Ryan Drummond

Ryan Drummond

Date Of Birth: Jan 10, 1973
Birth Place: Lima, Ohio, USA

Popularity: 514th All Time, 1,722nd This Week

Trivia & Fun Facts:

  • He has been a fan of the Sonic series since the classic days.
  • Wanted to play Sonic in Sonic X, and even offered to move to New York so he could play the role. 4Kids instead opted to hire Jason Griffith.
  • Used his natural voice as Eliot in Blue Stinger and Knuckles in Sonic Shuffle.

Contact Info:



(on Sonic Adventure)
"Yes, I did get a copy from Sonic Team when it was completed and I think itís a great game! I got to see most of the animation while we were in the studio recording the voices, so I knew it was going to be really amazing. I love the speed of the game play. Believe me, Iíve spent more than a few hours running that hedgehog all over the place!"

(on becoming a voice actor)
"Being from a theatrical background, voice training has been a part of my education from day one. I learned all about breath control, pitch, vowel placement, etc.. Itís always been fun to see what I can make my voice do. I was VERY lucky to meet the right people in the VO business. Itís an INCREDIBLY hard thing to get into. There are a lot of people who would like to do what I do and many are really good at it. I give thanks every day that I had the good fortune to meet the right people at the right time and have really great auditions! It took time and patience to get where I am now."

Other Professions:

- Clown
- Mime
- Was in an a capella group

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8000 Saiyans
said at 9:12 PM on Mon Mar 19 2018
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I'd love to see him play Sonic again.
said at 7:24 AM on Sun Feb 4 2018
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Happy be-lated birthday, Ryan "Sonic The Hedgehog" Drummond.
said at 12:12 PM on Wed Jan 10 2018
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Happy birthday, Ryan Drummond!

You will always be the iconic modern Sonic voice for me, so youthful, energetic and cocky, a perfect fit for the character. You were also fantastic and menacing as Metal Sonic and pretty dang good as Knuckles. I definitely need to play Illbleed so I can hear more of your work sometime.
said at 7:04 AM on Wed Jan 10 2018
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Happy Birthday Ryan Drummond!
said at 6:33 AM on Wed Jan 10 2018
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Happy Birthday Ryan Drummond!
said at 6:22 AM on Wed Jan 10 2018
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said at 5:39 AM on Wed Jan 10 2018
Happy birthday, Ryan! Despite a few issues here and there, your Sonic voice was pretty good. I also think you were good as Knuckles and Metal Sonic.
said at 4:21 AM on Wed Jan 10 2018
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Happy birthday, Ryan Drummond!!!

My favorite roles from him are:

1) Bill Bardi (The Godfather II)
2) Metal Sonic (Sonic Heroes)
3) Lewis Calvacanti (The Godfather II)
4) Rick O'Connell (The Mummy: The Video Game)
5) Knuckles the Echidna (Sonic Shuffle)
said at 5:00 PM on Wed Sep 20 2017
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Both he and Jason Griffith are the Sonic the Hedgehog voices I grew up with as a kid, my first Sonic game I ever heard his voice in was Sonic Heroes, my very first Sonic game I ever played!
said at 6:00 PM on Tue Jan 10 2017
Happy Birthday Ryan!!!
said at 3:27 PM on Tue Jan 10 2017
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Happy birthday Ryan Drummond!!!

He had a great wiseguy voice for Bill Bardi and many other Corleone soldati in the second Godfather game.
said at 7:14 PM on Fri Apr 28 2017
@Starscreamsfan Good point among mostly Sonic comments. That said, what did you think of his dubbing for Sonic (& Knuckles, while I'm at it)?
said at 4:33 AM on Sat Apr 29 2017
@huzaifa_ahmed I really liked his work as Sonic and Knuckles, too. He really did a solid job as them.
said at 2:10 PM on Tue Jan 10 2017
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Happy Birthday Ryan Drummond!!!

Great Sonic and Great Guy.
said at 7:14 AM on Tue Jan 10 2017
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Once again, happy birthday, Ryan.
said at 3:18 AM on Tue Jan 10 2017
Happy Birthday Ryan Drummond.
said at 3:15 AM on Tue Jan 10 2017
Aw yeah, this is happening! Watch out, you're gonna crash. AH! Happy Birthday, Ryan Drummond.
said at 12:47 AM on Tue Jan 10 2017
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Happy Birthday, Ryan Drummond: thanks for bringing Sonic and your other roles to life- to me, you're the best Sonic! You and the Adventures Cast deserve credit for being the ones to lead to Sonic's initial success in video game form in general, too!

