Gamers love Easter eggs, and famous people voicing video game characters provide some of the best eggs for the observant player. Surprise celebrity voices in video games appear far more often than you might think, and the celebrities lending their voices come from all over the acting spectrum. Academy Award nominees, viral stars, and even a former president (ahem, Mr. Sheen) all appear in a wealth of games than span multiple genres. Even more surprising, some of these actors gained much of their fame through their voiceover work with video games. Among these talented folks, a few even rank among the greatest video game voice actors in gaming today.
In the Halo series, a storyline including the voices of Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk and Adam Baldwin takes much of its inspiration from Firefly, modeling the story and feel after the legendary sci-fi series. These days, a lot more famous people decide to jump into voicing video game characters, from folks like Samuel L. Jackson who joined up in the Grand Theft Auto series, or Gary Oldman in the Call of Duty series. Now, the next time you get your game on, keep your ears perked up for some familiar voices. The graphics might entrance you, but the voices may just blow you away.
The West Wing and Apocalypse Now star is most notable for his role in Mass Effects 2 and 3 as the shadowy Illusive Man. The dark role became one of the more notable antagonists in video game history, and highlight's Sheen's ability to play arch-villains just as well as world leaders.
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The late booming-voiced The Green Mile and Sin City actor voiced Benjamin King in the Saints Row series, Atlas in God of War II, as well as Blackmore in The Suffering: Ties That Bind.
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Gaming, mothaf*cka, do you play it?
Along with reprising his role as Nick Fury in the Disney Infinity series, the Pulp Fiction and The Avengers star also portrayed Officer Frank Tenpenny in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
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While most people think of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, many gamers consider him to be the best Joker of any medium. He's voiced role in countless Batman games, including every entry of the Arkham series. He also provides lead voice in many of the Wing Commander games.
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