Since I apparently stirred the pot by reviving filmusicnow’s thread about voices you can’t stand, how about a thread about voices you “could listen to them for hours” as the old saying goes. Rachel Ward – Early career; Sharky’s Machine, The Thorn Birds (yes, I watched it, and no, I’m not), Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid; that slightly smoky voice was awesome. Don’t know how she sounds nowadays as I haven’t seen anything with her in it in years. Anne Bancroft, Lindsay Wagner – Likewise, smoky not raspy voices that were very appealing. Sadly as they aged their voices did become raspy, grating, like the lady that answers your doctor’s phone on the weekends (“Can I take a message, Hon?”) Paul Frees – Has to be one of the most memorable voices of all time. And one of the most versatile. Vincent Price – So often associated with sci-fi, but a very pleasant sound, fitting Shakespearian roles.
I find it amusing how you got people to comment on the voices they can't stand. But so far nobody has commented on voices they really like. Maybe by putting this on top of the board again someone will comment. But then again maybe they won't, I read the other day that they believe nice guys really finish last, woman and girls want the bad boys. Sad world we live in and it's going down the tubes more each day.
Morgan Freeman (obvious) Steven Seagal (his voice is smooth as silk, seriously) Matthew McConaughey (love his drawl to death) Jessica Biel Scarlett Johanssen Betty White (love the bouncy rhythmic cadence of her speech) Julie Delpy Cary Elwes Andy Garcia Leonard Nimoy Famke Janssen Eliza Dushku Anthony Stuart Head Milla Jovovich
Richard Burton John Gielgud Alec Guinness Charlton Heston Joan Greenwood Orson Welles Jean Arthur
Yes, Alec Guinness had a really cool, almost hypnotic and soothing voice.
added: Loved him in "Bridge on the River Kwai", "Tunes of Glory" and of course (for me) "Star Wars". I wish his performances in "Empire" and "Jedi" had been longer. Guinness's dignified presence is one of many things I really missed in those sequels...
I find it amusing how you got people to comment on the voices they can't stand. . . . Sad world we live in and it's going down the tubes more each day.
Thank you, Dan. I was about to say the same thing. When I last looked, hate had trumped love by a margin of 54 to 1. That says a lot about the state of this forum. it's so much more useful when people write about what they love. I'm glad to see that the tide has started to turn.
In which spirit I would endorse many of those already mentioned, including:
Vincent Price Christopher Lee Cecil B. DeMille - The earnest conviction of his narratives, nicely supported by the music, is one of the best things about 10C. Joan Greenwood Morgan Freeman James Earl Jones Kathleen Turner Jeremy Irons Alec Guinness Orson Welles Jean Arthur Richard Burton John Gielgud Patrick Stewart
And I would add (multos inter alia):
James Mason Leo Genn Blythe Danner Dirk Bogarde Stewart Granger James Stewart Cary Grant Rex Ingram Spencer Tracy Yul Brynner Jack Hawkins
The list could go on. Why not? Actors are supposed to have distinctive and malleable voices. It's no surprise many great talents are well endowed in this area. Perhaps we should be surprised at the unmemorable voices of so many current stars. "We had voices then."