Kirk Thornton

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Kirk Thornton
Born Sean Thornton
(1956-05-13) May 13, 1956 (age 59)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Other names Ron Allen
Sparky Allen
Sparky Thornton
Robert Lloyd
Sean Thornton
Sean Roberts
Buba Chow
Todd Crump
Occupation Voice actor
Voice director
Years active 1979-present
Agent Cunningham, Escott, Slevin and Doherty

Kirk Thornton (born Sean Thornton on May 13, 1956 in Portland, Oregon) is an American voice actor.


According to Anime News Network, Thornton boasts the most credits of any male voice actor who does English language dubbing, and in the field in general, is second only to Wendee Lee in total credits. To date he has been in over two hundred voice-over productions for Japanese animation. He is known for playing tough or grouchy men in English-dubbed anime and video games. His career includes Hotohori in Fushigi Yūgi and Jin in Samurai Champloo. He also played the major character Hajime Saito in Rurouni Kenshin, in addition to numerous cameos and minor characters. He also does Don Patch in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo as well as Gabumon and other voices in Digimon. He is even the English voice of Jet Link in Cyborg 009, the Narrator in Bleach, as well as Kisame Hoshigaki in Naruto and its sequel, Naruto: Shippuden. He is also known for voicing Number VII Organization XIII member Saïx in Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, his human form Isa in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, and Shadow the Hedgehog in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.

Thornton has also played several guest roles in live-action television series, such as Diagnosis Murder, Highway to Heaven and Beverly Hills, 90210. Thornton is well known for having played many different minor voice roles throughout the Power Rangers franchise (and similar series such as VR Troopers and Masked Rider). He has also had experience with ADR direction. Currently, he is co-directing the ADR for the popular anime series Bleach alongside Wendee Lee. He has also been working as a key grip on television shows such as Little Britain, Duck Patrol and Distant Shores.





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  1. ^ "Aniplex USA to Release 1st Aldnoah.Zero Season 1 On BD/DVD with Dub, Sub". Anime News Network. 2015-06-06. 
  2. ^ Lee, Michelle (2015-03-16). "BlazBlue Alter Memory Cast Announcement". Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  3. ^ "Viz Media's Coppelion Dub Casts Erica Lindbeck, Cassandra Lee Morris, Shelby Lindley". Anime News Network. 2014-11-24. 
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  5. ^ Love Hina, Volume 5 - Summer By The Sea. Bandai (DVD). 2002. ISBN 9781594097201.  - select Extras, Credits, page to "Featuring the Voices Of"
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  7. ^ Blizzard Entertainment. "Diablo III: Reaper of Souls". Scene: Closing credits, 5:23 in, Voice Over, Additional Voices. 
  8. ^ Square Enix. "Final Fantasy Type-0 HD". Scene: Closing credits, 1:54 minutes in, Voice Actors, Additional Voices. 
  9. ^ "Gears of War: Judgment Credits". Microsoft Game Studios. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ Square Enix. "Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII". Scene: Closing credits, 5 minutes in, Voice Actors, Additional Voices. 
  11. ^ From Software. "Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor". Capcom. Scene: Closing credits, 2:20 in, Voice Actors. 
  12. ^ Beenox. "The Amazing Spider-Man". Scene: Closing credits, 2;56 minutes in, Voice Overs, Additional Voice Over Actors. 

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