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Kevin Michael Richardson (born October 25, 1964; age 59) is an American actor and voice actor. He is known for his distinctively deep voice, and has played mainly villainous roles in animation and video games. Some of his roles include Captain Gantu from the Lilo & Stitch franchise, Cleveland Brown, Jr. from Family Guy and its spin-off The Cleveland Show, the Joker from The Batman, Slam Tasmanian and Tech E. Coyote from Loonatics Unleashed, and Kamek from The Super Mario Bros. Movie, among others.

Background[]

Richardson began his live-action acting career in New York City, where he performed in commercials. His first professional acting job was in an AT&T commercial. He was frequently hired as a voice for television commercials. He later moved to Los Angeles. He has usually portrayed villainous characters due to his deep and powerful voice. In 1995, he obtained his first voice role as Mayor Tilton on the animated television version of The Mask. Additionally, early in his career, he appeared in a PBS special directed by John Houseman.

Richardson's other credits include Captain Gantu in Lilo & Stitch and its franchise, Shnitzel in the Chowder pilot (and was later replaced by John DiMaggio), Goro in Mortal Kombat, the second voice of Skulker on Danny Phantom, Sarevok in the Baldur's Gate series, Jolee Bindo in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Crunch Bandicoot in the Crash Bandicoot games, Sai Sahan in Elder Scrolls Online MMORPG series, Tartarus from Halo 2, Chairman Drek in Ratchet & Clank, Antauri in Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, Openly Gator from Queer Duck, Doctor Payne and others on The Proud Family, Dark Laser on The Fairly OddParents, Maurice from The Penguins of Madagascar (replacing Cedric the Entertainer), Slam Tasmanian and Tech E. Coyote on Loonatics Unleashed, and the voice of Exile in the 1990s animated series Road Rovers.

Richardson replaced Keith David as the voice of Tombstone on The Spectacular Spider-Man. He provided a character voice set for Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter and Icewind Dale II. He was the voice of Heihachi in the PlayStation 2 game Soul Calibur II, though he is listed in the role as Victor Stone. He also voiced Stump Smash and Tree Rex in Skylanders: Swap Force, Skylanders: Trap Team, and Skylanders: SuperChargers.

In 2001, Richardson voiced Barney Rubble in the animated movie The Flintstones: On the Rocks. In 2004, he became the first Black actor to portray the Joker, voicing the character on the animated series The Batman, a role for which he was twice nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program. In 2005, he voiced Trigon on the animated series Teen Titans, taking over the role from Keith Szarabajka.

In 2006, he appeared in the comedy Clerks II in which he plays a cop who notices the words "Porch Monkey 4 Life" written on the back of Randal Graves' work jacket; he also voiced the elder dragon Terrador from The Legend of Spyro game series. In 2008, he performed the voice of Bishop for Wolverine and the X-Men. Later, he did the voice of Nick Fury on The Super Hero Squad Show. He also voiced Tyro in Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender in 2004.

Richardson often plays characters based on comedian Bill Cosby, such as on Family Guy ("Brian Does Hollywood"), where Stewie is a contestant on the comedian's Kids Say the Darndest Things; as Cosby himself on The Boondocks; and Numbuh 5's father Mr. Lincoln, an homage to Cosby on Codename: Kids Next Door.

His most frequent role on Family Guy is Jerome, Lois's ex-boyfriend. He was also the voice of Cleveland Brown Jr., Lester Krinklesac, and numerous others on The Cleveland Show. He currently voices Principal Brian Lewis on American Dad! and is the current voice for Dr. Hibbert replacing Harry Shearer on The Simpsons. His voice roles in 2011 included Panthro in the Thundercats series, Martian Manhunter on Young Justice and Bulkhead, one of the Autobots in Transformers: Prime. He played Kilowog in Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters, the video game sequel to the live-action film Green Lantern and later reprised the role in Green Lantern: The Animated Series.

He was nominated for Voice Actor of the Year by Behind the Voice Actors in 2012 and in 2013.

In September 2013, he provided the voice of Mr. Gus on the Cartoon Network show Uncle Grandpa. In 2015, he did the voice of a Nigerian king on The Simpsons episode "The Princess Guide". Later, he provided the voice of Judge Michaels in Tyler Perry's first animated film, Madea's Tough Love. In 2021, he provided the voice of Jimbo in The Boss Baby: Back in Business (2018), the sequel to the 2017 film The Boss Baby.

