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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Donatello with sound clips and images.


Created by OptimusSolo on Fri Jul 17 2009, 83 Comments, Add Comment
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) (1987)
DonatelloBarry Gordon
Barry Gordon
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) (1987)
DonatelloGreg Berg
Greg Berg
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) (2003)
DonatelloSam Riegel
Sam Riegel
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation (1997)
DonatelloJason Gray Stanford
Jason Gray Stanford
TMNT (2007)
DonatelloMitchell Whitfield
Mitchell Whitfield
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
DonatelloCorey Feldman
Corey Feldman
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)
DonatelloAdam Carl
Adam Carl
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles Forever (2009)
Donatello 1987Anthony Salerno
Anthony Salerno
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles Forever (2009)
Donatello MirageChristopher C Adams
Christopher C Adams
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) (2012)
DonatelloRob Paulsen
Rob Paulsen
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2013)
DonatelloYuri Lowenthal
Yuri Lowenthal
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) (2014)
DonatelloJeremy Howard
Jeremy Howard

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rtqueenee
said at 10:37 PM on Tue Aug 11 2015
Sam Riegel is my number one, followed closely by Rob Paulson. After that I don't really know.
Netherman14
said at 10:39 AM on Sat Jun 13 2015
#1 - Sam Riegel
#2 - Jeremy Howard
#3 - Yuri Lowenthal
#4 - Rob Paulsen
#5 - Christopher C Adams
#6 - Mitchell Whitfield
#7 - Corey Feldman
#8 - Anthony Salerno
#9 - Jason Gray Stanford
#10 - Barry Gordon
#10 - Greg Berg
Polyester Funk
said at 12:17 AM on Thu Jun 11 2015
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My top two are Rob Paulsen and Barry Gordon as I think they sound somewhat similar. I'm going with Rob cuz he has that nervousy, awkward thing going on that I think fits with Donnie being a nerd.

Sam Riegel and Mitchell Whitfield are nice and Greg Berg was a nice fill-in for Barry.
pete
said at 9:01 PM on Mon Aug 24 2015
@Polyester Funk I think that's deliberate them being co-workers and close friends too.
Sketch9988
said at 6:49 PM on Tue Apr 28 2015
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Yuri Lowenthal. I think his voice has the perfect amout of nerd in it for the character. Paulsen and Howard sound too nerdy. Adams, not enough. Others like Whitfield and Gordon did it right, but I like Lowenthal's the best.
HienFan
said at 5:10 AM on Thu Apr 23 2015
1 Rob Paulsen
2 Mitchell Whitfield
3 Sam Riegel
4 Barry Gordon/Greg Berg
5 Chris C Adam
6 Yuri Lowenthal
7 Tony Salerno
8 Adam Carl
9 Jeremy Howard
10 Corey Feldman
11 Jason Gray Stanford
HienFan
said at 6:22 AM on Sun Apr 19 2015
Jeremy sounds alright, I'm placing him between Adam Carl and Corey Feldman
tmnisaac
said at 6:19 PM on Sat Apr 18 2015
1) Sam Riegel
2) Rob Paulsen
3) Barry Gordon
4) Mitchell Whitfield
5) Adam Carl
6) Corey Feldman
7) Christopher C Adams
8) Jason Gray Stanford
9) Greg Berg
10) Anthony Salerno
11) Jeremy Howard
chaosincarnate
said at 5:55 PM on Sat Apr 18 2015
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Yeah.... I really do not like Jeremy Howard very much. I'm pretty much in agreement with The Doctor here, he's far too stereotypically nerdy sounding for me to enjoy.

