2021 – Roger Craig Smith ‘04

Roger Craig Smith

Roger Craig Smith is a voice actor who has been featured in some of media’s most prominent properties over the last 15 years.

A screenwriting major, Roger was aiming for a career in stand-up comedy when he discovered a talent for making funny character voices. Since then, he has made a career providing voice-overs for ads, movies, television and video games, giving voice to such prominent characters as Captain America, Batman and Kylo Ren. In 2013, he was the voice of the villain Ripslinger in Disney’s hit animated feature “Planes.” He is the longest-running voice actor of Sonic the Hedgehog — including in Disney’s “Wreck-it Ralph” movies — and he’s played more than 170 characters for the Emmy-winning Cartoon Network series “Regular Show.”

In the video game market, he is Ezio in “Assassin’s Creed,” Chris Redfield in “Resident Evil” and Mirage in “Apex Legends.” You may have heard Roger as the announcer on NBC’s “World of Dance,” TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” or the DIY Network series “Crashers.” In addition, he contributes to a wide variety of regional promotional campaigns and has been the voice of Ram Trucks for the last 10 years.

You can also hear Roger in a number of recent promotional videos for Chapman. For the last five years, he’s been creating voiceovers for the university’s marketing efforts, and he recorded the stadium announcements used during Commencement. “I enjoy being connected to the university and still try to help out wherever I can,” says Roger, who has also helped out as a mock guest for broadcast journalism students.