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Kevin Michael Richardson is an American-born actor and voice actor who voiced multiple characters in six episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender and two episodes of The Legend of Korra.

Avatar: The Last Airbender credits

Tax collector

Character information: Tax collector

Tyro

Character information: Tyro

The Big Bad Hippo

Character information: The Big Bad Hippo

Lion turtle

Character information: Lion turtle

Additional voices

The Legend of Korra credits

Butakha

Character information: Butakha

Doorman

Character information: Doorman

Lightning Bolt Zolt

Character information: Lightning Bolt Zolt

Old salt

Additional voices

Selected other credits

Television work

Filmography

Other credits

Biographical information

Personal life

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 the esteemed late John Houseman.

Career

Richardson has usually portrayed villainous characters due to his deep voice.

His credits include Captain Gantu from Lilo & Stitch, Shnitzel from the hit TV show Chowder, Goro in Mortal Kombat, the second voice of Skulker on Danny Phantom, Sarevok in the Baldur's Gate series, Jolee Bindo in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Crunch Bandicoot in two of the Crash Bandicoot games, Tartarus from Halo 2, the Joker in The Batman, Ultimate Supreme Executive Chairman Drek in Ratchet & Clank, Antauri in Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, Openly Gator from Queer Duck, Barney Rubble in modern versions of The Flintstones, Maurice the Aye-Aye from The Penguins of Madagascar, the unbeatable guardian of the time portal in Samurai Jack, and the voice of Exile in the late '90s cartoon Road Rovers. For The Spectacular Spider-Man he replaced Keith David as the voice of Tombstone.

In 2008, he was given the chance to voice a hero when he was cast as Bishop for Wolverine and the X-Men.

He provided the voice for comedian Bill Cosby on The Boondocks and similarly voiced Cosby, among a number of other additional characters, on Family Guy. He also voiced Cleveland Brown Jr. and Lester Krinklesac in The Cleveland Show.

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