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Sean Christian Schemmel (born November 21, 1968) is an American voice actor, ADR director, and screenwriter who has worked for Funimation, OkraTron 5000, NYAV Post, 4K Media Inc., Central Park Media and DuArt Film and Video. He has provided voices for a number of English adaptations of Japanese anime, as well as various other animated series and video games. His most notable voice role has been the adult version of Goku in the Funimation dub of the Dragon Ball anime franchise.
Sean Schemmel at the 2016 Taiyou Con
Sean Christian Schemmel
November 21, 1968
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Occupation||Voice actor, ADR director, screenwriter|
|Agent||Arlene Thornton and Associates|
|Known for||Dragon Ball franchise as Goku|
Sean was born on his mother's 20th birthday. He has an older brother. His biological father left his mother when she was 7 months pregnant with him. They grew in Iowa till he was 12 and then they moved to Odessa, Texas. His surname derives from his adoptive father who is a minister. His maternal grandfather was a John Deere factory worker. In 1985 he moved to Fort Worth, Texas.
Schemmel first began voicing Goku for Funimation in 1999, replacing Peter Kelamis (who had in-turn replaced Ian Corlett) from the previous Ocean Studios cast. He has since been the most consistent English voice actor for the main protagonist of the Dragon Ball franchise; having voiced the adult and older teen variations of Goku in every anime series produced so far (Dragon Ball, Z, GT, Kai and currently Super) and nearly all Dragon Ball animated movies and video games, as well as the supporting character King Kai. In addition to his voice acting career, Schemmel was also an ADR Director and Script writer for NYAV Post, where he had directed and adapted for English dubs of several Japanese anime series. In the field of narration, he has won two awards for his audiobook recordings.
|Year||Title||Role||Crew Role, Notes|
|1999–2003; 2005||Dragon Ball Z||Goku, King Kai, Nail, Vegito||
|2001–03||Dragon Ball||Goku (older teen)||
|2002||Berserk||Gaston, Conrad, others|||
|2002||Ultimate Muscle||Bone Cold|
|2002||Yu Yu Hakusho||Shigeru Murota, Roto, Mr. Akashi|
|2003||Hades Project Zeorymer||Gisou||OVA|
|2003||Samurai Deeper Kyo||Nobuyuki Sanada||ADR voice director, script writer|
|2003||Space Pirate Mito||ADR voice director, script writer|
|2003||Sadamitsu the Destroyer||Junk/Helmet||ADR voice director, script writer|
|2003–05||Shaman King||Amidamaru, Rio Umemiya, Nichrom|
|2003–15||Pokémon||Robert, Morrison, Cyrus, Lampent, Lucario, Various characters||
|2003–05||Dragon Ball GT||Goku (Adult, Super Saiyan 4), King Kai, Gogeta (SS4)||
|2004||Kiddy Grade||Carvo||Episode 4|
|2004||Seven of Seven||ADR voice director, script writer|
|2004||Case Closed||Kowalski||Episode 8|
|2004||Domain of Murder||Dispatch||OVA|
|2004–07; 2013–||One Piece||
|2004||The Gokusen||Minoru Tatsukawa, Kouhei Iwamoto|
|2004||Fullmetal Alchemist||Clause's Father||Episode 4|
|2004||Shura no Toki: Age of Chaos||Shinzaburo Kuki|
|2004||Shrine of the Morning Mist||Naonori Hieda||ADR voice director|
|2005||Mobile Police Patlabor: The New Files||Hiromi Yamazaki||OVA|
|2005||Magical DoReMi||Mirabelle's Father, Simon|
|2005||Mew Mew Power||Elliot Grant, The Blue Knight||4Kids dub of Tokyo Mew Mew|
|2005||Midori Days||Jigoru||ADR voice director, script writer|
|2005||Piano: The Melody of a Young Girl's Heart||Seiji Nomura|
|2005–06||The Galaxy Railways||Humanoid B|
|2005||Ah! My Goddess||3rd Class Earth Spirit||ADR voice director|
|2005–08||Yu-Gi-Oh! GX||Vellian Crowler, Ojama Yellow|||
