Nolan North is an American actor and voice actor born in New Haven, Connecticut. He has been described as "the nearest thing the games industry has to a bona fide leading man." He is most well known for his voice work as Desmond Miles from the Assassin's Creed video game series, and Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series.
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.
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 Hulk Vs. and 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, Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and both Superman and Superboy in Young Justice.
Anime Convention Guest Appearances
- Supanova Pop Culture Expo - Perth 2018 - June 22-24, 2018 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia
- Supanova Pop Culture Expo - Sydney 2018 - June 15-17, 2018 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- MomoCon 2018 - May 24-27, 2018 in Atlanta, GA, USA
- ETSU-Con 2018 - February 17-18, 2018 in Johnson City, TN, USA 2017
- FanExpo Vancouver 2017 - November 10-12, 2017 in Vancouver, BC
- FanExpo Canada 2017 - August 31 - September 3, 2017 in Toronto, ON
- MegaCon 2017 - May 25-28, 2017 in Orlando, FL, USA
- Supanova Pop Culture Expo - Melbourne 2017 - April 28-30, 2017 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- Supanova Pop Culture Expo - Gold Coast 2017 - April 21-23, 2017 in Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia
- Fan Expo Dallas 2017 - March 31 - April 2, 2017 in Dallas, TX, USA
- SacAnime 2017 - January 6-8, 2017 in Sacramento, CA, USA 2016
- Dragon Con 2016 - September 2-5, 2016 in Atlanta, GA, USA
- Indy PopCon 2016 - June 17-19, 2016 in Indianapolis, IN, USA
- Phoenix Comicon 2016 - June 2-5, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ, USA
- MomoCon 2016 - May 26-29, 2016 in Atlanta, GA, USA 2015
- MCM London Comic Con 2015 - October 23-25, 2015 in London, UK
- FanExpo Canada 2015 - September 3-6, 2015 in Toronto, ON
- Metrocon 2015 - June 11-14, 2015 in Tampa, FL, USA 2014
- Metrocon 2014 - July 11-13, 2014 in Tampa, FL, USA 2013
- SacAnime 2013 - August 30 - September 1, 2013 in Sacramento, CA, USA