Guests: Anime

Nolan North

Nolan North

Nolan North is an American actor and voice actor born in New Haven, Connecticut. He has been described as "the nearest thing the games industry has to a bona fide leading man." He is most well known for his voice work as Desmond Miles from the Assassin's Creed video game series, and Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series.

North majored in journalism at the University of North Carolina with a baseball scholarship. He worked as a reporter for almost a year in New Jersey before moving to New York City to pursue stand-up comedy and acting. North eventually relocated to Hollywood and was cast in the General Hospital spin-off series, Port Charles, playing Dr. Chris Ramsey during the show's run from 1997 to 2003. He married fellow Port Charles actress Jill Murray in 1999 and has two children. During Port Charles' run, he worked on a few video games as a voice actor and began to focus on voice acting following Port Charles' cancelation.

One of his most notable roles came in 2007 when he voiced and motion capped the character Nathan Drake for the video game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Since then, he has continued to portray the character Drake in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (released in 2009) and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (released in 2011). In an interview with The Guardian, North reflects on his time as Drake as requiring "a lot of imagination. Motion capture is basically theatre in Spandex; there's minimal props, and you need a willingness to make an ass of yourself." North as Drake has been twice nominated at the Spike Video Game Awards in the "Best Performance by a Human Male" category.

In May 2012 it was revealed that North would have a limited role in Star Trek into Darkness, sequel to 2009's acclaimed live-action movie Star Trek. Director J.J. Abrams cited North's performance as Drake for the casting, he and his son being fans of the Uncharted series.

Other notable video game voice work includes roles as the Prince in Prince of Persia, The Penguin in Batman: Arkham City, Shun in Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica, Vossler in Final Fantasy XII, Desmond Miles in the Assassin's Creed series, Eradan in Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Doctor Edward Richtofen in Call of Duty: World at War and Call of Duty: Black Ops, Brawl in Transformers: War for Cybertron, Ghost Rider in Marvel:Ultimate Alliance, Shadow Demon, Lycanthrope, Lone Druid, Brewmaster, Gyrocopter, Ogre Magi , Meepo and the Keeper of the Light in Dota 2, and Deadpool in Hulk Vs. and Marvel vs Capcom 3 and recently as Captain Martin Walker in Spec Ops: The Line. He also voiced the personality spheres and defective turrets in Portal 2 and voiced Merasmus and the Bombinomicon in Team Fortress 2.

North is well known in his animation roles such as Cyclops in Wolverine and the X-Men, Snow Job in G.I. Joe: Renegades, Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and both Superman and Superboy in Young Justice.

Linda Ballantyne

Linda Ballantyne

For the past 20 years, Linda has worked professionally on stage, screen and television, and has been heard in hundreds of radio and television commercials worldwide. Her extensive animation career consists of a wide variety of characters including series leads in Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon/Serena), Mia and Me (Queen Mayla), My Big Big Friend (Lilly’s Mom), The Avengers (Wasp), Toot and Puddle (Tulip), Will and Dewitt (Shelley), Disney’s Yin Yang Yo (Saranoia, Ella Mental, Smoke and more), Gerald McBoing Boing (Gerald’s Mom), Meteor (Sinker), Cyberchase (Wicked), Mischief City (Mrs. Adams), Corduroy (Moppy’s Mom), Timothy Goes to School (Fritz’s Mom), Air Master (Kaori Sakiyama), Bakugan (Kararina), Beywheelz (Leader B/Lucy), and Animal Shelf (Getup), as well as various characters in The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, The Doodlebops, Totally Spies, 6Teen, Time Warp Trio, Carl Squared, Bob and Margaret, Girl Stuff Boy Stuff, George Shrinks, etc. She has also voiced characters in the feature films Disney’s Lucky Ducks (Reporter), Care Bear’s Journey to Joke-A-Lot (Champ Bear), Care Bear’s Big Wish Movie (Champ Bear) and Thomas and the Magic Railroad (Percy).

Linda was contracted as the “voice” of the Comedy Network for 13 years and is currently creating and writing an animated series entitled Simply Wicked. Linda is also the host of the edgy new radio show I’m Just Sayin’ on Canada Talks (#167), SiriusXM’s newest channel. Follow Linda on Twitter @LABallantyne

Linda is the happily married mother of 3 perfect teenaged daughters.

