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Charles Forrest "Spike" Spencer (born on December 21, 1968 in Houston, Texas) is an American voice actor. He is best known for roles in ADV Films dubs such as Shinji Ikari in Neon Genesis Evangelion, Akito Tenkawa in Martian Successor Nadesico, and Shioji in Excel Saga. He has also performed voice acting for radio, especially commercials. His anime character voices tend to be either for timid, shy, or weak characters, or for eccentric and comical ones.

He's also known for voicing Papillon in Buso Renkin, Ginta in MÄR, Hanatarō Yamada in Bleach, Rolo Lamperouge in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 and Takuma Ichijo in Vampire Knight and Vampire Knight Guilty.

Biography

Spencer attended the University of Houston for four years. After doing a number of independent films, he met Amanda Winn Lee, who suggested he audition for anime English dubbing at ADV Films. Spencer first landed a supporting role of Prime Minister Mikoshiba in Super Atragon, then a leading role of Takateru in Suikoden Demon Century, and finally, in August 1996, the role of Shinji Ikari in Neon Genesis Evangelion. After ADV Films' collapse, FUNimation Entertainment acquired the rights to the newly released Evangelion Movies. As part of Funimation's goal to get the service of the original voice actors from shows and movies they acquired distributing rights for, Spike reprised Shinji in the movies.

Spencer has done commercials for Houston Cellular, Applebee's, Kroger, Chevrolet, and Subway. Spencer has done additional acting in live-action films and in TV series such as The Big Easy.

Spencer also travels the world with his panel, Don't Kill Your Date (and Other Cooking Tips), which teaches Spencer's trademark "food game," giving dating advice for men, cooking tips, and easy dinner recipes. Spencer's dating tips have been featured in USA Today and Men's Health. He also frequently writes dating tips for Neil Strauss, Carlos Xuma, and Singles Warehouse.

In 2006, Spike Spencer relocated from Houston to Los Angeles, California.

Spencer was once married to Kendra Benham, who worked alongside him in Neon Genesis Evangelion as Maya Ibuki; the two divorced in 2006. Spencer holds a brownbelt in aikido and a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Spencer is currently married to multi-passionate entrepreneur, owner of Fitness with Kim and CrownYourself.com, screenwriter, Kim MacKenzie, a former Miss California contestant and Miss Norway 2014 in the Queen of the Universe Pageant, as of October 4, 2014. He is a foodie and has a website called DontKillYourDate.com. Spike and Kim have one child, named Declan, who was born on July 29, 2017.

Filmography

Live-Action Dubbing

TV Series

  • Violetta (2012-2015) - Matías LaFontaine
  • Better than Us (2018) - Alexander Goronenko, Beard, Guy 1 (ep. 1), Valash (ep. 1), Vasily (ep. 1), Hospital Security 1 (ep. 11), Male Radio Guest (ep. 11)

Films

Animation Dubbing

Animated Films

Anime Dubbing

Anime

Anime Shorts

OVAs & Specials

Anime Films

Video Game Dubbing

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