David Hayter (born February 6, 1969) is a Canadian-American actor, voice actor, screenwriter, director and producer. He is well known as the English voice actor for Solid Snake and Naked Snake throughout many titles in the Metal Gear video game series. His works as a screenwriter include X-Men, X2 and Watchmen.
David Bryan Hayter
February 6, 1969
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Other names||Sean Barker|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, screenwriter, director, producer|
Hayter was born in Santa Monica, California to Canadian parents. He started acting at the age of 9. Hayter spent most of his childhood living around the world and at the age of 15, Hayter moved to Kobe, Japan where he graduated from the Canadian Academy, an international school, in 1987. After high school, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for two years until transferring to Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada where he stayed until the age of 20, when he moved to Hollywood.
Hayter did some live acting in the early 1990s, but became interested in voice acting after acting in an episode of the sitcom Major Dad, and later landed the role of Captain America in the popular 1994 Spider-Man animated series. He also provided the voice of Arsène Lupin III in the English version of the anime film The Castle of Cagliostro and the voice of Tamahome in the English version of the anime series Fushigi Yūgi. He also starred in the 1994 straight-to-video movie Guyver: Dark Hero as the protagonist Sean Barker (a role he took from actor Jack Armstrong), and have used the characters' name as an alias in various work credits.
Hayter began providing the English voice of Metal Gear series protagonist Solid Snake in the 1998 video game Metal Gear Solid, which also served as the series's transition from 2D to 3D. Hayter would go on to play Solid Snake and his predecessor Naked Snake throughout all the succeeding installments (including spinoffs, re-releases and adaptations) up until Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker in 2010. Hayter also has an extended live-action cameo as himself in one of the fictional TV programs prior to the start of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008); where he wears the "Solid Eye", the technologically advanced eye patch that Snake wears throughout the game. Outside the Metal Gear series, Hayter also voiced Snake in Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008) and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018).
His work with the Metal Gear series has also led Hayter to do voice work in other video game projects such as Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem and Star Wars: The Old Republic. He cited the series as an influence on his screenwriting, stating that "Kojima and I have different styles," "but I've certainly learned things from him, especially about ambiguity and telling a story without giving all the answers."
Hayter is one of the few Metal Gear actors to have played and completed the games he's voiced in. According to an interview with Paul Eiding, Hayter gave up half of his own paycheck in order to bring back the cast of the original Metal Gear Solid for the 2004 remake Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes.
Following the announcement of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain in the 2013 Game Developers Conference, Hayter announced that he was not asked to reprise the role of Snake for this entry. This was later confirmed when Konami announced that Kiefer Sutherland would be the new voice of Snake during E3 the same year. Hayter has since revealed in an interview that he had to re-audition for the role in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004), suggesting that the series' creator Hideo Kojima was already considering recasting the part much earlier, with Kurt Russell (Snake Plissken in Escape from New York and Escape from L.A.) having allegedly been offered the role during the development of Metal Gear Solid 3.
After Kojima's departure from Konami following the release of The Phantom Pain, Hayter would reprise the role of Snake in a Metal Gear Solid-themed advertisement for the 2016 Ford Focus SE aired in 2016. In 2018, Hayter provided Snake's voice in two video games: Super Bomberman R (which added two playable characters based on both, Solid Snake and Naked Snake, in an update) and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
In 2000, he wrote the screenplay for the movie version of X-Men, and then went on to co-write the screenplay for its sequel X2 with writing team Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. Shortly after his work on X-Men, Hayter was hired to write and direct a project based on the heroine Black Widow. However, due to the limited success of similar themed films featuring female vigilante protagonists at the time, Marvel withdrew their offer to Hayter stating, "We don’t think it’s time to do this movie". Hayter's daughter Natasha, born whilst he was writing the Black Widow script, is named after the titular character.
Hayter also wrote an adaptation of the graphic novel Watchmen by Alan Moore and David Gibbons. Noted for being a harsh critic of translations of his works to film, Moore said of the script "David Hayter's screenplay was as close as I could imagine anyone getting to [a film version of] Watchmen. That said, I shan't be going to see it. My book is a comic book. Not a movie, not a novel. A comic book. It's been made in a certain way, and designed to be read a certain way." Hayter and writer Alex Tse shared credit on the finished screenplay. Tse drew "the best elements" from two of the project's previous drafts written by screenwriter Hayter. The script did not keep the contemporary atmosphere that Hayter created, but instead returned to the original Cold War setting of the Watchmen comic. Warner Bros. was amenable to the 1980s setting, and the director also added a title montage sequence to introduce the audience to the events of alternate history United States in that time period.
