Who Are The Voices Behind the Commercials?

Celebrities who voice television commercials

Good actors have usually had training that enables them to be believable in their roles. Part of this training invariably includes at least some basic voice lessons so as to learn how to assume different accents and speak in a way that is believable for the characters they play. Much of what they learn in this training and through their experience equips them well to do voice over work. It is no surprise that many stars have also made a name for themselves reading commercial scripts for products and services of various kinds.

The list of the voices behind the commercials is literally endless, featuring actors that might not otherwise have been associated with television advertisements. Here is just a representative sample of the most famous stars who have served as voice actors for commercial advertisements:

John Goodman

John Goodman, best known for his role as Dan Conner in the sitcom Roseanne, was both seen and heard early on in his career in Campbell's Soup commercials. Later on, his blue-collar persona made him the perfect choice to do voice-over work for Dunkin Donuts, a restaurant often associated with the "common" man.

Julia Roberts

One of the most recognizable actresses of all time, Julia Roberts has starred in some of the most popular movies released in the past twenty years. At one point in her career, she was hired as voice talent for AOL and paid much more than most others who have done voices for commercials.

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah is another Hollywood star who has also lent her pleasing voice to commercial scripts. She has served as the voice for Pizza Hut commercials, encouraging viewers to order a pie from one of the country's largest home-deliverers.

Kelsey Grammar

Best-known for playing Dr. Frasier Crane on the television shows Cheers and Frasier, Kelsey Grammar's baritone voice has been the voice chosen to help advertise some of the most commonly purchased products in the United States. Honey Nut Cheerios, Helzberg Diamonds, and more have all featured Grammar's voice in their commercials.

Celebrity Voices

These celebrity voices were chosen largely because they were recognized stars of movies and television. It should be noted, however, that most voice actors are not necessarily world famous Hollywood stars, especially if most of their work is done in commercials. In fact, most corporations prefer to hire actors who might be otherwise unknown or who have spent much of their career doing voices behind the scenes and not in front of the camera.

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