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 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 7:19 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

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.

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 6:13 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

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.

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 6:22 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Genre stars of the past often had interesting voices as mentioned VINCENT PRICE,then there is BORIS KARLOFF, CHRISTOPHER LEE, PETER CUSHING, JOHN CARRIDINE ETC

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 6:59 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

Actress Sally Kellerman had (maybe still has) a pleasing voice. She made a good living doing commercial voiceovers.

I've always liked director Cecil B. Demille's narration of his film The Ten Commandments. He speaks with such authority and conviction that you don't want to miss a word.

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 7:03 PM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

Joanna Lumley
Joan Greenwood
Felicity Kendall
Stephen Mangan
Roddy McDowall
Vincent Price
Barbara Flynn

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 7:24 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Some very good choices so far but no one has added TERRENCE STAMP

...until now smile

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 7:38 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Not an actor but the brother of actor/director Richard, David Attenborough. I could listen to him forever talking about life, the world, the universe.....whatever he wants to talk about.

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 7:48 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Just a couple for now.

Actor: David Warner

Actress: Elizabeth Hurley

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 8:09 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Pretty much all of them.

More specifically...

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

Most of all...

Tobin Bell and Jeremy Sisto!!!

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 9:00 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

Some very good choices so far but no one has added TERRENCE STAMP

...until now smile


Absolutely. Such a wonderfully strong, authoritative voice.

Come to think of it, Michael Ansara fits that bill, too.

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 9:28 PM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

I'm surprised no one has mentioned two of the greatest voices of the 20th Century: Orson Welles and Charles Laughton!

And of course Olivier is no slouch, either. wink

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 10:08 PM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 10:10 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Peri Gilpin
Kathleen Turner
Kirstie Alley (lower registers only please)
John Houseman
Donald Pleasence
Gabriel Byrne
Powers Boothe
Lance Henriksen
Titus Welliver

(ok, at this point I'm just naming actors/actresses whose voice I really like; distinct, unique voices)

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 11:50 PM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

some British actors I like...

Jeremy Irons
David Thewlis
Ian McKellen
Christopher Lee

and Australian...

Hugo Weaving

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 2:17 AM   
 By:   juhana   (Member)

Richard Burton
John Gielgud
Alec Guinness
Charlton Heston
Joan Greenwood
Orson Welles
Jean Arthur

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 2:38 AM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

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...

Heston is another favorite.

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 4:45 AM   
 By:   MD   (Member)

Patrick Stewart
Peter Cullen
Kevin Conroy
Diedrich Bader

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 7:19 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

William Holden had a marvellous voice.

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 7:21 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

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.

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 7:37 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

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."

 
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