John Rafter Lee

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John Rafter Lee
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OccupationActor, voice actor, narrator, playwright, producer

John Rafter Lee is a British actor, voice actor, audiobook narrator, playwright and producer.

Biography[edit]

Lee was born in England with Irish ancestry.[1] His father worked as a carpenter and other men in his family were blacksmiths, brick layers and plumbers.[1] Lee himself has worked in agriculture picking fruit, which he considers much more difficult than voice acting.[1]

Career[edit]

Lee has narrated hundreds of audiobooks.[1] "His trademark rich, smooth voice with its hint of a growl turns the word into a seduction," according to AudioFile.[1] He has won numerous Audie Awards and AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile in 2009.[1]

In film, he portrayed the mysterious Trevor Goodchild in Peter Chung's Æon Flux. Other voice credits include Meier Link in both Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust and Vampire Hunter D, Pavlo Zaitsev in episode 16 of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Jason Wynn in HBO's Spawn animated series, and Aristotle in Reign: The Conqueror. John also had a role as a voice actor playing Cid Bunansa in the video game Final Fantasy XII.

Lee was also the producer and screenwriter for the 2001 film Breathing Hard, in which he played the character John Duggan. His Æon Flux co-star Denise Poirier plays his wife Carol.

He has written the plays Blood and Milk, Hitler's Head, Passchendaele, Clean Souls and Frankincense. He has adapted into English Schiller's Don Carlos, Racine's Britannicus and Grabbe's Jest, Satire, Irony and Deeper Significance. Passchendaele received its first production at the New York Fringe Festival in August 2010.

His latest film, which he wrote and co-produced, is Forfeit, which received its premier at the 2007 South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. He is currently writing a film to be shot in his hometown, Birmingham, England.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1976 Bugsy Malone Benny Lee
1986 Comrades Juggler
1988 Rikky and Pete High Ranking Officer
1992 Small Kill Hit Man
1993 Hammers Over the Anvil Charles McAlister
1998 Todd McFarlane's Spawn 2 Jason Wynn Voice
1999 Todd McFarlane's Spawn 3: The Ultimate Battle Jason Wynn
1999 George Lucas in Love Ranter Short
1999 Princess Mononoke Voice
2000 Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust Meier Link Voice
2001 Breathing Hard John Duggan Also writer and producer
2003 Jules Verne & Walt Disney: Explorers of Imagination Narrator Documentary
2007 Forfeit N/A Writer and producer

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Æon Flux Trevor Goodchild Voice, 10 episodes
1996 Mercury Jim Mulvaney Unknown episodes
1997–1999 Todd McFarlane's Spawn Jason Wynn Voice, 17 episodes
2000 Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki Azusa Jurai Voice, Episode: "Here Comes Jurai"
2003 Reign: The Conqueror Aristotle Voice, 4 episodes
2003 Ninja Scroll: The Series Renya Yagyu Voice
2003–2004 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Kusunoki, Zaitsef, Security Guard, Yaku Humimari (voices) Voice, 4 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Vampire Hunter D Meier Link
2000 Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption
2006 Final Fantasy XII Cid Bunansa

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Spotlight on John Lee". AudioFile. 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2018.

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