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Johnny Yong Bosch (born January 6, 1976 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American actor, voice actor, martial artist and musician. His first major role was the portrayal of Adam Park, the second Black Power Ranger and later, the Green Zeo Ranger and first Green Turbo Ranger in the Power Rangers franchise, which led to roles in some martial arts television and feature films.

He's best known for voicing Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach, Itsuki Koizumi in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Izaya Orihara in Durarara!!, Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Vash the Stampede in Trigun, Jonathan "JoJo" Joestar in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Yu Narukami in Persona 4: The Animation and the video games, Yukio Okumuta in Blue Exorcist, Sanada Yukimura in Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings, Hajime Hinata in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Guren Nash in Tenkai Knights and Kei Nagai in Ajin: Demi-Human.

He's a two-time American Anime Award nominee and was also the lead singer in the band Eyeshine.

Biography

Johnny Yong Bosch was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and raised in Garland, Texas. His father was a soldier in the Army and met his mother while stationed in South Korea. He was interested in martial arts at an early age, inspired by martial arts movies and Bruce Lee. He taught himself martial arts at first, mimicking moves from Lee as well as Jackie Chan. He said he was ridiculed a lot when he was young and became a bully, but made a change for the better after studying kung fu. In addition to training in martial arts, in which he won several competitions, he also played soccer.

Johnny Yong Bosch auditioned for Power Rangers in Dallas when he was informed by his martial arts instructor. In 1994, he landed the role of Adam Park, the new Black Power Ranger, replacing Walter Emanuel Jones in the second season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Bosch said that when he got the part, he changed his middle name to Yong, which was part of his mother's given name, at the request of Saban who thought his credited name needed to be more Asian. For the feature film Power Rangers: The Movie, he did all of his stunts after his stuntman had broken his leg. He also noted that among all the different animal characters the Rangers got to be associated, his was associated to a frog. In Power Rangers Zeo, Bosch's character became a Green Ranger. His final regular stint in the franchise was in Power Rangers Turbo, where his character passes his Green Turbo Ranger powers to a new member. He played Park in the second feature film Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie. In looking back at his acting for the show, Bosch said that "Power Rangers was a lot of fun but it was a kid's show and very cheesy because of it, which made getting work after that really hard. Plus, I didn't know squat about acting then." His best friends on the set included Jason David Frank (who played Tommy Oliver), Jason Narvy (who played Skull) and Nakia Burrise (who played Tanya Sloan). At the request of Power Rangers director Koichi Sakamoto, he had a guest appearance in the episode "Once A Ranger" 'in Power Rangers Operation Overdrive in 2007 for the franchise's 15th anniversary, where he mentioned he got to go to New Zealand. He and Narvy also starred in the film Wicked Game, also known as Extreme Heist, which was directed by Sakamoto and features several other Power Rangers alumni.

Johnny Yong Bosch voiced Vash the Stampede in Trigun as his first dubbing job and for various Japanese anime, including notably Bleach as Ichigo Kurosaki. In 2006, he worked once again with Koichi Sakamoto on the film Broken Path. Among other works, Bosch also voiced Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass in 2008, Izaya Orihara in Durarara!! in 2011 and Jonathan "JoJo" Joestar in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure in 2012. Among video games, Bosch liked voicing Nero in Devil May Cry 4 as he got to visit Japan to do the motion capture.

He voiced Final Fantasy game's character Firion in Dissidia: Final Fantasy, and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, Yang in Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, Tohru Adachi and the protagonist Yu Narukami in the Persona 4 games and anime adaptation, and host of AnimeTV, which started its second season on Revision3 In 2015, he voiced character Kung Jin, in the new Mortal Kombat X. He is also the voice of Zero from the Mega Man X series in the Marvel vs. Capcom series.

In the Viz Media dub of Sailor Moon and the newer Sailor Moon Crystal, he voices Artemis. On the anime show Yo-kai Watch which has aired on Disney XD in the U.S., he originally voiced the lead character Nate Adams for the first two seasons. He also voices Noby in the US release of Doraemon.

Filmography

Live-Action Dubbing

TV Series

Films

Animation Dubbing

Animated Series

Animated Films

Anime Dubbing

Anime

Anime Shorts

OVAs & Specials

Anime Films

Video Game Dubbing

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