The Faces of Halo

Video games have come a long way from the days of the side scroller and computer-generated voices. Gaming companies like Halo 3 creator Bungie Software have been nabbing top voice talent for years, and you may not have noticed, but Halo has a particularly long roster of all-stars. After the jump, take a peek under the game's hood and check out the 10 of the best actors to appear in the Halo series. So while you work off some of that turkey this Thanksgiving in a virtual frag-fest, you can imagine you're trading spiker shots with the likes of Starbuck and General Zod.

1. Orlando Jones (Staff Sergeant Marcus Banks, Halo 2)

Where you've seen him: Vox in the The Time Machine, MadTV
Why he rocks: "Marine, did I give you permission to bitch?" In the game, Jones' character helps Master Chief learn to dual wield (shoot two weapons at the same time) and helps take out a rampaging Scarab.
Next project he should be in: 7-Up hasn't had a decent ad campaign since they gave Jones the heave-ho. We think it's time they brought him back.

2. Michelle Rodriguez (Female Marine, Halo 2)

Where you've seen her: Anna Lucia in Lost, Rain Ocampo in Resident Evil
Why she rocks: She's tough, snappy and cute for a woman who can kick your ass. When Bungie went looking for an actress to play one of the few female marines in Halo 2, they found Rodriguez. A more excellent match we can't imagine.
Next project she should be in: Sin City is full of tough female characters. The sequel is in the works, and Rodriguez would be a perfect as one of the Girls of Old Town.

3. Robert Davi (Spec Ops Commander Rtas 'Vadumee, Halo 2)

Where you've seen him: Franz Sanchez in License to Kill, Jake Fratelli in The Goonies, FBI Agent Johnson in Die Hard
Why he rocks: "I will beat the Prophet's shield like a drum. By the time the barrier falls, he will beg for mercy." Now imagine Davi saying the line while trying to get a bunch of kids to give up the map to One-Eyed Willie's treasure. That's gold, Jerry, gold!
Next project he should be in: The Big Boss in the next Grand Theft Auto game.

4. Ron Perlman (Lord Hood, Halo 2 and Halo 3)

Where you've seen him: Vincent in Beauty and the Beast, Hellboy in Hellboy
Why he rocks: He's spooky, he's scary, and yet the ladies keep falling in love with him. As Lord Hood, he's got the best lines that make you proud to don the Master Chief uniform and blast the nasties.
Next project he should be in: The Narrator in H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu.

5. Katee Sackhoff (Marine, Halo 3)

Where you've seen her: Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica
Why she rocks: She chomps cigars, isn't afraid to take a poke at her C.O., and just might be a Cylon in disguise.
Next project she should be in: If the movie companies ever get around to making a Justice League movie with Power Girl, she's at the top of the list.

6. Alan Tudyk (Marine, Halo 3)

Where you've seen him: Doc Potter in 3:10 to Yuma, Wash in Firefly
Why he rocks: When Firefly was cancelled, he threw a "We Don't Work for Fox Anymore" party. Remind me to buy this guy a drink when I meet him.
Next project he should be in: A remake of The Wild Wild West. A good remake.

7. Nathan Fillion (Sergeant Reynolds, Halo 3)

Where you've seen him: Captain Malcolm Reynolds in Firefly
Why he rocks: Bungie creators love Firefly, and brought in three of the series' actors to play marines. It's a nice touch that his character in the game just so happens to have the same last name as his character in the Joss Whedon series.
Next project he should be in: Two words — Green Lantern.

8. Adam Baldwin (Marine, Halo 3)

Where you've seen him: Jane in Firefly, NSA Agent John Casey in Chuck
Why he rocks: "Have a taste of Vera!" As your tank gunner, the guy talks a lot of smack, but when things get rough in game, his character shows his true colors.
Next project he should be in: Give him an accent, and he could be the next Terminator.

9. Keith David (Arbiter, Halo 3)

Where you've seen him: Childs in The Thing, Goliath in Gargoyles
Why he rocks: David has one of those faces you instantly recognize, and a voice that can turn any project to gold. And of course there's that kick-ass fight scene with Rowdy Roddy Piper in They Live — who can forget that?
Next project he should be in: He's set to reprise his role as the voice of Spawn, which makes us more than happy.

10. Terence Stamp (Prophet of Truth, Halo 3)

Where you've seen him: Zod in Superman II, the voice of Jor-El in Smallville, and Supreme Chancellor Valorum in Star Wars: Episode I
Why he rocks: If you didn't yell, "Kneel before Zod!" when you first heard the Prophet of Truth, something is wrong with you. The guy escaped from the Phantom Zone and beat up Superman — what's not to love?
Next project he should be in: Whatever Malcolm McDowell turns down.