Khary Payton

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Khary Payton
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Payton at Comic Con Brussels in 2020
Born (1972-05-16) May 16, 1972 (age 49)
EducationSouthern Methodist University (BFA)
Years active1986–present
  • Linda Braddock
    (m. 2001; div. 2009)
  • Stacy Reed
    (m. 2010)

Khary Payton (born May 16, 1972) is an American actor. He is best known for his voice role of the DC Comics characters Cyborg across various films and video games and Kaldur'ahm / Aqualad in Young Justice. He is also known for his live action performances on General Hospital and as King Ezekiel on The Walking Dead.[1]


Payton was born in Augusta, Georgia. In 1986, he was a winner in Showtime's 1st annual Kid Talent Quest, and a recording exists of him introducing the animated film Sherlock Holmes in the Baskerville Curse.[2]

Payton appeared on a recurring basis as Dr. Terrell Jackson on the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital.[3] He portrays King Ezekiel on AMC's The Walking Dead.[4][5]

Voice work[edit]

Payton has portrayed Cyborg in both Teen Titans[6] animated series and Aqualad in Young Justice.[7] In the cartoon series Justice League, Payton provided the voice of the villain Ten from the Royal Flush Gang. He also provided the voice of Drebin in the game Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Ripcord in G.I. Joe: Renegades, Blade in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Grimlock in Transformers: Robots in Disguise and Killer Croc in Batman: Arkham Underworld[8] and is voicing Wasabi on the Disney XD original series Big Hero 6 based on the Marvel Comics by Man of Action and the film of the same name.[9]


Voice over roles[edit]


Year Title Role Notes Ref
2002 The Proud Family Slapmaster Episode: "The Altos"
2003–2007 Teen Titans Cyborg, Herald [10]
2003 Justice League Ten Episode: "Wild Cards" (Pt. I and II) [10]
2003 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Mitch Episode: "E-Scream"
2004–2007 Codename: Kids Next Door Maurice / Numbuh 9, additional voices 3 episodes
2006–2007 Ben 10 Hex, additional voices 7 episodes [10]
2006–2007 Loonatics Unleashed General Deuce 3 episodes [10]
2007 Friday: The Animated Series Craig Jones
2007 Legion of Super-Heroes Tyr, Hunter 2 episodes
2008–2010 Ben 10: Alien Force Manny, Hex 6 episodes [10]
2010 Generator Rex Beasly, Gang Punk, Male Providence Cadet #2, Pilot 3 episodes [10]
2010–2011 G.I. Joe: Renegades Ripcord, Wallace Weems, Guard #1, Lead Trooper 7 episodes [10]
2010–2013, 2019 Young Justice Aqualad, Brick, Black Manta, Black Lightning, Robotman, additional voices [10][11]
2012 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Hex Episode: "The Enemy of My Frenemy"
2013–present Teen Titans Go! Cyborg, Zan, Couch, Universe Tree, Halloween Spirit, Young Justice Aqualad, Himself, various voices [10]
2014 Ben 10: Omniverse Manny, Hex, Student 4 episodes [10]
2014 Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered Cyborg TV special [10][12]
2015–2017 Transformers: Robots in Disguise Grimlock, Bisk, Divebomb, additional voices [13]
2015 Fresh Beat Band of Spies Rubberface Rudy, Teller #1 Episode: "Screama Donna" [10]
2015 Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Tony, Stan Episode: "Fake Fresh Beats" [10][14]
2016–2019 The Lion Guard Rafiki, Muhangus 11 episodes [10][15]
2016 Sofia the First Barley Episode: "Bunny Swap"
2016–2017 DC Super Hero Girls Cyborg, Lion-Mane 5 episodes
2016–2017 Justice League Action Cyborg, Kanjar Ro 6 episodes [10]
2017–2021 Big Hero 6: The Series Wasabi, others
2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Jukka, Ship Crasher #2 2 episodes [10]
2017 Elena of Avalor Captain Chiloya Episode: "Party of a Lifetime"
2019 Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure Kai
2021 Invincible Black Samson [16]


