Joseph D. Kucan

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Joseph Kucan
Joseph D. Kucan at gamescom 2009.jpg
Born Joseph David Kucan
(1965-03-19) March 19, 1965 (age 49)
Henderson, Nevada, U.S.
Other names Joe Kucan, Kane

Joseph David Kucan (born March 19, 1965) is a Video game developer, director, actor, screenwriter, and casting director for various gaming companies and movies. He is a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. He is well known for his role as Kane from the Command & Conquer series.

Early life[edit]

Kucan was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has two younger brothers, Michael and Daniel. His parents, Kenn and Jenny, worked as public school teachers in Clark County for 35 years (Kenneth Kucan taught English at Ed W. Clark High School). He began acting at the age of 10 in a local community theatre production of "The Riddle Machine". Soon after, he was one of the founding members of the Rainbow Company, a theatre training program for young people sponsored by the City of Las Vegas. Kucan was involved with that program for 8 years, receiving training in all aspects of theatre arts. After graduating from Bonanza High School and the Rainbow Company in 1983, Kucan moved to California and took a job as a staff actor with the Firebird Theatre Company, a touring repertory theatre company in Los Angeles. He left after one season and returned to Las Vegas, enrolling at UNLV as a theatre arts major. He then returned to the Rainbow Company, taking the position of Educational Director. For the next 10 years, Kucan taught, directed, acted, designed, choreographed and otherwise worked on more than 50 plays, musicals and experimental projects. He left the Rainbow Company in 1994 and went to work for Westwood Studios where he served as the Director of Dramatic Assets for 8 years.

Career[edit]

Kucan started working with Westwood Studios in 1994, and directed as well as acted in all four parts of the Command & Conquer saga. Kucan portrays the series' most iconic character, Kane, the messianic/prophetic leader of a pseudo-religious mass movement with transhumanist ambitions called The Brotherhood of Nod. He also directed and acted in various films and video games over the years such as Clover's Movie, Luckytown, Monkey on Mama's Back and a computer game based upon Blade Runner, for which he also was a writer.

He is also featured in Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars and the subsequent expansion pack Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath for both PC and Xbox 360, where he reprises his role as Kane.

Kucan was recently inducted into the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2008 as the longest recurring actor in any video game franchise to date for his portrayal of Kane.

He reprised his role once again as Kane in Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight which marked the conclusion of the Tiberian series and thus the role of Kane.

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