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Joseph Glantz
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What actors did and do you watch because of their manner of speaking. A few old-timers, Jimmy Stewart and Humphrey Bogart, come to mind. Who else?
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James Mason comes to mind, but I'm sure to think of others...
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James Earl Jones, Ruby Dee
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Vincent Price, Sir John Gielgud
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Christopher Walken, Marlon Brando.

Sean Connery and Ian Mckellen also come to mind (as did James Mason)but it may be their accents that make their speaking manner so pleasant and memorable to me.
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John Hurt and Ian McKellen, definitely, and Hugo Weaving as well. Marvelous voices. James Earl Jones was already mentioned, but will second that one. *grins* And I have a particular fondness for Christopher Walken as Gabriel.


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Without question, the Mr. John Malkovich!

Impressive, beyond words. See the movie, Doubt, to satisfy your curiosity.
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Hey, Pilgrim.

Sorry Child>>> John Wayne

"Supposin' I was to go to work and learn how to... to read writin'. Well, how'd I know that the feller that... that wrote the writin' was a writin' the writin' right? See it could be that he wrote the writin' all wrong. Here I'd be just a readin' wrong writin', don't ya see? You probably been doin' it your whole life, just a readin' wrong writin' and not even knowin‘ it." Festus
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RE: "What actors did and do you watch because of their manner of speaking."

Donald, Daffy, Miss Piggy and, saving the best for last, The Swedish Chef. (My wife said she'd leave me if I ever grew up ;)


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Cary Grant, Jimmy Durante, W.C. Fields
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ChildofTheKing wrote:
Without question, the Mr. John Malkovich!

Impressive, beyond words. See the movie, Doubt, to satisfy your curiosity.


Dead on Child! His delivery is always masterful. If you haven't seen it, you MUST see Being John Malkovich.
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I have always enjoyed the Festus character played by Ken Curtis. (Thanks for reminding me.) His character was folksy, moral, compassionate and funny. (He often played comic relief.) His voice and dialect were distinctive. I do not recall every seeing him in anything except Gunsmoke.

Along the same lines and going back in the day was Walter Brennan. Going back, way, way, way back, how many remember Gene Autry's sidekick -- Pat Butram?
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The resonant, bass-baritone, Caribbean-flavored voice of actor-dancer Geoffrey Holder.
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Chistopher Plummer comes to mind...he's Canadian, although he doesn't sound like he's from Canada. For a long time, I thought he was British.
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quazi wrote:
James Mason comes to mind, but I'm sure to think of others...


Ha! You beat me to it Anxious

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and then there's Tony Curtis...

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -- Mark Twain
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Jack Benny, Mr. T, Ozzie Nelson, Henry Winkler as Fonzie, Penny Marshall in "Laverne & Shirley", Mae West, Cary Grant, Broderick Crawford, Wally Cox, Desi Arnaz, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Frankie Laine ... the list of old-timers is long indeed. Probably has something to do with growing up listening to radio.

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My all time favorite...William Shatner.
His interpretation of Rocket Man...well...no words can describe. Just watch. William Shatner - "Rocket Man"
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Jack Nicholson and Carol Channing spring to mind. Also, Pauly Shore...
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"Supposin' I was to go to work and learn how to... to read writin'. Well, how'd I know that the feller that... that wrote the writin' was a writin' the writin' right? See it could be that he wrote the writin' all wrong. Here I'd be just a readin' wrong writin', don't ya see? You probably been doin' it your whole life, just a readin' wrong writin' and not even knowin‘ it." Festus
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Peter Lorre
Helen Mirren
Alfred Hitchcock
Betty Davis
Peter O'Toole
Katherine Hepburn
Spencer Tracey


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ChildofTheKing wrote:
Without question, the Mr. John Malkovich!
Impressive, beyond words. See the movie, Doubt, to satisfy your curiosity.

But… John Malkovich isn't in Doubt. Philip Seymour Hoffman does have a great voice though, and it is a great movie.

