15 Famous Actors Who Voiced Video Game Characters


It’s not uncommon to come across a familiar voice while playing a video game—but it's sometimes hard to tell if that’s because you’re listening to a celebrity or if you’re just delusional after six straight hours of Grand Theft Auto. But a number of actors have actually lent their voices to video games; here are a few of them.

1. Elijah Wood

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Elijah Wood provided the voice for his most famous role, Frodo, in multiple video game versions of The Lord of the Rings. In addition to Frodo, he voiced Mumble in the animated film Happy Feet and its accompanying video game alongside many of his castmates.

Wood’s interest in video games makes sense—he’s a gamer himself, and his older brother produces video games. He also enjoys the unique acting challenge that they provide. “You find that the characters are in situations that are not real common and you have to...vocally make the character seem like he’s going through some pretty intense situations,” he said.

The actor also voiced a purple dragon in The Legend of Spyro trilogy. He was in good company: Other celebrities who lent their voices to the games include David Spade, Mae Whitman, Wayne Brady, Christina Ricci, and #2 and #6 on our list...

2. Gary Oldman

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In addition to Harry Potter, Gary Oldman can call himself a mentor to Frodo. Or at least to Elijah Wood’s character in the Spyro trilogy. Oldman voiced the dragon Ignitus, who appeared in all three Spyro games. He also voiced both Sergeant Viktor Reznov and Daniel Clarke in the Call of Duty games World at War and Black Ops, and has lent his voice to a number of other games as well.

In 2012, Oldman went on Conan and talked about his video game voice acting, explaining the difficulty of recording loud “battle chatter.” After hearing him shout a few of these commands, it’s easy to understand his claim that “after about three minutes of it, you have to step outside and walk around, take a Tylenol.”

3. Dennis Hopper

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Hopper recorded for a few video games, probably the most famous of which is Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, which also featured the voices of Burt Reynolds and Gary Busey. Hopper’s character, Steve Scott, is a producer-director of pornographic films. Scott is apparently an anger-prone spoof of Steven Spielberg, who screams lines like, “Cut!! Who is this idiot? You! You! Why are you in my space?” If you don’t want to play through Vice City in order to hear Hopper, you can listen to his not-safe-for-work voice acting on YouTube.

4. Christopher Walken

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Walken is probably the least surprising name on this list. He’s known for his seemingly random career choices, from Fatboy Slim music videos to cheesy musicals to the movie The Country Bears, so video game voiceovers aren’t a stretch. But it’s definitely still worth noting that Walken provided his voice for True Crime: Streets of LA, the same game that features Snoop Dogg ... voiced by Snoop Dogg.

As for whether Walken is a gamer himself, it’s unlikely, considering he doesn't own a computer or cell phone. Regardless, you can get a fairly accurate Walken gaming experience on the parody YouTube videos, Christopher Walkenthroughs.

5. Ellen Page

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In Beyond Two Souls, Page plays protagonist Jodie Holmes. The game was creating using motion capture, a process that requires placing almost a hundred little beads on an actor’s face to capture each movement during a scene. The script for the game was 2000 pages long and the crew shot 30 to 40 pages each day.

Page has been a versatile performer throughout her career, but she saw a difference between film acting and game acting: “You’re creating something that could go in so many different directions," she explained to Hero Complex. "You’re acting out elements of a story with an emotional intensity that a lot of people might never see. Every single person who plays this game will have their unique journey.”

6. Mark Hamill

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Mark Hamill has given many, many video game characters their voices—and that's not a surprise, considering his huge career in voice acting. His most famous role (of the non-Skywalker variety) is the Joker, which he voiced in various incarnations of the Batman cartoon and video game series for almost twenty years, from 1992 to 2011.

His final voice work as the Joker can be found in the award-winning video game, Batman: Arkham City. He retired from the role via Twitter the same year as the game's release, but the retirement may not last. During Hamill’s most recent Comic Con appearance, he said he wants to leave the role on a high note, but to “never say never.” It will be hard to let go of the role considering he has become an expert on the character and the trademark laugh. He explained, “His laugh should be like a musical instrument. It should illustrate his mood.” 

7. Samuel L. Jackson

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This one is a no-brainer. Is there anything Samuel L. Jackson can’t do? Though Jackson refers to himself as “not at all” good at gaming, he has fond memories of Pong. He might be acting modest though. Jackson has hosted the Spike TV Video Game Awards four times and has said he enjoys first-person shooter games.

Jackson’s first video game role was as Officer Tenpenny in San Andreas, a character that came in number 87 on IGN Entertainment’s 2010 list of the “Top 100 Videogame Villains.” Jackson’s voice helped place Officer Tenpenny on the list; as the article stated, “his baritone absolutely drips with evil.”

8. George Takei

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George Takei is an activist, former Star Trek star, and king of the Internet. So, a career in video game voiceovers is the perfect fit for him. The Star Trek games are a given for Takei, who starred in the original 1966-69 series as well as six of the films, but the fan favorite also notes similarities between his acting projects and voiceover work, notably on Red Alert 3. “There are echoes of Heroes here and some echoes of Star Trek here [with] time travel,” he said of the game.

