Greatest Voiceovers/Narrators/Storytellers of all time

by troygood1 | created - 01 Aug 2013 | updated - 18 Jan 2018 | Public

These are the greatest you would rather hear them off-camera. In No Particular Order...

1. Morgan Freeman

Actor | Se7en

With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...

2. James Earl Jones

Actor | Rogue One

Widely regarded as the one of greatest stage and screen actors both in his native USA and internationally, James Earl Jones was born on January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi. At an early age, he started to take dramatic lessons to calm himself down. It appeared to work as he has since starred ...

He's The Voice of Darth Vader & CNN

3. Kiefer Sutherland

Actor | 24

Kiefer Sutherland was born in London, England, UK, to Canadian actors Shirley Douglas and Donald Sutherland, who moved to California shortly after his birth. His maternal grandfather, Tommy Douglas, was a Scottish-born Canadian politician who was a Premier of Saskatchewan for over 17 years and led ...

The Voice of Bank of America

4. Peter Cullen

Actor | Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Peter Cullen was born on July 28, 1941 in Montreal, Québec, Canada as Peter Claver Cullen. He is known for his work on Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) and Transformers: The Last Knight (2017).

The Original voice of Optimus Prime

5. Keith David

Actor | The Princess and the Frog

Keith David is a classically trained actor, winning 3 Emmys out of 6 nominations as well as being nominated for a Tony award. He starred in the recently concluded TV series "Greenleaf" for Oprah Winfrey's OWN network. Upcoming films include "Horizon Line" with Allison Williams ("Get Out") and "...

6. Peter Coyote

Actor | Bitter Moon

Peter Coyote was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Robert Peter Cohon to Ruth (Fidler) and Morris Cohon, an investment banker. He is an actor, known for Bitter Moon (1992), Sphere (1998) and Patch Adams (1998). Coyote was previously married to Stefanie Pleet and Marilyn McCann.

7. Laurence Fishburne

Actor | The Matrix

Critically hailed for his forceful, militant, authoritative figures and one of Hollywood's most talented and versatile performers, Laurence (John) Fishburne III has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a number of NAACP Image honors.

Born in Augusta, Georgia on July 30, 1961, to Hattie ...

8. Tom Kenny

Actor | SpongeBob SquarePants

Tom Kenny grew up in East Syracuse, New York. When Tom was young he was into comic books, drawing funny pictures and collecting records. Tom turned to stand-up comedy in Boston and San Francisco. This led to appearances on every cable show spawned by the stand-up epidemic of the '80s and '90s as ...

Will be forever known as SpongeBob SquarePants.

9. Pat Summerall

Self | The Replacements

Pat Summerall was born on May 10, 1930 in Lake City, Florida, USA as George Allen Summerall. He was an actor, known for The Replacements (2000), Black Sunday (1977) and The Simpsons (1989). He was married to Cherilyn Burns and Katharine Elliott Jacobs. He died on April 16, 2013 in Dallas, Texas, ...

10. J.K. Simmons

Actor | Whiplash

J.K. Simmons is an American actor.

He was born Jonathan Kimble Simmons in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, to Patricia (Kimble), an administrator, and Donald William Simmons, a music teacher. He attended the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; University of Montana, Missoula, MT (BA in Music).

He had ...

11. Jeff Bridges

Actor | The Big Lebowski

Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, the son of well-known film and TV star Lloyd Bridges and his long-time wife Dorothy Dean Bridges (née Simpson). He grew up amid the happening Hollywood scene with big brother Beau Bridges. Both boys popped up, without ...

12. Ted Knight

Actor | Mary Tyler Moore

Actor Ted Knight paid his dues with nearly two decades of relatively obscure dramatic, often villainous television work, before finding enduring fame in a scene-stealing supporting turn on a classic 1970s sitcom, hilariously overplaying a silver-haired, self-important imbecile. Although the ...

13. Will Lyman

Actor | Mystic River

Will Lyman is a greatly underused actor who grabbed a bit of popularity with two TV series: William Tell (1987) and Hull High (1990), playing Mr. Deerborn under the direction of Kenny Ortega. He also played in two well-regarded made-for-TV movies, American Playhouse: Three Sovereigns for Sarah: ...

Known as The Most interesting voice on TV. He's The Narrator of "Frontline" on PBS and The Dos Equis beer commercials. "Stay Thirsty, My Friends"...

14. Patrick Stewart

Actor | Logan

Sir Patrick Stewart was born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England, to Gladys (Barrowclough), a textile worker and weaver, and Alfred Stewart, who was in the army. He was a member of various local drama groups from about age 12. He left school at age 15 to work as a junior reporter on a local paper; he ...

