Edward Davies Frierson (born November 22, 1959) is an American voice actor, stage actor and writer. He has provided voices for such films as Wreck-It Ralph, Hotel Transylvania, The Princess and the Frog, ParaNorman, Curious George, Tangled, the video games Medal of Honor: Airborne and Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes and the animated television series MÄR: Märchen Awakens Romance but is perhaps best known for playing Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Christy Mathewson in the one-man show Matty: An Evening with Christy Mathewson.
Edward Davies Frierson
November 22, 1959
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
|Residence||Santa Clarita, California, U.S.|
|Other names||Christy Mathewson, Eric Frierson|
|Occupation||Voice actor, stage actor, writer|
Life and careerEdit
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Frierson was born in Akron, Ohio (lived for a time in Sherman Oaks, CA) and grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. Eddie Frierson began researching the life and career of baseball's greatest pitcher, Christy Mathewson in 1984. His in-depth study has involved thousands of travel miles, dozens of interviews and hundreds of uncounted hours in college, library and museum archives. For his painstaking dedication to minutiae, Eddie has been accepted not only by Organized Baseball (including the National Baseball Hall of Fame) but also by the Mathewson Family itself. And by paying special attention to every minute detail, Frierson makes his portrayal of the legendary "Big Six" the most true-to-life one-man performance of the genre.
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Eddie pitched his Hillwood High School Baseball Team to a State Championship before graduating on to throw collegiately for the UCLA Bruins. While at UCLA, he obtained his degree in Theatre Arts and by-passed a professional baseball career in order to pursue his special talents in the entertainment industry. With MATTY: AN EVENING WITH CHRISTY MATHEWSON, Frierson has combines the best of both his worlds.
Eddie has performed on both coasts in dozens of theatrical productions including several of the classics (he is one of the co-founders of the Nevada Shakespeare Festival). He received a New England Drama Critic's Award for his portrayal of the dim-witted "Tank" in Steve Kluger's critically acclaimed Boston Red Sox comedy, Bullpen. He's appeared on numerous television series including episodes of Cheers, Doogie Howser, M.D., Jake and the Fat Man, Paradise, Grand Slam! and the motion picture Dive!. There's also little doubt you've heard one of Eddie's numerous voice-overs on the airwaves, where he has also been credited as Christy Mathewson and Eric Frierson (only when misspelled in the credits — this was an original mistake caused by language differences with the payroll company on a few anime projects in the 1980s — "Eddie" was "heard" as "Eric" in the Japanese translation and misspelled).
Yet, even with his vast talents in the acting field Eddie has remained close to his athletic roots. He "directed" things at Santa Monica High School as the Varsity Baseball Coach. He coached at "SAMOHI" for eight seasons and in his four terms as Head Varsity Coach he won two international tournaments, three consecutive League Championships and "Coach of the Year" honors.
Frierson has been doing voicework for many anime series and movies since the 1980s, and has also been a voice actor for two of Saban Entertainment's most well-known shows - the Power Rangers franchise and VR Troopers. While during his tenure in the Saban shows, he only did voicework for one-shot characters in the earlier years, he was able to play a major role in 2001's Power Rangers Time Force when he did the voice of the mad robot scientist Frax. After the PR franchise moved to New Zealand in 2003 (which laid off much of the PR crew, Frierson included), Frierson has continued to do voicework for various anime series such as .hack and Robotech, as well as voicework in animated children's movies such as Curious George, Chicken Little, and The Wild. He has also done voicework for different video game franchises, such as the Medal of Honor series.
According to IMDB.com, Frierson was also once a contestant on the old TV game show, Tic-Tac-Dough, during the 1985-86 season. He has performed and his voice is heard in, literally, hundreds of television programs and feature films.
