Southside San Antonio actor Jonathan Joss keeps it puro on TV – mySA

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Though you may not know Jonathan Joss by name, most people know him from his iconic roles, one of which literally Texas as heck. It’s said that life imitates art, but for this native San Antonian, life and art are pretty dang similar, I’ll tell you what.

For those who don’t read IMDB obsessively like I do, Joss is an actor and best known for voicing John Redcorn in the Texas-based animated comedy King of the Hill. Following the death of original voice actor Victor Aaron in 1996, Joss voiced the character from season two through the end of the series. He has even performed with The Red Corn Band, an obvious nod to his character, a New Age healer who has an ongoing affair with the wife of Dale Gribble, one of Hank Hill’s best friends.

San Antonio native Jonathan Joss voiced John Redcorn in the long-running animated Texas comedy King of the Hill.

San Antonio native Jonathan Joss voiced John Redcorn in the long-running animated Texas comedy King of the Hill.

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Now, those who may not recognize Joss’ voice may recognize his face a bit better. In addition to his long, successful run on King of the Hill, Joss was a Parks and Recreation favorite for his recurring role as Chief Ken Hotate.

Even aside from representing San Antonio on TV, Joss, who was born Jonathan Gonzales, is pretty San Antonio in his personal life. The 56-year-old (who I found out I share a birthday with!) graduated from McCollum High School (making him a Cowboy) and attended Texas State University and San Antonio College. Joss later earned his degree in theater and speech from Our Lady of the Lake University.

Actor Jonathan Joss shares a laugh with an audience of fifth-graders at Gillette Elementary School in May. Joss, who attended Gillette, said that's where his career in acting began.
Actor Jonathan Joss shares a laugh with an audience of fifth-graders at Gillette Elementary School in May. Joss, who attended Gillette, said that’s where his career in acting began.Ricardo Segovia / Ricardo Segovia / For Southside Reporter

That explains his impeccable voice work as Redcorn. But seriously, Joss could have his own San Antonio loteria card of his life.

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