Tie between Sam Riegel and Yuri Lowenthal here, because they roll Donatello's intellectual yet capable qualities together perfectly.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 3:20 PM on Sat Apr 18 2015
Jeremy is fitting enough but is just generic nerd and nothing else.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 2:49 PM on Sat Apr 18 2015
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Most of them seem to have a similar higher-pitched, almost nasally voice and nerdy attitude, so I'm not sure if one performance really sticks out over the other. People say that Jeremy's nasally tone is super over-the-top, but really, I'm not hearing anything 'worse' than Barry's or Anthony's. Besides, it's not like it's Sid the Sloth or Gilbert Gottfried levels of "exaggeration".

Behaviour, voice and appearance all work in tandem to sell a character, and I think this is a pretty good example. In the end, my top three would probably be Rob, Jason and Jeremy.

Also, I dig the designs of the 2014 flick. More power to them for wanting to spice up the designs with some visual interest, besides different coloured headbands. Broken glasses seem a bit cliche, so my only wish was that they actually DID something with them - like having them continually break or drop off his face. Could even allow for some physical gags when he's fighting.
The Doctor
said at 2:35 PM on Sat Apr 18 2015
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For 30 years, people were able to tell that Don was "the nerd" of the groupt without any need to hammer it in. Then Bay/Liebesman/Paramount/whoever you feel deserves the blame comes in and says "NO! He needs stereotypical nerd classes and voice!"
The Doctor
said at 2:37 PM on Sat Apr 18 2015
@The Doctor I meant glasses.
skeletonking1234
said at 2:16 PM on Sat Apr 18 2015
Jeremy is okay for what he's given. He's got a bit of a Woody Allenish sound to me with a bit of nasal, which fits for what they were going for, though Donnie I would argue was the most forgettable of the turtles in the film, and I feel Jeremy didn't really have all that much to really work with compared to the other three turtles. He's not awful, he's decent but kind of forgettable
Starscreamsfan
said at 9:37 AM on Thu Apr 2 2015
1) Barry Gordon
2) Greg Berg
3) Rob Paulsen
4) Sam Riegel
5) Mitchell Whitfield
6) Anthony Salerno
7) Yuri Lowenthal
8) Corey Feldman
9) Adam Carl
10) Jason Gray Stanford
11) Christopher C. Adams
Starscreamsfan
said at 3:17 PM on Sat Apr 18 2015
1) Barry Gordon
2) Greg Berg
3) Rob Paulsen
4) Sam Riegel
5) Mitchell Whitfield
6) Anthony Salerno
7) Yuri Lowenthal
8) Jeremy Howard
9) Corey Feldman
10) Adam Carl
11) Jason Gray Stanford
12) Christopher C. Adams
philipthepatsy
said at 4:44 PM on Fri Jan 16 2015
Sam, definitely.
Aussieroth
said at 10:07 PM on Sun Oct 19 2014
Once again, not bloody fair. Though I do say Rob has his magic (like with any character he does really.) As does Sam Riegel and Barry Gordon.

If I had to pick one though, Paulsen.
pete
said at 7:15 PM on Sun Oct 19 2014
Sam, Mitchell, Rob are my top 3.
pete
said at 7:17 PM on Mon Oct 20 2014
@pete Oh Barry is 4.
Netherman14
said at 6:24 AM on Sat Sep 6 2014
The Mirage Turtles have more sentences said by them in Turtles Forever, because one sentence is not enough for me to judge the voice.
DeadpoolFool
said at 11:27 PM on Thu May 1 2014
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1) Barry Goldon
2) Corey Feldman
3) Sam Riegel
4) Rob Paulsen
5) Mitchell Whitfield
gaurdianaq
said at 8:54 PM on Wed Apr 2 2014
All I can think of when hearing Rob Paulsen is 80's raphael (cause it is 80's raphael)
Margui
said at 9:33 AM on Sat Mar 8 2014
Sam Riegel IS Donnie for me. Rob Paulsen and Barry Gordon are good too.
JonSeitz114
said at 5:45 PM on Mon Mar 3 2014
I think Sam is the best Donny, but Rob is good too.
Finister2
said at 4:32 AM on Mon Jan 20 2014
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I wonder if Benjamin Diskin would make a good Donatello?
MilanTheVillain01
said at 2:22 AM on Thu Nov 14 2013
At his (& Liam O'Brien's) panel at Bak-Anime 2013, Sam Riegel revealed that he auditioned for the 2012 TMNT series. Although, he did't re-audition for Donatello (nor did he audition for any other turtle, for that matter). Specifically, he auditioned for Shredder.

