Kirk Thornton

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Kirk Thornton
Born (1956-05-13) May 13, 1956 (age 59)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Other names Ron Allen[1][2]
Sparky Thornton[3]
Alma mater University of Washington[4]
Occupation Voice actor, voice director
Years active 1979-present
Agent CESD
Home town Beaverton, Oregon[4]
Spouse(s) Julie Nesbitt[5]
Children 2[4]

Kirk Thornton (born May 13, 1956 in Portland, Oregon) is an American voice actor and director, working mainly with English-language versions of Japanese anime shows. His major roles include 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, and numerous Digimon. He is co-directing the ADR 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 in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.



List of voice performances and production work in anime
Year Series Voice role Crew role Notes Source[2][6]
1994 Lupin III: The Mystery of Mamo Ishikawa Goemon XIII [7]
1997 Super Pig Milton Massen [8]
1998 Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory Anavel Gato [8]
1999–07 Digimon series Gabumon, Mummymon, others
1999 Perfect Blue Yamashiro As Sparky Thornton, grouped under Voice cast [9]
2001 Rurouni Kenshin Hajime Saito As Sparky Thornton [3]
2001 Cowboy Bebop Steve
2001 Transformers: Robots in Disguise Dr. Onishi
2002 Love Hina Seta Noriyasu As Ronald Allen [10]
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 Black Jack Black Jack
2004 Mobile Suit Gundam F91 Sam Ehrug
2004 Sky Blue Cade [8]
2005 Otogi Zoshi ADR Director
2005 Samurai Champloo Jin Grouped under English Voice Cast
2005 Planetes Hachirota
2005–09 Naruto Kisame, 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 [8]
2006 Destiny of the Shrine Maiden ADR Director
2006–13 Bleach Narrator, others ADR Director, ADR Script [11]
2006 Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo Don Patch
2006 Fate/stay night Kiritsugu Emiya [12]
2007 Afro Samurai Various
2008 Blue Dragon Minotaur ADR Director (episodic)
2008 Code Geass Kaname Ohgi
2009 Monster The Baby, others
2011–15 Durarara!! ADR Director Also x2 [13]
2011–13 Stitch! Hämsterviel, Suzuki, others [14]
2012 Monsuno: World Master Beyal
2012 Persona 4: The Animation Kinshiro Morooka [8]
2013 B-Daman Crossfire Goichiro Tsukinowa / Grizz Sukino [8]
2013–15 Digimon Fusion Tactimon, AxeKnightmon, Leviamon, Kabukimon, others [8]
2014 K Daikaku Kokujoji [15]
2014 Blood Lad ADR Director [16]
2015 Coppelion Mitsuo Kawabata [17]
2015 Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Ramba Ral [18]
2015 BlazBlue Alter Memory Jubei [8][19]
2015 Aldnoah.Zero Saazbaum [20]


List of voice performances and production work in animation
Year Series Voice role Crew role Notes Source[2][6]
2007 Edgar and Ellen Mayor
2009 Huntik: Secrets & Seekers DeFoe
2009 Superman: Red Son Jimmy Olsen, Batman, Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, Pyotr Roslov Web series [8]
2009 Spectrobes Commander Grant Web series
2012 The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Adam Warlock Episode: "Michael Korvac" [8]
2014 Clarence Buckey O'Neil [8]
2014–present Sonic Boom Orbot, others [21][22]


List of voice performances and production work in feature films
Year Series Voice role Crew role Notes Source[2][6]
2000 Digimon: The Movie Gabumon, MetalGarurumon and Omnimon [8]
2004 What the Bleep Do We Know!? Various Character Voices

List of voice performances and production work in direct-to-videos and television specials
Year Series Voice role Crew role Notes Source[2][6]
2001 Akira Various As Sparky Thornton, Animaze/Pioneer dub
2008 Resident Evil: Degeneration President
2009 Happily N'Ever After 2: Snow White Another Bite @ the Apple Munk [8][11]
2013 Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Rising Muramasa Kaburagi [23]
2013 The Snow Queen Housemaster, Additional voices [8]
2014 The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale Jojo [8]

Video games[edit]

