Spike Spencer

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Spike Spencer
Born Charles Forrest Spencer
(1968-12-21) December 21, 1968 (age 48)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.[1]
Occupation Voice actor
Years active 1989–present
Agent Pastorini-Bosby Talent
Notable credit(s) Hanatarō Yamada in Bleach
Gojo Shioji in Excel Saga
Akito Tenkawa in Martian Successor Nadesico
Ginta Toramizu in MÄR
Shinji Ikari in Neon Genesis Evangelion
Rolo Lamperouge in Code Geass
Spouse(s) Kendra Benham (divorced)
Kim MacKenzie (m. 2014)
Children Declan Spencer (Born July 29, 2017)
Website www.spikespencer.com

Charles Forrest "Spike" Spencer (born December 12, 1968) is an American actor best known for dubbing Japanese anime films. He is best known for roles in ADV Films dubs of Neon Genesis Evangelion (as Shinji Ikari), Martian Successor Nadesico (as Akito Tenkawa), and Excel Saga (as Gojyou Shiouji). He has also performed voice acting for radio, especially commercials. His anime character voices tend to be either for timid, shy, or weak characters, or for eccentric and comical ones.

Career

Spencer attended the University of Houston for four years.[2] After doing a number of independent films, he met Amanda Winn-Lee, who suggested he audition for anime English dubbing at ADV Films. Spencer first landed a supporting role of Prime Minister Mikoshiba in Super Atragon, then a leading role of Takateru in Suikoden Demon Century, and finally, in August 1996, the role of Shinji Ikari in Neon Genesis Evangelion. After ADV Films' defunction, Funimation acquired the rights to the newly released Evangelion Movies. As part of Funimation's goal to get the service of the Original Voice Actors from shows and movies they acquired distributing rights for, Spike reprised Shinji in the movies.[2] Spencer has done voiceover work for numerous anime films, TV series, and video games.[3]

Spencer has done commercials for Houston Cellular, Applebee's, Kroger, Chevrolet, and Subway. Spencer has done additional acting in live-action films and in TV series such as The Big Easy.[2]

Spencer also travels the world with his panel, Don't Kill Your Date (and Other Cooking Tips), which teaches Spencer's trademark "food game," giving dating advice for men, cooking tips, and easy dinner recipes. Spencer's dating tips have been featured in USA Today and Men's Health. He also frequently writes dating tips for Neil Strauss, Carlos Xuma, and Singles Warehouse.

Personal life

Spencer was once married to Kendra Benham, who worked alongside him in Neon Genesis Evangelion as Maya Ibuki.[2] Spencer holds a brownbelt in aikido and a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.[2] Spencer is married to multi-passionate entrepreneur, owner of Fitness with Kim and CrownYourself.com, screenwriter, Kim MacKenzie, a former Miss California contestant and Miss Norway 2014 in the Queen of the Universe Pageant, as of October 4, 2014. He is a foodie and has a website called DontKillYourDate.com[1] Spike and Kim have one child, named Declan, who was born on July 29, 2017.

Filmography

Anime

Animation

Live-action dubbing

Live-action acting

List of acting performances in film and television
Year Title Role Crew role, notes Source[6]
2017 Altered Spirits
(Broken Spirits)
Lord Montague Starring role [7]

Video games

References

  1. ^ a b Clodfelter, Tim (March 10, 2016). "Interesting characters invading Winston-Salem this weekend". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Horn, Carl Gustav (February 1998). "Anime Focus Sound Bites: Spike Spencer". Animerica. Viz Media. 6 (2): 60–1. ISSN 1067-0831. 
  3. ^ Calvo, Shasta (July 20, 2009). "Supanova Perth 2009: Five minutes with Spike Spencer". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Toonami Asia Reveals More Dub Cast for Dragon Ball Super Anime". Anime News Network. January 17, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2017. 
  5. ^ Ernest & Celestine (film). 2013. 
  6. ^ Cite error: The named reference resume_camera was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  7. ^ "Cast". brokenspiritsfilm.com. April 8, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2017. 
  8. ^ http://www.siliconera.com/2014/01/31/bravely-default-proves-power-character/

External links

  • Official website
  • Official fansite
  • Spike Spencer on IMDb
  • Spike Spencer at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
  • Spike Spencer on Facebook
  • Spike Spencer on Twitter
  • Spike Spencer convention appearances on AnimeCons.com
  • Don't Kill Your Date (and Other Cooking Tips)
  • Don't Kill Your Date (and Other Cooking Tips) on Facebook
  • Don't Kill Your Date (and Other Cooking Tips on Twitter
  • Spike Spencer on Voice123
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