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David Bryan Hayter (born February 6, 1969) is a Canadian-American actor, voice actor, screenwriter, director and producer. He is well known as the English voice actor for Solid Snake and Naked Snake throughout many titles in the Metal Gear video game series. His works as a screenwriter include X-Men, X2, Watchmen and Black Widow.

David Hayter
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Hayter at the September 21, 2006 Video Games Live in Los Angeles, California
David Bryan Hayter

(1969-02-06) February 6, 1969 (age 50)
Other namesSean Barker
OccupationActor, voice actor, screenwriter, director, producer
Years active1993–present

Early lifeEdit

Hayter was born in Santa Monica, California to Canadian parents. He started acting at the age of 9. Hayter spent most of his childhood living around the world and at the age of 15, Hayter moved to Kobe, Japan where he graduated from the Canadian Academy, an international school, in 1987. After high school, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for two years until transferring to Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada where he stayed until the age of 20, when he moved to Hollywood.[1]


Early acting careerEdit

Hayter did some live acting in the early 1990s, but became interested in voice acting after acting in an episode of the sitcom Major Dad, and later landed the role of Captain America in the popular 1994 Spider-Man animated series.[2] He also provided the voice of Arsène Lupin III in the English version of the anime film The Castle of Cagliostro and the voice of Tamahome in the English version of the anime series Fushigi Yūgi. He also starred in the 1994, straight-to-video movie, Guyver: Dark Hero, as the protagonist, Sean Barker (a role he took over from the previous actor, Jack Armstrong); Hayter has since gone-on to use the character's name as an alias in various work credits.

Metal Gear seriesEdit

Hayter began providing the English voice of Metal Gear series protagonist Solid Snake in the 1998 video game Metal Gear Solid, which also served as the series's transition from 2D to 3D. Hayter would go on to play Solid Snake and his predecessor Naked Snake throughout all the succeeding installments (including spinoffs, re-releases and adaptations) up until Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker in 2010. Hayter also has an extended live-action cameo as himself in one of the fictional TV programs prior to the start of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008); where he wears the "Solid Eye", the technologically advanced eye patch that Snake wears throughout the game. Outside the Metal Gear series, Hayter also voiced Snake in Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008).

His work with the Metal Gear series has also led Hayter to do voice work in other video game projects such as Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem and Star Wars: The Old Republic. He cited the series as an influence on his screenwriting, stating that "Kojima and I have different styles," "but I've certainly learned things from him, especially about ambiguity and telling a story without giving all the answers."[3]

Hayter is one of the few Metal Gear actors to have played and completed the games he's voiced in.[4] According to an interview with Paul Eiding, Hayter gave up half of his own paycheck in order to bring back the cast of the original Metal Gear Solid for the 2004 remake Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes.[citation needed]

Following the announcement of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain in the 2013 Game Developers Conference, Hayter announced that he was not asked to reprise the role of Snake for this entry.[5] This was later confirmed when Konami announced that Kiefer Sutherland would be the new voice of Snake (playing both, Naked Snake, and a new version of the character named Venom Snake) during E3 the same year.[6] Hayter has since revealed in an interview that he had to re-audition for the role in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004), suggesting that the series' creator Hideo Kojima was already considering recasting the part much earlier, with Kurt Russell (Snake Plissken in Escape from New York and Escape from L.A.) having been allegedly offered the role during the development of Metal Gear Solid 3.[7]

After Kojima's departure from Konami following the release of The Phantom Pain, Hayter would reprise the role of Snake in a Metal Gear Solid-themed advertisement for the 2016 Ford Focus SE aired in 2016.[8] In 2018, Hayter provided Snake's voice in two video games: Super Bomberman R (which added two playable characters based on both, Solid Snake and Naked Snake, in an update) and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.[9]


In 2000, he wrote the screenplay for the movie version of X-Men, and then went on to co-write the screenplay for its sequel X2 with writing team Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. Shortly after his work on X-Men, Hayter was hired to write and direct a project based on the heroine Black Widow.[10] However, due to the limited success of similar themed films featuring female vigilante protagonists at the time, Marvel withdrew their offer to Hayter stating, "We don’t think it’s time to do this movie". Hayter's daughter Natasha, born whilst he was writing the Black Widow script, is named after the titular character.[11]

