Since the release of Grand Theft Auto III, voice acting has been a key component in every version of the Grand Theft Auto game. It's a well-known fact that voice acting in games makes them seem more realistic.
GTA San Andreas features over 200 voice actors, but many players are unaware that some are celebrities because they cannot recognize whose voice is behind each character. That is why we decided to reveal all of GTA San Andreas's voice characters, including the main and side characters and radio hosts.
GTA San Andreas features several main characters, including the protagonist CJ, antagonists, and other main characters that play an important part in the storyline of this game. You may know all the characters already, but we're almost sure you didn't know the voice actors behind them, despite the fact that GTA San Andreas features dozens of celebrities. So keep scrolling to learn more about them in the following section.
Young Maylay, whose real name is Christopher Bellard, is a rapper, record producer, actor, and voice actor from Los Angeles, California. He was renowned for his rap career that started in the early 2000s, and his songs were featured on many releases on West Coast. He was working in New York when he got a call from DJ Pooh, who had previously met with Rockstar Games representatives, and asked him if he would be interested in portraying the CJ in the upcoming game GTA San Andreas.
Years after the game's release, Maylay has stated that he will never collaborate with Rockstar Games again due to certain conflicts, so we won't hear him playing CJ if that happens any time in the future. Bellard is related to Shawn Fonteno, who portrayed Franklin Clinton in GTA V.
One of the most celebrated American actors of today, and one of the biggest celebrities featured in GTA San Andreas, Samuel L. Jackson's career spawns since 1972. Despite such a long career, his first role in any video game was the portrayal of Frank Tenpenny, a corrupt officer and the main antagonist in GTA San Andreas.
After this, he voiced characters in nine additional video games, such as The Incredibles, Afro Samurai, Disney Infinity 3.0, and Marvel Snap.
Clifton Powell is an actor, producer, and director born in Washington, D.C. Since the early '80s, when he started his acting career, he appeared in over one hundred movies and around 70 TV series. But his only voice acting role in video games is the one in San Andreas, where he portrayed Big Smoke, a leader of the Grove Street Families gang and CJ's friend.
Faizon Love or Langston Faizon Santisima, is a Cuban actor and comedian renowned for roles in Don't Be A Menace, Friday, Couples Retreat, Zookeeper, and various other movies.
In addition to that, he had roles in series like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. His only video game voice acting gig was GTA San Andreas, where he portrayed Sweet Johnson, CJ's older brother and the leader of Grove Street Families.
Aaron Tyler, AKA MC Eiht, is a rapper and an actor from Compton, California, USA. He is a leader of the hip-hop group Compton's Most Wanted, which also includes several other renowned rappers. He only appeared in a few movies and one TV show, while his role as Ryder in GTA San Andreas was his only video game role ever.
Clifton Collins Jr. is a renowned actor with Mexican and German ancestry, who starred in numerous films, such as Star Trek Remake, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Super Troopers 2, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and many more.
On top of that, he appeared in dozens of TV series, of which most famous include ER, Alias, The Shield, CSI: NY, Westworld, and The Stand. Like many other voice actors featured in GTA San Andreas, this was his only role in any video game.
Cynthia Farrell is a Mexican-born American singer and voice actress. She has appeared in three video games: Batman: Dark Tomorrow, Grand Theft Auto III, and GTA: San Andreas.
One of the biggest names in the history of the GTA series, Peter Fonda is an Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor. He starred in 116 movies and TV series during his long career, and some of the most famous include 3:10 to Yuma, Jackie Brown (in which he co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson), and the legendary movie Easy Rider.
He voiced The Truth in GTA San Andreas, which was his first and last role in video games. Peter Fonda is the son of the legendary Henry Fonda and the brother of Jane Fonda.
James Woods is another celebrity Hollywood actor that appeared in GTA San Andreas. He is renowned for his roles in movies and TV series, but he is also a stage actor and a television producer. He began his acting career on Broadway before advancing his career with movie and TV show roles. Unlike his colleagues featured in GTA San Andreas, James Woods had a video game voice acting experience before his GTA San Andreas role.
He also voiced characters in games like Hercules, Kingdom Hearts, and Scarface: The World Is Yours. Woods also played in movies such as Once Upon a Time in America, Casino, Contact, Videodrome, and TV shows like The Simpsons, Entourage, Ray Donovan, and ER.
James Yaegashi is a Japanese-born American actor who moved to the USA upon finishing high school. He majored in acting and directing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and had a couple of acting roles in films, TV series, as well as theater.
Some of the most important roles Yaegashi had were in movies like Man on a Ledge, TV shows such as New Amsterdam and The Blacklist, as well as video games like BioShock and Midnight Club 3. In addition, Yaegashi also voiced a character in Grand Theft Auto IV.
Last but not least, another superstar celebrity featured in GTA San Andreas is Ice-T, whose real name is Tracy Lauren Marrow. He is a rapper, songwriter, actor, and producer who began his acting career in the early '80s.
