Kirk Thornton

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Kirk Thornton
Born (1956-05-13) May 13, 1956 (age 64)
Other namesRon Allen[1][2]
Sparky Thornton[3]
Spanky Roberts
Sean Thornton
Donald Lee
Alma materUniversity of Washington[4]
OccupationVoice actor, ADR director, script writer
Years active1972–present
AgentCESD
Spouse(s)Julie Nesbitt[5]
Children2[4]
Websitekirkthornton.com

Kirk Thornton (born May 13, 1956)[6] is an American voice actor, director and script writer working mainly with English-language versions of Japanese anime shows. His major roles include Brandon Heat in Gungrave, Hotohori in Fushigi Yūgi, Jin in Samurai Champloo, Hajime Saito in Rurouni Kenshin, Jet Link in Cyborg 009, Don Patch in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Ensign Nogami in The Cockpit and numerous Digimon. Additionally, Thornton co-directed for the popular anime series Bleach alongside Wendee Lee and also serves as the narrator. In video games, he voices Number VII Organization XIII member Saïx in the Kingdom Hearts series and Shadow the Hedgehog and Orbot in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Anime[edit]

List of English dubbing performances in anime
Year Title Role Crew role Notes Source[2][8]
1991 Zillion: Burning Night Big Odama
1992 Fight! Iczer-One Teacher As Sparky Thornton
1993 Doomed Megalopolis Doctor
1993 The Cockpit Ensign Nogami
1995 Crimson Wolf Professor Shagdol
1997 Street Fighter II V Guile [6]
1997 Super Pig Milton Massen [6]
1997 Black Jack Black Jack
1998 Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory Anavel Gato As Sparky Thornton [6]
1998 Fushigi Yūgi Hotohori As Sparky Thornton
1999–2001 Digimon series Gabumon, Mummymon, others
1999 Perfect Blue Yamashiro As Sparky Thornton, grouped under Voice Cast [9]
1999 Cowboy Bebop Steve
2001 Rurouni Kenshin Hajime Saito As Sparky Thornton [3]
2001 Transformers: Robots in Disguise Dr. Onishi
2002 Love Hina Seta Noriyasu As Ronald Allen [10]
2002 Digimon Frontier Tsunomon, Gabumon, Karatenmon [11]
2002 Gundress ADR director
2002 Cosmo Warrior Zero ADR director
2003 s-CRY-ed ADR director
2003 Heat Guy J Ken Edmundo
2004 Duel Masters Black Knight
2004 Wolf's Rain Leara's father
2004 Gad Guard ADR director
2004 Gungrave Brandon Heat / Beyond the Grave As Ron Allen [1]
2004 Tsukihime ADR director
2004 Mobile Suit Gundam F91 Sam Ehrug
2004 Sky Blue Cade [6]
2005 Otogi Zoshi ADR director
2005–06 Samurai Champloo Jin Grouped under English Voice Cast
2005 Planetes Hachirota
2005–09 Naruto Kisame Hoshigaki, Tazuna, others ADR director (episodic)
2005 Mars Daybreak ADR director
2005 IGPX Mark TV series
2005 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG Kuze
2006 Eureka Seven Matthieu [6]
2006 Kannazuki no Miko Kazuki Ōgami Voice Director [12]
2006–13 Bleach Narrator, others ADR director, ADR script [13]
2006 Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo Don Patch
2006 Fate/stay night Kiritsugu Emiya [14]
2007 Digimon Data Squad Homer Yushima [11]
2007 Afro Samurai Various
2008 Blue Dragon Minotaur ADR director (episodic)
2008 Code Geass Kaname Ohgi
2008 Strait Jacket George Thomson [15]
2009 Monster The Baby, others
2009–18 Naruto: Shippuden Kisame Hoshigaki, others
2009–13 Stitch! Hämsterviel, Suzuki, others [16]
2012 Persona 4: The Animation Kinshiro Morooka [6]
2012–13 Blue Exorcist Shiro Fujimoto [17]
2013 B-Daman Crossfire Goichiro Tsukinowa / Grizz Sukino [6]
2013–present Sword Art Online Klein/Ryōtarō Tsuboi 3 TV seasons and a movie [18]
2013–15 Digimon Fusion Tactimon, AxeKnightmon, Leviamon, Kabukimon, others [6]
2013–present The Jungle Bunch Maurice [6]
2014 K Daikaku Kokujoji [19]
2014 Blood Lad ADR director [20]
2015 Coppelion Mitsuo Kawabata [21]
2015 Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Ramba Ral [22]
2015 Durarara!!×2 ADR director Directed the first part called Shō with Patrick Seitz [23][24][25]
2015 BlazBlue Alter Memory Jubei [6][26]
2015–16 Aldnoah.Zero Saazbaum [27]
2016 One-Punch Man Snek, Sitch, Fukegao, and Frog-Man [28]
2016 March Comes in Like a Lion Kai Shimada [29]
2017 Hunter x Hunter Dalzollene 2011 series [30]
2017 Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day Atsushi Yadomi [31]
2018–present Baki Yujiro Netflix ONA [6]
2018 The Seven Deadly Sins Galand Netflix dub
2019–present Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hand Demon, Tanjuro Kamado [32][33]
2020 Marvel Future Avengers Arnim Zola, Scragg, Councilman Reiner, Narrator [34]
2020 Drifting Dragons Ura Netflix dub
2020 Dorohedoro Narrator Netflix dub
2020 Great Pretender Seiji Ozaki Netflix dub
2020 The Idhun Chronicles Ashran Netflix dub

