Monday, August 13, 2012

Top 5 Favorite Voice Actors (Currently Active)

You can name a dozen actors off the top of your head, but how many voice actors can you name?  These actors, unknown relative to their on-screen peers, have delivered big laughs and lasting memories.   Here are my favorite voice actors working today.

5: Frank Welker - You've never heard of him, but you've heard him.  Welker is the voice of Megatron and Soundwave (Transformers), Fred (Scooby Doo), Ray Stanz and Slimer (The Real Ghostbusters), Dr. Claw (Inspector Gadget), and various other characters on just about every 80's cartoon you care about.  He's still very busy today.  And amazing.

4: Peter Newman - ThunderCats, SilverHawks, and Archer.  We've been over this before...

3: Billy West - Among many, many others, Fry from Futurama.  Also, best Mel Blanc impression ever.

2: Patrick Warburton - He is on-screen as often as off, and he's funny in his live roles, but he kills it as the voice of Brock Samson on The Venture Brothers.  Also, he's Joe on Family Guy.

1: H. Jon Benjamin - His best work was as Jason and Coach McGuirk on Home Movies, but he's also Archer, Bob from Bob's Burgers, and a bunch of recurring characters on shows like Family Guy, The Venture Brothers, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

Apologies to the many voice actors on The Simpsons and Seth McFarlane's shows.  You're wonderful, but this is a list of favorites.  Also, James Hereth could crack the list were he to have a few more roles.   Loved him in Race.  Who are your favorites?  Share in the comments below, and like our page on Facebook.

7 comments:

  1. This was posted from a fan on Facebook--it's worth including here:


    "Kevin Conroy. If you are not watching a live action Batman movie, you are hearing Conroy's voice. Video games, animated movies, animated shows, it' Conroy. Oh, and let's throw Mark Hamill in for good measure as The Joker. All the same rules apply. Yes, Mark Hamill."

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  2. Thanks! Bet you love 5 and 4, right?

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  3. Ouww!! Scooby doo and The simpsons...Can't forget these characters...Loving this.

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  4. Like Frank Welker, Maurice LaMarche is basically a voice (or ten) in everything ever made. He does a lot of characters that mimic the original (but no longer working) actors in iconic roles, like in the case of Inspector Gadget and Yosemite Sam. He's probably most famous for being the The Brain in "Pinky and the Brain."


    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005606/



    James Hereth can also be heard as the characters of Deke and Haring in "N.O.R.M.A.L."


    http://normaltheseries.com/

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  5. Perhaps James Hereth should be on the list considering his N.O.R.M.A.L. work... Big oversight on the KT5's part...

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