Michael Anthony Kleinhenz (November 14, 1951–July 11, 2008) was an American voice actor who frequently participated in translation and dubbing of Japanese anime. His voice also appeared in national TV and radio advertisements and local advertisements in the Houston area.


Mike was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Pascack Valley High School in Hillsdale, New Jersey in 1969 and from the University of Cincinnati in 1974 with a B.A. degree in Radio and TV Broadcasting. After college he settled in Houston, Texas. He married Sydnie Diane Meltzer in 1981 (divorced 2003) and raised five sons.

In college, Mike led the Bearcats defensive line and was selected to play in the Ohio Shrine Bowl. After graduation, he tried out with the San Francisco Giants and played pre-season football for the Houston Oilers. Shortly before his first son was born, Mike competed in the 35K racewalk at the US Olympic Festival. He remained active throughout his life. His sports interests included football, basketball, baseball, fast-pitch softball, mountain biking, running, disc golf and snagging.

At home, Mike was a gifted singer and guitar player. Outside of the house, he was more easily recognized for his role in dubbing Japanese anime and as the voice in countless local and national commercials.

Kleinhenz suffered a heart attack and died on July 11, 2008[1].


Voice roles

Mike Kleinhenz and Chris Patton have portrayed on two occasions a superior and subordinate role in two shows:

  • In the Full Metal Panic series, Kleinhenz played Andrey Sergevich Kalinin while Patton played Sousuke Sagara.
  • In the Spriggan OVA, Kleinhenz played Fatman while Patton played Yu Ominae.


  1. ADV Voice Actor Mike Kleinhenz Passes Away. Retrieved on July 11, 2008.

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