Nolan North

Nolan North
Nolan North, voice of Nathan "Nate" Drake.
Born October 31, 1970
New Haven, Connecticut
Nationality American
Uncharted work Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Uncharted: Eye of Indra
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Other notable work Assassin's Creed
Prince of Persia

Nolan North, born October 31, 1970 in New Haven, Connecticut, is an American actor.

Perhaps best know for his work in the Assassin's Creed and Prince of Persia series, North voices Nathan "Nate" Drake, the primary protagonist of the Uncharted series.


[edit] Biography

Nolan North was born on October 31, 1970 in New Haven, Connecticut.[1] After leaving university with a major in journalism, North spent some time working as a reporter. He would later move to New York City to pursue a career in acting and stand-up comedy, before eventually relocating to Hollywood, where he was cast in a role in the General Hospital spinoff, Port Charles.

[edit] Career

After a six-year stint on Port Charles, North began to focus on voice-acting, and captured a starring role in the 2007 animation TMNT, playing Raphael. Nolan would then go on to voice the Prince in the Prince of Persia game series and Desmond Miles in the Assassin's Creed series. Despite this video game-heavy resume, North still continued working on live-action projects, as he has also guest-starred in television series such as NCIS and CSI: Miami.[2]

[edit] Uncharted work

North's first work in the Uncharted series comes in the 2007 video game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, as he voices primary protagonist Nathan "Nate" Drake in the game.[3] North was first cast in the role after being told that he was Nate, and his portrayal of Drake was exactly how the development team at Naughty Dog had envisioned it. Furthermore, one of North's final auditions for the part paired him up with Emily Rose, the eventual voice actor for journalist Elena Fisher. This made the final product easier because there was already substantional chemistry between the two when they began recording.[4]

North reprises his role as Nate in the 2009 video game Uncharted 2: Among Thieves;[5] this marked the first Uncharted video game where North was a part of the casting team, in order to establish the best chesmitry between actors before recording.[4] For his voicing of Nate in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, North was nominated for an award at the 2010 Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) Awards, in the "Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance" category.[6]

The 2009 motion comic Uncharted: Eye of Indra sees the return of North, as he reprises his role as Nate for the comic.[7]

North also voices Nate in the 2011 video game Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception;[8] his voicing of Nate in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception earned North a nomination at the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards (VGA) in the category "Best Performance By A Human Male".[9]

In the 2011 PlayStation Vita video game Uncharted: Golden Abyss, North reprises his role of Nate. North has spoken of his happiness at the cast that have selected for Uncharted: Golden Abyss, but has also noted how the shooting schedule for the game is a lot more aggressive due to it being on a portable platform.[10]

Media Role
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (2007) Nathan "Nate" Drake
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009) Nathan "Nate" Drake
Uncharted: Eye of Indra (motion comic) (2009) Nathan "Nate" Drake
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (2011) Nathan "Nate" Drake
Uncharted: Golden Abyss (2011) Nathan "Nate" Drake

[edit] Personal life

North married fellow actor Jill Murray in 1999, and the two of them currently have two children together.[1]

North gets on well with his fellow Uncharted cast members, and has alluded to having good chemistry with both Richard McGonagle, who voices Victor "Sully" Sullivan, and Graham McTavish (Zoran Lazarević, Charlie Cutter).[4]

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Biography for Nolan North" at the Internet Movie Database
  2. "Nolan North" at the Internet Movie Database
  3. "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Tech Info" on GameSpot
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Nathan Drake Speaks! An Interview With Nolan North (Part 1)" on The Gaming Liberty
  5. "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Tech Info" on GameSpot
  6. "Awards for Nolan North" at the Internet Movie Database
  7. "Full cast and crew for Uncharted: Eye of Indra" at the Internet Movie Database
  8. "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Tech Info" on GameSpot
  9. "Portal 2 Leads Spike TV VGA Nominees With 12 Nods" on Gamasutra
  10. "Nathan Drake Speaks! An Interview With Nolan North (Part 2)" on The Gaming Liberty

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