Joseph D. Kucan
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|Born||Joseph David Kucan
March 19, 1965
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.
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 is distantly Slovenian. 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 after that he ended up working for Westwood Studios where he served as the Director of Dramatic Assets for 8 years.
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.
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. He also played a small role in Red Alert in the Soviet story in which he is an adviser to Stalin.
- The Legend of Kyrandia - Book One (1992), Virgin Games
- The Legend of Kyrandia - Book Two: The Hand of Fate (1993), Virgin Games
- Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos (1993), Westwood Studios
- The Legend of Kyrandia - Book Three: Malcolm's Revenge (1994), Virgin Interactive
- Monopoly (1995), Hasbro Interactive
- Command & Conquer (1995), Westwood Studios (played Kane and directed cut-scenes)
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert (1996), Westwood Studios (played Kane and directed cut-scenes)
- Lands of Lore II: Guardians of Destiny (1997), Avalon Interactive
- Blade Runner (1997), Virgin Interactive
- Dune 2000 (1998), Westwood Studios
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Retaliation (1999), Westwood Studios
- Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun (1999), Westwood Studios - EA Games (played Kane and directed cut-scenes)
- Nox (2000), EA Games
- Command & Conquer: Firestorm (2000), Westwood Studios - EA Games (played Kane and directed cut-scenes)
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (2001), Westwood Studios - EA Games
- Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge (2001), Westwood Studios - EA Games
- Emperor: Battle for Dune (2002), Westwood Studios - EA Games
- Command & Conquer: Renegade (2002), Westwood Studios - EA Games (voiced Kane and directed cut-scenes)
- Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat (2002), EA Games
- Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars (2007), Electronic Arts (played Kane)
- Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath (2008), Electronic Arts (played Kane)
- Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight (2010), EA Los Angeles - EA (played Kane)