List of voice performances and production work in video games
Year Series Voice role Crew role Notes Source[2][6]
1998 Brave Fencer Musashi Ed [8]
1999 Silent Hill Harry Mason [11]
1999 Rugrats: Studio Tour Tour Guide, Security Guard, Pirate Director, Racetrack Announcer [8]
2001 The Bouncer Commander as Sparky Thornton [8]
2001 Kessen II Cao Cao
2002 Digimon Rumble Arena Gabumon, MetalGarurumon, Omnimon [8]
2003 .hack//Infection Orca [8]
2003–12 Dynasty Warriors series Xiahou Dun, Meng Huo Also Orochi
2003 Mission: Impossible – Operation Surma Simon Algo, George
2004 .hack//Quarantine Orca [8]
2004 Front Mission 4 Billy Renges
2004 Shadow Hearts: Covenant Ben Hyuga [8]
2004 Naruto Ultimate Ninja Kisame
2004 Scaler Bootcamp
2004 World of Warcraft Various
2005 Resident Evil Outbreak File 2 Kevin Ryman
2005 Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard Various voices
2005 JumpStart Reading Trash Can, Trash Can't
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Saïx [8]
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 [8]
2006 Company of Heroes Various
2006 Baten Kaitos Origins Shanath [8]
2006 Marvel Ultimate Alliance Electro
2006–07 .hack//G.U. series Negimaru, Antares, Azure Orca [8]
2006 Tales of the Abyss Jade
2007 Rogue Galaxy Cancer King, Various Voice director
2007 Ghost Rider Mephisto
2007 Spectrobes Commander Grant
2007 Kane & Lynch: Dead Men Various [11]
2007–11 WWE Smackdown vs. Raw Voice director 2008-2012 versions [14]
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 [8]
2009 Hotel for Dogs Voice director
2009 Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Various [11]
2009 Red Faction: Guerrilla MacReady Additional Voice Over Direction Voice roles grouped as "Also with" [11][24]
2009 Dirt 2 Voice director
2009 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Electro, others [11]
2009 Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Saïx [8]
2009 Naruto Shippuden: Legends: Akatsuki Rising Kisame [25]
2009 Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising Saber Additional Voice Direction, Casting Director [26]
2009 Magna Carta 2 Nix [8]
2009 Dragon Age: Origins Various [11]
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Marine [11]
2010 Final Fantasy XIII Additional Voices
2010 Resonance of Fate Juris [8]
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Isa [8]
2010 Sonic Colors Orbot [8]
2010 Hot Wheels Racing Circuit Ace Turner [11]
2011 DC Universe Online Superman, Calculator [11]
2011 Catherine Boss [8]
2011 Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact Kisame Hoshigaki, Fukusaku, Mifune [8]
2012 Binary Domain Yoji Amada, Mifune [8]
2012 Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations Kisame Hoshigaki, Foo [8]
2012 Battleship Captain Willie Perozzi [8]
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man Additional Voices [27]
2012 Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor Winfield Powers [28]
2012 Guild Wars 2 Various [11]
2013 Fire Emblem: Awakening Yen'fay [8]
2013 Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Kisame Hoshigaki, Mifune, Foo [8]
2013 Gears of War: Judgment COG News Reporter, COG Announcer, Survivor Six [29]
2013 Killer Is Dead TM-551, Sebastian, Dr. Walter [8]
2014 Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Additional Voices [30]
2014 Diablo III: Reaper of Souls [31]
2014 Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Orbot, others Grouped under English Voice Actors [22][32]
2014 Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal Orbot, others [a] [22]
2015 Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Additional Voices [33]

Other voice work[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Destroyer in the Dusk". Gungrave. Episode 1. Closing credits – via Funimation, YouTube. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Original Animation". Retrieved August 2, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Prelude to the Impending Fight: The Shadow of the Wolf Draws Near". Rurouni Kenshin. Episode 28. Closing credits. 
  4. ^ a b c "Kumoricon » Guests of Honor". Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Kirk Thornton". Ryu-Kon Group. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Directing Resume". Retrieved August 2, 2015. 
  7. ^ Lupin III: The Mystery of Mamo (movie), CrystalAcids, retrieved August 1, 2015 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an "Behind The Voice Actors - Kirk Thornton". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved August 4, 2015. Check mark indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources 
  9. ^ A Perfect Blue Day (DVD). Manga Entertainment. 2000. Closing credits, Voice cast. 
  10. ^ Love Hina, Volume 5 - Summer By The Sea. Bandai (DVD). 2002. ISBN 9781594097201.  - select Extras, Credits, page to "Featuring the Voices Of"
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Current Projects". Retrieved August 2, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Fate/stay night". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 2, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Durarara!!×2 English Dub Announcement Video Streamed". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "Kirk Thornton Interview - Moar Powah!". Moar Powah!. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  15. ^ "'K' Anime's English Dub Previewed in Video Before July 12 Debut". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Viz Media Announces Blood Lad's English Dub Cast". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Viz Media's Coppelion Dub Casts Erica Lindbeck, Cassandra Lee Morris, Shelby Lindley". Anime News Network. November 24, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Gundam: The Origin Gets Simultaneous Global Paid Streaming & Blu-ray". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  19. ^ Lee, Michelle (March 16, 2015). "BlazBlue Alter Memory Cast Announcement". Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Aniplex USA to Release 1st Aldnoah.Zero Season 1 On BD/DVD with Dub, Sub". Anime News Network. June 6, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Late Fees". Sonic boom. Closing credits, Featuring the Voice Talents of. 
  22. ^ a b c "SONIC BOOM". Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Tiger & Bunny The Movie: The Rising 'New Driver' English Dub Clip Streamed". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  24. ^ Volition, Inc.. "Red Faction: Guerrilla". THQ. Scene: Closing credits, 3:30 in, Voice over, Voice over production. 
  25. ^ Racjin. "Naruto Shippuden: Legends: Akatsuki Rising". Namco Bandai Games. Scene: Closing credits, English voice cast. 
  26. ^ Codemasters. "Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising". Codemasters. Scene: Closing credits, Speech & Dialogue. 
  27. ^ Beenox. "The Amazing Spider-Man". Scene: Closing credits, 2;56 minutes in, Voice Overs, Additional Voice Over Actors. 
  28. ^ From Software. "Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor". Capcom. Scene: Closing credits, 2:20 in, Voice Actors. 
  29. ^ "Gears of War: Judgment Credits". Microsoft Game Studios. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  30. ^ Square Enix. "Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII". Scene: Closing credits, 5 minutes in, Voice Actors, Additional Voices. 
  31. ^ Blizzard Entertainment. "Diablo III: Reaper of Souls". Scene: Closing credits, 5:23 in, Voice Over, Additional Voices. 
  32. ^ Big Red Button. "Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric". Sega. Scene: Closing credits, 2:15 in, English Voice Actors. 
  33. ^ Square Enix. "Final Fantasy Type-0 HD". Scene: Closing credits, 1:54 minutes in, Voice Actors, Additional Voices. 


  1. ^ The closing credits for this title did not list any English voice actors.

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