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Vic Mignogna

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Name

English

Vig Mignogna

Professional Status

Born

Greensburg, Pennsylvania[1]

Full Name

Victor Joseph Mignogna

Gender

Male

Nationality

American

Residence

Los Angeles, California[2]

Education

Liberty University[3]

Occupation

Actor, musician, director

Years Active

1989-present[4][5]

Employer

ADV, Funimation, Sega, Viz

Notable Roles

Spirit Albarn (Soul Eater)
Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Broly (Dragon Ball Z)
Tamaki Suoh (Ouran High School Host Club)
Ikkaku Madarame (Bleach)

Personal Information

Victor Joseph Mignogna (/mɪnˈjɑːnə/) is a United States actor and musician at Funimation, Viz, and other companies. He provides voices for numerous video games and English versions of Japanese animated series. He is the English voice of Spirit Albarn in Soul Eater.

Early Life

Mignogna grew up in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.[1] He graduated from Liberty University with a degree in television and film production.[3] He helped produce and arrange some of the songs on DC Talk's eponymous first album.[3][6] Mignogna taught drama and speech in Jacksonville, Florida,[1] and was an officer with the Ocean City Police Department.[3]

In 1990, he moved to Houston, Texas, where he was a film and video production instructor at the Art Institute of Houston.[6] In 1993, he was a contestant on American television talent show Star Search, on which he sang "Worth Waiting For."[7]

Career

Mignogna has acted in hundreds of English-language dubs of anime. While working in video production with John Gremillion in Houston, Mignogna began voice acting in anime at ADV Films.[1][6] He made his debut as Vega in the video game Street Fighter II V.[2][1][8][9][10] His additional roles at ADV included Kurz Weber in Full Metal Panic!, Shigeru Aoba in Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Dark Mousy in D.N.Angel He has sung the theme to D.N.Angel as well.

Mignogna started attending anime conventions, where he contacted Funimation and landed the voice role of Broly in Dragon Ball Z.[1][8] While at Funimation, Mignogna portrayed Edward Elric in the Fullmetal Alchemist series, for which he earned the American Anime Award for Best Actor in 2007.[11][12][13] Also for Funimation he has portrayed Tamaki Suoh in Ouran High School Host Club and Fai D. Flowright in Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle. At Funimation he has been ADR director for the English dub of Claymore, in which he voices Rigaldo. Also for Funimation, he has sung English-language versions of numerous songs, including for Dragon Ball and One Piece. He also has recorded English translations of songs from Fullmetal Alchemist.

Mignogna has continued to act in anime for Viz and other companies while recording in New York and Los Angeles. He portrays Ikkaku Madarame in Bleach,[14][15], Zero and Ichiru Kiryu in Vampire Knight, and Nagato Uzumaki and numerous characters in Naruto. Mignogna also has acted in numerous video games, portraying E-123 Omega in Sonic the Hedgehog and Junpei Iori in Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3. He also portrays Qrow Branwen in RWBY,[16][17] and along with Micah Solusod (the English voice of Soul Eater) and Kyle Hebert (the English voice of Masamune Nakatsukasa) cameoed in a video for Martin Bellamy's (alias Little Kuriboh) Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged web series.[18]

In addition to voice acting, Mignogna has been involved in production for music, sound, and video, especially in the Houston area.[19][20] He has produced hundreds of jingles for commercials,[21] and he has sung the U.S. national anthem at several Houston Astros baseball games.[6] He has recorded six studio albums and one concert DVD.

Mignogna has been involved with several fan productions, including Fullmetal Fantasy[21] and Star Trek: Phase II. In the latter series, he co-directed the episode "Enemy: Starfleet" and played the Andorian Captain. He directed "KITUMBA" and played Malkthon the Klingon, and was slated to direct the episode "Mindsifter".[2][10][22] In 2012, Mignogna worked with the Starship Farragut production group, culminating with his creation and direction of the web series Star Trek Continues, in which he portrays James T. Kirk alongside Chuck Huber (the English voice of Franken Stein) as Leonard McCoy and Todd Haberkorn (the English voice of Death the Kid) as Mr. Spock.[4][23][24][25]

Mignogna also directed a 2009 commercial for the Seattle, Washington, convention Sakura Con, which became an Internet meme thanks to the pronunciation of one actor calling out the name of visual kei metal band Girugamesh. [26]

Personal Life

Mignogna is a worship leader with Houston's First Baptist Church.[27][6]

Soul Eater Voicing

Main article: Spirit Albarn

Spirit Albarn

Mignogna as Spirit Albarn

Mignogna voices Spirit Albarn, Maka Albarn's Death Weapon father in the first Soul Eater anime. Mignogna is currently the only English voice actor for the character.

