R BRUCE ELLIOTT was born two hundred and thirty-eight years ago in a beautiful split-level Tudor-style log cabin he built himself out of broken Legos and recycled earwax. A long-time professional actor based in Dallas, Texas, “Our Bruce’s” talents have taken him all over the United States and include work in theatre (over 200 hundred plays and musicals), film (JFK, Fletch Lives, Dr. T and the Women, The Chase, etc.), TV (Barney & Friends, Walker, Texas Ranger, Murder in the Heartland, etc.), radio, commercials and anything else he could either hypnotize or annoy someone into letting him do. But in late 2003, his long and checkered career led not to the public disgrace and/or early grave he was expecting but rather, amazingly, to his real calling — he started working as a voice actor at Funimation! His very first role (and still a favorite) was the bumbling detective Richard Moore in Case Closed, and many others soon followed. Among the approximately 180 different shows he has worked on in the last thirteen-plus years, some notable roles include Basque Gran in Full Metal Alchemist, Dot Pyxis in Attack on Titan, Guild Master Makarov in Fairy Tail, Captain Ginyu in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Narrator in Space Dandy and Sgt. Frog, Whitebeard (and five other characters) in One Piece, Tanaka in Black Butler, Bookman in D Gray Man, head samurai Kambei in Samurai Seven, Fei Wang Reed in Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, Conrad in Romeo X Juliet (which he also co-directed with his good friend Michael Tatum), Szilard Quates in Baccano, Mr. Saito in Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, Doc in Robotics; Notes, Hayato in Kenichi, the Mightiest Disciple, Mobeedo in Heroic Age, Jugo in Kaze no Stigma, and King Yama in the very last episode of Yu Yu Hakasho: Ghost Files. He has also had roles in a few anime films, including The One in Empire of Corpses, Hosokawa in Wolf Children, The High Seeker in Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, and Dr. Wheelo in Dragon Ball Z: The World’s Strongest. Finally, the especially sharp-eared might recognize his voice in the occasional video game, such as Aeon Flux, Orcs Must Die (1 & 2), Bloodrayne 2, Borderlands 2, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Smite, and eight different games in the Dragon Ball Z series, all as the fearlessly brainless idiot (or is that brainlessly fearless?), Captain Ginyu of the Ginyu Force! Bruce wants everyone to know he absolutely loves living the life of a voice actor, exclaiming, “It’s great! You don’t have to rehearse for weeks, or memorize hundreds of lines, or put up with dozens of other actors (such awful people!), or wear a costume, or put on makeup (well, many do, of course, but it’s not required),” and plans to continue doing it “until they are forced to pry the microphone from my cold, dead hands!” — which, at his advanced age, could be any moment now. (Get those autographs while you can, folks!).
Behind The Voice Actor