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Who Is Your Voice Acting Hero?


By Stephanie Ciccarelli

January 2, 2013

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Herb Merriweather, voice actorWhen you first fell in love with voice acting, was it because you were inspired by the vocal talents of a certain actor?

While many of today's voice artists look to voices the likes of the late, great Don LaFontaine, the original poster boy for voice acting, Mel Blanc, laid the foundation of many voice acting careers, including the career of one Herb Merriweather.

Who is your voice acting hero?

Be sure to watch the interview with Herb and share who your voice acting hero is by leaving a comment!

The Voice That Launched a Thousand Careers

Mel Blanc, known as The Man of a Thousand Voices, has served as the inspiration for countless voice-over talent and voice actors, including Herb Merriweather, a man who can do more than a few voices himself. When you look back at the industry and chart its evolution from when Mel Blanc started voicing at Warner Bros. in the mid 1930s to where we stand today in 2013, much technologically has changed but the same spirit remains. Just as Helen of Troy's face launched a thousand ships, there's no doubt in my mind that Mel Blanc's voice has launched a thousand careers. Hear Herb Merriweather's thoughts in this Voices.com interview below:

Herb Merriweather shared in a separate interview, "It's a privilege and an honor to speak up for an organization that not only gives opportunity, but empowers you to make the best of every opportunity provided. Voices.com has worked tirelessly to tweak and improve its services and features for one person--the voice actor (and his clients). No other organization promotes you (the VO) like Voices.com."

About Herb Merriweather

Herb Merriweather is a voice talent based in California who has a future so bright that he has to wear shades. Herb grew up in a musical family and counts his experiences in choral ensembles, bands and gospel music as having played an integral role in the shaping of his signature style, citing his sister, Gospel singer Rosalind Graham, as a major influence, inspiration and encouragement. Herb has worked with many amazing people over his career including the great Ruth Dickerson, a Gospel music historian and radio personality. Herb Merriweather continues to build meaningful relationships with those in his community and seeks out opportunities to be a voice in the wilderness.

Who Inspired You To Be a Voice Actor?

Comment now and let me know!

With warm regards,

Related Topics: industry, radio, YouTube


    Paul Vaughan narrated the BBC "Horizon" science series in its heyday. Calm and perfectly inflected, you felt he truly understood what he was narrating, from aquatics to quantum physics. Now you pose the question, I think he was a subliminal influence. There's a sample video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/aKqdlpuLDPE

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      Many talents have influenced me over the years, Mel Blanc is surely one, as is Don LaFontaine. However, no one has had an affect on my
      professional career more than Ken Nordine, The Father of NPR's
      Word Jazz and so many memorable commercials. Ken is my hero!
      Check him out:


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        As a child I was memorized by the Sterling Holloway's voice. Not only did he give sound to Winnie the Pooh in the early Disney movies, but he also gave voice to The Cheshire Cat in Disney's "Alice in Wonderland," and narrated for the elegant "Peter & the Wolf" sequence in "Make Mine Music." For me, he was my very first awareness that there was an ACTOR behind those magical, captivating characters and their voices.

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          Without a doubt .....Will Lyman (PBS Frontline) and David McCullough (Ken Burns...Civil War).

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            It's all about Buzz Hawkins for me, creator of "The Bradshaws", a 1950s working class family living in a "two up up, two down" in Manchester, whose lives have been broadcast on the radio on and off since 1983. Very, very funny. I met him once and he was even great in real life! I think the saying goes, "Never meet your heroes, unless they are Buzz Hawkins, in which case it's fine."

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              Definitely, Mel Blanc and Don LaFontaine were huge influences in decision to pursue Voice Acting. Right now It's got to be Pat Fraley. What a great talent and teacher!

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                The man who most influenced my choice to get into voice overs was one Thurl Ravenscroft (the original voice of Tony the Tiger and who sang the song "Mr Grinch" on Dr Seuss' "How the Grinch stole Christmas"). I also admire Mel Blanc and Don LaFontaine, but Thurl Ravenscroft is it for me. He and I have similar voice types in that we're both true "basso profundo"s (low and deep)s.

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                  My years in radio inspired me. My biggest regret is not staying behind the mike. I recently was told by someone at the weather channel that I missed my calling, that I should be doing voiceovers. But I get told ALL the time that I sound like George Zimmer from the Men's Warehouse. As a matter of fact, I guarantee it!
                  Despite that kind of praise, no one wanted to hire me for any of their voiceovers. So I dropped out of the game. It's a matter of dollars and cents. It makes no sense to stay in the game if I'm not making any dollars.

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                  • Dean Ceran
                  • January 23, 2013 8:47 AM

                    Of course its Don LaFontaine. Even for us folks here in Germany. :-)

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