Kirk Thornton

Kirk Thornton

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

Popularity: 72nd All Time, 88th This Week

View Voice Director profile

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

Contact Info:


Trending on BTVA

Kirk Thornton Voices

Credits On BTVA: 454 Roles from 301 Titles  [ Only show characters with sound clips ]
Additional Voice Credits on BTVA: 6

  • ALL
  • NARR.
  • ADD.





Add a Comment

said at 8:19 PM on Sun May 13 2018
Happy birthday, Kirk!
said at 1:44 PM on Sun May 13 2018
Happy birthday, Kirk Thornton.

Harry McDowell and Brandon Heat being one birthday apart from each

Loved your work as Brandon Heat/Beyond the Grave, Jin, Don Patch and you've been getting better as Shadow lately.
8000 Saiyans
said at 10:49 AM on Sun May 13 2018
Happy birthday, Kirk Thornton!

So many great roles, but my favorite of his has to be Jin from Samurai Champloo.
said at 10:31 AM on Sun May 13 2018
Happy birthday, Kirk Thornton!!!

My favorite roles from him are:

1) Shadelock (2015 Transformers: Robots in Disguise)
2) Dr. Kenneth Onishi (2001 Transformers: Robots in Disguise)
3) Don Patch (BoBoBo-Bo Bo-BoBo)
4) Adam Warlock (The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes)
5) Pyotr Roslov (Superman: Red Son)
6) Sakomizu (Blade Anime)
7) Frank Dumfree (Batman: The Enemy Within)
8) Sanjay Rash (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
9) Batman (Superman: Red Son)
10) Electro (Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2)
said at 9:47 AM on Tue Apr 17 2018
Kirk Thornton is an impressive and a very versatile voice actor. No surprise to know that he's also a voice director too. I can Dee why he's cast in all his roles he ever done. Fun fact, he's one of fee voice actors to work on every English dub series of Digimon. I want to meet this guy at cons
said at 1:45 PM on Tue Jan 23 2018
Top 3 Thornton roles:

1. Saito Hajime(Rurouni Kenshin)
2. Jin(Samurai Champloo)
3. Kaname Ougi(Code Geass)
said at 8:48 PM on Sun Oct 29 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
Kirk is one talented voice actor he great as Gabumon, Black Jack, Ryuji Danma, Mifune, Klein / Ryotaro Tsuboi, Beyal, Adam Warlock, Shiro Fujimoto, Sanjay Rash, Tactimon, Brandon Heat / Beyond the grave, Jin, Kaname Ougi, Saito Hajime, Jade Curtiss Kiritsugu Emiya, and Kisame Hoshigaki
said at 8:30 PM on Mon Sep 4 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
My top 50 favorite Kirk Thornton va roles are

1. Weregarurumon (Digimon)
2. Saix/Isa (Kingdom Hearts)
3. Jin (Samurai Champloo)
4. Ken Edmundo (Heat Guy J)
5. Roland (SMT: Digital Devil Saga 2)
6. Mark Ramsey (IGPX)
7. Brandon Heat (Gungrave)
8. Hideo "Roh" Kuze (Ghost In The Shell: SAC)
9. Kinshiro Morooka (Persona 4)
10. Don Patch (Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo)
11. Yen'fay (Fire Emblem: Awakening)
12. Snek (One Punch Man)
13. Sadamitsu Usui (Otogizoushi)
14. Samekichi Shirogane (Kaze No Youjinbou)
15. Hachimaki (Planetes)
16. Gain Bijou (Overman King Gainer)
17. Baby (Monster)
18. Finnegan (SMT: Devil Summoner Soul Hackers)
19. Sebastian, Dr. Walter & TM-551 (Killer is Dead)
20. Barras Lehr (Bravely Default)
21. Hanpei Hattori (Kikaider)
22. The Claw (Gun X Sword)
23. Asimov Solenson (Cowboy Bebop)
24. Rai-Dei the Blade (Trigun)
25. R. Instro (The Big O)
26. Takashi Nasujima (Durarara!!)
27. Zima (Chobits)
28. Kaname Ougi (Code Geass)
29. Ryuji Danma (GTO)
30. Cyborg 002 (Cyborg 001)
31. Urizane (s-CRY-ed)
34. Akihisi Sonoda (Texhnolyze)
35. Banmaru Zoushi (Grenadier)
36. Baptistin (Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo)
37. Dolittle (Mars Daybreak)
38. Matthieu (Eureka Seven)
39. Karakasa (Karas)
40. Kogoro Hachisuka (Gad Guard)
41. DeFoe (Huntik)
42. Gammel Dore (GrimGrimoire)
43. Jade Curtiss (Tales of the Abyss)
44. Reeves (Kurogane Communication)
45. Boss (Catherine)
46. Tsukikage (Code Of Princess)
47. SIU Director (Persona 5)
48. Hideo Shiina (Figure 17)
49. Jubei (BlazBlue)
50. Starr (Rogue Galaxy)
said at 8:43 PM on Sat May 13 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
Once again, happy birthday, Kirk.
said at 6:44 PM on Sat May 13 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
Happy Birthday Kirk Thornton!!

