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The Next Level: Actor’s voice exhibits a heroic quality

by Matthew Price Published: March 20, 2009
He can’t fly or bend steel with his bare hands, but actor Yuri Lowenthal has an affinity for superheroes.

The actor, who voiced the Prince of Persia in video games and will guest-star on "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” tonight, says one of his most satisfying roles was portraying Superman in the animated series "Legion of Superheroes.”

"As an actor, I audition for jobs every day,” Lowenthal said. "When it gets to be one of ‘those’ jobs, because I’m a huge comic book nerd, and have been since I was a kid ... that always really gets me going because that’s my stuff.”

"Legion of Superheroes” features a young Superman who goes to the 31st century to aid a group of young superheroes in their battles with the villains the Fatal Five.

After his first audition, Lowenthal was called back to read for two members of the Legion of Superheroes: Lightning Lad and Brainiac 5. He also was called back to read for the Man of Steel himself.

Upon arriving at the callback, he read the "sides,” or script, for Superman and Brainiac 5 before the producers asked him to stop.

"I was too nervous to say, ‘Hey, what about Lightning Lad?’”

Lowenthal thought he’d blown it but decided to try to forget about it and move on. A few weeks later, he got a call from his agent.

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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For more from Yuri Lowenthal, including some of his inspirations for Superman and his favorite episodes of "Legion of Superheroes,” go online to

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