Distinguishing Features The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice  

Lowe Saddler
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List Rules Vote up the actors and actresses who would not be as successful without their distinctive voices.

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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James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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James Earl Jones is an American actor who in a career of more than 60 years has become known as "one of America's most distinguished and versatile" actors and "one of the greatest ...more
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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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Morgan Freeman is an American actor, film director, and narrator. Freeman has received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank ...more
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Tim Curry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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Timothy James "Tim" Curry is an English actor, singer, and composer, known for his work in a diverse range of theatre, film, and television productions, often portraying villainous ...more
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Patrick Warburton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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Patrick John Warburton is an American actor. He is known for his several television roles, including the title role on The Tick, David Puddy on Seinfeld, Johnny Johnson on NewsRadio, Jeb Denton ...more
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Wallace Shawn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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Wallace Michael "Wally" Shawn is an American stand-up comedian, actor, singer, dancer, playwright, essayist, and voice artist, best known for appearing in films, such as Wally Shawn in ...more
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Ben Stein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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Benjamin Jeremy "Ben" Stein is an American writer, lawyer, actor, and commentator on political and economic issues. He attained early success as a speechwriter for American presidents ...more
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Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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Sir Thomas Sean Connery is a Scottish actor and producer who has won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globes. He was knighted by Elizabeth II in July 2000, and received the ...more
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Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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Christopher Walken is an American actor. He has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows, including The Deer Hunter, Annie Hall, The Prophecy trilogy, Brainstorm, True Romance, Pulp ...more
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Fran Drescher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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Francine Joy "Fran" Drescher is an American film and television comedian, model, actress, producer, ordained minister, and activist. She is best known for her role as Fran Fine in the ...more
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Jennifer Tilly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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Jennifer Tilly is an American actress and poker player. She is an Academy Award nominee, and a World Series of Poker Ladies' Event bracelet winner. She has a brother Steve and two sisters, Meg ...more
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Mr. T is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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Mr. T is an American actor known for his roles as B. A. Baracus in the 1980s television series The A-Team, as boxer Clubber Lang in the 1982 film Rocky III, and for his appearances as a ...more
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Don Knotts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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Jesse Donald "Don" Knotts was an American comedic actor best known for a 1968 film The Shakiest Gun in the West as Jesse W. Haywood and for his portrayal of Barney Fife on the 1960s ...more
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Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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Matthew David McConaughey is an American actor and producer. He first gained notice for his breakout role in the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused, and went on to appear in films such as ...more
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Kristen Schaal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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Kristen Schaal is an American actress, voice artist, writer, and comedian. She is best known for her roles as Mel on the HBO series Flight of the Conchords and as Louise Belcher on FOX animated ...more
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Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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Joseph Frank Pesci (born February 9, 1943) is an American actor, comedian and singer. Known for portraying tough, volatile characters, in a variety of genres. He is best known for his ...more
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Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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Jeffrey Leon "Jeff" Bridges is an American actor, singer, and producer. He comes from a well-known acting family and began his televised acting in 1958 as a child with his father, ...more
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Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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Dame Julia "Julie" Elizabeth Andrews, DBE, is an English film and stage actress, singer, author, theatre director and dancer. Andrews, a former child actress and singer, appeared on ...more
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Katey Sagal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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Catherine Louise "Katey" Sagal is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is best known for her role as Peggy Bundy, Al's sarcastic, lazy, bon-bon-eating wife, on Married... ...more
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Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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Edward Thomas Hardy, CBE (born 15 September 1977) is an English actor, producer, and former model. Hardy made his film debut in Ridley ScottÂ’s Black Hawk Down (2001), and has since had notable ...more
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Kristin Chenoweth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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Kristin Dawn Chenoweth is an American actress and singer, with credits in musical theatre, film and television. In 1999, she won a Tony Award for her performance as Sally Brown in You're a Good ...more
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Holly Hunter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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Holly Hunter is an American actress. For her performance as Ada McGrath in The Piano, Hunter received the Academy Award for Best Actress, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Golden ...more
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David Hyde Pierce is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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David Hyde Pierce is an American actor and comedian. Pierce is known for playing the psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane on the hit NBC sitcom Frasier, for which he won four Emmy Awards during the ...more
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Kathleen Turner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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Mary Kathleen Turner, better known as Kathleen Turner, is an American film and stage actress and director. Turner came to fame during the 1980s, after roles in Body Heat, Romancing the Stone, ...more
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Jessica Walter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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Jessica Walter is an American actress. She is best known for appearing in the films Play Misty for Me and Grand Prix, her role as Lucille Bluth on the sitcom Arrested Development, and providing ...more
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Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
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Scarlett Johansson is an American actress, model, and singer. She made her film debut in North. In 1996, she was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for her ...more