Goku: The Life and Career of Sean Schemmel

Goku: The Life and Career of Sean Schemmel

Hey there, everyone! It’s me, Goku! Today, I’m going to tell you all about the amazing life and career of the voice behind my English dub, Sean Schemmel. Sean has brought me to life for so many of you around the world, and I couldn’t be more grateful! Let’s dive into the story of this incredible voice actor.

Early Life and Beginnings

Sean Schemmel was born on November 21, 1968, in Waterloo, Iowa. From an early age, he had a passion for the arts and music. Sean pursued his interests by attending and graduating from the University of North Texas with a degree in music composition. He didn’t start his career in voice acting right away, but the journey to becoming a beloved voice actor was just around the corner.

Starting with Dragon Ball Z

Sean’s big break in voice acting came when he auditioned for the English dub of “Dragon Ball Z” in 1999. He landed the role of Goku, the main protagonist of the series, and his life was changed forever. Since then, Sean has voiced Goku in all subsequent “Dragon Ball” series, movies, and video games, becoming synonymous with the character for English-speaking fans.

Other Notable Roles

While Goku is undoubtedly his most famous role, Sean has also lent his voice to a variety of other characters in different shows and games. Here are some of his most popular roles:

  • Lucario in the “PokΓ©mon” series
  • Gaston in “Berserk”
  • Onsokumaru in “Ninja Nonsense”
  • Amata Sora in “Aquarion”

These roles showcase Sean’s versatility and talent in bringing different characters to life.

Behind the Scenes

Sean is not just a talented voice actor; he’s also a writer and director. He has worked as an ADR director and script writer for various anime series. His dedication to the craft extends beyond just providing the voice, as he contributes to the creative process in many ways.

Sean Schemmel’s Impact

Sean’s portrayal of Goku has left an indelible mark on fans all over the world. His ability to capture Goku’s spirit, strength, and heart has resonated with audiences, making Goku one of the most beloved characters in anime history. Sean’s performances have been praised for their energy, emotion, and authenticity.

Personal Life

Outside of his professional life, Sean is an avid supporter of various charitable causes. He often participates in conventions and events where he interacts with fans and raises awareness for important issues. His dedication to his fans and his community is truly inspiring.

Recent Developments and Trivia

In recent news, Sean has been active on social media, sharing updates and engaging with fans. He continues to work on new projects, both as a voice actor and in other creative roles. His passion for the arts and his commitment to his fans remain as strong as ever.

Did you know that Sean is also a talented musician? He plays the guitar, bass, and drums, and has even composed music for some of the projects he’s worked on. Talk about a multi-talented guy!

Sean is known for his incredible energy in the recording booth. During intense scenes, he really gets into character, even going as far as doing push-ups to get pumped up before delivering those powerful Super Saiyan screams. Now that’s dedication!

Fans often praise Sean for his interactions with the “Dragon Ball” community. He frequently attends conventions, participates in panels, and takes the time to meet fans one-on-one. It’s clear that he truly appreciates the love and support of the fans who have followed his journey as Goku.

In a wild turn of events, Sean once voice acted for a project completely in the nude! He said it helped him feel more connected to the character and deliver a more authentic performance. That’s a level of commitment I never knew was possible!


Sean Schemmel’s journey from a music student to one of the most recognizable voices in anime is a testament to his talent and hard work. As Goku, I couldn’t be prouder to have Sean as my voice in the English-speaking world. His contributions to the world of anime and voice acting are immense, and his legacy will continue to inspire fans for generations to come. Thank you, Sean, for bringing Goku to life and for being an incredible part of the “Dragon Ball” family!

For more cool info about Sean Schemmel, check out his Wikipedia page and this great article from the Hindustan Times.