1. Morgan Freeman
This star of The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and Million Dollar Baby (2004) is known not only for his incredible acting chops in a wide variety of roles but also for his deep voice. Fans claim they can pick up on it after hearing one single word.
2. James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones is a versatile actor who starred in films like Driving Miss Daisy (2014). His voice may be so familiar to many because of his role as Mufasa in The Lion King (1994).
3. Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg is known for her impressive collection of awards and accolades for her acting and comedy skills. Goldberg's recognizable voice comes from her appearances in films such as Sister Act (1992) and Girl, Interrupted (1999).
4. Samuel L. Jackson
If you know the famous Snakes on a Plane (2006) quote, you probably imagine it in Samuel L. Jackson's consonant voice. He's the third highest-grossing actor of all time, starring in films like Pulp Fiction (1994), The Incredibles (2004), and Snakes on a Plane.
5. Judi Dench
6. Christopher Walken
7. David Attenborough
If you've ever watched a nature documentary, chances are you're familiar with David Attenborough's soothing low voice. He's narrated everything from The Living Planet (1984) to Our Planet (2019-).
8. Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore was launched into stardom at age seven when she starred in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Since then, fans have had plenty of time to pick up on her unique voice in films like Mad Love (1995), Fever Pitch (2005), and Never Been Kissed (1999).
9. Alan Rickman
The voice of renowned British actor Alan Rickman stands out among other celebrities for being smooth, deep, and almost lethargic. Rickman is well known for his roles as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter franchise (2001-2011) and Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility (1995).
10. Liam Neeson
Irish actor Liam Neeson is excellent at playing tough-as-nails characters on a mission to make the world a better place. His gravelly voice stands out in films like Taken (2008) and Schindler's List (1993).
11. Kristin Chenoweth
Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth is known for her incredible soprano singing voice and her soft and raspy speaking voice. She starred in Broadway shows such as Wicked in 2003 and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown in 1999.
12. Will Arnett
Known for his deep, smooth, and almost sarcastic voice, Will Arnett is a prolific voice actor. He's famous for his roles in Bojack Horseman (2014-2020) and Arrested Development (2003-2019).
13. Kristen Schaal
One of the industry's most successful voice actors is Kristen Schaal. Her characters are known for their strong, maniacal high-pitched voices, like Louise Belcher in Bob's Burgers (2011-) and Sarah Lynn in Bojack Horseman (2014-2020).
14. Jack Black
15. Jennifer Coolidge
With arguably one of the most distinct voices in Hollywood, Jennifer Coolidge deserves a spot on this list. You can hear her light raspy voice in The White Lotus (2021-) and Best in Show (2000).
16. Fran Drescher
17. Benedict Cumberbatch
There's something about Benedict Cumberbatch's voice that is easily recognizable, and it's not from rewatching Sherlock over and over. Besides a lot of his live-action work, Cumberbatch has starred in the 2018 version of The Grinch as the green man himself and Penguins of Madagascar.
18. H. Jon Benjamin
H. Jon Benjamin is one of the most well-known voices in adult animation nowadays. He is Bob Belcher in Bob's Burgers, Sterling Archer from Archer, and has lent his voice to a number of other animated projects. His voice is also iconic and it's very noticeable in every movie and show he's in.
19. J.K. Simmons
While you might know J.K. Simmons for his performances in Juno and Wiphlash, he has also done some voice work for a number of animated projects including Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, The Great North, and many other projects! He also does voice work for video games as well!
20. Sam Elliot
Sam Elliot is often pictured as a rough-and-tumble cowboy, but he has done a lot of voice work as well! He played Trusty in the 2019 version of Lady and the Tramp, Butch from The Good Dinosaur, and Ben from Barnyard. He does have an iconic, smokey voice that is easy to recognize!
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