On August 7, 2013, it was announced Hayter was developing a television show on Fox tentatively titled World War III, about a fiction global conflict that chronicles "a perfect storm of world events places us in the center of a global battle which may bring the world as we know it to an end." Hayter will be writing the series' story bible and pilot episode, as well as producing and serving as showrunner.
|1996||Rakusho! Hyper Doll||Reporter||as Sean Barker|
|They Were Eleven||Doricas Soldam IV||as Sean Barker|
|1997||Street Fighter II V||Additional Voices||as Sean Barker|
|Black Jack||Leslie Harris||as Sean Barker|
|1998–2000||Fushigi Yûgi||Tamahome / Taka Sukunami / Yoshui||as Sean Barker|
|1998||Giant Robo: The Animation||Shoji Gen||as Sean Barker|
|Yu Yu Hakusho: The Movie||Kurama||as Sean Barker|
|1999||Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket||Bernard Wiseman||as Sean Barker|
|2000||The Castle of Cagliostro||Arsène Lupin III||as Sean Barker|
|2000–01||Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure||Additional Voices|
|1996–97||Spider-Man: The Animated Series||Captain America||TV series; 8 episodes|
|2012||Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel||Solid Snake||Motion comic adaptations of the Metal Gear Solid graphic novels illustrated by Ashley Wood; Both were produced in 2008, but were unreleased outside Japan until their inclusion in the Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection box set.|
|Metal Gear Solid 2: Digital Graphic Novel|
|1998||Metal Gear Solid||Solid Snake|
|2001||Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty||Solid Snake|
|2002||Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem||Roman Legionnaire 1 / Roman Legionnaire 2 / Angkor Thom Guard|
|2004||Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes||Solid Snake|
|Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater||Naked Snake|
|2005||Metal Gear Acid 2||Snake|
|2006||Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops||Naked Snake|
|2008||Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Snake|
|Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots||Old Snake||Also has a live-action cameo playing himself.|
|2010||Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker||Big Boss||Credited as "Snake"|
|2011||Star Wars: The Old Republic||Jedi Knight Male|
|2013||Marvel Heroes||Winter Soldier|
|2014||Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty!||Mudokons|
|2015||Dragon Age: Inquisition||Lieutenant Renn||The Descent DLC|
|2016||The Long Dark||Jeremiah|
|Deponia Doomsday||Old Rufus|
|2018||Super Bomberman R||Solid Snake Bomber / Naked Snake Bomber||Characters added in the Ver. 2.1 update patch released on June 27, 2018.|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Snake|
|2019||Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night||Zangetsu||Originally cast as Gebel, before the role was recast to Ray Chase|
|1993||Major Dad||No||No||No||Yes||Misha Sarotsky||1 episode; "From Russia with Like"|
|1994||Guyver: Dark Hero||No||No||No||Yes||Sean Barker||Main role|
|Long Shadows||No||No||No||Yes||Ed's secretary||TV movie|
|1996||The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century||No||No||No||Yes||Voice||2 episodes; "Stalemate" and "Total War"|
|1998||Burn||No||Yes||No||Yes||Tom Rice||Main role|
|2000||Wild on the Set||No||No||No||Yes||Narrator||TV series|
|2002||Lost in Oz||No||Yes||Yes||No||TV movie|
|The Scorpion King||No||No||Yes||No|
|2009||Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?||No||No||No||Yes||1 episode; "The Sons of Big Boss". Voice Only|
|2014||Devil's Mile||No||No||No||Yes||Toby McTeague||Main role|
|2015||A Christmas Horror Story||No||Yes||No||No||Executive producer only|
|2016||The Flash||No||No||No||Yes||King Shark||Voice Only|
|2017||The Jimquisition||No||No||No||Yes||1 episode; "Slay to Pay". Voice Only|
|TBA||Untitled Voltron live-action film||No||No||Yes||No|
The 27th Saturn Awards, honoring the best in science fiction, fantasy and horror film and television in 2000, were held on 12 June 2001.Below is a complete list of nominees and winners. Winners are highlighted in bold.Big Boss (Metal Gear)
Big Boss is one of the central characters of the Metal Gear series created by Hideo Kojima and developed and published by Konami. Introduced in the early entries of the series as the commanding officer and subsequent nemesis of his son Solid Snake, he is later featured in the prequel games as Naked Snake, an American Special Forces Operator and decorated war hero until political manipulations cause him to be disillusioned and start his own private mercenary company.
