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John Patrick Lowrie

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John Patrick Lowrie
Lowrie at the 2017 Game On Expo
Born (1952-06-28) June 28, 1952 (age 71)
EducationIndiana University, Bloomington (PhD; dropped out)
OccupationVoice actor
Years active1997–present
(m. 1986)

John Patrick Lowrie (born June 28, 1952) is an American voice actor 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 was a musician in his 20s, touring the United States as a part of The Keith-Lowrie Duet, which opened for acts like Buddy Rich. At the age of 31, he played the banjo in the pit orchestra on the European tour of the musical Show Boat. After noticing the actors made more money than him, Lowrie auditioned to understudy for the role of Captain Andy, and debuted on stage in Palermo, Italy, which became his first paid acting gig.[1] After returning to the United States and moving in with his wife Ellen McLain in New York City, he turned down a role in a European tour of West Side Story to stay with McLain. He then studied for a Ph.D. in Music Composition at the Indiana University School of Music for two years before dropping out to pursue acting in Seattle with McLain.[1]

Lowrie began voice acting for video games in the early 1990s,[1] and has performed roles in 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.[2]

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.[3]

In 2011, he published a science fiction novel titled Dancing with Eternity. An audiobook version narrated by Lowrie and his wife Ellen McLain was released in April 2014.[4]

Personal life[edit]

His adolescence was spent in Boulder, Colorado, where he attended various high schools briefly before joining the United States Navy.

He first met his wife Ellen McLain in 1984 in Arnhem, Netherlands, during the European tour of Show Boat, which McLain starred in. They returned to the United States, where they married and moved in together, initially in New York City. They then spent two years in Indiana, before they finally settled in Seattle to pursue acting.[1] Lowrie has since voiced characters alongside MacLain in Team Fortress 2, Half-Life 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] First video game role[8]
Total Annihilation Narrator
1998 Total Annihilation: The Core Contingency
Total Annihilation: Battle Tactics
Police Quest: SWAT 2 Tammany, Officer, Security Guard, Hostage[9]
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 The Suffering Guard
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 John Slater
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[10]


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


  • Lowrie, John Patrick (2011). Dancing with Eternity. Seattle, Washington: Camel Press. ISBN 9781603818100.


  1. ^ a b c d Gravning, Jagger (March 31, 2015). "GLaDOS and The Sniper: A Voice Acting Love Story". Vice. Retrieved April 29, 2024.
  2. ^ "Podcast Episode 41". Impetuous Windmills. February 14, 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Suess, Liz (August 14, 2014). "The Mary Sue Exclusive Interview: John Patrick Lowrie and Ellen McLain". The Mary Sue. Retrieved April 14, 2023.
  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". behindthevoiceactors.com. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  8. ^ Gross, Ashley (May 8, 2015). "The Unlikely Stars Of Americans' Favorite Video Games". NPR. Retrieved April 29, 2024.
  9. ^ "Police Quest: SWAT 2 (1998) Windows credits". MobyGames. Retrieved January 11, 2021.
  10. ^ Conditt, Jessica (April 2016). "Uncovering the glory and gore of a 1970s South American cult". Engadget. Retrieved April 6, 2016.

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