If that's not the textbook definition of irony, then I don't know what is.
VGAfanatic
said at 9:09 AM on Tue Nov 26 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 I hope the 2012 version finds a spot for him. That would be cool fanservice to have a 2003 Turtle voice play a regular or single-episode character.
HienFan
said at 10:19 PM on Fri Nov 1 2013
I will say Don is the only character who doesn't sound bad in the Out of the Shadow game
1 Rob Paulsen
2 Sam Riegel
3 Mitchell Whitfield
4 Barry Gordon
5 Greg Berg I hardly notice any different from the above so both are more or less tie
6 Tony Salerno
7 Christopher C Adams
8 Yuri Lowenthal
9 Adam Carl
10 Corey Feldman
11 Jason Gray Stanford
Spider RedNight
said at 10:47 PM on Mon Oct 14 2013
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Well..... Yuri isn't a BAD idea xD Still like Rob more, but Yuri does good at sounding like, well, a teenager

He still looks freakin' creepy, though
OldSchoolFTW
said at 10:49 PM on Thu Oct 10 2013
Sam Riegel makes Donatello sound so intelligent as well as collected, and I feel he was perfect for the role. He's my favorite.

I am liking Rob Paulsen's take a lot as well, and Barry Gordon's take is, of course, classic!
donniegirl12
said at 2:01 PM on Thu Oct 10 2013
H-omg! Yuri voices Donnie in the new game!? That's pretty neat! Of course, Sam Reigel is still my favourite, and Rob Paulson is a close second despite the massive difference!
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 1:30 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
Barry Gordon, Sam Reigel, Corey Feldman, Adam Carl, Mitchell Whitfield, Anthony Sallerno, and Rob Paulsen are all really good, while the rest are average at most. My pick for the best would be Sam Reigel.
Pokejedservo (Moderator)
said at 3:46 PM on Wed Sep 25 2013
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Here are my two lists...

1980s/1990s

1. Barry Gordon/Adam Carl
2. Jason Gray Stanford
3. Corey Feldman/Greg Berg

Barry's work as Don is a rather iconic part of his voice career as his voice and performance suited the show's comedic style and Don's intellectual persona well enough. Adam's work suited Don's intellectual persona well as it was suitably dramatic as Don wants to know more about his family's past but still has a good sense of humor as well. Jason's work was rather good as it is one of the better VA performances in that show. Granted Jason's voice for the role is basically his Yusaku Godai/Kento of the Hard Rock voice but it does work well as his performance suited Don's intellectual persona. Coredy Feldman was rather funny in the role as his performance was energetic and had a good sense of personality but it didn't quite suite Don's intellectual persona that much. Greg Berg does a pretty good attempt at trying to sound like Barry but it was by no means a perfect impression.

