Yuri Lowenthal is an American actor, screenwriter, and producer mostly known for his voice acting in various anime, cartoons, and video games. Some of his most memorable roles include voicing teenage Ben Tennyson in “Ben 10” series, Jinnosuke in “Afro Samurai” and The Prince in “Prince of Persia” video game franchise.
Early life of Yuri Lowenthal
Yuri Loawnthal was born March 5th, 1971 in Alliance, Ohio but spent most of his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee, and northern Virginia. He moved a lot because of the nature of his father’s work (he was an agent in the United States Agency for International Development), even spending two years in Niger, Africa. Lowenthal had only a sporadic interest in acting, not enough to get him fully interested.
Lowenthal enrolled into The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia where he signed up for theater classes but ended majoring in East Asian studies. He studied abroad in Osaka, Japan and after graduation in 1993, he joined the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET). While back in Japan, Yuri Lowenthal continued to participate in theater and acting. After two years in the programme, he decided to pursue acting full-time. Lowenthal moved to New York City and spent six years there doing theater and indie films.
Career & Role as Ben Tennyson on Ben 10
As moving to Los Angeles to further pursue an acting career is a natural progression for many, Yuri Lowenthal was no exception. He worked in live-action and theater roles while also taking voice-over classes. That was the decision that got Yuri where he is today as he got his first ever anime dub role there, thanks to his voice-over instructor who just happened to be directing the English dub for an anime show called “SD Gundam Force“.
The role encouraged Yuri Lowenthal to try out for other anime roles, as well as other voice-over work in animation, commercials, and video games. It was the latter that further progressed Lowenthal’s career. His first major role in video game voice-overs was the role of the Prince in “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”. The Prince became one of his signature role (and also one of Yuri’s personal favorites), as evidenced by fan requests to portray the character after Lowenthal was recast for the sequel, “Warrior Within”. Yuri also provided the voice for a number of well-known games such as “Fallout: New Vegas”, “Bioshock” and many others. Recently, he was featured in video game blockbusters such as “Titanfall 2”, “Final Fantasy XV”, “World of Warcraft: Legion” and others.
While developing his video game voice acting career, Yuri continued voicing characters in various anime shows, including Sasuke in “Naruto”, Jinnosuke in “Afro Samurai” and Suzaku Kururugi in “Code Geass”. Regarding cartoons, he voiced Superman in “Legion of Superheroes” before landing another of his signature roles – 15-year-old Ben Tennyson in “Ben 10: Alien Force”. The show was followed by “Ben 10: Ultimate Alien” and “Ben 10: Omniverse”, bringing Yuri widespread acclaim.
Yuri Lowenthal also guest-starred in several TV shows, including “Alias”, “Gilmore Girls”, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”, “Criminal Minds” and “Hawaii Five-0”. His live-action resume includes The Arcadian for which he wrote a screenplay and a few shorts which he produced.
Yuri Lowenthal is married to fellow actress Tara Platt. The two met at the New York University grad film where they played opposite each other. The couple married on New Year’s eve in Las Vegas in 2001. They attended the same voice-over class and have founded a production company called Monkey Kingdom Productions in 2004.
Like many of his fellow actors, Yuri Lowenthal currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife. Yuri has a rather average build with 1,75 meters tall. His nickname is Sean the Don. He is also the co-author of two books. The first one is “Voice-Over Voice Actor: What It’s Like Behind the Mic,” co-written with his wife, while the second book is pulp noir novella “Tough City” which he co-wrote with Keith Ikeda-Barry as part of a 72-hour novel writing contest. Yuri is a certified practitioner of Wu Shu kung fu and is fluent in English, Japanese, French, and German.
What’s Yuri Lowenthal doing now?
Yuri is continuing his voice acting career with multiple engagements. He is voicing different characters in “Young Justice” and Spider-Man in the upcoming “Spider-Man PS4” video game. He has completed providing the voice for a couple of short animation movies, as well as “Hullabaloo”. Lowenthal also has a couple of live-action releases slated for next year, starring in “The Concessionaires Must Die!” and “Any Bullet Will Do”. Yuri Lowenthal often does voices for miscellaneous additional characters so we’ll be hearing a lot of him in the coming year.
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