Frierson has also done significant theater work, including such classical roles as Horatio in Mark Ringer's staging of Hamlet, and Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Nevada Shakespeare in the Park. He twice won the prestigious Maurice Scott Award for Los Angeles theatre for his performances as Dapper in Ben Jonson's The Alchemist at the Globe Playhouse and as Count Vronsky in Anna Karenina at Theatre Rapport. He also won a New England Drama Critic's award for his portrayal of the dim-witted Red Sox pitcher Tank in Steve Kluger's acclaimed nine-inning comedy, Bullpen, and also portrayed Streaker in the debut Kluger's award-winning Cafe 50'S. In 2006 he originated the role of Tommy in the new musical, Wartime Romance by Marilyn Hackett.
Frierson is probably most renowned for his award-winning one-man show Matty: An Evening With Christy Mathewson (which was directed by fellow voice actor Kerrigan Mahan) about Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Christy Mathewson, which he performs across the country including Off-Broadway in New York for a long run for which National Public Radio named one of the 10 best shows of the New York theatre season and for which he won Drama-Logue Awards as both an actor and writer during the show's Los Angeles engagement. Frierson has played Mathewson throughout the United States, including in Mathewson's hometown of Factoryville, Pennsylvania, at the pitcher's alma mater Bucknell University, and at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Frierson has formed The Mathewson Foundation, dedicated to the preservation of American History through baseball. He plans to focus those efforts and locate the Foundation in Factoryville. Also in the works for Frierson are the first true biographies of Christy, both in book form and for the big screen.
- .hack - Additional Voices
- 3x3 Eyes - Yakumo Fujii (Streamline dub only)
- The Adventures of Mini-Goddess - Blue Rat
- Akira - Additional voices (credited as "Christopher Mathewson") (Streamline and Geneon dubs)
- Babel II - Additional Voices
- Battle Athletes - USSA Official
- Battle Athletes Victory - Additional Voices
- Carried by the Wind: Tsukikage Ran - Crying Husband; Fisherman; Tokuji; Wandering Samurai
- Casshan: Robot Hunter - Additional Voices
- The Cockpit - Various
- Cowboy Bebop - Space Warrior
- Crying Freeman - Chen (Streamline Dub)
- Digimon Adventure - Datamon
- Dirty Pair - Plant Manager
- Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds - Aramis
- Dragon Ball - Tenshinhan (Shinto) (Harmony Gold dub only)
- Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure - Various
- El Hazard - Makoto Mizuhara
- Fighting Spirit - Mamoru Takamura
- Fist of the North Star - Additional Voices
- Fushigi Yuugi - Various
- Gatchaman (1994) - Ken
- Gatekeepers 21 - Student, Gang Leader
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG - Various
- Golgo 13: Queen Bee - Various
- The Professional: Golgo 13 - Gold
- Honeybee Hutch - Various
- Kikaider - Silver Hakaider
- Kyo Kara Maoh! - Alford, Dakaskos, Erhalt
- Laputa: Castle in the Sky - Louis, Old Engineer (Original dub only), Additional Voices
- Little Women - Additional Voices
- Maple Town - Additional Voices
- MÄR - Edward
- Mobile Suit Gundam: The Movie Trilogy - Kai Shiden
- Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team - Eledore Massis
- Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory - Jaburo Officer A
- Naruto - Hakkaku
- Noein - Atori
- Noozles - Various
- Outlaw Star - Race Official, Silgrian
- Robotech - Lynn Kyle
- Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles - Louis Nichols
- Saint Tail - Additional Voices
- Serial Experiments Lain - J.J.
