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Charles Martinet (last name pronounced mar-tin-AY, born September 17, 1955 in San Jose, California, United States of America) is an American voice actor. He is best known as the voice of Mario and has been so since 1995. He also voices Luigi, Wario, and some more characters.

Biography

Martinet was born in San Jose, California, on September 17, 1955. When he was twelve, Martinet's family moved to Barcelona, Spain, and then to Paris, France. For college, he attended the University of California, Berkeley. He then began trying out for voice acting.

He joined Nintendo in 1994 and voiced Mario for video game trade shows and a 3-D Mario head. He got the job when he went to an audition for Mario at the last minute. Martinet originally wanted his voice to be deep and raspy, like a typical Italian-American (This was the the type of voice Mario had in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show and other Mario cartoons). However, he thought it was too harsh for children so he made it light hearted and friendly, which is Mario's current voice.

His first video game act was Mario in a 1995 PC game called Mario's FUNdamentals (also known as Mario's Game Gallery).

However, his first big act was in Super Mario 64 and its remake. Here, many developers thought what Mario would sound like if he was left alone for too long. Martinet came up with an idea that Mario would lie down and dream of pasta, which is where Mario says, "I'm a tired", or "Ahhh spaghetti, ahhh ravioli, ahhh mamma mia" when Mario is left alone in the game.

After Super Mario 64, Martinet went to voice Mario in other games like Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy. He also went to voice other characters like Luigi and Wario.

Notable Works

  • Mario's FUNdamentals (1995)
  • Super Mario 64 (1996)
  • Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
  • Super Mario 6 DS
  • Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
  • Spinoffs involving voiced characters

Trivia

  • Martinet can speak fluent French and Spanish.
  • Martinet is of French descent.
  • While living in Paris, he attended the American School of Paris.
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