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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 8 February 1979Pasadena, California, USA
Birth NameJoshua Luis Wiener
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Josh Keaton was born on February 8, 1979 in Pasadena, California, USA as Joshua Luis Wiener. He is known for his work on Hercules (1997), General Hospital (1963) and Green Lantern: The Animated Series (2011). He has been married to Elizabeth Melendez since May 30, 2009.

Spouse (1)

Elizabeth Melendez (30 May 2009 - present)

Trivia (10)

Formerly in a band called "No Authority".
Did a OshKosh B'Gosh commercial at age 3 or 4
Brother-in-law of James Lee Dallas.
Is the second voice actor to provide the English voice of Ryu Hayabusa in the Ninja Gaiden video game series starting with Ninja Gaiden II. However, throughout the Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden series, he's the third voice actor ever to provide the English voice for this character.
English is actually his second language, Spanish being his first.
Was in the group No Authority. [1997]
Left the band to pursue a solo career. [1998]
Solo album due later this year. [1999]
His birth name is "Wiener" - Wien is the German word for Vienna - the capital of Austria. Normally this means his ancestors are coming from there.

Personal Quotes (8)

[on whether or not he and the cast of Green Lantern ad-lib much]: With Green Lantern we stuck pretty close to the script. I don't think there was much ad-libbing, nor was it really necessary.
[on whether or not Green Lantern's recording sessions were Radio style/ensemble or separate]: Radio style. The only exceptions would be scheduling conflicts but for the most part we would read together.
[on whether or not any significant changes were made between his Green Lantern audition and the actual production of the series]: I wouldn't say anything really changed significantly between audition and job. The first few sessions are really where the character for that particular project is fully fleshed out, and the entire time I was still reading Green Lantern in my spare time. I'm still reading Green Lantern!
[on whether or not the 'crash course' in modern comics helped him before or after his audition for Green Lantern]: After. I was pretty much flying on instinct in the audition...which is pretty much what Hal does! Perhaps that throwing of caution to the wind came across in my read. The first audition was one I recorded at home and submitted and I immediately started poking my nose into the books before I even knew I would get a callback. It was kind of a whirlwind casting process. There wasn't much time between the initial audition and the callback (a week or two perhaps?) and the time between callback and finding out I got the job was a pretty short time as well. I didn't know if new material would be part of the callback so the day I submitted my audition I started learning the Green Lantern oath. I was actually a little bummed when I didn't need to recite it at the callback.
[on developing his voice for Hal Jordan in the Green Lantern animated series]: The first thing I set was the voice tone. Hal's a bigger physical presence than the Spidey I've played and is definitely not a teenager; he needed to sound like an adult. As for the character, I asked a few of my close friends who are huge Green Lantern fans for insights into his character as well as what comic issues I should focus on at first. Bruce Timm and our head writers Jim Krieg and Ernie Altbacker also had pearls of wisdom to offer. As for previous performances, I didn't have a whole lot to go on in the time frame so much of my interpretation of Hal's character came from reading Green Lantern: Rebirth and seeing his family dynamic. His desire to follow his dreams and fly while having to deal with the fallout within his family was something that rang true to me and allowed me to find myself in Hal.
[on the strangest thing he's had to do for the Green Lantern series so far]: It's a toss up between speaking alien and my reaction to alien fruit exploding in my face.
[on impersonating Ian Abercrombie for a scene in Green Lantern]: Ian was a really good sport about it, but he's also one of the nicest people I've ever met. He hasn't gotten me back for it yet but if he reads this, he might start plotting.
[on whether or not working with Kevin Michael Richardson across three different series helped with establishing the Hal Jordan-Kilowog dynamic for Green Lantern] Absolutely. Kevin and I have become good friends outside of the studio so we didn't need to work on rapport at all. The Hal and Kilowog dynamic was there immediately. Our camaraderie and joking around would quite often carry over between takes and I thank our wonderful voice director, Lisa Schaffer for wrangling us back to productivity when needed (which was a lot).

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