David Hayter
David Hayter 2006-09-21
Hayter at the September 21, 2006 Video Games Live in Los Angeles, California

David Bryan Hayter
6, 1969 (1969-02-06) (age 51

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Santa Monica, California, United States
Nationality Canadian-American
Other names Sean Barker
Occupation Voice actor, screenwriter, actor, director, producer
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David Hayter (born February 6, 1969) is a Canadian-American voice and screen actor and screenwriter. 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.

Early lifeEdit

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.[1]

Career Edit

Early acting career Edit

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.[2] 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.

Metal Gear series Edit

In 1998, Hayter voiced protagonist Solid Snake in the highly successful video game Metal Gear Solid. He would reprise the role in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (a remake of the original), Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (where the character appears in aged form as Old Snake). Hayter also voiced Naked Snake, a young version of Solid Snake's "father" Big Boss, who serves as the protagonist in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, which were prequels set prior to the events of the original Metal Gear. Hayter has an extended live-action cameo as himself in Metal Gear Solid 4 in one of the fictional TV programs prior to the start of the game. In the scene, he wears the "Solid Eye", the technologically advanced eye patch that Old Snake wears throughout the game.

Hayter is one of the few Metal Gear Solid actors to have played and completed the Metal Gear games he's voiced in,[3] while co-star Christopher Randolph has only played Metal Gear Solid. According to an interview with Paul Eiding, Hayter gave up half of his own paycheck in order to bring back the cast of Metal Gear Solid for Twin Snakes.[citation needed]

His work with Metal Gear Solid 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 also cited the Metal Gear Solid 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."[4]

Following the announcement of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain in 2013, Hayter announced that he was not asked to reprise his role as Snake.[5] This was later confirmed on June 6, when Konami announced that Kiefer Sutherland would be the new voice of Snake.[6] Hayter has since revealed in an interview that he had to re-audition for the role of Snake in Metal Gear Solid 3 and 4, suggesting that Kojima was already considering recasting the part much earlier, with Kurt Russell (who played Snake Plissken, the inspiration for Solid Snake, in Escape from New York and Escape from L.A.) having allegedly been offered the role during the development of MGS3.[7] Despite this, Hayter would later reprise his role as Solid Snake in a Metal Gear Solid-themed advertisement for the 2016 Ford Focus SE.[8]

Filmmaking Edit

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.[9] 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.[10]

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."[11] 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.[12] The script did not keep the contemporary atmosphere that Hayter created, but instead returned to the original Cold War setting of the Watchmen comic.[13] 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.[14]

On September 7, 2012, it was announced that Hayter would pen the screen adaptation Caught Stealing, and would star Patrick Wilson and Alec Baldwin.[15]

On September 13, 2012, Hayter began filming on his directorial debut, Wolves.[16]

On July 8, 2013, Hayter was hired by Lakeshore Entertainment to write the film The Sword, based on the Image Comics series.[17]

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.[18]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Moldiver Hiroshi Ozora
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[19]
2000 The Castle of Cagliostro Arsène Lupin III as Sean Barker
2000–01 Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure Additional Voices


Year Title Role Notes
1996–97 Spider-Man: The Animated Series Captain America TV series; 8 episodes
2009 Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? Solid Snake 1 episode; "The Sons of Big Boss"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
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/Big Boss
2005 Metal Gear Acid 2 Snake
2006 Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Naked Snake
2008 Super Smash Bros. Brawl Solid Snake
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Old Snake / Himself
2010 Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Big Boss Credited as "Snake"
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Jedi Knight Male[20]
2013 Marvel Heroes Winter Soldier
2013-15 République Daniel Zager
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 Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Gebel

Live actionEdit

Year Film Director Producer Writer Actor Role Notes
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"
1997 Drive No No No Yes Cop #1
1998 Burn No Yes No Yes Tom Rice Main role
2000 Wild on the Set No No No Yes Narrator TV series
X-Men No No Yes Yes Museum Cop
2002 Lost in Oz No Yes Yes No TV movie
The Scorpion King No No Yes No
2003 X2 No No Yes No
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots No No No Yes Himself - Celebrity Moralist
2009 Watchmen No No Yes No
2010 Chasm Yes No Yes No Short
2014 Devil's Mile No No No Yes Toby McTeague Main role
Wolves Yes No Yes No Directorial debut
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

References Edit

  1. "TWiG – David Hayter Special Interview"
  3. "UK PSP". Archived from the original on 17 January 2007. Retrieved 15 December 2006. 
  4. Fitch, Andrew (May 7, 2008). "Anime Expo: David Hayter Critical of Some MGS Moments". Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  5. Narcisse, Evan (27 March 2013). "Beloved Solid Snake Voice Actor Says He Wasn’t Asked to Be in Metal Gear Solid V". Kotaku (Gawker Media). Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  6. Goldfarb, Andrew (June 6, 2013). "Kiefer Sutherland Playing Snake in Metal Gear Solid V". IGN. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  7. Carson, Ben (March 25, 2016). "The Inside Story Of Recording Metal Gear Solid". Game Informer. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  8. "David Hayter reprises Metal Gear Solid role in Ford commercials". April 8, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 
  10. McMillan, Graeme (2010-02-28). "How Aeon Flux Killed Black Widow and Made Iron Man 2 the Movie it is Today". i09. 
  11. Jensen, Jeff (2005-10-21). "Watchmen: An Oral History". Entertainment Weekly.,,1120854,00.html. 
  12. Gregory Ellwood (2006-07-18). "World awaits Watchmen". Variety. Retrieved 2006-09-23. 
  13. "Exclusive: Zack Snyder talks Watchmen". Empire. 2006-10-05. Retrieved 2006-10-05. 
  14. Patrick Lee (2006-11-09). "Snyder: Watchmen Remains True". Sci Fi Wire. Archived from the original on 2007-09-01. Retrieved 2006-11-09. 
  15. McClintock, Pamela (7 September 2012). "The Hollywood Reporter". Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  16. "Dark Horizons". 
  17. Sneider, Jeff. "'Watchmen' Writer David Hayter to Adapt 'The Sword' for Lakeshore". The Wrap. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  18. Marnell, Blair. "Fox Starts ‘World War III’ With David Hayter". Crave Online. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  20. BioWare. Star Wars: The Old Republic. (Electronic Arts, LucasArts). Scene: closing credits, 9:50 in, English Cast. (2011-12-20)

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