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The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice

Updated July 2, 2019 22.1k votes 2.3k voters 52.7k views27 items

List RulesVote up the actors and actresses who you would recognize with your eyes closed.

More than a few of Hollywood's most renowned actors achieved fame, in part, because of their distinctive voices. James Earl Jones, for example, has a voice that's both silky and deep which has garnered him roles as a narrator and voice actor. In fact, the older A-list star is even set to voice Mufasa in the live-action version of The Lion King in 2019. Other talented performers use their melodic vocals to carry entire film projects, like Scarlett Johansson did with Her; or to portray cartoon voices, like Tom Hanks did with Woody.

Indeed, a powerful voice can make a career, and the best actors and actresses with noteworthy tones are rarely without a high-paying role. Which actors have the best timbres, though? Who would never have made it without the striking sounds of those vocal cords?

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  • Morgan Freeman1
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    Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor, film director, and film narrator....  more
  • James Earl Jones2
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    James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is an American actor. His career has spanned more...  more
  • Christopher Walken3
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    Christopher Walken (born Ronald Walken, March 31, 1943) is an American actor, dancer,...  more
  • Sean Connery4
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    Sir Thomas Sean Connery (25 August 1930 – 31 October 2020) was a retired Scottish actor and...  more
  • Patrick Warburton5
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    Patrick Warburton (born November 14, 1964) is an American actor and voice artist. On...  more
  • Tim Curry6
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    Tim Curry

    Age: 74
    Timothy James Curry (born 19 April 1946) is an English actor, voice artist, comedian and...  more
  • Kristen Schaal7
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    Kristen Joy Schaal (; born January 24, 1978) is an American actress, voice actress, comedian,...  more
  • Wallace Shawn8
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    Wallace Michael Shawn (born November 12, 1943) is an American character actor, voice artist,...  more
  • Ben Stein9
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    Ben Stein

    Age: 75
    Benjamin Jeremy Stein (born November 25, 1944) is an American writer, lawyer, actor, and...  more
  • Joe Pesci10
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    Joe Pesci

    Age: 77
    Joseph Frank Pesci ( PESH-ee, Italian pronunciation: [ˈpeʃːi]; born February 9, 1943) is an...  more
  • Fran Drescher11
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    Francine Joy Drescher (born September 30, 1957) is an American actress, comedian, writer and...  more
  • Mr. T12
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    Mr. T

    Age: 63
    Mr. T (born Laurence Tureaud; May 21, 1952) is an American actor, bodyguard, television...  more
  • Don Knotts13
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    Don Knotts

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    Jesse Donald Knotts (July 21, 1924 – February 24, 2006) was an American actor and comedian,...  more
  • Faye Dunaway14
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    Dorothy Faye Dunaway (born January 14, 1941) is an American actress. She has won an Academy...  more
  • Tom Hanks15
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    Tom Hanks

    Age: 64
    Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. Known for both...  more
  • Jennifer Tilly16
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    Jennifer Tilly (born Jennifer Ellen Chan; September 16, 1958) is an American actress, voice...  more
  • Julie Andrews17
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    Dame Julie Andrews, (born 1 October 1935) is an English actress, singer and author. Andrews, a...  more
  • Matthew McConaughey18
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    Matthew McConaughey (; born November 4, 1969) is an American actor and producer. He first...  more
  • Jeff Bridges19
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    Jeffrey Leon Bridges (born December 4, 1949) is an American actor, singer, and producer. He...  more
  • Katey Sagal20
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    Catherine Louise Sagal (born January 19, 1954) is an American actress and singer-songwriter....  more
  • Kathleen Turner21
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    Mary Kathleen Turner (born June 19, 1954), better known as Kathleen Turner, is an American...  more
  • Kristin Chenoweth22
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    Kristin Dawn Chenoweth (; born Kristi Dawn Chenoweth, July 24, 1968) is an American actress...  more
  • David Hyde Pierce23
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    David Hyde Pierce (born April 3, 1959) is an American actor and director. He is best known for...  more
  • Holly Hunter24
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    Holly Hunter (born March 20, 1958) is an American actress and producer. For her performance as...  more
  • Tom Hardy25
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    Tom Hardy

    Age: 43
    Edward Thomas Hardy (born 15 September 1977) is an English actor and producer. After studying...  more