Steve Downes

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Steve Downes
Steve Downes at Otakuthon
Occupation Voice actor

Steve Downes 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 90s. Most recently, he works 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 actor 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 will be succeeded by veteran sports/talk radio hosts Dan McNeil and Pete McMurray.

Voice Acting[edit]

Steve Downes has been 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 "Marty" O'Donnell. When Marty began working on the video game Halo: Combat Evolved at Bungie, he invited Steve to voice the game's main character, Master Chief.


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator Gunnar
2001 Halo: Combat Evolved Master Chief
2004 Halo 2 Master Chief
2007 Halo 3 Master Chief
2010 Halo: Reach Master Chief Firefight Voice
2012 Halo 4 Master Chief
2012 The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Peter Quill/Star-Lord
2015 Halo 5: Guardians Master Chief
2015 Halo: The Fall of Reach Master Chief Animated series
2016 Quantum Break Harlan


  1. ^ "Steve Downes' Profile". 97.1 WDRV. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 

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