Trivia

  • Mignogna has portrayed both Tamaki Suoh in Ouran High School Host Club and Gentle Nobra in Space Dandy,[28] both blonde bishonen characters. Ouran High School Host Club and Space Dandy are both produced by Studio Bones and distributed by Funimation, the same production companies for both the Soul Eater and Soul Eater NOT! anime.
  • Mignogna portrays Qrow Branwen in RWBY. Whereas Mignogna's character in Soul Eater, Spirit Albarn, is a literal scythe, Qrow is a scythe-wielder.
  • Mignogna cosplays frequently, having dressed up as Wolverine from the X-Men and other characters. He and Caitlin Glass (the English voice of Kim Diehl) have dressed as their Fullmetal Alchemist characters, Edward Elric and Winry Rockbell, in a live-action production of the anime.[29]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "About Vic Mignogna". Risembool Rangers. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ohanesian, Liz (May 28, 2009). "Fullmetal Trekkie: Voice Actor Vic Mignogna to Direct Star Trek: Phase II Episode". LA Weekly.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Mignogna, Vic. "Vic's Professional Resume" (doc). Vic's World. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kate, Laura (March 22, 2012). "Interview with Vic Mignogna". MCM Buzz. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  5. 1999 was the year that Mignogna began voice acting for anime dubs for television shows and videos. He has been composing and producing music since DC Talk's album in 1989, and appeared on television in 1993 as a contestant on Star Search.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Meeks, Flori (July 21, 2005). "Career in TV Cartoons is no joke: Uptown man juggles careers, builds success in Japanese anime". Houston Chronicle.
  7. "last.fm". Retrieved March 6, 2009.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "An Interview with Vic Mignogna (MCM London Expo)". Otaku News and Voiceacting.co.uk. Retrieved January 18, 2012.
  9. At his panel in Anime Expo 2006, Mignogna said his first starring role was Gawl in Generator Gawl.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Vic Mignogna: Heavy Metal". TotalSciFi online. September 15, 2009.
  11. "American Anime Awards". Retrieved December 10, 2009.
  12. "American Anime Award Winners:First Large Scale Fan-Driven Awards". icv2. February 26, 2007.
  13. "2007 American Anime Awards Vic Mignogna Best Actor." YouTube. February 25, 2007.
  14. "Vic talks VIZ at AOD 06." YouTube. August 6, 2006.
  15. "Vic Explains Ikkakus Lucky Dance." YouTube. April 9, 2007.
  16. "RWBY at RTX2015." Rooster Teeth.
  17. Shawcross, Kerry; Luna, Miles; Haddock, Grey; Jones, Lindsay; Dunkelman, Barbara; Eberle, Kara; Zech, Arryn (August 7, 2015). "RWBY Panel." RTX. Austin, Texas. Event occurs at 23:30. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  18. "VIC MIGNOGNA! - Kami-Con Season 2." YouTube. 13 Feb 2010.
  19. Mignogna, Vic. "Music and Sound Production." Vic's World. Retrieved October 5, 2011.
  20. Mignogna, Vic. "Video Production". Vic's World. Retrieved October 5, 2011.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Dong, Bamboo (August 1, 2005). "Interview: Vic Mignogna". Anime News Network.
  22. "Vic Mignogna Slated to Direct 'Kitumba'". Star Trek New Voyages. May 15, 2009.
  23. "Farragut Films Adds to Management Team and Secures Largest Studio of Trek Sets" (PDF). Farragut Films (Press release). December 29, 2011. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  24. "Starship Farragut: New Team Members and Studio". Farragut Films. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  25. "Vic Mignogna Directing Star Trek Continues". Star Trek Continues (Press release). Washington, D.C.: Farragut Films. March 23, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  26. "GIRUGAMESH." CrunchyRoll. 13 Jan 2017. Accessed 15 Jan 2017. https://twitter.com/Crunchyroll/status/820111960096194560
  27. "Interview with Voice Actor Vic Mignogna." Beneath the Angles. June 26, 2013. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  28. "Gallant Space Gentleman, Baby". Space Dandy. Episode 19. August 9, 2014. Event occurs at 25:10. Adult Swim.
  29. Florida Supercon (September 14, 2015). Ouran High School Host Club Panel with Vic Mignogna, Caitlin Glass and J Michael Tatum (around 47:00). YouTube. Retrieved October 12, 2015.

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