- Street Fighter II V - Various (Animaze Dub)
- Tenchi in Tokyo - Mr. Fujisawa
- Tenchi Muyo! - Male GP Controller
- Tenchi Muyo! in Love - Male GP Controller
- Trigun - Additional Voices
- Tokyo Pig - Additional Voices
- Wowser - Additional Voices
- X - Additional Voices
- Yukikaze - Richard Burgadish
- Zillion - Dave
- Zillion: Burning Night - Dave
- The Return of Dogtanian - Aramis
- God, the Devil and Bob - Guest Star
- Iznogoud - Various
- Jin Jin and the Panda Patrol - Additional Voices
- Oliver Twist - Additional Voices
- Walter Melon - Additional Voices
- Willy Fog 2 - Tico
- Wisdom of the Gnomes - Additional Voices
- Cheers - 1st Customer
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers - Blue Globbor, Octophantom, Weldo (voices, uncredited)
- Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue - Strikning (voice)
- Power Rangers Lost Galaxy - Ironite (voice)
- Power Rangers Time Force - Frax (voice)
- Power Rangers Turbo - Terror Tooth (voice, uncredited)
- Power Rangers Zeo - Mechanizer (voice, uncredited)
- Touched by an Angel - Announcer
- VR Troopers - Gunslinger, Rollbot (voices)
- A Little Help - Parrot
- Barnyard - Cow and Horse
- Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter - Bigfoot Vocal Characterization
- The Call - Additional Voices
- Chicken Little - Male Bear
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 - Additional Voices
- Curious George - Additional Voices
- Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure - Shinto (Tien) (Harmony Gold dub)
- Dr. Dolittle - Skunk (voice)
- El Hazard: The Magnificent World - Makoto Mizuhara
- El Hazard: The Magnificent World 2 - Makoto Mizuhara
- El Hazard: The Alternative World - Makoto Mizuhara
- Elysium - Various
- Fly Me to the Moon - Commander Aldrin
- From Up on Poppy Hill - Additional Voices (English version)
- Frozen - Crowd Member #2
- Going Under - Guy in Bar
- Her Married Lover - Additional Voices
- Hotel Transylvania - Additional Voices
- Kiki's Delivery Service - Tombo (Streamline version only), Additional Voices (both Streamline & Disney dubs)
- Laputa: Castle in the Sky - Henri, Old Engineer (original English dub), Additional voices (both English versions)
- Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return - Additional Voices
- Life as We Know It - Sports Announcer
- Osmosis Jones - Police Officer of Frank Police Department (voice)
- ParaNorman - Additional Voices (Blithe Hollow Townspeople)
- The Princess and the Frog - New Orleans Man #2
- Pump Up the Volume - Anchor
- Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles - Louis Nichols, Haydonite
- Racing Stripes - Additional Voices
- Roadside Romeo — Additional Voices
- Shaolin Soccer - Additional Voices
- Smother - Ralph
- Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie - Ken Masters (credited as "Ted Richards")
- Tangled - Additional Voices
- The Tale of Despereaux - Additional Voices
- Twilight of the Cockroaches - Airman, Retreat, Walla (English version)
- The Wild - Penguin
- Wildfire - Race Announcer
- Wreck-It Ralph - Additional Voices
- Your Friends and Neighbours - Additional Voices
- Zootopia - Additional Voices
- Beat Down: Fists of Vengeance - Aaron
- The Bouncer - Additional Voices
- Bushido Blade 2 - Additional Voices
- EverQuest II: Echoes of Faydwer - Mazkeen, Fae_1 emotes (male), Lyrech Human 2 (male)
- Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout - Frieza
- Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb - Various
- Medal of Honor - Additional Voices
- Snake Man and the Deserted Island - Cut Man
- Star Trek: Judgment Rites - Lucas, Lt. Kyle, Romulan
- Star Trek: 25th Anniversary - Elasi Captain, Ens.
- Suikoden V - Roog
- Bachelor Party Vegas - ADR Loop Group
- The Big Bounce - ADR Loop Group
- Bobby - ADR Loop Group
- Commandents - ADR Loop Group
- Choke - ADR Loop Group
- Crossroads - ADR Loop Group
- Dark Breed - Alien Voices
- Dawn of the Dead - ADR Loop Group
- Dead Above Ground - ADR Loop Group
- First Snow - ADR Loop Group
- A Gun, a Car, a Blonde - Special Thanks
- House of D - ADR Loop Group
- The Last Marshal - Walla Voice Casting
- The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning - ADR Loop Group
- Mean Guns - Voice Supplier
- Monster's Ball - ADR Loop Group
- Shoot 'Em Up - ADR Loop Group
- Shrek the Third - ADR Loop Group
- The View from the Swing - ADR Loop Group
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