Although Ice-T did not star in major movies, he had roles in TV series such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (which was his biggest role ever), 30 Rock, Chapelle's Show, etc. In addition, Ice-T voiced characters in video games like Scarface: The World Is Yours, Gears of War 3, and Borderlands 3.
The following section will reveal all the voice actors who provided voices for the side characters of GTA: San Andreas.
An American actor and voice actor who appeared in movies like Reservoir Dogs and Footloose and TV shows Entourage, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Magnum P.I., Will & Grace, and CSI: Miami.
Puerto Rican actor and voice actor who starred in numerous TV series and movies, including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Fringe, and National Treasure: Book of Secrets. He also voiced characters in 12 video games, including GTA Vice City, GTA IV, Just Cause 3, Midnight Club II, and others.
Grammy-nominated actress, voice actress, and rap artist, who appeared in movies like Boyz n the Hood and Menace II Society.
American voice actor, actor, writer, and comedian David Cross has also won Emmy and appeared in movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind, Men in Black, Ghost World, and series such as Arrested Development, What We Do In The Shadows, Rick and Morty, Archer, Modern Family, Community, etc. Additionally, Cross voiced characters in Halo 2 and Curious George video games.
A late American actor, writer, and stand-up comedian and the older brother of Eddie Murphy. He appeared in movies like Coming to America, Beverly Hills Cop II, Night at the Museum, and TV series like Chapelle's Show, The Boondocks, Black Dynamite, and Hawaii Five-0.
A Mexican-American rapper and recording artist, as well as voice actor and actor, he starred in a few movies and TV shows, and his song appears on Radio Los Santos in GTA San Andreas.
English actor and voice actor, who used to be a football team chairman, Dyer is renowned for roles in more than 40 films and 20 TV series. Dyer also voiced characters in GTA Vice City and Rage 2.
English actor, musician, author, and newspaper columnist; Ryder did not have any major movie or TV show roles and is mostly known for his other works, such as being a musician in the band Happy Mondays.
An American actor and voice actor of German and Irish descent, William Fichtner starred in some major Hollywood blockbusters, such as The Dark Knight, Heat, Crash, Black Hawk Down, Contact, Equilibrium, and Armageddon, as well as TV series like Entourage, The West Wing, Prison Break, and Baywatch. In addition, Fichtner voiced the character in GTA: Vice City, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and Turok, along with a few other games.
A late Italian-American actor, musician, author, and entrepreneur, Frank Vincent had roles in movies such as Goodfellas and TV shows like The Sopranos. In addition, he also voiced the characters in GTA III as well as GTA: Liberty City Stories.
American actor who mostly had roles in TV shows, such as Mr. Robot, Person of Interest, Blue Bloods, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Each of the hosts of the GTA San Andreas radio shows has an in-game pseudonym, except for Julio G and Lazlow, who play themselves. The following table will show you all the radio hosts featured in GTA San Andreas radio stations, including the WCTR talk radio hosts.
|Chuck D.||Playback FM||Classic East Coast Hip Hop|
|Riette Burdick||K-Rose||Classic Country|
|Axl Rose||K-DST||Classic Rock|
|George Clinton||Bounce FM||Funk, Disco, Soul, and R&B|
|Julio G||Radio Los Santos||West Coast Hip Hop|
|Jodie Shawback||Radio X||Rock, Heavy Metal, Grunge|
|Michael Bivins||CSR 103.9||New Jack Swing, Neo Soul, Pop|
|Lowell "Sly" Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare||K-JAH West||Reggae, Dub, Dancehall|
|Ricky Harris||Master Sounds 98.3||Funk, Soul|
|Sharon Washington, Wil Wheaton, Peter Appel, Sam Tsoutsouvas, Peter Marx, Lazlow, Andy Dick, Paul Ames, Jackie Hoffman, Sara Moon, Frank Chavez, Bob Sevra||WCTR||Talk Radio|
Lastly, these are all the extra characters and their voice actors worth mentioning:
|Bijou Phillips||Helena Wankstein|
|Casey Siemaszko||Johnny Sindacco|
|China Chow||Katie Zhan|
|Danielle Lee Greaves||Barbara Schternvart|
|Danny Dyer||Kent Paul|
|Frank Vincent||Salvatore Leone|
|Gary Yudman||Jimmy Silverman|
|Heather Simms||Denise Robinson|
|Hunter Platin||Ran Fa Li|
|Richard Chang||Su Xi Mu|
|Vanessa Aspillaga||Michelle Cannes|
|William Fichtner||Ken Rosenberg|
So these were all the voice actors featured in GTA San Andreas, excluding those who voiced random NPCs and pedestrians. Including them would make a list way too long, which is why we decided to stick to those worth mentioning.
As you can see, GTA San Andreas was way ahead of its time in every possible aspect, including the number of voice actors.
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