Nolan North

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Nolan North
Born Nolan Ramsey North
(1970-10-31) October 31, 1970 (age 43)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Actor / Voice Actor
Years active 1997–present
Agent Cunningham, 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; Deadpool in several pieces of media, 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/Show Role/s
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Balder,[8] Jimmy Woo, Living Laser, Piledriver, Chemistro
Back to the Sea Farley
Batman: Assault on Arkham Penguin, KGBeast
Ben 10 Henchman, Teen Attendant
Back at the Barnyard Stumpity Joe
Black Panther Cyclops, Nightcrawler
Breadwinners Captain, Oonski the Great
DreamWorks Dragons Stoick the Vast
Frederick Cooper Frederick
Generator Rex Dr. Branden Moses, Security Guard
Fanboy and Chum Chum Thorvald The Red
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Waking Nightmare / Beware of the Undertoad Exercise Dude
G.I. Joe: Renegades Snow Job
Heavenly Sword Master Shen, Kyo, Roach
Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Gorgon, Maximus, Werewolf by Night
Hulk Vs. Deadpool
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Green Lantern, Power Ring
MAD Shrek, Thor, Captain America, Optimus Prime, Conan the Barbarian, Wolverine, James Bond, Ant-Man, Additional Voices
Monsters vs. Aliens Derek Dietl
Rick and Morty Scroopy Noopers
Robot and Monster Crikey, Blimey, Pendulum Depot, Lev Krumholtz, Uncle Kuffley
Regular Show Additional Voices
Sanjay and Craig Huggle Bunny
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Brad Chiles (Young)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars El-Les
Superman vs. The Elite Pokolistani Ambassador
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Kraang, Commander Grundch
The Legend of Tarzan Scox
The Legend of Korra Additional Voices
TMNT Raphael/Nightwatcher
Transformers: Prime Smokescreen, Skylynx
Ultimate Avengers Hank Pym/Ant Man
Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther Hank Pym/Giant Man
Ultimate Spider-Man John Jameson/Man Wolf
Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby Big Bad Wolf
Wolverine and the X-Men Cyclops, Pyro, Berzerker, Carl, Doctor
Young Justice Superboy, Superman,[9] Zatara, Professor Ojo, Marvin White, L-6, Match, Clayface, Norman, Tribune

Live-action roles[edit]

Film Role
Broken Rob McCardel
CSI: Miami Ken Walker
General Hospital  ???
Haven Will Brady (One episode, December 7, 2012)
Invasion of the Christmas Lights Narrator
JAG ER Intern
The Last Stand Scott Jacobs
Modern Family Donald Flum
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide Art Teacher
NCIS Officer Lou Giotti
On the Doll Charlie
Port Charles Chris Ramsey
Pretty Little Liars Peter Hastings
Six Feet Under Soap Actor
She Spies Peter
The Spiderwick Chronicles Various Goblins
Ugly Betty Morning TV show host
Star Trek Into Darkness USS Vengeance helmsman

Video Game Roles[edit]