Filmography[]

Film[]

List of voice performances in feature films
Year Title Role Notes Source
1995 Mortal Kombat Goro
1996 All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 St. Bernard, Officer Andrews
2000 Whispers: An Elephant's Tale Adult Whispers
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Sumo Singer Credited as Kevin Richardson
2001 Recess: School's Out Cop #2
2002 Lilo & Stitch Captain Gantu
The Powerpuff Girls Movie Rocko Socko, Ojo Tango
The Country Bears Henry Dixon Taylor
The Wild Thornberrys Movie Shaman Mnyambo
2003 The Matrix Revolutions Deus Ex Machina
2004 Adventures in Animation 3D Coach
Teacher's Pet Conductor
2005 Porco Rosso Mamma Aiuto Gang
Pom Poko Bunta, Wonderland President
2006 Hoodwinked! P-Biggie
The Wild Samson's Father
Tales from Earthsea Ship's Captain, Slave Trader #2
2007 Happily N'Ever After Additional voices
Doraemon: Nobita's New Great Adventure into the Underworld Professor Mangetsu
TMNT General Aguila, additional voices
2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Jabba the Hutt
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Prime #2, Skipjack
The Princess and the Frog Ian the Gator
2013 Elysium Christopher
John Dies at the End Korrok
Star Trek Into Darkness Additional voices
2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue Ryker
2015 Strange Magic Brutus
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Seagull
2017 Transformers: The Last Knight Berserker, Knight of Iacon Uncredited
2018 Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold Clayface, Detective Chimp, GNN Reporter
2020 Trolls World Tour Mr. Dinkles
2022 Minions: The Rise of Gru Henchman #2
2023 The Super Mario Bros. Movie Kamek
2023 Trolls Band Together Mr. Dinkles

Television[]

List of voice performances in television shows
Year Series Role Notes Source
1994 Skeleton Warriors Additional voices
1995–1997 The Mask: The Animated Series Mayor Mortimer Tilton
1995 The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat Additional voices
Earthworm Jim Anti-Fish Episode: "The Anti-Fish"
1995–2000 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Phatteus Lardus, additional voices
1996–1997 Pinky and the Brain Additional voices
1996–2000 Adventures from the Book of Virtues Plato
1996 Road Rovers Exile
What a Cartoon! Flinch, Thugs Episode: "Buy One, Get One Free"
Hey Arnold! Blind Man, Newscaster Episode: "Das Subway"
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm Kabal, Black Dragon Thug
1997 Rugrats Trash Guy, Sergeant
Dexter's Laboratory Deep Dee Dee, Action Hank, Cop
1998 Cow and Chicken Dick Episode: "The Karate Chick"
Animaniacs Additional voices
1998–2000 Voltron: The Third Dimension Emperor Zarkon, Hunk, Narrator
1998 I Am Weasel Fat Tree, Oak, Birch, Tree #3 Episode: "A Tree Story"
The New Batman Adventures Mutant Leader, Cop Episode: "Legends of the Dark Knight"
1998–2005 The Powerpuff Girls Boogie Man, Giant Fish Balloon, additional voices
1999–2002 The PJs Papa Hudson, Jamaican
1999–2002 The New Woody Woodpecker Show Polar Bear, Major Bull
1999–present Family Guy Jerome, Cleveland Brown Jr., others
1999–2004 Johnny Bravo Additional voices
1999–2001 The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot Garth
2000 Lobo Lobo, Slaz, Sniff, Fat Whutzat, Mudboy Web series
Hard Drinkin' Lincoln Fred G. Sanford, additional voices Web series
Godzilla: The Series Additional voices Episode: "Twister"
The Weekenders Diz, Bibson
The Wild Thornberrys Shaman Episode: "Gift Of Gab"
Recess Mr. LaSalle, Streak
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Additional voices
2000–2001 Clerks: The Animated Series Narrator, Morpheus
2002–2004;

