Who is David Howard Thornton?
Born on November 30, 1979 in Huntsville, Alabama, USA, David Howard Thornton is an actor as well as a voice actor, known for appearing in several hit television shows and movies. He portrayed the clown in the horror movie ‘Terrifier’ and also voiced the DC character ‘Joker’ in the YouTube series ‘Nightwing: Escalation’.
The Wealth of David Howard Thornton
As of mid 2020, David Howard Thornton’s net worth is estimated to be over $1 million earned through a successful acting career. Though he has not appeared in many mainstream projects, his voice acting ability has led him to numerous animated projects.
Beginning of early life, education and career
David Howard grew up in Alabama and developed an interest in impersonations at an early age. He learned different dialects and characters and often practiced as a child learning to speak in different voices, a skill that would come in handy later on.
He had no intention of pursuing such a career at a young age, and after graduating from high school, he enrolled at the University of Montevallo for his undergraduate degree. The university is located in nearby Montevallo and is the only liberal arts college in the state. During his time there, he began to take an interest in acting and worked with the school’s theater troupe.
After graduation, he considered pursuing a full-time acting career, and did so after consulting with his mother who encouraged his interests. One of his first major projects was in a theatrical production of “Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical” in which he played the role of Grandpa. The play is based on the book of the same name, one of the popular Dr. Seuss books for children, which were known for their use of rhyming verse and the shared art style and world the writer created. He worked on the production team for five national tours.
Following his theater projects, Thornton then ventured into the world of video games, providing numerous voices for “Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom”. The video game was released in 2013 and is part of the much larger “Invizimals” franchise whose release coincides with the European version “Invizimals: The Alliance”. The origin of the video game can be traced back to “Invizimals” which was released four years earlier for the PlayStation Portable (PSP). The game is known for using augmented reality, with “The Lost Kingdom” being a version available for the PlayStation 3 (PS3).
The franchise has become so popular that it has aired as an animated series. Numerous other mediums are available, including trading cards, comics, and toys.
In addition to his work with “Invizimals,” David looked for opportunities in other fields and began working on small animated projects on YouTube that would eventually lead to his next major role.
Detective Comics (DC) Adaptations
In 2016, he was cast in the YouTube series ‘Nightwing: escalation”, which is one of the online platform’s many fans or amateur attempts to offer alternative original programs, taking advantage of its high traffic. The series is based on the DC character “Nightwing” or Dick Grayson, who was previously Batman’s partner under the name Robin before starting out on his own as another vigilante in Gotham City.
He is part of what is referred to as the Batman Family, a group of superheroes and vigilantes associated with Batman in some way, and is considered a favorite by many “Batman” fans. In the show, Nightwing is seen defending Gotham in Batman’s absence, when the Joker strikes again. David’s portrayal of Joker got him a lot of attention.
His work there brought more opportunities in his path, including a guest appearance on the series “Gotham”. The show aired on Fox and is set in Gotham City before the rise of Batman, following the exploits of James Gordon, who would later become a police commissioner.
The show is known for showcasing the origins of many Batman villains, including The Riddler, Hugo Strange, Bane, Poison Ivy, and Ra’s al Ghul.
In 2017, Thornton also worked on the scripted podcast “Powder burns”, which was released through Apple Podcasts. The podcast is a western, which follows an episodic story similar to television shows – scripted podcasts have become popular in recent years. He was nominated for a Voice Arts Award for this work.
He was also wanted for the movie “Terrifier”, in which he was cast as Art the Clown after his work as Joker.
Created by Damien Leone, the film continues the story of the murderous clown character Art, who first appeared in the anthology film “All Hallows’ Eve” in 2013. The film follows victims who find themselves in a dilapidated apartment building during Halloween, where they are stalked and killed by Art. The film was first released in 2016 at the Telluride Horror Show Film Festival and later had a theatrical release in 2018, to mostly positive reviews, with many enjoying its simplicity and ode to horror/slasher films from the 1980s. 80. It has since been announced that a sequel is in production and currently in the writing stages. David Howard is set to reprise his role as art, receiving acclaim from many outlets thanks to his previous performance.
David Howard started a relationship with Alicia Mayfield sometime in the early 2000s and they got married in 2002. It is unknown if they have any children together as they are not very public about their relationship. His work as art has made him a horror icon and he uses the fame to promote some of his advocacy groups. In recent months he has been more active at home online due to quarantine conditions enforced to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. He encourages people to stay home while also embracing his work as art.