As for whether he takes a personal interest in gaming, Takei has a new YouTube channel, which he has said will take on the topic of video games.

9. Liam Neeson

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Neeson hasn’t done many video games, but he was attracted to the “compelling story” of Fallout 3. The creators of the game were hoping that Neeson would take the role from as early as the development stages, writing the character with his voice in mind. Executive producer Todd Howard was happy with the decision, noting that Neeson “provides a dramatic tone for the entire game.”

Neeson has had many action roles over the years, but he actually cited doing “radio plays for the BBC in London and Ireland” as the most helpful precedent to his video game voiceover work: “There’s a shift of focus you do have to make and trying to convey something through your voice and through the rhythm of the words that you wouldn’t have to worry about so much if the camera was on you.”

10. John Goodman

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Though it’s hard to imagine Goodman voicing any character besides Monsters Inc.'s Sulley, he has recorded for a few video games as well. He started video game voiceovers early with the 1996 computer game Pyst, a parody of the best-selling PC game at the time, Myst; he voiced the “King of the Island of Pyst.”

More recently, Goodman voiced Dan Hagar in Rage, the first character that the protagonist meets. But the producers behind the game didn’t choose Goodman because of his prior voiceover work. Rather, the initial sketch of Hagar reminded the game's creators of Goodman’s character in The Big Lebowski, Walter Sobchak, so they asked the star to voice the role.

11. 50 Cent

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Rapper 50 Cent doesn’t just do voiceover work for video games: He produced two games starring himself as the protagonist, and was involved in the creation of the games. Though he let the designers take control, he explained, “I made a few slight changes based on the things that influenced me.”

50 Cent’s video game work makes sense as he’s a gamer himself, and he doesn’t only enjoy shooter games like the ones he produced. He told CNN, “When I went to perform at the Spike TV Video Game Awards, I got a chance to see how they had the older games now on Wii. So I went and got the Wii system so I can play Mario Brothers.

12. Sean Bean

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Though he didn’t record anything for The Lord of the Rings games, Sean Bean started a video game voiceover career in 2006. In Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Bean played the son of #14 on our list. Bean only has one video game on his resumé, but that might not be the case for long. When asked whether he would consider working on an Oblivion sequel, he responded, “It was a good, stylish, and successful piece of work and if a sequel came by, I’d definitely be up for that.”

13. Kiefer Sutherland

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Considering his action-packed work on the television show 24, it isn’t a surprise that Sutherland’s voice is the perfect fit for video games. His latest voice project is the character Snake for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V, which will be released in 2014. In addition to lending his voice to the game, Sutherland also wore facial capture technology to help developers create the character. He has admitted that he’s not a gamer, but still said, “It’s an honor to be able to play this character. This character has an unbelievable legacy, but there’s a real personal quality to the character that I’ve connected to.”

14. Patrick Stewart

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Between George Takei and Patrick Stewart, the Star Trek alums blow the other A-listers out of the water when it comes to video game voice acting. Stewart’s voice seems tailor-made for voiceover work, so it’s no wonder that his career in video games has remained steady since the early nineties. His versatility doesn’t hurt either: After numerous Star Trek and X-Men video games, he went on to record the opening sequence for Lego Universe.

Stewart isn’t a gamer himself, but not because he frowns upon the concept. He told Frontline, “I have an addictive temperament. I have a stack of games, [but] I’ve never taken the covers off them because I feel that if I do, I’m finished.

15. Seth Green

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Green’s voice already provides him with steady work on Family Guy and Robot Chicken, so his foray into video games makes sense. Plus, Green and his wife, Clare Grant, are both gamers, which explains his involvement in the Mass Effect trilogy. In a recent red carpet interview, he gushed, “I thought it was a really revolutionary game when they pitched it to me. And I was excited to be a part of it as it became such a cultural phenomenon. And then every person that I know who has loved playing that game is genuinely affected by it, passionate about it, so that makes it kind of a fun experience for us to share.”

Of course, Green is a well-known comedic actor, so the folks behind Mass Effect were kind enough to release some outtakes from the Austin Powers star.

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10 Pats Born on St. Patrick's Day
A photo from the 1919 wedding of Princess Patricia of Connaught to the Hon. Alexander Ramsay.
A photo from the 1919 wedding of Princess Patricia of Connaught to the Hon. Alexander Ramsay.
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Need some St. Patrick's Day conversation fodder that doesn't involve leprechauns or four-leaf clovers? Ask your friends to name a "Pat" born on St. Patrick's Day. If they can't, they owe you a drink—then you can wow them with this list of 10.


Princess Patricia was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria, who gave up all of her royal titles when she married a commoner. She was born at Buckingham Palace on March 17, 1886.


The Dallas star was born on March 17, 1949. And here's a totally random fact about Duffy: His nephew is Barry Zito, former MLB pitcher for the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants.