2000s/2010s

1. Sam Riegel
2. Rob Paulsen
3. Mitchell Witfield/Yuri Lowenthal
4. Anthony Salerno
5. Christopher C Adams

Sam was just perfect in role in the role as his voice and performance suited Don's intellectual persona perfectly. As for Rob I admit I still find it a little strange to hear 80s Raph as Don but Rob delivers a funny and spirited performance that suited the role well. Mithcell was pretty good as his performance suited the role pretty well as while Don had less screentime than the others Mitchell does deliver an amusing performance nevertheless. As for Yuri while I do kind of picture him as Leo more but it Yuri's performance did suit Donny's calm and intellectual persona pretty well. Anthony's attempt to do a performance like Barry was pretty good as it was a decent attempt to sound like Barry. (Athony's Donatello was not as good as Sebastian's Raph voice but was better than Dan and Johnny's Leo and Mikey voices). Christopher was... decent but rather generic.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 4:16 AM on Wed Sep 4 2013
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I can't even hear Yuri over the BLARING TECHNO MUSIC!
pete
said at 2:32 PM on Wed Sep 4 2013
@Nightmare Crusher As is the case with all these clips unfortunately.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 3:23 PM on Wed Sep 4 2013
@pete Thats how most of the game was
Soldierkei
said at 10:21 PM on Tue Sep 3 2013
Tough.....Got serious nostalgia for Barry, Mitchell Whitfield has a good voice as well....BUT I really think Sam Riegel has this one. S'natural sounding. But props to Rob also, it suits him also, but for Sam a little more.
VctrBnsn
said at 8:44 PM on Tue Sep 3 2013
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Yuri's OK, but man, is his Donny high or something?
skeletonking1234
said at 8:21 PM on Tue Sep 3 2013
Yuri is okay in the role of Donatello, but there isn't much to his performance that really stands out. I'm still going with Rob here.
spike32
said at 8:15 PM on Tue Sep 3 2013
Yuri's has no speech.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 8:47 PM on Tue Sep 3 2013
@spike32 no speech?
pokemastanumba1
said at 10:58 PM on Wed Jul 17 2013
For the original series, Barry Gordon was pretty good, even if he sounded a bit too old and cartoonish, and maybe a little nerdy. Of course, that's probably just because of how cheesy and campy the 80's series was, as well as weak voice direction. Regardless, he still did a fine job with what he had to work with, and I'm sure he'd do well if he were to voice Donatello in a more modern incarnation. That said, Greg Berg does a good imitation of Barry's voice, though he came off as a bit awkward.

Sam Riegel is a natural choice for the role, he sounds very young, really intelligent, and interesting to listen to. His acting was also top-notch. Granted, he has the advantage of voicing Donny much longer than the others, and ended up being rather typecast afterwards, but I suppose I can't really hold either of those things against him. He's still very well-casted nonetheless, and it's not hard to see why Donny is probably Sam's most notable role in his voice-over career.

Out of all the movie voices, Mitchell Whitfield is the best. He's also age-appropriate, and his acting is pretty good. The only problem with his performance is that it's a bit bland, though that's probably just because he didn't have a whole lot to work with. Adam Carl is decent, but his voice sounds kind of off. I don't care for any of the other movie voices, though none of them are flat-out terrible I suppose.

Rob Paulsen sounds too perky, and his voice is a bit weird, but it works for a younger Donny. As with most of the other voices from the 2012 series, he's better than I thought he'd be, but it takes at least some time to get used to. He's one of the best voice actors in American animation though, and I'm sure that he'll improve over time (depending on how much longer the 2012 series lasts, that is).
pokemastanumba1
said at 3:50 PM on Wed Sep 4 2013
Yuri Lowenthal is a natural (if not typecast) choice for Donatello, he not only sounds age-appropriate, but gave him a bit of a sarcastic edge and a little attitude. I actually wish they'd have used him in the 2012 series, he'd definitely grow into the role seamlessly over time (not that Paulsen is bad though, it's just a thought).

Overall, I'd say he's probably my second favorite, after Sam Riegel of course.
HienFan
said at 3:51 AM on Sun Jul 14 2013
1 Rob Paulsen I love his Raph and I also this one
2 Sam Riegel- His best role I can say that(though his Flynn Scifo and Jude Mathis is pretty good too but Teddie urg)
3 Mitchell Whitfield
4 Barry Gordon
5 Greg Berg
6 Christopher C Adam
7 Anthony Salerno- Urg he sounds like Mandark from Dexter Laboratory and that is a bad thing

