Top 10 Deep Voiced Voice Actors

Nothings more cool than a deep voice (at least for a dude). Some of the most standout artists in their field are more recognizable sheerly for the the bravado in their voice. You can't say Barry White's success had nothing to do with his soothing deep voice. I mean, that guy put the sexy in music (apparently Justin Timberlake put it back decades later :P). Anyway, we're here about voice actors, not music artists, so let me get back on track. Need more proof that deep voices are pure awesome? Look at most movie trailers out there. You can't say a high squeaky voiceover would be affective as a booming Don LaFontaine (may his legend live on forever). Don LaFontaine's natural voice however isn't as deep as his trailer voice, though I take nothing away from his natural gift. So the list below is comprised of voice actors that I know of, who to me, have natural sounding deep voices, not ones they create for depth. A few are regular voice actors who have repeated roles in animation and video games, others are "Hollywood" celebrities who have just had a dip in the voice acting pool, and others a mix between both. Here we go.
By Foxwolf on Fri Mar 5 2010, 35 Comments, Add Comment


Ving Rhames

Standout Voice Role: Cobra Bubbles (Lilo and Stitch)

Most notable roles as Marsellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction and Luther Stickel in Mission Impossible. He has a rather relaxed voice in the way he delivers his lines, somewhat slowly paced. His only major voice role was playing the former CIA agent Cobra Bubbles, who is introduced as a suspicious acting social worker, and is then revealed to have dealt with aliens in the past.

Christopher Judge

Standout Voice Role: Magneto (X-Men Evolution)

Best known for his role as Teal'c in Stargate: SG1. Judge has one of those strong and sophicated deep voices, clearly portrayed in Teal'c as well as Magneto. His voice has that sense of pride, honor and a great deal of strength, proven in both those characters. He's also had recurring roles as Simon Grey in Action Man and Zodak in the more recent He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

Sylvester Stallone

Standout Voice Role: Weaver (Antz)

No doubt Stallone and Schwarzenegger were THE action heroes of the 80's and early 90's. Both with distinct voices. Stallone's is so distinct, at times you can't even understand him :P And as he's aged, it's clearly gotten worse. I'm sure the fact that he speaks with a lopsided mouth has something to do with it. In any case, the many one liner's he's pulled off with his deep voice qualifies him to be on this list. He's only had a couple of voice roles but playing the soldier ant Weaver in Antz is probably his most well known role. A little stereotypical to play a tough and buff character, but hey, if the glove fits.

Kevin Drevioux

Standout Voice Role: Solomon Grundy (The Batman)

While probably the least known actor amongst the rest of the list, Grevioux deserves to be on this list AND at this position purely for the almost unnatural boom and bass in his voice. I mean, have you seen Underworld (he plays the Lycan Raze)? If I bumped into his voice alone in a dark alley that would justify a change of pants for me!! *COUGH* Anyway, his only major role was playing the undead Hulk-like Solomon Grundy in The Batman and a small role in Command and Conquer 3.

Orson Welles

Standout Voice Role: Unicron (Transformers: The Movie)

The most seniored and also deceased actor in this list, Welles is best known for starring in Citizen Kane as William Randolph Hearst. His refined and booming voice qualified him to be narrator on a number of programs and documentaries. While a known director most famous for his radio series of War of the Worlds, the 80's cartoon generation know him best for voicing the planet-devouring Unicron in Transformers: The Movie. The age and depth of his voice at that time was a perfect choice for the common enemy for both the Autobots and Decepticons. However, unknown to most people, Welles apparently did not enjoy working on the movie at all.

Vin Diesel

Standout Voice Role: The Iron Giant

Best known for his roles in the Fast and the Furious movies and Chronicles of Riddick. Clearly ones of those actors whose picked for roles on the basis of his natural "action hero" stature, I wouldn't imagine so much for his acting. In any case, his natural bassy voice is no doubt cool. The monotone way he delivers his lines seems like a waste, though maybe that's his signature or the only way he can maintain that level of bass. In any case, voicing an alien robot in The Iron Giant must've been a cakewalk for him. Although toward the end of the movie as the Giant was learning about emotion and his anger, Diesel did put in some heart into it.

Michael Clarke Duncan

Standout Voice Role: Atlas (God Of War II)

This human brick of an actor is probably best remembered playing the man on death row, John Coffey in The Green Mile. Out of all the actors on this list, he definitely has the deepest natural voice. What's funny is his voice sounds like a person trying to do a fake deep voice. In any case, his role as the colossal Titan Atlas in God Of War II was a perfect choice. A giant punished by the Gods by having to carry the world on his shoulders needs a booming voice to match. Duncan has had a handful of other voice roles such as in Cats and Dogs, Brother Bear and Kung Fu Panda.

Brad Garrett

Standout Voice Role: Pixar roles

Most recognized for his role as the brother Robert in Everybody Loves Raymond, Brad Garrett is no amateur to voice acting. His roles go all the way back from playing the city-sized T-Rex Decepticon, Trypticon in Transformers right through to many popular cartoons like Where's Waldo?, Biker Mike From Mars, Superman, Justice League and most recently in a few Pixar movies and playing the Easter Island Head in Night At The Museum. Garrett's giant stature certainly has a voice to match. The deepness in his voice also has that sound of nasal congestion in many of his roles. He's been chosen three times to play roles in Pixar's movies. Dim in A Bug's Life, Bloat in Finding Nemo and in a role that I was surprised to find out after watching, Gusteau in Ratatouille, where he pulled off a superb French accent.

