Guests: Video Gaming

Nolan North

Nolan North

Nolan North is an American actor and voice actor born in New Haven, Connecticut. He has been described as "the nearest thing the games industry has to a bona fide leading man." He is most well known for his voice work as Desmond Miles from the Assassin's Creed video game series, and Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series.

North majored in journalism at the University of North Carolina with a baseball scholarship. He worked as a reporter for almost a year in New Jersey before moving to New York City to pursue stand-up comedy and acting. North eventually relocated to Hollywood and was cast in the General Hospital spin-off series, Port Charles, playing Dr. Chris Ramsey during the show's run from 1997 to 2003. He married fellow Port Charles actress Jill Murray in 1999 and has two children. During Port Charles' run, he worked on a few video games as a voice actor and began to focus on voice acting following Port Charles' cancelation.

One of his most notable roles came in 2007 when he voiced and motion capped the character Nathan Drake for the video game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Since then, he has continued to portray the character Drake in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (released in 2009) and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (released in 2011). In an interview with The Guardian, North reflects on his time as Drake as requiring "a lot of imagination. Motion capture is basically theatre in Spandex; there's minimal props, and you need a willingness to make an ass of yourself." North as Drake has been twice nominated at the Spike Video Game Awards in the "Best Performance by a Human Male" category.

In May 2012 it was revealed that North would have a limited role in Star Trek into Darkness, sequel to 2009's acclaimed live-action movie Star Trek. Director J.J. Abrams cited North's performance as Drake for the casting, he and his son being fans of the Uncharted series.

Other notable video game voice work includes roles as the Prince in Prince of Persia, The Penguin in Batman: Arkham City, Shun in Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica, Vossler in Final Fantasy XII, Desmond Miles in the Assassin's Creed series, Eradan in Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Doctor Edward Richtofen in Call of Duty: World at War and Call of Duty: Black Ops, Brawl in Transformers: War for Cybertron, Ghost Rider in Marvel:Ultimate Alliance, Shadow Demon, Lycanthrope, Lone Druid, Brewmaster, Gyrocopter, Ogre Magi , Meepo and the Keeper of the Light in Dota 2, and Deadpool in Hulk Vs. and Marvel vs Capcom 3 and recently as Captain Martin Walker in Spec Ops: The Line. He also voiced the personality spheres and defective turrets in Portal 2 and voiced Merasmus and the Bombinomicon in Team Fortress 2.

North is well known in his animation roles such as Cyclops in Wolverine and the X-Men, Snow Job in G.I. Joe: Renegades, Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and both Superman and Superboy in Young Justice.

Steve Blum

Steve Blum

With literally hundreds of V/O credits to his name, Veteran Voice Monkey Steve Blum is best known as the voice of "Spike Spiegel" from Cowboy Bebop, “Wolverine” from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, the Wolverine and the X-Men TV Series, The Super Hero Squad Show, X-Men Anime and more), “Orochimaru,” “Zabuza,” and others from Naruto, “Green Goblin” from the Spectacular Spiderman series, “Heatblast,” “Vilgax” and “Ghostfreak” from Ben 10, “Grayson Hunt” (Bulletstorm) “Grunt” (Mass Effect 2 and 3),"Zoltan Kulle" from Diablo 3, "Abathur" from Starcraft 2:Heart of the Swarm, “Tank Dempsey” (Call of Duty), “Killer Croc” from Arkham Asylum, “Oghren” (DragonAge),“Vincent Valentine” (Final Fantasy VII), “Leeron” (Guren Lagann), “Jamie” from Megas XLR, “Storm Troopers” and many others in most of the Star Wars games, The voice of 7-11, dozens of Digimon and a gigantic list of other characters from Anime, Video Games, TV and Film. In 2012, Steve was inducted into the Guinness Book of World records as Most Prolific Voice Actor in Video Games - appearing in almost 300 games (now approaching 400!) Currently you can find him as “Zeb Orrelios” and other characters in the incredible series Star Wars: Rebels on Disney XD, as “Shoe” and “Sparky” in Laika’s The Boxtrolls, and as astronaut Quentin Thomas on Hip Hop superstar LOGIC’s amazing album “The Incredible True Story” He’s also appeared on the Emmy award-winning Transformers: Prime, playing "Starscream." “Sub-Zero,” “Reptile and “Bo’Rai Cho” in Mortal Combat X, Several characters on Wabbit, Ultimate Spider Man, Ben 10: Omniverse, The Regular Show, Doc McStuffins, Uncle Grandpa, Wander over Yonder, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and as the terrifying anti-bender "Amon" on the hit series Avatar: The Legend of Korra! And every Saturday night, Steve takes the helm as "TOM" the robotic host of Cartoon Network's Toonami on Adult Swim. For more info, please visit steveblumvoices.com (Click Me) On Twitter! @blumspew (Click me!) Or Steve's IMDb (Click Me)

Lisle Wilkerson

Lisle Wilkerson

Lisle Wilkerson grew up in Tokyo, Japan. She speaks fluent Japanese, and her voice work is done in both English & Japanese.

