Dave Wittenberg

Dave Wittenberg

Date Of Birth: Sep 1, 1971
Birth Place: Johannesburg, South Africa

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said at 6:10 PM on Tue Sep 27 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
It seems like this guy has gone relatively quiet in terms of voice work in recent years. It's kind of a shame, since he's such a talented and versatile VA who is one of the first few VAs who became notable in modern voice-over, along with Yuri Lowenthal and Steve Blum. Outside of his recent appearance in Mighty No. 9 (lol), in which Yuri also happened to show up in, he doesn't seem to do much voice work these days outside of maybe some minor additional voices. He's got a really good range as he's done amazing work as Teddie, capturing the goofy, ditzy, and mascot-like nature of him, as well as the villainous Kefka Palazzo (one of the best villains in games), and of course, good ol' Kakashi Hatake. It is kind of a shame he never reprised Teddie since he was really good at the role (even if Sam Riegel proved himself a worthy successor in that role), and outside of that he hasn't made too many major appearances in much of anything recently. I do kind of hope he gets more notable voice work in upcoming years because he's really an incredible VA who deserves some major work since he's got a killer range, seriously one of the most talented VAs I've ever seen.

Besides Teddie, Kefka, Kakashi, and stuff like Gaspard, he's shown an incredible range and is seriously one of the most underrated VAs around. I am hoping that we can see him more in the years to come, he honestly seems to have gone into the shadows amongst the voice actors, which is a shame. I love his work as Teddie in particular since he nailed Teddie's goofy personality while still making it bearable, he really gave a solid bear-formance there, shame he never reprised the role.
said at 7:53 PM on Thu Sep 1 2016
Happy Birthday Dave Wittenberg! Happy Birthday Kakashi, Computer Club Prez & Kaoru!
said at 11:46 AM on Thu Sep 1 2016
Happy B-Day to you Mr. Dave Wittenburg.

Enjoyed your work such as Kakashi, Cielo, Parco Falgore, Teddie, Sora, Gaspard, Leon Belmont, and especially as Kefka and Welkin.
said at 4:21 AM on Thu Sep 1 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Happy Birthday Dave!
said at 3:17 AM on Thu Sep 1 2016
Once again, happy birthday, Dave.
said at 12:48 AM on Thu Sep 1 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
Happy Birthday, Teddie and Kefka Palazzo! I also admire how Dave Wittenberg was the dub narrator/announcer for Ninja Warrior alongside Unbeatable Banzuke. Simply put, he's a totally bear-able VA.
said at 1:06 PM on Wed Apr 6 2016
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This guy, along with Crispin Freeman, Steve Blum, Yuri Lowenthal, Maile Flanagan, & JYB are the first English-speaking voice actors I would ever know the name of (first voice-actor, period? Ikué Ōtani), recommended at the behest of my junior high friends to familiarize myself with them.

Of course, I knew them all from Naruto, but I now know that Yuri was on Rave Master, & that Dave (& Crispin) were on Saban-Digimon seasons, & Steve Blum had been in Scooby-Doo & damn near every Digimon season, having racked up dozens of characters there.

Even detractors of Naruto's English version, & anime dubbing in general, find Dave's performance as Kakashi quite admirable & well-characterized, & along with Henry Wong, it's what I'm most familiar with him for.

& I adore that he comes back *every time* (unless it's non-union, ofc) to play Kakashi, regardless of his recent avoidance of anime dubbing.

I do wonder why he seems to have stopped?

Hiwever, it's nice to see hin credited in the Mega-Man follow-up, Mighty No. 9, as well as FF Type-0 HD.

But the COOLEST thing (regardless of whether or not I watch the shows) is that he was able to score with Ginny McSwain.

As much as I'd like him to be introduced to the unionized Bang Zoom dubs, it is supremely awesome how he's gotten lucky with Ginny McSwain (& 2 different casting directors each time), & I hope she continues to spread word of him to her friends.

Now, if he could just get onto Kristi REED's pre-lay shows...that'd be great.
said at 1:27 PM on Wed Apr 6 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Agreed 100%. It's a shame that Dave's gone relatively quiet in the last 3-5 years in terms of voice over work, outside of continuing voicing his role as Kakashi in "Naruto", doing incidental background voices in video games and some pre-lay animation shows, and having a role in the upcoming "Mighty No. 9".

