / Speedy [9]
2018 Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower Kirei Kotomine English dub [35]
Mirai Yukko (Human Form) English dub [36]
2019 Promare Kray Foresight English dub [37]

Video games[edit]

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes Source[8]
2003 .hack series Balmung Mutation, Outbreak, Quarantine [9]
2003-2006 Xenosaga series Albedo Piazolla, Gaignun Kukai [9]
2003 Tales of Symphonia Regal Bryant [9]
2004 World of Warcraft Thalen Songweaver, Commander Lindon, Vindicator Maraad, Il'gynoth the Heart of Corruption  
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Setzer Gabbiani, Will Turner [9]
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow Will Turner [9]
Baten Kaitos Origins Heughes [9]
Justice League Heroes Superman [9]
2006–2016 Naruto series Itachi Uchiha, Fourth Kazekage, Ebisu [9]
2006 Gothic 3 The Nameless Hero [9]
2006–2007 .hack//G.U. series Sakaki, Azure Balmung Rebirth, Reminisce, Redemption [9]
2006 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Winter Soldier [9]
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops High Officer A [9]
2007 300: March to Glory Leonidas, Persian Champion [9]
Rogue Galaxy Gale Dorban, Jaus [9]
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer Gannayev-of-Dreams, Khai Khmun [38]
2008 Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law Myron Reducto [9]
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Rude [9]
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Enemy Soldiers [9]
Rise of the Argonauts Achilles  
2009 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Alex [9]
The Lord of the Rings: Conquest Legolas [9]
Watchmen: The End Is Nigh Doctor Manhattan [9]
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Iron Man, Titanium Man [9]
MagnaCarta 2 Alex [9]
2010 White Knight Chronicles Setti, Grazel [9]
Clash of the Titans Prokopion, Belo, Soldiers [9]
Valkyria Chronicles II Zeri [9]
Transformers: War for Cybertron Breakdown [9]
God of War III Helios [9]
2011 Marvel Super Hero Squad Online Bullseye, Ghost Rider, Punisher [9]
White Knight Chronicles II Setti, Grazel [9]
Resistance 3 Charlie Tent, Winston (Smoking Man), Leroy [9]
2012 Diablo III Wizard (Male) [9]
2013 Marvel Heroes Pyro, Gorgon, Ka-Zar
God of War: Ascension Bliss King, Civilian, Slave, Sailor [9]
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Sundowner [9]
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: The Video Game Alex [9]
Batman: Arkham Origins Firefly, GCPD Speaker [39]
2014 Bayonetta 2 Balder [9]
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Garrett, Breezy Diner, Researcher [40][9]
Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle Vilius, Slyger, A.I. Guidance System [9]
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare A.S.T.  
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Soldiers / Extras [9]
Destiny Guardian: Awoken Male [41]
2014;
2017
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Setzer Gabbiani, Will Turner Archived [9]
2015 Batman: Arkham Knight Firefly [42]
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Soldiers / Extras [9]
2016 Overwatch Winston [43]
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness Victor Oakville [9]
World of Final Fantasy Captain, Man in Rags English version [9]
2017 Horizon Zero Dawn Helis [9]
2018 Onmyoji Ootengu, Youko, Mannendake
Metal Gear Survive Player, MB Soldiers [9]
Epic Seven Charles, Ray
Marvel Powers United VR Loki [9]
Lego DC Super-Villains Firefly, Arsenal, Riddler Goon
2019 Kingdom Hearts III Will Turner [9]
Metro Exodus Admiral, Soldier  
Days Gone Mark "Cope" Copeland  
Judgment Masaharu Kaito [9]
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Gorgon [9]
The Outer Worlds Charles Rockwell [44]

Other dubbing[edit]

List of voice performances in other dubbing
Year Title Role Notes Source[8]
2005 Oldboy Lee Woo-jin [45]

Live-action[edit]

List of appearances in film and television
Year Title Role Notes Source[8]
2008 Adventures in Voice Acting Himself [46]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Freeman, Crispin [@CrispinFreeman] (April 11, 2014). "A primeval forest sounds lovely! I was born in Chicago and never found one there. Show us where it is!" (Tweet). Retrieved January 30, 2017 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "FamilySearch". familysearch.org.
  3. ^ Freeman, Crispin [@CrispinFreeman] (February 9, 2010). "Thanks to everyone for all the birthday well wishes! I'm overwhelmed!" (Tweet). Retrieved January 30, 2017 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ https://mobile.twitter.com/crispinfreeman/status/15578078550
  5. ^ 'Lex Schmex' – Meet SMALLVILLE's Tess Mercer Newsarama.com
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-03. Retrieved 2011-11-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  11. ^ Scrapped Princess. Episode 4. Event occurs at Closing credits, English Adaptation.
  12. ^ Studio Pierrot (7 April 2007). "Return of the Morning Mist". Naruto. Episode 81. Cartoon Network.
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  19. ^ "Mariko". Marvel Anime: Wolverine. Season 1. Episode 1. July 23, 2011. G4.
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  24. ^ "Aniplex USA Details Fate/stay night UBW, Durarara!! 2xSho Release Details". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  25. ^ Freeman, Crispin [@CrispinFreeman] (July 12, 2016). "Check out yours truly as Soma Schicksal in the new trailer for the anime series "God Eater":" (Tweet). Retrieved December 21, 2016 – via Twitter.
  26. ^ "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime's Video Reveals English Dub Cast for Hashira". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2020-03-24.
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  30. ^ "Buddha Bugs/Now and Zen". Wabbit. Season 1. Episode 1. September 21, 2015. Cartoon Network.
  31. ^ "Raising Your Spirits/Dust Bugster". Wabbit. Season 1. Episode 19. September 30, 2015. Cartoon Network.
  32. ^ "Justice League Action First 7 Episodes Review". The Reaf Debrief. 2016-12-14. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
  33. ^ "Five Short Tables". Adventure Time. Season 7. Episode 35. May 26, 2016. Cartoon Network.
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  35. ^ "Fathom and Aniplex of America Bring Latest 'Fate/stay' Movie to Theaters - Three If By Space". 7 May 2018.
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  38. ^ "Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer" – via www.imdb.com.
  39. ^ Freeman, Crispin (November 9, 2013). "Yes, that is me as Firefly". Twitter. Retrieved November 9, 2013.
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  42. ^ Rocksteady Studios. Batman: Arkham Knight. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Scene: Credits, Voiceover & Mocap Talent.
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