Saturday, July 23, 2011

unKNOWN Actors: Jeremy Irons

Jeremy Irons, Born September 19, 1948 in Isle of Wight, England, is a very serious actor, known for serious roles and having a deep and lovely accented voice.  This is an actor that you would not expect to have a Disney resume entry, but alas, he certainly does! He has a few actually, most of them being within the Disney theme parks!

Let us first talk about his one movie debut, which was in 1994.  Irons voiced one of the most evil villains in Disney history, Scar in The Lion King.  It was his portrayal of Scar that is also used in the Hollywood Studios show, Fantasmic!
His other well-known Disney contribution was heard in Epcot from 1994 to 2007 as the narrator for Spaceship Earth.  His narration is the longest used to date, being replaced after 13 years by Dame Judi Dench, who is currently used.

There are a couple more places in the parks where you used to hear Irons’ voice.  He gave a voice to H.G. Wells in the Tomorrowland attraction The Timekeeper, which was open from 1994 until 2006.  This attraction was also in Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland. 

In Disneyland Paris, he narrated the English version of the Studio Tram Tour: Behind the Magic.

Jeremy Irons is an actor with an awesome voice that can be heard around the world not only in movies but in several of the parks over the year.  We will have to see if Irons will be featured in any other Disney projects in his lifetime.

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