In the series' Japanese versions, Big Boss is voiced by Akio Ōtsuka and Chikao Ōtsuka. In the English versions, Big Boss is voiced by David Hayter, Kiefer Sutherland, and Richard Doyle. The character has been praised by video game publications for his role as a villain as well for his relationship with Solid Snake.Christopher Randolph
Christopher Randolph (born 1959 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American actor known for providing the English voice for Hal "Otacon" Emmerich and Dr. "Huey" Emmerich in the Metal Gear Solid series. Prior to landing his role as Otacon, he auditioned for multiple parts, including Solid Snake. After David Hayter was recast from playing Snake in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Randolph became the longest serving English voice actor in franchise, having a role in all but one main Metal Gear Solid series game since 1998. He also writes, directs, and teaches acting.His on-screen guest appearances include TV shows such as Will & Grace, Doogie Howser, M.D., Mad About You, American Masters and NewsRadio. He's appeared on several soap operas, including Days of Our Lives, As the World Turns, and Guiding Light, where he continues to recur as ER Doctor Tompkins, and he has leading roles in the short films Convention, directed by Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson), and Pumpkin Hell, directed by Max Finneran. His numerous stage credits include King Lear on Broadway with Christopher Plummer, and many Off-Broadway and regional productions around the country. He is the brother of actress Tod Randolph, and singer/songwriter Nick Randolph of the group Stonehoney.Devil's Mile
Devil's Mile is a 2014 American-Canadian horror film and the feature film directorial debut of Joseph O'Brien, who also co-wrote the script and created the film's special effects. The film premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival on July 26, 2014 and is scheduled for release on DVD and VOD on August 12, 2014. It stars David Hayter as a mob enforcer that finds himself embroiled in strange supernatural occurrences while transporting hostages through a detour.Of the film's casting, O'Brien chose to bring on del Mar due to having worked with her in the past and chose Hayter due to being familiar with his work.Hayter (surname)
Hayter is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:
Adrian Hayter (1914–1990), New Zealand soldier, sailor, Antarctic leader and author
Alethea Hayter (1911–2006), English writer
Arthur Hayter, 1st Baron Haversham (1835-1917), British politician
Charles Hayter (1761–1835), English miniature painter
Charles Hayter (secretary) (died 1948), Australian football club manager and secretary
Charles Hayter, a minor character in the novel Persuasion by Jane Austen
David Hayter (born 1969), Canadian-American actor and screenwriter
Ernest Hayter (1913-2005), English cricketer
George Hayter (1792–1871), English painter
Harrison Hayter (1825–1898), British engineer
Henry Heylyn Hayter (1821–1895), Australian statistician
Jack Hayter, British musician
James Hayter (actor) (1907–1983), British actor
James Hayter (footballer) (born 1979), English footballer
James Hayter (rugby union) (born 1978), English former rugby union player
John Hayter (1800–1895), English painter
John Hayter (antiquary) (1756–1818), English churchman and academic
Montague Hayter (1871–1948), English cricketer
Paul Hayter (born 1942), senior British civil servant
Sean Hayter, Australian musician with the band Lucius Hunt
Stanley William Hayter (1901–1988), British painter
Sir William Hayter, 1st Baronet (1792–1878), British barrister and politician
William Hayter (diplomat) (1906–1995), British diplomat, ambassador to the Soviet Union and author
William Hayter (priest) (1858–1935), British dean and teacherHulk (film)
Hulk is a 2003 American superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name directed by Ang Lee which stars Eric Bana as the title character, Jennifer Connelly as Betty Ross, Sam Elliott as General Thaddeus E. "Thunderbolt" Ross, Josh Lucas, and Nick Nolte as Bruce's father. The film explores the origins of Bruce Banner, who after a lab accident involving gamma radiation finds himself able to turn into a huge green-skinned monster whenever he is emotionally provoked or stressed, while he is pursued by the United States military and comes into a conflict with his biological father, who has his own dark agenda for his son.
Development for the film started as far back as 1990. The film was at one point to be directed by Joe Johnston and then Jonathan Hensleigh. More scripts had been written by Hensleigh, John Turman, Michael France, Zak Penn (who would go on to write The Incredible Hulk), J. J. Abrams, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, Michael Tolkin, and David Hayter before Ang Lee and James Schamus' involvement. Hulk was shot mostly in California, primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Hulk was a commercial success, grossing over $245 million worldwide, higher than its $137 million budget. However, it received mixed reviews from critics and audiences with criticism for its CGI aspects, pacing, bleak tone and lack of action though it was praised for its ambition, performances and complexity (especially compared to other superhero films at the time). A reboot, titled The Incredible Hulk, was released on June 13, 2008 as the second film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.King Shark
King Shark (Nanaue) is a fictional supervillain appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by Karl Kesel and made a brief cameo in Superboy vol. 4, #0 (Oct. 1994) before making his first full appearance in Superboy vol. 4, #9 (Nov. 1994).
