Guests: Video Gaming

Jennifer Hale

Jennifer Hale

Dark and determined Commander Shepard from Mass Effect 1 and 2, ever hopeful and shining Cinderella, psychotic Princess Morebucks and sunny Ms Keane from The Powerpuff Girls, sleek and sexy Naomi Hunter from the Metal Gear Series, superspy Sam and superspoiled Mandy from ‘Totally Spies’, and super fighter Aayla Secura from Star Wars Clone Wars all have one thing in common.

Their spirits and their voices spring from the heart of Jennifer Hale.

Jennifer has brought to life a wild range of characters from a disgruntled 12 year old boy, to a timeless heroic princess, a quirky ancient alien, a ridiculously perky tour guide, a rock star, a shy four year old and a sizzling super-bad girl. At the top of her field in animation, commercials, and promos, Jennifer is responsible for these and many more memorable characters as well as lending her signature voice to many products and programs familiar to all of us.

A singer as well as an actress, Jennifer is currently working on her first solo CD.  When she’s not acting or singing, she’s hanging out with her friends and family, riding horses, rock climbing or volunteering.

Diedrich Bader

Diedrich Bader

Diedrich Bader was born in Alexandria, Virginia, but moved to Paris, France, with his family at age two. While in the "City of Light" he developed an appreciation for movie legends like Fred Astaire and Charles Chaplin. So, when a fragile "Chaplin" movie reel burned in the theater's projector, four-year-old Bader hopped on stage and entertained the crowd with an imitation of the "Little Tramp." The standing ovation he received set the course for the rest of his life--he knew he wanted to perform.!


He returned to the United States for high school and attended North Carolina School of the Arts. During spring break he was discovered by a casting director in Santa Fe, New Mexico. That meeting led to an audition for a small role in a TV pilot. Bader landed a starring role instead. Although the pilot wasn't picked up, Bader moved to Los Angeles and began auditioning for other roles. He landed guest spots on several series, including Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990), Cheers (1982) and Quantum Leap (1989). Filmmaker Penelope Spheeris liked his tongue-in-cheek delivery when he read for her action-adventure spoof series, Danger Theatre (1993). She hired him in that role and for the feature film The Beverly Hillbillies (1993), which she directed. Bader played the dual roles of twins Jethro and Jethrine Beaudine. He also filmed the political thriller The Assassination File (1996) for the Encore Entertainment Group. Bader was excited to work on the project, as it allowed him to be shot in the head -- a first for the actor. Bader's father, William, was Chief of Staff for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is president of the Eurasia Foundation on Capitol Hill. His mother, Gretta,
is a sculptor whose portrait of the late Sen. J. William Fulbright sits in the National Gallery in Washington, DC. Bader's wife is actress Dulcy Rogers; they reside in Los Angeles, CA.

Walter Jones

Walter Jones

Walter E Jones was raised on the west side of Detroit, Michigan. Growing up in a low-income, single parent home was just one of the many obstacles that Walter would beat. Provided with love and strong family values, Walter over came the drugs and violence of the neighborhood; has defied all odds of an oppressed environment and developed a talented and successful presence in the entertainment industry. He is truly a compassionate person and it’s easy to see and feel his enormous zest for life. With a vibrant grin Walter says "I love to make people smile. When they smile I smile".

Walter was recently made an Honorary Ibo Chief by His Majesty Igwe P.N. Anugwu, JP,OFR Ezeukwu Mbaukwu in Nigeria. He was given the Ibo name Ugomba, which means "The National Eagle". Walter is also part of "The Motherland Group". This African American company is in the process of creating a historical resort development in the city of Badagary, Nigeria. Walter has spent the last three years building international relations in the continent of Africa and hopes to help bring fresh water to villages that need it.

Walter’s training has developed him into a “triple-threat”. He has proven himself successful as an actor, dancer and singer. Walter is internationally known for his creation of the character Zach The Black Ranger from the Children’s Action Adventure Phenomenon “The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers". He has been featured as a series regular or guest star in over 150 episodes of various shows and has been featured in 7 films. Some of his credits include: The Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning police drama “The Shield” , the top-rated series drama “CSI”, the long running comedy hit “Moesha, and the upcoming action feature “Speed Demons”. Walter works regularly as a voice actor lending his voice to radio television and film and video games. Walter’s recent voice over acting jobs includes work on Step up 4, Death Race 3 and “GI Joe 2”.

