Nolan North and Troy Baker have become the easy punchline for game voice actors with crowded resumes – we even did an entire quiz about it – and we are all familiar with vets like Cam Clarke and John DiMaggio. But here are four others who I feel don’t have the name recognition that they should given how many games they’ve appeared in and notable characters they’ve voiced.
To my knowledge, Blum is the only video game voice actor that actually has an official Guiness World Record for his work: In 2012, he was awarded the record for being the most prolific video game voice actor. And he’s since added over 30 more games to his impressive resume. While he is often simply an “Additional voices” type of credit, Blum has also lent his deep voice to the main character in AAA games like MadWorld, Bulletstorm, and Dirge of Cerberus, has portrayed iconic gaming characters like Pitfall Harry, Crash Bandicoot and Mortal Kombat‘s Sub-Zero, and has been one of the most frequent Wolverine voices in video game history, playing the grizzled mutant in 15 different games going back to 2005.
Lowenthal is definitely a bit more recognized than some of the other people on this list, and his name should be familiar to anyone who is even remotely aware of video game voice actors. But he still isn’t quite the household name that a Nolan North or Troy Baker is, which is a shame considering some of the notable characters he has portrayed, easily as many – if not more – than those other two. His most iconic role is probably that of the Prince in the Prince of Persia series (with the exception of the 2008 Prince of Persia game which, ironically, was done by North). He has also portrayed such beloved characters as Alucard in three Castlevania games and Cecil in the 3D remake of Final Fantasy IV and the Dissidia Final Fantasy games. In addition, he handles the voice work in all of the video games that have featured his two most well-known non-gaming characters, Ben Tennyson from Ben 10 and, most famously, Sasuke Uchiha from Naruto. Most recently, he played you! That is, he was the voice of “the player” in last year’s Sunset Overdrive.
At only 38, O’Brien has already built an incredibly impressive video game resume, playing lead roles in such high-profile games as Darksiders and Asura’s Wrath. One of the reasons you may have never heard of him is because so much of his early video game voiceover work went uncredited, which unfortunately wasn’t a terribly uncommon practice until recently, especially for English localization work for Japanese games. So even though he played one of the main characters from Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, as well as large roles in three other Castlevania games, you won’t see his name in those games’ end credits. Ditto for his lead roles in Final Fantasy IV, Suikoden IV, Tenchu: Shadow Assassins, and four Tales games, among many others. In addition to roles in over 100 different games, the multi-talented O’Brien also does a lot of behind the scenes work, serving as the voice director in such major games as Resident Evil 5, Naruto: Rise of a Ninja (and he also does a lot of production work for the anime), and even the highly celebrated The Last of Us, which has some of the most acclaimed acting in video game history.
When you see “Additional voices” next to Fred Tatasciore’s name in a game’s credits, chances are that means he provided the growls, grunts and groans of that game’s various beasts. If you’ve heard a zombie moan, an animal roar, or a monster howl in a video game in the last 15 years or so, then that very well might have been Tatasciore’s voice making your skin crawl. He has been one of the main portrayers of the Hulk in most of the games and direct-to-video animation that star the infamous green smasher, if that gives you an idea of the man’s talents. Tatasciore’s uniquely “dark” pipes have also served to voice a lot of more articulate – but generally no less monstrous in their own ways – characters, including Twisted Metal’s Sweet Tooth, Damon from Gears of War, Zeus and Hades from the God of War games, and Mass Effect’s Saren Arterius. Among the hundreds of other games in Tatasciore’s resume are as Brutes in the Halo games, the Tank and Boomer from Left 4 Dead, the Chimera in Resistance: Fall of Man, demons from Shadows of the Damned, nemesis orcs from Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, and Fortune Red from Kinect Disneyland Adventures. Wait, what?