March 9, 1967 |
Bayonne, New Jersey
|Other names||Neil Caplan, Bob Bobson, Bob Johnson|
|Occupation||Voice actor, comedian|
|Notable credit(s)||Transformers: Robots in Disguise
as Optimus Prime
Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue
as Tobi, Madara
as Genryusei Shigekuni Yamamoto
Neil Kaplan (born March 9, 1967) is an American voice actor, entertainer and comedian. He is best known as Madara Uchiha from Naruto Shippuden, Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto from Bleach and Optimus Prime from Transformers: Robots in Disguise.
Kaplan grew up in San Jose, California. He got his start as a comedian doing impressions of presidents such as Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon. He also impersonated a little-known journalist at the time, Dan Rather. He then started work on video games, including many Star Wars titles. From there he went on to do such shows as Power Rangers, Digimon: Digital Monsters, and most recently, Transformers: Robots in Disguise. One of his most famous voices is Hawkmon from Digimon. His favorite role was the "utility guy" on a show called The Mouse and the Monster, which aired on UPN in 1996–1997. He played stomachs, ghosts and Sappy the Clown, among other characters on that show. He was also once a contestant on the popular comedy game show Street Smarts. On that appearance, he showed off some of his other impressions, including one of Gilbert Gottfried. He was invited as a guest to the Power Morphicon (in Los Angeles) in June 2007 as well as August 2010, and to Armageddon (in Australia and New Zealand) in October 2007. He created the television series The Way it WASN'T!, as well as the graphic novel I, of the Wolf. He also voices Captain Fort Worth in the adult video game BoneCraft.
- Bleach – Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto, Ruzaburō "Enryū" Enkōgawa, Gesell, Tenken, Zommari Rureaux (Ep. 195+)
- Blue Dragon – Saber Tiger
- Brigadoon: Marin & Melan – Shuta Alan, Poyon Silver, Detective Chunen
- Daphne in the Brilliant Blue – Lun Shibazaki, Additional Voices
- Digimon Adventure 02 – Halsemon, Hogan, Ilya, Hawkmon, Shurimon, Aquilamon, Silphymon (shared with Edie Mirman)
- Digimon Data Squad – Pumpkinmon #1 (Eps. 30–34), Ninjamon #3 (Ep. 31), Piximon (Ep. 32), Franz' Agent #1 (Ep. 33), Desk Man #1 (Ep. 33)
- Digimon Frontier – Eldest Mushroomon/Woodmon (Ep. 4), Kokuwamon/Kokuwamon Elder (Ep. 5), Baromon (Ep. 40)
- Digimon Fusion – Lord Bagra, NeoMyotismon, Anubismon
- Digimon Tamers – Indramon, Divermon, Babel
- FAKE – Drake
- Marvel Anime: Blade – High Council Chairman, Additional Voices
- Marvel Anime: Iron Man – Minister Defense Kuroda
- Mega Man Star Force – Taurus
- Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin – Dozle Zabi
- Naruto – Kiyoyasu
- Naruto Shippuden – Obito (acting as Madara) and Madara Uchiha (Ep. 125+)
- Rein: The Conqueror – Ibn
- Terraformars – Kaiki Kouno
- Tokyo Pig – Principal
- Transformers: Robots in Disguise – Optimus Prime, Ro-Tor
- Zatch Bell! – Belgim E.O.