Top Ten roles from him are:

1. Gabumon (Digimon)
2. Shiro Fujimoto (Blue Exorcist)
3. Kisame Hoshigaki (Naruto)
4. Jin (Samurai Champloo)
5. Saix/Isa (Kingdom Hearts)
6. Mark Ramsey (IGPX)
7. Baby (Monster)
8. Daikaku Kokujouji (K)
9. Snek (One Punch Man)
10. Takashi Nasujima (Durarara!!)

If their is one man with a distinguishable voice in anime that you can instantly recognize right away, it has to be Kirk Thornton, and even though he's in his 60's he still continue to do what he likes to do as in voice-over he can be any person in different ages.

I do however, have mixed feelings on his casting as Dalzollene in "Hunter x Hunter". Don't get me wrong he sounds fine in the role, but I felt that his voice isn't right for the character and I personally felt they would've given it to either Kaiji Tang or Patrick Seitz (who voiced Uvogin), which is funny since Patrick had previously shared two roles from Dalzollene's seiyuu, Takehito Koyasu (Luke Valentine, and Dio Brando). I still would like to see him involved later on in the show but cast as someone else that fits Kirk like Kite, Peggy, Koala, among others.
said at 1:32 PM on Sat May 13 2017
 1 Shout Out!
Happy Birthday Don Patch & Adam Warlock!!!
said at 11:34 AM on Sat May 13 2017
Happy Birthday Kirk Thornton! That's 3 Times Now & You're still the Best!
said at 6:47 AM on Sat May 13 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
Wig out. Happy Birthday, Kirk Thornton! Let me just say that he is a *hard* man to pin down archetype-wise; characters that are full of sass, complete nutjobs, bros, anti-villains, antagonists, narcissists, the stoics, comic reliefs, beastly creatures. His range is that diverse and at 61 years old, he marches on with his career. I'd argue that the guy is one of the most powerful voice actors LA has to offer.

Over the years, he's snagged so many roles to a point where it can be a little tough to pick even 3 that are best. My favorite Kirk Thornton performances consist of Grant Danasty, Zansu, Don Patch, Jin, Saix, Dalzollene, Ed, Shiro Fujimoto, Guile, Cyborg 002/Jet Link, Fukegao, Snek, Mark Ramsey (Masa Ishikawa), Kisame Hoshigaki, One-Tailed Shukaku, Jade Curtiss, Zennosuke Kurumadani, Orbot, Jubei, Yen'fay, Tactimon, Apollomon, One Eyed Jack, and Klein/Ryotaro Tsuboi - yeah, Klein. The character in SAO that's more interesting than the wish fulfillment lead.
said at 6:33 AM on Sat May 13 2017
Happy Birthday Kirk Thornton!

My favourite role of his is Yen'Fey from Fire Emblem Awakening. Very awesome character and Kirk's performance for him was as impeccable as you'd expect. Bringing out his stoic, yet uncertain personality quite well.

He's also great as Don Patch, Jade Curtiss, Jin, Boss, and Saix!
said at 4:35 AM on Sat May 13 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
Happy Birthday Kirk Thornton!

My top 10 favourite roles of his are:

1.) Jin (Samurai Champloo)
2.) Brandon Heat/Beyond The Grave (Gungrave)
3.) Don Patch (BoBoBo-Bo Bo-BoBo)
4.) Shiro Fujimoto (Blue Exorcist)
5.) Hideo Kuze (Ghost In The Shell)
6.) Ramba Ral (Mobile Suit Gundam - The Origin)
7.) Shadelock (Transformers: Robots In Disguise)
8.) Mark Ramsey (IGPX)
9.) The Baby (Monster)
10.) Adam Warlock (The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes)

He's another one of those VA's that has so many roles in his entire career, it's hard to just put his best work into 1 top 10 list.

I really enjoyed having Kirk return to the Transformers franchise last year and voicing in the new RID series nonetheless, his Shadelock is one of the more underrated characters in the show that I wish could have had a much more expanded role.

As for new roles, I really enjoyed his work on One Punch Man's English dub, especially as Snek, Sitch and Fukegao.

I also was pretty surprised to find out he'd be voicing Dalzollene in Hunter X Hunter, I really was not expecting that at all. I haven't heard much but it should be a interesting change of pace for Kirk.
said at 6:50 PM on Sat May 13 2017
@Autovolt I don't know, I seem to be in the minority that isn't a fan of Kirk Thornton's casting as Dalzollene. I mean don't get me wrong he sounds fine in the role, but I felt that his voice and casting isn't right for this character and IMO, I personally felt they should've given it to either Kaiji Tang or Patrick Seitz (who voiced Uvogin), which is funny since Patrick had previously shared two roles from Dalzollene's seiyuu, Takehito Koyasu (Luke Valentine, and Dio Brando).

