Kevin Michael Richardson is an American actor and voice actor known for portraying characters animated series and video games with a deep, sometimes villainous voice, including Gantu in Lilo & Stitch, the Joker in The Batman, and Bulkhead in Transformers: Prime.
A classically trained actor and a native of the Bronx, New York, Richardson first gained recognition as one of only eight U.S. high school students selected for the National Foundation for the Arts' "Arts '82" program. As a result of this, he earned a scholarship to Syracuse University and a spot on a PBS special directed by John Houseman.
Richardson has usually portrayed villainous characters due to his deep and powerful voice. In 1995, he obtained his first voice role as Mayor Tilton on the animated television version of The Mask.
His many voice credits include Captain Gantu in the Lilo & Stitch franchise, Goro in Mortal Kombat, the second voice of Skulker in Danny Phantom, Crunch Bandicoot in the Crash Bandicoot games, Chairman Drek in Ratchet & Clank, Antauri in Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, Dark Laser in The Fairly OddParents, Maurice in The Penguins of Madagascar, Slam Tasmanian and Tech E. Coyote in Loonatics Unleashed, and Exile in the 1990s animated series Road Rovers. Richardson also replaced Keith David as Tombstone in The Spectacular Spider-Man and voiced Stump Smash and Tree Rex in the Skylanders games.
In 2003, Richardson voiced Trigon in the animated series Teen Titans. In 2004, he became the first African-American to voice the Joker in the Kids WB animated series The Batman, a role for which he was twice nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series. In 2008, he did the voice of Bishop in Wolverine and the X-Men.
Richardson often plays characters based on comedian Bill Cosby, such as on Family Guy, The Boondocks, and Numbuh 5's father Mr. Lincoln, who is also a homage of Cosby - in Codename: Kids Next Door. He also voiced Cleveland Brown, Jr., Lester Krinklesac, and numerous others on The Cleveland Show. He currently voices Principal Brian Lewis on American Dad!
Richardson's other voice roles include Panthro in the 2011 reboot of Thundercats, Martian Manhunter in Young Justice, and Bulkhead in Transformers: Prime. He also played Kilowog in Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters, the video game sequel to the live-action Green Lantern film, and later reprised the role in Green Lantern: The Animated Series.
Richardson was nominated for Voice Actor of the Year by Behind the Voice Actors in 2012.
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