I am still optimistic he gains a lot more major voice over work sooner than later regardless of the medium he's doing it in (pre-lay animation, video games, anime).
said at 2:25 PM on Wed Apr 6 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed I would definitely love Dave to get more voice work because in the video game sector, he's kind of getting sidelined to the background voices. He's not getting enough primary or secondary roles (I would love for him to have been Kung Jin in Mortal Kombat X since he would make a better fit than Johnny Yong Bosch, who, coincidentally, is now one of his "successors").

Maybe we could see Dave pull a Ban Diskin where he starts to get into more anime dubs (no one expected Ben to appear in Bang Zoom dubs but now he's a regular), though he would face competition from the likes of Johnny Yong Bosch, Erik Kimerer, Robbie Daymond and Grant George.

I can name some roles Dave would have appeared in if he got the chance

* Uzu Sanageyama (Kill la Kill)
* Tuxedo Mask and Artemis (Sailor Moon)
* Issei Ryuudo (Fate/Stay Night 2014)
* Ryuunosuke Uryuu (Fate/Zero)
* Alibaba (Magi)
* Jin Kazama (if Bandai Namco can't get Brad Swaile to reprise then Dave can make a good Jin)
* Jonathan Joestar (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)
* Amuro Ray (Mobile Suit Gundam 1979)
* Dearka Elsman (Gundam SEED)
* Setsuna F. Seiei (Gundam 00)
said at 4:34 PM on Wed Apr 6 2016
@Domayv So...Brad, JYB, & Dave all sound the same to you?

Though I must say that Dave for Jonathan wouldn't be bad, as he's a buff guy voiced at a lower pitch, by a lower tenor...a bit like Kakashi actually, just younger-sounding.

It's just that Dave I believe would be classified as a baritone, Brad a tenor, & JYB tenor as well, but much lighter than JYB's.

They really don't sound much alike.

This is pretty subjective, though, when there is in fact objectivity involved in the detailed pursuit of this discovery. Audacity & some other audio programs can measure notes.

Until some group gets ahold of speaking recordings & measured depths & heights of VAs' characterizations...this isn't really the way to do this.

I mean, Troy Baker's voice in 2004 was much, much weaker than it is today. Training as a VA should bring out the best of your vocal abilities.
said at 5:26 PM on Wed Apr 6 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed not completely similar (there are variances in their voices) but similar enough that they can practically fill in each others' shoes (keep in mind for Dave, I'm referring to Dave's default and higher pitches).
Besides, how else would Dave have been able to voice characters who were voiced by females (Henry Wong and Takuya Kanbara in Digimon, Osamu Kawaguchi in .hack, young Kakashi) and tenors (Yoshitsune in Appleseed, Kei Kusanagi in Please Teacher, Toshiya in Mahoromatic) in the Japanese track

I would put Dave somewhere between tenor and baritone. (on a scale from lower to higher: Dave, Brad, Bosch)
said at 8:25 PM on Wed Apr 6 2016
@Domayv I think I've said on another this before, but I'd liken Brad's voice to Yuri Lowenthal, and Johnny's to Kirby Morrow. Dave voice's kind of reminds of a slightly older Jason Griffith.
said at 8:26 PM on Wed Apr 6 2016
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said at 6:03 PM on Thu Apr 7 2016
@mweloo I'd say most of us are going by ear here, so I'll keep it short & say that Dave is the deepest out the five, & that Johnny's seems to be the lightest (he can voice little boys like a woman)

There's a difference between tessitura (where your voice sits) & timbre. I'm no expert on the subject, but I believe that not everyone with the same voice SPEAKS the same way.

Trevor DeVall has a timbre comparable to say Nolan North or RAD...but the inflections in his voice are much higher. Same goes for Matthew Mercer

It comes out in the characters he tends to play.

...Though I'm not sure that most people are going by "what they sound like IRL".

