Melissa Fahn

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Melissa Fahn
Melissa Fahn on Otalku at Anime USA 2015.jpg
Fahn at Anime USA 2015
Other namesMelissa Charles,[1] Tina Dixon[2]
Alma materCalifornia State University at Long Beach[3]
OccupationActress
Years active1985–present
AgentArlene Thornton and Associates
Spouse(s)Joel Alpers (2002–present)
Children1
FamilyTom Fahn (brother)
Jonathan Fahn (brother)
Musical career
InstrumentsVocals
LabelsMoja Sound

Melissa Fahn is an American voice actress and singer for anime dubs, such as Cowboy Bebop, Digimon, Eureka Seven, FLCL, Noein and Zatch Bell!. She starred in the Broadway performance of Wicked and various theatre projects in Los Angeles.

Personal life[edit]

Fahn was born in New York City and raised in Huntington, Long Island as the youngest of four siblings. She performed dancing at the age of 3. Her family moved to Huntington Beach, California. Her father, a jazz drummer, encouraged her to learn singing and acting in addition to just dancing. She continued in community theater productions and toured with Young Americans. She majored in dance at California State University, Long Beach but left after one year to devote her time to work and theater.[3]

Fahn has three older brothers: Michael Fahn is a musician, while Tom Fahn and Jonathan Fahn are fellow voice and stage actors. In 2000, Fahn met musician Joel Alpers on the set of Vox Lumiere in Los Angeles, and they wed at Kauai, Hawaii in 2002.[4]

Career[edit]

While working as a receptionist, her voice caught the attention of a casting director for a new Betty Boop featurette, which led to her first voice-over role in The Betty Boop Movie Mystery.[3] Fahn has voiced many animated characters, such as Luna in Mega Man Star Force, Edward in Cowboy Bebop, Haruka in Noein, Gaz as well as others in Invader Zim, and Rika Nonaka, Kristy Damon and Nene Amano in Digimon. She is the voice of Neptune in the Hyperdimension Neptunia series.[5]

She performed live on stage worldwide in shows such as Hal Prince's 3hree, Gilligan's Island the Musical, Singin' in the Rain, No, No, Nanette and the rock-operas of Vox Lumiere.

In 2007, Fahn released her music album Avignon which was produced by her husband, Joel Alpers. The album also involved her brother Tom on trombone and sister-in-law Mary Ann McSweeney in bass. Alpers also played drums and percussion.[4]

Wicked[edit]

Fahn is a member of the ensemble in the original Broadway cast of Stephen Schwartz's musical Wicked. In March 2004, Fahn played an understudy for Glinda, replacing Melissa Bell Chait who suffered a stroke. Fahn departed the show on October 31, 2004. She later became an original cast member of the Los Angeles sit-down productions, performing in the ensemble and again understudying the role of Glinda before departing on December 30, 2007.

Filmography[edit]

Anime[edit]

