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John Krasinski – Famous Actor Makes Millions Doing Voiceovers for Animated Movies and Commercials

Updated on July 3, 2017
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John Krasinski most known for his character in The Office is the voice of many commercials and movies.
John Krasinski most known for his character in The Office is the voice of many commercials and movies. | Source

The Grand Jury Prize

The Grand Jury Prize recognizes a film in both the Dramatic and Documentary Competitions as the best from the independent film community.

Who is John Krasinski?

Most people recognize John Krasinski from the popular television show called, The Office. In The Office, John played the part of Jim Halpert. To his credit, John is also the voice of many animated movies and television commercials.

Born as John Burke Krasinski on October 20, 1979 in Newton, Massachusetts. He attended Brown University in Rhode Island, where he studied playwriting, graduating in 2002.

John married actress Emily Blunt in 2010.

Some Awards and Nominations

In 2007 and 2008 John Krasinski won and in 2000 through 2013 he was nominated by the Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

He has acted in films nominated by the Sundance Film Festival for Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic –

2012 for Nobody Walks

2009 - for Brief Interviews With Hideous Men

2007 – for Smiley Face

John's straightforward, yet whimsical style is the feature that entices producers to seek his voice talent for the commercial voiceover projects consumers recognize and enjoy.

Voiceover, Voice Over, or Voice-over?

The voice acting industry has no particular standard for the way the title is spelled. Consequently, you will see voiceover, voice over, and voice-over used interchangeably.

Voice Acting Can be a Lucrative Career

While I couldn’t find exact figures for how much John Krasinski receives for doing voiceover work, some Hollywood sources indicate that he has received upwards of $400,000 for a single commercial.

I am not a celebrity, but I have experience as a voice actor. My personal experience with voiceover narration is that voice actors earn, on average $400 - $500 for a one hour finished production. A book narration is about $200 - $400 per 1000 words. An average audiobook is about 10 hours in duration, so an audio book narrator earns about $2,000 to $4,000 per narrated book. It takes about 40 to 50 hours to narrate an average audiobook, so with those numbers, I have a long way toward generating the income an actor like John Krasinski commands.

Note: Every acting assignment is negotiated between the publisher and the narrator. High profile celebrities are paid big bucks for the privilege of using their voice in commercials and animated movies, so it is not uncommon for them to receive over a million dollars per commercial or movie.

Commercials Starring the Voice of John Krasinski

John Krasinski is the voiceover actor in commercials like Esurance, BlackBerry Storm, Apple TV, Pepsi, Ask.com, Verizon Wireless, My Coke Rewards, Carnival Cruise Lines, and Kodak to name a few.

Voiceover for BlackBerry Storm Commercial

Voiceover for Pepsi Commercial

Animated Movies Starring the Voice of John Krasinski

The voice of John Krasinski can be heard in big box office movies.

  • Monsters vs. Aliens- Released in theaters March 27, 2009. Monsters vs. Aliens is a movie about a woman who is struck by a meteorite on her wedding day. After being struck, she is transformed into a giant. She becomes part of a team of monsters who are sent in by the U. S. Government to defeat the alien mega maniac who is trying to take over the world.

    John Krasinski played the part of Cuthbert. John's character, Cuthbert is the teenage boy who was on a date with a girl named Katie. One of the most popular lines in the movie is, “Don’t rush me, Katie! I’m just not ready."

  • Shrek the Third - Released in Theaters May 18, 2007. Shrek’s new father-in-law becomes ill and now Shrek is put in charge as the heir to the land of Far, Far Away.

    John Krasinski played the part of Lancelot.

Audiobook Starring the Voice of John Krasinski

John Krasinski is also the voice of the popular audiobook titled The Gingerbread Man, published by Speakaboo.

I like the sound of John's voice in this lovely audiobook which took me back to the childhood days when my mother would read the same book to me.

The Gingerbread Man Read by John Krasinski

John Krasinski's Fan Website

John Krasinski's fan website has additional links to his personal career. Also find links to Krasinski's Twitter account and Facebook page.

http://john-krasinski.net/

List of John Krasinski Movies

Movie
Year
Big Miracle
2012
Promised Land
2012
Big Miracle
2012
Nobody Walks
2012
Something Borrowed
2009
Away We Go
2009
It’s Complicated
2009
Monsters vs. Aliens
2009
Leatherheads
2008
License to Wed
2007
Smiley Face
2007
Shrek The Third
2007
A New Wave
2007
Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience
2007
For Your Consideration
2006
The Holiday
2006
Dreamgirls
2006
Doogal
2006
Jarhead
2005
Duane Hopwod
2005
Taxi
2004
Kinsey
2004
Movie credits for John Krasinski between 2004 to 2012.

