Debra Philece Sampler (July 16, 1953 – July 1, 2021) was an American film, television and voice actress. She got her start on the serial Days of Our Lives as Renee DiMera, and the soap opera Another World as Donna Love Hudson.
Debra Philece Sampler
July 16, 1953
|Died||July 1, 2021 (aged 67)|
(m. 1981; div. 1986)
In addition to her acting career, Sampler provided the voice to various characters in animated series, such as Toph Beifong in The Legend of Korra. She also voiced characters in English-language dubs, such as Mimi Tachikawa and Cody Hida from Digimon: Digital Monsters, Tiptory in Eureka Seven, and Hiyori Tamura from Lucky Star.
After graduating from the University of North Texas in 1975 with a drama degree, Sampler moved to Hollywood and quickly landed guest roles in a few television movies and series, including the The Incredible Hulk in season 4, episode 59 titled "Dark Side".
Sampler first made a name for herself playing Renée DuMonde on the soap Days of Our Lives. The Renee character became the focus of a major 1983 murder mystery, resulting in one of the most spectacular send-offs in daytime history. After leaving Days of our Lives in September 1983, she went on to the TV series Rituals, which ran from 1984–1985. The show also starred future soap stars Mary Beth Evans (Kayla, Days) and Jon Lindstrom (Kevin, GH), as well as veteran soap star Kin Shriner (ex-Scotty, GH; ex-Brian, B&B) and Tina Louise (Ginger from Gilligan's Island). After Rituals, Philece went on to Another World in 1986 to play Donna Love, a role she took over from originating actress Anna Stuart. She left AW in 1989 when Stuart reclaimed the role. She had a couple of guest starring roles on TJ Hooker as Sue Ann and on Hunter as Casey. She then took a sabbatical to Japan with her then-fiance. She returned to the US with a few screenplays and formed Philman Entertainment, a production company.
Sampler worked as associate producer of the Los Angeles stage hit Sordid Lives by Del Shores. She performed in UPN's animated series, The Incredible Hulk, as the voice of Betty Ross. She remained pals with her former Days of our Lives love-interest Gregg Marx (David Banning). She performed a voice over on Real Monsters - "Ollie Ollie Oxen Free." She did a voice on Nickelodeon's Rugrats, where she played Emma (Chuckie's love interest) in the episode "He Saw, She Saw".
|1980||The Incredible Hulk "Dark Side"||Laurie Schulte|
|1981–1984||Days of Our Lives||Renée DuMonde|
|1984–1985||Rituals||Lacey Jarrett Gallagher|
|1987–1989||Another World||Donna Love Hudson|
|2007||The Interior||Gloria (2007)|
|1996||Here is Greenwood||Sumire Hasukawa, Dorm Lady (Media Blasters dub)|
|1999-2000||Digimon Adventure||Mimi Tachikawa, Koromon (Ep. 16)|
|2000-2001||Digimon Adventure 02||Cody Hida, Mimi Tachikawa, Anna|
|2001-2002||Digimon Tamers||Alice McCoy, Takato's Mom|
|2001||Arc the Lad||Robby|
|2001||Rurouni Kenshin||Makimachi Misao, Sakura|||
|2002||Digimon Frontier||Floramon, Shinya Kanbara|
|2002-03||X||Yuzuriha Nekoi, Tokiko Magami|
|2002-03||Great Teacher Onizuka||Chikako Shiari (Ep. 9-43), Hidemi Ohta, Tomoko Nomura|
|2003||Brigadoon||Lili, Tamemi Ebichya, Wakana Konno|
|2003-04||Figure 17||Mina Sawada, Kyoko Iburagi|
|2003||Ai Yori Aoshi||Taeko Minazuki|
|2005||Battle B-Daman||Mie, Ms. Karat|
|2005-06||Fafner in the Azure||Kiyomi Kaname, Ikumi Nishio|
|2006||Idaten Jump||Kakeru Sakamaki, Sho's Mom|
|2006-07||Eureka Seven||Tiptory (Ep. 8-9)|||
|2008||Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion||HiTV reporter (Ep. 21), Additional Voices|
|2008||Digimon Data Squad||Nanami, Thomas' Mother (Ep. 15)|
|2012||Blue Exorcist||Shiemi's Grandmother (Ep. 4), Ryuji Suguro (Young, Ep. 5)|
|2015||BlazBlue Alter Memory||Taokaka|
|2017||Berserk (2016)||Flora, Nico|||
|2017||Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga||Ryuji Suguro (Young, Ep. 2)|
|2017||Dragon Ball Super||Goten, Kid Goku (flashback)|
|2017||Hyōka||Female Teacher (ep 1, Funimation dub)|||
|2019||Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba||Rokuta (ep. 1)|||
|2019||Sword Art Online: Alicization||Sister Azariya|||
|2019-21||The Promised Neverland||Lannion, Grandma, Sherry||Also Season 2|
|2020||Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2045||Brenda Rucker|||