Walter’s dance credits prove to be equally as impressive. He has been trained in Salsa, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, and Tap. Walter has worked as a teacher and a choreographer and has shared his love for dance both in the United States and abroad. He was chosen as one of fifty dancers to represent the United States in the 1992 Olympic Closing Ceremonies in Barcelona, and has traveled much of the world as a dancer and singer for Princess Cruise lines.


In the Salsa World, Walter made his presence known as he captured the title of the 2004 Mayan World Champion. He has been a salsa instructor in some of the most prestigious salsa clubs in Los Angeles including the world famous Conga Room, The Mayan, the Rumba Room, Stevens Steak house, and the popular Mama Juana’s. He can be seen showcasing his talents on ESPN’S First Annual World Salsa Competition. Walter’s belief is “To teach someone to dance is to give them a gift that last a lifetime”. Walter has shared this gift with some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities. Some of the Celebrities include: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Van Diesel, Jada Pinkett Smith, Eric LaSalle, Sheila E, Mario Van Peebles, Cedric the Entertainer, Gabrielle Union, Jacob Vargas and Essence Atkins. Walter is developing his own Celebrity line of Salsa and Stepping Shoes and is also developing a traveling dance show for television.

Walter resides in Los Angeles, California and spends his free time salsa dancing, camping, scuba diving, snowboarding, and traveling. Walter Emanuel Jones is the new generation of entertainer, teacher, and action adventurer.

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Noah Hathaway

Noah Hathaway

On November 13, 1971, Noah Leslie Hathaway was born in Los Angeles, USA, son of Robert and Judy, and brother of Aubri.


His father Robert was an actor and a music editor, so it was no surprise that Noah's life in front of the camera started when he was only 3 years old, playing in some commercials. He attended school at Lycee Francais de Los Angeles and was a Junior Lifeguard.


Noah Hathaway's acting breakthrough came in 1978, in the cult sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica, where he played the role of Boxey; stepson of leading man Apollo (Richard Hatch) after the death of his mother Serina (Jane Seymour). He shared screen time with legends like grand old Lorne Greene (who had played the leading part of Ben Cartwright in Bonanza for over a decade) and Dirk Benedict (who later became well known as Face in the A-Team). The series, created by Glen Larson, was groundbreaking at the time; the largest budget ever for a TV-series and had some of ILM's best special effects people onboard, like John Dykstra. Noah was nominated for the 1st Young Artists Awards for his role in the series. Although the series was cancelled after only one season, it even now still has a large fanbase.


Noah Hathaway further played some parts in sitcoms and small productions like Eight Is Enough (1977), CHiPs (1977), America 2-Night (1978), Mork & Mindy (two episodes, in 1978 and 1980), Simon & Simon (1981) and Family Ties (1982).


Big names Noah Hathaway worked with during this stage of his career include Bruce Boxleitner (The Last Convertible; 1979) and Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas (It's My Turn; 1980). Unfortunately, both movies weren't big successes. When he was ten years old he was cast in the movie Separate Ways (1981) and two years later came another space movie The Quest.


Noah Hathaway's career got a new impulse with the 1984 movie The NeverEnding Story, directed by Hollywood-director Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot, Air Force One, Troy). Based on the much heralded book by German writer Michael Ende, Noah was cast to play the leading role of young hero Atreju, who is given the task to save the world of Fantasia. The movie never lost its appeal to both young and old viewers and remains a cult-favorite. It was at that time a big-budget production, yet it was filmed at the Bavaria Studios in Munich, Germany. For this movie, Noah Hathaway did many of the stunts himself, one of them accidentally almost cost him his life! He was nominated for the 6th Young Artists Awards for his role in this movie and won the award for Best Younger Actor in the 12th Annual Saturn Awards in 1984.


Next up was Troll (1986), in which he played the role of ironically...Harry Potter jr. He wasn't the well known wizard, only a namesake who had to stop a...Troll. This movie also starred Anne Lockhart, who was his co-star in Battlestar Galactica, as she played the role of Lt. Sheba.


