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Hedworth Beal (born August 5, 1964) is an American voice actor, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a former law enforcement officer with the New York City Police Department. He has worked for multiple studios in New York City including 4Kids Entertainment, TAJ Productions, Audioworks Producers Group, NYAV Post, and DuArt Film & Video and has also worked in Hong Kong for Omni Productions and Red Angel Media.

Bio

Hedworth was born in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, the son of April Beal, a part-time singing telegram performer, and Richard Beal, a former police officer for the Boston Police Department.

Career

Hedworth joined the United States Marine Corps in 1983, serving in South Korea, Japan, the United Kingdom, Virginia, and Texas before being discharged in 1990.

NYPD service

Hedworth joined the New York City Police Department in 1991, where he was stationed in The Bronx near the Kingsbridge Armory.

4Kids Entertainment and voice acting

After retiring from the NYPD in 1997, Hedworth was hired as a security guard by 4Kids Entertainment. One day in 2001, Hedworth was asked by Eric Stuart to sub for him during a Tama & Friends recording session as Bupkus. Although Hepworth's voice was re-recorded with Eric prior to broadcast, this was his introduction to voice acting.

In 2004, he retired as a security guard to do voice acting full-time. He was nicknamed "Brutus" by J. David Brimmer and Andrew Rannells due to his size and voice.

During his tenure as a 4Kids dub actor, he moonlighted as a professional wrestler in Chikara, where he performed under the pseudonym of "Hank Bence" and was billed from Arkansas.

In 2012, he left 4Kids and moved away from New York City, relocating to Hong Kong where he went to work for Omni Productions and Red Angel Media. He worked on English-language anime dubs for Animax and local television stations at the two companies, though he did commute occasionally to New York City to reprise roles if needed.

Hedworth returned to New York City after 4 years in Hong Kong in 2016, and works as a freelance voice actor and narrator.

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