Joel McDonald (actor)

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Joel McDonald
ResidenceDallas, Texas, U.S.
OccupationVoice actor, voice director, script writer
Years active2009-present
Spouse(s)Marie Charlson[1]
Children2

Joel McDonald is an American voice actor, voice director, and scriptwriter who worked on English versions of anime series at Funimation.

Biography[edit]

Since McDonald was 7, he had a love for acting. He soon started acting in plays at school and church, participating in community theater, secondary school theater and in speech competitions. Later, he acquired a BFA in Acting and Directing from Sam Houston State College. From that point onwards, McDonald took up acting professionally, taking parts in a national kids' theater tour, landing different roles in a couple dozen stage shows.

In 2006, after years of stage work in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, McDonald became involved in voice acting and also got into ADR directing and adaptive scriptwriting.[2]

Career[edit]

McDonald has provided voices for a number of English language versions of Japanese anime films and television shows, and video games. He is best known as the voice of Takumi Fujiwara from the Initial D series, Meow from Space Dandy, and Minato Sahashi from the Sekirei series, as well as the ADR director for the Funimation One Piece dub, in addition to Sgt Frog, Deadman Wonderland, Space Dandy and Initial D.[3]

In the 2010s, McDonald has been cast in more lead/major roles, such as Akane from Divine Gate, Mikage from the Kamisama Kiss series, Bartholomew Kuma from One Piece, Zeref from Fairy Tail, Brief from Panty and Stocking, Hien from Chaos Dragon, Koki Mimura from Assassination Classroom, Azusa Hanai from Big Windup, Toshimitsu Kubo from the Baka and Test series, Hayato Ike from the second season of Shakugan no Shana onwards, Jacuzzi Splot from Baccano, Motoharu Kaido from Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero, Ikta Solok from Alderamin on the Sky, and Dilandau Albatou from the Funimation redub of The Vision of Escaflowne.

Personal life[edit]

On March 18, 2016, McDonald announced the birth of his son, Beck Austin McDonald.[4] He is married to fellow voice actress Marie Charlson. His second son, Finn McDonald, was born on June 15, 2018.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Anime[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Source[6]
2016 91 Days Arturo Tronco Ep. 3 [7]
2016 Alderamin on the Sky Ikta Solok [8]
2016 The Vision of Escaflowne Dilandau Albatou Funimation dub, also movie [9][10]
2013 Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero Motoharu Kaido [11]
2013 Baka and Test Toshimitsu Kubo ADR Director, also season 2 and OVA [12]
2012 Shakugan no Shana Hayato Ike season 2-3 [13]
2009 Big Windup! Azusa Hanai [2]
2015 Assassination Classroom Koki Mimura ADR Director, also Koro-sensei Q! [14]
2014–present Fairy Tail Zeref [15]
2012 Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt Brief [16]
2016 Chaos Dragon Hien [17]
2010 One Piece Bartholomew Kuma, Megalo ADR Director [18]
2015 Kamisama Kiss Mikage also season 2 [19]
2016 Divine Gate Akane [20]
2010 Sekirei Minato Sahashi also season 2 [21]
2010 Initial D Takumi Fujiwara Funimation dub, ADR Director [22]
2014 Space Dandy Meow ADR Director [23]
2009 Baccano! Jacuzzi Splot [24]
2014 Attack on Titan Milieus Zermusky also Attack on Titan: Junior High [25]
2012 Black Butler Ronald Knox season 2 [26]
2016 Drifters Allister [27]
2013 Future Diary Oji Kosaka [28]
2012 Hetalia: Axis Powers Poland season 2 onwards [29]
2016 Joker Game Jitsui ADR Director [30]
2010 Linebarrels of Iron Hideaki Yajima [31]
2016 Lord Marksman and Vanadis Tigrevurmud Vorn [32]
2016 Monster Hunter Stories: Ride On Cheval [33]
2009 Nabari no Ou Yoite [34]
2012 Ōkami-san and Her Seven Companions Ryoshi Morino [35]
2014 Red Data Girl Manatsu Soda [36]
2009 Sgt. Frog Saburo Mutsumi [36]
2015 Sky Wizards Academy Kanata Age [37]
2013 We Without Wings Takashi Haneda [38]
2016 Yuri on Ice Phichit Chulanont [39][40]
2016 All Out!! Sunao Ōsaka [41]
2017 Code Geass: Akito the Exiled Ashley Ashra [42]
2016 The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Reita Toritsuka [43]
2016 My Hero Academia Yūga Aoyama [44]
2017 Kenka Bancho Otome: Girl Beats Boys Takayuki Konparu [45]
2015 Ninja Slayer From Animation Disturbed Ep. 8 [46]
2017 Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas Melchior [47]
2016 No-Rin Kaoru Hanazono [48]
2016 Maria the Virgin Witch Gilbert [7]
2013 Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing Fritz [49]
2017 Nanbaka Daisen Rokuriki [50]
2013 Guilty Crown Daryl Yan [51]
2012 Shangri-La Medusa [52]
2013 Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar Alan [53]
2017 ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. Beurre Ep. 4 [47]
2016 Dimension W Blue Eps. 4-5 [54]
2010 Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne Mary Ep. 3 [55]
2012 Deadman Wonderland ADR Director [3]
2014 Date A Live ADR Director [56]
2014 Robotics;Notes ADR Director [57]
2013 Sankarea: Undying Love ADR Director [58]
2016 The Seven Deadly Sins ADR Script [59]
2015 Yona of the Dawn Jae-ha [60]
2010 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Urey Rockbell [61]
2014 Laughing Under the Clouds Rakuchō Takeda ADR Director [62]
2016 Prince of Stride: Alternative Asuma Mayuzumi [63]
2017 The Royal Tutor Ernst Rosenberg [45]
2013 Good Luck Girl! Ibuki ADR Director [64]
2016 Handa-kun Takashi Ishida Eps. 1-2 [65]
2017 The Ancient Magus' Bride Oberon [66]
2017 Garo: Vanishing Line Alfil Ep. 11 [67]
2017 Black Clover Abra Ep. 13 [66]
2018 Hakyu Hoshin Engi Kokutenko [68]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Source
2012 Fafner in the Azure: Heaven and Earth Misao Kurusu [69]
2017 One Piece Film: Gold Mohkin [70][71]
2017 Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic Ronald Knox [26]
2017 Genocidal Organ Leland [72]
2017 Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry Zeref


References[edit]

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