15. Frank Welker

Actor | Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Frank Welker was born in Colorado. He followed his dream to California, and started a voice acting career which has spanned over five decades and hundreds of credits. Frank has worked with fellow voice actors Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe, Don Messick, Heather North, and Stefanianna Christopherson on ...

16. Kevin Conway

Actor | Thirteen Days

Kevin Conway was born on May 29, 1942 in New York City, New York, USA as Kevin John Conway. He was an actor and director, known for Thirteen Days (2000), Gettysburg (1993) and Invincible (2006). He was married to Mila Burnette. He died on February 5, 2020 in Manhattan, New York City.

AKA The voice of CONTROL, The Narrator of "The Outer Limits".

17. Brenda Strong

Actress | Starship Troopers

Brenda Strong may be best known for her seminal acting and voice portrayal of "Mary Alice Young" on Desperate Housewives (2004), but this two-time Emmy-nominated and SAG Award-winning actress has had a long and endearing film and television career. Graduating with a degree in Musical Theatre from ...

18. Jeremy Irons

Actor | Dead Ringers

British actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England. He is the son of Barbara Anne Brereton (Sharpe) and Paul Dugan Irons, an accountant. Young Jeremy didn't prove very fond of figures. He visited mainland England only once a year. He wound up ...

Great British-born actor, He's known for playing so many bad-guy roles.

19. Don LaFontaine

Actor | In a World...

Don LaFontaine was born on August 26, 1940 in Duluth, Minnesota, USA as Donald Leroy La Fontaine. He is known for his work on In a World... (2013), The Hitter (1978) and Free Radio (2007). He was married to Nita Whitaker and Joan Studva. He died on September 1, 2008 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Nicknamed "Movie Man". His Wife, Anita & His Daughter, Lisa are a mother-daughter act who happens to be known as The LaFontaines.

20. Harry Kalas

Actor | The Bear

Harry Kalas was born on March 26, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Harold Norbert Kalas. He was an actor, known for The Bear (1984), Centennial: Over 100 Years of Philadelphia Phillies Baseball (1986) and Express: Aisle to Glory (1998). He was married to Eileen Vanwey and Jasmine Kimura. He died ...

The Legendary voice of The NFL and The Philadelphia Phillies.

21. William Woodson

Actor | Escape from the Planet of the Apes

He was the narrator of the famous TV series The Invaders, an American science fiction television program created by Larry Cohen that aired on ABC for two seasons, from January 10, 1967 to March 26, 1968. Dominic Frontiere, who had provided scores for Twelve O'Clock High and The Outer Limits, ...

Known as The Narrator of "SuperFriends", and its related shows.

22. Bill Ratner

Actor | Mass Effect 2

Bill is a nine-time winner of The Moth Story Slams. His stories can be heard on NPR's The Business and Good Food and KCRW's Strangers. He tells at storytelling conferences, comedy clubs, and theaters. He teaches voice-overs for SAG-AFTRA and the SAG Foundation Don La Fontaine Memorial Voice-over ...

23. Hal Douglas

Actor | The Holiday

Voiceover artist par excellence Hal Douglas was born Harold Cone on September 1, 1924 in Stamford, Connecticut. The son of Samuel and Miriam Levenson Cone, Hal and his brother Edwin were primarily raised by their grandparents Sarah and Tevya Levenson after their mother died when Hal was only nine. ...

24. Sam Elliott

Actor | A Star Is Born

Tall, thin, wiry Sam Elliott is the classic picture of the American cowboy. Elliott began his acting career on the stage and his film debut was in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). Although his future wife, Katharine Ross co-starred in the film, the two did not meet until they filmed The ...

Texas Born & Raised

25. Steven Zirnkilton

Actor | Too Cold to Swim

Steven Zirnkilton was born on August 18, 1958 in York, Pennsylvania, USA as Stephen Morgan Zirnkilton. He is an actor, known for Too Cold to Swim (2018), The Rugrats Movie (1998) and Arrest & Trial (2000). He has been married to Stephanie Gott since 1984. They have two children.

26. Dorian Harewood

Actor | Full Metal Jacket

Dorian Harewood was born on August 6, 1950 in Dayton, Ohio, USA as Willie Dorian Harewood. He is an actor, known for Full Metal Jacket (1987), Space Jam (1996) and Sudden Death (1995). He has been married to Nancy Harewood since February 14, 1979. They have two children.

A great actor from The '70s is now a voiceover artist. He's The Voice of NBC.



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