Joseph D. Kucan

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Joseph Kucan
Joseph D. Kucan at gamescom 2009.jpg
Born Joseph David Kucan
Other names Joe Kucan, Kane
Notable work Kane in Command & Conquer

Joseph David Kucan is a video game developer, director, actor, screenwriter, and casting director for various gaming companies and films. He is a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. He is well known for his role as Kane from the Command & Conquer series.[1]

Career[edit]

Kucan started working with Westwood Studios in 1994. He was originally hired to direct the voice talent, but as CD-ROMs became more popular, he began to experiment with recording full motion video.[2] In 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.[3] 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.

He is also featured in Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars and the subsequent expansion pack Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath for both PC and Xbox 360, where he reprises his role as Kane. This was the first entry in the series he did not direct.[4] In 2008, Kucan was 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.[3] 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.[3] He also played a small role in Red Alert in the Soviet story in which he is an adviser to Stalin.

In 2013, Kucan, along with his partner, Ann-Marie Pereth, and brother, Daniel Kucan, founded A Public Fit Theatre Company based in Las Vegas, NV.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Takahashi, Dean (2000-03-16). "Joseph Kucan Finds Celebrity As Computer-Game Villain". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2016-12-17. 
  2. ^ Ahrens, Nick (2008-03-31). "Raising Kane: The Joe Kucan Interview". Game Informer. Archived from the original on 2008-04-04. Retrieved 2016-12-17. 
  3. ^ a b c Welsh, Oli (2009-11-16). "Command & Conquer 4's Joe Kucan". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2016-12-17. 
  4. ^ "Q&A: C&C3's Kane speaks!". GameSpot. 2007-02-15. Retrieved 2016-12-17. 
  5. ^ http://www.apublicfit.org/?page_id=60