The Superman Super Site is proud to introduce a new weekly series entitled "The Forgotten Supermen" where, each Monday, we will feature an actor that has portrayed the Man of Steel in a particular form of media such as television, film, or radio.
This week's forgotten Superman is voice actor Nolan North who provides the voice of Superman and Superboy on the hit Cartoon Network animated series, "Young Justice."
North was born October 31, 1970 in New Haven, Connecticut. He has been described as "the nearest thing the games industry has to a bona fide leading man."
North majored in journalism at the University of North Carolina with a baseball scholarship. He worked as a reporter for almost a year in New Jersey before moving to New York City to pursue stand-up comedy and acting. North eventually relocated to Hollywood and was cast in the General Hospital spin-off series, Port Charles, playing Dr. Chris Ramsey during the show's run from 1997 to 2003. He married fellow Port Charles actress Jill Murray in 1999 and has two children. During Port Charles' run, he worked on a few video games as a voice actor and began to focus on voice acting following Port Charles' cancelation.
One of his most notable roles came in 2007 when he voiced and motion capped the character Nathan Drake for the video game "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune." Since then, he has continued to portray the character Drake in "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves" (released in 2009) and "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception" (released in 2011). In an interview with The Guardian, North reflects on his time as Drake as requiring "a lot of imagination. Motion capture is basically theatre in Spandex; there's minimal props, and you need a willingness to make an ass of yourself." North as Drake has been twice nominated at the Spike Video Game Awards in the "Best Performance by a Human Male" category.
In May 2012 it was revealed that North would have a limited role in "Star Trek Into Darkness", sequel to 2009's acclaimed live-action movie "Star Trek." Director J.J. Abrams cited North's performance as Drake for the casting, he and his son being fans of the Uncharted series.
"He's a huge fan of gaming and he was telling me how people just don't understand [the medium] yet, but they're going to catch up," stated North in regard to Abrams in a May, 2012 interview. "They don't understand how amazing this technology is and it doesn't get the respect it deserves, but if it keeps making the money it makes you're going to see more and more people converted. I mean, Gary Oldman, one of the greatest actors on the planet, did Call of Duty. He wouldn't have done it 10 years ago. It's a new age dawning, and I'm just really proud to be part of it."
Other notable video game voice work includes roles as the Prince in "Prince of Persia", The Penguin in "Batman: Arkham City", Shun in "Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica", Vossler in "Final Fantasy XII", Desmond Miles in the "Assassin's Creed" series, Eradan in "Lord of the Rings: War in the North", Doctor Edward Richtofen in "Call of Duty: World at War" and "Call of Duty: Black Ops", Brawl in "Transformers: War for Cybertron", Ghost Rider in "Marvel: Ultimate Alliance", Shadow Demon, Lycanthrope, Lone Druid, Brewmaster, Gyrocopter, Ogre Magi, Meepo and the Keeper of the Light in "Dota 2", and Deadpool in "Marvel vs Capcom 3" and recently as Captain Martin Walker in "Spec Ops: The Line." He also voiced the personality spheres and defective turrets in "Portal 2" and voiced Merasmus and the Bombinomicon in "Team Fortress 2."
North is well known in his animation roles such as Cyclops in Wolverine and "The X-Men", Snow Job in "G.I. Joe: Renegades", and Raphael in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."