James Earl Jones

Standout Voice Role: Darth Vader (Star Wars)

Now this man needs no introduction, nor is it a surprise that he's on this list. Deep voices tend to sometimes be difficult to understand (as is the case with many of the actors on this list) but Jones has one of those deep yet sophicated voices where everything that comes out of his mouth is enunciated, delivery clarity. It's most likely why he was the CNN voiceover for so many years. But his most iconic role, Darth Vader, is probably one of the most popular and recognizable characters in movie history where I believe it was the voice that made the character, not the black suit and helmet. Being the most feared being in the galaxy is not an easy role to pull off yet he did it with class and no evil laughing. James Earl Jones' role as Mufasa in The Lion King also desrves a mention. I don't think anyone else can claim the title of "king of the jungle" AND "lord of the galaxy".

Keith David

Standout Voice Role: Goliath (Gargoyles)

Many people might wonder who this man is and why he takes top spot on this list. Let's read on shall we? If you've heard his voice in live action or animation, you'll no doubt go "Oooooooooooooohhh". Keith David's acting resume is split almost even in live action and voice roles. The depth in his voice is obvious, and like James Earl Jones, he delivers his lines with crisp enunciation. But something about his voice just shouts out pure awesome. It can't be explained. Unlike other voice actors who create different voices for different characters, David tends to use his natural voice, but it never wears thin. You hear it again, and while you recognize it, the character you're watching still sounds unique. He great a great ability in delivering enough subtlety in his voice that distinguishes his hero from his villain characters. This voiceover resume is endless, both in animation and games but the role that I believe launched his voice career is playing the leader Goliath in Gargoyles. Such a pure, kind and honorable character yet when necessary could scare the pants off of you. There are too many roles to mention but his most recognizable would be in Spawn, Justice League, Halo, Mass Effect, Call of Duty and most recently in The Princess and the Frog.


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said at 9:09 PM on Wed Apr 19 2017
So late, but I figure noting some's worth a shot -

Kevin Michael Richardson
David Sobolov
Michael Ironside (& Dorn of course!)
Tony Jay
Christopher Lee
Isaac S Singleton
Ted Cassidy.

(I also love Fred Tatasciore & Tony Todd, but I think they're not *quite* that deep.) Also will give a shout-out to some Japanese VA's with similar voices - Banjo Ginga, Tessho Genda, Ryuzaburo Otomo, & Daisuke Gori. I wish I knew more foreign VAs from other languages to say.I think all of the actors listed would classify as either bass or bass-baritone. Whereas Vin Diesel I dont think is close to that at all, he's more like Rick D. Wasserman who is quite deep, but not like record-breaking deep.
said at 3:15 PM on Thu Jul 10 2014
andre braugher
Jacob M. Keene
said at 4:16 PM on Sat May 31 2014
 4 Shout Outs!
If I made a list like this, I would've included British actors/voice actors like Tim Curry, Christopher Lee, and Tony Jay just to name a few examples
said at 11:11 PM on Wed Sep 18 2013
I would have thought Jim cummings would be on the list.
said at 4:18 PM on Sun Jul 15 2012
I'm giving this to Keith David but Vin Diesel is my 2nd
said at 8:09 AM on Wed Jan 18 2012
Wow, great list... and I take it Sir Christopher Lee has an unofficial #11?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 5:59 PM on Sun Sep 25 2011
I'm not gonna lie. When I read, "There's nothing cooler than a deep voice (at least for a dude)", I laughed.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 2:05 AM on Wed Oct 26 2011
@NCZ you're welcome :)
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 1:07 AM on Thu Dec 30 2010
when I crafted this list, I literally had "writers-block" and forgot many obvious actors like Dorn and Richardson.

the others I'm not as familiar with their work. I do admit I added way too many celebrities.
said at 11:24 PM on Sat Jul 2 2011
@Foxwolf Then it'd be best to get them on this list. They were fantastic, and they all deserve a spot on here as part of the top 10!
said at 11:26 PM on Tue Dec 28 2010
Yes, passing strange not to see Dorn and Richardson on here; I was rather naively wondering where they'd be, not IF they'd be here. lol Also agree that Ravenscroft definitely deserves a spot, though I might not have thought of him.

But kudos for including Welles and James Earl Jones, and mega-kudos for putting David at the top. That is well-deserved, imho.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 3:28 AM on Tue Mar 16 2010
Ravenscroft is classic for sure!
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 11:17 AM on Mon Mar 15 2010
Mr. Marino sure has a way to request things doesnt he...or not lol
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 5:06 AM on Fri Mar 12 2010
clearly a big tony todd fan aren't ya mr marino :)
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 3:57 PM on Mon Mar 8 2010
OMG, i cant believe I forgot Kevin Michael Richardson!!! He's one of my fave VA's!!

will update this list tonight. thanks @guy
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 12:36 PM on Sun Mar 7 2010
I agree with most of that list - like I said in the forums about this list very glad to see James Earl Jones and Orson Welles on the list!
said at 12:46 PM on Wed May 30 2012
@OptimusSolo - agreed, man. Orson Welles as Unicron has long been my personal favorite voice in all of animation since I first saw the film. Tim Curry's Darkness in Legend was right behind it, but that's due to the post work they did on it.
said at 9:22 PM on Sat Mar 6 2010
On Brad Garrett, you forgot his best known role, the big gray sheepdog from 2 Stupid Dogs
said at 6:14 PM on Sat Mar 6 2010
I would've included Dan Green and Crispin Freeman, but the list was other wise pretty good!
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 2:50 PM on Sat Mar 6 2010
Nice list. If you had left out James Earl Jones it would've been a fail. :P
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