Nolan Ramsey North (born October 31, 1970) is an American voice, film and television actor. His performances include portraying characters such as Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series, Desmond Miles from the Assassin's Creed series, The Penguin in the Batman: Arkham franchise, and portrayal of Marvel Comics superhero Deadpool in various media, most notably the Deadpool video game, and Dr. Edward Richtofen in the Zombies game mode of the Call of Duty video game series.
North at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Nolan Ramsey North
October 31, 1970
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Life and careerEdit
Nolan North was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and raised in Rhode Island. He attended Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick and played baseball there. He majored in journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a baseball scholarship. He worked as a reporter for almost a year in New Jersey before moving to New York 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 the run of Port Charles, he worked on a few video games as a voice actor and began to focus on voice acting following the cancellation of Port Charles.
One of his most notable roles came in 2007 when he voiced and performed motion capture for the character Nathan Drake for the video game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Since then, he has continued to portray the character in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009), Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (2011), and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016), and also reprised his role in the PlayStation Vita exclusive Uncharted: Golden Abyss (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. North reprised his role as Drake in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, released in 2016.
North had a role in Star Trek Into Darkness, the sequel to 2009's 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.
He's a huge fan of gaming and he was telling me how people just don't understand [the medium] yet, but they're going to catch up. They don't understand how amazing this technology is and it doesn't get the respect it deserves, but if it keeps making the money it makes you're going to see more and more people converted. I mean, Gary Oldman, one of the greatest actors on the planet, did Call of Duty. He wouldn't have done it 10 years ago. It's a new age dawning, and I'm just really proud to be part of it.— Nolan North, May 21, 2012
His other notable video game voice-work includes roles such as the Prince in Prince of Persia, Vossler in Final Fantasy XII, Eradan in Lord of the Rings: War in the North, the male Jedi Consualar in Star Wars: The Old Republic and its following expansions, Doctor Edward Richtofen in Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Call of Duty Black Ops 4, Brawl in Transformers: War for Cybertron, Ghost Rider in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Shadow Demon, Lycan, Lone Druid, Brewmaster, Gyrocopter, Ogre Magi, Meepo, Earth Spirit, Troll Warlord, the Keeper of the Light in Dota 2, and voices various Team Fortress 2 characters, including Merasmus, Redmond Mann, Blutarch Mann, Zepheniah Mann, various lines for the Engineer and the Bombinomicon. In late 2015 however, he replaced Peter Dinklage as the voice of the Ghost in Destiny: The Taken King. In addition, he re-recorded all of Dinklage's lines from the base game of Destiny and continues to voice the character in subsequent releases. Following the release of Destiny 2: Forsaken he portrayed not only Ghost, but also the character of Cayde-6 to finish off the lovable character that Nathan Fillion portrayed over the years.
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 TMNT, both Superboy and Superman in Young Justice, and Smokescreen in Transformers: Prime. He has also voiced Blaze in Blaze and the Monster Machines since 2014.
North was honored at a special event hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts during Electronic Entertainment Expo 2018, where he will be given a Special Award for his "outstanding contribution to performance in games".
In April 2018, North began hosting Retro Replay with fellow voice actor Troy Baker. The show partnered with Rooster Teeth in April 2019. Baker left Retro Replay in April 2020 due to an apparent disagreement on the future direction of the show. The following month, North announced that the show was ending its partnership with Rooster Teeth.
