Valve's Best Voice Actors (IMHO)

A list of voice actors that I think performed their best in Valve games.
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Michael Shapiro
Actor, Half-Life
Michael Shapiro was born in Springfield, Mass, in 1966. Of Jewish ancestry, Mike first got the taste of theatre when he played God in a school production. In 1987 he helped launch the Annex Theatre and participated in many productions. Voice acting soon snared his attention. For years, Mike voiced various characters from many different and diverse games...
“ A lesser-known voice actor, Mike's chilling and unnatural tone as the G-Man in the Half Life series is like no other. His performance as Barney Calhoun was also impressive. ” - steadysam
 
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“ Probably one of the most iconic voices in the Half Life series. ” - steadysam
 
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Merle Dandridge
Actress, Greenleaf
Merle was born in Okinawa, Japan to a mother of Korean and Japanese descent and an African-American father serving in the U.S. Air Force. After graduating high school in Papillion, Nebraska, she attended the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University in Chicago on a full-ride scholarship and graduated with a BFA in Theatre...
“ Merle has that friendly tone in her voice to keep Gordon going in the Half Life series. ” - steadysam
 
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Jim French
Jim French was born in 1929 in Seattle, USA. At the age of eight he knew he wanted to be a radio announcer. During WWII Jim got a job as an announcer on a radio station called KPAS. He entered the Army a few years later and, after being sent to Japan with other troops, was assigned to an Armed Forces Radio Service where he started writing weekly radio shows...
“ Another, lesser-known voice actor, Jim's performance as Father Grigori is, literally, insane and his lines as Bill in Left 4 Dead are hilarious. ” - steadysam
 
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John Patrick Lowrie
John Patrick Lowrie was born in 1952 in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Boulder, Colorado. At 16 he left home to make his way as a singer/guitarist/flautist/trombonist in a rock 'n' roll band, sleeping in parks and communes and getting to know several hippies. Surviving the draft, he graduated with highest...
“ A man of many voices, John's voice is calming yet well-performed in Half Life 2 and his voice as the Sniper in Team Fortress 2 is, as he'd say, "A real piece a' piss!" ” - steadysam
 
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Ellen McLain
Actress, Pacific Rim
Ellen McLain is an opera singer and voice actress from Nashville, Tennessee, USA. She provides the voices of many characters in several video games from Valve. Among them are GLaDOS, the artificial-intelligence antagonist in Portal (for which she won an AIAS Interactive Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance) ...
“ There was no way I could leave this out. Ellen's stunning voice has perfected games like Portal, Team Fortress 2 and many others. ” - steadysam
 
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“ His hilarious lines in Portal 2 really make him a believable character. ” - steadysam
 
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“ As well as being one of the most prolific voice actors out there, Nolan has performed the voices of the Cores and Turrets in Portal 2 and has performed Merasmus and the Bombinomicon in Team Fortress 2. ” - steadysam
 
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Gary Schwartz
A master improvisational acting coach whose 30 years as a performer and Improv teacher has helped transform the lives of thousands of people, both on- and off-screen. It was Gary's 18-year association with world-renowned theater educator and author, Viola Spolin - famous for training the very first...
“ As well as voicing the Demoman, Gary's performance as the Heavy in Team Fortress 2 made the Heavy one of the most recognizable characters in videogame history. ” - steadysam
 
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“ A tongue-in-cheek kinda guy, Nathan's insults as the Scout in Team Fortress 2 are bound to make you laugh. His performance as the Church Guy in Left 4 Dead was also very impressive. ” - steadysam
 
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Robin Atkin Downes
Miscellaneous Crew, Rogue One
Robin Atkin Downes has an extensive and distinguished career in all aspects of the film and television industry, not only as an accomplished actor but also as a director, producer, voice-over artist, motion capture artist and music producer. Born and raised in the U.K., he was trained in the United States, with a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Temple University in Philadelphia...
“ A well-known voice actor, the Medic's German ramblings about "dummkopfs" and "medicine" are some of the funniest lines in Team Fortress 2. ” - steadysam
 
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“ As well as voicing the sly Spy in Team Fortress 2, Dennis has voiced (or rather hummed) the lines for the Pyro. ” - steadysam
 
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“ He may not be the most prolific or most famous voice actor, but Rick is a truly talented voice actor as the Soldier in Team Fortress 2. ” - steadysam
 
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“ He performed the voice of the Infected in the Left 4 Dead series. He has a truly unnatural voice of many tones. ” - steadysam
 
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Mike Patton
Michael Allan Patton was born on January 27th 1968 in California. He formed the band Mr Bungle at the age of 15, and after Jim Martin (of Faith No More) heard Mr Bungle, Mike was asked to join Faith No More as a permanent full time vocalist. After a turbulent career which lasted until April 1998, Faith...
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Hugh Dillon
Actor, Flashpoint
Combining acting with a distinguished career as a singer songwriter, Hugh Dillon earned notoriety in his multi-platinum punk rock band. It was early in the band's success when Hugh caught the attention of filmmaker Bruce McDonald, who cast him in the 1996 film Hard Core Logo. Quentin Tarantino saw it at South by Southwest, deciding on the spot to distribute the movie through Rolling Thunder...
“ Hugh has that awesome "cool guy" voice when performing Nick from Left 4 Dead 2. ” - steadysam
 
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Eric Ladin
Eric Ladin was born and raised in Houston, Texas before moving to Los Angeles to study theatre at The University of Southern California. His love for acting started in high school but was solidified at USC where he earned a BA in Theatre. His film and television career took off shortly thereafter with a breakout role in HBO's hard hitting...
“ His performance as Ellis in the Left 4 Dead series is iconic and too damn funny. ” - steadysam