Not too fond of anyone else especially Jason Gray
MilanTheVillain01
said at 1:11 AM on Thu Jul 4 2013
# 1 - Rob Paulsen.
# 2 - Sam Riegel.
# 3 - Mitchell Whitfield.
# 4 - Barry Gordon.
# 5 - Anthony Salerno.
# 6 - Christopher C. Adams.
# 7 - Greg Berg.
Dark Kuja
said at 12:59 PM on Sun Jun 23 2013
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To me it's a tie between Reigel and Paulsen, mostly because Reigel captures the traditional pacifistic Donnie, while Paulsen captures the idea that if Donnie's genius would make him irritable at the less intelligent world around him.
Deadpool99
said at 3:03 PM on Wed Jun 5 2013
Top five.

1. Sam Riegel
2. Michael Whittfield
3. Rob Paulson
4. Corey Feldman
5.Barry Gordon
DVitamin
said at 11:50 PM on Fri May 31 2013
OK, this is a toughy because he's my character! Obviously my favorite turtle since I first saw the series in 1991.

My votes go to:
4. Adam Carl - besides paying homage to the older cast, his acting in the movie was good. I enjoyed the performance first and foremost.

3. Rob Paulsen - basically because the of the script he was given. He bleeds techno-geek in that series and I love it!

2. Sam Riegel - While I didn't follow the series in 2003, the blurb left me a strong impression. I could see him as Donny.

1. Mitchell Whitfield - I loved his performance in the newest movie, and he left the strongest impression of them all for me.

2.
bumblebeebug
said at 6:34 PM on Mon Mar 4 2013
I haven't seen the 1987 series, so I have no problem with Rob Paulsen voicing Donny. He gets my vote.
VctrBnsn
said at 11:55 AM on Tue Feb 26 2013
Barry Gordon/Greg Berg - Very cartoony, but thats what the show was. Overall, they did a good job.
Sam Riegel/Mitchelle Whitfield - They sound the most natural, and like I said, the TMNT cast is my favorite.
Rob Paulsen - I was uncertain with every single cast member this show had at first. But Rob really does a good job. People get mad that they got him back but didn't voice Raphael, but Robs voice wouldn't fit his personality anymore.
coolgeek176
said at 10:24 AM on Wed Feb 20 2013
I'm going with Sam Riegel. Rob Paulsen is good too.
BurtLancaster1913
said at 12:35 AM on Fri Oct 26 2012
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Man it is SO weird hearing Rob Paulsen as Donatello after him being Raph for so long in the original series...
BigBDawg
said at 3:24 PM on Thu Oct 11 2012
My top picks for Donny are Sam Riegel, Rob Paulsen, Mitchell Whitfield, and Corey Feldman.
ConfusedPhantom
said at 3:58 PM on Wed Oct 10 2012
Paulsen works with Don....but I keep thinking 90s Raph. lol Barry Gordon and Sam Riegel are still my favorites.
Joop
said at 10:25 AM on Thu Oct 11 2012
@ConfusedPhantom That's exactly what I think every time I hear Rob as Donny. It's strange. I suppose it works, but I'm just prejudiced from being an 80's / 90's kid.
ConfusedPhantom
said at 1:36 PM on Wed Nov 28 2012
@Joop Well, 9 episodes in, and I'm actually starting warm up to it. I actually really like him as Donny now. Maybe moreso than Raph.
Bombermanp
said at 2:14 PM on Wed Oct 10 2012
.....damn this one is hard....besides C-Adams and Standford. they are alll amazing >
SparklyShake12
said at 5:21 AM on Wed Oct 10 2012
Going against the norm and voting for Rob. I really like his take on Donny.
UltimateCharm (Moderator)
said at 10:58 PM on Tue Oct 9 2012
I think its kinda cool that Rob Paulsen, the voice actor for Raphael in the 1987 series, is now the voice actor for Donatello in the 2012 series.
pete
said at 3:58 PM on Tue Oct 9 2012
Like Sean Astin's Raphael Rob's Donatello reminds me of Sam Riegel a bit but I'll stick with the actual Sam Riegel.
Anicomicgeek
said at 1:51 AM on Tue Jun 5 2012
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Gonna go with Mitchell Whitfield, though Sam Riegel, Barry Gordon, and Adam Carl were good as Donatello, too.
Sokka2Me
said at 8:48 PM on Mon Apr 2 2012
I like Corey, but Sam just has it right on the money
Pocky-Mech
said at 11:53 PM on Mon Mar 26 2012
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While Corey Feldman had funnier lines I felt Adam Carl was more appropriate for Don in the movies, which is 1 of the few good things I can say about TMNT 2. This character is a great example of Sam Riegel's career as a VA. Mitchell Whitfield is good, but not memorable. I was never really fan of Barry Gordon's voice, sorry.
WannaBeVoiceActor
said at 1:16 PM on Tue Oct 18 2011
this is a hard one
Rika24
said at 2:06 AM on Wed Jun 15 2011
Donny is my least favorite of the turtles (strange seeing as he's the one i have the most in common with). but i loved his 2003 voice given by Sam Riegel. Barry Gordon and Corey Feldman follow close behind. While i do like the voice of Mitchell Whitfield, i don't think it fits Don's character.
Truesonic
said at 10:31 PM on Thu Mar 31 2011
Sam Riegel is the best Donatello voice He made Donatello sound more Wise,Smart and Intellegient with That strong confident voice he brought in with a fluent tone filled with Enthusiasm,Activeness,Power and strength with a Clear structure and relaxed explanations fusing them together which make His Donny voice Special and Unique in his own way Sam really takes the upper hand here he nailed Donatello's personality IMO fits the character more