2017

Samurai Jack Demongo, additional voices
2000–2004 Static Shock Robert Hawkins, Kangorr, Bernie Rast, Onyx
2001–2004 Lloyd in Space Captain Frontok Episode: "The Hero of Urbit-Knarr"
2001 Time Squad Additional voices
2001–2005 The Proud Family Omar Philips, Doctor Payne
2001–2002 Invader Zim Additional voices
2001–2017 The Fairly OddParents Dark Laser, A.J.'s Dad, Santa Clause, additional voices
2002–2003 The Mummy The Minotaur 3 episodes
2002, 2018, 2023 SpongeBob SquarePants King Neptune, Nurse Bazooka, Sir Urchin
2002–2007 Kim Possible Slim Possible, additional voices
2002 House of Mouse Prince John, Crow
2002–2004 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Additional voices
2002–2008 Codename: Kids Next Door Dr. Lincoln, others
2003 Duck Dodgers Nasty Canasta
2003–2006 Teen Titans Mammoth, See-More, Trigon, Bear, Snake
2003–2005 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Additional voices
2003–2006 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Tee
2003–2009 My Life as a Teenage Robot Armagedroid, Vladimir, additional voices
2003–2006 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Captain Gantu, Cobra Bubbles
2004–2005 Dave the Barbarian Oswidge, additional voices
2004–2007 Danny Phantom Skulker, Operative M
2004–2005 Megas XLR Glorft Commander, Tiny, Georgie, others
2004–2008 The Batman Joker , additional voices
2004 Higglytown Heroes Uncle Lemmo
2004–2006 Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Antauri, Morlath, others
2004–2005 Xiaolin Showdown Pandabubba
2005 The Buzz on Maggie Mrs. Cartflight, additional voices
2005–present American Dad! Principal Lewis, Tank Bates, additional voices
2005–2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender Tyro, Lion Turtle, Big Bad Hippo, additional voices
2005–2009 Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Uncle Pockets, Yeti, additional voices
2005–2007 Catscratch Lackey Tom Episode: "EVIL"
2005 American Dragon: Jake Long Santa Claus Episode: "Eye Of The Beholder"
2005–2006 Danger Rangers Burble
2005–2007 Loonatics Unleashed Slam Tasmanian, Tech E. Coyote
2005–2014 The Boondocks Various 14 episodes
2006–2008 The Emperor's New School Kavo, others
2006 Shorty McShorts' Shorts Admiral Bozzlebags Episode: "Bozzlebag's Zip"
2007 Chowder Schnitzel, Marching Band Guy, Piston Vendor Episode: "The Froggy Apple Crumple Thumpkin"
2008 The Land Before Time Scuttle
2008–2009 Back at the Barnyard Bling, Cow #1, Masked Cow, Santa Claus, Thor
The Spectacular Spider-Man Tombstone, Big Man, Principal Davis, Coach Smith
Ben 10: Alien Force Highbreed Commander, Sheriff Mason, Emperor Milleous
The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack Additional Voices
2008 Transformers: Animated Omega Supreme Episode: "A Bridge Too Close: Part II"
The Mighty B! Donald the Postman, others
2008–2015 The Penguins of Madagascar Maurice, Bing, Pinky, Male Duck, Others
2008–2011 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Black Manta, Despero, Steppenwolf, Lex Luthor, others
2009 Random! Cartoons Krunch, Infinite Goliath, additional voices
Wolverine and the X-Men Bishop, Shadow King
Phineas and Ferb P. P. Otter
2009–2010 The Super Hero Squad Show Nick Fury, Scorpio
2009–2013 The Cleveland Show Cleveland Brown Jr., Lester Krinklesac, others
2009–present The Simpsons Dr. Hibbert (2021–present), Bleeding Gums Murphy, additional voices Replacing Harry Shearer
2009 Fanboy & Chum Chum Berry
2010 Black Panther Wolverine, others
2010–2016 Adventure Time Donny, additional voices
2010 Zevo-3 Brett Ronson, others
Sym-Bionic Titan Additional voices
2010–2013 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Jabba the Hutt, additional voices
Pound Puppies Additional voices
2010–2011 G.I. Joe: Renegades Roadblock, Road Pig, others
2010–2013 Transformers: Prime Bulkhead, Makeshift, others
Young Justice Mal Duncan, Martian Manhunter, John Stewart, Doctor Fate,