King Shark made his live appearance on the Arrowverse television series The Flash voiced by David Hayter and portrayed in CGI.Moldiver
Moldiver (モルダイバー, Morudaibā) is a 6-episode 1993 OVA anime series. It is a parody of magical girl and superhero anime series.Reelside
Reelside is a 2015 Canadian documentary television series about the creative process of Canadian filmmakers that premiered on The Movie Network on June 4, 2015.
Reelside's first season features: Sarah Gadon and Caitlin Cronenberg, George A. Romero, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Matthew Bass, Vincenzo Natali, Michael Hogan, Graeme Manson, Don McKellar, Bruce McDonald, Matthew Hannam, Stephen Amell, David Hayter, and Lloyd Kaufman. Reelside is produced by Fifth Ground Entertainment.Reelside marks the directorial debut of actress/model Sarah Gadon with her episode featuring her own creative relationship with photographer and frequent collaborator, Caitlin Cronenberg.Reelside has been nominated for two 2016 Canadian Screen Awards including Best Biography or Arts Documentary Program or Series and Best Direction in a Documentary or Factual Series for "Superheroes".Saturn Award for Best Writing
The Saturn Award for Best Writing is a Saturn Award presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.
Unlike most awards rewarding writing in films, it recognizes only the writer(s) of the screenplay, and not those of the story.Solid Snake
Solid Snake is a video game character and one of the primary protagonists of the Metal Gear series created by Hideo Kojima and developed and published by Konami. The cloned "son" of the legendary soldier Big Boss, he is depicted as a former Green Beret and a highly skilled special operations soldier engaged in solo stealth and espionage missions, who is often tasked with destroying models of the bipedal nuclear weapon-armed mecha known as Metal Gear. Controlled by the player, he must act alone, supported via radio by commanding officers and specialists. While his first appearances in the original Metal Gear games were references to Hollywood films, the Metal Gear Solid series has given a consistent design by artist Yoji Shinkawa alongside an established personality.
During the Metal Gear Solid games, the character has been voiced by Akio Ōtsuka in the Japanese version and by actor and screenwriter David Hayter in the English version. Considered to be one of the most popular protagonists in the video game industry, Snake has been acclaimed by critics, with his personality and both Ōtsuka's and Hayter's voice acting being noted as primary factors of the character's appeal.The Scorpion King
The Scorpion King is a 2002 American historical fantasy action film directed by Chuck Russell, starring The Rock, Kelly Hu, Grant Heslov, and Michael Clarke Duncan. It is a prequel of The Mummy franchise, which takes place before the events of The Mummy and tells the story of Mathayus and his rise to become the Scorpion King.
The events of The Scorpion King take place 5,000 years before those in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, and reveal Mathayus' origins and his rise to power as the Scorpion King. The name is a reference to a historical king of the Protodynastic Period of Egypt, King Scorpion.Watchmen (film)
Watchmen is a 2009 American neo-noir superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the 1986–87 DC Comics limited series of the same name by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. It stars an ensemble cast of Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Patrick Wilson. A dark satirical and dystopian take on the superhero genre, the film is set in an alternate history in the year 1985 at the height of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, as a group of mostly retired American superheroes investigates the murder of one of their own before uncovering an elaborate and deadly conspiracy, while their moral limitations are challenged by the complex nature of the circumstances.
From October 1987 until October 2005, a live-action film adaptation of the Watchmen series became stranded in development hell; producer Lawrence Gordon began developing the project at 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros., the parent company of Watchmen publisher DC Comics, with producer Joel Silver and director Terry Gilliam, with the latter eventually deeming the complex comic "un-filmable". During the 2000s, Gordon and Lloyd Levin collaborated with Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures to produce a script by David Hayter; Darren Aronofsky and Paul Greengrass were also attached to the project before it was cancelled over budget disputes; and in October 2005, the project returned to Warner Bros., where Snyder was hired to direct; Paramount remained as its international distributor whereas Warner Bros. would distribute the film in the United States. However, Fox sued Warner Bros. for copyright violation arising from Gordon's failure to pay a buy-out in 1991, which enabled him to develop the film at the other studios. Fox and Warner Bros. settled this before the film's release, with Fox receiving a portion of the gross. Principal photography began in Vancouver, September 2007. As with his previous film 300, Snyder closely modelled his storyboards on the comic, but chose not to shoot all of Watchmen using green screens and opted for real sets instead.
