Liam O'Brien

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Liam O'Brien
Liam O'Brien Portrait.jpg
O'Brien in 2009
Born Liam Christopher O'Brien
(1976-05-28) May 28, 1976 (age 42)
Weehawken, New Jersey[1]
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater New York University Tisch School of the Arts[2][1]
Occupation Voice actor, ADR writer, voice director
Years active 2001–present
Notable credit(s) Naruto as Gaara
Critical Role as Vax'ildan Vessar & Caleb Widogast
Spouse(s) Amy Kincaid
Children 2[3][2]

Liam Christopher O'Brien (born May 28, 1976)[4][1] is an American voice actor, writer and voice director in the Los Angeles area. He has been involved in many English-language adaptations of Japanese anime, and is also a regular in numerous video games and cartoons. His major anime roles include Gaara in Naruto, Captain Jushiro Ukitake in Bleach, Lloyd in Code Geass, and Kenzo Tenma in Monster. In cartoons, he voices in shows such as Star Wars Rebels, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Avengers Assemble, Wolverine and the X-Men, and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.. In video games, he voiced Gollum in Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Caius Ballad in Final Fantasy XIII-2, War in Darksiders, Asura in Asura's Wrath, Illidan Stormrage in World of Warcraft, Yasuo in League of Legends, the Warden in For Honor, Barker in Titanfall 2 and most recently, Infinite in Sonic Forces. He has directed for Naruto, The Last of Us, Evolve, Resident Evil 5, and Resident Evil 6.[5]


O'Brien grew up in Weehawken, New Jersey. His mother Lois Wiltse O'Brien worked as an educator and as a quality assurance trainer and consultant.[6] He started getting into acting in high school. After attending New York University Tisch School of the Arts, he worked in theater on various productions around the country.[1][7][8] While working on a production of Romeo & Juliet in Cincinnati, he met Crispin Freeman, who helped him get into voice-over in cartoons and anime back in New York City.[2]

O'Brien's characters have varied in terms of styles. He affirms that he plays characters that are typically insane or evil geniuses, although he has also voiced comedic characters such as Fukuyama in Girls Bravo where he said he would "break out in a sweat matching his level of nuttiness". He describes Cumoire from Tales of Vesperia as "slightly unhinged". In Darksiders, he voices the lead character War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. He describes his voicing as deeper than his usual voice, and that he portrayed him as a fairly old soul who isn't surprised at the events around him. In the video game-based film Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children he voiced Red XIII.[2]

In addition to voice acting, O'Brien has worked as a voice director and writer on various video games and anime shows.[2] He also participates in a web series called Critical Role, where various actors band together to play Dungeons & Dragons.[5][9]

Personal life

O'Brien married fellow voice actress Amy Kincaid in 2002. They have two children, a son and a daughter.[10] O'Brien also has a sister named Cara.[6]



