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krmiller
Posted: Sunday, May 17, 2009 8:58:56 PM

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Jimmy Stewart, Sean Connery, Christopher Lee (I'm amazed no one has mentioned him yet). Some of the accents in The Lord of the Rings movies are wonderful, especially since almost none of the major actors use the same accents in the film as they do in real life. Dara O'Briain is an Irish comic whose accent I love. On the topic of impersonators, Robin Williams is a genius.
kaliedel
Posted: Monday, May 18, 2009 12:18:25 AM

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krmiller wrote:
Jimmy Stewart, Sean Connery, Christopher Lee (I'm amazed no one has mentioned him yet). Some of the accents in The Lord of the Rings movies are wonderful, especially since almost none of the major actors use the same accents in the film as they do in real life. Dara O'Briain is an Irish comic whose accent I love. On the topic of impersonators, Robin Williams is a genius.


Definitely the Lord of the Rings cast - I couldn't tell what Elijah Wood was going for, faux-Scottish?
krmiller
Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2009 5:45:48 PM

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kaliedel wrote:
Definitely the Lord of the Rings cast - I couldn't tell what Elijah Wood was going for, faux-Scottish?


The Baggins are supposed to be educated and use a standard (I suppose "public school") educated English accent. The other hobbits, except for Billy Boyd (who uses his own Scottish accent), used a West Country accent.

I didn't notice any inconsistency with Elijah Wood's accent, but as an American I wouldn't expect to. I did notice that Viggo Mortensen's accent tended to change, especially when he was shouting, but I also know that he wasn't cast until after shooting started, so presumably the voice coaches didn't have as much time to work with him.
kaliedel
Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2009 8:37:53 PM

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krmiller wrote:


I didn't notice any inconsistency with Elijah Wood's accent, but as an American I wouldn't expect to. I did notice that Viggo Mortensen's accent tended to change, especially when he was shouting, but I also know that he wasn't cast until after shooting started, so presumably the voice coaches didn't have as much time to work with him.


I'm American too, but it seemed at times that the American actors were speaking in faux-British; not quite a genuine accent, per se, but something like a cross between theater-speaking and Shakespearean drama. It's hard to describe.
Kat
Posted: Tuesday, June 9, 2009 1:33:40 PM
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I'm reaching way back here;
John Coleman "Tale Of Two Cities" , the original
Walter Pidgeon, too many to name
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Ricardo Monteban was then only person I know whose voice sounded the same in English as it did in Spanish.
Kat
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I'm reaching way back here:
John Coleman, "Tale of Two Cities"...The original
Walter Pidgeon, too many to name
Winston Smith
Posted: Sunday, June 14, 2009 1:08:51 AM
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James Mason and John Wayne. Vincent Donofrio in Law and Order
Audrey Ann
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KinkoCat wrote:
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.


You mean he isn't British?! Think I didn't know he was Canadian! :-D

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Kat wrote:
I'm reaching way back here:
John Coleman, "Tale of Two Cities"...The original
Walter Pidgeon, too many to name


Definitely too many to name, but here's a few:

Mae West (hubba hubba)
W.C. Fields (her side kick? or was she his? okay, maybe equals)
James Earl Jones (did someone mention him already?)
Tommy Lee Jones (i consider him one of the best)
Audrey Hepburn (lilting)
Jack Nicholson (sp?)
WOODY ALLEN! Can't get any more distinctive than that!


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Audrey Ann
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Winston Smith wrote:
James Mason and John Wayne. Vincent Donofrio in Law and Order


Law & Order is a good show.

James Mason definitely! I can hear him now in that famous film Lolita.

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rluna
Posted: Friday, June 26, 2009 12:01:27 PM

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Christopher Lee. Dancing

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bugdoctor
Posted: Sunday, June 28, 2009 7:23:11 AM

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Lee Marvin and Jack Palance.


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Ketardously
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Hasn't anyone mentioned Derek Jacobi, British actor who is most famous for the lead role in I, Claudius?

