Kirk Thornton

Kirk Thornton (born May 13, 1956) is an American voice actor, director and script writer working mainly with English-language versions of Japanese anime shows. His major roles include Brandon Heat in Gungrave, Hotohori in Fushigi Yūgi, Jin in Samurai Champloo, Hajime Saito in Rurouni Kenshin, Jet Link in Cyborg 009, Don Patch in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Ensign Nogami in The Cockpit, and numerous Digimon. Additionally, Thornton co-directed for the popular anime series Bleach alongside Wendee Lee, and also serves as the narrator. In video games, he voices Number VII Organization XIII member Saïx in the Kingdom Hearts series and Shadow the Hedgehog and Orbot in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.[6]

Kirk Thornton
Born (1956-05-13) May 13, 1956
Other namesRon Allen[1][2]
Sparky Thornton[3]
Spanky Roberts
Sean Thornton
Donald Lee
Alma materUniversity of Washington[4]
OccupationVoice actor, ADR director, script writer
Years active1977–present
AgentCESD
Home townBeaverton, Oregon[4]
Spouse(s)Julie Nesbitt[5]
Children2[4]
Websitekirkthornton.com

Filmography

Anime

List of dubbing performances and production work in anime
Year Title Dubbing role Crew role Notes Source[2][7]
1991Zillion: Burning NightBig Odama
1992Fight! Iczer-OneTeacherAs Sparky Thornton
1993The CockpitEnsign Nogami
1997Street Fighter II: VGuile[8]
1997Super PigMilton Massen[8]
1997Black JackBlack Jack
1998Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust MemoryAnavel GatoAs Sparky Thornton[8]
1998Fushigi YūgiHotohoriAs Sparky Thornton
1999–2001Digimon seriesGabumon, Mummymon, others
1999Perfect BlueYamashiroAs Sparky Thornton, grouped under Voice Cast[9]
1999Cowboy BebopSteve
2001Rurouni KenshinHajime SaitoAs Sparky Thornton[3]
2001Transformers: Robots in DisguiseDr. Onishi
2002Love HinaSeta NoriyasuAs Ronald Allen[10]
2002Digimon FrontierTsunomon, Gabumon, Karatenmon[11]
2002GundressADR director
2002Cosmo Warrior ZeroADR director
2003s-CRY-edADR director
2003Heat Guy JKen Edmundo
2004Duel MastersBlack Knight
2004Wolf's RainLeara's father
2004Gad GuardADR director
2004GungraveBrandon Heat / Beyond the GraveAs Ron Allen[1]
2004TsukihimeADR director
2004Mobile Suit Gundam F91Sam Ehrug
2004Sky BlueCade[8]
2005Otogi ZoshiADR director
2005–06Samurai ChamplooJinGrouped under English Voice Cast
2005PlanetesHachirota
2005–09NarutoKisame Hoshigaki, Tazuna, othersADR director (episodic)
2005Mars Daybreak ADR director
2005IGPXMarkTV series
2005Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIGKuze
2006Eureka SevenMatthieu[8]
2006Kannazuki no MikoKazuki ŌgamiVoice Director[12]
2006–13BleachNarrator, othersADR director, ADR script[13]
2006Bobobo-bo Bo-boboDon Patch
2006Fate/stay nightKiritsugu Emiya[14]
2007Digimon Data SquadHomer Yushima[11]
2007Afro SamuraiVarious
2008Blue DragonMinotaurADR director (episodic)
2008Code GeassKaname Ohgi
2008Strait JacketGeorge Thomson[15]
2009MonsterThe Baby, others
2009–18Naruto ShippudenKisame Hoshigaki, others
2009–13Stitch!Hämsterviel, Suzuki, others[16]
2012Monsuno: World MasterBeyal
2012Persona 4: The AnimationKinshiro Morooka[8]
2012–13Blue ExorcistShiro Fujimoto[17]
2013B-Daman CrossfireGoichiro Tsukinowa / Grizz Sukino[8]
2013–presentSword Art OnlineKlein/Ryōtarō Tsuboi3 TV Seasons and a Movie[18]
2013–15Digimon FusionTactimon, AxeKnightmon, Leviamon, Kabukimon, others[8]
2014KDaikaku Kokujoji[19]
2014Blood LadADR director[20]
2015CoppelionMitsuo Kawabata[21]
2015Mobile Suit Gundam: The OriginRamba Ral[22]
2015Durarara!!×2ADR directorDirected the first part called Shō with Patrick Seitz[23][24][25]
2015BlazBlue Alter MemoryJubei[8][26]
2015–16Aldnoah.ZeroSaazbaum[27]
2016One-Punch ManSnek, Sitch, Fukegao, and Frog-Man[28]
2016 March Comes in Like a Lion Kai Shimada [29]
2017Hunter x HunterDalzollene2011 series[30]
2017Anohana: The Flower We Saw That DayAtsushi Yadomi[31]
2018 The Seven Deadly Sins Galand
2019 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hand Demon [32]