List of voice performances in anime
Year Title Role Crew role, Notes Source
2001 Boogiepop Phantom Yoji Suganuma, others
2001 Gokudo Tei
2002 His and Her Circumstances Hideki Asaba, Fukada Kohei
2002 Revolutionary Girl Utena Mamiya Chida
2003 Figure 17 Toru
2003 DNA² Junta Momonari
2003 K.O. Beast Bud Mint
2004 Yukikaze Various characters
2004 Texhnolyze Man C
2004 .hack//Legend of the Twilight Tom
2004 Gad Guard Truck Driver
2004 R.O.D. Various characters Also as William Markham [11]
2004 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Various characters
2004 Paranoia Agent Mitsuhiro Maniwa, Man on Phone 2
2004 Comic Party Taishi Kuhonbutsu
2004 Gungrave Executive A, Researcher, Sam
2004 Marmalade Boy Akira Mizutani, Alex
2005 Girls Bravo Kazuharu Fukuyama [2][12]
2005 Rumiko Takahashi Anthology Ryuichi, Mover, Odagiri, Zashiki Warashi, Gorgeous
2005 Samurai Champloo Young Yamane, Eel Shop Owner, others
2005 Daphne in the Brilliant Blue Various characters
2005 Koi Kaze Kei Odagiri, Man, Friend A
2005 Duel Masters: Season 2 Shobu Kirifuda
2005 Tenjho Tenge Shin Natsume
2005 The Melody of Oblivion Horu, Person of the Cape
2005 Mermaid Forest Yuta, others
2005 DearS Various characters
2005 Ghost Talker's Daydream Various characters
2005 Naruto Gaara, Kotetsu Hagane
2005 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG Gino, others
2005 Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo Andrea Cavalcanti
2005 Saiyuki Reload Various characters
2005 Scrapped Princess Furet
2005 Leave it to Piyoko! Thin Blob OVA
2006–07 Haré+Guu Dr. Clive [13][14]
2006 Boys Be... Makoto Kurumizawa Voice director and script writer [15]
2006 Kannazuki no Miko Tsubasa
2006 Saiyuki Reload Gunlock Rin's Captor, Subordinate
2006 Gun Sword Ray Lundgren, Wild Bunch C
2006 Kamichu! Shika, Inu Osho, Konoha Kamaitachi, others
2006 The Prince of Tennis Various characters
2006 Fate/stay night Archer
2006 Ergo Proxy Vincent Law
2006 Paradise Kiss Various characters
2007 Blue Dragon Dolsk
2007 To Heart Various characters
2007 Cutie Honey Seiji's Contact live-action dub
2007 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Baseball Team Captain
2007 The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye Various characters [16]
2007 Phoenix Ohtomo
2008 Code Geass series Lloyd Asplund
2008 Buso Renkin Gota Nakamura, Hideki Okakura
2009–10 Monster Kenzo Tenma
2010 Slayers series Rezo Revolution and Evolution-R [17][18]
2013 Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan - Demon Capital Hidemoto Keikain [19]
2013–15 Digimon Fusion Deckergreymon, Neptunmon, Mercurymon, others [11]
2013 Fate/Zero Kariya Matou [11]
2014–15 Sailor Moon Nephrite Viz dub [20]
2015 Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Gihren Zabi   [21][22][23]
2015 Sailor Moon Crystal Nephrite [24]
2016 Sengoku Basara: End of Judgement Ieyasu Tokugawa   [25]


List of voice performances in animation
Year Title Role Crew role, Notes Source[26]
2008–09 Wolverine and the X-Men Warren Worthington III/Angel/Archangel, Nightcrawler, Nitro [2]
2010 G.I. Joe: Renegades Captain Anatoly Krimov/Red Star, others Ep. "Union of the Snake" [11]
2013–17 Avengers Assemble Red Skull/Iron Skull, Doctor Strange, Blood Brother #2, Skully, Skull-Net, various others [11][27][28][29][30][30]
2013 Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel Red Skull [11]
2014–15 Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Arkon, Red Skull, others [11][31]
2014 Regular Show Tango Ep. "Gold Watch" [11]
2014–17 Star Wars Rebels Supply Master Yogar Lyste, Morad Sumar, others [11][32]
2015 Transformers: Robots in Disguise Underbite, Kickback, others [11]
2016 Ultimate Spider-Man Doctor Strange Ep. "Miles from Home" [11][33]
2016 Pickle and Peanut Head Mannequin Ep. "Bats/Movie Camp Out" [34]


List of voice performances in direct-to-video and television films
Year Title Role Crew role, Notes Source
2005 Aquarian Age the Movie Lancelot Army Commander
2006 Patlabor: The Movie Det. Kataoka Bandai Visual dub
2006 Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Red XIII [11]
2009 Afro Samurai: Resurrection Shichigoro [11]
2010 Planet Hulk Hiroim [11]
2012 Sengoku Basara: The Last Party Ieyasu Tokugawa [11]
2014 JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time Aquaman, Batwing Computer [11]
2014 Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United Red Skull [11]
2015 Tiger & Bunny: The Rising Lunatic / Yuri Petrov [35]
2015 The Last: Naruto the Movie Gaara, Kotetsu Hagane [11]
2016 Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell Doctor Strange [36]

Other dubbing

List of voice performances in other dubbing
Year Title Role Crew role, Notes Source
2005 One Missed Call Hiroshi Yamashita