Animation[edit]

List of voice performances in animation
Year Title Role Crew role Notes Source[2][8]
2007 Edgar and Ellen Mayor
2009 Huntik: Secrets & Seekers DeFoe [35]
2009 Superman: Red Son Jimmy Olsen, Batman, Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, Pyotr Roslov Web series Tweet[6]
2009 Spectrobes Commander Grant Web series
2012 The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Adam Warlock Episode: "Michael Korvac" [6]
2012 Star Wars: The Clone Wars King Sanjay Rash, others Eps. "Front Runner"; "The Soft War"; "Tipping Point" [36][37]
2012 – 2014 Monsuno Beyal
2013 Mad Matt Hooper, Spock Ep. "Jaws the Great and Powerful/Old Spock's Off Their Spockers" [6]
2014 Clarence Buckey O'Neil [6]
2014–17 Sonic Boom Orbot, Shadow the Hedgehog, others [38][39][7]
2019 Love, Death & Robots Old Man Ep. "Fish Night"
2019-Present Pucca: Love Recipe Uncle Dumpling, Bruce

Films[edit]

List of voice and English dubbing performances in feature films
Year Title Role Crew role Notes Source[2][8]
2000 Digimon: The Movie Gabumon, MetalGarurumon and Omnimon (Shared) English dub [6]
2004 What the Bleep Do We Know!? Voice Over Talent [40]
2016–2018 Digimon Adventure tri. Gabumon, Garurumon, WereGarurumon, MetalGarurumon, Omnimon (shared), Tsunomon English dub [41]
2016 Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV Newscaster English dub [6]
2020 Ni no Kuni Teacher English dub
2020 Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna Gabumon, WereGarurumon, Omnimon (Shared) English dub [42]
List of voice and English dubbing performances in direct-to-video and television films
Year Title Role Crew role Notes Source[2][8]
1991 Fist of the North Star: The Movie Head Banger English dub
1994 Dirty Pair: Project Eden Boss
1995 Ninja Scroll Hanza, Utsutsu As Spanky Roberts; English dub
1995 Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie Guile As Donald Lee; English dub [6]
1998 Yu Yu Hakusho: The Movie Hiei As Sean Thornton; English dub [6]
1999 Black Jack: The Movie Black Jack As Sean Thornton; English dub
1999 Perfect Blue Yamashiro As Sparky Thornton
2001 Akira Various As Sparky Thornton, Animaze/Pioneer dub
2008 Resident Evil: Degeneration President English dub
2009 Happily N'Ever After 2: Snow White Another Bite @ the Apple Munk [6][13]
2013 Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Rising Muramasa Kaburagi English dub [43]
2013 The Snow Queen Housemaster English dub [6]
2014 The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale Jojo [6]
2015 The Nutcracker Sweet Drosselmeyer, Commander, Mice Peruvian film [6]
2017 The Swan Princess: Royally Undercover Antonio, Mechanic [6]
2017 The Jungle Bunch Maurice English dub [6]
2017 The Son of Bigfoot Japanese Man #1 (a.k.a. Asian Investor #1) Belgian-French film
List of motion capture performances in direct-to-video and television films
Year Title Role Notes Source
2012 Resident Evil: Damnation Ivan Judanovich / Ataman [44]

Live-action dubbing[edit]

List of English dubbing performances in live-action series
Year Title Country Dubbed from Role Original actor Source[2]
2016 Marseille France French Farid Hedi Bouchenafa [45]

Video games[edit]