I like Pete Capella's Dark version of Donatello it speaks in a different way from Same xcept again more darker,serious and still listenable I never knew Pete could transform his voice into different tones like this it's incredible a lot different from his Silver voice :)...and Anthony Salerno didn't do a bad job either it sounds more younger and the voice reminds me of his other performances and even sounds similar to The Character he voiced in Sonic Unleashed Chip (Light Gaia)

As for the rest I didn't like them as much as Sam

Sam was the best Donny voice In my opinion.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 4:32 PM on Sat Apr 2 2011
@Truesonic Based on your comments and votes it seems to boil down to the fact that you just like the 2003 version better (probably grew up on it). Seems kind of unrealistic to really think that every 2003 version was the best voice though don't you think?
Truesonic
said at 7:38 PM on Mon Apr 4 2011
@OptimusSolo

Oh no...I have heard a few old voice actors before the 2003 ones and I admit I do like most of the 2003 voice actors but not all of them I know they weren't perfect and all needed improvement I just strangely liked them more for some reason I'm sure the olds ones did a good job back then in the past I thought differently earlier but now that I think about it I kinda like the Other Generation better I didn't mean to be uptight here and don't get me wrong I don't hate the old ones In the past I thought others were better back then but now...I had a big think about it I apologise if you thought I was being harsh that way :L

I just like some more than others...But hey They created their own versions of the character and brought them to life in a different type of way I guess that's something I can be fair about They all brought different features which worked fine and well just some more than others.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 11:31 AM on Fri Apr 9 2010
Greg Berg filled in for a few episodes, you can tell thats a different voice, horrible but different :)
TFG1Mike
said at 10:25 AM on Fri Apr 9 2010
Barry Gordon is easily the best for the animated version of Donny. As far as live action I like Corey Feldman the best. I honestly don't even think that Greg wannabe should even be listed Barry Gordon did the entire run of the original cartoon I think.


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Barry Gordon
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Jason Gray Stanford
Mitchell Whitfield
Corey Feldman
Adam Carl
Anthony Salerno
Christopher C Adams
Rob Paulsen
Yuri Lowenthal
Jeremy Howard