Best Speaking Voices (from Youngest To Oldest)

Just a list of people whose voices I like, listed from youngest to oldest. Meaning that if you died at the age of 75 but would be 109 today, I would put you between a 74-year-old today living today and a 76-year-old living today.
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Emma Stone
Actress, The Help
Emily Jean "Emma" Stone was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, to Krista (Yeager), a homemaker, and Jeffrey Charles Stone, a contracting company founder and CEO. She is of Swedish (from her paternal grandfather), English, German, Scottish, and Irish descent. Stone began acting as a child as a member of the Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix...
“ She's not one of my very favorites, not to mention she's kind of predictable, but I do like her voice. ” - Dr_Tortoise
“ Her singing voice is beautiful, her speaking voice is lovely, she's won Tony Awards, she's hot...And it just so happens she's dating another guy with a great voice, Bobby Cannavale. XD
If anything, I'm happy for her. I didn't include Cannavale in this list, though. I don't know why. ” - Dr_Tortoise
Seth MacFarlane
Writer, Ted
Seth Woodbury MacFarlane was born in the small New England town of Kent, Connecticut, where he lived with his mother, Ann Perry (Sager), an admissions office worker, his father, Ronald Milton MacFarlane, a prep school teacher, and his sister Rachael MacFarlane, now a voice actress and singer. He is of English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry, and descends from Mayflower passengers...
Susan Egan
Actress, Hercules
Susan Egan was born on February 18, 1970 in Seal Beach, California, USA as Susan Farrell Egan. She is an actress, known for Hercules (1997), Spirited Away (2001) and 13 Going on 30 (2004). She has been married to Robert Hartmann since June 26, 2005. They have two children. She has two daughters. There names are Nina and Isla...
“ Her voice is unique. It's kind of nasal and almost childish-sounding, but the result is quite sexy. ” - Dr_Tortoise
Ted Cassidy
Theodore Crawford "Ted" Cassidy was born on July 31, 1932 in Pittsburgh, PA, and raised in Philippi, WV. In his youth, Cassidy was academically gifted, beginning high school at an early age, and he was also on the basketball and football teams. Despite this, he was a frequent target of bullying by his much-older classmates...
“ Best known for playing Lurch on "The Addams Family," and for being kicked to his death by Paul Newman in the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Yes, that may have happened, but Ted Cassidy will always have one of the greatest speaking voices in cinematic history. ” - Dr_Tortoise
Jodie Foster
Alicia Christian Foster was born in Los Angeles on November 19, 1962. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and later real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children with Lucius, but the exes had a brief re-encounter in 1962 which resulted in Alicia's birth...
“ Kind of like Susan Egan, only more womanly. I LOVE the way she pronounces her r's. It's kind of sharp and drawling at the same time; I can still sense a hint of young Jodie Foster in the way she speaks. ” - Dr_Tortoise
Trace Adkins
Trace Adkins' trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and turned albums into Platinum plaques, selling over 10 million albums, cumulatively. The Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is a television personality, actor, author, spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Program, the American Red Cross and has performed seven USO Tours...
“ She was a singer. Her speaking voice was as lovely, resonant, and pristine as her singing voice. I can only find two interviews of her on YouTube. Her voice was so...breathy, almost husky, like she was telling you a secret. ” - Dr_Tortoise
“ I think this is the right Frank Bruno.
Yeah, his voice is almost confusing. His accent doesn't match his voice at all. He has a deep powerful bass voice and an extremely thick, practically unintelligible Cockney accent. You'd expect him to have an accent more like James Earl Jones or Michael Clarke Duncan. ” - Dr_Tortoise
Allison Janney
Actress, The West Wing
Allison Janney is an award-winning actress who has earned a solid reputation in stage productions and in many supporting roles on screen, and who more recently has become prominent by portraying one of the major characters in the popular TV series The West Wing. Entertainment Weekly magazine describes Janney's screen presence as "uncommonly beautiful and infinitely expressive"...
“ Her voice is very unique and mellifluous. ” - Dr_Tortoise
Michael Clarke Duncan
Michael Clarke Duncan was born on December 10, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. Raised by his single mother, Jean, a house cleaner, on Chicago's South Side, Duncan grew up resisting drugs and alcohol, instead concentrating on school. He wanted to play football in high school, but his mother wouldn't let him, afraid that he would get hurt. He then turned to acting, dreaming of becoming a famous actor...
Ron Perlman
Actor, Hellboy
Ron Perlman is a classically-trained actor who has appeared in countless stage plays, feature films and television productions. Ronald N. Perlman was born April 13, 1950 in Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York. His mother, Dorothy (Rosen), is retired from the City Clerk's Office. His father, Bertram "Bert" Perlman...
Meryl Streep
Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 19 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William Streep...
“ Her voice is quite underrated. It's the right pitch (actually, maybe a bit higher than preferred), the right tone, the right accent, the right volume... ” - Dr_Tortoise
Avery Brooks
Avery Franklin Brooks was born on October 2, 1948 in Evansville, Indiana to a musically talented family. His maternal grandfather, Samuel Travis Crawford, was a tenor who graduated from Tougaloo College in Mississippi in 1901. Crawford toured the country singing with the Delta Rhythm Boys in the 1930s...