Animation

List of voice performances and production work in animation
Year Title Voice role Crew role Notes Source[2][7]
2007Edgar and EllenMayor
2009Huntik: Secrets & SeekersDeFoe[33]
2009Superman: Red SonJimmy Olsen, Batman, Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, Pyotr RoslovWeb seriesTweet[8]
2009SpectrobesCommander GrantWeb series
2012The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest HeroesAdam WarlockEpisode: "Michael Korvac"[8]
2012Star Wars: The Clone WarsKing Sanjay Rash, othersEps. "Front Runner"; "The Soft War"; "Tipping Point"[34][35]
2013MAD (TV series)Matt Hooper, SpockEp. "Jaws the Great and Powerful/Old Spock's Off Their Spockers"[8]
2013-PresentThe Jungle BunchMauriceFrench TV Series[8]
2014ClarenceBuckey O'Neil[8]
2014–17Sonic BoomOrbot, Shadow the Hedgehog, others[36][37][6]

Films

List of voice performances and production work in feature films
Year Title Voice role Crew role Notes Source[2][7]
2000Digimon: The MovieGabumon, MetalGarurumon and Omnimon (Shared)[8]
2004What the Bleep Do We Know!?Voice Over Talent[38]
2016–2018Digimon Adventure tri.Gabumon, Garurumon, WereGarurumon, MetalGarurumon, Omnimon (shared), Tsunomon[39]
2016Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XVNewscaster[8]
List of voice performances and production work in direct-to-video and television films
Year Title Voice role Crew role Notes Source[2][7]
1991Fist of the North Star: The MovieHead Banger
1994Dirty Pair: Project EdenBoss
1995Ninja ScrollHanza, UtsutsuAs Spanky Roberts
1995Street Fighter II: The Animated MovieGuileAs Donald Lee[8]
1998Yu Yu Hakusho: The MovieHieiAs Sean Thornton[8]
1999Black Jack: The MovieBlack JackAs Sean Thornton
1999Perfect BlueYamashiroAs Sparky Thornton
2001AkiraVariousAs Sparky Thornton, Animaze/Pioneer dub
2008Resident Evil: DegenerationPresident
2009Happily N'Ever After 2: Snow White Another Bite @ the AppleMunk[8][13]
2013Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The RisingMuramasa Kaburagi[40]
2013The Snow QueenHousemasterRussian film[8]
2014The Swan Princess: A Royal Family TaleJojo[8]
2015The Nutcracker SweetDrosselmeyer, Commander, MicePeruvian film[8]
2017The Swan Princess: Royally UndercoverAntonio, Mechanic[8]
2017The Jungle BunchMauriceFrench film[8]
2017The Son of BigfootJapanese Man #1 (a.k.a. Asian Investor #1)Belgian-French film
List of motion capture performances in direct-to-video and television films
Year Title Motion capture role Notes Source
2012Resident Evil: DamnationIvan Judanovich / Ataman[41]

