The other day I saw a commercial with a voice I recognized but couldn’t quite place. It drove me nuts for a few hours until, suddenly, it hit me like a ton of bricks: Robert Redford.
The ad is for United Airlines, and, of course it isn’t the first to feature a familiar voice. In the past, I’ve noticed Tom Selleck gushing about orange juice, Joe Mantegna hocking luxury sedans, and David Hyde Pierce selling ice tea. I took a look through Yahoo! Answers and found many community members are just as interested in identifying the disembodied voices as I am. Here are a few examples…
Who did the voiceover for the “beef, it’s what’s for dinner” commercial?
The honor belongs to the one and only Sam Elliott. A character actor extraordinaire, Mr. Elliot is well known for his distinctively deep drawl. He also grows one heckuva mustache.
Who does the voice of the lizard in the Geico commercial?
English actor Jake Wood gives the gecko its cockney accent, according to regankc. Interestingly, he wasn’t the original voice. Kelsey Grammer of “Frasier” fame was the original insurance spokes-lizard.
Who does the voiceover for the Budweiser commercial?
Like the one with Robert Redford, the first time I heard this it drove me bananas. It wasn’t until a week or so later when I was watching “Ocean’s Eleven” that I figured it out. George Clooney. I should have just checked Yahoo! Answers.
Who does the voice on the new Chevron commercial?
It has a gravelly tone, authoritative, but not threatening. It’s familiar, but not too familiar. The answer is (drum roll please) Campbell Scott. The indie actor is probably best known for his work in “Singles” and “The Spanish Prisoner.”
Got any other mysterious voices driving your crazy? Leave a note below and maybe we can help you figure it out. Though, keep in mind, the companies in question probably don’t want you to know who they are. According to TIME, “voice-overs are most effective when people recognize the voice–but can’t quite put a name to it.”
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