Year Title Role Notes Source
2006 Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo Cyborg TV movie [10]
2011 The Legend of Awesomest Maximus King Erotic Comedy Film [10]
2012 Strange Frame: Love & Sax Atem [10]
2013 Khumba Dassies, Wild Dog English dub [10]
2014 Batman: Assault on Arkham Inmates, Henchmen Direct-to-video
2015 Justice League: Throne of Atlantis John Henry Irons [10][17]
2015 Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League Cyborg, Cyzarro [10]
2015 Justice League: Gods and Monsters John Henry Irons, Granny Goodness, Mugger [10][18]
2015 Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem Cyborg [10][19]
2015 Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Attack of the Legion of Doom Cyborg [10]
2015 The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar Rafiki [10]
2016 Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Cosmic Clash Cyborg Direct-to-video [10]
2016 Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout Cyborg [10]
2016 DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year Cyborg [10]
2017 DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games Cyborg, Lead
2017 The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar Rafiki
2018 Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash Cyborg Direct-to-video
2018 Teen Titans Go! To the Movies Cyborg
2018 Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis Cyborg Direct-to-video
2019 Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans Cyborg Direct-to-video
2020 Bobbleheads: The Movie Deuce Direct-to-video

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Source
2000 Deus Ex Smuggler, JoJo Fine
2004 Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain Lawrence Mujari
2004 The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Rael, Michaels
2004 Men of Valor Greaser, Random Marines
2005 X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse Bishop, Nick Fury [10]
2005 Quake 4 Bidwell
2005 Tony Hawk's American Wasteland Additional voices
2006 Teen Titans Cyborg [10]
2006 Reservoir Dogs Mr. Blue
2006 Saints Row Additional voices
2006 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Blade, Paibok [10]
2006 SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 2 WRAITH
2006 Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 Zack
2007 God of War II Rhodes Soldiers, Spartan Soldiers
2007 Spider-Man: Friend or Foe Blade [10]
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Drebin 893 English dub [10]
2008 SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation Commando 3
2008 Resistance 2 Warner
2008 Tom Clancy's EndWar Additional voices
2009 FusionFall Hex
2009 Ninja Blade Andy Walker
2009 The Sims 3 Sim
2009 Prototype Additional voices
2009 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Earl Deveraux [10]
2009 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Luke Cage, Blade
2010 No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle Nathan Copeland [10]
2010 SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 WRAITH
2010 Dead or Alive Paradise Zack [20]
2010 Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex Hex
2010 Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Soldiers, Extras English dub [10]
2010 StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Additional voices
2011 Killzone 3 Additional ISA voices [10]
2011 Dead or Alive: Dimensions Zack [10]
2011 Infamous 2 Male Pedestrians
2011 Spider-Man: Edge of Time Additional voices
2011 Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Razor Co-Pilot
2011 Batman: Arkham City Azrael, Inmates
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Additional voices
2012 Starhawk Emmett Graves [10]
2012 PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Emmett Graves
2013 SimCity BuildIt Additional voices
2013 Aliens: Colonial Marines Marine [10]
2013 Tomb Raider Islanders
2013 God of War: Ascension Soldier, Slave
2013 Injustice: Gods Among Us Cyborg, Doomsday [21]
2013 Metro: Last Light Additional voices
2013 Fuse Jacob Kimble [10]
2013 Marvel Heroes Blade, War Machine
2013 Batman: Arkham Origins Killer Croc, Warden Joseph
2013 Young Justice: Legacy Aqualad, Black Manta [10]
2013 République Quinn Derringer [10]
2014 Infamous Second Son Additional voices [22]
2014 Infamous First Light Additional voices [23]
2014 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Knox, additional voices
2015 Infinite Crisis Cyborg
2015 Batman: Arkham Knight Azrael
2016 Mafia III Additional voices
2017 Injustice 2 Cyborg, Grid [10]
2019 Kingdom Hearts III Wasabi No-Ginger English dub

Live action roles[edit]


