R BRUCE ELLIOTT was born sometime after the Civil War in a beautiful twelve-story cabin he built himself out of used tea bags and dryer lint. (Oh, don’t look so surprised – you were born after the Civil War too!) A long-time professional actor based in Dallas, Texas, his talents have taken him all over the United States and include work in theatre, film, TV, radio, commercials and anything else he could either hypnotize or annoy someone into letting him do. But late in 2003, his long and unconventional career led not to the public disgrace and/or early grave he was expecting but rather, amazingly enough, to his real calling — he started working as a voice actor at Funimation! His very first role (and still a special favorite) was the bumbling detective Richard Moore in Case Closed, and many others soon followed, totaling to date over 210 characters in some 190-plus different anime shows. Some favorites include Basque Gran in Full Metal Alchemist, Dot Pyxis in Attack on Titan, Guild Master Makarov in Fairy Tail, Captain Ginyu in Dragon Ball Z Kai and Super, Narrator in Space Dandy and Sgt. Frog, Whitebeard (and five other characters) in One Piece, Tanaka in Black Butler, Bookman in D Gray Man, head samurai Kambei in Samurai Seven, Conrad in Romeo X Juliet (which he also co-directed with his friend and colleague J. Michael Tatum), Szilard Quates in Baccano!, Mr. Saito in Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, and Hayato in Kenichi, the Mightiest Disciple. He has also had roles in about twenty anime films, notably including The One in Empire of Corpses, Hosokawa in Wolf Children, The High Seeker in Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, and Dr. Wheelo in Dragon Ball Z: The World’s Strongest.
Finally, the especially sharp-eared might recognize his voice in the occasional video game, such as Aeon Flux, Orcs Must Die (1 & 2), Bloodrayne 2, Borderlands 2, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Smite (multiple characters), and eight or nine different games in the Dragon Ball Z series, all as the fearless idiot, Captain Ginyu of the Ginyu Force. Bruce loves being a voice actor and plans to continue doing it “until they have to pry the microphone from my cold, dead hands!” — which, at his age, could be any minute now. Get those autographs while you can, folks!