Jon St. John, an American voice actor, former radio personality, and ordained minister, has left an indelible mark on the world of gaming with his distinctive voice that brings characters to life. Born with the gift of a captivating voice, St. John embarked on his journey in voice work back in 1975 while serving as a Top 40 radio DJ in North Carolina.
His career quickly soared as he became the production director for various US radio stations in cities like New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, and Los Angeles. St. John seamlessly transitioned from radio to video games, leveraging his vocal talent and technical expertise to breathe life into a multitude of iconic characters.
St. John’s versatile voice has graced a plethora of video game characters, showcasing his range and ability to bring depth to each role. Notably, he voiced the drill instructor Dwight T. Barnes and other Marines in Half-Life: Opposing Force. His contributions extend to the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, where he brought personality to characters such as Big the Cat and E-123 Omega.
However, it’s the role of Duke Nukem that truly catapulted St. John to gaming stardom. Since 1996, he has been the unmistakable voice behind Duke Nukem, starting with Duke Nukem 3D. In an interview, he revealed that the inspiration for Duke Nukem’s voice was drawn from Clint Eastwood, infused with a distinct lower pitch.
Beyond video games, St. John’s voice has resonated in various entertainment avenues. He voiced characters in rides and attractions at Legoland theme park in Carlsbad, CA, and at Dollywood theme park in Tennessee, where he assumed the role of Buzz the Buzzard, the voice behind the introduction to the Mystery Mine ride.
His vocal prowess extends to racing simulations, where he played the crew chief in NASCAR Racing 2003 Season, NASCAR Racing 2002 Season, and NASCAR Racing 4. St. John’s contributions are not limited to games; in 2011, he provided voices for an exclusive Heroes of Newerth announcer pack and a special sound pack for TeamSpeak voice communication software. Currently, he is working on voicing projects like Dudebro II and Dota 2, and lending his voice to PvP elements in Guild Wars 2.
In 2019, St. John took on the role of the Postal Dude in Postal 4: No Regerts, stepping in to replace Rick Hunter, the previous voice actor, showcasing his dedication and adaptability in the ever-evolving world of gaming. With a career spanning across decades, Jon St. John remains an influential figure in the gaming industry, enriching the virtual worlds with his unmistakable voice.