List of voice performances in anime
Year Title Role Other roles, notes Source[6]
1992 Super Dimension Fortress Macross II: Lovers, Again Amy As Melissa Charles CA
1992–03 Guyver OVAs Mizuki Segawa As Melissa Charles
Also Guyver II
CA
1993 Moldiver Mao Shirase As Melissa Charles
OVA
CA
1995 Black Magic M-66 Ferris As Melissa Charles [1]
1995 Phantom Quest Corp Nanami Rokugou As Melissa Charles
OVA
CA
1995–99 El-Hazard series Alielle, others Voice acting as Melissa Charles under El-Hazard Talent
English Vocal for theme song "Clever" in Wanderers as Melissa Fahn
CA[7]
1997 Tokyo Revelation Kiyoko As Melissa Charles
OVA
CA
1998–2000 Fushigi Yuugi series Nyan Nyan As Melissa Charles CA
1999 Cowboy Bebop Edward As Melissa Charles [8][9]
1999 Jungle de Ikou! Natsumi, Mei CA
1999 Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket Dorothy As Melissa Charles CA
2000 Apocalypse Zero Megumi As Melissa Charles
OVA
CA
2000 Arc the Lad Shante, others As Melissa Charles CA
2000 Black Heaven Psychic Bell Ringer As Melissa Charles CA
2000 Magic Knight Rayearth 2 Tarta & Tatra As Melissa Charles CA
2000 Panda! Go, Panda! Panny CA
2001 Samurai: Hunt for the Sword Lei Lin As Melissa Charles CA
2001 Blood: The Last Vampire Linda OVA CA
2001 Digimon Tamers Rika Nonaka [10]
2001 Gate Keepers Specs As Melissa Charles CA
2001 Mezzo Forte Mikura Suzuki As Tina Dixon CA
2001 Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team Karen (Child) As Melissa Charles CA
2001 Nightwalker Asami Akiba, Monique As Melissa Charles CA
2001 Vampire Princess Miyu Lilith, Shizuko, Mei-Fah TV series CA
2002 Vandread series Amarone Slainthiev As Tina Dixon CA
2002 Ys Feena As Tina Dixon CA
2003 Gun Frontier Various characters As Tina Dixon CA
2003 Idol Project Corvette Hyers As Tina Dixon CA
2003 Kikaider Etsuko Sarutobi CA
2003 Love Hina Again Kanako Urashima As Tina Dixon CA
2003 Lupin III: Part II Party Guest CA
2003 Mahoromatic Chizuko Oe As Tina Dixon [11][12]
2003 Please Teacher! Kaede Misumi CA
2003 s-CRY-ed Cammy, Girl at Party, Chuka CA
2003 Sakura Wars: The Movie Orihime Soletta As Tina Dixon CA
2003 Wild Arms: Twilight Venom Michelle Fran As Tina Dixon CA
2004 Burn-Up Scramble Various characters As Tina Dixon CA
2004 Kaze no Yojimbo Miyuki Tanokura CA
2004 Sakura Taisen: Sumire Orihime Soletta As Tina Dixon CA
2004–05 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series Tachikoma Also 2nd Gig, Tachikomatic Complex CA
2005 Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo Various characters As Tina Dixon CA
2006–07 Haré+Guu Rebecca As Tina Dixon [13]
2005 Le Portrait de Petit Cossette Woman (Mistress) As Tina Dixon
OAV series
CA
2005 Mars Daybreak Vestamona "Vess" Lauren CA
2005 New Getter Robo Ruby, Lab Staff As Tina Dixon CA
2005 Samurai Champloo Various characters As Tina Dixon CA
2005 Skyhigh Sayuri Toyama As Tina Dixon CA
2005 Tenjho Tenge Mana Kuzunoha As Tina Dixon CA
2005 Zatch Bell! Tia [14]
2006 Karas Chizuru CA
2006 Noein Haruka Kaminogi CA
2007 Digimon Data Squad Kristy Damon CA
2013 Digimon Fusion Nene Amano [10]
2013 Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation Neptune Press[15]
2015 Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works Rider [16]
2007 Blue Dragon Bouquet [17]
2000 FLCL Eri Ninamori As Heather Lee Joelson Press[15][18]
2014 Knights of Sidonia Izana Shinatose Press[15]
2008 Stitch! Sasha Press[15]
1999 Hello Kitty's Paradise Hello Kitty Press[15]
2001 Samurai Girl Real Bout High School Nanako Hishinuma As Tina Dixon [2]
2018 Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Himawari Uzumaki [19]

Film[edit]

List of voice performances in direct-to-video and television films
Year Title Role Other roles, notes Source[6]
1999 Mobile Suit Gundam: The Movie Trilogy Fraw Bow As Melissa Charles CA
2001 Ah! My Goddess: The Movie Sora Hasegawa As Melissa Charles CA
2002 Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Edward As Melissa Charles [20]
2005 Digimon Tamers: Battle of Adventurers Rika [10]
2005 Digimon Tamers: Runaway Locomon Rika [10]
2017 Boruto: Naruto the Movie Himawari Uzumaki [citation needed]
2018 Sailor Moon S: The Movie Princess Snow Kaguya Viz media version [21]
TBA Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus! Gaz Membrane Upcoming [22]

Animation[edit]

List of voice performances in animation
Year Title Role Notes Source[6]
1989 The Betty Boop Movie Mystery Betty Boop Debut voice-over role Resume
1998 The Wild Thornberrys Katrina, Russian teenager [10]
2001 Invader Zim Gaz Membrane, others [10][23][24]
Zentrix Akina Resume
The Ren & Stimpy Show Fan club member, others Resume
2009 Gormiti Jessica Season 1 Press[15]