(I've listened to WAY too many VA interviews for my own good)
said at 6:40 PM on Thu Apr 7 2016
@Domayv Well, partially because Saban/Tokyopop, & often just foreign-dubs in general, use different-gender actors from the original version.

When Dave voiced Takuya & Henry (what I've seen) I can TELL it was a guy.

JYB as Renton sounds like a *real* woman.

"somewhere between tenor & baritone"

"Baritenor", while I'm not well-versed in opera or musical theatre..is a term which is used to describe this.

Roger Craig Smith is this. (coincidentally, they shared Chris Redfield)

I believe Josh Keaton & Will Friedle may also be this, though they tend to mostly book (or audition for, I dunno) the higher-note stuff.
said at 10:22 PM on Thu Apr 7 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed for the baritenor thing, that's about right.
For RCS, he did voice Batman (definitely a baritone)

how does Erik Scott Kimerer sound as Haruyuki Arita. does he sound somewhat like JYB as Renton
Also, Brad did voice some characters who were voiced by females in the JP track (Lan Hikari, Kyouyusuke from SoulTaker, and Quatre Rabera Winner)
said at 2:14 AM on Fri Sep 18 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
Now that I've played DDS I think Cielo might be my new favorite character of his, He was just absolutely hilarious in the Role!
said at 10:02 PM on Tue Sep 1 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Happy Birthday, Kefka Palazzo:-]
said at 9:23 PM on Tue Sep 1 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Happy birthday, Dave.
said at 6:03 PM on Tue Sep 1 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
Happy Birthday Dave Wittenberg.

Easily one of the most underrated voice actors in Anime Original Animation and Video games, thanks to his unique vocal range and typecasting on the characters he voiced (Kakashi, Henry Wong, Doc Saito, Bash Johnson, Kefka, among others).

It's a shame that he isn't appearing in as much Anime in recent years due to the closures of Geneon and Bandai Visual during the Anime recession from 2009-10. I hope he'll return to do more unionized anime voice work that's either dubbed at Bang Zoom! or Studiopolis before Naruto Shippuden ends it's run in America.
said at 1:24 PM on Tue Sep 1 2015
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Happy Birthday Dave Wittenburg!

This guys got a killer vocal range. If I had to pick a favourite role of his it'd be Solomon Goldsmith in Blood+. He was so light sounding and smooth in that role. I was just amazed by this performance.

He is also excellent as The Computer Research Society President, Saito, Doc Saito, Gino Weinberg, Gao Hai, Grey Michael Vincent, Angel/Archangel, Karman, Mirage, Upchuck and Bash Johnson.

I wish Dave would come back to voice at Bang Zoom again, considering how much unionized anime dubs have been coming out of there this year, I'm surprised he hasn't been cast in Durarara or Fate Stay/Night. Well at least he's still doing anime at Studiopolis.
said at 6:04 PM on Tue Sep 1 2015
@Autovolt Ditto man!!
said at 9:45 PM on Tue Sep 1 2015
@Autovolt Even with the increase in unionized anime dubs as of recent (i.e. Durarara!! X2 series, Fate series and Expelled from Paradise), I'm not sure if Dave's wanting to appear in them. Besides, we have Johnny Yong Bosch, Sam Riegel, Orion Acaba (Dave's closest successor, though he hasn't appeared in too much anime but I hope he starts appearing in more of them, since he has appeared in J-games), Grant George and Erik Kimerer taking over his niches. Our only bet for him appearing in Bang Zoom! dubs again is if he goes FiCore (kind of like what Mary Elizabeth McGlynn did as of recent, which could explain how she appeared in the Viz dub of Sailor Moon and GITS:Arise, both of which are non-union)
said at 12:36 AM on Thu Dec 24 2015

