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"As an actor, you're normally only attached to a role, if it's in theatre, two or three months; or a film, same kinda period, maybe. 19 years is a whole different ballgame. So the level of knowledge or intimacy feels really, really real. It feels like, y'know, my best mate, my drinking buddy. And trust me, I don't know anyone who kills people for a living. (I know a few people I'd like to kill.)"
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David Bateson (born February 9, 1960 in Durban) is a South African actor and voice actor based in Denmark.

He is best known for portraying the character known as Agent 47, a bald contract killer with a barcode on his head, and the main protagonist of IO Interactive's Hitman video game series. That series gets a lot of mileage out of his whiskey-voiced narration (not unlike David Hayter, Michael Ironside, or Stephen Russell), adding a few nice moments of melancholy and, at times, dry humor to the character.

Bateson has voiced 47 in every game in the franchise so far; IOI briefly considered replacing him before the fifth game, Absolution, but he was eventually brought back thanks to fan demand. This was later used for a Development Gag in Hitman 2016's "Icon" level.

Bateson's voice is featured in quite a few commercials. Yes, that is indeed him declaring, "A man has fallen into the river in LEGO City!"

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He made his acting debut in the 1994 film Prince of Jutland, which also happened to be the acting debut of a certain Andy Serkis.


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