List of voice and English dubbing performances in video games
Year Title Role Crew role Notes Source[2][8]
1998 Brave Fencer Musashi Ed [6]
1999 Rugrats: Studio Tour Tour Guide, Security Guard, Pirate Director, Racetrack Announcer [6]
2001 The Bouncer Commander as Sparky Thornton [6]
2002 Digimon Rumble Arena Gabumon, MetalGarurumon, Omnimon [6]
2003 .hack//Infection Orca [6]
2003 Mission: Impossible – Operation Surma Simon Algo, George Spelvin
2004 .hack//Quarantine Orca [6]
2004–14 Naruto games Kisame Hoshigaki, Mifune, Foo, others Starting with Ultimate Impact [46][6]
2004 Scaler Bootcamp
2004 World of Warcraft Various
2005 Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard Various voices
2005 JumpStart Reading Trash Can, Trash Can't
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Saïx Also Final Mix [6][47]
2006 Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked Jin Voice director
2006 Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII Various
2006 Enchanted Arms Voice director
2006 Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra Capt. Matthews [6]
2006 Company of Heroes Various
2006 Baten Kaitos Origins Shanath English dub [6]
2006–07 .hack//G.U. series Negimaru, Antares, Azure Orca [6]
2006 Tales of the Abyss Jade Curtiss
2007 Rogue Galaxy Cancer King, Various Voice director
2007 Ghost Rider Mephisto
2007 Spectrobes Commander Grant
2007 Kane & Lynch: Dead Men Various [13]
2007–11 WWE Smackdown vs. Raw Voice director 2008–12 versions [16]
2007 Time Crisis 4 Voice director
2008 Race Driver: Grid Pit Chief
2008 Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader Voice director for Jeff Foxworthy
2008 Spider-Man: Web of Shadows Various
2008 Call of Duty: World at War Marine
2008 Endwar Various
2008 Biohazard: Degeneration President
2008 The Tale of Despereaux Guest Director
2009 The Lord of the Rings: Conquest Grim Wormtongue [6]
2009 Hotel for Dogs Voice director
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Various [13]
2009 Red Faction: Guerrilla MacReady Additional Voice Over Direction Voice roles grouped as "Also with" [13][48]
2009 Dirt 2 Voice director
2009 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Electro, others [13]
2009 Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Saïx (No. VII) [6]
2009 Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising Saber Additional Voice Direction, Casting Director [49]
2009 Magna Carta 2 Nix [6]
2009 Dragon Age: Origins Various [13]
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Marine [13]
2009 Silent Hill: Shattered Memories Harry Mason [13]
2010 Resonance of Fate Juris English dub [6]
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Isa [6]
2010–present Sonic the Hedgehog games Shadow the Hedgehog, Orbot, others Main role Grouped under English character voices [39][50][51][52]
2010 Hot Wheels Racing Circuit Ace Turner [13]
2011 DC Universe Online Superman, Calculator [13]
2011 Catherine Boss [6]
2012 Binary Domain Yoji Amada, Mifune [6]
2012 Battleship Captain Willie Perozzi [6]
2012 Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor Winfield Powers [53]
2012 Guild Wars 2 Various [13]
2013 Fire Emblem: Awakening Yen'fay English dub [6]
2013 Gears of War: Judgment COG News Reporter, COG Announcer, Survivor Six [54]
2013 Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix Saïx (No. VII) [6]
2014 Earth Defense Force 2025 Midnight Pilot, Ranger 3 [55]
2014 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Saïx "No. VII" [6]
2015 Xenoblade Chronicles X Maurice Chausson [6]
2016 Persona 5 SIU Director, Igor
2016 The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II Bleublanc
2017 Friday the 13th: The Game Mitch Floyd Uncredited  
2017 Horizon Zero Dawn Hishavan
2019 Kingdom Hearts III Saïx Main role English dub [6]
2019 Judgment Kaoru Ichinose English dub  
2020 Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise The Mirror [6]

Other voice work[edit]

References[edit]

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  42. ^ "Shout! Factory Releases Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna Anime Film on BD/DVD in October". Anime News Network. July 20, 2020. Retrieved July 20, 2020.
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  46. ^ Racjin. Naruto Shippuden: Legends: Akatsuki Rising. Namco Bandai Games. Scene: Closing credits, English voice cast.
  47. ^ Square Enix. Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix. Square Enix. Scene: Closing credits, 7:40 in, Voice Recording, Cast.
  48. ^ Volition. Red Faction: Guerrilla. THQ. Scene: Closing credits, 3:30 in, Voice over, Voice over production.
  49. ^ Codemasters. Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising. Codemasters. Scene: Closing credits, Speech & Dialogue.
  50. ^ Big Red Button. Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. Sega. Scene: Closing credits, 2:15 in, English Voice Actors.
  51. ^ Sonic Team. Sonic Free Riders. Sega. Scene: Closing credits, 1 minute in, English Character Voices.
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  55. ^ Sandlot (February 18, 2014). Earth Defense Force 2025. D3 Publisher. Scene: Closing credits, 2:45 in, Voice Cast.

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