Video games

List of voice performances and production work in video games
YearTitleVoice roleCrew roleNotesSource[2][7]
1998Brave Fencer MusashiEd[8]
1999Rugrats: Studio TourTour Guide, Security Guard, Pirate Director, Racetrack Announcer[8]
2001The BouncerCommanderas Sparky Thornton[8]
2002Digimon Rumble ArenaGabumon, MetalGarurumon, Omnimon[8]
2003.hack//InfectionOrca[8]
2003Mission: Impossible – Operation SurmaSimon Algo, George Spelvin
2004.hack//QuarantineOrca[8]
2004Star Ocean: Till the End of TimeLancar, Vendeen SoldierUncredited 
2004Shadow Hearts: CovenantBen Hyuga[8]
200414Naruto gamesKisame Hoshigaki, Mifune, Foo, othersStarting with Ultimate Impact[42][8]
2004ScalerBootcamp
2004World of WarcraftVarious
2005Dungeons & Dragons: DragonshardVarious voices
2005JumpStart ReadingTrash Can, Trash Can't
2006Kingdom Hearts IISaïxAlso Final Mix[8][43]
2006Samurai Champloo: SidetrackedJinVoice director
2006Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VIIVarious
2006Enchanted ArmsVoice director
2006Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach ZarathustraCapt. Matthews[8]
2006Company of HeroesVarious
2006Baten Kaitos OriginsShanathEnglish dub[8]
2006–07.hack//G.U. seriesNegimaru, Antares, Azure Orca[8]
2006Tales of the AbyssJade Curtiss
2007Rogue GalaxyCancer King, VariousVoice director
2007Ghost RiderMephisto
2007SpectrobesCommander Grant
2007Kane & Lynch: Dead MenVarious[13]
2007–11WWE Smackdown vs. RawVoice director2008–12 versions[16]
2007Time Crisis 4Voice director
2008Race Driver: GridPit Chief
2008Are You Smarter Than a Fifth GraderVoice director for Jeff Foxworthy
2008Spider-Man: Web of ShadowsVarious
2008Call of Duty: World at WarMarine
2008EndwarVarious
2008Biohazard: DegenerationPresident
2008The Tale of DespereauxGuest Director
2009The Lord of the Rings: ConquestGrim Wormtongue[8]
2009Hotel for DogsVoice director
2009Monsters vs. AliensVarious[13]
2009Red Faction: GuerrillaMacReadyAdditional Voice Over DirectionVoice roles grouped as "Also with"[13][44]
2009Dirt 2Voice director
2009Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2Electro, others[13]
2009Kingdom Hearts 358/2 DaysSaïx (No. VII)[8]
2009Operation Flashpoint: Dragon RisingSaberAdditional Voice Direction, Casting Director[45]
2009Magna Carta 2Nix[8]
2009Dragon Age: OriginsVarious[13]
2009Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Marine[13]
2009Silent Hill: Shattered MemoriesHarry Mason[13]
2010Resonance of FateJurisEnglish dub[8]
2010Kingdom Hearts Birth by SleepIsa[8]
2010–presentSonic the Hedgehog gamesShadow the Hedgehog, Orbot, othersMain roleGrouped under English character voices[37][46][47][48]
2010Hot Wheels Racing CircuitAce Turner[13]
2011DC Universe OnlineSuperman, Calculator[13]
2011CatherineBoss[8]
2012Binary DomainYoji Amada, Mifune[8]
2012BattleshipCaptain Willie Perozzi[8]
2012Steel Battalion: Heavy ArmorWinfield Powers[49]
2012Guild Wars 2Various[13]
2013Fire Emblem: AwakeningYen'fayEnglish dub[8]
2013Gears of War: JudgmentCOG News Reporter, COG Announcer, Survivor Six[50]
2013Killer Is DeadTM-551, Sebastian, Dr. Walter[8]
2013Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 RemixSaïx (No. VII)[8]
2014Earth Defense Force 2025Midnight Pilot, Ranger 3[51]
2014Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 RemixSaïx "No. VII"[8]
2015Xenoblade Chronicles XMaurice Chausson[8]
2016Persona 5SIU Director, Igor
2017Friday the 13th: The GameMitch FloydUncredited 
2019Kingdom Hearts IIISaïxMain roleEnglish dub[8]
2019JudgmentKaoru IchinoseEnglish dub 

Other voice work

References

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  10. Love Hina, Volume 5 - Summer By The Sea. Bandai (DVD). 2002. ISBN 9781594097201. - select Extras, Credits, page to "Featuring the Voices Of"
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  45. Codemasters. Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising. Codemasters. Scene: Closing credits, Speech & Dialogue.
  46. Big Red Button. Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. Sega. Scene: Closing credits, 2:15 in, English Voice Actors.
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