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Victor Joseph Mignogna (born August 27, 1962 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania) is an American voice actor and musician known for his prolific voice-over work in the English dubs of Japanese anime shows, the most notable being Edward Elric from the Fullmetal Alchemist series, for which he earned the American Anime Award for Best Actor in 2007. He has done work for ADV Films, Bang Zoom! Entertainment, Studiopolis, FUNimation Entertainment and Seraphim Digital.

He's best known for voicing Broly in the Dragon Ball series, Dark Mousy in D.N.Angel, Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Ikkaku Madarame in Bleach, Tamaki Suoh in Ouran High School Host Club, Nagato in Naruto: Shippūden and Zero and Ichiru Kiryu in Vampire Knight.

Biography & Career

Mignogna grew up in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Liberty University with a degree in television and film production. He helped produce and arrange some of the songs on DC Talk's eponymous first album. Mignogna taught drama and speech in Jacksonville, Florida, and was an officer with the Ocean City Police Department. In 1990, he moved to Houston, Texas, where he was a film and video production instructor at The Art Institute of Houston. In 1993, he was a contestant on American television talent show Star Search, on which he sang "Worth Waiting For".

While working in video production with John Gremillion in Houston, Mignogna got involved in voice acting in anime at ADV Films. He made his debut as Vega in the video game based anime series Street Fighter II V. He started attending anime conventions, where he contacted FUNimation and landed the voice role of Broly in the Dragon Ball Z films.

In 2007, the American Anime Awards presented Mignogna with an award for Best Actor for his work on Fullmetal Alchemist. He often gains attention for his role in Fullmetal Alchemist, and he attends between 15 and 25 conventions each year. One of Mignogna's career goals was "to record at all of the major places where dubbing is done." He said he was "the first ADV voice actor to record at Funimation in Dallas and then I was the first to go to New York". He has also recorded in Los Angeles; he tried out for Bleach and received the part of Ikkaku Madarame. In non-anime productions, he voiced Qrow Branwen in the American web series RWBY.

In addition to voice acting, Mignogna has been involved in production for music, sound, and video. He has produced hundreds of jingles for commercials, and he was a worship leader with Houston's First Baptist Church. He has sung the U.S. national anthem at several Houston Astros baseball games. As a musician, Mignogna has released several albums, some of which feature English cover versions of anime songs from shows including One Piece and the Dragon Ball series. He also handled some of the ADR direction for the English dub of Claymore, in which he voices Rigaldo.

Mignogna has been involved with several fan productions, including Fullmetal Fantasy and Star Trek: Phase II. In the latter series, he co-directed the episode "Enemy: Starfleet" and played the Andorian Captain. He directed "KITUMBA" and played Malkthon the Klingon, and was slated to direct the episode "Mindsifter". In 2012, Mignogna worked with the Starship Farragut production group. He has directed and starred as Captain Kirk in their web series Star Trek Continues.

Sexual Harassment Allegations

Following the release of Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which prominently features Mignogna's vocal work, accusations of sexual harassment began to resurface against Mignogna, with some allegations dating as far back as 2008. Numerous accounts alleged that Mignogna kissed, groped, and made flirtatious comments to fans without their consent, some of whom were underage. Numerous voice actors who had worked alongside Mignogna voiced their support for those speaking out, with some contributing anecdotes of their own personal experiences with Mignogna.

Following the allegations, on February 5, 2019, Rooster Teeth, creators of the animated series RWBY, severed their business relationship with Mignogna. The same day, FUNimation recast Mignogna's role of the Executive in The Morose Mononokean. In response to the controversy, Mignogna canceled numerous scheduled appearances at anime conventions and categorically denied any accusations of sexual harassment. On February 7, 2019, voice actress Monica Rial came out on her Twitter claiming that she too had been sexually harassed by Mignogna, as well as her friends and work colleagues. The following day, Jamie Marchi also claimed to have been sexually harassed by Mignogna. On February 11, 2019, Funimation confirmed on Twitter that they had ended professional ties with Mignogna following an investigation.

Filmography

Live-Action Dubbing

TV Series

  • Cable Girls (2017-2020) - Miguel Pascual, Additional Voices

Films

Animation Dubbing

Animated Series

Anime Dubbing

Anime

OVAs & Specials

Anime Films

Video Game Dubbing

Music

  • Dragon Ball GT (Vocals; Bit By Bit I'm Falling Under Your Spell)
  • Dragon Ball Z Kai (Vocals; Dragon Soul)
  • One Piece (Vocals; We Are! - Opening 1 / Vocals; Towards the Light - Opening 3 / Vocals; A-Z - Ending 11)

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