Yuri Lowenthal Biography
Yuri Lowenthal is an American actor, producer, and screenwriter knew majorly for his voice-over work in anime, cartoons and video games. He is famously known for his roles in anime and cartoons include Sasuke Uchiha in Naruto and teenage Ben Tennyson in Ben 10. He was also cast as Jinnosuke in Afro Samurai, Simon in Gurren Lagann, and Suzaku Kururugi in Code Geass.
In video games, he voices The Prince in Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia, Alucard in Castlevania, Hayate/Ein in Dead or Alive, Matt Miller in Saints Row and the protagonist in Persona 3.
Additionally, he voices Yosuke Hanamura in Persona 4, Marth in Fire Emblem, Peter Parker / Spider-Man in Insomniac’s Spider-Man. He has a production company Monkey Kingdom Productions with his wife, Tara Platt. In his company, they have produced several feature films and a live-action web series called Shelf Life. He co-authored the book Voice-Over Voice Actor.
Yuri Lowenthal Age
He was born on March 5, 1971, in Alliance, Ohio, the United States of America. Later, he was raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He is forty-eight years of age as of 2019.
Yuri Lowenthal Early Life
Lowenthal was born in Alliance, Ohio and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, later moving to Northern Virginia. His father worked for the United States Agency for International Development, and he spent two years in Niger in Africa. He didn’t do much acting until the end of high school when he tried out for drama class in his senior year, but it was enough to get him interested in acting. His early exposure to anime was from shows such as Speed Racer, Star Blazers and Battle of the Planets.
At The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, he took classes in Theatre but majored in East Asian studies where in his third year, he studied abroad in Osaka, Japan. He also participated in the school’s gymnastics program and ROTC. After graduating in 1993, he joined the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET) where he served as a Coordinator of International Relations, helping out foreign English teachers in Shiga Prefecture.
While at JET he continued to participate in theatre and acting. After two years there, he still wanted to try acting full-time, and moved to New York City and participate in theatre in shows that were off-off-Broadway. He spent six years in New York doing theatre and indie films.
Yuri Lowenthal Wife
Yuri is a married man. He is married to the love of his life, Tera Platt. Lowenthal met actress Tara Platt on an NYU grad film where they played opposite each other in a romantic comedy film called Model Chaser. Six months into their relationship, Lowenthal helped Platt do a cross-country move to Los Angeles so that Platt could participate in auditions there for new TV shows.
He had originally planned to fly back after the move, but midway through the trip, he proposed to her in Bowling Green, Ohio. They married in Las Vegas in 2002. They founded a company called Monkey Kingdom Productions in 2004. Their child, Sagan Carter Lowenthal, was born in 2016.
Yuri Lowenthal Career
Lowenthal moved to Los Angeles and worked in live-action and theatre roles, To supplement his on-camera work, he and his wife Tara Platttook a voice-over class. Their instructor later happened to be directing the English dub for an anime show called SD Gundam Force.
He got his first ever anime dub role there and soon tried out for other anime roles as well as other voice-over work in animation, commercials, and video games. Lowenthal recalled that his first voice appearance in a video game might have also been for SD Gundam Force.
Lowenthal’s first major role in video game voice-overs was as the Prince in Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Lowenthal did not return to voice the Prince in Warrior Within, being replaced by Robin Atkin Downes. Lowenthal felt that this was a conscious decision by Ubisoft to fit in with the game’s overall tonal shift. Additionally, he thought it was the right decision.
For The Two Thrones, he returned to play the role, as fans had stated their preference for his portrayal of the character. The Prince became one of Lowenthal’s favorite roles, and he was pleased to return to the role for The Forgotten Sands. This ultimately gave him little creative freedom with the character after The Sands of Time. For the reboots following the live-action films, the staff wanted a different portrayal of the Prince to Lowenthal’s, and so recast the role.
Lowenthal continued voicing in other anime shows, including the lead character Haru Glory in Rave Master. He also voiced a character in Zatch Bell! which had a notable run on Cartoon Network. He starred in a number of anime shows such as Girls Bravo where he played Yukinari, Scrapped Princess where he voiced Leo Skorpus, Kyo Kara Maoh, where he voiced Yuuri Shibuya, and Saiyuki Reload where he voiced Son Goku.
