For it’s now completed run of eight seasons, fans around the world of the Netflix animated series, “VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER” have known Neil Kaplan as the evil galactic Emperor Zarkon.
Currently Neil can be heard as the heroic Henry Graves in the short film “Suits” as a part of David Fincher’s recently debuted (adult) animated anthology series “Love, Death, and Robots” on Netflix.
His other work in animation includes playing Albus Dumbledore on “ROBOT CHICKEN”, as well as roles on “THE WACKY RACES”, “PENN ZERO: PART TIME HERO”, “BUNNICULA”, “ASK THE STORYBOTS”, “HIGGLYTOWN HEROES”, and more.
“DESTINY 2”, the highly anticipated video game sequel was released worldwide during the summer of 2017 to critical acclaim. At the center of this epic story is the primary antagonist, Dominus Ghaul. The fear inducing voice for Ghaul was provided by Mr. Kaplan.
Millions of video game players & fans around the world already know him for his captivating work in Blizzard’s massive hits “STARCRAFT II” and “HEROES OF THE STORM” as the roguish anti-hero, Tychus J. Findlay, as well as Lord of the Forest, Cenarius in “WORLD OF WARCRAFT”. He is adored by “LEAGUE OF LEGENDS” fans as the voice of space dragon Aurelian Sol. “STAR WARS” fans know him as any number of aliens, humans, droids and “others” such as Skadge, Governor Adlehard, Boss Ganne, Darth Bandon and Bendak Starkiller from the video games “OLD REPUBLIC”, “UPRISING”, “BATTLEGROUNDS” and “KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC”.
Anime fans loved Neil as Hawkmon on “DIGIMON” and continue to love to hate him as villainous Madara Uchiha on “NARUTO: SHIPPÛDEN”. Among his numerous other anime credits, he was Iron Man’s cheif nemesis on Marvel Anime’s “IRON MAN”, a council elder on “BLADE” and Magneto on “MARVEL DISK WARS: THE AVENGERS”.
His voice was heard for years on “MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS”. He was featured for the entire season voicing fan-favorite villain, Diabolico on “POWER RANGERS: LIGHTSPEED RESCUE”. And on “POWER RANGERS: TIME FORCE” he was Vernon Wells’ lovable henchman, Gluto.
Currently, he can also be heard as the voice of CNNN on Chuck Lorre’s “DISJOINTED” airing on Netflix.
Audiobook enthusiasts know him as the narrator for several books including the popular YA series, “I AM NUMBER FOUR”.
And of course lest we forget, Neil Kaplan provided the voice to iconic hero Optimus Prime on time 2001’s original “TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE”.