Jeremy Irons
Elegant and handsome British actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, a small island just off the south coast of England. He is the son of Barbara Anne Brereton (Sharpe) and Paul Dugan Irons, an accountant. Young Jeremy didn't prove very fond of figures. A typical islander, he used to go to mainland England only once a year...
“ Rich and haunting, as his biography describes it. A kind of light baritone with a grainy edge to it. Like an angel crossed with a serpent indeed. ” - Dr_Tortoise
Bernadette Peters
Actress, Anastasia
Bernadette Peters was born Bernadette Lazzara on February 28, 1948 in Queens, New York City. Peters is one of the most critically-acclaimed Broadway performers, having received nominations for seven Tony Awards, winning two, and eight Drama Desk Awards, winning three. Four of the Broadway cast albums on which she has starred have won Grammy Awards...
“ The only person I've ever heard speak who can sound sexy while sounding like she has a cold. ” - Dr_Tortoise
“ A Bollywood actor, and a big name there. My world cultures class saw the film Asoka the Great, which Oberoi narrated. His voice was so incredibly epic. He sounded very much like Lorne Greene. ” - Dr_Tortoise
Sam Elliott
Actor, Hulk
Tall, thin, wiry Sam Elliott is the classic picture of the American cowboy. Elliott began his acting career on the stage and his film debut was in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Although his future wife, Katharine Ross co-starred in the film, the two did not meet until they filmed The Legacy Together. Over the years there would be few opportunities to act in feature westerns...
Fred Gwynne
Fred Gwynne was an enormously talented character actor most famous for starring in the television situation comedies Car 54, Where Are You? (as Officer Francis Muldoon) and The Munsters (as the Frankenstein clone Herman Munster). He was very tall and had a resonant, baritone voice that he put to good use in Broadway musicals...
“ Most people know him from The Munsters, but the first thing I ever saw him in was My Cousin Vinny. He was the judge. Incredible deep rumbling bass voice. ” - Dr_Tortoise
Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford was born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, to Dorothy (Nidelman), a radio actress, and Christopher Ford (born John William Ford), an actor turned advertising executive. His father was of Irish and German ancestry, while his maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Minsk, Belarus...
“ Just like Meryl Streep, his voice is thoroughly underestimated. He always sounds so calm, soft-spoken, and paternal. ” - Dr_Tortoise
Orson Welles
His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was seven) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr...
“ I could never forget Mr. Welles. ” - Dr_Tortoise
Lorne Greene
Actor, Bonanza
Lorne Greene was born Lyon Himan "Chaim" Greene on February 12, 1915 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He began acting while attending Canada's Queen's University, and after graduation got a job in radio broadcasting. His rich, deep, authoritarian voice quickly propelled him to prominence as Canada's top newscaster...
“ One of the ideal voices in my opinion. Watch a video of him, and you'll see what I mean. ” - Dr_Tortoise
Anne Bancroft
Actress, The Graduate
Anne Bancroft was born on September 17, 1931 in the Bronx, the daughter of Michael Italiano (1905-2001), a dress pattern maker, and Mildred DiNapoli (1908-2010), a telephone operator. She made her cinema debut in Don't Bother to Knock in 1952 and over the next five years appeared in a lot of undistinguished movies as a supporting actress...
Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lillian (Gold) and Harry Hoffman, who was a furniture salesman and prop supervisor for Columbia Pictures. He was raised in a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Russia-Poland, and Romania). Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955, and went to Santa Monica City College...
“ Feel free to disagree with me, but his voice is awesome. It's deep, resonant, and kind of...almost whiny. He sounds rather like Tom Hanks. Hoffman sort of speaks through his nose, making a unique honk-like sound. And I think if anyone else tried to do that, it wouldn't sound as good. ” - Dr_Tortoise
Morgan Freeman
With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...
“ You might have noticed a pattern here. A pattern of deep, rich, often stentorian voices. Well, stentorian doesn't suit Morgan Freeman's voice, but I won't deny that it's one of the greats. Kind of crackly, with a pinch of his old Georgia-ness left in it. No one has that kind of voice but him. It's Morgan Freeman's voice. ” - Dr_Tortoise
Vanessa Redgrave
On January 30, 1937, renowned theatre actor Michael Redgrave was performing in a production of Hamlet in London. During the curtain call, the show's lead, Laurence Olivier, announced to the audience: "tonight a great actress was born". This was in reference to his co-star's newborn daughter, Vanessa Redgrave...
Howard Cosell
When you think of the words honesty, straight from the shoulder, and tell it like it is, you think of one man: Howard Cosell. Howard is best remembered as the greatest sportscaster in the history of sports. His way with words and ability of telling like it was, brought him fame not only in America...
“ Kinda weird, but his voice always manages to both bring my attention to his words and a smile to my face. Even so, he's not an actor, but he's on IMDb, so sue me. ” - Dr_Tortoise
Valentine Dyall
He could have been described as the "British Vincent Price". This distinguished actor was probably best known for his voice work. His low, resonant and mellifluous tones were employed to chill and excite for at least half a century. His most famous radio role was as "The Man In Black", back in the late 1940s...