Year Title Role Notes Source
2001 Walker, Texas Ranger Gillis Episode: "Justice for All"
2002 Imagine That Demetrius Episode: "The Married Balladeer"
2003 JAG Seaman James Westin Episode: "Touchdown"
2004 The Shield Kaliel "Lil' Psych" Wilkes Episode: "Cracking Ice"
2006–2008 Emily's Reasons Why Not Josh 6 episodes
2006 Hannah Montana Roger the Director Episode: "More Than a Zombie to Me"
2008 How I Met Your Mother Guy #3 in Booth Episode: "The Fight"
2009 Medium Mr. Bronson Episode: "Baby Fever"
2009 Criminal Minds Officer Episode: "Slave of Duty"
2010 I'm in the Band Director Kaz Ridley Episode: "Spiders, Snakes and Clowns"
2010 Lie to Me Cpt. Stan Renshaw Episode: "React to Contact"
2010 CSI: Miami Aaron Taber Episode: "Manhunt"
2011 General Hospital Dr. Terrell Jackson 24 episodes
2012 Fairly Legal Tom Finnerman Episode: "Kiss Me, Kate"
2012 Go On Don Episode: "Pilot"
2013 Body of Proof Brad Carter Episode: "Breakout"
2016–present The Walking Dead King Ezekiel
  • Recurring (Season 7)
  • Also Starring (Season 8)
  • Main Role (Season 9–present)
  • 33 episodes
2017 Hand of God Major Tom 2 episodes
2018 Critical Role Shakäste 2 episodes
2019 UnDeadwood Aloysius Fogg 4 episodes


Year Title Role Notes Source
2003 Dracula II: Ascension Kenny
2004 Latter Days Andrew
2005 Hellraiser: Hellworld Derrick
2008 Ping Pong Playa JP Money
2009 Blood: The Last Vampire Creature
2011 The Legend of Awesomest Maximus King Erotic
2012 Astronaut: The Last Push Michael Forrest Also producer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2014 BTVA Voice Acting Awards Best Male Vocal Performance in a TV Series in a Guest Role - Action/Drama[24] Ben 10: Omniverse Nominated
2015 Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a TV Series[25] Transformers: Robots In Disguise Nominated
2018 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series[26] The Walking Dead Nominated
2019 Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series[27] Nominated


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  3. ^ "GH's adds Suzanne Whang & Khary Payton to the cast!". Michael Fairman On-Air On-Soaps. Archived from the original on October 9, 2016. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  4. ^ "Comic-Con: 'Walking Dead' Casts Kingdom Leader Ezekiel". The Hollywood Reporter. July 22, 2016. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  5. ^ "'The Walking Dead': Ezekiel speaks! Khary Payton gives first interview about landing coveted role". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "Khary Payton Talks "Teen Titans Go!" And "Justice League's" Live-Action Cyborg". July 19, 2015. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "Young Justice's Aqualad Voice Actor Has A Good Feeling About A Third Season". Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  8. ^ "Killer Croc Voice Actor Talks Arkham Underworld". May 23, 2016. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  9. ^ "'Big Hero 6': Maya Rudolph & More Reprise Roles for Disney XD Animated Series". Deadline. November 3, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
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  11. ^ "Endgame". Young Justice: Invasion. Season 2. Episode 20. March 16, 2013. Cartoon Network.
  12. ^ "Lego Batman: Be-Leaguered". Lego Batman. October 27, 2014.
  13. ^ Transformers: Robots in Disguise Episode 12 closing credits
  14. ^ "Screama Donna". Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!. Season 1. Episode 9. October 20, 2015. Cartoon Network.
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  18. ^ Justice League: Gods and Monsters (film). 2015.
  19. ^ "EXCLUSIVE TRAILER DEBUT: Joker Rules in "Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem"". Comic Book Resources. June 2, 2015.
  20. ^ Dead or Alive Paradise (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 6, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  21. ^ "Twitter / kharypayton: @tomkambur @InjusticeGame We". April 20, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  22. ^ Sucker Punch Productions. Infamous: Second Son. Sony Computer Entertainment. Scene: Credits, 3:43 in, Additional Voice Talent.
  23. ^ Sucker Punch Productions. Infamous First Light. Scene: Closing credits, 1:18 minutes in, Additional Voice Acting by.
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  25. ^ "2015 BTVA Voice Acting Awards". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  26. ^ McNary, Dave (March 15, 2018). "'Black Panther,' 'Walking Dead' Rule Saturn Awards Nominations". Variety. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  27. ^ Mancuso, Vinnie (July 16, 2019). "'Avengers: Endgame', 'Game of Thrones' Lead the 2019 Saturn Awards Nominations". Collider. Retrieved July 16, 2019.

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