Edwin Neal

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Edwin Neal
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Edwin Neal at the TCM panel at Days of the Dead Indianapolis 2012.
Born (1945-07-12) July 12, 1945 (age 73)
ResidenceAustin, Texas
OccupationActor
Children6

Edwin Neal (born July 12, 1945) is an American actor, perhaps best known for his role as the hitchhiker in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.[1] He has been a top voice talent and actor for years appearing on screen and off, including three voices in Wii's Metroid Prime 3. He has worked with Oliver Stone on JFK and is Robotnik in Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie. He set a record doing 26 different voices in the only completely unedited version of all 103 episodes of Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets), which included the lead villain Berg Katse. Neal also provides three voices in the DC Universe Online game; those of Two-Face, Killer Croc, and Harvey Bullock.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Houston, Texas, Neal, after high school, studied at Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas, before moving on to acting and directing studies at the University of Texas at Austin. While there, Neal auditioned for the role of the Hitchhiker in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and got it. He has said that when auditioning he acted as an eccentric relative of his. The movie went on to become a cult classic.

Neal still continues to act. His most notable roles since The Texas Chain Saw Massacre were playing the Mercer interrogator in Oliver Stone's JFK, and Big Chuck's Henchman in the 1993 movie My Boyfriend's Back. He has also done some voice work, for films, computer games and cartoons. Neal also annually tours worldwide making many public appearances as "The Hitchhiker" at horror conventions and related gatherings.

Honors[edit]

Neal was inducted into the "Hollywood Horror Hall of Fame" in 1993 alongside Vincent Price, and owns one of the world's largest movie poster collections, from 1900 to the present day. He received a Bronze Star for Valor during his service in Vietnam in 1969.

Personal life[edit]

Neal currently lives in Austin, Texas and has six children: Kirsche Dickson, David Valenzuela, Heidi James, Morna Neal, Preston Neal, Marlee Neal and two step children: Angelina Hitchcock and Andrea Ramos.

Filmography[edit]

Film roles[edit]

Anime roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1978 Gatchaman: The Movie Berg Katse BTVA Award for Best male supporting vocal performance in an anime movie/special.[2]
1990-1991 Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Jean's Uncle, Newspaper Editor
1994-1995 Gatchaman Berg Katse[3] ADV dub
1995 Wedding Peach Jamapon
1996 Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie Dr. Robotnik, President, Metal Robotnik Movie
1996-1998 Ninja Resurrection Souiken Mori
1998 Lost Universe Drunk, Barker, Superintendent General
Roy Glen
Getter Robo Armageddon Gai
Steam Detectives Dr. Guilty
1999 Soul Hunter Lisei
Dai-Guard Oosugi Episode: "Disaster From the Sea"
2000 Sakura Wars Financier, Gojii
2001 Mazinger Professor Morimori
Final Fantasy: Unlimited Pist Shaz
Zaion: I Wish You Were Here Dr. Domeki
2002 Happy Lesson Tanuki
2002 Jing: King of Bandits Emcee 3 Episodes
2003 GetBackers Mr. Sasakida Episode: "High School Girl vs. Recovery Service"
Moeyo Ken TV Nekomaru
2004 Blade of the Phantom Master Movie

Video game roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi The Emperor (voice)
1995 Crusader: No Remorse Dr. Gregor Hoffman (voice)
2000 Starlancer Admiral Petrov
2001 Conquest: Frontier Wars Spinelayer / ESP Coil / Troopship
2003 Deus Ex: Invisible War Generic Citizen #5 / WTO Guard #1
2007 Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Ghor, Trooper, Noncom
2011 DC Universe Online Two-Face, Killer Croc, Harvey Bullock

Voice roles[edit]

  • Love Lost in a Boat - Narration

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Edwin Neal". The New York Times.
  2. ^ http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/btva-anime-awards/2015/movies/
  3. ^ "The Giant Mummy That Summons Storms". Gatchaman. Season 1. Archived from the original on 2014-08-26. - closing credits

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