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Kirk Thornton is an American voice actor. He is most known for voicing Shadow the Hedgehog as of .
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Thornton's most well known roles are Hotohori in
Fushigi Yugi and Jin in Samurai Champloo. He also voices Don Patch and Hydrate in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Gabumon and other voices in Digimon, as well as Saix and his whole counterpart Isa in the Kingdom Hearts series and Kisame Hoshigaki in Naruto and its sequel, Naruto: Shippuden. He is also somewhat known for portraying the character Harry Mason in Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. Rough, grouchy men in anime and video games are also voiced well by him, such as Jubei from Blazblue and Xiahou Dun in Dynasty Warriors 4 and onward. He also voiced Kevin Ryman from Resident Evil Outbreak but he was uncredited. A recent role of his is in Square Enix's Bravely Default, as Barras Lehr.
Reactions to Thornton's performance as Shadow were generally mixed. While some fans have praised his performance for keeping Shadow's dark personality and sounding like his
Kingdom Hearts character Saïx (though his tone seems more similar to Kisame Hoshigaki from Naruto in terms of an "older" and "sinister" type of voice but appears to be less rough and smooth, which is another one of Thornton's roles), others have criticized it for sounding "too old". However, Thornton's voice of Orbot was more positively received. [
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Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (4 June 2017). Retrieved on 4 June 2017. “ Bill Freiberger: (Beaver) Policeman is Kirk Thornton @VOKirk and Policeman Wolf is @WallyWingert.”
Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (20 April 2017). Retrieved on 20 April 2017. “ Alexander Soerensen: If I may ask, who voiced Beta and Retro in "Nominatus Rising"? / Bill Freiberger: The voice of Beta was @VOKirk and the voice of Retro was @RogerCraigSmith.”
Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (25 October 2015). Retrieved on 21 November 2015.
↑ Hahn, Greg (25 October 2017).
Froglodytes. Sonic News Network:Discussion. Retrieved on 25 October 2017. “ Greg Hahn: And Kirk voiced the Drill Sgt.”
Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (10 July 2017). Retrieved on 10 July 2017. “ Bill Freiberger: Professor Kingsford was voiced by @VOKirk.”
Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (3 July 2017). Retrieved on 3 July 2017. “ Bill Freiberger: The voice of Redd Heron was provided by @VOKirk”
Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (23 January 2017). Retrieved on 23 January 2017. “ Bill Freiberger: Sheep Villager is voiced by @VOKirk, Kirk Thornton. Wild Cat is voiced by @WallyWingert.”
Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (23 January 2017). Retrieved on 23 January 2017. “ Bill Freiberger: Walrus Male is voiced by @VOKirk, Kirk Thornton.” ↑
Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (29 January 2017). Retrieved on 30 January 2017. “ Bill Freiberger: The voice of Warthog Male is @VOKirk.”
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