Crispin Freeman (born February 9, 1972) is an American voice actor, ADR director and writer who provides voices for English versions of Japanese anime, animation and video games. In anime, some of his prominent roles include Zelgadis Graywords in Slayers, Kyon in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Alucard in Hellsing, Kirei Kotomine in Fate/Zero and Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, Itachi Uchiha in Naruto, and Shizuo Heiwajima in Durarara!!.
Freeman in 2009, after teaching at the JVTA-LA.
|Occupation||Voice actor, ADR director, script writer|
|Agent||Arlene Thornton and Associates|
|Relatives||Cassidy Freeman (sister)|
Early life and educationEdit
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Born in Chicago, Illinois, Freeman is the oldest of three children. He attended the Latin School of Chicago, where he graduated in 1990. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College, majoring in Theater and minoring in Computer Science. Afterward, he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University in Acting and performed on Broadway (New York City), at the American Repertory Theater in (Cambridge), at the Mark Taper Forum in (Los Angeles), at Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park and at the Williamstown Theater Festival. As a child, Freeman was greatly influenced by anime shows such as Speed Racer and Battle of the Planets. Casey Kasem voiced the role of his favorite character, Mark of Battle of the Planets (he actually wanted to change his name to Mark at one point). Later, he discovered Voltron, Star Blazers and Robotech, being quoted in the January 1999 issue of America Interview saying, "That show really blew me away." Freeman has also stated that the reason he got into the industry was because of the anime television show The Vision of Escaflowne. Freeman initially got involved in the anime voice-over industry when a friend of his landed a role in Peacock King.
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Knowing Freeman was a big anime fan, a friend suggested he call up Central Park Media (CPM) and apply for a job doing English dubs. When originally approached about dubbing, he initially declined. It was not until he remembered all of the anime shows he watched as a child that he realized that many people are introduced to anime through the English dubbed versions. In 1997, Freeman landed the role of Zelgadis Graywords in Slayers along with Lisa Ortiz, Eric Stuart and Veronica Taylor. He was the second and final voice actor to get the job, after Zelgadis' original voice actor, Daniel Cronin, lost contact with CPM after a year-long halt in the dubbing. Years later he turned to the American animation voice acting grounds. He has been best known for his work in Marvel Comics based productions such as The Spectacular Spider-Man, Wolverine and the X-Men and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. He then starred as several versions of Roy Harper in Young Justice for DC Comics and Warner Bros. Since then, Freeman has had various roles throughout his career. He has appeared in many video game titles as memorable characters, such as Albedo from Namco's Xenosaga series, the god of the sun Helios in God of War III, Haji, Joel the 6th and Van Argeno in Blood+, the main protagonist Baldur in Silicon Knights's Too Human, Breakdown in Transformers: War for Cybertron, the Winter Soldier in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, and Iron Man in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2.
Freeman teaches classes, workshops, and performance lectures in the Los Angeles area. In addition to classes, Freeman has a website called Voice Acting Mastery which includes podcasts and other resources regarding voice acting.
Freeman is the oldest of three children. His father is Jewish.His sister, Cassidy is an actress who played Tess Mercer in the television show Smallville and Cady Longmire in Longmire. Their brother, Clark, is an actor and musician; they are involved in a band called The Real D'Coys.
|2006||W.I.T.C.H.||Raphael Sylla||Ep. "Z is for Zenith"|
|2008||The Spectacular Spider-Man||Max Dillon / Electro|||
|2009||Wolverine and the X-Men||Multiple Man, Maverick|||
|Young Justice||Roy Harper / Arsenal / Red Arrow, Guardian|||
|2010||Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated||Howard E. Robertson, Rhino, Ben, Cook||Ep. "The Shrieking Madness"|||
|2012||The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes||Scott Lang / Ant-Man II||Ep. "To Steal an Ant-Man"|||
|Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays||Fabian Menkle||TV special|||
|Steven Universe||Doug Maheswaran, Male Nurse||3 episodes|||
|2015||Wabbit||Old Man #1, Dust Bunny||Eps. "Buddha Bugs" & "Dust Bugster"|||
|2016–2018||Justice League Action||J'onn J'onzz / Martian Manhunter|||
|2016||Adventure Time||Turtle Prince, Ice President||Ep. "Five Short Tables"|||
|2017||All Hail King Julien||Alex||Ep. "The End is Here"|||
|Spider-Man||Mysterio, Spot||Ep. "Bring On the Bad Guys Part 2"|||
|1998||Grave of the Fireflies||Doctors, Old Man||English dub|
|2001||Revolutionary Girl Utena||Touga Kiryuu, Prince||English dub|
|Night on the Galactic Railroad||Campanella||English dub|
|Space Travelers||Hayabusa "Jay" Jetter||English dub|
|2002||Cowboy Bebop: The Movie||Operator||English dub|
|2003||Sakura Wars: The Movie||Brent Furlong||Credited as Joseph McDougall, English dub|||
|2004||Slayers Premium||Zelgadis Graywords||English dub|||
|Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence||Togusa||English dub|||
|2005||Howl's Moving Castle||Prince Justin / Turnip Head||English dub|
|2006||Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children||Rude||English dub|||
|2007||Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society||Togusa||English dub|
|2010||The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya||Kyon||English dub|||
|2015||Tiger & Bunny: The Rising||Virgil||English dub|||
|2017||Teen Titans: The Judas Contract||Roy Harper / Speedy|||
|2018||Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower||Kirei Kotomine||English dub|||
|Mirai||Yukko (Human Form)||English dub|||
|2019||Promare||Kray Foresight||English dub|||
|2008||Adventures in Voice Acting||Himself|||
- Freeman, Crispin [@CrispinFreeman] (April 11, 2014). "A primeval forest sounds lovely! I was born in Chicago and never found one there. Show us where it is!" (Tweet). Retrieved January 30, 2017 – via Twitter.
