There are certain actors, some well known and some not so well known, who have awesome voices. It doesn’t matter what they’re saying, but hearing them say it just makes you all kinds of giddy. These guys could read tax forms and you would still be reveling in it. As this sort of thing is hard to quantify, I wouldn’t qualify this as a “Top 10” list per se. At the very least the actors listed aren’t in any particular order, who has the cooler voice is up to you.
10. Morgan Freeman
Hollywood has started to catch on to Mr. Freeman’s awesome voice, as such he’s gotten several roles where he narrates for a portion of the film. One could argue that his voice has gotten overexposed, luckily he has a pretty cool voice so we don’t really care.
9. Christopher Walken
Comics have used Walken as impression fodder for years. Walken himself has pretty much been parodying himself as well. Listen to him on the old FMV game, Ripper. No other actor could get away with a performance that hammy, but Walken’s awesome voice makes it awesome in a bizarre way.
8. Leonard Nimoy
Whether you liked Star Trek or not, it’s hard to argue the inherent awesomeness of Leonard Nimoy. He has a certain gravitas that just makes any second you see him on screen ten times better. He’s dabbled in voice acting, voicing Galvatron in the animated Transformers animated movie, doing a few guest spots for The Simpsons and even releasing some musical albums (I”m not joking, check Amazon if you don’t believe me) but overall he’s stuck to live performances. Either way, it’s a joy to hear him talk.
7. Roddy McDowall
Many remember him for his role in the classic film, Planet of the Apes, but for me he stands out for his more recent voice acting work. The two roles that stand out most to me are his performances voicing The Mad Hatter in Batman: The Animated Series and as Brain’s archnemesis, Snowball, in Pinky and the Brain.
6. Ron Perlman
Like Freeman, Ron Perlman has put his distinctive voice to good effect, doing voice work for several video games as well as animated series. His performance as Hellboy are pitch perfect, but his voicing Slade in the Teen Titans cartoon is the thing that I remember most. While the cartoon won’t appeal to everyone, hearing his menacing tone is really something to behold.
5. Malcolm McDowell
McDowell is another actor who just seems to elevate the quality of whatever he stars in. His voice can bring charm and menace simultaneously to whatever role he takes.
4. David Warner
Some of you may not recognize this actor by the name alone. I have, and probably always will, remember him first and foremost as the guy who played the scientist in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II. He’s had a steady career playing the bad guy in Tron, the personification of evil in Time Bandits, voicing Ra’s al Ghulin Batman: The Animated Series, and playing a time travelling Jack the Ripper in Time After Time. He could keep you captivated simply by reading the phone book.
3. Sam Elliot
Anytime you have a movie with a cowboy, Sam Elliot should star in the role. I know, he’s played the cowboy role a few times now but it never gets old. He just has that cowboy voice and I never get sick of hearing him talk. His voice is so awesome that it almost, I repeat almost, made the Ghost Rider movie watchable.
2. Keith David
While he’s had some live action roles, most notably starring in the science fiction film, They Live, you’ll most likely recognize Keith David for his voice work. This is the guy who voiced Goliath on the well received Gargoyles animated series. He also provided the voice of Spawn in the short lived HBO series and voiced Despero on a single episode of Justice League. His voice work really is something to behold. Hearing it is often awe inspiring.
1. Peter Cullen
Optimus Freakin’ Prime, do I really need to say more? I defy you not to get giddy with excited glee when he reminds us that freedom is the right of all sentient beings.
Runners up include Christopher Lloyd and Patrick Stewart,