She is the powerhouse behind some of the gaming industry's most popular female fighting characters, such as Nina Williams and Christie Monteiro, Sarah Bryant in the games Virtual Fighter & Dead or Alive , Makoto Amhara in Rumble Roses, Gina in Crazy Taxi, as well as Xiuying Hong, Joy, and Yuan from the cult classic franchise Shenmue. As a big Hello Kitty lover, one of her favorite voice acting roles has been playing Bad Badtz Maru, Hello Kitty’s bff!

Lisle also was in the Academy Award winning Sofia Coppola film "Lost In Translation", and had a lead role in the award winning indie film "Kamataki”.  

She most recently has been playing Ultraman Mother in in the dubbing for two live action films that are scheduled for release in 2018.

 Lisle also does a lot of panel moderating/interpreting, working with people like Keanu Reeves, Japanese filmmaker Makoto Shinkai, Morning Musume, SMAP!, LOVE LIVE SUNSHINE!, Japanese anime studio Studio Trigger, and best-selling author Marie Kondo.

Lisle works as a local media correspondent for various Japanese television networks, covering high-profile events like The Grammys, Academy Awards, Emmys and Golden Globes. 

And she is very excited about the 2020 Olympics being hosted in her home city, Tokyo!! And yes, OF COURSE, she is already plotting on how to be involved!

Vanessa Marshall

Vanessa Marshall

A graduate of Princeton University with a Masters in acting from NYU, Marshall began her voice over career launching various commercial campaigns (Propel Fitness Water and Dove).  In Animation, she plays Hera in "Star Wars: Rebels," Mary Jane in “The Spectacular Spider-man,” Wonder Woman in “Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox,” Poison Ivy in “Batman: Brave and the Bold,” Black Canary in “Young Justice,” Black Widow in “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” Mouse on "Fish Hooks," and Irwin, an African American boy, in the cartoon “The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.”  In the world of games, she voiced Olga in “Metal Gear Solid 2,” H.Q. in “Socom II” and Jan Ors in “Star Wars: Jedi Knights II.”  She now does promo work for ABC, CBS, HBO and HGTV, as well as commercials for Walgreens, Ford, and Ace Hardware.  She also narrates shows (for E!, MTV, and WE) and announces radio liners for stations around the world (Capital FM in Kenya, 5FM in South Africa, and Dubai Eye).    On camera, she enjoyed working on "Law and Order" and "Scrubs."  As a stand up comic and former “plus-size” model, she also created a one-woman show "Got Phat?" - which ran successfully in both LA & NYC.  See www.VanessaMarshall.com for more details.  Follow her @VanMarshall on Twitter.

Ron Rubin

Ron Rubin

For over thirty years Ron Rubin has been one of the busiest animation
actors in the country. His voice can be heard on countless iconic cartoon
series - including original productions by Marvel Comics, Warner Bros. and
Disney. Ron worked with Stan Lee on the original X-Men (Morph) and
Avengers (Vision) television series, as well as with Tim Burton on the
Emmy Award winning Beetlejuice cartoon (Doom Buggy, Announcer).
Other notable credits include lead roles in C.O.P.S. (Dr. Badvibes), Police
Academy (Lt. Mahoney), DiGata Defenders (Flinch), Angela Anaconda
(Uncle Nicky), Totally Spies (Manny), SideKick (Master XOX), Stickin’
Around (Mr. Lederhosen), Captain Flamingo (Quantum Vigilante), Turbo
Dogs (Sergeant Gruff), Care Bears (Messy Bear), Mad Magazine TV and
Tales from the Cryptkeeper.


Ron’s also been a force in the world of Anime, appearing in a multitude of
shows including Bakugan and Beyblade among others, but he’s probably
best known for originating the voice of Artemis in Sailor Moon, a role he
performed for the entire run of the North American TV series.


Ron is a two time ACTRA Award nominee and finalist for Best Performance
in Voice (Erky-Perky). He studied acting at The Neighbourhood Playhouse
in New York and has performed with Second City as well as having toured
North America as a featured Stand Up performer. Ron has lived and
worked in Los Angeles and New York - he currently resides in Toronto.