Pattie Boyd
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Pattie Boyd is well-known to lovers of classic rock: She has been married three times, including once to George Harrison and once to Eric Clapton, who both wrote a couple of the most romantic songs in rock history in her honor (including The Beatles's "Something" and Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight"). Boyd was a model when she met Harrison on the set of A Hard Day's Night in 1964; the pair were married two years later. They divorced in 1977 and she married Clapton, Harrison's close friend, in 1979. She also had an affair with Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones toward the end of her marriage to The Quiet Beatle.


Belfast-born Pat Rice is a former footballer and coach who spent the bulk of his career with Arsenal F.C. (that's "football club," a.k.a. soccer to us Americans). He joined the Gunners in 1964 as a mere apprentice, turning pro a couple of years later. He became captain in 1977 and left the club for a few years in the early 1980s to go to Watford, but returned after he retired from playing in 1984. In 2012, after nearly 30 years with the organization, he announced his retirement.


Patty Maloney is an actress with dwarfism who stands just three feet, 11 inches tall. She has appeared in many movies and T.V. shows over the years, including operating the Crypt Keeper puppet in Tales from the Crypt. She also played Chewbacca's son Lumpy in The Star Wars Holiday Special.


Michael C. Hall and Mathew St. Patrick in 'Six Feet Under'

Ok, so Mathew St. Patrick is the stage name of the actor, but he was born Patrick Matthews in Philadelphia on March 17, 1968. You probably know him best as David's boyfriend Keith on Six Feet Under.


He may not be a household name, but the recording artists Patrick Adams writes for and helps produce certainly are. Adams has been involved in the careers of Salt-N-Pepa, Sister Sledge, Gladys Knight, Rick James, and Coolio, among others.


It's possible you look at Patrick McDonnell's work every day, depending on which comics your newspaper carries. McDonnell draws a strip called Mutts featuring a dog and a cat named Earl and Mooch, respectively. Charles Schulz called it one of the best comic strips of all time.


 Singer/Guitarist Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins performs onstage during Live Earth New York at Giants Stadium on July 7, 2007 in East Rutherford, New Jersey
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Yes, you know him better as just plain old Billy Corgan: he's the face of the Smashing Pumpkins, engages in public feuds with Courtney Love, and maybe once dated Jessica Simpson. He made his debut on March 17, 1967.


Patricia Ford is a retired model probably best known for her Playboy photoshoots in the 1990s.

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11 Incredible Stephen Hawking Quotes
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When Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at age 21, doctors thought he'd only survive a few more years. But the theoretical physicist defied the odds: Hawking, who passed away yesterday, lived to be 76. Here are 11 quotes from the director of research and founder of the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge and author of A Brief History of Time


"At school, I was never more than about halfway up the class. It was a very bright class. My classwork was very untidy, and my handwriting was the despair of my teachers. But my classmates gave me the nickname Einstein, so presumably they saw signs of something better. When I was twelve, one of my friends bet another friend a bag of sweets that I would never come to anything. I don't know if this bet was ever settled, and if so, which way it was decided."

— From the lecture "My Brief History," 2010


"If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans. We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet."

— From Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking, 2010


“I wouldn’t compare it to sex, but it lasts longer.”

— From a lecture at Arizona State University, April 2011


"If you are disabled, it is probably not your fault, but it is no good blaming the world or expecting it to take pity on you. One has to have a positive attitude and must make the best of the situation that one finds oneself in; if one is physically disabled, one cannot afford to be psychologically disabled as well. In my opinion, one should concentrate on activities in which one's physical disability will not present a serious handicap. I am afraid that Olympic Games for the disabled do not appeal to me, but it is easy for me to say that because I never liked athletics anyway. On the other hand, science is a very good area for disabled people because it goes on mainly in the mind. Of course, most kinds of experimental work are probably ruled out for most such people, but theoretical work is almost ideal. My disabilities have not been a significant handicap in my field, which is theoretical physics. Indeed, they have helped me in a way by shielding me from lecturing and administrative work that I would otherwise have been involved in. I have managed, however, only because of the large amount of help I have received from my wife, children, colleagues and students. I find that people in general are very ready to help, but you should encourage them to feel that their efforts to aid you are worthwhile by doing as well as you possibly can."

— From "Handicapped People and Science," Science Digest 92, No. 9, September 1984


"I would go back to 1967, and the birth of my first child, Robert. My three children have brought me great joy."

— To The New York Times, May 2011


"I have noticed that even people who claim everything is predetermined and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road."

— From Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays


"There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, [and] science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win, because it works."

— To Diane Sawyer/ABC News, June 2010


"Next time someone complains that you have made a mistake, tell him that may be a good thing. Because without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist."

— From Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking, 2010

9. On HIS I.Q.

"I have no idea. People who boast about their I.Q. are losers."

— To The New York Times, December 2004


“They are a complete mystery.”

— To New Scientist, January 2012


"One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away."

— To Diane Sawyer/ABC News, June 2010


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