For fans of anime, Newton Pittman, born on August 29, 1976, is a familiar name. Popular for voicing Zwei/Reiji Azuma in “Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom,” Gray Fullbuster in “Fairy Tale,” and Taito Shirei in “Hero Tales,” among others, Pittman has built a massive fanbase. Also a talented musician, actor, and nurse, Pittman continues to voice some of the most popular characters from the anime universe. Celebrate the special day of this popular voice artist right here with some insights and trivia from his life and career.
Popular American voice actor and musician Newton Pittman is popular with fans of anime. Born Newton Brandburn Pittman on August 29, 1976, in Queens, New York, his mother is Vicky Byers, an education professional. He was raised in New York and has one brother. His zodiac sign is Virgo. As a child, he modeled for television advertisements.
Pittman initially began his career in music. His first gig as a musician was in 2001 when he performed with his group in New York. Then, in 2004, he made his voice acting debut with Funimation, the global entertainment company, when he secured a guest role on the Japanese street racing manga series “Initial D.” In subsequent years, he went on to provide his voice to several English dubs for Japanese anime series, including “Hero Tales” in 2007 and “Ga-Rei: Zero” in 2008. He lived in New York for eight years before moving to Dallas Fort Worth, Texas. In 2009, he landed his first main role in an anime series when he voiced Reiji “Zwei” Azuma in “Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom.” Later that year, he joined the Undermain Theater as a Company Member and performed in several plays, beginning with “The Black Monk,” receiving much praise for his portrayal.
It was also in 2009 that he landed the role of Gray Fullbuster in the English version of the show “Fairy Tale,” which propelled him to international fame. The following year, in 2010, he landed a live-action role in the television series “The Good Guys.” In 2015, he landed another main role as the voice of Ryu Yamada in the English dub of the series “Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches.” In 2017, he obtained a license in nursing to become a registered nurse. He then began to practice as a full-time intrathoracic cancer nurse while also continuing his voiceover and acting career. That same year, he also provided the voice for Gray Fullbuster in the second movie of the “Fairy Tale” series — “Fairy Tale: Dragon Cry.” In 2018, he voiced the character Twice in the series “My Hero Academia,” based on another popular superhero manga series. In 2022, he made his first visit to the Dallas Comic Show.
Pittman has maintained a low profile for a celebrity voice-over artist. He routinely attends comic cons and anime events across the country, interacting with fans. When he is not working, he enjoys traveling with his dog and watching baseball.
In a milestone achievement for his music career, Pittman performs his first public gig with his group at a venue in New York.
Appearing in a guest role on the show “Initial D,” Pittman makes his debut as a voice artist.
Voicing Reiji “Zwei” Azuma in “Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom,” Pittman gets his first lead character voiceover.
Pittman appears in a small role in the live-action television series, “The Good Guys.”
Pittman receives his license for nursing and becomes a full-time intrathoracic cancer nurse in New York.
Why We Love Newton Pittman
He is great with children
Pittman has a reputation for being great with his fans, especially children. He goes out of his way to meet young fans of his when they come to see him.
He is much more than a voice artist
Pittman is an incredibly talented person. Apart from being a popular voice artist, he is also a talented musician, a photographer, and a full-time nurse too.
He stays grounded despite his fame
Pittman is popular with fans of anime around the world. And yet, he maintains a grounded bearing, staying humble and poised when around fans.
5 Surprising Facts
His grandfather is his icon
Pittman considered his grandfather to be quite cool when he was younger and looked up to him.
He is a talented photographer
In his spare time, Pittman enjoys taking his camera to shoot picturesque scenes.
He owns a camera collection
Fond of photography, Pittman also owns several cameras, adding them to what he calls his “digital collection.”
His white streak appeared in his 30s
The distinctive white-haired streak Pittman sports in his hair first appeared when he was in his 30s and he let it grow out.
He is a musician
Pittman is also a talented musician and can play the piano as well as the guitar
Newton Pittman FAQs
Who voices Grey from “Fairy Tail?”
Newton Pittman voices Gray Fullbuster in the English version.
Who voices Twice in “My Hero Academia?”
Newton Pittman is the English dub voice for Twice/Jin Bubaigawara in “My Hero Academia.”
How old is Newton Pittman?
Born in 1976, Pittman is 45 years old as of 2022.
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