- "About - Crispin Freeman". Crispin Freeman Productions. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
- "FamilySearch". familysearch.org.
- Freeman, Crispin [@CrispinFreeman] (February 9, 2010). "Thanks to everyone for all the birthday well wishes! I'm overwhelmed!" (Tweet). Retrieved January 30, 2017 – via Twitter.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-03. Retrieved 2011-11-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Voice Acting Mastery: Become a Master Voice Actor in the World of Voice Over - Become the Character. Live the Dream. Find Yourself". Voice Acting Mastery: Become a Master Voice Actor in the World of Voice Over.
- 'Lex Schmex' – Meet SMALLVILLE's Tess Mercer Newsarama.com
- "Welcome to Arlene Thornton Agency". www.arlenethornton.com.
- "Behind The Voice Actors - Crispin Freeman". Behind The Voice Actors. – check mark indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources
- Rave Master. Event occurs at Closing credits, English language cast.
- Scrapped Princess. Episode 4. Event occurs at Closing credits, English Adaptation.
- Studio Pierrot (7 April 2007). "Return of the Morning Mist". Naruto. Episode 81. Cartoon Network.
- "Voice Actor Crispin Freeman to Appear at Otakon" (Press release). Anime News Network. 11 June 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
- Ohanesian, Liz (June 28, 2010). "The Fandom of Haruhi Suzumiya". Retrieved June 20, 2015.
- Strait Jacket. Manga Video. October 7, 2008. OCLC 244206876.
- Greenberger, Robert (2008-09-08). "Strait Jacket to Make Domestic Debut on DVD". Comic Mix.
- Strait Jacket (DVD). Manga Video. October 7, 2008. OCLC 244206876.
- Brusuelas, James (December 12, 2010). "Aniplex Announces Durarara English Cast". Animation World Network. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
- "Mariko". Marvel Anime: Wolverine. Season 1. Episode 1. July 23, 2011. G4.
- "Fate/Zero Anime to Get English Dub, Will Stream on Neon Alley – News". Anime News Network. February 6, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
- "Durarara!!×2 English Dub to Premiere March 10". Anime News Network. March 6, 2015. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
- "Aniplex Announces Part of Durarara!! English Dub Cast". Anime News Network. July 30, 2015. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
- "The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan English Dub Reunites Haruhi Cast". Anime News Network. May 28, 2015. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
- "Aniplex USA Details Fate/stay night UBW, Durarara!! 2xSho Release Details". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
- Freeman, Crispin [@CrispinFreeman] (July 12, 2016). "Check out yours truly as Soma Schicksal in the new trailer for the anime series "God Eater":" (Tweet). Retrieved December 21, 2016 – via Twitter.
- "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime's Video Reveals English Dub Cast for Hashira". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2020-03-24.
- "Crispin Freeman SacAnime Convention". sacanime.com. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
- "Episode #3.1" – via www.imdb.com.
- "Fusion Cuisine". Steven Universe. Season 1. Episode 32. November 6, 2014. Cartoon Network.
- "Buddha Bugs/Now and Zen". Wabbit. Season 1. Episode 1. September 21, 2015. Cartoon Network.
- "Raising Your Spirits/Dust Bugster". Wabbit. Season 1. Episode 19. September 30, 2015. Cartoon Network.
- "Justice League Action First 7 Episodes Review". The Reaf Debrief. 2016-12-14. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
- "Five Short Tables". Adventure Time. Season 7. Episode 35. May 26, 2016. Cartoon Network.
- "Tiger & Bunny The Movie: The Rising 'New Driver' English Dub Clip Streamed". February 22, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
- "Fathom and Aniplex of America Bring Latest 'Fate/stay' Movie to Theaters - Three If By Space". 7 May 2018.
- "Promare Anime Film's English-dubbed Trailer Streamed (Updated)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
- "Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer" – via www.imdb.com.
- Freeman, Crispin (November 9, 2013). "Yes, that is me as Firefly". Twitter. Retrieved November 9, 2013.
- Square Enix. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Scene: Closing credits, 5 minutes in, Voice Actors, Additional Voices.
- "Destiny (Video Game 2014)" – via www.imdb.com.
- Rocksteady Studios. Batman: Arkham Knight. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Scene: Credits, Voiceover & Mocap Talent.
- "Here Are the Voice Actors of the Overwatch Cast". twinfinite.net.
- "The Outer Worlds (2019 Video Game)" – via www.imdb.com.
- "Crystal Acids Crispin Freeman Page". Retrieved 2012-10-30.
- "Bang Zoom! Entertainment to Preview Adventures in Voice Acting Documentary at New York Anime Festival" (PDF). Adventures in Voice Acting (Press release). December 4, 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 6, 2014. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
- Crispin Freeman Interview at RPGSite
- Crispin Freeman: Q and A[permanent dead link] at The Anime Lodge
- "A Very Different Place" - A Crispin Freeman Interview part one
- "A Very Different Place" - A Crispin Freeman Interview part two including audio
- "Anime Today Episode 31" - Crispin Freeman Interview
- 'Kana's Korner' Interview on 91.8 The Fan
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Crispin Freeman.|
- Official website
- Crispin Freeman at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Crispin Freeman convention appearances on AnimeCons.com
- Crispin Freeman at Crystal Acids Voice Actor Database
- Crispin Freeman on IMDb