Katie Griffin

Katie Griffin

Toronto native, Katie Griffin, has been a professional actor, voice actor and singer for over 20 years.  Having worked with acting powerhouses such as Nicole Kidman, Glenn Close, Matt Dillon and Rob Lowe, Katie's film and television career has been colourful to say the least.  Her true strength and success, however,  has come in the form of voice-over.  She's voiced hundreds of radio and television commercials, sung on numerous radio jingles, and continues to star in popular cartoons.  Although best known as Raye/Sailor Mars on the hit show  "Sailor Moon", she's also known for her portrayal of "Alex" on "Totally Spies", "Yoko" on Team Galaxy, "Zair" on "Redakai" as well as voicing "Julie and Sellon" on "Bakugan Battle Brawlers" and "Hikaru" on Beyblade.  She was also "Nina Harper" on Emmy award winning "Braceface", "Ruby" on "Max and Ruby" and "Laugh-a-lot Bear" in "Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-lot".  She has also had numerous guest starring roles on shows such as "6-teen", "Stoked" and "The Dating Guy".

Jill Frappier

Jill Frappier

Jill Frappier is an English and Canadian voice actress.

 

She was formerly known for voicing Luna in the DiC/Cloverway/Optimum Productions dubs of Sailor Moon, Mrs. Prysselius in Pippi Longstocking, Aunty in Pecola, Miss Finch in Birdz, Doucette in Anatole, and Fifi in Hello Kitty and Friends.

She has appeared on camera in television and movies such as Wind at My Back, Friday the 13th: The Series, The Dating Guy, Night Heat, TekWar, Spearfield’s Daughter, The Twilight Zone, The Hitchhiker, Beyond Reality, and The Jon Dore Show.

Frappier is also famous for narrating a series of 4 part films called Imperfect Union: Canadian Labour and the Left. She currently runs drama classes called “Dragontrails Drama” in Toronto, Ontario.

Steve Blum

Steve Blum

With literally hundreds of V/O credits to his name, Veteran Voice Monkey Steve Blum is best known as the voice of "Spike Spiegel" from Cowboy Bebop, “Wolverine” from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, the Wolverine and the X-Men TV Series, The Super Hero Squad Show, X-Men Anime and more), “Orochimaru,” “Zabuza,” and others from Naruto, “Green Goblin” from the Spectacular Spiderman series, “Heatblast,” “Vilgax” and “Ghostfreak” from Ben 10, “Grayson Hunt” (Bulletstorm) “Grunt” (Mass Effect 2 and 3),"Zoltan Kulle" from Diablo 3, "Abathur" from Starcraft 2:Heart of the Swarm, “Tank Dempsey” (Call of Duty), “Killer Croc” from Arkham Asylum, “Oghren” (DragonAge),“Vincent Valentine” (Final Fantasy VII), “Leeron” (Guren Lagann), “Jamie” from Megas XLR, “Storm Troopers” and many others in most of the Star Wars games, The voice of 7-11, dozens of Digimon and a gigantic list of other characters from Anime, Video Games, TV and Film. In 2012, Steve was inducted into the Guinness Book of World records as Most Prolific Voice Actor in Video Games - appearing in almost 300 games (now approaching 400!) Currently you can find him as “Zeb Orrelios” and other characters in the incredible series Star Wars: Rebels on Disney XD, as “Shoe” and “Sparky” in Laika’s The Boxtrolls, and as astronaut Quentin Thomas on Hip Hop superstar LOGIC’s amazing album “The Incredible True Story” He’s also appeared on the Emmy award-winning Transformers: Prime, playing "Starscream." “Sub-Zero,” “Reptile and “Bo’Rai Cho” in Mortal Combat X, Several characters on Wabbit, Ultimate Spider Man, Ben 10: Omniverse, The Regular Show, Doc McStuffins, Uncle Grandpa, Wander over Yonder, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and as the terrifying anti-bender "Amon" on the hit series Avatar: The Legend of Korra! And every Saturday night, Steve takes the helm as "TOM" the robotic host of Cartoon Network's Toonami on Adult Swim. For more info, please visit steveblumvoices.com (Click Me) On Twitter! @blumspew (Click me!) Or Steve's IMDb (Click Me)

Lisle Wilkerson

Lisle Wilkerson

Lisle Wilkerson grew up in Tokyo, Japan. She speaks fluent Japanese, and her voice work is done in both English & Japanese.

She is the powerhouse behind some of the gaming industry's most popular female fighting characters, such as Nina Williams and Christie Monteiro, Sarah Bryant in the games Virtual Fighter & Dead or Alive , Makoto Amhara in Rumble Roses, Gina in Crazy Taxi, as well as Xiuying Hong, Joy, and Yuan from the cult classic franchise Shenmue. As a big Hello Kitty lover, one of her favorite voice acting roles has been playing Bad Badtz Maru, Hello Kitty’s bff!

Lisle also was in the Academy Award winning Sofia Coppola film "Lost In Translation", and had a lead role in the award winning indie film "Kamataki”.  

She most recently has been playing Ultraman Mother in in the dubbing for two live action films that are scheduled for release in 2018.

 Lisle also does a lot of panel moderating/interpreting, working with people like Keanu Reeves, Japanese filmmaker Makoto Shinkai, Morning Musume, SMAP!, LOVE LIVE SUNSHINE!, Japanese anime studio Studio Trigger, and best-selling author Marie Kondo.