|2006||Munto 2: Beyond the Walls of Time||Munto, Munto's Father||OVA|
|2006||Outlanders||Tetsuya Wakatsuki, Geobaldi||OVA|
|2007||BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad||Hiroto||Episodes 23-24|
|2008–11||Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's||Zigzix, Greiger, MC, Rudolph Heitmann|
|Dragon Ball Z Kai||Goku, King Kai, Nail, Vegito||
|2010||Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn||Flaste Schole||OVA|
|2011–15||Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL||Bronk Stone, Orbital 7(episode 13-75), Kazuma Tsukumo|||
|2016||Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096||Flaste Schole|
|2017–19||Dragon Ball Super||Goku, King Kai, Goku Black, Vegito||
|2003–09||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 TV series)||Nobody, Yukio Mashimi, Constable Biggles,
Sh'Okanabo, Master Khan, Zippy Lad, Various characters
|2005–06||G.I. Joe: Sigma 6||Firefly|||
|2006–07||Winx Club||Baltor||4Kids version|
|2006||Viva Piñata||Bart, Chortles Chippopotamus, Hamilton Horstachio|
|2006–11||Thumb Wrestling Federation||Mr. Extremo, Various characters|
|2008–09||Speed Racer: The Next Generation||Dickie Ranford, Racer X / Rex Racer, Dr. Chezko / Sparky, Narrator|
|2009||Pat & Stan||Stuart|
|2011||Shaktimaan Animated||Tock||English dub|
|2015||DC Super Friends||Hawkman|
|2015||Sofia the First||Slim, King Habib|||
|2015||Lego Scooby-Doo! Knight Time Terror||Charlie, Treasure Hunter #2|
|2016||Trip Tank||Wayne, Announcer|||
|2017||Spider-Man (2017 TV Series)||Sal Salerno|||
|2014||Time of Eve||Katoran|
|2014||Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods||Goku, King Kai||Limited U.S. theatrical release|
|2015||Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'||Goku||Limited U.S. theatrical release|
|2019||Dragon Ball Super: Broly||Goku, Gogeta||Limited U.S. theatrical release|
Gogeta shared w/ Christopher Sabat
|Year||Title||Role||Crew Role, Notes|
|2006||Impy's Island||King Pumponell the 55th|
|2009||TMNT: Turtles Forever||1984 Raphael|
|2010||Animals United||Biggie the Rhinoceros|||
|2016||DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year||Dark Opal|
|2017||Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory||Mr. Salt, Mr. Turkentine|
|2002||Dragon Ball Z: Budokai||Goku, King Kai|
|2003||Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2||Goku, Vegito, Gokule|
|2004||Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors||Goku|
|2004||Yu Yu Hakusho: Dark Tournament||Roto|
|2004||Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3||Goku, King Kai, Nail, Vegito, Gogeta|
|2005||Dragon Ball Z: Sagas||Goku|
|2005||Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi||Goku, King Kai (Narration), Vegito, Gogeta|
|2005||Shadow the Hedgehog||Black Doom|||
|2006||Shadow Hearts: From the New World||Ricardo Gomez|
|2006||One Piece: Grand Adventure||Wapol|
|2006||Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai||Goku, Vegito, Gogeta|
|2006||Super Dragon Ball Z||Goku|
|2006||Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2||Goku, King Kai, Vegito, Gogeta|
|2007||Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road||Goku, Vegito, Gogeta|
|2007||Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3||Goku, King Kai, Nail, Vegito, Gogeta|
|2008||Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit||Goku|
|2008||Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World||Goku|
|2009||Dragon Ball: Raging Blast||Goku, Vegito, Gogeta|
|2010||Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team||Goku, Vegito, Gogeta|
|2010||Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2||Goku, Nail, Vegito, Gogeta|
|2011||Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi||Goku, King Kai, Vegito, Gogeta|
