Yuri Lowenthal is an American voice actor best known for his work on numerous Japanese anime series and related video games. The Ohio-born Lowenthal was an itinerant soul, living for brief periods in various international locales including West Africa, New York, and Japan before he settled in Los Angeles and embarking on an acting career in the early 1990s. Fluent in Japanese, Lowenthal quickly became an in-demand voice actor for English-language versions of popular Japanese anime shows and features. His voice became such a familiar presence in these English translations of Japanese shows that American productions looking for credibility with the anime audience began hiring Lowenthal to voice characters, including the popular Cartoon Network series "Ben 10: Alien Force" and its sequel "Ben 10: Ultimate Alien", in which he portrays the title character of high school student and unwitting alien host Ben Forrester. In addition to his regular voiceover work for cartoons and video games, Lowenthal has penned a book about the craft of voice acting with his wife, fellow voice actor Tara Platt.