John Patrick Lowrie

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John Patrick Lowrie
John Patrick Lowrie by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Lowrie at the 2017 Game On Expo
Born (1952-06-28) June 28, 1952 (age 70)
Alma materIndiana University School of Music (Ph.D. in Music Composition)
OccupationActor, musician, author
Years active1997–present
(m. 1986)

John Patrick Lowrie (born June 28, 1952) is an American actor, musician and author best known for voicing the Sniper in Team Fortress 2 and various characters in Dota 2. He has played Sherlock Holmes in the radio series The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes since 2001.


Lowrie has performed roles in video games such as The Suffering and The Suffering: Ties That Bind, Total Annihilation and its expansions, The Operative: No One Lives Forever and No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way. Lowrie is mostly recognized for his voice acting in Valve games such as Team Fortress 2, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Left 4 Dead, Dota 2, and Artifact.[1]

He is noted for playing the roles of the Sniper in the online first-person shooter game Team Fortress 2, Agent Gray in the MMORPG The Matrix Online, as well as Odessa Cubbage and the male citizens in Half-Life 2.

Lowrie has played Sherlock Holmes in the radio drama series The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on the program Imagination Theatre since 2001. He also voiced Holmes in the program's related radio series The Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. He and Lawrence Albert, who voices Dr. Watson on the program, are the longest-running audio Holmes and Watson team in American radio history.[2]

He wrote a science fiction novel published in 2011 titled Dancing with Eternity.[3]

Personal life[edit]

His adolescence was spent in Boulder, Colorado where he attended various high schools briefly before joining the United States Navy. He studied for a Ph.D. in Music Composition at Indiana University. He has been married to Ellen McLain since 1986.[4] McLain also works as a voice actor, and has starred alongside him in Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, and Dota 2.[5]


Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Betrayal in Antara Tyre, Enkudi, Mackey[6]
Spy Fox in "Dry Cereal" Artimice J. Bigpig[7]
Total Annihilation Narrator
1998 Total Annihilation: The Core Contingency
Total Annihilation: Battle Tactics
Police Quest: SWAT 2 Tammany, Officer, Security Guard, Hostage[8]
2000 The Operative: No One Lives Forever Bruno Lawrie
2002 No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way
2004 Half-Life 2 Odessa Cubbage, Male citizens[7]
2005 The Matrix Online Agent Gray
FATE Narrator
The Suffering: Ties That Bind The Man[7]
2006 Half-Life 2: Episode One Male citizens[7]
2007 Half-Life 2: Episode Two Griggs / Male citizens[7]
Team Fortress 2 Sniper[7]
2008 Left 4 Dead Houseboat Radio
2009 F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin Harold Keegan
inFamous Warden Harms
Halo 3: ODST Kinsler
2010 Halo: Reach Sword Control
2011 The Lord of the Rings: War in the North Beleram
2013 Dota 2 Ancient Apparition, Dark Seer, Doom , Earthshaker, Pudge, Shadow Fiend, Storm Spirit, Voice of the International Announcer[7]
SpaceVenture TBA
Planetary Annihilation Narrator
2018 Artifact Dark Seer, Earthshaker, Storm Spirit, Shadow Fiend
2019 The Church in the Darkness Isaac Walker[9]


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Meet the Sniper Sniper Animated Team Fortress 2 short


  1. ^ "Podcast Episode 41". Impetuous Windmills. February 14, 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  2. ^ Wright, Stewart (April 30, 2019). "The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Broadcast Log" (PDF). Old Time Radio. Retrieved January 29, 2020. See also the list of radio portrayals of Sherlock Holmes.
  3. ^ "Dancing With Eternity by John Patrick Lowrie". Goodreads. September 1, 2011. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  4. ^ McLain, Ellen (September 20, 2016). "Complete Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes". Retrieved May 28, 2017. Ellen is on several of the episodes, her husband John Patrick Lowrie – Actor/Writer – Voice Actor in 20+ video games plays Sherlock.
  5. ^ Gross, Ashley (May 8, 2015). "The Unlikely Stars Of Americans' Favorite Video Games". National Public Radio. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "Betrayal in Antara (1997) Windows credits". MobyGames. Retrieved January 11, 2021.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Behind the Voice Actors – John Patrick Lowrie". Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  8. ^ "Police Quest: SWAT 2 (1998) Windows credits". MobyGames. Retrieved January 11, 2021.
  9. ^ Conditt, Jessica. "Uncovering the glory and gore of a 1970s South American cult". Engadget. Retrieved April 6, 2016.

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