|2012||Dragon Ball Z: For Kinect||Goku, Vegito|
|2012||The Dark Knight Rises||Batman||Mobile game|
|2013||Gangstar Vegas||Jason Malone, Radio Ads|||
|2014||Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z||Goku, Vegito|
|2014||Smite||Sun Wukong, Thor (Heavy Metal)|
|2014||Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U||Lucario|||
|2014||Skylanders: Trap Team||Tread Head|
|2015||Skylanders: SuperChargers||Tread Head|
|2015||Dragon Ball Xenoverse||Goku, Tokitoki, Vegito, Gogeta|
|2015||Fallout 4||Strong, Male Ghouls|
|2016||Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle||Goku (Narration)||Mobile game|
|2016||Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2||Goku, Nail, Tokitoki, Vegito, Gogeta, Goku Black|
|2018||Dragon Ball FighterZ||Goku, Goku Black|
|2018||Dragon Ball Legends||Goku, Gogeta, Goku Black||Mobile game|
|2018||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Lucario||Archive Audio|
|2008||Earphones Award||The Big Splash by Jack D. Ferraiolo||Won|
|2013||Audie Award||I Suck at Girls by Justin Halper||Won|
- Birthday references:
- "Behind The Voice Actors - Sean Schemmel". Retrieved June 19, 2017.
- sean schemmel [@SeanSchemmel] (November 21, 2016). "A hearty and warm thank you for all the birthday wishes! And if you're single (or not) this holiday season remember you can always..." (Tweet). Retrieved June 19, 2017 – via Twitter.
- Hanson, Brian (November 13, 2010). "Hey, Answerman! - Hentai Schmentai". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
Perhaps worse is realizing that one voice actor has multiple roles. As Hope Chapman noted, Steven Blum voices a police officer talking with Onizuka. Sean Schemmel voices every third character in Berserk. When you hear the same voices over and over in the same show, it makes it immediately obvious that you're being entertained instead of being part of a story.
- "Sean C. Schemmel". arlenethornton.com/. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
- "Sean Schemmel Awesome Con". awesome-con.com. Archived from the original on February 11, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- "Sean Schemmel on Twitter". Retrieved December 30, 2016.
- "Funimation Reveals Dragon Ball Super English Dub Cast". Anime News Network. November 30, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
- "Cool Hand Fluke". Sofia the First. Season 3. Episode 1. August 5, 2015. Disney Junior.
- "New Genie on the Block". Sofia the First. Season 3. Episode 7. October 16, 2015. Disney Junior.
- "How the Sausage Is Made". TripTank. Season 2. Episode 12. June 27, 2016. Comedy Central.
- "Deuce Ex Machina". TripTank. Season 2. Episode 17. August 2, 2016. Comedy Central.
- "Venom". Spider-Man (2017 TV series). Season 1. Episode 13. October 21, 2017. Disney XD.
- "Brook's English Voice Actor Revealed! - Funimation – Blog!". Retrieved December 30, 2016.
- "Sean Schemmel". Retrieved December 30, 2016.
- Gameloft Divertissements Inc. (June 21, 2013). Gangstar: Vegas. Android. Gameloft S.A. Scene: Closing credits, Cast, 22:57.
- "Sean Schemmel at WasabiCon 2016 (Schedule)". wasabicon.com. Archived from the original on February 11, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- Sean Schemmel [@SeanSchemmel] (May 30, 2014). "I'm voicing Lucario in that game..." (Tweet). Retrieved February 8, 2017 – via Twitter.
- "THE BIG SPLASH by Jack D Ferraiolo Read by Sean Schemmel | Audiobook Review | AudioFile Magazine". AudioFile Magazine. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
- Tanya (June 3, 2013). "Winner of the 2013 Audie Awards | Industry News - Awards | Voices.com Blog". Voices.com Blog. Retrieved June 6, 2017.