Video games

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Crew role, Notes Source[26]
2006–07 .hack//G.U. series Endrance Rebirth, Reminisce, Redemption [11]
2006 Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria Lezard Valeth [11]
2007 Jeanne d'Arc Luther [11]
2007 World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Illidan Stormrage [11]
2007 Persona 3 Akihiko Sanada [11]
2007 Eternal Sonata Waltz [11]
2008 Devil May Cry 4 Sanctus [11]
2008 Tales of Vesperia Cumore [2]
2008 Final Fantasy IV Kain Highwind 3D remake
2009 Dragon Age: Origins Additional Voices [37]
2009 Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight Wrath, Trash Mob B [11]
2009 Magna Carta II Huaren Jass [11]
2009 Resident Evil 5 Reynard Fisher, others [2][11]
2010 Darksiders War [11]
2010 Fallout: New Vegas Various characters [38]
2010 Fable III Walla Voice Actors [39]
2010 NIER Grimoire Weiss uncredited in endgame credits [38]
2010 Mafia II Brian O'Neill [11]
2010 Valkyria Chronicles II Baldren Gassenarl [11]
2011 Captain America: Super Soldier Howard Stark, Allied, Hydra [11]
2011 Catherine Orlando Haddick [11]
2011 Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Kain Highwind [11]
2011 Killzone 3 Voice Talent ISA [11]
2011 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Hired Thugs [11]
2011 White Knight Chronicles 2 Madoras [11]
2011–16 Naruto video games Gaara, Kotetsu Hagane [11]
2012 Asura's Wrath Asura [11]
2012 Virtue's Last Reward Dio [11]
2012 Final Fantasy XIII-2 Caius Ballad [11]
2012 NeverDead Alex [11]
2012 Darksiders II War [11]
2012 Skullgirls Leviathan [11]
2012 Spec Ops: The Line Marines, Exile Officer [11]
2013 Fire Emblem: Awakening Inigo [11]
2013 League of Legends Yasuo [40]
2013 Fuse Guards [11]
2013 Killer Is Dead David [41]
2013 Marvel Heroes Electro, Nightcrawler, Havok [11]
2013 Republique Station 14 Episode 3: "Ones and Zeroes" [11]
2013 Sonic Lost World English Character Voices reprises on Sonic Dash [42]
2014 D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die Phillip Cheney [11]
2014 Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Caius Ballad [11]
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Gollum [43]
2014 The Evil Within Valerio Jimenez, also Male Villager, Obese Zombie [11]
2014 Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Autobot Flyer, Decepticon Soldier 02 [11]
2015 Lego Dimensions Voiceover Talent [44][45]
2015 Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Enkidu [11]
2015 Saints Row: Gat out of Hell William Shakespeare, Vlad the Impaler, Demons, Husks [11]
2015 The Order: 1886 Finley [11]
2015 Mad Max Gutgash [46][47]
2015 Transformers: Devastation Motormaster, Seeker #3 [11]
2016 The Witness Voice director [48]
2016 Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Sega Character Voices [49]
2016 Lego Marvel's Avengers Red Skull Voice director [48]
2016 Street Fighter V Gill Appears in later revision of closing credits. [50]
2017 For Honor The Warden (Male) [11]
2017 Injustice 2 Reverse-Flash [51]
2017 Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Doctor Strange [11]
2017 Sonic Forces Infinite [11]
2018 Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Kain Highwind [11]
2018 Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Serafen, Vax'ildan Vessar (voice) Critical Role DLC [11][52][53]

Live action

List of acting performances in film and television
Year Title Role Notes Source[26]
2015–present Critical Role Vax'ildan (campaign 1), Caleb Widogast (campaign 2) Cast member, RPG web series [54][55]
2016 The Phoenix Incident Jacob Reynolds   [56][57][58]


