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Old 08-28-2011, 01:01 PM
 
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A couple of months ago I rewatched The Right Stuff. I really noticed the narrator's voice. Amazing accent, interesting...pacing? No one I recognized, looked him up. A guy named Levon Helm Levon Helm - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Guess if I was a music fan I would have known him. But he's been in lots of movies too.

So here's the sort of movie thing I take enjoyment in.
I'm interspersing cleaning house and watching TV and internet shopping I've watched this often rerun show in TV numerous times but this time the voice catches me.
I think I recognize that voice! Sure enough, it was Levon Helm that played the Tennessee old man marksman/gun expert in Shooter (Wahlberg in the Bobby Lee Swagger role). Not a big deal but I love it when I connect someone in different roles or notice someone who is successful know in early early roles. He really does have a unique country accent. Makes me want to go there and here more.


Anyone else enjoy tracking down interesting non-mega celebrity character actors, playing detective, making connections, seeing what they were in early in their careers? Go back and watch some of their old movies just to see?

Anyone else notice distinctive voices?
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Old 08-28-2011, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I'm a music fan, so to me, Levon Helm definitely qualifies as a mega-star.

He's also in the movie The Right Stuff. He's the guy who has the Beeman's chewing gum. He also played Loretta Lynn's dad in Coal Miner's Daughter.
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Old 08-28-2011, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Yes, David McCullough. Probably my favorite narrator, he narrated Seabiscuit as well as a ton of historical documentaries; he's also authored quite a few non-fiction books re: history. His voice lends such an authoritative and scholarly tone to his work that Stephen Colbert had him on The Colbert Report reading a line from Baby Got Back just for fun (and perhaps to see if McCullough voice could make the song sound intellectual). You may not know his name but you would probably recognize his voice.

Then, of course, there's James Earl Jones: probably the most iconic voice of 20th c. pop culture.
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Old 09-01-2011, 06:55 PM
 
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Orson Welles, best voice of all-time. At least for a man. For a woman, I'd say maybe Kathleen Turner
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Old 09-01-2011, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Under a bridge
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James Earl Jones (Darth Vader). Enough said.

-Cheers.
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:29 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Lauren Bacall
Joan Greenwood
Orson Welles
Katherine Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
Vincent Price
Marlon Brando
Christopher Walken
Peter O'Toole
Peter Lorre
Christopher Lee
Bogie
Gabriel Byrne
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:16 AM
 
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If you ever watched any movie trailers in the 80s, 90s and 2000s you know the voice of Don Lafontaine, he's the "in a world" guy
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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Mr. Gravelly Voice himself, Michael Wincott.

IMDb - Michael Wincott
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