James' other roles during this period include Ratchet in the Ratchet & Clank series (barring the original game), Leonardo from the 2007 TMNT film, Wooldoor Sockbat on the Comedy Central animated series Drawn Together, and voice-doubling for both Captain Jack Sparrow and Timon in Kingdom Hearts II.
Today, he is perhaps best known for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in various Star Wars media as the voice double for Ewan McGregor. Taylor debuted as Obi-Wan in the Star Wars: Clone Wars micro-series, and later reprised his role in the video game adaption of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: Battlefront II, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Star Wars Rebels. To date, he has portrayed Obi-Wan more than both Ewan and Sir Alec Guinness.
Need an example of his acting range? Just check out this video and prepare to be amazed.
Not to be confused with country singer James Taylor.
Notable roles include:
- Ash in A Detective Story
- Axel in Alpha Teens on Machines
- Captain Cold in Justice League: The New Frontier
- Count Wretcher in Billy Dilley's Super Duper Subterranean Summer
- Cypher in Beware the Batman
- Eddie Felson/Speed Warp in Static Shock
- Young Emmett Brown in the Back to the Future TellTale game
- The Fallen in the video game version of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. He was originally cast as the role in the movie proper, but was replaced by Tony Todd.
- Fred Flintstone in any recent commercial featuring Fred.
- Gabe Logan in the later Syphon Filter games
- Gingerbread Man, Prince Charming, and Wolf in the video game version of Shrek 2
- Green Arrow and Guy Gardner in Batman: The Brave and the Bold
- Harry Osborn and Frederick Foswell in The Spectacular Spider-Man
- Himself in I Know That Voice
- Captain Jack Sparrow and Timon in Kingdom Hearts II
- Johnny Test in Johnny Test,
- Leonardo from TMNT
- Obi-Wan Kenobi in nearly every piece of Star Wars media since Star Wars: Clone Wars (including some ADR in the movies proper):
- Obi-Wan Kenobi and Eeth Koth in Star Wars: Clone Wars
- Obi-Wan Kenobi, Plo Koon, Osi Sobeck, King Manchucho and Rako Hardeen (whose identity Obi-Wan has to steal) in Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- He's also confirmed that he did record lines for Obi-Wan in The Force Awakens, but these were later replaced by lines by Ewan McGregor.
- Overload in Teen Titans
- Pippin in the video game version of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
- Ratchet in the Ratchet & Clank series
- Ratchet in Playstation All Stars Battle Royale
- King Sandy in Codename: Kids Next Door
- Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Friend or Foe, Spider-Man Battle for New York and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
- Topo, Neutron and Flash (as The Other Darrin to George Eads) in Young Justice.
- Tidus in Final Fantasy X, Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, World of Final Fantasy, and Dissidia Final Fantasy NT
- Wooldoor Sockbat in Drawn Together
- Yggdrasill in Tales of Symphonia
- Circuit Stream in Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters
- Chet Brickton and the movie narrator in Lego Scooby Doo Haunted Hollywood
- Boppy in Doc McStuffins
Tropes relating to James Arnold Taylor:
- Full Circle Portraying: James voiced Spider-Man in the Ultimate Spider-Man video game's sequel, Battle for New York and the Spider-Man Trilogy tie-in game Spider-Man: Friend or Foe. Josh Keaton voiced Harry Osborn in the video game adaptations of the first two Spider-Man movies and Friend or Foe. Their casting in The Spectacular Spider-Man is effective role swapping as Josh voiced Spidey and James Harry.
- I Am Not Obi-Wan Kenobi: Subverted. Unlike Sir Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor (sometimes), James wholeheartedly embraces his role as the iconic Jedi Master.
- Large Ham: Can sometimes become this.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: Virtually impossible to typecast, James has one of the largest vocal ranges in the voice acting industry. Here's a clip to boot. He even compared himself to Mel Blanc several times. This also means the following tropes also apply to him:
- Name's the Same: His wife, Allison Taylor shares the same name with Lisa Simpson's rival-turned friend.
- One of Us: He's a self-proclaimed geek of many things like Anime, cartoons, Comic Books, and Video Games. But more particularly, he's a Star Wars fan (which lands him into the most iconic role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the cartoon series).
- The Other Marty: Recorded lines for The Fallen in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, but was dubbed over by Tony Todd.
- Playing Against Type: Walker, Fred Flintstone, Johnny Test, Yggdrasill, Cypher, and The Fallen.
- Promoted Fanboy: See One of Us above.
- Relationship Voice Actor: Often works with John DiMaggio and Tara Strong.
- Star-Making Role: Tidus, followed by Ratchet and Obi-Wan.
- Stupid Statement Dance Mix: His performance in X (like everyone else in the game) wasn't stellar, but it got the job done, and JAT's later work shows that it was an error of direction, not of execution. Here he "responding" to a remix of the infamous scene.
He reprises the role, with a much rougher edge, in Final Fantasy X-2, and again in Dissidia: Final Fantasy. (In Kingdom Hearts, the character is voiced by Shaun Fleming).
- Vocal Evolution: When he first started voicing Obi-Wan, he was going for an exact voice match with Ewan McGregor. By the time Star Wars: The Clone Wars rolled around, he was allowed more free rein, allowing to put pieces of Sir Alec Guinness into his performance, making the character his own and breaking free from being just another Poor Man's Substitute.