|2001||The Legend of Tarzan||Scox|
|2006||Ben 10||Henchman, Teen Attendant||Ep. "A Small Problem"|
|2006–07||The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy||Exercise Dude, others||Ep. "Waking Nightmare/Beware of the Undertoad"|
|2007||Back at the Barnyard||Stumpity Joe||Ep. "Lights! Camera! Moo!/Animal Farmers"|||
|2009||Wolverine and the X-Men||Cyclops, Colossus, Pyro, Berzerker, Carl|
|Uncharted: Eye of Indra||Nathan Drake||Motion comic; 4 Episodes|
|2010||Fanboy & Chum Chum||Thorvald the Red|
|Star Wars: The Clone Wars||El-Les||Ep. "Clone Cadets"|
|The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes||Balder, Jimmy Woo, Scientist Supreme,
Living Laser, Piledriver, Chemistro, others
|Black Panther||Cyclops, Nightcrawler|||
|2010–present||Young Justice||Superboy, Superman, Zatara, Professor Ojo,
Marvin White, L-6, Match, Clayface, Norman
|Nominated – BTVA Award for Best Male Lead
Vocal Performance in a Television Series
|2011||Regular Show||Host, Centaur #2, Dude||Ep. "Party Pete"|||
|G.I. Joe: Renegades||Snow Job||Ep. "White Out"|||
|2011–13||Mad||Shrek, Thor, Captain America, Optimus Prime, Ant-Man,
Conan the Barbarian, Wolverine, James Bond, others
|2011||Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated||Young Brad Chiles|
|Generator Rex||Dr. Branden Moses, Security Guard, others|
|2012–13||Transformers: Prime||Smokescreen, others|||
|2012||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Kraang, Commander Grundch, Lunk, Chrome Dome,
Mind Master, Graah, Bishop, Slug Person, others
|2012–18||DreamWorks Dragons||Stoick the Vast|||
|2012||Robot and Monster||Crikey, Blimey, Lev Krumholtz, Uncle Kuffley,
Hal Worth-A-Ton, Li'l Lugnuts, Mr. Sreeps
|2013–15||Ultimate Spider-Man||John Jameson / Man Wolf, Maximus, Gorgon|||
|2013–16||Sanjay and Craig||Baby Richard, Chicken Chuck, Huggle Bunny, Ronnie Slithers|||
|2013||The Legend of Korra||Additional voices|||
|Monsters vs. Aliens||Derek Dietl||Ep. "It Came from Channel 5"|||
|2014–16||Breadwinners||Oonski the Great, Steven Quackberg, others|
|2014||Curious George||Hunt Official, Nilguini|
|2014–present||Rick and Morty||Scroopy Noopers, others|
|2014–15||Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.||Gorgon, Maximus, Werewolf by Night Gregor Russoff|
|2014||Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness||Additional voices|
|2014–present||Blaze and the Monster Machines||Blaze|
|2015||Pig Goat Banana Cricket||Additional voices|||
|Fresh Beat Band of Spies||Sven Frugengeblugen||Ep. "Frozen Fresh Beats"|||
|Lego: Master Builders of the Universe||Superman, Micro Manager|
|Be Cool, Scooby-Doo||Ghost of Chip Braverton, Myles Kramer||Ep. "Grand Scam"|||
|2016–18||Voltron: Legendary Defender||Sam Holt, Commander Iverson|
|2016||Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh||Smek, Traffic Cone Larry|
|2017–present||The Loud House||Additional voices|
|2017–19||The Lion Guard||Tamka, Nyuni, Fahari|
|2017–present||Spirit Riding Free||Jim|
|2019||Love, Death & Robots||Vladmir, Ugly Dave||2 episodes|
|The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants||Cash Networth / Salamanger|
|2020||Star Trek: Lower Decks||Niko, reverse aging passenger, additional voices||5 episodes|
|TBA||Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas||Clemenson|
|1997–2003||Port Charles||Dr. Chris Ramsey||Series regular|
|2000||Broken||Rob McCardel||Short film|
|2001||Spyder Games||Dr. Horton||2 episodes|
|2003||Six Feet Under||Soap Actor||2 episodes|
|2004||JAG||ER Intern||Episode: "Hard Time"|
|She Spies||Peter||Episode: "Spies Gone Wild"|
|2006||Malcolm in the Middle||Leonard Nimoy||Episode: "Hal Grieves"|
|Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide||Nigel Hatorff, Simone Moma||2 episodes|
|NCIS||Officer Lou Giotti||Episode: "Faking It"|
|2007||Ugly Betty||Male Anchor||Episode: "Sofia's Choice"|
|Big Love||Joey's Lawyer||Episode: "Damage Control"|
|CSI: Miami||Ken Walker||Episode: "Cyber-Lebrity"|
|Dirty Sexy Money||Walsh||Episode: "The Game"|
|2009||Modern Family||Donald Flum||Episode: "En Garde"|
|Melrose Place||Curtis Heller||2 episodes|
|2010–17||Pretty Little Liars||Peter Hastings||28 episodes|
|2012||Haven||Will Brady||Episode: "Last Goodbyes"|
|2016||Rizzoli & Isles||Phillip Dayton||Episode: "Dangerous Curve Ahead"|
|2006||The Last Stand||Scott Jacobs|
|2008||The Spiderwick Chronicles||Various Goblins|
|On the Doll||Charlie|
|2013||Star Trek Into Darkness||USS Vengeance Helmsman|||
|I Know That Voice||Himself||Documentary film|||
|2007||TMNT||Raphael / Nightwatcher|||
|2008||Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief||Parrot|||
|Back to the Sea||Farley|
|The Reef 2: High Tide||Bobby|||
|Dino Time||Morris, Guard #3|||
|2015||The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water||Seagull, Dead Parrot, Pigeon Cabbie|
|2019||The Angry Birds Movie 2||Terence|
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