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Deem Bristow was an American actor and voice actor, who did voice work for the English dub of the Sonic the Hedgehog series.


In 2003, 4Kids Entertainment acquired the US dubbing rights for Sonic X. Instead of hiring the current video game voice actors, 4Kids hired their own actors. When Ryan Drummond contacted 4Kids, the producer of Sonic X, Michael Haigney, claimed that they could not use the video game voice actors because they did not live in New York where 4Kids is headquartered. Adding to the controversy, 4Kids did not offer any of the actors a chance to relocate and audition for Sonic X.[1] Bristow was replaced by Mike Pollock who voiced Dr. Eggman in Sonic X. However, in Sonic Riders and Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, his voice clips from Sonic Adventure 2 were re-used for Eggman's playable appearances in both of these games.

Mike Pollock confirmed that Sega of Japan hired the 4Kids voice actors secretly[2] before Bristow's death, rather than the rumor persisting that Bristow's death had forced Sega to replace the entire voice cast to that from Sonic X.[3] Former Sega of America president Simon Jeffery confirms that Sega of Japan controls all voice actors including those in the US.[4]

Bristow was best remembered in the industry for his voice work, most notably as the voice for Dr. Eggman from 1998 to 2004. He passed away from heart failure on 15 January 2005 at the age of 57.


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  1. Current Events July 2003, pages 2-4
  2. Sonic voiceover cast replaced, Ryan’s e-mail
  3. Paulson, Andrew (27 July 2008). The Sonic Scene interview with Mike Pollock. The Sonic Scene. Archived from the original on 7 December 2008. Retrieved on 11 August 2018.
  4. Simon Jeffery interview, Jeffery’s first answer and closing statement

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