Voice actor Greg Baldwin, who voiced Uncle Iroh on Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, praises fan-made “Uncle Highroh” artwork.
It would seem that Uncle Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender takes more than tea.
Greg Baldwin, who took over the voice of Iroh in season 3 of Avatarshared fan art drawn by artist Jason Lillard, which depicts the beloved Avatar character in a pose from Season 1’s “The Waterbending Scroll”. However, instead of a White Lotus Pai Sho token, the character is instead holding a hand-rolled joint. Dubbing this “Uncle Highroh” version, Baldwin cheekily included a riff on Iroh’s quote from the Season 2 episode, “The Chase.” Baldwin tweeted, “Sharing weed with a fascinating stranger is one of life’s true delights.”
First voiced by Makoto Iwamatsu (meaning Mako) from Seasons 1-2, Iroh served as Prince Zuko’s mentor after his nephew was banished from the Fire Nation. While he was first described as a laid-back, tea-loving old man, Avatar: The Last Airbender gradually revealed more details about Iroh’s past, from his career as a decorated war general to the death of his son, which caused Iroh to search for a new path to enlightenment. After Mako’s death in 2006 from lung cancer, Baldwin stepped in as the voice of Iroh for Avatarthe third and final season of.
Baldwin takes over Uncle Iroh’s duties
After Avatar ended, Baldwin reprized his role for the franchise’s sequel series, The Legend of Korra, revealing that Iroh currently resides in the Spirit World. He also took over as the voice of samurai jack villain Aku – similarly voiced by Mako from 2001 to 2004 – for his final season on adult swimming. The series then received a 2020 video game sequel called Samurai Jack: Time Battlewith Baldwin, Phil LaMarr and others samurai jack cast members return to provide dialogue.
At San Diego Comic-Con International in 2022, production company Avatar Studios confirmed that they are working on a follow-up feature film to Avatar: The Last Airbenderalthough no information was provided as to whether the original Avatar the voice cast will be brought back. The stories of Avatar Aang and Korra have continued through various graphic novels, with a solo comic about longtime antagonist Azula slated for release in summer 2023. Other non-comic novels have focused on Aang’s Avatar predecessors, including the two Avatar Kyoshi books. Kyoshi’s Rise and Kyoshi’s Shadowas well as this year’s Dawn of Yangchen.
Separately, Netflix has completed filming a live-action Avatar Television adaptation in June. The show will feature several characters from Season 1, with Iroh played by Kim’s Convenience starring Paul Sun-Hyung Lee.
Avatar: The Last Airbender is currently streaming on Netflix and Paramount+.