“ I don't care for it much anymore, but it has always been clipped and mellifluous. I never found his voice that great, but I just enjoy listening to him. Even if what he's saying is kind of jerkish. ” - Dr_Tortoise
Tom Baker
Actor, Doctor Who
The British character actor Tom Baker, best known as the fourth incarnation of The Doctor, was born in 1934 in Liverpool, England, to Mary Jane (Fleming) and John Stewart Baker. His father was of English and Scottish descent, while his mother's family was originally from Ireland. Tom, along with his younger sister...
“ His voice has gotten considerably higher through the ages, but it used to be so deep and velvety and cavernous. It was one of the best. ” - Dr_Tortoise
Paul Robeson
Soundtrack, Pride
This handsome, eloquent and highly charismatic actor became one of the foremost interpreters of Eugene O'Neill's plays and one of the most treasured names in song during the first half of the twentieth century. He also courted disdain and public controversy for most of his career as a staunch Cold War-era advocate for human rights...
William Marshall
Actor, Blacula
Dynamic African American leading man and characters actor William Marshall trained in Grand Opera, Broadway and Shakespeare. In films from the 50s and 60s including: Lydia Bailey, Something of Value, To Trap a Spy and finally known for being in The Boston Strangler with Tony Curtis. Marshall really didn't hit it big until the "blaxplotation" era of the 70s...
Peter O'Toole
A leading man of prodigious talents, Peter O'Toole was raised in Leeds, England, the son of Constance Jane Eliot (Ferguson), a Scottish nurse, and Patrick Joseph O'Toole, an Irish bookie. As a boy, he decided to become a journalist, beginning as a newspaper copy boy. Although he succeeded in becoming a reporter...
“ Kinda the same idea as Tom Baker. ” - Dr_Tortoise
Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum was an underrated American leading man of enormous ability, who sublimated his talents beneath an air of disinterest. He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Ann Harriet (Gunderson), a Norwegian immigrant, and James Thomas Mitchum, a shipyard/railroad worker. His father died in a train accident when he was two...
“ Powerful, velvety, impossibly deep voice with a pinch of Canadian-ness left. ” - Dr_Tortoise
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones was born on January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA. At an early age, he started to take dramatic lessons to calm himself down. It appeared to work as he has since starred in many films over a 40-year period, beginning with the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. He is...
“ Now how could I ever forget James Earl Jones? ” - Dr_Tortoise
Ed Ames
Born Malden, Massachusetts on July 9, 1927 (real name Urick), Ed, Vic Ames, Gene Ames and Joe Ames were sons of Ukrainian Jewish parents and four of nine children. They were very poor but Ed attended Boston Public Latin School along with brother Joe. The singing group, The Ames Brothers...
Leslie Nielsen
Leslie William Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and raised in Tulita (formerly Fort Norman), Northwest Territories. His mother, Mabel Elizabeth (Davies), was Welsh. His father, Ingvard Eversen Nielsen, was a Danish-born Mountie and a strict disciplinarian. Leslie studied at the Academy of Radio Arts in Toronto before moving on to New York's Neighborhood Playhouse...
Don Ameche
Actor, Cocoon
Don Ameche was a versatile and popular American film actor in the 1930s and '40s, usually as the dapper, mustached leading man. He was also popular as a radio master of ceremonies during this time. As his film popularity waned in the 1950s, he continued working in theater and some TV. His film career...
“ When I watched his Oscar speech for Cocoon, I thought he was British. Holy crap. ” - Dr_Tortoise
George Kennedy
George Harris Kennedy, Jr. was born on February 18, 1925 in New York City, to Helen A. (Kieselbach), a ballet dancer, and George Harris Kennedy, an orchestra leader and musician. Following high school graduation, Kennedy enlisted in the United States Army in 1943 with the hope to become a fighter pilot in the Army Air Corps...
“ In my opinion, people like Suresh Oberoi, Lorne Greene, younger Tom Baker, Paul Robeson, William Marshall, Robert MacNeil, Ed Ames, Leslie Nielsen, Don Ameche, and George Kennedy are kind of my line of ideal male speaking voices. ” - Dr_Tortoise
Thurl Ravenscroft
Born in 1914, raised in Norfolk, Nebraska, Thurl Ravenscroft served as a navigator in the US Army Air Transport Command in World War II before settling in Hollywood. An accomplished singer, he performed with The Sportsmen Quartet, The Mellomen, The Johnny Mann Singers, and many major stars, including Jim Nabors and Elvis Presley...
“ THE best voice ever. ” - Dr_Tortoise
“ The most iconic voice in American history. Not to mention, no one ever looked better at the age of 90. By the way, did you know that when Seth MacFarlane was 9, he parodied him in a cartoon of his own? He named the character Walter Crouton. XD Yes, like every 3rd grader in 1983, he worshiped Walter Cronkite. ” - Dr_Tortoise