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Crispin Freeman

Crispin Freeman is the oldest of three children, having a younger brother, Clark, and a younger sister, Cassidy. All three siblings attended the Latin School of Chicago, where he graduated in 1990 in a class of 60. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College, majoring in Theater and minoring in Computer Science. Afterwards, he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University in Acting, and performed on Broadway (New York City), at the American Repertory Theater in (Cambridge), at the Mark Taper Forum in (Los Angeles), at Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park, and at the Williamstown Theater Festival.

As a child, Freeman was greatly influenced by anime shows such as Speed Racer and Battle of the Planets (Gatchaman). Casey Kasem voiced the role of his favorite character, Mark of Battle of the Planets, a.k.a., Ken the Eagle in Gatchaman. He actually wanted to change his name to Mark at one point. Later, he discovered Voltron, Star Blazers, and Robotech, being quoted in the January 1999 issue of America Interview saying, "That show really blew me away."

Freeman initially got involved in the anime voice-over industry when a friend of his landed a role in Peacock King. Knowing Freeman was a big anime fan, the friend suggested he call up Central Park Media and apply for a job doing English dubs. At first he didn't see why, being a fan of subtitles, rather than the English counter-parts. It wasn't until he remembered all of the anime shows he watched as a child did he realize that most people are introduced to anime through the English dubbed versions.

In 1995, Freeman landed the role of Zelgadiss Graywords in Slayers. He was the second and final voice actor to get the job after Zelgadiss' original voice actor, Daniel Cronin, lost contact with Central Park Media after a year-long halt in the dubbing.

Since then, Freeman has had various roles throughout his career, including Electro in The Spectacular Spider-Man, the roles of Hagi, Joel the 6th, and Van Argeno in Blood+, Itachi Uchiha in Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, Alucard in Hellsing TV and Hellsing Ultimate, Kamekura in Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki (OVA 3), Kyon in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Shizuo Heiwajima in Durarara!!.

On August 11th, 2007, he married his love, Izobel Carol, on the island of Hawaii at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. His brother Clark was best man.

See also Crispin Freeman on Wikipedia.

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