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The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice 

Lowe Saddler
Updated July 2, 2019 15.2k votes 2k voters 37.5k views 27 items

List Rules Vote 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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James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
Age 88 from Arkabutla
James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is an American actor. His career has spanned more than seven decades, and he has been described as "one of America's most distinguished and ...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
Age 81 from Memphis
Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor, film director, and film narrator. Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor with Million Dollar Baby (2004), and he ...more
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Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
Age 75 from Astoria
Christopher Walken (born Ronald Walken, March 31, 1943) is an American actor, dancer, director, screenwriter, and playwright who has appeared in more than 100 films and television programs, ...more
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Tim Curry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
Age 72 from Grappenhall
Timothy James Curry (born 19 April 1946) is an English actor, voice artist, comedian and singer. He is best known for working in a diverse range of theatre, film, and television, most often ...more
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Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
Age 88 from Fountainbridge
Sir Thomas Sean Connery (born 25 August 1930) is a retired Scottish actor and producer, who has won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards, one being a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award, and three ...more
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Patrick Warburton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
Age 54 from Paterson
Patrick Warburton (born November 14, 1964) is an American actor and voice artist. On television, he has played David Puddy on Seinfeld, the titular role on The Tick, Jeb Denton on Less Than ...more
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Kristen Schaal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
Age 41 from Longmont
Kristen Joy Schaal (; born January 24, 1978) is an American actress, voice actress, comedian, and writer. She is best known for her voice roles as Louise Belcher on Bob's Burgers and Mabel Pines ...more
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Wallace Shawn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
Age 75 from New York City
Wallace Michael Shawn (born November 12, 1943) is an American character actor, voice artist, playwright and essayist. His film roles have included those of Wally Shawn (a fictionalized version ...more
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Ben Stein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
Age 74 from Washington
Benjamin Jeremy Stein (born November 25, 1944) is an American writer, lawyer, actor, and commentator on political and economic issues. He was a speechwriter for U.S. presidents Richard Nixon and ...more
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Fran Drescher is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
Age 61 from New York City
Francine Joy Drescher (born September 30, 1957) is an American actress, comedian, writer and activist. She is best known for her role as Fran Fine in the hit TV series The Nanny (1993–99), and ...more
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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
Age 62 from Concord
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. Known for both his comedic and dramatic roles, Hanks is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars ...more
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Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
Age 76 from Newark
Joseph Frank Pesci ( PESH-ee, Italian pronunciation: [ˈpeʃːi]; born February 9, 1943) is an American actor and singer who is known for portraying tough, volatile characters in a variety of ...more
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Mr. T is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
Age 66 from USA
Mr. T (born Laurence Tureaud; May 21, 1952) is an American actor, bodyguard, television personality, and retired professional wrestler, known for his roles as B. A. Baracus in the 1980s ...more
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Faye Dunaway is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
Age 78 from Bascom
Dorothy Faye Dunaway (born January 14, 1941) is an American actress. She has won an Academy Award, three Golden Globes, a BAFTA, and an Emmy, and was the first recipient of a Leopard Club Award ...more
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Don Knotts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
Dec. at 82 (1924-2006) from Morgantown
Jesse Donald Knotts (July 21, 1924 – February 24, 2006) was an American actor and comedian, best known for his role as Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show, a 1960s sitcom for ...more
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Jennifer Tilly is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
Age 60 from Harbor City
Jennifer Tilly (born Jennifer Ellen Chan; September 16, 1958) is an American actress, voice actress, and poker player. She is most recognised as Tiffany Valentine in the Child's Play franchise ...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
Age 83 from Walton-on-Thames
Dame Julie Andrews, (born 1 October 1935) is an English actress, singer and author. Andrews, a child actress and singer, appeared in the West End in 1948 and made her Broadway debut in The Boy ...more
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Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
Age 49 from Uvalde
Matthew McConaughey (; born November 4, 1969) is an American actor and producer. He first gained notice for his supporting performance in the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused (1993), ...more
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Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
Age 69 from Los Angeles
Jeffrey Leon Bridges (born December 4, 1949) is an American actor, singer, and producer. He comes from a prominent acting family and appeared on the television series Sea Hunt (1958–60), with ...more
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Katey Sagal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
Age 65 from Hollywood
Catherine Louise Sagal (born January 19, 1954) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is known for playing Peggy Bundy on Married... with Children, Leela on Futurama, and Cate ...more
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Kathleen Turner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
Age 64 from Springfield
Mary Kathleen Turner (born June 19, 1954), better known as Kathleen Turner, is an American film and stage actress and director. Known for her distinctive husky voice, Turner has won two Golden ...more
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Kristin Chenoweth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
Age 50 from Broken Arrow
Kristin Dawn Chenoweth (; born Kristi Dawn Chenoweth, July 24, 1968) is an American actress and singer, with credits in musical theatre, film and television. In 1999, she won a Tony Award for ...more
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David Hyde Pierce is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
Age 59 from New York City
David Hyde Pierce (born April 3, 1959) is an American actor and director. He is best known for playing psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane on the NBC sitcom Frasier, for which he won four Primetime ...more
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Holly Hunter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
Age 60 from Conyers
Holly Hunter (born March 20, 1958) is an American actress and producer. For her performance as Ada McGrath in the 1993 drama film The Piano, she won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe ...more
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Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors And Actresses Whose Whole Thing Is Their Voice
Age 41 from Hammersmith
Edward Thomas Hardy (born 15 September 1977) is an English actor and producer. After studying acting at the Drama Centre London, he made his film debut in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down (2001) ...more