Resident's Voice Reverberates over Great America

The Redwood City resident is the voice of Great America and dozens of other theme parks.

Unlike many actors, Jonathan Murphy did not start his acting career early. He developed his love for voice acting while watching cartoons as a teenager.

“I loved doing cartoon voices…particularly the scary monster ones,” said Murphy.

But getting into the entertainment industry was no easy feat. Murphy started at the entry level by working in the Nickelodeon Parade at Great America.

Listen to some of Murphy's voices in the video to the right.

Though voice acting was not a part of his original job, he made an effort to show his talents to his bosses. The effort worked, and he was hired the next Halloween to be the main voice for the park’s haunted attractions.

His career blossomed from there and he since has done commercials for Oracle and Verizon and also has been hired to do voiceovers for theme parks across the country.

Voice acting, he says, can be a way for a theme park to let visitors enjoy the park experience rather than merely a series of rides.

Murphy stresses that his voices “make each announcement a unique character.”

Though Murphy also has a Talent Agent, his mother Jodi serves as his Publicist. 

Having previously served as a Marketing Executive for various companies, Jodi Murphy stresses that for them, business is kept away from the mother-son relationship. 

Though she began representing him when he was still in high school, she continued representing him afterwards due to his continued success. 

For now, Murphy's goals consist of becoming a voice for a cartoon character on a television show. 


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Doris Murphy July 20, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Good job, Jonathan. You are very talented and do amazing things with your voice overs. Best of luck to you!
Judi Buffington July 24, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Such a natural talent! You can sense his pure joy and full commitment to entertaining his audience. I really enjoyed the article and look forward to seeing what's next in his career.
Anne Weaver July 24, 2012 at 06:51 PM
It is nice to see a local talent recognized and thank you Patch for covering community talent and the arts. Jonathan is certainly gifted in the dramatic area of voice acting. Looking forward to watching his career continue to unfold.
Mary August 07, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Jonathan has a great voice! I will be excited to hear how his career develops. He certainly has the talent.
Stacey Differding September 27, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Nice article about a very talented man. I enjoyed listening to the various voices Jonathan can do.


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