Tony Oliver, who was recently named to IMDB’s top 20 all time Anime Voice Actors list, began his career 25 years ago as an actor on stage and camera performing in several feature films and dozens of plays. He found success as a voice over artist, lending his voice to one of the first foreign made animated features to receive wide US release (The Sea Prince and the Fire Child).
His first foray into television was as the voice of Rick Hunter in the groundbreaking animated series Robotech. Following that he turned his attention to writing but continued his voice acting career.
In 1988 he joined Saban Entertainment as a story editor where he wrote and produced an award winning adaptation of The Jungle Book and story edited the long running Nickelodeon anime series The Noozles. In 1992, Tony was tapped to help create a new kind of children's television show. The result was the mega hit, The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Tony not only served as the development producer and head writer but also wrote the pilot, co-produced the series, directed the voice actors, played the voice of Saba, and produced the Power Rangers live appearance at Universal Studios, which drew an estimated 50,000 people on a single day. Later in the year he co-developed and wrote the script for the international sensation Mighty Morphin Power Ranger - Live Tour.
Since leaving Saban Entertainment in 1999, Tony has continued to develop, produce, voice and direct numerous projects for TV, Video Games, and New Media including .hack//GU a multi-player online video game; Daigunder, for ABC Family/Disney; Gurren Lagann a breakthrough anime series airing on the Sci Fi Channel, Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers which premiered on screens nationwide, and Martha & Friends, from Martha Stewart and 4Kids Entertainment as well as voice directing numerous video games like League of Legends.
Tony’s many voice acting credits include, Hoodwinked Too, The Muppet’s Wizard of Oz, Lupin in Lupin the 3rd, Hibiki in Vandread, Gojyo in Sayuki Reload, Harry in Gun Grave, Ranmaru in Tokko, Shinbo in Cho-bits, Ulquiorra in Bleach, Minato the 4th Hokage in Naruto, as well as voices in video games such as Delta Force: Black Hawk Down, Lord of the Rings: The War of the Ring, Dynasty Warriors, World of Warcraft, Everquest, Neverwinter Knights, Xenosaga, Magna Carta II, Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight, Basara 3 and BlazBlue. More recently he adapted and directed the English releases of K-ON! The Movie, Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Fate/Zero and Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, voice directed the highly anticipated Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, and can be heard on Nickelodeon’s NFL Rush Zone and the animated musical series Iesodo in the title role. He is currently directing massively popular series Hunter x Hunter and the highly-anticipated Love Live.
Tony Oliver joins us in collaboration with Aniplex of America, Inc. for a special 10th anniversary celebration of Gurren Lagann!
Gurren Lagann logo ⒸGAINAX, KAZUKI NAKASHIMA / Aniplex, KONAMI, TV TOKYO, DENTSU