The Best & Worst Voices
In case you didn’t know, I love doing voices and impersonations and I think I’m pretty good at them. One of these days, I’ll probably post up a video on my YouTube page doing all my voices. I recently posted a video that is a piece of the voice-over work I did last semester doing Batman. The cast of The Simpsons get paid millions for all the impersonations they all do. But what about the famous people whose regular speaking voices alone earn them millions and millions of dollars a year?
Most of us remember Don LaFontaine, (even though you might know his name) who passed away a year and a half ago, as the guy who narrated pretty much every major movie trailer for decades. I have made my own little list of the best and worst voices whose owners make them millions. This is no official list, just my own opinion.
6. Jason Statham- Not so much of an attractive or booming voice, Jason is an English jeweler, turned Olympic diver, turned action star in roles such as “The Transporter” Series and “The Italian Job.”
5. Alan Rickman- Severus Snape from the “Harry Potter” movies. I’m yet to see a single “Harry Potter” movie, but I remember first seeing him in Kevin Smith’s classic “Dogma” as Metatron (i.e. The Voice of God.) Now whenever I hear him, I know exactly who it is. A very unique speaking voice.
4. Patrick Stewart- “Engage.” “Make it so.” If that isn’t enough said or you’re not a Star Trek fan from the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Patrick Stewart has made guest appearances in countless TV shows such as Frasier and before any of that, he was a classically-trained Shakespearean theater actor.
3. Kelsey Grammer- The first American on the list and another classically-trained Shakespearean theater actor. Kelsey Grammer started out on “Cheers” as Dr. Frasier Crane and continued in the spin-off show “Frasier” based on the same character which he portrayed for nearly twenty years. He also of course is a continuing guest on The Simpsons as Sideshow Bob. Most people don’t know about Kelsey Grammer’s very troubling life growing up in the Virgin Islands. His father and sister were murdered and two of his brothers died in scuba/shark attacks.
2. Morgan Freeman- Morgan Freeman has been nominated for 5 Oscars and won one of those nominations for the movie “Million Dollar Baby.” So it’s safe to say that Morgan Freeman is also one of the best actors of our time. His voice alone is identity enough for him as he also narrates countless documentaries and commercials around the world.
1. James Earl Jones- Another one of the greatest and most famous actors for the stage and the silver screen of all time. And that was before he uttered one of the most famous pop-culture one-liners of all time, “Luke, I am you father.”
3. Fran Drescher- Best known for her hilarious role in “The Nanny,” Fran’s voice is pure Queens, New Yorker by way of dialect, but her speaking voice itself is more like a deranged cat having an ongoing battle with a nail to a chalkboard.
2. Bobcat Goldthwait- Stand-up comedian Bobcat Goldthwait has one of the most annoying voices I’ve ever heard. This guy was also the voice of Mr. Floppy in the hilarious “Married With Children” styled show “Unhappily Ever After.”
1. Gilbert Godfried- Iago from the Disney movie “Aladdin.” Another NY native that has quite possibly the most annoying voice in existence. Just listen to this.