As video games have become more ambitious, and on par with movies and TV in terms of storytelling, they’ve also attracted some of the most well-known voices in Hollywood. After appearing on a successful TV show, many actors dip their toes into the world of voice acting, often lending their voice to both indie games and major video game franchises.
With five successful TV series and counting, Star Trek in particular, has had a large number of crossovers into video games. Whether you’re a fan of Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyager, Deep Space Nine, Enterprise, or all of the above, chances are one of your favorite actors has a few video game credits under their belt, whether Star Trek related or not.
Captain Janeway, better known as Kate Mulgrew, made her video game debut in Star Trek: Captain’s Chair and Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force. Although, the former game doesn’t hold up quite so well now, the latter was a critical success, and still makes the grade as one of the best Star Trek games thus far. Kate continued her involvement in the sci-fi genre as Dr. Mek in Run Like Hell, a third-person shooter known for its association with the gamer-favored energy drink, Bawls.
Her highly regarded role in the Dragon Age series as shapeshifting ‘Witch of the Wilds,’ Flemeth, also helped 2009’s Dragon Age: Origins win Best PC Game during Spike TV’s Video Game Awards, and Game of the Year for 2014’s Dragon Age: Inquisition at the newly inaugurated Game Awards in Las Vegas.
Everyone’s favorite Ferengi, Quark, appeared on three separate Star Trek series: TNG, Voyager, and Deep Space Nine. One of only six actors to do so, Armin Shimerman also holds the distinction of most Star Trek seasons along with Michael Dorn: 11 seasons total. Armin’s distinct voice has allowed him to easily go back and forth between on-screen and off-screen acting. With over thirty-three video game credits, and eighteen voice roles for cartoons, he has had a pretty prolific voice acting career.
Although it’s been awhile since his Star Trek days, Armin has appeared in some of the most highly regarded video game titles in the past ten years including God of War II, BioShock, and the Mass Effect series. Most recently he voiced Dr. Nefarious in the Ratchet & Clank video game, released in April of this year.
Tim Russ has had a success film and television career since the 1980’s. Although many people love to point out his Spaceballs cameo, as the afro-pick wielding trooper who “ain’t found sh*t,” he’s most famous for his portrayal of Star Trek: Voyager’s stone-faced Vulcan, Tuvok.
He also appeared on Deep Space Nine, in a season six episode of Star Trek: TNG, and in Star Trek: Generations, although as different characters in the latter two. Aside from voicing Tuvok in two Star Trek video games, Tim also voiced Shane Bandero in the first two Lost Planet games. Additionally, he had a cameo in Dragon Age: Origins with Voyager alumni, Kate Mulgrew, and even voiced both Black Panther and Colossus in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2. Although Tim is so closely linked with the sci-fi and fantasy genres because of his involvement in Star Trek, when it comes to video games, he actually tends to play more soldier-types than alien species.
John de Lancie
As Q, John de Lancie was the omnipotent Continuum-being you loved to hate on Star Trek: TNG, Voyager, and even one episode of Deep Space Nine. As with most of the other actors on this list, John lent his voice to some of the Star Trek video games, in addition to a few now-classic games during the late 90’s.
Spaghetti western, Outlaws, saw John as the deranged Matthew “Dr. Death” Jackson; In Interstate ‘76, which many consider a precursor to GTA, he played the voice of the game’s antagonist, Antonio Malochio. John took a break from voicing games in the 2000’s, until his 2011 role as the voice of Williams Miles in Assassin’s Creed III and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. He also starred in the Portal-esque game, Quantum Conundrum, as the wacky scientist Quadrangle, who is highly reminiscent of Q.
Geek & Sundry’s own TableTop star, Wil Wheaton, is probably best known for his role as Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: TNG. However, Wil has lent his voice to over seventeen video games since 2004; an impressive feat for someone who stays so busy. From third-person shooters, to real-time strategy, to RPGs, Wil has done them all. In Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., alongside fellow TNGer Michael Dorn, Wil was the voice of Abraham Lincoln; He even worked with Felicia Day for Fallout: New Vegas as the robobrain voice. Most notably, however, Wil was the voice of WCTR talk radio news reporter, Richard Burns, in GTA: San Andreas and the subsequent Vice City and Liberty City Stories.
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