End of the Bench
2. Tay Zonday
Best Contribution: “Chocolate Rain”
The token viral video star of this list. (Close runner-up: Ted Williams, aka “The Homeless Man with the Golden Voice.”)
3. Linda Hunt
Best Contribution: “FedEx/The Golden Package”
Has express mail ever sounded so enchanting?
5. Peter Coyote
Best Contribution: Ken Burns’ The National Parks
Coyote should have a monopoly on discussing anything about nature. Great voice for stories around the camp fire.
6. Sam Elliott
Best Contribution: “The Stranger” in The Big Lebowski
“Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes the bar eats you.”
7. Jeremy Irons
Best Contribution: Scar in The Lion King
Shakespeare-trained actors always make the best villains, don’t they?
8. Michael Buffer
Best Contribution: “Let’s get ready to rumble!!!”
9. Patrick Stewart
Best Contribution: Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation
Even amidst all the technobabble aboard the Enterprise, he never lost his penchant for Earl Grey tea.
11. Ian McShane
Best Contribution: Al Swearengen in Deadwood (starts at 0:40 mark)
It feels like I’m sipping on three X’s whiskey whenever I hear him talk.
12. Peter O’Toole
Best Contribution: Anton Ego in Ratatouille
He’ll always be T.E. Lawrence first and foremost, but it’s in a Pixar flick where his vocal chops are on full display.
13. Keith David
Best Contribution: Ken Burns’ Jazz (starts at 2:10 mark)
Jazz is cool to begin with. Keith David makes it even cooler.
14. Morgan Freeman
Best Contribution: Red in The Shawshank Redemption
I wish that I could interview for jobs like this.
15. James Earl Jones
Best Contribution: Everything
It doesn’t matter if it’s Star Wars, Coming to America or Shakespeare. It’ll sound like heaven.