Eric Kelso

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Eric Kelso
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Kelso in 2001
Born
Eric Victor Kelso

(1962-12-22) December 22, 1962 (age 56)
ResidenceTokyo, Japan
NationalityAmerican
Other namesElic Kelso, Erick Keslo
Alma materUniversity of California at Santa Barbara
OccupationVoice actor, actor, director, presenter, producer
Years active1988-present
Websiteerickelso.com

Eric Victor Kelso (born December 22, 1962)[1] is an American voice actor, actor, director, presenter and producer currently based in Tokyo, Japan.

He is best known as the voice of Paul Phoenix in the video game series, Tekken, as well as Guizhang Chen,[1] Masayuki Fukuhara,[1] Ren of Heavens[1] in the Shenmue series and Jacky Bryant in the Virtua Fighter series.[2] Outside of video games, he has also provided voices for many Japanese TV shows, films, radio programs.

Early life[edit]

Eric Kelso was born and raised in San Jose, California. He attended high school in Santa Cruz and went to the University of California at Santa Barbara where he majored in Film Studies. While at UCSB he received a Corwin Metropolitan Film Award for writing and directing the short film, "an echo en route".[3]

After graduating in 1986, he set out to travel the world in search of documentary film subjects. He eventually made his way to his current long-time residence of Japan.[4]

Career[edit]

Narration[edit]

Kelso has been active in Japan doing English-language and Japanese-language voiceovers for movies, television shows, children's programs and educational broadcasting. In 1995, Kelso provided live interactive voiceover and CG movement work for Mr. Mike, a sarcastic talking microphone character, around the world. Notable events include TELECOM 95 in Geneva, Switzerland,[5] as well as at ASIA TELECOM 97 in Singapore.

He voiced the Japanese movie trailer for Disney's Mulan, as well as the part of River Guide in the Wild River Splash VR Simulator ride for DreamWorks at SEGA's Joypolis in Tokyo. In 2006, shortly after the merger of Tomy and Takara, Kelso provided the voice for the Omnibot 2007: i-SOBOT, which has been certified by Guinness World Records as "the world's smallest humanoid robot in production”.

Kelso has been a director and producer for corporate video recordings for companies such as Prologis Inc. and Medtronic.

Voice Acting[edit]

Kelso providing Motion Capture for Time Crisis in 2015.

Kelso began voice acting for the video game industry in 1996. In 1997, Kelso voiced the character of Paul Phoenix in the fighting video game, Tekken 3. In 1999, he reprised the role of Paul Phoenix in Tekken Tag Tournament, and continued to voice the character in Tekken 4,[6] Tekken 5,[7] Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, and Tekken 6.

In 2000, Kelso provided voices for the English dub of the Sega Dreamcast game, Shenmue. Playing the roles of Masayuki Fukuhara[1] and Guizhang Chen,[1] Kelso noted how expansive the project was, having a more developed storyline and more dialogue than other games at the time. In 2001, Kelso became the voice for another fighting game character in Virtua Fighter 4 called Jacky Bryant.[2] He also reprised the role in Virtua Fighter 5,[8] as well as side projects featuring the character, such as, Sega Superstars,[9] Virtua Quest,[10] Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing,[11] and Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate[12] In 2002, Kelso also worked on the sequel to Shenmue, Shenmue II, voicing a new character in the franchise, Wuying Ren "of Heavens".[1] The English dub of the game appeared in the re-released version on the Microsoft Xbox console as well as the high-definition ports for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
Doraemon unknown Gakken English dub [13]
1993-1998 Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto; Yoshiro Mori Live-action English dub [14]
2001 Zoids: Century Neo Additional voices Alternate English dub; pilot [13]
2017 Sakura Quest Mayor Naumann Japanese dub (Ep. 27) [15]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2016 Under the Dog Soldier

