Christopher Ayres

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Christopher Ayres
Ayres in September 2006
Born Christopher Owen Ayres
(1965-05-16) May 16, 1965 (age 53)
Richmond, Virginia, United States
Residence Houston, Texas
Other names Chris Ayres
Occupation Voice actor, director, writer
Notable credit(s) Dragon Ball franchise
as Frieza
Black Butler
as Prince Soma Asman Kadar
Sengoku Basara
as Shingen Takeda
Family Greg Ayres (younger brother)[1]

Christopher Owen Ayres (born May 16, 1965) is an American voice actor, ADR director and scriptwriter who works on a number of Japanese anime series at Seraphim Digital/Sentai Filmworks, Funimation, OkraTron 5000 and New Generation Pictures. He got his start voice acting at ADV Films on Kino's Journey as an extra. In anime, he is known as the voice of Frieza from Dragon Ball Z Kai and Dragon Ball Super, Kei Kurono from Gantz, Prince Soma from Black Butler, and Shingen Takeda from the Sengoku Basara series. He is also known for Mock Combat for Cosplay panels at anime conventions.[2][3]

Personal life

In November 2017, Ayres was diagnosed with end-stage COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and required a double lung transplant in order to survive. He has been unable to perform voice-over since March 2017. A YouCaring fundraiser was created that seeks $25,000 in order to assist with medical care and procedures.[4][5]



List of voice performances in anime
Year Title Role Notes Source[6]
2003 Saint Seiya Ushio ADV dub
2004 Kino's Journey Bartender
2004 Bast of Syndrome Dr. Pluto [7]
2004 Mezzo DSA Motoharu, Taneri, Baba, Hanamura [7]
2004 Sister Princess Islander [7]
2005 A Tree of Palme Sawadust [8]
2005 Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu Atsunobu Hayashimizu [9]
2005 Gantz Kei Kurono [10][11]
2005 Godannar Tetsuya Kouji [7]
2005 Initial D Miki Funimation dub
2005 Maburaho Yukihiko Nakamaru [7]
2005 Yugo the Negotiator Yusuf Ali Mesa [7]
2006 Diamond Daydreams Kenji Kurata [7]
2006 Macross Lin Kaifun ADV dub [7]
2006 Nanaka 6/17 Jinpachi Arashiyama [7]
2006 Papuwa Oshodani [7]
2006 Speed Grapher Suitengu [7]
2006 Nerima Daikon Brothers ADR director [12][13]
2009 Fairy Tail Everlue
2010 Sengoku Basara Shigen Takeda [14]
2010 Black Butler Soma Asman Kadar [15]
2010 Dragon Ball Z Kai Frieza [7]
2010 Golgo 13 Dave McCartney [7]
2010 Legends of the Dark King: A Fist of the North Star Story Elder [16]
2010 Tears to Tiara Arthur, Pwyll [7]
2011 Clannad After Story Sudou, Kinoshita, various characters [7]
2013 Another Yosuke Sakakibara [17]
2013 Kokoro Connect Inari's brother [16]
2016 Hanayamata Additional voices ADR director [18]
2017 Dragon Ball Super Frieza


List of voice performances in direct-to-video and television films
Year Series Role Notes Source[19]
2011 Mardock Scramble: The First Compression Welldone the Pussyhand [16]
2012 Gintama: The Movie Kamui, Taizo Hasegawa, Tatsuma Sakamoto, Ner [16]
2012 Sengoku Basara: The Last Party Shingen Takeda [16]
List of voice performances in feature films
Year Series Role Notes Source[19]
2015 Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' Frieza [20]

Video games

List of voice performances in video games
Year Series Role Notes Source[19]
2008 The Last Remnant Wagram [21]
2010–present Dragon Ball series Frieza [16]


  1. ^ "Voice Actor Greg Ayres Hospitalized after Heart Attack". Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  2. ^ "Christopher Ayres". Active Anime. 5 October 2005. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mock Combat for Cosplay". Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Fundraising Launched for Vital Medical Treatment for Voice Actor Chris Ayres". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2018-02-10. 
  6. ^ Ayres, Chris (2013-08-31). "Voice work of Chris Ayres". Archived from the original on 2013-08-31. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Chris Ayres". Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "A Tree of Palme English Cast List". November 15, 2004. Archived from the original on 2008-12-04. 
  9. ^ "Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu - 1 - The Man from the South/A Hostage with No Compromises". Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu. ADV Films – via Funimation. 
  10. ^ "Florida Supercon Adds Todd Nauck, Christopher Ayres, Phillip Lee McCall II". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  11. ^ "Shelf Life - Gantz Gantz Revolution". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  12. ^ Bertschy, Zac (August 5, 2006). "Otakon 2006 A.D. Vision". Anime News Network. 
  13. ^ Bertschy, Zac (August 5, 2006). "Otakon 2006 A.D. Vision". Anime News Network. 
  14. ^ "Shelf Life - I Am Xam". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  15. ^ "FUNimation Announces English Dub Cast of Black Butler". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f "Behind The Voice Actors - Christopher Ayres". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  17. ^ Green, Scott (June 19, 2013). "Sentai Filmworks Announces "Another" English Dub Cast". Crunchyroll. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Official HaNaYaMaTa English Dub Cast List". Sentai Filmworks. January 13, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  19. ^ a b c "Voicework". Christopher Ayres official website. Archived from the original on 2013-08-31. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  20. ^ Funimation (August 4, 2015). "DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION 'F' Production Notes". SciFi Japan. Retrieved August 14, 2015. 
  21. ^ Square Enix. The Last Remnant. Square Enix. Scene: Ending credits, 2:13 in, English Voice Recording, Cast. 

External links

  • Official website (archive)
  • Chris Ayres at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
  • Chris Ayres convention appearances on
  • Chris Ayres on IMDb
  • Chris Ayres at the CrystalAcids Anime Voice Actor Database
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