Why, exactly, would lessening his union status make him more likely to work at Bang! Zoom? I mean, both Naruto & Durarara/FSN are both union projects, for the same awful wage. By the union standard, technically, DRRR & Guardians of the Galaxy are the same. So what makes the difference between Studiopolis union and B!Z! union?
said at 10:48 AM on Thu Dec 24 2015
@huzaifa_ahmed Well, I'll tell you this. From the 1990s until the early 2000s, Animaze was THE anime dubbing studio in LA. At the same time, however, it was expensive (Dave himself often appeared in Animaze dubs). Once Bang Zoom! got its first anime (Rurouni Kenshin), companies started to use the studio more and more because they found it to be cheaper and better-affordable than Animaze (though this came at the cost of paying somewhat less). Dave hopped on to do many Bang Zoom! dubs in the first half of the 2000s. However, he was a union-only actor, and many of the dubs were non-union, so he used the alias Dave Lelyveld. By the mid-2000s (2005 to be exact), he suddenly stopped appearing in as many Bang Zoom! dubs and decided to focus more on video games and pre-lay, which paid more. Also, the anime dub recession virtually killed off his interest in anime dubs in general (he, at most, only appears in dubs from Studiopolis (which is considered by many to be the successor to Animaze, and is pricier than Bang Zoom!), which even then is following the way of Bang Zoom! dub in becoming non-union thanks to Sailor Moon). Additionally, Bang Zoom! couldn't afford to use as many big-named talents like Steve Blum, Kari Wahlgren and Crispin Freeman as they did in the past so they hired cheaper, more affordable "home-grown" substitutes (such as Cristina Vee, Lauren Landa, Kaiji Tang, Kira Buckland and Erik Kimerer), many of which probably got into voice acting through those Anime Expo voiceover idol contests, alongside with FiCore veterans like Michelle Ruff, Steve Staley, Derek Stephen Prince, Tony Oliver, Patrick Seitz, Johnny Yong Bosch, Doug Stone and Wendee Lee.

As I've stated before, the only chance of him appearing in more anime dubs (most of those LA anime dubs nowadays are done at Bang Zoom!, and many of them are non-union) nowadays is if he goes FiCore, and I'm not sure if he's willing to do that.
said at 9:30 PM on Fri Feb 26 2016
@Domayv You do bring up good pointers regarding as to why Dave Wittenberg hasn't been in anime in recent years
regardless of the increase of union dubs in the last 2-4 years. There are some pointers that I am going to cut you off here:

1. Dave actually started doing anime voice over work around late 2000 or 2001. While it's true he did used his pseudonym Dave Lelyveld in most of the non-union dubs for Bang Zoom! he did used the name in a few non-union dubs for Animaze (The Adventures of Mini-Goddess, Black Jack), PCB productions and Studio E (Studiopolis).

2. It actually was 2007 when he stopped appearing in anime dubs for Bang Zoom! Entertainment, with the last title being "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya".

3. As far goes as Studiopolis, even though they dub a few non-union anime titles (Bleach, Sailor Moon) I doubt that most of the future anime titles they will dub will become non-union, since unlike Bang Zoom! Entertainment they have closer ties with Hollywood, which would explain whay some of the anime titles they dub like "Naruto", "Tiger & Bunny", the "Stitch!" anime series, "Zatch Bell", Afro Samurai (even though that was an
American-Japanese prod.), just to name a few are Unionized.

Now, for my conclusion while not trying to beat a "dead horse"on you here and have the comment be removed, yes I don't doubt he will appear in any Union anime titles for Bang Zoom! anytime soon, due to the anime recession, the rise of new up-and-coming voice actors and that the pay-scale for anime is relatively lower compared to video games, pre-lay animation and commercials,
which provides more freedom and get to work with the cast members compared to the former. Although it's funny
that he says he has no preference from the three mediums and enjoys all of it for the work, according to an interview with ShinyShiny at
3:57 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UickGt-Q9FE)

Yet, according to a Kana's Korner interview from the radio station 91.8 the fan, he does give insightful reason
as to why the anime industry became "contracted" in the early to mid 2000's due to online streaming (legally and
illegally), fan subbing anime titles, and not buying/purchasing the title from the local store. It's sad but
Dave does bring up a good point. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIi_8612DgE) - at 13:28-18:10

I am still optimistic he gains more major voice work sooner than later, regardless of the medium he's working in (Pre-Lay Animation, Anime, Video Games), it doesn't matter to me, but I don't want him to become overlooked and underused.
said at 1:10 AM on Thu Oct 13 2016
@Autovolt I am still in love with Solomon, he's suave and romantic af. Dave's voice contributed hugely to it, can't imagine anyone else. Are there any other characters he did in a similar style, other than Kakashi?

