10 Memorable Disembodied Voices in Film

New Yorkers will recognize the voice of Carolyn Hopkins, but they might have a hard time placing it. That’s because she has recorded many of the voiceovers used in New York’s subway system, alerting commuters about incoming trains and the like (you can hear a recording at the New York Times). As in real life, these voice actors often go unnamed and unappreciated. So, in honor of Mrs. Hopkins, we decided to look at 10 of the most memorable disembodied voices in film.

Charlie in Charlie’s Angels

In the modern films as well as the classic TV series, the angels of Charlie dealt with their secretive boss solely through a speakerphone. Actor John Forsythe reprised his classic role as the voice of Charlie for the modern films, starring Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and Drew Barrymore as the angels. Unfortunately, Forsythe passed away this past April at the age of 92.