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Jeremy Irons
Hugh Laurie in "House"
Kevin Kline in "French Kiss"
Meryl Streep

David Attenborough - he's not an actor, but he's a wonderful narrator: there's no fun in seeing a Nature documentary without his lovely accent and enthusiasm.

To have another language is to possess a second soul. Charlemagne (742-814 A.D.)
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MichalG wrote:
My all time favorite...William Shatner.
His interpretation of Rocket Man...well...no words can describe. Just watch. William Shatner - "Rocket Man"


William Shatner is the first actor who came to my mind. I love his way of phrasing in unique and unexpected ways.

And I'm with TB on the Swedish Chef. I will never, EVER grow up.

I'm also a huge fan of John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich is one of my all-time favorite movies) and John Cusack. Joan Cusack also has a very memorable way about her.

It's like a book elegantly bound, but in a language that you can't read just yet. "I Will Possess Your Heart," Death Cab for Cutie
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How quickly we forget. The late, great **PETER SELLERS**.

A man of many voices. All of them great. He started his comedic life as an impersonator.

See "Dr Strangelove". He plays several characters in the film. In fact the cow boy bomber pilot played by Slim Pickins was actually meant to be Peter Sellers too. Time restrictions meant they couldnt complete the scenes, so Slim stepped-in.

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Peter Sellers is indeed a "man of many voices", and so was Alec Guinness. One of the top movies of all time, Kind Hearts and Coronets, feature AG's "voices", 8 of them, all under one "roof'.
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I'll mention Christopher Lloyd...
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Joseph Glantz wrote:
What actors did and do you watch because of their manner of speaking. A few old-timers, Jimmy Stewart and Humphrey Bogart, come to mind. Who else?


When I read your topic title, I immediately thought of Jimmy Stewart. What was his accent, by the way? Is it regional, or simply just the way he talks?
MiTziGo
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How about David Caruso and his overly dramatic and ill-timed pauses in his role as Horatio Caine on the TV series CSI: Miami.
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Rhondish wrote:
Christopher Walken, Marlon Brando.

Sean Connery and Ian Mckellen also come to mind (as did James Mason)but it may be their accents that make their speaking manner so pleasant and memorable to me.


Yes, Chriostopher Walken ! He's definitely distinct with that voice.

Since you mentioned him, I just had to share an SNL skit he was in a not too long ago. It always puts me in a good mood when I watch it !

http://www.hulu.com/watch/16417/saturday-night-live-googly-eyes-gardener
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MichalG wrote:
How about David Caruso and his overly dramatic and ill-timed pauses in his role as Horatio Caine on the TV series CSI: Miami.


You can't beat the setup, pause, putting on the sunglasses slowly, and then the witty punchline before every show opening, can you? Also, let's not forget his sideways-head, hunched-over way of looking intimidating.
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kaliedel wrote:
MichalG wrote:
How about David Caruso and his overly dramatic and ill-timed pauses in his role as Horatio Caine on the TV series CSI: Miami.


You can't beat the setup, pause, putting on the sunglasses slowly, and then the witty punchline before every show opening, can you? Also, let's not forget his sideways-head, hunched-over way of looking intimidating.
It's almost physically painful to watch. I don't know why the writers insist on it. There's no way they don't know how bad it is and how much people make fun of it.
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Ahimsa wrote:
…Meryl Streep

I thought of Meryl S., but she gives us not one distinctive "Streep Voice" but rather an astonishing range of different accents and registers suitable for their characters. Maybe we need a separate category for versatile voices (there's a few others of this type that have been mentioned in this topic) as opposed to the sort of voice where one can always say, "Oh, there's xxx again."

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MichalG wrote:
It's almost physically painful to watch. I don't know why the writers insist on it. There's no way they don't know how bad it is and how much people make fun of it.


At first I was put off by Caruso's strange acting techniques on CSI: Miami, but eventually I found some kind of charm in them - I don't know what it is, maybe because they're so darn hammy and ripe for parody.

Also, I second the James Mason example - no one had a voice like him.
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Christopher Walken and Jack Nicholson!
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