Noah Hathaway taught advanced jazz and street dance in his late teens until an injury forced him to quit at 18. He then studied Muay Thai Kickboxing and fought as an amateur. It became quiet around Noah as an actor after his injury, although he starred in the movie To Die, To Sleep (1994) which was filmed in 1992. He did work as a Production Coordinator on several movies during this period in his life.


Prior to moving back to LA in 1998, Noah Hathaway lived in New York for two and a half years. In his spare time, he tried to get out to the track at Willow Springs, California, to race in Super Sport motorcycle racing. He has tended bar at several LA clubs and sometimes worked in real estate, which he studied in college, as a mortgage loan officer. He holds black belts in Tang Su Do and Shotokan, and has learned American Kempo from Dr. Jerry Erickson, and he also helps him teach a close-quarter combat-training course for flight attendants and pilots for the airlines.


Nowadays, Noah Hathaway mainly keeps himself busy with designing (and riding) customized motorcycles (aka choppers), something that has been a passion ever since his childhood. He's still learning and taking courses (in for example welding) to perfect his skills. His dream is setting up a shop one day in which he can sell and work on his self built choppers.


Recently he also took up acting classes again. Although his back still aches, he feels fit enough to start. He's coached by the highly praised Ivana Chubbuck, who has launched some of the most successful careers in Hollywood, like Halle Berry and tries to get himself in gear for Pilot season 2006.
Noah Hathaway is married to Sameerah and a father to two boys, named Trey and Jared.

 

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Alan Oppenheimer

Alan Oppenheimer

He is recognized as the voice of many characters, often for Filmation in the 1970s and 1980s, such as Mighty Mouse, Ming the Merciless on Flash Gordon, the Overlord on BlackStar, and Skeletor, Man-At-Arms and Mer-Man from Filmation's 1980s cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Other notable voice roles include Thundarr the Barbarian, Vanity on The Smurfs, Rhinokey and Crock from The Wuzzles and Falkor, Gmork, Rockbiter, and the Narrator from 1984's The NeverEnding Story. In the early 1990s, Oppenheimer was the voice of Merlin in The Legend of Prince Valiant. He also performed various supporting roles in various incarnations of Scooby- Doo. He took over the voice of Roger Smith's butler Norman Burg in the second season of The Big O. Oppenheimer also worked on The Transformers, most notably as two contrasting characters, the pacifist Beachcomber and the bellicose Warpath.. He was the voice of Alistair Crane on the soap opera Passions Oppenheimer recently provided the voice of the Scientist for the 2009 film 9.

Oppenheimer's repertoire also includes video games, voicing Dr. Piotr Ivanovich in Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix, Prometheus in God of War II and Jandor the Airship Captain in Nox. In Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, he spoke the part of Harold, an ancient mutated survivor of nuclear holocaust who has appeared in four of the Fallout series games.

Oppenheimer was Dr. Rudy Wells in the Six Million Dollar Man, and on Broadway co- starred in the musical SUNSET BOULEVARD as Cecil B. DeMille.

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Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen

The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those committed to their craft that combine experience, passion and skill are likely to succeed. Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus on maximizing their potential by finding their own niche, quickly break apart from the pack. After years of honing their craft and consistently delivering memorable performances in which the character impacts an indelible image on the viewer, the public and the industry take notice, singling out the best. “I’m getting paid to do what got me in trouble in the 7th grade,” jests Rob Paulsen, who is one of the most popular voices in animation and won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and the Brain (WB). Though nominated twice previously, the victory was especially sweet due to the most formidable competition ever – fellow nominees Louis Anderson, Ernest Borgnine, Dom DeLuise, and Jeffrey Tambor. In addition to his Emmy, Rob won back-to-back Annie Awards in 1997 and 1998. “I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty five years of full time employment in this business,” he admits. Interestingly, in those twenty five years, Rob now has the unique opportunity to have gone full circle with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series; having voiced Raphael in the original show, he is now voicing Donatello in Nickelodeon’s much anticipated TMNT.

