Richard Newman (actor)

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Richard Newman
Richard Newman.jpg
Newman in 2015
Born (1946-11-02) November 2, 1946 (age 71)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1970–present
Notable credit(s) Exosquad
as Phaeton
as Tōtōsai
Beast Wars
as Rhinox
Vision of Escaflowne
as Dornkirk

Richard Newman (November 2, 1946) is an American actor and voice actor notable for his numerous voice roles in Transformers cartoons. He currently[when?] lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[citation needed]


Newman started his voice-over career in 1990 with Dragon Warrior. He has also had roles in Dragon Ball Z, RoboCop: Alpha Commando,Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century, and Spider-Man Unlimited as well as InuYasha,Oban Star Racers, MegaMan NT Warrior, and Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars. He is perhaps best known for his portrayals of Rhinox in Beast Wars: Transformers (Beasties in Canada) and M. Bison in the Street Fighter cartoon series. Newman also provided arch-villain Phaeton's voice in the animated television series Exosquad. Among his most recent roles are Bear Hugger (a Canadian boxer) in Punch-Out!!, and Cranky Doodle Donkey in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

Newman's credits also include theatre work. During the 2011 season of Vancouver's Bard on the Beach festival, he was acclaimed for his performance as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice and was nominated for a Jessie Award for "Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Large Theatre".[1] His more recent work includes playing the title character in City Stage New West's 2012 production of King Lear,[2] as well as playing Tosca in Neworld Theatre's production of Doost (Friend).[3]




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