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Neil Kaplan (born March 9, 1967) is an American voice actor, entertainer and comedian. He is known for voicing Madara Uchiha in Naruto: Shippūden, Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto in Bleach, Optimus Prime in Transformers: Robots in Disguise and antagonist Emperor Zarkon in Voltron: Legendary Defender.

Biography

Kaplan grew up in San Jose, California. He got his start as a comedian doing impressions of presidents such as Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon. He also impersonated a little-known journalist at the time, Dan Rather. He then started work on video games, including many Star Wars titles. From there he went on to do such shows as Power Rangers, Digimon: Digital Monsters, and Transformers: Robots in Disguise. One of his most famous voices is Hawkmon from Digimon. He was also once a contestant on the popular comedy game show Street Smarts. On that appearance, he showed off some of his other impressions, including one of Gilbert Gottfried. He was invited as a guest to the Power Morphicon (in Los Angeles) in June 2007 as well as August 2010, to Armageddon (in Australia and New Zealand) in October 2007, and to AVCon: Adelaide's Anime & Video Games Festival (in Australia) in July 2018. He created the television series The Way it WASN'T!, as well as the graphic novel I, of the Wolf. He also voices Captain Fort Worth in the adult video game BoneCraft.

Filmography

Live-Action Dubbing

TV Series

Miniseries

  • Patria (2020) - Additional Voices

Films

Animation Dubbing

Animated Series

  • Gormiti (2008-2010) - Additional Voices

Animated Films

Anime Dubbing

Anime

  • Flint the Time Detective (1998-1999) - Young Bernard Goodman (ep. 15)
  • Initial D: First Stage (1998) - Keiichi Tsuchiya (ep. 23) (Tokyopop Dub)
  • Reign: The Conqueror (1999) - Prophet, Man B (ep. 6), Priest (ep. 6), Guard (ep. 8), Ibn (ep. 8), Soldier D (ep. 8), Soldier (ep. 11)
  • Arc the Lad (1999) - Gruga
  • One Piece (1999-present) - Prodi (eps. 780-782)
  • Android Kikaider: The Animation (2000-2001) - Yellow Jaguar
  • Carried by the Wind: Tsukikage Ran (2000) - Kuma (ep. 4), Mr. Yohei (ep. 6), Additional Voices
  • Digimon 02 (2000-2001) - Hawkmon, Aquilamon, Halsemon, Shurimon, Silphymon, Teacher (ep. 26), Hogan (ep. 41), Ilya (ep. 42)
  • DinoZaurs (2000) - John (ep. 10)
  • Gate Keepers (2000) - Additional Voices
  • Shinzo (2000) - Big Blue's Brother (ep. 3)
  • Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2000) - Optimus Prime, Ro-Tor
  • Digimon Tamers (2001-2002) - Indramon, Babel, Divermon (ep. 19), Customer (ep. 27), News Anchor (ep. 27)
  • Digimon Frontier (2002-2003) - Mushroomon (ep. 4), Woodmon (ep. 4), Leader Kokuwamon (ep. 5), Baromon (ep. 38)
  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002-2003) - Debate Panelist 2 (ep. 5), Yakuza (ep. 3)
  • Naruto (2002-2007) - Star Village Ninja (ep. 183), Kiyoyasu (ep. 186)
  • Wolf's Rain (2003) - Special Ops Soldier (ep. 9)
  • Zatch Bell! (2003-2006) - Belgium E.O., Additional Voices
  • Bleach (2004-2012) - Shigekuni Genryusai Yamamoto, Tetsuzaemon Iba, Ryusaburo Enkogawa "Enryu", Zommari Leroux, Dordoni Alessandro Del Socaccio, Gesell, Squad 11 Soul Reaper (ep. 29), Soul Reaper Communications (ep. 86), Szayel's Fraccion (ep. 164), Tenken (ep. 248), Gossiping Soul Reaper A (ep. 250), Soul Reaper A (ep. 263), Newspaper Soul Reaper B (ep. 305), Takashige (ep. 313), Soul Reaper A (ep. 336), Kuchiki Elder (ep. 355), Additional Voices
  • Digimon Data Squad (2006-2007) - Pumpkinmon
  • Blue Dragon (2007-2008) - Saber Tiger, General Logi's Captain, Gran Kingdom Soldier (ep. 37)
  • Mega Man Star Force (2007) - Bob Copper, Taurus, Lab Scientist (ep. 3), Lab Scientist (ep. 8)
  • Naruto Shippūden (2007-2017) - Madara Uchiha, A/Third Raikage (2nd voice; eps. 282-301), The Masked Man, Foreign Ninja, Hunter-nin, Tsuchigumo Clan Member (ep. 146), Eno no Gyoja (ep. 148), Sand Assassin (ep. 182), Torifu Akimichi (ep. 211), Ghost Ship Crew A (ep. 225), Researcher (ep. 227), Ikkaku Umino (ep. 249), Cypher Division Ninja (ep. 251), Allied Ninja (ep. 256), Allied Ninja (ep. 264), Suzaku Nara (ep. 275), Allied Ninja Voice (ep. 282), Cloud Ninja (ep. 282), Cloud Village Man B (ep. 282), Old Man (ep. 283), Bill Collector (ep. 286), Uchiha Clan Member (ep. 452)
  • Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 (2008) - Priest (ep. 14)
  • Digimon Fusion (2010-2012) - Blastmon, Cyberdramon, Lord Bagra, Megadarkness Bagramon, MetalGreymon (eps. 19-25), NeoMyotismon, Redmeramon, Skullknightmon, Vilemon, Octomon (ep. 4), Ookuwamon (ep. 6), Etemon (ep. 13), SkullScorpionmon (ep. 14), Skullsatamon (ep. 21), Samudramon (ep. 24), Gigawarumonzaemon (ep. 27), Raremon (ep. 28), Surtr (ep. 41), Anubimon (ep. 44)
  • Iron Man (2010) - Defense Minister Kuroda/Rasetsu, Plane Captain (ep. 1), Special Ops Agent 2 (ep. 8), Self Defense Forces Soldier (ep. 9)
  • Blade (2011) - High Council Chairman, Police (ep. 10)
  • Attack on Titan (2013-present) - Theo Magath, Additional Voices
  • Glitter Force Doki Doki (2013-2014) - Innkeeper (ep. 14), Snowman Distain (ep. 14)
  • Lupin the 3rd Part IV (2015-2016) - Robson Zuccoli, Bucci Franky (ep. 9), Newscaster (ep. 22)
  • Levius (2019) - Malcolm Eden
  • Cagaster of an Insect Cage (2020) - Adham
  • Great Pretender (2020) - Lewis Müller, Razzie (ep. 4), Additional Voices

Anime Shorts

  • Pokémon Generations (2016) - Bronius (ep. 13)
  • Star Wars Visions (2021) - Narrator (The Ninth Jedi), Gran (The Duel), Guard, Villager (The Village Bride), Inquisitor (T0-B1), Tao Planet Resident (Lop & Ocho)

OVAs & Specials

Anime Films

Video Game Dubbing

External Links

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