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1996 Soul Edge Siegfried Schtauffen
1997 Tekken 3 Paul Phoenix
1999 Tekken Tag Tournament Paul Phoenix
2000 Gungriffon Blaze Various
Shenmue Masayuki Fukuhara, Guizhang Chen English dub [1]
2001 Virtua Fighter 4 Jacky Bryant
Tekken 4 Paul Phoenix
Planet of the Apes Various [13]
Universal Studios Theme Parks Adventure Woody Woodpecker, Biff Tannen
2002 Dino Stalker Lt. Mike Wired
Shenmue II Wuying Ren [1]
2003 Dino Crisis 3 Jacob Ranshaw Motion capture [13]
F-Zero GX Captain Falcon, Blood Falcon, Billy, Jack Levin [1]
Glass Rose Takashi Kagetani, Kazuya English dub [13]
Bloody Roar 4 Reiji Takigawa English dub [1]
2004 Firefighter F.D.18 Dean McGregor [1]
Gradius V Pilot, Boss [13]
Taiko: Drum Master Various [13]
Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django Dainn, Kid, Coffin Shopkeeper, Ennio English dub [1]
Sega Superstars Jacky Bryant
Tekken 5 Paul Phoenix [13]
Baten Kaitos Kalas English dub [1]
Metal Wolf Chaos Additional voices [13]
2005 Virtua Quest Jacky Bryant [10]
Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection Paul Phoenix [13]
2006 Virtua Fighter 5 Jacky Bryant
Elebits Ed (Dad) English dub [1]
Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Mix Various
2007 Lunar Knights Duke Dumas, Kay English dub [1]
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Various [13]
Mega Max ZX Advent Aeolus English dub
Tekken 6 Paul Phoenix [13]
2010 Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Jacky Bryant
Ace Combat: Joint Assault Michael Arena [13]
2013 Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Jacky Bryant
2015 Dead or Alive 5 Last Round Jacky Bryant [16]
Transformers Pachinko Optimus Prime [13]
Time Crisis 5 Marc Godart English dub [1]
Devil’s Third Online Various [13]
2016 NightCry Harry, Newscaster, HQ English dub [1][17]
Pokémon Tretta Announcer [13]
2018 Fitness Boxing Evan [13]

Radio[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1991 New York and Boston with Eric Host [13]
1991-1992 Radio Eikawa Host [13]
1992 Florida with Eric Host [13]

Narration[edit]

Year Title Medium Notes Ref.
1998 Mulan Film trailer Japanese version [13]

Other Voice Work[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1995 Mr. Mike Voice, motion capture; Interactive CG [13]
2001 Universal Studios Japan Woody Woodpecker Theme Park [13]
2007 i-SOBOT English voice; Robot [13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Eric Kelso | Behind The Voice Actors". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved December 8, 2017. Check mark indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources
  2. ^ a b "Voice Of Jacky Bryant – Virtua Fighter 4". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  3. ^ https://65.media.tumblr.com/fa24314af7f8ec70cfaeb39dabccfeb7/tumblr_ofes1itiBN1vilcqco1_1280.png
  4. ^ "SEGA Nerds interview with Shenmue voice actors". YouTube. 2015-07-09. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  5. ^ http://www.itu.int/newsroom/press_releases/1995/ITU95-29.html
  6. ^ "Voice Of Paul Phoenix – Tekken 4". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  7. ^ "Voice Of Paul Phoenix – Tekken 5". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  8. ^ "Voice Of Jacky Bryant – Virtua Fighter 5". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  9. ^ "Voice Of Jacky Bryant – Sega Superstars". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  10. ^ a b "Virtua Quest voice cast". Album on Imgur. Retrieved 2017-07-17.
  11. ^ "Voice Of Jacky Bryant – Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  12. ^ "Voice Of Jacky Bryant – Dead or Alive 5". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "Profile". Eric Kelso. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  14. ^ "The Voices of Iron Chef (1998, Live Action Series) – Voice Cast Listing at Voice Chasers". Voicechasers.com. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  15. ^ "TVアニメ「サクラクエスト」公式". sakura-quest.com (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  16. ^ "Dead or Alive 5: Last Round voice cast (Japanese)". imgur.com. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  17. ^ "English Voice Cast Announced For NightCry | Rely on Horror". Rely on Horror. 2015-12-30. Retrieved 2016-03-11.

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