Video games[edit]

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes Source[6]
2002 Digimon Rumble Arena Rika Nonaka [10]
2006 God Hand Conchita [10]
2008 SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom Gaz Membrane [10]
2008 Persona 4 Yumi Ozawa [10]
2008 Star Ocean: First Departure Welch Vineyard [10]
2009 Star Ocean: Second Evolution Welch Vineyard [10]
2010 Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love Rosarita Aries [25][26]
2011–present Hyperdimension Neptunia series Neptune [5]
2011 Nicktoons MLB Gaz Membrane [10]
2011 Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked Yuzu Tanikawa [10]
2012 Persona 4 Golden Yumi Ozawa [10]
2013 Fire Emblem: Awakening Maribelle Press[15]
2016 Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness Welch Vineyard [10]
2016 World of Final Fantasy Chocochick [10]
2017 Fire Emblem Heroes Tana, Maribelle [10][27]

Live action television and film[edit]

List of acting performances in film and television
Year Title Role Notes Source[28]
Passions Young Esmerelda Resume
1993 Beverly Hills 90210 Student in Black Ep. "Emily" [29]
Head of the Class Stephanie Resume
The Eddie Files The Waitress Resume
Fast Food Cookie short film Resume
A Night at the Roxbury Resume
The Last Day Resume
Say Anything Resume
Cast a Deadly Spell Resume
1988 Salsa Featured Dancer Resume
Zombie Prom Studio singer Resume
Tick Tock Boom Clap Sara Press[15]

Theater[edit]

List of acting performances in theater
Year Title Role Notes Source[30]
2003 Wicked Ensemble Soloist, Glinda (understudy) Original Broadway production, Los Angeles production [31]


Discography[edit]

  • Avignon (2007)[4]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Character Bio". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
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  7. ^ "Drawn Into the Land of Adventure". El-Hazard: The Wanderers. Season 1. Episode 1.
  8. ^ "Cowboy Bebop". PopMatters. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  9. ^ Terrace 2008, p. 216
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Behind The Voice Actors - Melissa Fahn". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  11. ^ "Moon Flower Design". Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden. Episode 6. Hulu.
  12. ^ Martin, Theron. "Mahoromatic". usaanime.us. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  13. ^ "A Big, Black, Hard, Shiny, Smelly, Noise-Making Creature". Hare+Guu. Episode 9. Event occurs at Closing credits, English Voice Cast.
  14. ^ Brooks & Marsh 2009, p. 1564
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  16. ^ "'Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works' English Language Anime Dub Cast Revealed With Trailer". The Fandom Post. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  17. ^ Terrace 2008, p. 116
  18. ^ "Fooly Cooly". FLCL. Episode 1 – via Funimation.
  19. ^ @Kitsune96 (November 4, 2018). "These episodes credits confirmed who voices these characters for Boruto: Naruto Next Generations" (Tweet). Retrieved November 4, 2018 – via Twitter.
  20. ^ "Cowboy Bebop". The Guardian. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  21. ^ "Facebook Post". Viz Media's Facebook Page.
  22. ^ Snetiker, Marc (April 4, 2017). "Nickelodeon reviving Invader Zim for TV movie". Entertainment Weekly.
  23. ^ Terrace 2008, p. 508
  24. ^ Perlmutter 2014, p. 319
  25. ^ Ciolek, Todd (April 21, 2010). "The X Button – Riding, Roping, and Robots". Anime News Network.
  26. ^ "Asia Pacific Arts: Sakura Wars: About Time, Damn it". usc.edu. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  27. ^ Nintendo Mobile (July 19, 2018). "Fire Emblem Heroes - New Heroes (Ylissean Travelers)". Retrieved August 6, 2018 – via YouTube.
  28. ^ "MelissaFahn.com The Official Melissa Fahn Website". melissafahn.com. Archived from the original on January 21, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  29. ^ "BH90210 Season 4 Credits". bh90210.co.uk. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  30. ^ "MelissaFahn.com The Official Melissa Fahn Website". melissafahn.com. Archived from the original on September 4, 2009. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  31. ^ "Melissa Fahn Theatre Credits". broadwayworld.com. Retrieved January 28, 2016.

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