Due to lack of articles and information on voice over work available anywhere out there, aspiring voice over actors seem to be enjoying our series entries from Voice-over topic. In order to continue the trend of inspiration for these talents seeking their path to success in the voice over world, we decided to write up a list of most famous voice over actors.
Seeing how video games industry is the one a lot of voice over actors aspire to work in, please feel free to enjoy this list of 8 most famous — as well as greatest — actors who turned to become voice over actors and then worked on video games franchises. Hopefully this will inspire you to continue your search for the big break in the business.
Voice Over Actors Who Worked on Video Games
Video games medium is growing fast and professional actors of today begin to recognize this as a parallel to the film industry, and rightfully so. A quality voice over for video games requires a lot of good acting chops to make the part sound believable. And for the perfectionists out there, this might turn out to be quite a challenge because expressing everything with just voice alone is not one of the easiest things once can choose to do.
The following screen talents turned voice over actors have been picked for this list because they’ve proved to be amazing not only on the Hollywood screen, but servicing as character voices in gaming, too. They’ve done a great job in bringing these fictional personas to life, and hopefully, this will inspire you to do the same.
Liam Neeson as James, Fallout 3
Liam Neeson, an Irishman that moved to the US to become one of the biggest stars of today with films like Schindler’s List and Taken on his resume has done a magnificent job in voicing main character’s father — James.
Sean Bean as Martin Septim, Oblivion
Sean Bean is a famous British actor that is well known in North America and all over the world thanks to portraying memorable characters in films like Lord of the Rings and TV shows like Game of Thrones. Sean provided his voice to a big role of the Emperor Martin Septim in the video game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
William Dafoe as Nathan Dawkins, Beyond: Two Souls
William Dafoe, a veteran Hollywood actor with key roles in Platoon and Spider-Man, recently decided to also try his chops in becoming one of the versatile voice over actors and lent his voice to character Nathan Dawkins in the upcoming game Beyond: Two Souls.
Kiefer Sutherland as Sgt. Roebuck, Call of Duty: World at War
Kiefer Sutherland, an American actor who brought us one of the most popular suspense TV shows of all time, 24, has joined the league of voice over actors. He lent his voice to the game Call of Duty: World at War and became one of those loud-screaming, Hartman-esque characters by voicing Sgt. Roebuck.
Gary Oldman as Sgt. Reznov, Call of Duty
Gary Oldman, one of the most well-known character actors who worked on such popular franchises like The Dark Knight and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is one of the very well known voice over actors as well. He has done a great job of voicing a Russian Sergeant Reznov in multiple Call of Duty franchise games.
Ellen Page as Jodie Holmes, Beyond: Two Souls
Ellen Page, another well known Hollywood actor with her name attached to movies like Inception and Juno, has joined her colleague William Dafoe in the upcoming game Beyond: Two Souls and voiced a girl with metaphysical abilities named Jodie Holmes.
George Takei as Emperor Yoshiro, Red Alert 3
George Takei is very well known for his portrayal of the character Hikaru Sulu from the Star Trek franchise. Since then, among doing screen acting work, George has done multiple voice over work for animations and an exclusive video games voice over gig as Emperor Yoshiro in the Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 game.
Samuel L. Jackson as Officer Tenpenny, GTA: San Andreas
Samuel L. Jackson, one of the biggest acting legends in Hollywood, has portrayed some of the most memorable characters in the movie history: Jules from Pulp Fiction, Zeus in Die Hard: With a Vengeance and Nick Fury in The Avengers. Samuel didn’t hesitate to jump on the wagon with other voice over actors and voiced Officer Tenpenny in the game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.