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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. He has also provided additional voice work for the first Avatar video game.

Avatar: The Last Airbender credits[]


Character information: Tyro

Lion turtle[]

Character information: Lion turtle

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The Legend of Korra credits[]


Character information: Butakha


Character information: Doorman

Lightning Bolt Zolt[]

Character information: Lightning Bolt Zolt

Old salt[]

Additional voices[]

Avatar: Braving the Elements credits[]


  • 12. ""Imprisoned" with Kevin Michael Richardson"

Selected other credits[]

Television work[]


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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.


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.


  • Richardson has stated that he would prefer to be an earthbender out of all the elements. His second choice would be waterbending.[1]


  1. Basco, Dante (host), Varney, Janet (host), Richardson, Kevin Michael (guest). (August 24, 2021). ""Imprisoned" with Kevin Michael Richardson". Avatar: Braving the Elements. Episode 12. iHeartRadio.
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