SungWon Cho[3] (/ˈsʌŋwʌn/ SUNG-wun;[4] Korean조성원; RRJo Seong-won; born December 9, 1990), also known by his internet pseudonym ProZD, is an American YouTuber and voice actor. On his YouTube channel, Cho produces short comedy skits, unboxing videos, and reviews of board games and snack foods. He is also known for his many voice acting roles, including FL4K from Borderlands 3, Holst Sigiswald Goneril from Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes and Ratatoskr from God of War Ragnarök. His live-action roles include Detective Joe Furuya in Anime Crimes Division and Richie Cheung in BlackBerry.

SungWon Cho
Cho at Colorado Anime Fest 2022
Born (1990-12-09) December 9, 1990 (age 33)
Other namesProZD
Occupations
  • YouTuber
  • voice actor
Years active2015–present
Spouse
Anne Marie Salter
(m. 2016)
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2006–present
Genres
  • Comedy
  • parody
  • gaming
  • review
  • food
Subscribers3.9 million[1]
Total views1.8 billion[1]
100,000 subscribers
1,000,000 subscribers2017[2]

Last updated: February 14, 2024

Early life edit

Cho was born to Korean parents in Minnesota on December 9, 1990,[5][6] and later moved to DeWitt, Michigan.[7] He started voice acting in high school when he voiced different characters on a friend's radio plays.[8] He attended Michigan State University, where he frequently acted in live performances and graduated in 2012 with a degree in Media Information and Technology.[8][9][10] In 2012, after graduating, he described himself as being "in a creative rut" and taught English as a second language to Korean immigrant students.[11]

Career edit

 
Cho presenting at his panel at SMASH 2023 in Sydney, Australia

In October 2012, Cho began daily posting voice content to Tumblr, building an audience and eventually going viral with a video of him singing "Let It Go" from Frozen as Goofy.[11] His first foray into professional voice acting occurred when voice director Deven Mack saw one of his YouTube videos and had him audition for Apotheon, where he ended up securing the role of the main villain Zeus.[12] He remained active on Vine until the 2016 announcement of their shutdown and was also a finalist for the 9th Shorty Awards for Vine of the Year.[13][14] Cho shifted his focus to his YouTube channel, his audience following from Vine and having his work often appear on the frontpage of Reddit.[15][16]

In 2017 Cho starred in his first live action role as the main character, Detective Joe Furuya, in Crunchyroll's Anime Crimes Division, for which he was nominated for Best Acting in a Comedy for the 8th Streamy Awards.[17][18] In mid-2018 Creative Artists Agency reached out and signed him coinciding with an already planned move to Los Angeles to continue his career as a voice actor.[19][20] Soon after he was cast in the multi-ethnic Rooster Teeth series Gen:Lock and told NewsWeek's Phillip Martinez, "Voice acting gives me a lot more freedom because I'm not limited by my physical appearance. I can voice all different sorts of characters."[21]

Cho's presence on YouTube grew throughout this time with his channel exceeding 3.75 million subscribers and most of his income between voice acting work coming from sponsorships and ad revenue.[22] His videos are intentionally low-budget and often feature recurring universes with their own casts of characters, including an anime parody ("The Tomoko Chairem Anime Canon") and a role-playing game parody ("King Dragon"), through which he pokes fun at common gaming and anime cliches and tropes.[22] He continued to expand these existing storylines that had originally started on Vine, as well as creating a Let's Play channel Press Buttons n Talk with his friend Alex Mankin.[22][23] In 2019 Cho voiced the character FL4K in the popular video game Borderlands 3.[24] He has been a fan favorite in the anime community being a frequent guest at conventions and presenting for the Crunchyroll Anime Awards.[25][26]

In 2023, Cho made his live-action Hollywood debut, playing a supporting role in BlackBerry.

Personal life edit

In October 2015, Cho became engaged to Anne Marie Salter, whom he had met through an online Super Mario fan fiction community.[11] They were married on May 28, 2016.[27] They have two cats named Effie and Sophie who are seen in Cho's videos at times.[28]

He came up with the username "ProZD" in elementary school, and said that he would not disclose what it means as "it's so embarrassing that even my wife doesn't know."[29] On April 26, 2022, Cho tweeted that he had finally revealed the meaning of the username to his wife after being together for fourteen years.[30]

Filmography edit

Film edit

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Something Film actor Voice role; feature film
2021 Belle[31] Voice role (English dub); feature film
2023 Lackadaisy Mordecai Heller Voice role; short film
BlackBerry Ritchie Cheung First live-action film role

