Born in central Palestine, who has won awards for his voice acting, dies at the age of 35


Born in central Palestine, who has won awards for his voice acting, dies at the age of 35

This story has been updated with a quote from Billy Kametz’s agent.

The death of Billy Kametz on June 9 has drawn international attention in recognition of the voice actor’s work on anime shows and video games.

Kametz died at Hershey Medical Center after announcing in a video in late April that he was taking a break from his career after being diagnosed with late-stage colon cancer.

Kametz, 35, has been praised for his work as a voice actor on the English-language versions of dozens of Japanese-style shows and video games.

These included the anime series “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”, “Attack on Titan” and “Neon Genesis Evangelion”. Kametz’ video game voice overs include hit titles Persona 5 Royal, Fire Emblem: Three Houses and the Pokemon series.

His performance as Naofumi Iwatani in The Rising of the Shield Hero earned him the 2019 Top Acting Award from Crunchyroll, a film distribution and streaming service for Japanese animation shows.

In an April video on his YouTube channel, Kametz told fans he was moving from California to Pennsylvania to be closer to family while he undergoes treatment at Hershey Medical Center for colon cancer, which is also affecting his liver, lungs and spine concerned. Kametz said at the time that he had already undergone radiation to shrink a mass on his spine.

A. Jinnie McManus, agent for Kametz, said Sunday night: “Billy was living his dream as a Japanese animation and video game fan growing up to play in beloved roles that will now forever be his legacy. He was a popular guest at conventions who loved meeting his fans. After all, he was one of them once. Even through his worst illness, he remained optimistic and determined. The world is darker without him and I will miss my boyfriend terribly.”

Born in Lancaster and raised in the Hershey area, Kametz’s career began in 2016 when he landed the role of Aladdin in a Broadway-style musical at Disneyland, having previously worked as a cast member on Disney cruise lines.

After the announcement of his death, tributes began rolling out across various anime and gaming websites, as well as his talent agent’s social media. Contact person bookingwhich reminded fans that “you’re part of his legacy and he wants to know you’re okay.”

In his April video, Kametz said he was retiring from several projects due to his illness, asking, “If you guys could do me a favor anyone to replace me on any show if you guys please – it’s such a weird one.” Thing an actor gotta do – if you would just support her that well and be her biggest cheerleader, that would make me really, really happy.”

A GoFundMe campaign organized by Kametz’ agent for his medical and funeral expenses has raised over $184,000 as of Sunday afternoon. The von Kametz family is also asking for donations in lieu of flowers to the Colon Cancer Coalition.

Kametz is survived by parents William and Cheryl, sister Nikki Kametz Lees and other family members, and friend and popular anime and video game voice actress Erica Lindbeck.

A. Jinnie McManus, Agent for Billy Kametz, says, “Billy lived his dream as a Japanese cartoon and video game fan growing up to play in beloved roles that will now forever be his legacy.”

“Anyone who has met Billy will tell you that he is one of the most genuine, humble and loving people they have ever met,” the family wrote in their obituary. “His infectious personality and smile always lit up a room with such joy and happiness. Billy always made a positive impression on everyone he came in contact with. His love for his family, friends and girlfriend has always been most important to him and that love will live on forever.”

A viewing is planned for Wednesday evening, and a Christian funeral service will be held on June 18, his obituary said.

PennLive writer Zahriah Balentine contributed to the story.

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