Jan 06 2010

Eight Actors Who Can Yell With the Best of Them

Published by at 10:00 am under Lists,Movies,Television

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Yelling is a huge part of acting as it can be used to express anger, fear, and even make us laugh our asses.  And in that light some actors have actually enhanced their careers simply by their ability to belt out a few octaves.

Some of these people make us jump in our seats and some of them make us smile.  Whatever their yelling is used for it always leaves a big mark on us afterward.

Here are eight actors who can yell with the best of them (with video clips)

Al Pacino

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfCjxDTyOIA

What better a way to start a Hollywood yelling article than to include one of the best yellers of all time.  Clearly Al Pacino deserves to be on this list.  Hell I wrote a whole article on the evolution of his yelling voice.  In particular you can really get his flavor in Devil’s Advocate, Scent of a Woman, and when he says “She’s got a great ass!” in Heat.

Susie Essman

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYNrWKEEzn4

I had to put one woman on here and clearly Susie Essman takes the cake.  Her role on Curb your Enthusiasm is 100% on her ability to yell and be obnoxious and boy does she nail it.

Samuel Jackson

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czb4jn5y94g

If there were two heads of this game, Pacino and Jackson are clearly them.  The man has had an entire career based on his ability to unnecessarily yell.  For me it all began in Pulp Fiction.  I mean yeah, he was around way before then and yelled a lot but I think it was after this movie that directors were like, “yeah, this dude can yell, let’s cast him.

Jason Alexander

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wc4LG33HFq4

Minute 6:00 ish

“Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnn!”  Come on guys.  George Costanza is a legendary yeller.

Will Ferrell

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oVV1pEFeW4

Personally my favorite Will Ferrell yelling moments came in Zoolander.  “What am I on crazy pills?”  But Ferrell is clearly at his best when he’s screaming for no reason whatsoever.  And let’s face it, he does it a lot and it definitely is to our benefit.

Adam Sandler (in his Prime)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYvdUyxef5o

Sandler’s got some pipes guys.  And no more apparent than in two of his best movies Billy Madision and Happy Gilmore.  My personal favorites are his gibberish talk at the dinner table and his expletive curses on the golfcourse.  But Sandler has yelled quite a bit in his career and I’ve loved every minute of it.

Chris Rock

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7P4iFg048k

You either like his yelling voice or you don’t.  If you like it then you’ll love Chris Rock.  If you don’t then you simply will never like him.  I happen to love when he yells.

Jerry Stiller

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Irfuw1nne8

From his days on Seinfeld to King of Queens, Stiller’s a big time screamer.  “You want a piece me?”

*Bonus: Gilbert Godfried and Bobcat Goldthwait, sure.  But are they really actors anymore?  Eh, not really.





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14 responses so far

  • Madison

    These are all great, but Al Pacino is king. I’m amazed he isn’t parodied as much as Sam Jackson is.

  • Cheryl

    What about that comedian Sam Kinneson (I think I spelled it right) I was watching Back to School the other day and boy oh boy can that guy yell!

  • http://moessexymovieblogofthunder.blogspot.com/ moe

    what about Bobby D? Deniro wasn’t a loud yeller as such, but he sure was intense

  • Paul

    Steve Carell is one of the most comedically gifted yellers of all time

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  • chelsea

    Sam Kinison died a long time ago… but he was definitely a screamer.

    good call on Adam Sandler. that’s pretty much what he does.

  • MikeG

    No Jeremy Piven?? You might hate the show but you gotta admit that dude can get some volume, and he’s funny as hell in every episode.

  • zomgmouse

    Four words:
    I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE.

  • zomgmouse

    And two more words, one of which is a hyphenated name:
    SING-SING, GETTYS!

  • herpderp

    Where is Gary Oldman. The professional alone was filled with him yelling, but he does it many of his movies.

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  • http://rmfband.bandcamp.com Matt

    I know he’s not as well known, but Bob Odenkirk has quite a bellow. Yamwich.

  • Mark

    No Nick Cage? I thought he would be up near the top. Guy has a classic yell.

  • APBTFan

    Another vote for Gary Oldman in The Professional. His single word of “Everyone!!!!” is so sudden, violent and powerful it beats all that I’ve ever seen.

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