I also like how Ryan is pretty much a stand up guy, and said that he respects both Jason and Roger's performances: you have to love his attitude towards the Sonic franchise. It's a shame he hasn't been asked to return again, honestly.
said at 1:13 AM on Tue Jan 10 2017
@WrightWay I agree with this completely!
said at 10:33 AM on Fri Jul 29 2016
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Best Sonic.
said at 7:50 PM on Fri Apr 8 2016
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Am I the only one who thinks he looks like Mike Matei from the Angry Video Game Nerd?
said at 5:27 AM on Wed Mar 23 2016
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Hm, I'm asking this question to myself: How would Ryan do in an anime?
said at 11:52 AM on Sun Mar 13 2016
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A damn great guy.
said at 12:03 PM on Sun Mar 13 2016
@Ghosty404 Agreed.
said at 4:41 PM on Tue Mar 22 2016
@Ghosty404 You said it!
said at 7:31 AM on Sun Jan 10 2016
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Happy 43rd Birthday to the San Diego Sonic the Hedgehog.
said at 5:58 AM on Sun Jan 10 2016
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Happy Birthday Ryan! your sonic is just as fantastic as it was when I first heard it in Sonic Adventure 2 Battle for the first time, I also liked his voices for knuckles and Metal Sonic as well.
said at 4:54 AM on Sun Jan 10 2016
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Happy birthday, Ryan.
said at 7:31 PM on Sun Nov 15 2015
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He's the best Sonic in my book, no questions asked, Ryan really brought something to the role that made him enjoyable.
said at 2:42 PM on Sat Aug 29 2015
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Fun fact: Ryan and I share the same birthday. You know, January 10.
said at 6:13 PM on Fri May 1 2015
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I'mm not going to lie: he did a fantastic Sonic.
said at 4:24 AM on Sat Jan 10 2015
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Happy birthday, Ryan. Loved his performance in both Sonic Adventures.
said at 3:46 AM on Sat Jan 10 2015
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Happy birthday, Ryan! I still love your work as Sonic and Metal Sonic, keep doing what you're doing!
said at 2:17 AM on Mon Sep 1 2014
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Ryan just recently did a video interview as Sonic! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRgqOL3T1do
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:34 PM on Mon Sep 1 2014
@SteveP That was awesome! Doing the interview totally in-character shows that he's an awesome improviser, and the last little bit with the fruits was really poignant and the best possible response to the question. And I love how 10+ years later, he's still got the voice down. Man, what a guy.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 7:44 PM on Mon Sep 1 2014
@SteveP Seeing that reminded me of just how much I actually miss him as Sonic. Great video!
said at 7:53 PM on Mon Sep 1 2014
@SteveP I was kind of worried that he wouldn't be able to do the voice anymore, both because it's been so long since he's done it as well as the fact that he's a lot older now, but nope, he's still got it!

This is why I love Ryan. He seems like he'd be a great guy to hang out with.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:05 PM on Mon Sep 1 2014
Ryan Drummond is just a class-A human being all-around. When you read about all the stuff that's gone on behind the scenes, it's seriously disheartening to hear how poorly he'd been treated by the higher-ups, especially considering what a bloody nice guy he is. He was a Sonic fan and actor who just happened to get his dream gig. He loved the part so much, he offered to move all the way across the country to New York just so that he could continue to do the voice, only to get shot down. He found out he had been replaced as Sonic because he'd heard about the new games and called Sega himself to ask when they needed him for recording. And of course, that story about him being this close to return for Colours onward only to get shut down due to union/budgetary issues is nothing short of heartbreaking.

The fact that Ryan has consistently maintained an upbeat, positive attitude as a person, and never failed to show endless enthusiasm for the Sonic franchise in spite of all this treatment is nothing short of commendable and an inspiration to people everywhere. Just amazing.
said at 4:33 PM on Tue May 10 2016
@NCZ Here's another video of him as Sonic with a youtuber who has a really good Tails voice that they did to celebrate his 24th anniversary last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgH-npy0mnc
said at 1:54 AM on Sun Jan 12 2014
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even though it's a couple days late and I'm doing this now because I'm going to be with friends today. but, HAPPY BDAY RYAN!!! my favorite Sonic voice ever, you were the first person I heard. and I thought/still do think you're amazing!! I have a lot of memories from your voice alone. really miss you as Sonic. love you and your work!! I'm one of your biggest fans.
said at 3:37 AM on Tue Jan 14 2014