I would like to see him be cast as another character that fits him like Kite, Peggy or someone else once they start on the Chimera Ant arc, so we shall see.
said at 6:42 AM on Sun May 13 2018
Interesting how he has replaced "Walden James" in Fire Emblem now.

Happy Birthday Kirk Thornton!
said at 1:11 PM on Wed Feb 8 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
Dang, he was in RiD 2015? Pretty cool.
said at 3:05 PM on Sun Oct 16 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
I like Kirk Thornton, he's great as Orbot, Saix, and Harry Mason.
Shane Baker
said at 6:45 AM on Mon Jul 25 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
One of my favourite voice actors of all time, You have voiced some of my favourite characters including Jin and Klein. If you ever see this, just no that your an amazing voice actor and I hope to keep seeing you voicing characters in the future! (btw the scuba diving line on the sao panel was amazing)
said at 9:17 PM on Fri May 13 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
Happy 60th Birthday Kirk Thornton!!!

Even at his current age, I am quite impressed that he still continues to enjoy his job as a voice actor and be in so many LA dubs, ever since he started of during the Robotech days in the 1980's maybe even longer.

Loved his roles as Gabumon in Digimon, Shiro Fujimoto in Blue Exorcist, Jin in Samurai Champloo, Saix/Isa in Kingdom Hearts and his numerous roles in Bleach, Naruto, and Digimon.

Good luck on continue gaining more voice over roles and enjoying your job and Happy 60th Birthday.
Jared Delgado
said at 8:57 PM on Fri May 13 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
Happy Birthday, Kirk! Jade Curtiss is definitely my favorite role from you.
said at 2:32 PM on Fri May 13 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
Happy Birthday Kirk Thornton!
said at 12:24 PM on Fri May 13 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
Happy Birthday Kirk Thornton! Happy 60th Birthday & Good Luck!
said at 9:59 AM on Fri May 13 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
Happy Birthday Kirk Thornton!

I really enjoyed him as Zansu, Morooka, Yen'fey, Orbot and Boss!
said at 5:20 AM on Fri May 13 2016
Happy birthday, Kirk.
said at 6:55 PM on Sun Mar 20 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
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
 5 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
 9 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 9:35 AM on Fri May 13 2016
It's great hearing him back as Takashi Nasujima again in Durarara!! X2 and also taking on the role of Drakon.

I also really love his take on Ramba Ral in Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin. He's perfect for a younger yet still gruff version of the character. I hope he gets the chance to yell "This is No Zaku Boy, No Zaku!" someday.

Happy Birthday Kirk Thornton!
said at 9:37 AM on Wed May 13 2015
 1 Shout Out!
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
 3 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
 4 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
 7 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
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:40 PM on Mon May 13 2013
 1 Shout Out!
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.
Faved by 212 BTVA Members
Support Behind The Voice Actors on Patreon
What is Patreon?
Favorite Role
Who's your favorite Kirk Thornton role? *
Kisame Hoshigaki
12.2% (24 votes)
Jade Curtiss
11.2% (22 votes)
Saito Hajime
9.6% (19 votes)
Klein / Ryotaro Tsuboi
8.1% (16 votes)
Shadow the Hedgehog
7.6% (15 votes)
Shiro Fujimoto
7.1% (14 votes)
7.1% (14 votes)
Don Patch
5.1% (10 votes)
5.1% (10 votes)
5.1% (10 votes)
3.6% (7 votes)
Xiahou Dun
3.6% (7 votes)
2.5% (5 votes)
Kaname Ougi
1.5% (3 votes)
Grant Dynasty
1.0% (2 votes)
Adam Warlock
1.0% (2 votes)
Harry Mason
1.0% (2 votes)
0.5% (1 vote)
Anavel Gato
0.5% (1 vote)
0.5% (1 vote)
Takashi Nasujima
0.5% (1 vote)
0.5% (1 vote)
0.5% (1 vote)
Hachirota "Hachimaki" Hoshino
0.5% (1 vote)
0.5% (1 vote)
Kunimitsu Tezuka
0.5% (1 vote)
Meng Huo
0.5% (1 vote)
0.5% (1 vote)
0.5% (1 vote)
0.5% (1 vote)
Brandon Heat / Beyond the Grave
0.5% (1 vote)
0.5% (1 vote)
197 Total Votes
Listen to other actors who have also voiced the following Kirk Thornton characters.
Dr. Jacques Von Hamsterviel
Dr. Jacques Von Hamsterviel
Luta Gemma
Luta Gemma
Douglas Cartland
Douglas Cartland