Nolan North Is Not Your Average Voice In Hollywood

Nolan North 2.jpgBy Melissa Unger — 03/06/10

If you go to see the newly released Hollywood film “The Wolfman,” you will be hearing Nolan North. He is the one doing the wolf sounds. Chances are you have heard him a lot. North does some of the most famous voice overs in Hollywood and for video games.

When he finished college, North headed to New York as a broadcast reporter. Soon after arriving he realized that journalism was not for him and found himself moving to Los Angeles. Since he had once opened for comedian George Carlin, North thought that might be a route for him. So he joined some stand-up comedy troupes. Then there was the lure of acting.

Soon he landed a gig as a doctor on the new ABC daytime soap opera “Port Charles.” The instant stardom was shocking to North. Then after five years the show was cancelled and North was out of work. Not knowing what to do, he turned to a fellow co-star on “Port Charles” who had an agent handling voice-overs.

North soon found success in voice-over work for video games. The field was relatively new and big name voice-over actors did not see it as a lucrative venture. North became the voice of Prince of Persia as well as many other famous video game characters. He also did a series for Marvel “Wolverine and the X-Men.”

North has enjoyed being the voice of one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He says he loves projects like this one because his kids get a kick out of hearing their dad. He says having his kids’ approval is a lot more gratifying than having fame.