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Troy Baker

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Names::English name::Troy Baker

Name

English

Troy Baker

Professional Status

Born

April 1st, 1976[1]

Age

41

Full Name

Troy Edward Baker[2]

Gender

Male

Nationality

American

Residence

Los Angeles, California[3]

Ethnicity

White

Occupation

Actor, singer, voice actor, musician

Years Active

2004-Present

Employer

Funimation, Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros, others

Notable Roles

Excalibur (Soul Eater)
Greed (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
Loki (Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, and others)
Hawkeye (Avengers Assemble)
The Joker (Batman: Arkham Origins and others)

Personal Information

Spouse(s)

Kimberly Beck (m. 2004; div. 2006)
Pamela Walworth (m. 2012)[3]

Troy Edward Baker[2] (born April 1st, 1976[1]) is an award-winning United States actor and musician who has provided voices for many anime series licensed by Funimation, as well as numerous video games and United States animated series. He is the English voice of both the demon weapon Excalibur and Black☆Star's father White☆Star in Soul Eater.

Career

Baker began his voice acting career doing radio commercials. He was brought to Funimation by Chris Sabat to act in the English adaptation of the anime Detective Conan (dubbed under the title Case Closed).[4] He then went on to act in numerous anime for Funimation, such as Dragon Ball Z, Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and One Piece.

After moving to Los Angeles, Baker continued to work in anime, including Bleach, Naruto, and Stitch! He then began to focus his voice acting on United States animation and video games. He began working on anime and animated series based on the works of Marvel Comics, in which he portrays characters such as Hawkeye and Loki in Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble.[3] He also has become the voice of the Joker in numerous animated adaptations of DC Comics works, including in Batman: Arkham Origins. Baker is one of the few actors to have portrayed the Joker, Batman (Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, and Lego Dimensions), and three iterations of Robin (Batman: Arkham City, Injustice: Gods Among Us, and Batman: Arkham Knight).[5]

Baker's extensive award-winning career as an actor in video games began when he voiced Matt Baker in Gearbox Software's Brothers in Arms. He also voices Nathan Drake's older brother Sam in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End,[6] Siris in Infinity Blade, Talion in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Delsin Rowe in inFAMOUS Second Son, Jack Mitchell in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Yuri Lowell in Tales of Vesperia, Kanji Tatsumi in Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4, Snow in the Final Fantasy XIII series, and Pagan Min in Far Cry 4. Entertainment Weekly has listed Baker in their "Best of 2013" issue for best breakout actor in the video game industry for his performances as Booker DeWitt in BioShock Infinite and the Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins. Also in 2013, Baker won the VGX for his portrayal of Joel in The Last of Us.

Baker is also a musician in Akira Yamaoka's Silent Hill band, where he plays bass and sings backup vocals. Before pursuing acting, Baker was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the indie-rock band Tripp Fontaine, which released the radio single "Burning Out" from their debut album Random Thoughts on a Paper Napkin in 2004.[7] His first solo album, Sitting in the Fire, was released on October 14, 2014.[8][9][10]

Soul Eater Voicing

Main Article: Excalibur

Baker voices Excalibur in the first Soul Eater anime, a powerful--and powerfully annoying--demon weapon. He is currently the only English voice actor for the character.

Main Article: White☆Star

Baker also voices Black☆Star's father, White☆Star, in a flashback with his fatal battle against Mifune. He is currently the only English voice actor for the character.

Trivia

  • Chris Sabat, who hired Baker to act in Funimation dubs, is also the voice of Eibon.
  • Baker replaced Chris Patton (Asura in Soul Eater) as the voice of Greed in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
  • Baker has acted alongside other Soul Eater English actors in Avengers Assemble: he has played Hawkeye Clint Barton alongside Laura Bailey (Maka Albarn) as Black Widow Natasha Romanoff and Travis Willingham (Free) as Thor. He also plays Thor's brother Loki.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Younis, Steve.Interview with Troy Baker for "LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League". YouTube. T.A. Ewart. 25 Jan 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Random thoughts on a paper napkin / Tripp Fontaine." United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2014-12-15. – "Public Catalog". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved December 15, 2013. Search for Name "Baker Troy" and select "Random Thoughts on a Paper Napkin"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Marvel's Avengers Assemble – Troy Baker". Disney XD MediaNet. Disney Enterprises. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  4. Boissonneault, Stephan. "Online Exclusive: Troy Baker talks voice acting". The Griff (student paper for MacEwan University). 27 August 2013.
  5. Evan, Narcisse. "In This Year’s Bat-Stuff, Batman and The Joker Have the Same Voice". Kotaku. 20 May 2013.
  6. IGN (December 6, 2014). "PSX 2014: Troy Baker Voicing Nathan Drake's Brother In Uncharted 4".
  7. Loftus, Johnny. "Random Thoughts on a Paper Napkin – Tripp Fontaine – Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network.
  8. "Video Game Voice Actor Troy Baker Releases an Alternative Rock Album". Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  9. "Sitting in the Fire".
  10. "Actor – Musician Troy Baker (BioShock Infinite, The Last Of Us, Etc.) Debut Solo Album SITTING IN THE FIRE Is Out October 14th!" Nerdy Minds Magazine. 10 October 2014.

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