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Rob “loved cartoons like most kids ”and aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, I learned pretty quickly that I had neither the talent, temperament nor dental insurance to pursue a career as a pro hockey player”. Ironically, acting was something to “fall back on” and Rob has voiced beloved characters in several iconic animated series: Yakko Warner in Animaniacs and Carl Wheezer in Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, but may be best known to animation fans the world over as the voice of the boisterous and energetic laboratory mouse Pinky in two hit series Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky and The Brain and Pinky, Elmyra, and The Brain for Warner Brothers. “It’s a treat to portray a complex character,” Rob explains about Pinky, a gangling mouse with funny teeth, a head filled with clouds and an inane imagination that is punctuated with a staccato laugh. “Besides… where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like ‘Egad!’, ‘Narf!’, ‘Poit!’, ‘Splonk!’, and ‘Zort!’ are allowed?”

With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Dr. Scratch‘N’Sniff and Pinky in the Peabody and the two-time Emmy award-winning series, Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs also for Warner Brothers. Currently, he can be heard as Peck in Back at the Barnyard, Birdbrain in T.U.F.F. Puppy, Jack Fenton in Danny Phantom and various characters, including Mark Chang in Fairly Odd Parents, all on Nickelodeon, as well as a number of Disney projects including The Little Mermaid III; Ariel’s Beginning, Jacques and the Grand Duke in Cinderella and the role of Bobble in the Tinkerbell DVD series. For young fans of Play House Disney, Rob provides the voices of Al in Can you teach my Alligator Manners? and Ze Fronk in Tasty Time with Ze Fronk and Toodles in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Paulsen’s extensive credits include on-camera roles in numerous motion pictures including Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match, and Warlock. His television acting credits include guest starring roles on MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors in the commercial arena, performing in over 1000 of them including the voice of Mr. Opportunity on behalf of Honda automobiles from 2004 thru 2010. Rob is also the host of a successful podcast, Talkin' Toons, available at http://www.robpaulsenlive.com and iTunes.

Realizing how fortunate he is and passionate about giving back, Rob supports various charitable organizations, particularly Operation Smile, The Wounded Warriors Project and cancer and Muscular Dystrophy research.

A certified “gearhead”, Rob is also passionate about sports cars and motorcycles in addition to being an avid golfer. He also still laces up the ole skates every now and then to scratch that hockey itch. Rob spends the majority of his free time with his wife, Parrish, son Ash and two Yorkshire terriers, Pooshie and Tala.

John Patrick Lowrie

John Patrick Lowrie

John Patrick Lowrie was born in 1952 in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Boulder, Colorado. At 16 he left home to make his way as a singer/guitarist/flautist/trombonist in a rock ‘n’ roll band, sleeping in parks and communes and getting to know several hippies. Surviving the draft, he graduated with highest distinction from the Indiana University School of Music and for a few years managed to make a living as a composer and guitarist in his acoustic fusion duo The Kiethe Lowrie Duet, garnering critical acclaim and opening for people who were much more famous than he was. He then decided to become an actor because the pay was better and the work was steadier. To this day he remains the only person he knows of who has done this. He met Ellen McLain, his wife of twenty-four years, in Arnhem, Holland on a European tour of a Broadway show and started his acting career in Palermo, Italy telling jokes to an opera house full of Sicilians who didn’t speak English. Success continues to dog his heels like an angry Pekinese.

John and his wife now reside in Seattle, where they divide their professional time between acting in live theater and voice acting for computer games and radio dramas.

Ellen McLain

Ellen McLain

Ellen McLain is an opera singer and voice actress from Nashville, Tennessee, USA. She provides voices for many characters in several video games from Valve. Among them are GLaDOS, the artificial intelligence antagonist in Portal (for which she won an AIAS Interactive Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance) and Portal 2, the announcer in Team Fortress 2, and the voice of the Combine overwatch for the Half-Life 2 series.

Ellen McLain is the only person to have her voice in all the games in the Orange Box.
McLain sang the ending credits song to Portal, “Still Alive” and Portal 2, “Want You Gone”, both written by Jonathan Coulton. She also sang the opera-style turret song featured at the end of Portal 2, referred to by fans as the Turret Opera.

Ellenis married to John Patrick Lowrie, a fellow voice actor, who also worked on the video games Half-Life 2 and Team Fortress 2. In Half-Life 2, her husband voiced a citizen who assists the protagonist. In Team Fortress 2, Lowrie plays the Sniper. John is also a science fiction author.

