Kirk Thornton

Kirk Thornton

Date Of Birth: May 13, 1956
Birth Place: Portland, Oregon, USA

Popularity: 69th All Time, 91st This Week. *

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Trivia & Fun Facts:

Got into voice acting through Tom Wyner, whom he ran into while at a dry cleaners. They previously worked together at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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THE VOICES OF Kirk Thornton

Credits On BTVA: 378 Roles from 247 Titles  [ Only show characters with sound clips ]

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said at 6:55 PM on Sun Mar 20 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Kirk is great as Kisame in Naruto and did very well as Saito in Rurouni Kenshin.
said at 2:19 PM on Sun Aug 23 2015
 4 Shout Outs!
After watching Durararax2 and Blood Lad he makes a good ADR Director and a good actor as well.
said at 12:18 PM on Tue Jun 16 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
The Jeff Bennet of Anime.
said at 12:09 PM on Fri Jul 10 2015
@Troodon2 *Bennett.
said at 5:48 PM on Wed May 13 2015
Happy Birthday Kirk Thornton!!

You are incredible as the voice of Kisame, Saix/Isa, Gabumon and several others for more than 2 decades of you career, not to mention that your stepping up the game as ADR Director. Hope you continue doing more for years to come. :)
said at 1:17 PM on Wed May 13 2015
 6 Shout Outs!
Happy Birthday Kirk Thornton!

I swear he has been in almost every dub ever made in LA and for good reason. He's got an excellent vocal range and can play just about any type of character from stoic characters to wacky comic relief, scumbags too and even if the role is major or minor he will play the part well.

My favourite roles of his would have to include Brandon Heat/Beyond the Grave, Jin, Don Patch, Shiro Fujimoto, Satan, Hideo Kuze, Mark Ramsey, The Baby, Baptistin, Ken Edmundo, Gabumon and Adam Warlock. I also liked his performances as Batman, Shadow the Hedgehog, Orbot, Asimov Solenson, Matthieu, Kaname Ougi, Jubei, Kazuo Miyaura, Hiroshi Nakaizumi, Benoit Depardieu, Muramasa Kaburagi, Noritaka Emiya, Rikuro Aisaka and Kamina's Father.

Also I think its really cool he's starting to step up as an ADR director, I loved what he did with Blood Lad and it's cool he's currently doing Durarara!!x2 Sho.
said at 9:37 AM on Wed May 13 2015
My Top 10 Favorite Roles of Kirk Thornton

1) Shadow the Hedgehog (Sonic the Hedgehog)
2) Klein/Ryotaro Tsobi (Sword Art Online)
3) Kisame Hoshigaki (Naruto)
4) Mifune (Naruto Shippudden)
5) Fukasaku (Naruto Shippudden)
6) Shiro Fujimoto (Blue Exorcist)
7) Orobot (Sonic the Hedgehog)
8) Gabumon/Gurumon (Digimon)
9) One-Tail Shukaku (Naruto)
10) Don Patch (Bobobo-bobo-bobo)
said at 9:12 AM on Wed May 13 2015
Happy Birthday Kirk Thornton! You Rule at Shadow,Klein & Kisame.
Jared Delgado
said at 7:33 AM on Wed May 13 2015
Happy Birthday, Kirk! You totally rocked as jade Curtiss and I hope you reprise the role on Tales of Zestiria.
Dark Kuja
said at 10:38 PM on Mon Mar 9 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
I like his work as Orbot in the Sonic Boom cartoon. He manages to make Orbot sound so polite and eager.
said at 5:35 PM on Tue Nov 11 2014
 1 Shout Out!
I remember Thornton playing as Don Patch and I think he did the voice down flat (in a good way). His voice is pretty awesome with some of the characters I heard to so rock on KIRK!
said at 11:47 AM on Wed Jun 25 2014
My reason via tvtropes. (
said at 8:14 AM on Tue May 13 2014
Happy birthday Kirk.
said at 6:44 PM on Wed Jan 29 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
I just watched a Q&A panel he did at Anime Boston in 2012, (on Youtube. I just searched Kirk thornton and the first of a 5-part series came up) in which he shared something rather interesting I think Bobobo fans will find amusing. Apparently, most of the dialogue in Bobobo got some improv by the actors, a thing usually frowned upon in dubbing, but they were allowed just about complete reign over what their characters said. Which makes sense considering the show wouldn't have made more or less sense either way.

