Neil Kaplan

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Neil Kaplan
Other namesNeil Caplan, Bob Bobson, Bob Johnson
OccupationVoice actor, entertainer, comedian
Years active1993–present
Notable credit(s)
Transformers: Robots in Disguise
as Optimus Prime
as Hawkmon
Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue
as Diabolico
Naruto: Shippuden
as Tobi, Madara
as Genryūsei Shigekuni Yamamoto
Voltron: Legendary Defender
as Emperor Zarkon

Neil Kaplan is an American voice actor, entertainer and comedian. He is known for voicing Madara Uchiha in Naruto: Shippuden, Optimus Prime in Transformers: Robots in Disguise and Emperor Zarkon in Voltron: Legendary Defender.


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 several 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. He was once a contestant on the game show Street Smarts. On that appearance, he showed off some of his other impressions, including one of Gilbert Gottfried. He was a guest to the Power Morphicon (in Los Angeles) in June 2007 and August 2010, to Armageddon (in Australia and New Zealand) in October 2007, and to AVCon: Adelaide's Anime & Video Games Festival (in Australia) in July 2018. He also created the television series The Way it WASN'T! and the graphic novel I, of the Wolf.[1] He voices Captain Fort Worth in the adult video game BoneCraft.[2]





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  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ "Voice Actor Neil Kaplan Signs On to BoneCraft as Captain Fort Worth". Archived from the original on 2011-11-24.
  3. ^ "Gundam the Origin I's 1st 7 Minutes English-Dubbed & Subtitled". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  4. ^ "'Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin – Sorrowful Artesia' Anime Episode Gets English Language Trailer". The Fandom Post. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  5. ^ "Second 'Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin' Anime Episode Titled". The Fandom Post. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  6. ^ "Viz Media Reveals English Dub Cast for Terraformars Anime". Anime News Network. July 1, 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  7. ^ "Promare Anime Film's English-dubbed Trailer Streamed (Updated)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  8. ^ Square Enix. Final Fantasy XIII. Scene: Closing credits, 2:15 minutes in, Cocoon Inhabitants, Additional Voices.
  9. ^ Sucker Punch Productions. Infamous First Light. Scene: Closing credits, 1:18 minutes in, Additional Voice Acting by.
  10. ^ Square Enix. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Scene: Closing credits, 5 minutes in, Voice Actors, Additional Voices.
  11. ^ CyberConnect2. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4. Scene: Closing credits, 0:48 in, English Cast.
  12. ^ Toys for Bob. Skylanders: Trap Team. Scene: Closing credits, 8:40 in.
  13. ^ Blizzard Entertainment. World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor. Scene: Closing credits, 11:30 in, Voice Over Cast.

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Preceded by
Peter Cullen
Original Series
Voice of Optimus Prime
Robots in Disguise
Succeeded by
Garry Chalk
Unicron Trilogy