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  14. ^ "A Big, Black, Hard, Shiny, Smelly, Noise-Making Creature". Hare+Guu. Episode 9. Event occurs at Closing credits, English Voice Cast. 
  15. ^ "Cherry Blossoms". Boys Be... Episode 1. Manga Entertainment. 2006. Event occurs at 22:40 director and writer credit, 22:45 character credit. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Sword Dancer". The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye. Event occurs at Closing credits, English Cast – via YouTube. 
  17. ^ Slayers Evolution-R. Episode 1. Funimation. 
  18. ^ Slayers Evolution-R. Episode 9-13. Funimation. 
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  20. ^ "New Sailor Moon Dub Cast Revealed at Anime Expo". Anime News Network. July 5, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Gundam the Origin I's 1st 7 Minutes English-Dubbed & Subtitled". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  22. ^ "'Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin – Sorrowful Artesia' Anime Episode Gets English Language Trailer". The Fandom Post. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
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  24. ^ "Viz Media Reveals More English Dub Cast for Sailor Moon R Anime". April 3, 2015. Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
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  27. ^ "The Avengers Protocol". Avengers Assemble. Season 1. Episode 1. May 26, 2013. Disney XD. 
  28. ^ "Into the Dark Dimension". Avengers: Ultron Revolution. Season 3. Episode 7. April 24, 2016. Disney XD. 
  29. ^ "Hulked Out Heroes". Avengers Assemble. Season 1. Episode 11. September 29, 2013. Disney XD. 
  30. ^ a b "The Sleeper Awakens". Avengers: Secret Wars. Season 4. Episode 3. August 27, 2017. Disney XD. 
  31. ^ "Days of Future Smash: Year of the Hydra: Part 4". Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Season 2. Episode 48. May 31, 2015. Disney XD. 
  32. ^ "Spark of Rebellion". Star Wars Rebels. October 3, 2014. Event occurs at 43:07. Disney Channel. 
  33. ^ "Miles From Home". Ultimate Spider-Man. Season 4. Episode 3. February 28, 2016. Disney XD. 
  34. ^ "Bats/Movie Camp Out". Pickle and Peanut. Season 1. Episode 17. June 20–27, 2016. Disney XD. 
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  36. ^ "First Clip From Marvel's Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell". October 10, 2016. Retrieved October 10, 2016. 
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  39. ^ "Fable III Game Credits". Microsoft Game Studios. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
  40. ^ "We're the Yasuo team. AMA! • /r/leagueoflegends". Retrieved June 23, 2016. 
  41. ^ "Killer is Dead To Have Dual Audio Voice Tracks". Siliconera. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  42. ^ Sonic Team. Sonic Lost World. Sega. Scene: Closing credits, 1:08 in, English Character Voices. 
  43. ^ Dealzon. "Voice cast for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor revealed". Destructoid. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  44. ^ Traveller's Tales. Lego Dimensions. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Scene: Closing credits, 4:45 in, Voiceover Talent. 
  45. ^ "Credits - DIMENSIONS". Retrieved November 1, 2016. 
  46. ^ Avalanche Studios. Mad Max. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Scene: Credits, 5:40 in, Talent. 
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  49. ^ Sonic Team. Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Wii. Sega. Scene: Closing credits, 3:10 in, English Character Voices. 
  50. ^ Capcom. Street Fighter V. Capcom. Scene: Closing credits, Voice Actors. 
  51. ^ @VoiceOfOBrien (May 16, 2017). "So, who's picking up @InjusticeGame today?" (Tweet). Retrieved May 16, 2017 – via Twitter. 
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  58. ^ "The Phoenix Incident Builds An Interesting World; But Lacks Meaningful Characters - A Review". April 7, 2016. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 

Further reading

  • Jeng, Way (July 18, 2006). "Being a Brief Discussion with Liam O'Brien About Koi Kaze". Mania. Demand Media. Archived from the original on November 5, 2014. 
  • Bertschy, Zac; Sevakis, Justin (January 28, 2010). "The Liam King – ANNCast". Anime News Network. 
  • "Kana's Korner" Interview With Liam O'Brien on 91.8 The Fan

External links

  • Liam O'Brien on Twitter
  • Liam O'Brien at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
  • Liam O'Brien at Crystal Acids Voice Actor Database
  • Liam O'Brien on IMDb
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