Game Role
50 Cent: Bulletproof Spinoza
Age of Empires III: The War Chiefs George Armstrong Custer
Alpha Protocol Steven Heck
The Amazing Spider-Man Alistair Smythe, Various OSCORP Guards
And Then There Were None Patrick Narracott, The Harbormaster
Ape Escape 3 Dr. Tomoki
Area 51 McCan
Armored Core 4 Sherring, VIP
Army of Two: The 40th Day Elliot Salem
Assassin's Creed Desmond Miles, Abbas Sofian
Assassin's Creed II Desmond Miles, Adam
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Desmond Miles
Assassin's Creed: Revelations Desmond Miles
Assassin's Creed III Desmond Miles
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Desmond Miles
Batman: Arkham City Penguin, Black Mask, various prisoners/characters[10]
Batman: Arkham Knight Penguin
Batman: Arkham Origins Penguin
Call of Duty 2 Sergeant Randall
Call of Duty: World at War Dr. Edward Richtofen
Call of Duty: Black Ops Dr. Edward Richtofen
Call of Duty: Black Ops II Dr. Edward Richtofen, T.E.D.D., Brutus
Call of Duty: Black Ops – Declassified Alex Mason
Cars
The Cat in the Hat Fish
Crash: Mind over Mutant Doctor N. Gin
Crash of the Titans Doctor N. Gin, Tiny Tiger (Nintendo DS version), Dingodile (Nintendo DS version), Additional Voices
Dark Sector Soldiers, Civilians
Dark Void Will Grey
Deadpool Deadpool, Himself as a phone Easter egg
Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed Trahn, Ratpoo, Corn Cob King
Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon Emperor Meningitis
Dota 2 Brewmaster, Earth Spirit, Gyrocopter, Keeper of the Light, Lone Druid, Lycan, Meepo, Ogre Magi, Shadow Demon, Troll Warlord
Dragon Age: Origins Additional Voices
Driver: Parallel Lines The Mexican
Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon Archangel, Kicker
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Portal 2 Space Core (Official Valve mod)
EverQuest II Assistant 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: Regeneration Deadites #2, #3, and #4
Final Fantasy XII Vossler York Azelas
Final Fantasy XIII Additional Voices
Final Fantasy XIV Various Voices
God of War Hades, Greek Soldier, Fisherman
Guild Wars Mhenlo, Olaf, Gron, Mamp
Guild Wars 2 Human Male Player
Gun Additional Voices
Halo 3 Marine
Halo 3: ODST Lance Corporal Kojo "Romeo" Agu
Halo Wars Sergeant John Forge
The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction Guard #1
Infamous Civilian
Infinite Crisis Atomic Green Lantern, Atomic Joker
Injustice: Gods Among Us General Zod
Interstate '82 Hinkley
Keepsake Zak, Mustavio
The Last of Us David
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Scarecrow, Captain Boomerang, Hush
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Penguin, Scarecrow, Captain Boomerang, General Zod
Lego Marvel Super Heroes Ant Man, Cyclops, Deadpool, Green Goblin, Magneto, Pyro, Vulture
Lego The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North Eradan
Lost Odyssey Dark Acolyte
Lost Planet: Colonies Joe, Narrator
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Joe, Narrator
MadWorld Operator B, Master Father (Francis), Yokozuna Daisangen
Mafia II Alberto Clemente, Citizen
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds Deadpool
Marvel Heroes Deadpool
Marvel Pinball Deadpool
Marvel Super Hero Squad War Machine
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Ghost Rider, Hawkeye
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 War Machine, Sentry, Officer Swanson
Maximo vs. Army of Zin Baron, Baron's Guard, Bandit
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Various Voices[11][12]
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Black Hand
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 Madara Uchiha
Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots Factorybots
Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island Crab Soldier #1, Crab Soldier #2, Crab Refugee #2
The Outfit Allied Soldier, Resistance Fighter
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow Don Carrera De La Vega, Captured Pirate #3, Redcoat
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Nathan Drake
Portal 2 Corrupt Cores, Defective Turrets
Power Rangers: Super Legends Goldar, Operation Overdrive Red Ranger
Predator: Concrete Jungle Additional Voices
Prince of Persia The Prince
Prototype Miscellaneous Voices
Red Faction: Guerrilla Various Voices
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time Sigmund, Various Voices
Resistance: Retribution Roland Mallery
Resonance of Fate Vashyron[13]
Quantum of Solace Various Voices
Saints Row Various Voices
Saints Row 2 Various Voices
Saints Row IV The Boss ("Nolan North" voice)
Secret Service Agent Peirce
The Saboteur Crochet, Various Voices
Shadow Complex Jason Fleming
Shrek SuperSlam Quasimodo
Singularity Cpt. James Devlin
Skylanders: Giants Additional Voices
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time Cyril LeParadox, El Jefe
Sniper: Ghost Warrior O'Neil
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Combined Assault Vandal
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation Commando 2, Pilot 2
SOCOM 4 Gorman
Spec Ops: The Line Captain Martin Walker
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions Ultimate Deadpool
SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis Various Atlantean Guards
SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! Gill Hammerstein
Star Wars: The Old Republic Jedi Consular Male[14]
Supreme Commander 2 Dominic Maddox
SWAT 4 SWAT Officer Tony "Subway" Girard
SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate SWAT Officer Tony "Subway" Girard
Team Fortress 2 Merasmus, Bombinomicon, Redmond, Blutarch, Zepheniah, Soldier (Expiration Date short only; shared role),[15] Engineer (Expiration Date short only)
Terminator Salvation Dobkin
TMNT Raphael
Transformers: War for Cybertron Brawl, Additional Voices
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Cliffjumper, Bruticus, Brawl, Additional Voices
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Sideswipe, Additional Voices
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Major Reynolds, Additional Voices
Trauma Team CR-S01
Tron: Evolution Behemoth, Sentries, Blaze[16]
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue Karlos, Duncan, Snappy
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Deadpool
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Nathan Drake
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Nathan Drake
Uncharted: Eye of Indra Nathan Drake
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Nathan Drake
Uncharted: Golden Abyss Nathan Drake
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Nathan Drake
Unreal Tournament 3 Bishop
Valkyria Chronicles Musaad Mayfield
White Knight Chronicles (International Edition) Cyrus
White Knight Chronicles II Cyrus
World in Conflict Lt. Parker
Young Justice: Legacy Superboy, Superman
X-Men: Destiny Cyclops, 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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