Following its world premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on February 23, 2009, the film was released in both conventional and IMAX theaters on March 6, 2009, and grossed $55 million on its opening weekend and over $185 million at the worldwide box office. The film's reception has been very polarized, with many critics voicing either strong positive or negative views. A DVD based on elements of the Watchmen universe was released, including an animated adaptation of the comic Tales of the Black Freighter within the story starring Gerard Butler, and the fictional biography Under the Hood, detailing the older generation of superheroes from the film's back-story. A director's cut with 24 minutes of additional footage was released in July 2009. The "Ultimate Cut" edition incorporated the animated comic Tales of the Black Freighter into the narrative as it was in the original graphic novel, lengthening the runtime to 3 hours and 35 minutes, and was released on November 3, 2009.Wolves (2014 film)
Wolves is a 2014 Canadian action horror film directed by David Hayter.World Events Productions
World Events Productions (WEP) is an American-based animation and distribution company in St. Louis, Missouri, best known for releasing the anime titles Voltron, Defender of the Universe and Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, as well as producing the original animated series Denver, the Last Dinosaur.X-Men (film)
X-Men is a 2000 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. Directed by Bryan Singer and written by David Hayter, it features an ensemble cast consisting of Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Bruce Davison, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Ray Park, and Anna Paquin. The film depicts a world where a small proportion of people are mutants, whose possession of superhuman powers makes them distrusted by normal humans. It focuses on mutants Wolverine and Rogue as they are brought into a conflict between two groups that have radically different approaches to bringing about the acceptance of mutant-kind: Professor Xavier's X-Men, and the Brotherhood of Mutants, led by Magneto.
Development of X-Men began as far back as 1984 with Orion Pictures, with James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow in discussions at one point. The film rights were bought by 20th Century Fox in 1994, and various scripts and film treatments were commissioned from Andrew Kevin Walker, John Logan, Joss Whedon, and Michael Chabon. Singer signed to direct in 1996, with further rewrites by Ed Solomon, Singer, Tom DeSanto, Christopher McQuarrie, and Hayter, in which Beast and Nightcrawler were deleted over budget concerns from Fox. X-Men marked the Hollywood debut for Jackman, a last-second choice for Wolverine, cast three weeks into filming. Filming took place from September 22, 1999 to March 3, 2000, primarily in Toronto.
X-Men premiered at Ellis Island on July 12, 2000, and was released in the United States on July 14, 2000. It was a box office success, grossing over $296.3 million worldwide, and received positive reviews from critics, citing its performances, story, and thematic depth. The film's success led to a series of sequels, prequels, and spin-offs, with the overall success of the series spawning a reemergence of superhero films, a genre that would remain highly popular for the next two decades.X2 (film)
X2 (often promoted as X2: X-Men United and internationally as X-Men 2) is a 2003 American superhero film based on the X-Men superhero team appearing in Marvel Comics. It is the sequel to 2000's X-Men, as well as the second installment in the X-Men film series, and was directed by Bryan Singer and written by Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, and David Hayter. It features an ensemble cast including Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Bruce Davison, and Anna Paquin. Its plot, inspired by the graphic novel God Loves, Man Kills, pits the X-Men and their enemies, the Brotherhood, against the genocidal Colonel William Stryker (Brian Cox); he leads an assault on Professor Xavier's school to build his own version of Xavier's mutant-tracking computer Cerebro, in order to destroy every mutant on Earth and to "save" the human race from them.
Development on the sequel began shortly after the first film was released in 2000. David Hayter and Zak Penn wrote separate scripts, combining what they felt to be the best elements of both scripts into one screenplay. Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris were eventually hired to rewrite the work, and changed the characterizations of Beast, Angel, and Lady Deathstrike. Sentinels and the Danger Room were set to appear before being deleted because of budget concerns. The film's premise was influenced by the Marvel Comics storylines Return to Weapon X and God Loves, Man Kills. Filming began in June 2002 and ended that November, mostly taking place at Vancouver Film Studios, the largest North American production facility outside of Los Angeles. Production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas adapted similar designs by John Myhre from the previous film.
X2 was released in the United States on May 2, 2003, and received positive reviews for its storyline, action sequences, and performances. The film grossed over approximately $407 million worldwide, and received eight Saturn Awards nominations.