When he auditioned for Naruto, which was being directed by the same person who did Rave Master, he had tried out for multiple roles including Sasuke Uchiha and Iruka and got a call back for Sasuke. The Naruto anime became one of the more popular anime shows in the U.S., and its sequel Naruto Shippuden has also aired on Adult Swim. In 2007, Lowenthal was cast as Jinnosuke, aka “Kuma”, a teddy-bear-headed warrior, in the anime feature Afro Samurai which starred Samuel L. Jackson as the title character.
Other lead roles in anime include Suzaku Kururugi in Code Geass, which ran on Adult Swim, and Simonin Gurren Lagann, which ran on Toonami.
In 2008, Lowenthal provided the voice of 15-year-old Ben Tennyson in Ben 10: Alien Force. Set five years after the original series, the premiere of Alien Force set rating records for Cartoon Network in its key demographics. In portraying Ben, Lowenthal was given guidance by series director Glen Murakami who he had worked with on Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo. Early on in the show, Murakami told Lowenthal to portray Ben as less of a wisecrack than his 10-year-old persona, and did not want Ben to “veer into the whining, Luke Skywalker”.
The show was renewed for a second season and would be followed by Ben 10: Ultimate Alien which ran from 2010 to 2012, and Ben 10: Omniverse which ran from 2012–14. In Omniverse, Ben’s age was bumped up to 16 years old. Lowenthal said that he did not realize how popular the show was outside North America until he went to Australia, England, and Ireland, and saw kids wearing Ben 10 merchandise. He also said that at comic conventions, he was able to walk the halls unbothered until the Ben 10 panel, after which he was “outed”.
Lowenthal has also been involved in The Swan Princess direct-to-video series starting in 2012. Later in 2014, he was involved with The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale. In 2016 he was cast in The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today where he reprised the main role. Of these videos, he also served as the screenwriter on Christmas and Royal Family Tale.
Yuri Lowenthal Acting and production career
Lowenthal has been involved in several live-action projects with his company Monkey Kingdom Productions with wife Tara Platt. In 2008, they produced Con Artists, a mockumentary that chronicles some of their convention visits. They produced a psychological thriller film called Tumbling After which garnered an Award of Merit at the Accolade Film Festival.
In 2010, Lowenthal starred as the title character in Van Von Hunter. Van Von Hunter is a live-action mockumentary co-directed by Tokyopop founder Stuart Levy. In the film, he plays a sword-swinging barbarian from a fantasy world who are thrown into Earth and is cast in a sword and sorcery movie.
The film was featured in several film festivals and was an official selection at Fantasia Film Festival and a special audience award at MockFest 2010. Lowenthal won an award for the best character at MockFest as well.
He and Platt co-authored the book Voice-Over Voice Actor: What It’s Like Behind the Mic, released in 2010.
In 2011, Lowenthal and Platt produced Shelf Life, a web series where they act as action figures in a Toy Story-like environment, but with more adult humor. Lowenthal said in an interview that he wanted to make a show for nerds: “I wanted to make the kind of thing that my friends and I would watch. It’s got the four S’s: Sex, Social commentary, Slapstick, and Superheroes.”
He also co-authored the comedy-noir novella Tough City with Keith Ikeda-Barry as part of a 72-hour novel writing contest. It was released in 2013.
In 2014, they produced a short steampunk-themed film called Topsy McGee vs. the Sky Pirates which was an official selection at the New York City International Film Festival. and was a finalist at the Dragon Con Independent Short Film Festival in the steampunk category.
He co-wrote the screenplay for The Arcadian, a film by Dekker Dreyer that was inspired by underground science fiction comics of the 70s and 80s. In 2015, he joined Wil Wheaton’s web series Titans gave as a starring cast member which he role-plays a character named S’Lethkk. The series is broadcast by Geek & Sundry.
In 2016, he starred as Glenn Lauder in the Keith Arem-produced film The Phoenix Incident. The film is about four guys who were trying to follow the Phoenix lights UFO sighting. The UFO end up being attacked by the aliens. The film received awards and nominations at film festivals. He is slated to participate in an independent film called Any Bullet Will Do which stars Mark Ryan and was filmed in Montana.
In 2016, he released the novella as a weekly podcast series.
When asked about his ethnic background, Lowenthal has tweeted that he is a “Tennessee Jew”, and has mentioned being Jewish on various media.
About InformationCradle Editorial Staff
This Article is produced by InformationCradle Editorial Staff which is a team of expert writers and editors led by Josphat Gachie and trusted by millions of readers worldwide.
We endeavor to keep our content True, Accurate, Correct, Original and Up to Date. For complain, correction or an update, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We promise to take corrective measures to the best of our abilities.