The stars behind gaming's voices

Game: The Adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog (cartoon)
Star: Long John Baldryas Dr Ivo 'Eggman' Robotnik
Known for: Blues legend

OK, so he wasn't actually in a game, but games fans will know his voice from the Adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog cartoon from the early nineties, in which he voiced Dr 'Eggman' Robotnik. But in terms of star status, his credentials can't be faulted. How about being the leading act on the bill the Rolling Stones first played on at the Marquee club? Or recording the first British blues album in the 1960s? Or inspiring Eric Clapton to take up music?

Sadly, Long John (so named for his towering height of 6ft 7in) died in 2005, coincidentally in the same year Deem Bristow - the voice of Dr Robotnik from Sonic Adventure and several subsequent Sonic games - died of a heart attack.

Above: Long John Baldry provided the voice for Eggman in the nineties Sonic Cartoon

Justin Towell

Justin was a GamesRadar staffer for 10 years but is now a freelancer, musician and videographer. He's big on retro, Sega and racing games (especially retro Sega racing games) and currently also writes for Play Magazine,, PC Gamer and TopTenReviews, as well as running his own YouTube channel. Having learned to love all platforms equally after Sega left the hardware industry (sniff), his favourite games include Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams, Zelda BotW, Sea of Thieves, Sega Rally Championship and Treasure Island Dizzy.