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 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 8:32 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Paul Shenar- Played the villain in The Secret Of NIMH.
(A lot of good ones already mentioned.)

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 9:59 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

you lot are nailing most of the big guns.

top of my list would be Richard Burton (think voiceover for Zulu)
Laurence Olivier
John Huston
Orson Welles


Timmer, whats with Terrence Stamp, mate?!!! 1960s Terrence Stamp, yes, very distinctive.
Stamp now doesnt seem to know who he is, where he lives or where he's from and his voice/accent now sounds strained. Was utterly shocking in the Limey.

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 10:10 AM   
 By:   Heath   (Member)

Gene Hackman has a surprisingly lovely voice, especially when heard in isolation. Proof: check out his voice-over for the ending of Eureka. Very moving tones... plus Stanley Myers' music helps!

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 1:29 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Peter Dinklage has a deep, resonant voice and perfect enunciation. Perfect for Shakespeare.

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 1:59 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Christopher Walken.

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 3:46 PM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Agree with a lot already mentioned. I'm glad someone (Rozsaphile) said James Mason. He could be authoritative, seductive, and very gently ironic using the simplest of vocal inflections.

Here are two of his lesser-heralded moments of genius (don't know if they are on da Toob) -

1) His Dr Watson in MURDER BY DECREE. Holmes (I think) gets annoyed with him during dinner and upsets his veg. James Mason looks so forlorn, and in that unmistakable voice announces his displeasure - "You squashed my pea"! Like a little boy.

2) In FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY - What a wonderful "Polidoli" (as the Creature mockingly calls him). So he has just "created" Jane Seymour and asks Dr Frankenstein himself - "Well? What do you think of her"?, with just the right amount of smug pomposity.

I think my favourite "Mason-moment" of all, which had a lot to do with his real-life persona (from which his voice, delivery and head-tilting were inseparable) was in an interview he did with Barry Norman for BBC's weekly film programme. I don't know what year it was, but I get the impression it was towards the end of his life in 1984... The interview took place outside in the grounds of the actor's beautiful home, and Barry Norman asked him, "So, what's next on the agenda?", and Mason glances from side to side rather sheepishly and enunciates "Well, there's quite a lot to be done in the garden." Totally deadpan and wonderful.

DISCLAIMER - I haven't seen these things for at least 30 years. If you find them on the Tube and they're not like I said, well, I was exaggerating in an attempt to make the anectodes more interesting.

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 4:47 PM   
 By:   betenoir   (Member)

James Earl Jones, Morgan Freeman, Michael Clarke Duncan, Sam Elliott, Richard Burton

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 5:09 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (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.

The reason I didn't respond to this, is because I like far more voices than I don't. It's far easier to list a few voices, than a hundred or more.

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 5:52 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Kris Kristofferson
John Lithgow
Michael Ironside!!!
Ving Rhames
Delroy Lindo!!!

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 6:13 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Delroy Lindo



"STOP EATING MY SESAME CAKE!!"

big grin

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 6:40 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Barton MacLane
Lee Van Cleef
Fritz Weaver
Anthony Hopkins
Boris Karloff

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 6:47 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Adrienne Barbeau. Especially when she does that sultry radio voice in The Fog.



What I wouldn't give for a special CD that has the easy listening songs from the film with her talking in between them.

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 7:11 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

What I wouldn't give for a special CD that has the easy listening songs from the film with her talking in between them.


Oh great, now you got me obsessed with this notion too! That would be awesome!

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 8:50 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Paul Shenar- Played the villain in The Secret Of NIMH.
(A lot of good ones already mentioned.)


Also Sosa in Scarface.

"They found the bomb, Tony, and now he has security UP the ASSSSSSSSSSSSS!"

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2013 - 8:48 AM   
 By:   JEC   (Member)

Does Bob Ross count?

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2013 - 4:08 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Paul Shenar- Played the villain in The Secret Of NIMH.
(A lot of good ones already mentioned.)


Also Sosa in Scarface.
"They found the bomb, Tony, and now he has security UP the ASSSSSSSSSSSSS!"



"I like you, Tony. There is no lying in you."

Also Rocca in "Raw Deal". Probably my favorite Arnold flick. The finale at the quarry and the hideaway is wicked cheesy fun.

"So you're the pain in Lamanski's ass."

 
 
 Posted:   May 6, 2013 - 7:43 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

Interesting sidelight here: Every single actor cited above worked in the English-language cinema. This makes me wonder if we Americans and Brits, most of us with lamentably minimal language skills are even competent to evaluate vocal performances in French or German or Spanish -- much less Japanese or Chinese! We are capable of appreciating subtitled films from other lands, but how much we must still be missing if we cannot appreciate the nuances of the dialogue.

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2013 - 12:58 PM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

Dennis Haysbert has a very powerful, resonant voice.
Sterling Holloway - unforgettable, raspy, yet pleasant.

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2013 - 4:22 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Dennis Haysbert has a very powerful, resonant voice.

Good call!

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2013 - 4:33 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Interesting sidelight here: Every single actor cited above worked in the English-language cinema.

OK, lookout below:

Jean Marais

 
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