Resources:

The following official resources were used to compile information about John Krasinski's acting career, nominations, and awards.

Screen Actors Guild Awards - The Screen Actors Guild Awards recognizes performers acting in film and television.

Sundance Film Festival - The Sundance Film Festival Awards is a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing and rewarding independent film and theater artists around the world.

IMDb (The Internet Movie Database) - IMDb is considered to be the most authoritative online source for movie, television and celebrity information.

© 2013 Marlene Bertrand

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    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      3 years ago from USA

      I agree, colorfulone. He has made it big. And, yes, there is no denying that he is quite easy to look at.

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      Susie Lehto 

      3 years ago from Minnesota

      John Krasinski, has it made with a high paying FUN job like that. Plus, he is kinds of good looking to boot. Good for him!

      Interesting hub, Marlene.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      3 years ago from USA

      Hello Sameer. Thank you for your comment. I was hoping to keep it "real."

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      Sameer 

      3 years ago

      A little rationality lifts the quality of the debate here. Thanks for counribntitg!

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      4 years ago from USA

      Hi Ericdierker! I totally remember Jonathan Winters! And, now thinking of John Krasinski, No wonder I like Krasinski, too.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Cool. Jonathan Winters of old was my favorite now it will be Krasinki. Thanks

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      4 years ago from USA

      Hi Faith! Thank you for reading. Voiceover is a fun and fascinating career. I'm one of those people who watch a commercial and then become curious about who the narrator is.

      By the way, I have not been writing much, so that might be why you haven't been notified. :) I have had so much going on in the family since April this year that I haven't had much time or energy to write. But, things are settling down a little and now I feel like writing again.

    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Marlene, what an interesting and insightful write here.

      I just love John Krasinki in The Office. What a lucrative career there is to be had in voiceovers ... who knew? Well, you knew. He does have that perfect voice, so no wonder he is so successful. Anyone with a unique voice should give the voiceover career a shot. For some reason, I have not been getting any notifications when you publish hubs?

      Up and more and sharing

      God bless,

      Faith Reaper

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      4 years ago from USA

      Hello MsDora. I am intrigued by who the voice is behind commercials. So, when I discovered who the voice was, I just kept going to see what else he might be involved in. It turned into a hub just by chance. Thank you for your positive feedback.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Wow Marlene! Some pretty interesting information about the actor and the voice overs. Thanks for sharing these insights.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      4 years ago from USA

      Hi amandajoyshapiro! I didn't know John was the Esurance voice until recently. But, after learning that, I recognize his voice easily. He's the voice of so many commercials. It absolutely amazes me to see how much he has done as an actor.

    • amandajoyshapiro profile image

      amandajoyshapiro 

      4 years ago

      AAHH! He's the E-Surance guy?!!! Mind Blown! Awesome hub! He's such a nice-guy actor. Even in Hideous Men you couldn't help thinking he was adorable. Like a young (sort-of) Paul Rudd.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      4 years ago from USA

      Hi randomcreative! I really enjoy those Esurance commercials with John's voice. They just wouldn't be the same without his distinct way of delivering the scripts. He's so talented.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      4 years ago from USA

      Hello Michele Travis! You are right about voiceovers. I could retire on the fee some of them receive for doing just one project.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      4 years ago from USA

      Hi billybuc! I've always been fascinated by the voice behind the character, so when I started looking into who was the voice for different projects, John's name kept showing up. I enjoyed compiling the information for this hub. I'm glad you found it interesting. And, you have a great weekend, too.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      4 years ago from USA

      Hello ChitrangadaSharan. If you have an inkling of a desire to do voiceovers, now is the time to try it. It is a competitive industry, but the opportunities are abundant.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love John Krasinki and always get a smile on my face when I hear one of his commercials. His voice is great for that kind of work. Thanks for the detailed resource! There are many projects he's been involved with that I wasn't aware of before reading this article.

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      Michele Travis 

      4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Love this hub. Some voice overs make lots of money. Like the people who do the voices of the Simpsons. That cartoon has been going on for so long. They have millions by now.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That was really interesting, Marlene! I have heard of this guy, and I recognized his picture, but I had no idea how busy and successful he was, and especially the part about voiceovers. Very clever actor and quite talented....and I like Emily Blunt so he has good taste in women too. LOL

      Have a great weekend my friend.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I am aware of Voiceovers and have always wanted to do it. May be sometime in future, I am definitely going to try.

      Of course if it is a famous name--a movie star or a T.V. star, it is easy to get this job.

      Wonderful hub with very interesting information! Voted up!

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