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes Source
2018 Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Vice Admiral Legrange 1 episode
Radiant Master Lord Majesty 3 episodes
2019 Gen:Lock Heng Li 'Henry' Wu 3 episodes [32]
OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Johnny, Jack Whacky, Rando, Teamster, Game 2 episodes [33]
2020 Craig of the Creek Keun Sup "The Blur" 4 episodes
Big City Greens Maestro / King Violin 1 episode
Akudama Drive Shark
2021 Adventure Time: Distant Lands Brain Wizard Ep. "Wizard City"
Ranking of Kings Kage Main character [34]
One Piece Nekomamushi Supporting character
86 Richard Altner [35]
The Irregular at Magic High School Kotaro Tatsumi
2022 Odd Taxi Kensuke Shibagaki
Tokyo 24th Ward Hiroki Shirakaba [36]
Birdgirl Additional Voices
2023 Record of Ragnarok Kajinosuke Tanikaze Season 2 [37]
Pluto Brau 1589
2024 Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur General Hyles Episode: "Dancing With Myself"
Delicious in Dungeon Senshi [38]
Solo Leveling Woo Jin-chul Post-production [39]

Web series edit

Year Title Role Notes Source
2017–2018 Anime Crimes Division Detective Joe Furuya Main character [40]
2018 Nomad of Nowhere Toro Episode 7 [32]
Camp Camp Brian Season 3, episode 3 [21]
Red vs. Blue King Atlus Arcadium Rex 8 episodes
2019 Tuca & Bertie Ultra-Sam S380 1 episode [41]
2020 Bigtop Burger Doctor 5 episodes
Aggretsuko Hyodo 9 episodes
Pokémon: Twilight Wings Mustard, Mienshao The Gathering of Stars [42]
Onyx Equinox Xolotl 2 episodes
2021 High Guardian Spice Cal, Kemp, Demon 5 episodes [33]
2022 The Hamlet Factory Birmy 1 episode
Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles Lord Kogane, Warimashi, Head Keisatsukan
Make Some Noise Himself 1 episode
Drawtectives: Celestial Spear Villainius 1 episode
2023 Lackadaisy Mordecai Heller

Video games edit

Year Title Voice role Notes Source
2014 Ace Attorney Investigations 2 Gregory Edgeworth Fan translation [43][44]
2015 Apotheon Zeus [33][45]
2016 Move or Die Announcer
2017 Battlerite Sirius [46]
Fallen Legion G'ndarark the Bloodhammer [47]
A Hat in Time Express Owls / Intercom [33]
2064: Read Only Memories Froyo Guy, Bouncers, and Police ROMs [48]
2018 Monster Prom Brian / Interdimensional Prince [33][23]
2MD: VR Football Coach [49]
Unavowed Kalash [50]
BattleCON: Online King Alexian XXXVII
Attack of the Earthlings Regional Manager Dennis Dickinham [51]
Wonder Wickets Leo
2019 Judgment Tashiro English dub [52][53]
Akash: Path of the Five Caspian [54]
River City Girls Nishimura [55][56]
Borderlands 3 FL4K [33][57]
2020 Granblue Fantasy Versus Vaseraga, Imperial Soldier English dub [33]
Yakuza: Like a Dragon Mitsuo Yasumura [58]
Forgotten Waters Captain Jesbut J Vance [59]
Soulcalibur VI Hwang Seong-gyeong English dub (version 2.30 onward)
Fire Emblem Heroes Darros English dub
2021 Persona 5 Strikers Additional voices [60]
Genshin Impact Krosl / Uncle Dai / Bravo / Elemental Being: Grounded Geoshroom [61][62]
Scarlet Nexus Additional voices [63]
Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny Misedor
Boyfriend Dungeon Sunder the Talwar
Mary Skelter Finale Jabberwock
Lost Judgment Tesso / Tashiro English dub [33]
Monster Hunter Rise Hibasa [64]
2022 Shadow Warrior 3 Zilla [65]
Phantom Breaker: Omnia Phantom English dub [66][67]
Rune Factory 5 Bandit, Oswald [33]
Arcade Spirits: The New Challengers Domino [68]
Neon White Mikey [33]
AI: The Somnium Files – Nirvana Initiative Gen Ishiyagane English dub [33]
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes Holst Sigiswald Goneril [33]
God of War Ragnarök Ratatoskr Also motion capture and writing assistance [69]
2023 Master Detective Archives: Rain Code Number One of the WDO English dub [33]
Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp Eagle / Flak [33]
Detective Pikachu Returns Will Butler [70]
Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name Boss [33]

Awards and nominations edit

Year Ceremony Category Work/Recipient Result Refs
2017 Shorty Awards Vine of the Year "When You're the Main Character Tho" Nominated [14]
2018 Streamy Awards Acting in a Comedy Anime Crimes Division Nominated [71]
2023 Crunchyroll Anime Awards Best Voice Artist Performance (English) Kage (Ranking of Kings) Nominated [72]

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