i agree with you,i love ryan more than jason and roger!
said at 11:31 PM on Sun Mar 2 2014
@jimmy7 hehe, thanks. at least your on the same page as on me with this. sorry on being a little with commenting. stuff came up. and I was visiting friends and was just coming back from their house at 9 in the morning. you made this comment when I was still sleeping on this particular day.
said at 6:50 PM on Fri Jan 10 2014
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Happy Birthday, Mr. Original Sonic! You may not have been my favorite Sonic, but I lover the fitting voice you used, and you really defined the Adventure-Era character for me. Stay true blue, you very talented VA. :)
said at 6:09 PM on Fri Jan 10 2014
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Happy Birthday Soni- I mean, Ryan!
said at 8:33 PM on Tue Dec 31 2013
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Holy crap, we have the same birthday.
said at 12:06 AM on Wed Jan 1 2014
@SpongeBat1 same here.
said at 6:13 PM on Sat Nov 14 2015
@SpongeBat1 Same thing here. My gosh, it's great to see some people here having the same birthday as me.
said at 12:10 PM on Sat Nov 30 2013
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Not only do Ryan Drummond & I share the same birthday, he's also 20 years older than me.
said at 5:28 AM on Sat Oct 31 2015
@MilanTheVillain01 I share the same birthday with Ryan Drummond as well. He's 28 years older than me.
said at 7:59 PM on Tue Nov 12 2013
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I agree with all of you, Ryan is awesome and the best Sonic voice indeed. I guess you could say in a technical sense that I also grew up on hearing Ryan's voice in the games for Sonic. I really wish he'd come back. but that is doubtful.
said at 9:50 AM on Mon Oct 14 2013
Sonic's 1st voice in the game series. He was really good until Jason came along but he will always remain a good Sonic actor.
said at 8:18 PM on Thu May 14 2015
@Ross123 He will always be no.2 Sonic and no.1 Metal at the very least
said at 1:05 PM on Thu Jan 10 2013
Happy birthday, Ryan.

As the first(?) actor to voice Sonic, I thought he was really good. Shame he hasn't done any more acting in a long while.
said at 1:00 AM on Thu Jan 10 2013
Happy Birthday Ryan Drummond I like Sonic Heroes game
said at 2:45 AM on Sun Sep 30 2012
Didnt like him in SA2, loved him in everything else.
said at 1:09 AM on Sat Jul 21 2012
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Ryan has to come back as Sonic. Jason and Roger are terrible at voicing him. Q~Q
said at 1:46 AM on Tue Jun 19 2012
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I still think Ryan D was the only person to ever do Sonic justice. Sure some of the lines were bad but there was barley any voice direction in the first few games he was in. Miss em dearly =(
said at 10:39 PM on Tue Mar 29 2016
@SteveP "Only person?"

Jun'ichi Kanemaru would beg to differ.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:42 PM on Tue Jan 10 2012
Happy birthday, Ryan!
said at 3:44 PM on Sat May 21 2011
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Ryan Drummond was great, definitely my favourite voice of Sonic and made for a very menacing Metal Sonic, has he had any roles since then?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:49 PM on Sat May 21 2011
@Metabad Ryan has still been acting. From memory, he was in the Godfather II game and also does other work as a clown and mime.
said at 4:56 PM on Sat May 21 2011
@NCZ Ah, cool. That's good to hear, any news on David Humphrey?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 5:42 PM on Sat May 21 2011
@Metabad I believe David Humphrey has been mostly doing theatre, but when it comes to voiceover, he recently did the voice of Vlad in an indie movie called "Press Start 2 Continue".
said at 4:30 PM on Wed May 11 2011
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Is it just me, or was Ryan's Sonic voice slightly better in Sonic Adventure than in Heroes?

Anyway, Ryan is one of my favorite Sonic voices next to Roger Craig Smith. His Knuckles voice in Shuffle was okay too, I guess, but I think some of the other voice actors were better suited for that character.
said at 1:05 AM on Mon Apr 18 2011
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you were awesome Ryan !

I Wish You Would Go Back To The Way You Were in Sonic The Hedgehog!
said at 11:55 PM on Wed Feb 9 2011
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Ryan has the Sonic voice down better than some of the others. Today's Sonic fans give Ryan little credit which bothers me. plus I'm pretty sure Ryan voiced in other stuff other than just sonic. but still his Sonic was a closer match to Sonic's age and personality which is awesome. He's friends with Jason and IO think with Roger but I don't know but yeah he's a lot cooler if you ever get a chance to met him is what I heard.
said at 11:00 PM on Fri May 6 2011
@Sonic_Blaze Dude, he's 19 now, and, as far as I'm concerned, he doesn't sound 19!
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:03 AM on Sat May 7 2011
@TheUltimatePhantom1 Sonic the franchise is almost 20 years old, but Sonic the character is still 15.
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Favorite Role
Who's your favorite Ryan Drummond role? *
Sonic the Hedgehog
80.4% (41 votes)
Metal Sonic
11.8% (6 votes)
Bill Bardi
2.0% (1 vote)
Kevin Kertsman
2.0% (1 vote)
Conner Nazang
2.0% (1 vote)
Eliot G. Ballade
2.0% (1 vote)
51 Total Votes
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