Richard Newman (actor)

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Richard Newman
Richard Newman.jpg
Newman in 2015
BornNovember 2
  • United States
  • Canada
Years active1970–present
SpouseLisa Bunting

Richard Newman (born November 2)[1] is an American actor who is notable for his numerous voice roles in Transformers.


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.[2]

In the late 1990s, Newman went over to Toronto to work with the successful animation company Nelvana and lent his voice to some of their projects including Franklin, Donkey Kong Country and Pippi Longstocking.[3]

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".[4] His more recent work includes playing the title character in City Stage New West's 2012 production of King Lear,[5] as well as playing Tosca in Neworld Theatre's production of Doost (Friend).[6]



List of voice performances in films
Year Title Role Notes
1994 The NeverEnding Story III Photographer
1994 The Story of Christmas Fathead, additional voices
1997 The Fearless Four Ackerman English Dub
1998 The Mighty Kong Ship Captain Direct-to-video
1998 The Animated Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mayor Direct-to-video
1999 Little Witch John and Mr. Lond-Singer TV movie
2000 A Chinese Ghost Story: The Tsui Hark Animation White Cloud / Reverend Bai Yun English Dub
2000 Help! I'm a Fish Bus Driver English Dub
2000 Franklin and the Green Knight Mr. Turtle TV movie
2001 A Christmas Adventure ...From a Book Called Wisely's Tales Wisely Owl Direct-to-video
2001 Franklin's Magic Christmas Mr. Turtle
Great-Great Grandfather Turtle
TV movie
2002 Inspector Gadget's Last Case: Claw's Revenge Otto TV movie
2002 Dennis the Menace in Cruise Control Jinks TV movie
2003 Ben Hur Quintus Arrius Direct-to-video
2003 Back to School with Franklin Mr. Turtle TV movie
2003 Jester Till Adalbert
2004 Dragons: Fire and Ice Thoron Direct-to-video
2004 In Search of Santa Narrator Direct-to-video
2005 Ark Umada English Dub
2005 Inuyasha the Movie: Swords of an Honorable Ruler Tōtōsai English Dub
2005 Inspector Gadget's Biggest Caper Ever: The Case of the Giant Flying Lizard Mayor Morty Markum
2005 Dragons II: The Metal Ages Thoron TV movie
2006 Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure Mr. Turtle
2006 Kong: Return to the Jungle Mayor
2007 Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale Toymaker Direct-to-video
2008 At Jesus' Side Caiaphus / Merchant Direct-to-video
2008 Sword of the Stranger Zekkai English Dub
2017 Bob the Builder: Mega Machines Two-Tonne (US)
2018 Dragged Across Concrete Feinbaum


Video games[edit]

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack Eiphar Synapse / Yuri Hasler
2000 Kessen Jyosui Kuroda [1]
2004 InuYasha: The Secret of the Cursed Mask Tōtōsai
2004 Under the Skin Master Itazura
2005 Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Winter Assault Commissar / Priest
2006 The Godfather: The Game Virgil Sollozzo
2009 Punch-Out!! Bear Hugger
2018 The Long Dark Methuselah
2018 Dragalia Lost Gauld
2020 Legends of Runeterra Nautilus

Staff work[edit]

  • Big Meat Eater – Singer
  • Funky Fables – Additional Director (Voice)
  • Hooray for Sandbox Land – Producer (Goldrush Recording Company)
  • Sugar and Spice – Additional Director (Voice)


  1. ^ a b "Richard Newman (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved September 18, 2022.
  2. ^ "Top 10 'My Little Pony' Episodes, Ranked (Photos)". TheWrap. October 7, 2017. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  3. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 219. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  4. ^ The 30th Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards. Monday, June 25, 2012, The Commodore Ballroom.
  5. ^ "Canada.Com | Homepage | Canada.Com".
  6. ^ "Beautiful images and stray narrative collide in Doost (Friend)". Georgia Straight Vancouver's News & Entertainment Weekly. March 23, 2016.

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