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Mark Meer (born March 29, 1976 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian voice actor, writer, and stage improvisor, best known for his role as the male Commander Shepard in BioWare's Mass Effect franchise. While not as prolific as some voice actors, his range is extensive and versatile, and he's voiced countless minor characters in video games, many of them produced by BioWare.

He's also a core member of the Edmonton-based improvised soap opera Die-Nasty, and was the first of only two actors to remain on stage for 53 straight hours without rest. According to Mark, he's done it over twenty-five times since his first time in the 1990s.

Has a Twitter account.




Tropes associated with Mark Meer

  • Badass Baritone: As Shepard. It's also his normal speaking voice.
  • Classically-Trained Extra: He's said that his training in improv has let him jump right into any voice acting role with little preparation.
  • Determinator: See Doing It for the Art in Trivia.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: His range is quite versatile, to say the least. He was originally hired by BioWare for Mass Effect to come up with the alien voices. Even though BioWare was impressed enough with him to hire him as the male Commander Shepard voice, he still voices several aliens in the trilogy, all of whom sound considerably different from his Shepard voice. This leads to plenty of Talking to Himself within the trilogy for all the Male!Shepard players, with one of the most memorable moments being "Because he's a Big Stupid Jellyfish!"
  • Meme Acknowledgement: This is him redubbing the infamous "We'll bang, OK?" Gamer Poop line.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Jennifer Hale.
  • Unexpected Character: An in-universe example. He originally auditioned to voice background characters in the first Mass Effect game, and was surprised when the producers asked him to voice the main character.