Nolan North

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Nolan North
BornNolan Ramsey North
(1970-10-31) October 31, 1970 (age 43)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
OccupationActor / Voice Actor
Years active1997–present
AgentCunningham, Escott, Slevin, Doherty
Notable work(s)

Uncharted
as Nathan Drake
Assassin's Creed
as Desmond Miles
Batman: Arkham
as The Penguin
Portal 2
as Corrupt Cores and Defective Turrets
Spec Ops: The Line
as Cpt. Martin Walker
The Last of Us
as David
Deadpool

(voice)
Spouse(s)Jill Murray (June 4,1999–present)
Children

2 children

his first child was born in January
 
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Nolan North
BornNolan Ramsey North
(1970-10-31) October 31, 1970 (age 43)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
OccupationActor / Voice Actor
Years active1997–present
AgentCunningham, Escott, Slevin, Doherty
Notable work(s)

Uncharted
as Nathan Drake
Assassin's Creed
as Desmond Miles
Batman: Arkham
as The Penguin
Portal 2
as Corrupt Cores and Defective Turrets
Spec Ops: The Line
as Cpt. Martin Walker
The Last of Us
as David
Deadpool

(voice)
Spouse(s)Jill Murray (June 4,1999–present)
Children

2 children

his first child was born in January

Nolan Ramsey North (born October 31, 1970) is an American actor and voice actor born in New Haven, Connecticut.[1] He has been described as "the nearest thing the games industry has to a bona fide leading man."[2] He is well known for his voice work as Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series; Desmond Miles from the Assassin's Creed video game series; Penguin in Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Origins; Cpt. Martin Walker in Spec Ops: The Line; David in The Last of Us; and himself in Saints Row IV.[3]

Life and career[edit]

North was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He majored in journalism at the University of North Carolina with a baseball scholarship.[1][4] He worked as a reporter for almost a year in New Jersey before moving to New York City to pursue stand-up comedy and acting.[1] North eventually relocated to Hollywood and was cast in the General Hospital spin-off series Port Charles, playing Dr. Chris Ramsey during the show's run from 1997 to 2003.[4][5] He married fellow Port Charles actress Jill Murray in 1999[1] and has two children. During Port Charles' run, he worked on a few video games as a voice actor and began to focus on voice acting following Port Charles' cancellation.[4]

One of his most notable roles came in 2007 when he voiced and motion capped the character Nathan Drake for the video game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Since then, he has continued to portray the character in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (released in 2009) and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (released in 2011). In an interview with The Guardian, North reflects on his time as Drake as requiring "a lot of imagination. Motion capture is basically theatre in Spandex; there's minimal props, and you need a willingness to make an ass of yourself."[2] North as Drake has been twice nominated at the Spike Video Game Awards in the "Best Performance by a Human Male" category. On November 14 at a PlayStation 4 pre-release event in New York, Naughty Dog confirmed in a teaser trailer of the next Uncharted game for the PlayStation 4 system. It's unknown whether North will reprise his role as Drake in the game or Drake will appear in the game.[6]

North had a role in Star Trek Into Darkness, the sequel to 2009's live-action movie Star Trek. Director J. J. Abrams cited North's performance as Drake for the casting, he and his son being fans of the Uncharted series.[7]

He's a huge fan of gaming and he was telling me how people just don't understand [the medium] yet, but they're going to catch up. They don't understand how amazing this technology is and it doesn't get the respect it deserves, but if it keeps making the money it makes you're going to see more and more people converted. I mean, Gary Oldman, one of the greatest actors on the planet, did Call of Duty. He wouldn't have done it 10 years ago. It's a new age dawning, and I'm just really proud to be part of it.

Nolan North, May 21, 2012[7]

Other notable video game voice work includes roles as the Prince in Prince of Persia, Shun in Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica, Vossler in Final Fantasy XII, Eradan in Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Doctor Edward Richtofen in Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Brawl in Transformers: War for Cybertron, Ghost Rider in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Shadow Demon, Lycan, Lone Druid, Brewmaster, Gyrocopter, Ogre Magi, Meepo, Earth Spirit, Troll Warlord and the Keeper of the Light in Dota 2, and Merasmus, Redmond Mann's Ghost, and the Bombinomicon in Team Fortress 2.

