Steve Downes

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Steve Downes
Downes at GalaxyCon Raleigh in 2022
Born (1950-06-28) June 28, 1950 (age 73)
Occupation(s)DJ, voice actor
Years active1978–present
Liz Zweifler
(m. 1992)

Steven Downes (born June 28, 1950) is an American DJ and voice actor. He is best known for his work as the voice of the Master Chief in the Halo video game series. He worked as a disc jockey at Los Angeles, California Album-oriented Rock radio stations KWST (1978-1981), KEZY-AM (1981-1982) and KLSX (1994), but is best remembered working evening drive at KLOS from 1982 to 1991. He frequently hosted the live call-in talk show, Rockline in the early 1990s. Most recently, he worked as the morning show host for 97.1 WDRV "The Drive" in Chicago, Illinois.[1] Downes also hosts the nationally syndicated radio show "The Classics". He is married to fellow voice actress Liz Zweifler.

On February 6, 2015, Downes announced that after 44 years in radio he would retire to spend more time with his family; his final show on WDRV was March 9, 2015. He was succeeded by veteran sports/talk radio hosts Dan McNeil and Pete McMurray.

Voice acting[edit]

Downes started in commercial voice since 1990. He has provided voices for several video games. His first experience in voice acting for video games came in 1999 when he played the role of Gunnar in the video game Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator by Valkyrie Studios. Despite the relatively minor role, his performance caught the attention of the voice acting director and music composer of the game, Martin O'Donnell. When O'Donnell began working on the video game Halo: Combat Evolved at Bungie, he invited Downes to voice the game's main protagonist, Master Chief, a role he has voiced ever since.[2] At GalaxyCon Columbus in December 2023, Downes stated his favorite line as Master Chief is "She said that to me once... about being a machine" from Halo 4.[3]



Year Title Voice role Notes
2012 The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Peter Quill / Star-Lord Episode: "Michael Korvac"[4]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
1999 Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator Gunnar
2001 Halo: Combat Evolved Spartan John-117 / Master Chief [4]
2004 Halo 2 [4]
2007 Halo 3 [4]
2010 Halo: Reach Firefight voice[4]
2012 Halo 4 [4]
2015 Halo 5: Guardians [4]
2017 Super Bomberman R Xbox One version[4][5]
2021 Halo Infinite [4]


  1. ^ "Steve Downes' Profile". 97.1 WDRV. Archived from the original on July 9, 2009. Retrieved August 10, 2009.
  2. ^ Rahman, Bhromor (October 25, 2021). "Steve Downes: "They're going to have to take the mic out of my cold dead fingers!"". The Game Crater. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  3. ^ Master Chief and Cortana's Favorite Lines From Halo, retrieved December 5, 2023
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Steve Downes". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  5. ^ Super Bomberman R Official Voice Actor: Steve Downes as Master Chief. June 7, 2018. Archived from the original on December 14, 2021. Retrieved June 8, 2018 – via YouTube.

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