Video and computer games are enjoyed by millions. People of all ages play various games that range in genre from fantasy adventure to first person shooters. However, what connects all games together are the characters and heroes that are either playable or simply make appearances in the games. Most of the characters who have leading roles or even speak in the games are played or voiced by famous actors and actresses, and this guide will introduce the reader to the top five most famous actors to appear in video games.
Samuel L. Jackson
The cool Samuel L. Jackson has starred in many films that have become cult classics, but with the rise of the video game industry, SLJ decided to try his hand at the digital revolution by lending his voice to video game characters. Jackson was the voice of Officer Frank Tenpenny in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, a corrupt police officer with a “booming aura” and unethical agenda. The series is famous for employing famous actors to voice leading and supporting characters.
A stage, film, and television actor, Patrick Stewart has done it all, even video games. He was the voice of Captain Picard in most Star Trek games (Armada, Armada II, Starfleet Command III, Invasion, Bridge Commander, Elite Force II, and Legacy), as well as providing the voice for brief roles in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. He has also provided his voice for X-Men games as Professor Xavier.
As versatile as she is gorgeous, Tricia Helfer has voiced strong female characters and cold lifeless robots alike. Her work as Six in Battlestar Galactica gave her the opportunity to go into video game acting, and she pursued various roles afterward. She lent her voice to Command and Conquer 3, Halo: ODST (as Veronica Dare, the boss of the character voiced by Nathan Fillion), Mass Effect 2, StarCraft II.
The Irish actor has played tough men with nothing to lose throughout most of his career, and these traits transferred over to voicing video game characters. His particular set of skills lent itself to playing James, the head scientist on Project Purity, designed to clean the water leading into the Capital Wasteland in Fallout 3. He also plays the father of the main character in the game, which is not a huge departure from his recent roles.
This British beauty has been the voice of Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider series since 2006, giving our beloved heroine the British accent that kept so many young video gamers mesmerized in Legend, Anniversary, Underworld, and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Her classical training and British television shows have prepared her well for voicing video game characters; they sound just as passionate and zealous as their actions show them to be.
There are many more actors and actresses who have made single appearances in various video games. Veteran actors like Christopher Walken and Christopher Lloyd have also appeared in video games and have even lent their likenesses to the characters. Many video games have borrowed the personas and physiques of actors and actresses for certain characters, which has resulted in an interesting trend of stars doing videogames based on their lives, much like 50 Cent did in 50 Cent: Bulletproof . Overall, the industry is growing and has plenty of room for famous voices.
Lana Welch is a freelance entertainment blogger. She learned about the importance of securing valuable voice casting after visiting http://www.pbtalent.com/voice-casting.html
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