- Bleach - Ayame, Chizuru Honsho, Waineton (Cain's Doll)
- Idol Project - Layla B. Simmons
- Kill la Kill - Mataro Mankanshoku (credited as Lindsey Eaton)
- Kyo Kara Maoh - Nicola
- Last Exile - Alister Agrew, Claus Valca (Young)
- Love Hina - Tsuruko Aoyama
- Lucky Star - Hiyori Tamura
- Marmalade Boy - Asst. Principal Kyoto
- Mars Daybreak - Anya
- Mobile Suit Gundam F91 - Manuela Panopa
- Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans - Sakura Pretzel
- Mouse - Mei's Grandmother, Samasa Morijima
- Overman King Gainer - Elizabeth
- Please Twins - Futaba Mashita
- Requiem from the Darkness - Shiragiku, Tatsuta
- Rozen Maiden - Mitsu 'Micchan' Kusakabe
- Samurai Champloo - Budokiba
- Samurai Girl Real Bout High School - Madoka Mitsurugi
- SD Gundam Force - Mayor Margaret Gathermoon, Noah
- Stanley - Lester Goldberg
- The Incredible Hulk (1996 TV series) - Betty Ross (1997)
- The Seven Deadly Sins - Mead
- The Twelve Kingdoms - Gobo
- Tokko - Sakura Rokujo
- Transformers: Robots in Disguise - Kelly
- Tweeny Witches: The Adventures - Iga (Ep. 5)
- Ultra Maniac - Maya Orihara
- Vandread - Barnette Orangello
- Viewtiful Joe (TV series) - Silvia
- Wild Arms: Twilight Venom - Jerusha
|2014||The Legend of Korra||Toph Beifong (Elder), Vendor (ep41), Woman (ep41)|||
|2015-16||Goldie & Bear||Granny (of Red Riding Hood)|
|2015-21||Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir||Sabine Cheng, Ms. Mendeleiev||Seasons 1-4|
|2000||Digimon: The Movie||Mimi Tachikawa, Cody Hida, Matt and T.K.'s Grandmother ("Four Years Later" segment)|||
|2003||Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: The Sealed Card||Kaho Mizuki, Spinel Sun (small form) (Leave it to Kero-chan! short)|
|2014||A Letter to Momo||Grandmother|
|2016-2018||Digimon Adventure tri.||Mimi Tachikawa|||
|2020||Ni no Kuni||Pub Mistress|||
|2021||Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train||Rokuta Kamado||wide theatrical release, Aniplex|||
|2003||Sakura Wars: The Movie||Tsubaki Takamura|
|2005||Digimon: Revenge of Diaboromon||Mimi Tachikawa, Cody Hida|||
|2005||Digimon Tamers: Runaway Locomon||Riley Ohtori, Jeri Katou|
|2020||Miraculous World: New York: United HeroeZ||Ms. Mendeleiev|
|2021||Miraculous World: Shanghai, The Legend of Ladydragon||Sabine Cheng|
- AI: The Somnium Files - Mayumi Matsushita
- Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura - Z'an Al'urin
- BlazBlue series - Taokaka
- Blue Dragon - Child, Female Village, Devour Village Old Woman
- Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise - Mrs. Carpenter
- Shenmue III - Additional Cast
- Adventures in Voice Acting - Herself
- Credit List anime
- Episode 19: "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head". Kill la Kill. June 21, 2015. Adult Swim.
- Other references
- Maloney, Michael (July 2, 2021). "DAYS and Another World Star Philece Sampler Dead at 67". soaphub.com. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
- @@PeggyWebbAuthor (July 2, 2021). "Philece Sampler" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Philece Sampler Interview".
- Valdez, Nick (July 2, 2021). "Philece Sampler, Digimon and The Legend of Korra Star, Dies at 67". comicbook.com. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
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- "Behind The Voice Actors - Philece Sampler". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved July 16, 2017. Check mark indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sourcesCS1 maint: postscript (link)
- "AICN Anime-Batman: Gotham Knight, More Manga Market Shake-Ups, Figures and More". Aint It Cool News. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
- "The Return of the Time-Honored Classic Lit Club". Hyōka. Episode 1. May 23, 2017. Event occurs at Closing credits. Funimation.
- "Cruelty". Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Season 1. Episode 1. USA. Event occurs at Closing credits, English Language Cast. Adult Swim.
- "Twitter". February 24, 2019. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
- "Additional "Digimon Adventure Tri." English Dub Cast Announced". crunchyroll.com. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
- "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train". May 16, 2021. Retrieved May 16, 2021.