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Steve Downes (born June 28, 1951) is an American DJ and voice actor. He is best known for his work as the voice of the Master Chief in the Halo video game series. He worked as a disc jockey at Los Angeles, California, Album-oriented Rock radio stations KWST (1978-1981), KEZY-AM (1981-1982) and KLSX (1994), but is best remembered working evening drive at KLOS from 1982 to 1991. He frequently hosted the live call-in talk show, Rockline in the early 1990s. Most recently, he worked as the morning show host for 97.1 WDRV "The Drive" in Chicago, Illinois.[1] Downes also hosts the nationally syndicated radio show "The Classics". He is married to fellow voice actress Liz Zweifler.

Steve Downes
Downes at the 2011 Otakuthon
Born (1951-06-28) June 28, 1951 (age 67)
OccupationDJ, voice actor
Spouse(s)Liz Zweifler

On February 6, 2015, Downes announced that after 44 years in radio he would retire to spend more time with his family; his final show on WDRV was March 9, 2015. He was succeeded by veteran sports/talk radio hosts Dan McNeil and Pete McMurray.


Voice ActingEdit

Steve Downes has been in commercial voice since 1990. He has provided voices for several video games. His first experience in voice acting for video games came in 1999 when he played the role of Gunnar in the video game Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator by Valkyrie Studios. Despite the relatively minor role, his performance caught the attention of the voice acting director and music composer of the game, Martin "Marty" O'Donnell. When Marty began working on the video game Halo: Combat Evolved at Bungie, he invited Steve to voice the game's main character, Master Chief.

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator Gunnar
2001 Halo: Combat Evolved Spartan John-117/Master Chief
2004 Halo 2 Spartan John-117/Master Chief
2007 Halo 3 Spartan John-117/Master Chief
2010 Halo: Reach Spartan John-117/Master Chief Firefight Voice
2012 Halo 4 Spartan John-117/Master Chief
2015 Halo 5: Guardians Spartan John-117/Master Chief
2016 Quantum Break Harlan
2018 Super Bomberman R Spartan John-117/Master Chief Xbox One version[2]
TBA Halo Infinite Spartan John-117/Master Chief


  1. ^ "Steve Downes' Profile". 97.1 WDRV. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
  2. ^ Super Bomberman R Official Voice Actor: Steve Downes as Master Chief. June 7, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2018 – via YouTube.

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