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Old 05-09-2012, 06:27 PM
Christopher Robin Davies Christopher Robin Davies is offline
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Looking for actors/actresses with beautiful speaking voices

Can you think of any performers who have speaking voices that are just wonderful to listen to? Not singing voices, but only speaking. Liam Neeson comes to mind; so does Avery Brooks from Star Trek. Anybody else?
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:29 PM
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James Earl Jones and Morgan Freeman, definitely.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:33 PM
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I heard Peter Coyote doing the voice over announcements for the Oscars one year and I thought he had a great speaking voice.

I also enjoyed Billy Crudup's voice in the MasterCard "Priceless" commercials.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:38 PM
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Patrick Stewart
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:39 PM
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Benedict Cumberbatch
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:40 PM
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Patrick Stewart, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Cate Blanchett.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:40 PM
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Sela Ward.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:07 PM
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:17 PM
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OK, another vote for Captain Picard... oops, I meant Professor X....
Danggit. What was that guy's name?
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:21 PM
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Tom Baker. Surprised no one's mentioned him yet, actually.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:23 PM
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Keith David.

He voiced Goliath in the Gargoyles cartoon from the 90's, and currently does voice-over work for the US Navy commercials.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:24 PM
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:27 PM
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Keith David.

He voiced Goliath in the Gargoyles cartoon from the 90's, and currently does voice-over work for the US Navy commercials.
Gargyoles had a fantastic voice cast. Another one I'd nominate from the series would be John Rhys-Davies....who, of course, has done many other things since then that are probably better-known. Great voice on that man.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:27 PM
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See Narrators and Voice-over Specialists of note for some other names.
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:17 PM
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Michael Dorn, Worf from Star Trek: TNG and Deep Space Nine
Roscoe Lee Browne, deceased, unfortunately
James Earl Jones, his voice is like melted chocolate!


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Old 05-09-2012, 10:32 PM
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Alan Rickman
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:20 PM
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George Takei. I win.
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:38 PM
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I second Alan Rickman.
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Old 05-10-2012, 12:37 AM
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Alan Rickman. I would listen to that man read proctology exams.

Patrick Stewart. Classically trained for the win, yes please.

Judi Dench. I love the little growly bits in her voice - she's so very expressive.

Morgan Freeman. That man can make anything sound good.

James Marsters. Very good audio-book narrator, and a lovely smooth expressive voice in general. Also a singer, although I don't know why I was surprised by this.

For a local set of female voices, I listen to NPR, and there's a doctorate music student in South Carolina who hosts a program on our local SC ETV / NPR called "Legacy of Opera" - her name is Michelle Wachter, and she has such an interesting voice. I love to listen to her. She drags out all of her consonants and speaks with a very obviously studied smooth inflection with very clear vowel sounds, almost like she's created this "speaking voice" musical notation and is reciting her words as if she were singing them to an established beat and musical phrasing. Very fun to listen to, and try to imitate.

Likewise there's another lady who hosts a program called "Your Day" created at Clemson University - her name is Dyana Daniels, and she has the most interesting speaking voice I've ever heard in my life. Her inflections and intonation are just freaky, but in a really inviting and strangely attractive way. I really want to meet her, to find out if she talks that way for real, or if it's put on for the hosting of the show.


Back to people that are actually famous - I've always liked Viggo Mortensen's voice. It's a little on the reedy side, and a little nasal, but it's pleasant and easy to listen to in a way that isn't quite as imposing and "important" as some of the others I've listed. Benedict Cumerbatch falls into that category for me as well - not someone I would list as having an objectively 'beautiful' or 'imposing' voice, but one that I would be perfectly happy to sit and listen to for a long while.
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Old 05-10-2012, 12:51 AM
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Stephen Fry.
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Old 05-10-2012, 02:11 AM
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Peter Ustinov.

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn.

Paul Frees.

Vincent Price.

Meg Foster.
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Old 05-10-2012, 02:34 AM
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I don't know her name but the woman who does the radio and tv ads for Kaiser Permanente health plans has a terrific voice. Kind of low and insinuating and, well, dirty in a nice respectable way.
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Old 05-10-2012, 02:43 AM
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I thought of two off the top of my head: Claudia Black, although the accent plays a heavy part, and Seth McFarlane, who always sounds like he's speaking with radio studio EQ. I have a hard time believing his is his real voice.
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:54 AM
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:01 AM
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Kathleen Turner, I am a straight woman but her voice is sexy!
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:02 AM
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:10 AM
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Christina Pickles did the ads for a gourmet grocer here in California for years and she sounded great.
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:54 AM
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I wish to have Alan Rickman telling me bedtime stories, and James Earle Jones revealing the Divine Plan for my life.

