|James Earl Jones, Source: Tara Magazine|
1. Vin Diesel - He first gained fame through his role in Saving Private Ryan, but his big break came as antihero Riddick in Pitch Black. His gravelly tones made the shadows more menacing. In Iron Giant, his booming voice made the robot powerful yet gentle.
2. Peter Cullen - Cullen's gruff yet smooth tones made Optimus Prime a memorable hero in the eighties. His voice so resonated with fans that there was outrage when the first Transformers movie announced someone else would voice Optimus Prime. There was a campaign to bring him back for the movie, which succeeded.
3. George Takei - It's hard to believe, but there was once a time when Takei was only known for his role as Captain Sulu on Star Trek. Through social media and voice acting, he's become much more. I call him the Japanese Morgan Freeman. Oh, my.
4. Ian McKellen - As a classically trained Shakespearean actor, it's surprising how many geeky roles McKellen has played. He brings gravitas to whatever role he's in, whether it's Magneto in X-Men or Gandalf in Lord of the Rings.
5. Kelsey Grammer - Grammer is most known for his role as therapist Frasier Crane. I wouldn't have been able to include him if he hadn't played the Beast in X-Men: Last Stand. He's a great Shakespearean actor in blue fur. Can you get anything cooler than that?
6. Patrick Stewart - Known as much for his bald head as much as his voice, Stewart is an icon. When he barked out orders on the bridge of the Enterprise, there was no question why he was in command. His geek command only grew as the wheelchair-bound Professor X in X-Men.
7. Alec Guinness - Guinness only appeared as a major character in the first movie, Star Wars IV: A New Hope, but his presence echoed throughout the series. As Obi-Wan Kenobi, he played a wise and strong mentor to Luke Skywalker. His soft yet powerful tones brought dignity to a movie with talking robots and walking carpets.
8. Morgan Freeman - Freeman's voice is powerful but gentle, soothing but forceful. As the first black president in Deep Impact or the resolute leader in Wanted, Freeman brought calm into chaos. Is it any wonder he gave the voice of God in Bruce Almighty?
9. Kevin Conroy - When you think of Batman, whose voice do you hear? Michael Keaton? George Clooney? If you ever watched the animated series, there's only one. His voice is the voice of Batman. Period. His gravelly voice even inspired Christian Bale in the Dark Knight Trilogy.
10. Leonard Nimoy - Nimoy began as Mister Spock on Star Trek and continued by hosting "In Search of," becoming the voice of knowledge. As he's aged, his voice work in documentaries, movies like Sentinel Prime in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and appearances on TV shows like Fringe, have turned his voice into one of wisdom.
11. James Earl Jones - Believe it or not, Jones once had a speech impediment. His speech training led him to overcome his stutter and more. His booming voice struck fear into our hearts as Darth Vader.
Who's your favorite voice? What other voices impress you in scifi?
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