North is well known in his animation roles such as Cyclops in Wolverine and the X-Men, Snow Job in G.I. Joe: Renegades, Raphael in TMNT, and both Superboy and Superman in Young Justice.

Filmography[edit]

Leading roles are bolded.

Animation[edit]

Film/ShowRole/s
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest HeroesBalder,[8] Jimmy Woo, Living Laser, Piledriver, Chemistro
Back to the SeaFarley
Batman: Assault on ArkhamPenguin, KGBeast
Ben 10Henchman, Teen Attendant
Back at the BarnyardStumpity Joe
Black PantherCyclops, Nightcrawler
BreadwinnersCaptain, Oonski the Great
DreamWorks DragonsStoick the Vast
Frederick CooperFrederick
Generator RexDr. Branden Moses, Security Guard
Fanboy and Chum ChumThorvald The Red
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Waking Nightmare / Beware of the UndertoadExercise Dude
G.I. Joe: RenegadesSnow Job
Heavenly SwordMaster Shen, Kyo, Roach
Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.Gorgon, Maximus
Hulk Vs.Deadpool
Justice League: Crisis on Two EarthsGreen Lantern, Power Ring
MADShrek, Thor, Captain America, Optimus Prime, Conan the Barbarian, Wolverine, James Bond, Ant-Man, Additional Voices
Monsters vs. AliensDerek Dietl
Rick and MortyScroopy Noopers
Robot and MonsterCrikey, Blimey, Pendulum Depot, Lev Krumholtz, Uncle Kuffley
Regular ShowAdditional Voices
Sanjay and CraigHuggle Bunny
Scooby-Doo! Mystery IncorporatedBrad Chiles (Young)
Star Wars: The Clone WarsEl-Les
Superman vs. The ElitePokolistani Ambassador
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesThe Kraang, Commander Grundch
The Legend of TarzanScox
The Legend of KorraAdditional Voices
TMNTRaphael/Nightwatcher
Transformers: PrimeSmokescreen, Skylynx
Ultimate AvengersHank Pym/Ant Man
Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the PantherHank Pym/Giant Man
Ultimate Spider-ManJohn Jameson/Man Wolf
Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a BabyBig Bad Wolf
Wolverine and the X-MenCyclops, Pyro, Berzerker, Carl, Doctor
Young JusticeSuperboy, Superman,[9] Zatara, Professor Ojo, Marvin White, L-6, Match, Clayface, Norman, Tribune

Live-action roles[edit]

FilmRole
BrokenRob McCardel
CSI: MiamiKen Walker
General Hospital ???
HavenWill Brady (One episode, December 7, 2012)
Invasion of the Christmas LightsNarrator
JAGER Intern
The Last StandScott Jacobs
Modern FamilyDonald Flum
Ned's Declassified School Survival GuideArt Teacher
NCISOfficer Lou Giotti
On the DollCharlie
Port CharlesChris Ramsey
Pretty Little LiarsPeter Hastings
Six Feet UnderSoap Actor
She SpiesPeter
The Spiderwick ChroniclesVarious Goblins
Ugly BettyMorning TV show host
Star Trek Into DarknessUSS Vengeance helmsman

Video Game Roles[edit]