Oh, and his favorite Don Patch quote (sorry if I'm spelling this wrong): "CHERROS!"
said at 9:41 PM on Sun Jan 5 2014
 5 Shout Outs!
Anyone think Kirk looks like Nick Cage?
said at 10:53 PM on Sun Jan 5 2014
@BigBossMan538 Someone should ask Kirk to do a reenactment of "Not the bees" at the next convention he goes to.
said at 7:50 PM on Thu Feb 6 2014
@MilanTheVillain01 I'll keep that in mind if I meet Kirk Thornton.
said at 8:44 PM on Tue Dec 31 2013
He sure can play with his voice a bit, can't he? When I compare the voices here, I can still kind of tell it's him, (except with Don Patch. I don't know how he managed that one) yet when I hear him in my video games, he doesn't immediately come to mind. And I think that's what I like so much about him, he isn't too easy to pinpoint, I guess you could say. Some VAs have a thing about them that makes it obvious who they are, (like with Yuri Lowenthal, as soon as he starts screaming I go, "Oh, so Yuri's his actor!" no disrespect to him, of course) but Kirk...He's good. I think I'll leave it at that. XD
said at 12:04 PM on Sun Nov 3 2013
He is good as Shadow but he has other brilliant roles as well.
said at 9:05 PM on Sun Aug 18 2013
Kirk Thornton: "I'm too much of a badass now to play Kiritsugu Emiya. So I'll just give'm to Matthew Mercer. I'm gonna play his daddy instead!" XD
said at 12:27 AM on Sat Aug 3 2013
Even though don patch annoys me to no end and I might get a million chaos spears at me...I THINK HE'S THE BEST SHADOW THE HEDGEHOG BECAUSE HE SOUNDS LIKE BOTH DAVID HUMPHREY AND JASON GRIFFITH AT THE SAME TIME!!
said at 12:57 AM on Wed Jul 10 2013
I was just watching Otogi Zoshi, when I heard his voice. xD I love this guy! Not Only does he play BArt (Vandread) He has played parts and narrated Bleach. Played Jin in Samurai Champloo. Some characters in Juuni Kokki/ The Twelve Kingdoms. This man is epic. I love how he can change his tone from a sort of high lighthearted youthful voice to a deep and series one!
said at 1:45 AM on Mon Jul 8 2013
 1 Shout Out!
My favorite roles of his are hajime saito (rurouni kenshin) Jin(samurai champloo) and kisame
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said at 1:40 PM on Mon May 13 2013
My favourite roles of his:
Don Patch (Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo)
Jade Curtiss (Tales of the Abyss)
Hajime Saito (Rurouni Kenshin)
Kisame (Naruto)
Orbot and Shadow (Sonic)
said at 12:41 PM on Mon May 13 2013
Happy birthday again, Kirk.

Enjoyed his work in Naruto, Digimon, Lupin (Count Cagliostro in particular) and Fist of the North Star.

Not forgetting Gundam's Anavel Gato and Bobobo-Bo Bo-bobo's Don Patch.
said at 7:46 AM on Fri Oct 19 2012
I died when I found out he voiced the villain in the latest Clone Wars arc. :-D
said at 9:38 AM on Mon Sep 17 2012
My God! He Does All of that? i love him sooooo much, not as much as Maddie but he won my heart doing the part of Don Patch
said at 10:49 PM on Sun May 13 2012
Happy Birthday Kirk. You're really awesome.
said at 3:09 PM on Sun May 13 2012
Happy birthday, Kirk "Kisame" Thronton.
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Favorite Role
Who's your favorite Kirk Thornton role? *
Kisame Hoshigaki
12.5% (17 votes)
Jade Curtiss
11.0% (15 votes)
Saito Hajime
9.6% (13 votes)
Shiro Fujimoto
9.6% (13 votes)
Klein / Ryotaro Tsuboi
6.6% (9 votes)
5.9% (8 votes)
Xiahou Dun
5.1% (7 votes)
5.1% (7 votes)
Don Patch
4.4% (6 votes)
4.4% (6 votes)
Shadow the Hedgehog
4.4% (6 votes)
3.7% (5 votes)
2.2% (3 votes)
Grant Dynasty
1.5% (2 votes)
Kaname Ougi
1.5% (2 votes)
Harry Mason
1.5% (2 votes)
Brandon Heat / Beyond the Grave
1.5% (2 votes)
0.7% (1 votes)
Anavel Gato
0.7% (1 votes)
0.7% (1 votes)
Adam Warlock
0.7% (1 votes)
Hachirota "Hachimaki" Hoshino
0.7% (1 votes)
0.7% (1 votes)
Dr. Onishi
0.7% (1 votes)
Kunimitsu Tezuka
0.7% (1 votes)
Meng Huo
0.7% (1 votes)
0.7% (1 votes)
0.7% (1 votes)
0.7% (1 votes)
0.7% (1 votes)
136 Total Votes
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