I may be a traitor to my gender, but I can't think of any women's voices that I like right now.
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:07 AM
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:13 AM
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I don't know her name but the woman who does the radio and tv ads for Kaiser Permanente health plans has a terrific voice. Kind of low and insinuating and, well, dirty in a nice respectable way.
Oh, I hate those commercials. She sounds so much like Mariette Hartley, but turns out it's Allison Janney.

"We're Kaiser Permanente, and we stand for puppydogs and quinoa and treehugging and cardiovascular health and salsa dancing and organic olive oil and cute freckled babies and not filling out forms! and we'll never send you a bill and all our care is free! because it's all about you! because we want you to thrive!"
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:24 AM
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I heard a piece for radio done by Jeffrey Tambour a while back. Tambour is so frequently cast on camera as a buffoon that you don't notice his voice so much, but stripped of the visuals and just telling a story his voice really comes into its own - not just the timbre [pun not intended] but his subtle vocal acting skill. Really amazing.
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:23 AM
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Oh, I hate those commercials. She sounds so much like Mariette Hartley, but turns out it's Allison Janney.

"We're Kaiser Permanente, and we stand for puppydogs and quinoa and treehugging and cardiovascular health and salsa dancing and organic olive oil and cute freckled babies and not filling out forms! and we'll never send you a bill and all our care is free! because it's all about you! because we want you to thrive!"

Wow. That's a pretty strong reaction...
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:45 AM
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Old 05-10-2012, 11:18 AM
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I'll listen to Hugh Laurie speak in British or American!
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Old 05-10-2012, 11:24 AM
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Though not quite "beautiful" to my ear, Martin Sheen's voice is unique, distinctive, and compelling.
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Old 05-10-2012, 11:30 AM
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Dennis Haysbert - the guy from the Allstate commercials.
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Old 05-10-2012, 12:41 PM
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Wow. That's a pretty strong reaction...
Kaiser Permanente has a strong presence here and is flooding the market with those commercials, both radio and TV. The one where she puts the phony little laugh in her voice is the worst.
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Old 05-10-2012, 04:15 PM
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I recommend:

Teller

The non-speaking half of Penn and Teller. I heard him on a radio interview and he has the most mellifluous voice. It's ironic that the talking half of the duo has a harsh, raspy voice and the non-talking half has a voice that is wonderful to listen to.

J.
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:25 PM
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Sam Elliott.
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:35 PM
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:55 PM
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Ian McKellen. I have an audiobook of him reading The Odyssey and even the endless descriptions of banquets are great.
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:57 PM
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Peter Lorre!

When I grow up . . .
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:13 PM
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:18 PM
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:10 PM
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John Gielgud

Albert "stop! that! train!" Finney

Alan Ladd. No really: everyone remembers him for wearing elevator shoes, but he had a great voice.

John Hurt

(not an actor, but my favorite Southerner) David Brinkley
(also not an actor, but if you ever heard him you never forgot his voice): Senator Everett Dirksen (R-IL)
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:01 AM
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Does Garrison Keillor count as an actor? He plays a lot of roles on APHC and has been in some movies.

My sister had a cockatiel that would dance and preen whenever GK's voice was on the radio.
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:02 AM
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Does Garrison Keillor count as an actor? He plays a lot of roles on APHC and has been in some movies.
Speaking of APHC, I used to have such a voice-crush on Ivy Austin for her work on that show. A seriously lovely voice.

And a small correction: Jeffrey Tambor's name is u-less.
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:38 AM
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Will Arnett. His regular speaking voice is perfect. He can also control it to do any type of voice in commercials. You hear him a lot more than you realize.

I had to look up the name, Iain Glen. He plays Ser Jorah on Game of Thrones.
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:14 PM
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Another for Stephen Fry. I love listening to the Hitchhiker's Guide because of him. Another is Nigel Planer when he's not being whiny. His audiobook reading is wonderful.


Sam Elliot. His voice makes me go weak at the knees.
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:27 PM
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Miranda Otto.

Dolly Parton - just love her speaking voice.

I hate to say it but Kevin Costner has a very honest sounding voice.
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