His voice and the way he speaks... Oh my Whistle

(Claudius' nephew was Caligula, for those of you who don't remember the story).
Senator: You are not fit to be Emperor.
Claudius: I agree. But nor was my nephew.
Senator: Then what difference is there between you?
Claudius: He would not have agreed. And by now your head would be on that floor for saying so.


And by the way, he does a hell of a good job as the narrator of In the night garden, a children's program, also British. Do you have that one in the US?
HomerJ
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Christopher Lambert`s way of speaking is quite interesting. Just watch him in Mortal Kombat. He is actually quite enjoyable as Rayden.
Also Patrick Stewart. Straight out of a Dickens novel...he did play in A Christmas Carol!
I almost forgot Steve Buscemi.
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I love al the old movies, it seems the most distictive thing about modern actors is how many expletives they can fit into a sentence.
Joseph Glantz
Posted: Tuesday, July 7, 2009 7:27:22 AM
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How about each of the Marx Brothers. I'm inclding Harpo here whose disinction was that he didn't speak - but used sounds.
RubyMoon
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Alan Rickman
Sally Kellerman
Luftmarque
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Alan Rickman is easy to listen to, I can hear him in my head. Favs Truly, Madly, Deeply & Galaxy Quest.

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Casey Affleck's high, breathy voice. Not authoritative in the least, but often very comforting and soothing.

Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s soft, creaky voice.

David Schwimmer's hyponasal whine. He always sounds like he's speaking in a register either too high or too low for comfort. In a low register, he sounds creaky (like Gooding), and in a higher register, he sounds quavery and uncomfortable. Strange, but it grows on you.

Not an actor, but George Lucas also has one of the whiniest voices ever created by the accidents of DNA.

The dulcet tones of Harrison Ford.

Peter Coyote's raspy yet uncommonly melodious voice. He sounds just like any other man, but something about him is unique.

Dustin Hoffman's deep nasal honk. You don't find a voice like that from anyone else. Except perhaps Tom Hanks, although he's much less mellifluous than Hoffman.

The deep yet very light-timbred baritone of George Takei. It's so refined, it sounds like he comes from another planet.

Fred Gwynne of The Munsters. Actually, I was introduced to him by My Cousin Vinny, in which he played a judge. Monstrous (no wonder!), rumbling bass voice; he could knock a toddler to the ground just by whispering to him.

Leslie Nielsen's authoritative, booming, quasi-Mid-Atlantic voice.

George Kennedy, whose voice is very similar to Leslie Nielsen's.

Robert Mitchum's rumbly, nasal, almost gravelly bass.

I might as well mention Dustin Hoffman again. He's one of my personal favorites.
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Owen Wilson

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kingfisher
Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:43:54 AM
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What was the name of the actor who played the law school professor in "The Paper Chase"? That guy had a great, and very interesting way of speaking. Those of you who saw the movie can probably still hear it in your head if you just think of some of the lines: "Yes, Mr. Liberty Bell," or "Here's a dime. Call your mother and tell her you're not going to make it as a lawyer."

I'm embarrassed that I can't remember his name. Somebody once said that if he would pay to go to a theater and listen to the man read the phone book.
almostfreebird
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You only have to type "The Paper Chase" on Google, and it is John Houseman:
http://www.allrovi.com/movies/movie/the-paper-chase-v37196
He was relly a hard case.
almostfreebird
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Philip Seymour Hoffman

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0918927/

Great movie!








almostfreebird
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John Wayne
I like Kim Darby

Ray41
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James Stewart, was actually known for his distinctive voice, was also a great actor.



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almostfreebird
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Distinctively reticent but cannot be ignored.


Luke Askew






almostfreebird
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Jack Wild was my hero.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3upApWtHfI&feature=fvst


and Tracy Hyde was sort of my first crush.











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Patrick John Warburton aka Putty on Seinfeld
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Sean Connery's speech really gets on my nerves. It's almost like he has a lisp.

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almostfreebird
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Emile Hirsch









almostfreebird
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Javier Bardem


Scary hairdo
No Country for Old Men







almostfreebird
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Michael Rennie (Klaatu)


The Day the Earth Stood Still



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Agree with all the many above - my favourites:

Anthony Hopkins

Derek Jacobi



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