He's the only VA I cared to know about IRL. Most people prefer Japanese voice because emotions are often portrayed better. While that is often true, Dave's voice is one that I won't trade for any others.
said at 3:33 AM on Tue Sep 1 2015
Happy birthday, Dave.
said at 12:10 AM on Tue Jan 13 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
The voice of Jiro!

That was the show that made me fall in love with anime, and get interested in more than just Digimon, Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon as a kid.

Thank you Dave for voicing one of my favorite characters.
said at 9:41 PM on Tue Oct 28 2014
I really think Dave would be a suitable choice for Dante if the rumored Devil May Cry 5 turns out to be true and Reuben Langdon doesn't return for the role! ^^
said at 5:06 PM on Mon Sep 1 2014
Happy birthday Dave for the awesome voice of Kakashi.
said at 10:08 AM on Mon Sep 1 2014
Happy Birthday, Dave Wittenberg!

said at 7:41 AM on Mon Sep 1 2014
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Happy birthday Dave Wittenberg, the amazing voice of Kakashi Hatake, Kefka Palazzo, and Henry Wong, and Welkin.
said at 12:42 PM on Thu Jul 10 2014
Top 5 favorite Dave Wittenberg voices:
1.Kakashi Hatake(Naruto)
2.Kefka Palozzo(Final Fantasy)
3.Henry Wong(Digimon Tamers)
4.Welkin Gunther(Valkyria Chronicles)
5.Gamakichi and Gamatatsu(Naruto)
said at 3:16 AM on Sat Oct 5 2013
to my opinion his voice was better as Takumi from Initial D
said at 11:29 AM on Mon Dec 24 2012
I find it interesting that he did the Marvel and DC Scarecrows.
said at 3:57 AM on Fri Nov 7 2014
Not to mention that Kakashi also translates to scarecrow.
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said at 7:12 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
 4 Shout Outs!
Happy birthday, Dave. Kakashi, Kefka, and Teddie? That's range, right there.
said at 5:23 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
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Happy Birthday Dave!

One of the original big names in the anime industry, it's nice to see him do American animation every now and then.

My favorite roles of his would have to be Henry Wong (Digimon Tamers), Cliff Fittir (Star Ocean) and of course, Kakashi Hatake! :-D
said at 6:47 AM on Sat Sep 1 2012
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Happy birthday, Dave.

He'll always be Kakashi-sensei.
said at 10:41 PM on Wed Aug 1 2012
I think he'd make a pretty good Spider-Man.
said at 9:15 PM on Fri Dec 30 2011
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Dave's an amazing voice actor, no doubt about it. In fact, I can say that these are my most favorite performances he's ever done:

1. Kefka Palozzo (Dissidia)

2. Teddie (Persona 4)

3. Kakashi Hatake (Naruto)

4. Henry Wong (Digimon Tamers)
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Who's your favorite Dave Wittenberg role? *
Kakashi Hatake
60.4% (64 votes)
Kefka Palazzo
9.4% (10 votes)
4.7% (5 votes)
Numbuh 74.239
1.9% (2 votes)
Kei Kusanagi
1.9% (2 votes)
Parco Folgore
1.9% (2 votes)
1.9% (2 votes)
Solomon Goldsmith
1.9% (2 votes)
1.9% (2 votes)
Allen Ridgely
1.9% (2 votes)
0.9% (1 vote)
Time Baby
0.9% (1 vote)
Kaoru Hanabishi
0.9% (1 vote)
Katsuya Suou
0.9% (1 vote)
Gino Weinberg
0.9% (1 vote)
Alexander Vorg Zangief
0.9% (1 vote)
Welkin Gunther
0.9% (1 vote)
0.9% (1 vote)
Lieutenant Amodar
0.9% (1 vote)
Subaru Sumeragi
0.9% (1 vote)
Takumi Fujiwara
0.9% (1 vote)
Ichiro Ogami
0.9% (1 vote)
Henry Wong
0.9% (1 vote)
106 Total Votes
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