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Sean Christian Schemmel (born November 21, 1968)[1] 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
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Sean Schemmel at the 2016 Taiyou Con
Sean Christian Schemmel

(1968-11-21) November 21, 1968 (age 50)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
OccupationVoice actor, ADR director, screenwriter
Years active1999–present
AgentArlene Thornton and Associates
Known forDragon Ball franchise as Goku


Early lifeEdit

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 went to North Texas State University where he studied music and specialized on playing the violin.


Sean Schemmel (second from left) in 2011

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.



List of dubbing performances and production work in anime television series and OVAs
Year Title Role Crew Role, Notes
1999–2003; 2005 Dragon Ball Z Goku, King Kai, Nail, Vegito


2001–03 Dragon Ball Goku (older teen)
2001 Blue Gender Rick
2002 Berserk Gaston, Conrad, others [3]
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


  • 4Kids dub
  • DuArt dub
2003–05 Dragon Ball GT Goku (Adult, Super Saiyan 4), King Kai, Gogeta (SS4)
  • Kid Goku voiced by Stephanie Nadolny
  • Gogeta shared w/ Christopher R. Sabat
2004 Kiddy Grade Carvo Episode 4
2004 Seven of Seven ADR voice director, script writer
2004 Case Closed Kowalski Episode 8
2004 Giant Robo Tetsugyu OVA
2004 Domain of Murder Dispatch OVA
2004–07; 2013– One Piece
  • 4Kids dub
  • FUNimation dub
2004 The Gokusen Minoru Tatsukawa, Kouhei Iwamoto
2004 Fullmetal Alchemist Clause's Father Episode 4
2004 Spiral Takashi Sonobe
2004 Munto Munto OVA
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 Samurai 7 Genzo
2005 Ah! My Goddess 3rd Class Earth Spirit ADR voice director
2005–06 Yu-Gi-Oh! Bobasa, Karim [4]
2005–08 Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Vellian Crowler, Ojama Yellow [4]
2006 Pokémon Chronicles Jimmy [4]
2006 Munto 2: Beyond the Walls of Time Munto, Munto's Father OVA
2006 Ninja Nonsense Onsokumaru
2006 Outlanders Tetsuya Wakatsuki, Geobaldi OVA
2007 BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad Hiroto Episodes 23-24
2007–10 Dinosaur King Xander
2008–11 Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Zigzix, Greiger, MC, Rudolph Heitmann
Dragon Ball Z Kai Goku, King Kai, Nail, Vegito


  • Includes The Final Chapters
  • Vegito shared w/ Christopher Sabat[6]
2010 Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn Flaste Schole OVA
2011–15 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Bronk Stone, Orbital 7(episode 13-75), Kazuma Tsukumo [5]
2016 Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096 Flaste Schole
2017–19 Dragon Ball Super Goku, King Kai, Goku Black, Vegito
  • FUNimation dub
  • Vegito shared w/ Christopher Sabat[7]


List of voice performances in animation
Year Title Role Notes
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 [4]
2006–07 Winx Club Baltor 4Kids version
2006–08 Kappa Mikey Gonard [4]
2006 Wulin Warriors Scar
2006 Viva Piñata Bart, Chortles Chippopotamus, Hamilton Horstachio
2006–11 Thumb Wrestling Federation Mr. Extremo, Various characters
2007–09 Chaotic Maxxor, Ulmar [4]
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 [8][9]
2015 Lego Scooby-Doo! Knight Time Terror Charlie, Treasure Hunter #2
2016 Trip Tank Wayne, Announcer [10][11]
2017 Spider-Man (2017 TV Series) Sal Salerno [12]


List of dubbing performances in feature films
Year Title Role Notes
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
List of dubbing performances in anime films and specials
Year Title Role Crew Role, Notes
2000 Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku Goku
2001 Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug Goku, King Kai Funimation dub
2002 Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge Goku Funimation dub
2002 Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler Goku Funimation dub
2003 Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13! Goku Funimation dub
2003 Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan Goku, King Kai Funimation dub
2003 The Weathering Continent Guard 2 ADR voice director
2004 Blue Gender: The Warrior Rick Compilation film
2004 Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound Goku, King Kai Funimation dub
2004 Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's Legacy Goku
2005 Lupin III: Island of Assassins Gordeau
2005 Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek Noshiga
2005 Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming Goku
2005 Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly Goku
2005 Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone Goku Funimation redub
2006 Negadon: The Monster from Mars Ryuichi Narasaki
2006 Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew Lucario
2006 Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn Goku, King Kai, Gogeta Gogeta shared w/ Christopher Sabat
2006 Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon Goku
2006 Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest Goku Funimation redub
2006 Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might Goku, King Kai Funimation redub
2011 Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time Paradox [5]
2011 Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions Grings Kodai [5]
2012 Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King Gaston, General Gien
2013 Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II - The Battle for Doldrey Gaston
2013 One Piece Film: Strong World Dr. Indigo [13]
2014 Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent Gaston, Conrad
2015 009 Re:Cyborg Navy Man
List of voice and dubbing performances in direct-to-video and television films
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 [14]
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

Video gamesEdit

List of dubbing performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Goku, King Kai
2003 Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 Goku, Vegito, Gokule
2003 Bionicle Makuta
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 [4]
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 Bullet Witch Maxwell [4]
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 Skullgirls Horace
2012 Dragon Ball Z: For Kinect Goku, Vegito
2012 The Dark Knight Rises Batman Mobile game
2013 Gangstar Vegas Jason Malone, Radio Ads [16][17][4]
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 [18]
2014 Natural Doctrine Nebula
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


Year Award Title Result
2008 Earphones Award The Big Splash by Jack D. Ferraiolo Won[19]
2013 Audie Award I Suck at Girls by Justin Halper Won[20]


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    • "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.
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  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Sean C. Schemmel". Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d "Sean Schemmel Awesome Con". Archived from the original on February 11, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
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  7. ^ "Funimation Reveals Dragon Ball Super English Dub Cast". Anime News Network. November 30, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "Cool Hand Fluke". Sofia the First. Season 3. Episode 1. August 5, 2015. Disney Junior.
  9. ^ "New Genie on the Block". Sofia the First. Season 3. Episode 7. October 16, 2015. Disney Junior.
  10. ^ "How the Sausage Is Made". TripTank. Season 2. Episode 12. June 27, 2016. Comedy Central.
  11. ^ "Deuce Ex Machina". TripTank. Season 2. Episode 17. August 2, 2016. Comedy Central.
  12. ^ "Venom". Spider-Man (2017 TV series). Season 1. Episode 13. October 21, 2017. Disney XD.
  13. ^ "Brook's English Voice Actor Revealed! - Funimation – Blog!". Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  14. ^ "Sean Schemmel". Retrieved December 30, 2016.
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  16. ^ Gameloft Divertissements Inc. (June 21, 2013). Gangstar: Vegas. Android. Gameloft S.A. Scene: Closing credits, Cast, 22:57.
  17. ^ "Sean Schemmel at WasabiCon 2016 (Schedule)". Archived from the original on February 11, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  18. ^ Sean Schemmel [@SeanSchemmel] (May 30, 2014). "I'm voicing Lucario in that game..." (Tweet). Retrieved February 8, 2017 – via Twitter.
  19. ^ "THE BIG SPLASH by Jack D Ferraiolo Read by Sean Schemmel | Audiobook Review | AudioFile Magazine". AudioFile Magazine. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  20. ^ Tanya (June 3, 2013). "Winner of the 2013 Audie Awards | Industry News - Awards | Blog". Blog. Retrieved June 6, 2017.

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