- Higglytown Heroes – Mover Hero
- The Mouse and the Monster – Utility Guy
- Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero – Club Owner
- Robot Chicken – Albus Dumbledore
- Voltron: Legendary Defender – Emperor Zarkon
- Digimon: The Movie – Hawkmon, Halsemon
- The Happy Cricket – Toad #1
- The Little Polar Bear – Bert
- Muhammad: The Last Prophet – 'Amr ibn al-'As, The Spy
- Baten Kaitos Origins – Wiseman
- BioShock Infinite – Thursday Warren, John Hammond, Ezekiel Price
- BoneCraft – Captain Fort Worth
- Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion – Grim, Johnny Bravo
- Conan – Bone Cleaver
- Destiny 2 – Dominus Ghaul
- DreamWorks Voltron VR Chronicles – Zarkon
- Final Fantasy XIII – Additional Voices
- Final Fantasy XIII-2 – Additional Voices
- Final Fantasy XV - Dustin Ackers
- Guild Wars 2 – Various Charr and Norn NPCs, Edrick Thorn
- Heroes of the Storm – Tychus
- Infamous First Light – Additional Voices
- Jaws Unleashed – Cruz Ruddock
- Justice League Heroes – Gorilla Grodd
- The Last of Us – Additional Voices
- League of Legends – Aurelion Sol, Rhaast
- Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII – Additional Voices
- Marvel Heroes – Sabertooth, Venom
- Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Nemesis Orcs, Humans
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 – Obito Uchiha (Ninja War Tobi), Madara Uchiha
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 – Madara Uchiha, Obito Uchiha (Ninja War Tobi)
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations – Madara Uchiha
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution – Madara Uchiha, Obito Uchiha (Ninja War Tobi)
- Ninja Gaiden II – Genshin
- Resident Evil: Revelations – Jack Norman
- Samurai Warriors 3 – Shingen Takeda
- Skylanders: Giants – Batterson, Hatterson
- Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure – Nort, Weapon Master
- Skylanders: Trap Team – Batterson, Hatterson
- Spider-Man 3 – Kraven the Hunter
- Spider-Man: Battle for New York – Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
- StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty – Tychus Findlay, Reaper
- Star Wars: The Old Republic – Skadge
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – Long Haul
- Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Retribution – Ork Nob
- World of Warcraft: Cataclysm – Cenarius
- World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor – Additional Voices
- Beetleborgs Metallix – Hornix, Witch Doctor (voices, credited as Bob Johnson)
- Big Bad Beetleborgs – Venus Claptrap (voice, credited as Bob Johnson)
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie – Oozemen (voice, uncredited)
- Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue – Diabolico, Gold Beaked Monster (voices)
- Power Rangers Lost Galaxy – Destruxo (voice), Mutantrum (2nd voice)
- Power Rangers Time Force – Gluto (voice), Recap Narrator (voice, uncredited)
- The concept for I, of the Wolf was initially developed while he was in attendance at the Transformers convention Auto Assembly over a meal in a Chinese restaurant with some of the convention's other guests. Source: convention organiser
- "Voice Actor Neil Kaplan Signs On to BoneCraft as Captain Fort Worth". Archived from the original on 2011-11-24.
- "Gundam the Origin I's 1st 7 Minutes English-Dubbed & Subtitled". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
- "'Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin – Sorrowful Artesia' Anime Episode Gets English Language Trailer". The Fandom Post. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
- "Second 'Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin' Anime Episode Titled". The Fandom Post. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
- "Viz Media Reveals English Dub Cast for Terraformars Anime". Anime News Network. July 1, 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy XIII. Scene: Closing credits, 2:15 minutes in, Cocoon Inhabitants, Additional Voices.
- Sucker Punch Productions. Infamous First Light. Scene: Closing credits, 1:18 minutes in, Additional Voice Acting by.
- Square Enix. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Scene: Closing credits, 5 minutes in, Voice Actors, Additional Voices.
- CyberConnect2. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4. Scene: Closing credits, 0:48 in, English Cast.
- Toys for Bob. Skylanders: Trap Team. Scene: Closing credits, 8:40 in.
- Blizzard Entertainment. World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor. Scene: Closing credits, 11:30 in, Voice Over Cast.
- Neil Kaplan - official website
- Neil Kaplan's Facebook
- Neil Kaplan on IMDb
- Neil Kaplan at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
|Voice of Optimus Prime
Robots in Disguise