Lisle works as a local media correspondent for various Japanese television networks, covering high-profile events like The Grammys, Academy Awards, Emmys and Golden Globes. 

And she is very excited about the 2020 Olympics being hosted in her home city, Tokyo!! And yes, OF COURSE, she is already plotting on how to be involved!

Vanessa Marshall

Vanessa Marshall

A graduate of Princeton University with a Masters in acting from NYU, Marshall began her voice over career launching various commercial campaigns (Propel Fitness Water and Dove).  In Animation, she plays Hera in "Star Wars: Rebels," Mary Jane in “The Spectacular Spider-man,” Wonder Woman in “Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox,” Poison Ivy in “Batman: Brave and the Bold,” Black Canary in “Young Justice,” Black Widow in “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” Mouse on "Fish Hooks," and Irwin, an African American boy, in the cartoon “The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.”  In the world of games, she voiced Olga in “Metal Gear Solid 2,” H.Q. in “Socom II” and Jan Ors in “Star Wars: Jedi Knights II.”  She now does promo work for ABC, CBS, HBO and HGTV, as well as commercials for Walgreens, Ford, and Ace Hardware.  She also narrates shows (for E!, MTV, and WE) and announces radio liners for stations around the world (Capital FM in Kenya, 5FM in South Africa, and Dubai Eye).    On camera, she enjoyed working on "Law and Order" and "Scrubs."  As a stand up comic and former “plus-size” model, she also created a one-woman show "Got Phat?" - which ran successfully in both LA & NYC.  See www.VanessaMarshall.com for more details.  Follow her @VanMarshall on Twitter.

Ron Rubin

Ron Rubin

For over thirty years Ron Rubin has been one of the busiest animation
actors in the country. His voice can be heard on countless iconic cartoon
series - including original productions by Marvel Comics, Warner Bros. and
Disney. Ron worked with Stan Lee on the original X-Men (Morph) and
Avengers (Vision) television series, as well as with Tim Burton on the
Emmy Award winning Beetlejuice cartoon (Doom Buggy, Announcer).
Other notable credits include lead roles in C.O.P.S. (Dr. Badvibes), Police
Academy (Lt. Mahoney), DiGata Defenders (Flinch), Angela Anaconda
(Uncle Nicky), Totally Spies (Manny), SideKick (Master XOX), Stickin’
Around (Mr. Lederhosen), Captain Flamingo (Quantum Vigilante), Turbo
Dogs (Sergeant Gruff), Care Bears (Messy Bear), Mad Magazine TV and
Tales from the Cryptkeeper.


Ron’s also been a force in the world of Anime, appearing in a multitude of
shows including Bakugan and Beyblade among others, but he’s probably
best known for originating the voice of Artemis in Sailor Moon, a role he
performed for the entire run of the North American TV series.


Ron is a two time ACTRA Award nominee and finalist for Best Performance
in Voice (Erky-Perky). He studied acting at The Neighbourhood Playhouse
in New York and has performed with Second City as well as having toured
North America as a featured Stand Up performer. Ron has lived and
worked in Los Angeles and New York - he currently resides in Toronto.

Susan Roman

Susan Roman

Susan Roman (born April 17, 1957) is a Canadian voice actress best known for voice acting the role of Lita/Sailor Jupiter in the North American DiC (and later Cloverway) dub of the anime, Sailor Moon. She is one of the few voice actors to remain throughout the entire run of the series. Her other best-known role was the voice of Melissa Raccoon from the second season on of The Raccoons.
She also provided Snowy's typical dog sounds in the television series The Adventures of Tintin .
In 2000, Roman voiced James the Red Engine in Thomas and the Magic Railroad. She has also played Mayor Amelia in the English version of Mega Man Legends, Mega Man Trigger in the English version of Mega Man Legends 2, and the voice of Harry's mother in the television series Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs.
She played the voice of two Care Bears in different decades: Champ Bear in 1985's The Care Bears Movie and its TV series, and Good Luck Bear in Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-lot (2004) and The Care Bears' Big Wish Movie (2005).
She played the voice of Oliver and Judy Tate in Beyblade as well as Salima in Beyblade V-Force
She had a recurring guest role as the Morlock leader Callisto in the first X-Men animated series.
Also, she was the speaking voice of Angel, Omar's girlfriend, in Nelvana's first full-length film, 1983's Rock & Rule.
Susan voices Joe's Mom in the TV Series Time Warp Trio and Zozo in Weird Years and also Tika in Barbie as the Island Princess.
She has also voice directed the North American / Canadian dubbed versions of the British children's TV series Tom and Vicky and Animal Shelf that aired on It's Itsy Bitsy Time.