GameRole
50 Cent: BulletproofSpinoza
Age of Empires III: The War ChiefsGeorge Armstrong Custer
Alpha ProtocolSteven Heck
The Amazing Spider-ManAlistair Smythe, Various OSCORP Guards
And Then There Were NonePatrick Narracott, The Harbormaster
Ape Escape 3Dr. Tomoki
Area 51McCan
Armored Core 4Sherring, VIP
Army of Two: The 40th DayElliot Salem
Assassin's CreedDesmond Miles, Abbas Sofian
Assassin's Creed IIDesmond Miles, Adam
Assassin's Creed: BrotherhoodDesmond Miles
Assassin's Creed: RevelationsDesmond Miles
Assassin's Creed IIIDesmond Miles
Assassin's Creed IV: Black FlagDesmond Miles
Batman: Arkham CityPenguin, Black Mask, various prisoners/characters[10]
Batman: Arkham KnightPenguin
Batman: Arkham OriginsPenguin
Call of Duty 2Sergeant Randall
Call of Duty: World at WarDr. Edward Richtofen
Call of Duty: Black OpsDr. Edward Richtofen
Call of Duty: Black Ops IIDr. Edward Richtofen, T.E.D.D., Brutus
Call of Duty: Black Ops – DeclassifiedAlex Mason
Cars
The Cat in the HatFish
Crash: Mind over MutantDoctor N. Gin
Crash of the TitansDoctor N. Gin, Tiny Tiger (Nintendo DS version), Dingodile (Nintendo DS version), Additional Voices
Dark SectorSoldiers, Civilians
Dark VoidWill Grey
DeadpoolDeadpool, Himself as a phone Easter egg
Destroy All Humans! Big Willy UnleashedTrahn, Ratpoo, Corn Cob King
Destroy All Humans! Path of the FuronEmperor Meningitis
Dota 2Brewmaster, Earth Spirit, Gyrocopter, Keeper of the Light, Lone Druid, Lycan, Meepo, Ogre Magi, Shadow Demon, Troll Warlord
Dragon Age: OriginsAdditional Voices
Driver: Parallel LinesThe Mexican
Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard
Earth Defense Force: Insect ArmageddonArchangel, Kicker
The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimPortal 2 Space Core (Official Valve mod)
EverQuest IIAssistant Draek, Lieutenant Daro, Rion Rolana, Medic Brendan, Grayl Turfstrider, Jorgie Icearmor, Royal Guard Novice #2, qeynosian infiltrator, Agent Vylo, a Dervish Kingpin, Dranok Bileblood, freeport mole, Voltari il'Ferceri, Volarr, Mikul, Sandon Breezebender, Tamera Brinebringer, Arconius, Maliz T'Raan
EverQuest II: Desert of Flames
Evil Dead: RegenerationDeadites #2, #3, and #4
Final Fantasy XIIVossler York Azelas
Final Fantasy XIIIAdditional Voices
Final Fantasy XIVVarious Voices
God of WarHades, Greek Soldier, Fisherman
Guild WarsMhenlo, Olaf, Gron, Mamp
Guild Wars 2Human Male Player
GunAdditional Voices
Halo 3Marine
Halo 3: ODSTLance Corporal Kojo "Romeo" Agu
Halo WarsSergeant John Forge
The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate DestructionGuard #1
InfamousCivilian
Infinite CrisisAtomic Green Lantern, Atomic Joker
Injustice: Gods Among UsGeneral Zod
Interstate '82Hinkley
KeepsakeZak, Mustavio
The Last of UsDavid
Lego Batman 2: DC Super HeroesScarecrow, Captain Boomerang, Hush
Lego Batman 3: Beyond GothamPenguin, Scarecrow, Captain Boomerang, General Zod
Lego Marvel Super HeroesAnt Man, Cyclops, Deadpool, Green Goblin, Magneto, Pyro, Vulture
Lego The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings: War in the NorthEradan
Lost OdysseyDark Acolyte
Lost Planet: ColoniesJoe, Narrator
Lost Planet: Extreme ConditionJoe, Narrator
MadWorldOperator B, Master Father (Francis), Yokozuna Daisangen
Mafia IIAlberto Clemente, Citizen
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two WorldsDeadpool
Marvel HeroesDeadpool
Marvel PinballDeadpool
Marvel Super Hero SquadWar Machine
Marvel: Ultimate AllianceGhost Rider, Hawkeye
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2War Machine, Sentry, Officer Swanson
Maximo vs. Army of ZinBaron, Baron's Guard, Bandit
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the PatriotsVarious Voices[11][12]
Middle-earth: Shadow of MordorBlack Hand
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2Madara Uchiha
Nicktoons: Attack of the ToybotsFactorybots
Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano IslandCrab Soldier #1, Crab Soldier #2, Crab Refugee #2
The OutfitAllied Soldier, Resistance Fighter
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack SparrowDon Carrera De La Vega, Captured Pirate #3, Redcoat
PlayStation All-Stars Battle RoyaleNathan Drake
Portal 2Corrupt Cores, Defective Turrets
Power Rangers: Super LegendsGoldar, Operation Overdrive Red Ranger
Predator: Concrete JungleAdditional Voices
Prince of PersiaThe Prince
PrototypeMiscellaneous Voices
Red Faction: GuerrillaVarious Voices
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in TimeSigmund, Various Voices
Resistance: RetributionRoland Mallery
Resonance of FateVashyron[13]
Quantum of SolaceVarious Voices
Saints RowVarious Voices
Saints Row 2Various Voices
Saints Row IVThe Boss ("Nolan North" voice)
Secret ServiceAgent Peirce
The SaboteurCrochet, Various Voices
Shadow ComplexJason Fleming
Shrek SuperSlamQuasimodo
SingularityCpt. James Devlin
Skylanders: GiantsAdditional Voices
Sly Cooper: Thieves in TimeCyril LeParadox, El Jefe
Sniper: Ghost WarriorO'Neil
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Combined AssaultVandal
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs ConfrontationCommando 2, Pilot 2
SOCOM 4Gorman
Spec Ops: The LineCaptain Martin Walker
Spider-Man: Shattered DimensionsUltimate Deadpool
SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantisVarious Atlantean Guards
SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants!Gill Hammerstein
Star Wars: The Old RepublicJedi Consular Male[14]
Supreme Commander 2Dominic Maddox
SWAT 4SWAT Officer Tony "Subway" Girard
SWAT 4: The Stetchkov SyndicateSWAT Officer Tony "Subway" Girard
Team Fortress 2Merasmus, Bombinomicon, Redmond, Blutarch, Zepheniah, Soldier (Expiration Date short only; shared role),[15] Engineer (Expiration Date short only)
Terminator SalvationDobkin
TMNTRaphael
Transformers: War for CybertronBrawl, Additional Voices
Transformers: Fall of CybertronCliffjumper, Bruticus, Brawl, Additional Voices
Transformers: Revenge of the FallenSideswipe, Additional Voices
Transformers: Dark of the MoonMajor Reynolds, Additional Voices
Trauma TeamCR-S01
Tron: EvolutionBehemoth, Sentries, Blaze[16]
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush RescueKarlos, Duncan, Snappy
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3Deadpool
Uncharted: Drake's FortuneNathan Drake
Uncharted 2: Among ThievesNathan Drake
Uncharted: Eye of IndraNathan Drake
Uncharted 3: Drake's DeceptionNathan Drake
Uncharted: Golden AbyssNathan Drake
Uncharted 4: A Thief's EndNathan Drake
Unreal Tournament 3Bishop
Valkyria ChroniclesMusaad Mayfield
White Knight Chronicles (International Edition)Cyrus
White Knight Chronicles IICyrus
World in ConflictLt. Parker
Young Justice: LegacySuperboy, Superman
X-Men: DestinyCyclops, Adrian's father