Hayter also wrote an adaptation of the graphic novel Watchmen by Alan Moore and David Gibbons. Noted for being a harsh critic of translations of his works to film, Moore said of the script "David Hayter's screenplay was as close as I could imagine anyone getting to [a film version of] Watchmen. That said, I shan't be going to see it. My book is a comic book. Not a movie, not a novel. A comic book. It's been made in a certain way, and designed to be read a certain way."[12] Hayter and writer Alex Tse shared credit on the finished screenplay. Tse drew "the best elements" from two of the project's previous drafts written by screenwriter Hayter.[13] The script did not keep the contemporary atmosphere that Hayter created, but instead returned to the original Cold War setting of the Watchmen comic.[14] Warner Bros. was amenable to the 1980s setting, and the director also added a title montage sequence to introduce the audience to the events of alternate history United States in that time period.[15]

On September 7, 2012, it was announced that Hayter would pen the screen adaptation Caught Stealing, and would star Patrick Wilson and Alec Baldwin.[16]

On September 13, 2012, Hayter began filming on his directorial debut, Wolves.[17]

On July 8, 2013, Hayter was hired by Lakeshore Entertainment to write the film The Sword, based on the Image Comics series.[18]

On August 7, 2013, it was announced Hayter was developing a television show on Fox tentatively titled World War III, about a fiction global conflict that chronicles "a perfect storm of world events places us in the center of a global battle which may bring the world as we know it to an end." Hayter will be writing the series' story bible and pilot episode, as well as producing and serving as showrunner.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Moldiver Hiroshi Ozora
1996 Rakusho! Hyper Doll Reporter as Sean Barker
They Were Eleven Doricas Soldam IV as Sean Barker
1997 Street Fighter II V Additional Voices as Sean Barker
Black Jack Leslie Harris as Sean Barker
1998–2000 Fushigi Yûgi Tamahome / Taka Sukunami / Yoshui as Sean Barker
1998 Giant Robo: The Animation Shoji Gen as Sean Barker
Yu Yu Hakusho: The Movie Kurama as Sean Barker
1999 Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket Bernard Wiseman as Sean Barker[20]
2000 The Castle of Cagliostro Arsène Lupin III as Sean Barker
2000–01 Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure Additional Voices


Year Title Role Notes
1996–97 Spider-Man: The Animated Series Captain America TV series; 8 episodes
2012 Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel Solid Snake Motion comic adaptations of the Metal Gear Solid graphic novels illustrated by Ashley Wood; Both were produced in 2008, but were unreleased outside Japan until their inclusion in the Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection box set.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Digital Graphic Novel
2019 Khonjin House Web series; Episode "Infiltrator 2"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Metal Gear Solid Solid Snake
2001 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty Solid Snake
2002 Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem Roman Legionnaire 1 / Roman Legionnaire 2 / Angkor Thom Guard
2004 Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes Solid Snake
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Naked Snake
2005 Metal Gear Acid 2 Snake
2006 Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Naked Snake
2008 Super Smash Bros. Brawl Snake
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Old Snake Also has a live-action cameo playing himself.
2010 Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Big Boss
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Jedi Knight Male[21]
2013 Marvel Heroes Winter Soldier
2013-15 République Daniel Zager
2014 Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! Mudokons
2015 Dragon Age: Inquisition Lieutenant Renn The Descent DLC
2016 The Long Dark Jeremiah
Deponia Doomsday Old Rufus
2018 Super Bomberman R Solid Snake Bomber / Naked Snake Bomber Characters added in the Ver. 2.1 update patch, released on June 27, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Snake
2019 Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Zangetsu, Narrator Originally cast as Gebel, before the role was recast to Ray Chase

Live actionEdit

Year Film Director Writer Producer Notes
1998 Burn No No Yes
2000 X-Men No Yes No
2002 Lost in Oz No Yes Yes TV movie
The Scorpion King No Yes No
2003 X2 No Yes No
2009 Watchmen No Yes No
2010 Chasm Yes Yes No Short film
2014 Wolves Yes Yes No Directorial debut
2015 A Christmas Horror Story No No executive
TBA Untitled Voltron live-action film No Yes No

Acting rolesEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1993 Major Dad Misha Sarotsky Episode: "From Russia with Like"
1994 Guyver: Dark Hero Sean Barker
Long Shadows Ed's secretary TV movie
1996 The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century Voice Episodes: "Stalemate" and "Total War"
1997 Drive Cop #1
1998 Burn Tom Rice
2000 Wild on the Set Narrator TV series
X-Men Museum Cop
2009 Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? Episode: "The Sons of Big Boss"
Voice only
2014 Devil's Mile Toby McTeague
2016-present The Flash King Shark 4 episodes
Voice only
2017 The Jimquisition Episode: "Slay to Pay"
Voice only


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