Lauren Landa

Lauren Landa

Lauren Landa is back for ConnectiCon 2014!!!

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Lauren first began acting at the age of 11 in the stage production of Annie, and continued with shows including; Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Bye Bye Birdie, Comic Potential. As well as being Assistant Director for stage productions such as:Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, Batboy the Musical, as well as the Greek comedy, Lysistrata.

Within that world behind the Mic: she is most known for roles such as the ninja beauty, Kasumi in “Dead or Alive 5, The sexy Litchi Faye Ling in the popular fighting games “BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger” as well as the sequels “BlazBlue: Continuum Shift”, and “Continuum Shift Extend”, "Chrono Phantasma", The badass Kyoko Sakura in “Madoka Magica”, The enthusiastic Yan Leixia in “Soul Calibur V”, the deadly Little Queen in “Tales of Graces”, The valley girl racer in pink, Boiboi in “REDLINE”, The adorable zombie Squigly in "Skullgirls", Kind hearted Leia in "Tales of Xillia", the innocent Chubo Sonken in "Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians and most recently, The quiet and even more badass Annie Leonhardt in the hit Anime series "Attack on Titan"!

She has had several roles in anime and video games such as: Leeza, (Blazing Souls Accelate), Arf and Chrono Harlaown (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha/ A’s), Kirche Van Zerbst, (Familiar Of Zero) Aegil, Cotton, Sasha (Rondo of Swords), Lila (Summon Night Twin Age), Rina (Luminous Arc 2), Yoko (Sakichi Satô’s Tokyo Zombie) Sy-Fy channel’s anime addition (Monster) and more!

 

Danielle McRae

Danielle McRae

"Danielle McRae is a voice over actress residing in Los Angeles, California. Being a huge fan of video games and anime, her passion has led her to pursue a voice acting career in the industry.

Some of her most notable credits have been in League of Legends as Karma the Enlightened One, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm as Hagara the Stormbinder, and “Painwheel” in the Popular 2D fighting game, Skullgirls!

Danielle can also be heard in Sword Art Online, Planetside 2, Heroesof Newerth, StarCraft Universe, Battle High 2, Dragon Nest, Just Dance for Kids 2014 Earth Defense Force 2025 (Wing Diver Unit), Atelier Escha & Logy (Threia Hazelgrimm).and many more!"


 

Chris Cason

Chris Cason

Mr. Popo and Tien Shinhan in "Dragonball Z", Holy Roman Empire in "Hetalia", Gluttony in "Fullmetal Alchemist", Face McShooty and Mal in "Borderlands 2", Jack the Ripper in "Soul Eater", Miyamoto and M1 in "Yu Yu Hakusho", Taruru in "Sgt. Frog", Boo and Whitey in "Shin Chan", Hanai in "School Rumble", Ukyo in "Ouran High School Host Club", Chamo in "Negima", Babbit in "Kodocha", Siegfried in "Kenichi", and Hanbei in "Sengoku Basara" represent some of Chris's favorite and best known roles.

You may have also heard him in: Case Closed, Gunslinger Girl, Basilisk, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles, Black Cat, Darker Than Black, Bamboo Blade, Kaze no Stigma, Aquarion, One Piece, Big Windup!, D. Gray-Man, Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, RIN, Speed Grapher, Oh! Edo Rocket, Summer Wars, Initial D, Deadman Wonderland, Michiko & Hatchin, and Fairy Tail.

As an ADR Director, Chris has had the pleasure of casting/directing/asst. directing such titles as: Dragonball Z Uncut, Dragonball, Dragonball GT, Yu Yu Hakusho, Negima, Kodocha, Galaxy Railways, Baki the Grappler, School Rumble, Hell Girl, Kaze no Stigma, Bamboo Blade, Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Initial D, and Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations.

He has also had the opportunity to be a part of many popular video games.  Some of his favorites were: voicing random ghouls and specters for Ghostbusters: The Video Game, as a contributing guitarist in Guitar Hero 3, and as Mega Man in Street Fighter X Tekken.

For additional information, visit “Chris Cason’s Anime Chuckle Hut” on Facebook and @Casonworld on Twitter.