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Soap Central bio". Soap Central. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Quirk, Justin (November 5, 2011). "Nathan Drake: unmasked". The Guardian. Retrieved November 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.kotaku.com.au/2012/05/nolan-north-the-man-in-every-video-game-ever-made-is-now-in-star-trek/
  4. ^ a b c Blake Snow (14 January 2010). "The man behind Nathan Drake". Gamepro. Archived from the original on 2010-09-26. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "IMDb filmography". IMDb. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Uncharted Teased for PS4 - IGN". IGN. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  7. ^ a b Dutton, Fred (2012-05-21). "Nolan North wins part in Star Trek 2 off the back of Uncharted". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  8. ^ Jenna Busch (2010-02-08). "AVENGERS Animated Assembling w/ Phil Lamarr". Newsarama. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  9. ^ Gross, Edward (19 August 2010). "YOUNG JUSTICE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Producers Greg Weisman & Brandon Vietti". Comic Book Movie. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  10. ^ http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/112122-Arkham-Citys-Penguin-Shares-a-Voice-With-Nathan-Drake
  11. ^ Nolan North at the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
  12. ^ Ryan Payton's podcast Kojima Productions Report. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
  13. ^ "SEGA Announces Nolan North in Resonance of Fate". RPGFan. 
  14. ^ BioWare (2011-12-20). Star Wars: The Old Republic. Electronic Arts, LucasArts. Scene: closing credits, 9:50 in, English Cast. 
  15. ^ https://twitter.com/nolan_north/status/479147050417029121.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ "TRON Evolution voice cast announced, no Bridges". Fragland. 

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