Bruno Mannheim, Magog, Blackbriar Thorn, Paul Sloane, Thomas Kalmaku, others

Recurring role
2010 Generator Rex Knuckles, EVO Guard, Tripp Episode: "Rabble"
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Man-Ape, N'Gassi
2011–2013 The Problem Solverz Wendigo Episode: "Hamburger Cavez"
2011 The Looney Tunes Show Guard Episode: "Devil Dog"
2011–2012 ThunderCats Panthro, Lynx-O, Anet, Sauro, others
2011–2013 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Temutai
Green Lantern: The Animated Series Kilowog
2012–2013 The Legend of Korra Butakha, Doorman, Lightning Bolt Zolt
2012–2016 Gravity Falls Sheriff Blubs, Leaderar, Chutzpar, others
2012–2013 Ultimate Spider-Man Juggernaut, Awesome Android, Groot, Howard the Duck,

Bulldozer, Frankenstein's Monster, Ulik

Mad War Machine
2012–2015 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Viceroy
2012–2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Oroku Saki/Shredder, General Unsura, additional voices
2012–2014 Ben 10: Omniverse Sir Morton, Blitzwolfer, Emperor Milleous, Snare-Oh
2013–2014 Monsters vs. Aliens General Warren R. Monger
2013–present Teen Titans Go! Trigon, Mammoth, See-More
2013–2014 Avengers Assemble Ulik, Groot
2013–2016 Wander Over Yonder Clipper, Papa Doom and Glen
2013–2014 Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Ego the Living Planet, Groot, Frankenstein's Monster
2013–2017 Uncle Grandpa Mr. Gus, additional voices
2014–2015 Sheriff Callie's Wild West Farmer Stinky, Uncle Bun, Dr. Wolf
2014–2016 The 7D Happy
2014–present Blaze and the Monster Machines Crusher
2014–2017 All Hail King Julien Maurice
2015 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Dr. Hissy, additional voices
Regular Show Happy Birthday Episode: "Happy Birthday Song Contest"
Steven Universe Mr. Gus Episode: "Say Uncle"
Transformers: Robots in Disguise Terrashock Episode: "W.W.O.D.?"
The Adventures of Puss in Boots Golem Episode: "Golem"
Rick and Morty Frankenstein's Monster, Mrs. Refrigerator, Hamurai Episode: "Total Rickall"
2015–2019 New Looney Tunes King Thes, Snorts, Happy Hartle, others
2015 Guardians of the Galaxy Groot, others
2015–2019 The Lion Guard Basi
2015–2021 F Is for Family Chauncey "Rosie" Roosevelt, others
2016–2019 Milo Murphy's Law Nolan Mitchell, Corporal Wolinsky, additional voices
2016 DC Super Hero Girls Trigon
2016-2017 Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Jabba the Hutt, Auctioneer 4 episodes
2016–2019 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Rhombulus
2017–2019 The Jellies Reggie
2017–2023 Puppy Dog Pals Bizzy, Dr. Stretcho, Great Dane, Enthusiastic Dog
2018–2021 Apple & Onion Beef Jerky, Chicken Nugget, additional voices
2018 Trolls: The Beat Goes On! Smidge
Bunsen Is a Beast Wolfie
2018–2020 The Boss Baby: Back in Business Jimbo
2018 Big Hero 6: The Series Jack, Taxi Driver Episode: "The Impatient Patient"
Lego Star Wars: All-Stars Jabba the Hutt, Alien, Growly 2 episodes
2019–2023 Summer Camp Island Professor, Toast Ghost, Xylophone, Langston, Waylon, Time, Additional voices 9 episodes
2019 Amphibia Mr. Flour, others Recurring role
Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? Big Bob Episode: "Attack of the Weird Al-osaurus!"
Bless the Harts Mr. Stikeleather 3 episodes
DC Super Hero Girls Dex-Starr Episode: "#RageCat"
Love, Death & Robots Zima Blue Episode: "Zima Blue"
2020 Robot Chicken Morpheus, Superglue Narrator Episode: "Buster Olive in: The Monkey Got Closer Overnight"
Animaniacs The Zit Episode: "A Zit!"
2020–2023 The Owl House Patch, Tarak, additional voices Recurring role
2021 Invincible Mauler Twins, Monster Girl
Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs Barney Rubble
Masters of the Universe: Revelation Beast Man
Inside Job Additional voices Episode: "Blue Bloods"
2022–present Big Nate Principal Nichols Main role
2022 The Boys Presents: Diabolical Jack From Jupiter, Ironcast Episode: "I'm Your Pusher"
Wolfboy and the Everything Factory Klaybottom, Noop
2023 Futurama Officer URL, Barbados Slim Replaces John DiMaggio starting in season eight

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