Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Jake Frost
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Stanton Daily. Posted by Jake Frost
Crocodile Dundee, The Warriors, Star Trek: The Next Generation
Currently Known For:
Hunter x Hunter
August 23, 1952
Voice acting is one of those careers that doesn’t get you a lot of exposure in terms of face time with audiences, but there’s plenty of work to be had if you’re good at it, and it’s not a profession that you really get too old for. Actor John Snyder’s resume has been filled with a lot of voice work for 40 years now, performing in English versions of foreign animated films and television shows. Outside of the lengthy voice acting resume, Snyder has appeared on screen quite a bit himself, including major films such as the “Crocodile Dundee” series.
Boston isn’t really a city that you’d consider as a hotbed for voice actors, as most of them tend to have neutral voices that are expected from the American midwest. However, that’s where Snyder hails from, being born in boston on August 23, 1952. Snyder grew up in the city, and eventually attended Boston University where he earned his degree in fine arts during the early 1970s.
Snyder’s acting career actually got kicked off far before he would find mainstream success. In 1973, he appeared in a short film in “Panda Kopanda Rainy Day Circus”. Then, in 1979, Snyder finally got into acting full-time when he landed an appearance on a major motion picture for the first time in “The Warriors” in 1979. The film became a cult classic, with Snyder playing a small role as a gas station attendant. That same year, he lent his voice to the English version of “The Castle of Cagliostro”.
Snyder got off to a good start in the 1980s, starting out with the television movie “We’re Fighting Back” as Tony. Over the next few years, he’d appear in films such as “Exposed” and “Tattoo”, while also landing guest appearances on the popular shows “Miami Vice”, “The Equalizer” and “Knight Rider”.
1986 proved to be a big year for Snyder, as he appeared on several movies, which included “No Mercy” and “Sid and Nancy”. The biggest movie that Snyder had a role in that year was “Crocodile Dundee”, which went on to make more than $300 million in profit at the box office around the world. It was a small role for Snyder, who played the role of a pimp. Due to the character not being integral to the series, Snyder wouldn’t return for the second or third movies that were released in 1988 and 2001, respectively.
For the rest of the 1980s, Snyder would have minor roles in several films. This included parts in “Tough Guys Don’t Dance”, “True Believer” and “K-9”, as well as a couple of voice acting roles. Throughout the entire decade, though, Snyder had really made a name for himself on television. Guest spots on shows such as “Wiseguy” (that starred “Dundee” alum Jonathan Banks), “Simon & Simon” and “Unsub”.
More guest appearances continued into the 1990s, as well as many voice roles. Some of Snyder’s more notable appearances came in shows such as “Babylon 5”, “Baywatch Knights” and “Silk Stalkings”. There weren’t many featured roles on the big screen during the decade for Snyder, but he did show up in the highly publicized films “Dangerous Game” and “Eraser” which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.
So far in the new millennium, Snyder has provided his voice for several Japanese anime films, continuing his work on the “Cowboy Bebop” and “Ghost in the Shell” franchises. His most recent film came in 2010, playing Damian on “Love Sick Diaries”. Television has remained a constant for Snyder, with several different anime series using his voice, ranging from “Mermaid Forest” to “Ikki Tousen” and in 2018 joiend “B: The Beginning” as Jean Henry Richard. Most recently, Snyder had a voice role on “Hunter x Hunter” in 2016, and he’s added video games from popular series such as “Street Fighter” and “Final Fantasy” to round out his work. I
Snyder now has 40 voice acting credits, most of which fall in the anime category. With that comes a lot of conventions where fans meet and greet with their favorite voice actors, with Snyder being a popular actor to flock to. He’s played popular characters that fans have come to know, such as E. Honda from the “Street Fighter” series that gives him a lot of video game fan clout. Other notable voices that he’s played include Daisuke Jigen, Raoh and Cao Cao.
Because there’s a lot of voice acting work around, not all roles pay that well. However, for a veteran like Snyder, he’s one of those that’s in demand instead of having to audition for many of his gigs. Once you’ve broken into the industry, finding consistent work can become quite easy. With Japan continuing to pump out animated projects on a regular basis, that means there’s plenty available for Snyder’s future. Now you’ll get to hear Snyder for years to come, and possibly even see him on screen again in the near future.