Friday, June 17, 2011

Creative Excellence Fridays - the voice of Peter Coyote

Creative Excellence Friday's today looks at a gifted actor who is probably better known for his narration skills.

Peter Coyote's voice stars in the latest series of Ipad II commercials. His voice is distinctive and truly in a class of its' own when it comes to imaging a brand.

His conviction of tone comes naturally, having been politically active for the democratic party as far back as Adelaide Stevenson.

Beginning in the early '80s, Peter began doing voice-overs, which led to a very successful side venture, now numbering over 120 films. His mellow voice, often compared to Henry Fonda's, won him an Emmy in 1992 for his narration of the "The Meiji Revolution" episode, part of the PBS American Experience ten-part series called "The Pacific Century." He continues to lend his rich voice to narrations for commercials and documentaries and often donates his voice to films that support issues close to his heart.

Peter Coyote has a reputation as a "zero defect guy." Coyote was quoted as saying, "I can do an hour-long documentary voice-over in an hour and 15 minutes.

Here he narrates a documentary on San Francisco. "The Paris of the Pacific"

Perhaps the conviction of his read comes from the conviction of his politics.

Peter makes his home in Marin County in Northern California since the early '70s. An avid outdoorsman, he is also a passionate songwriter, guitarist and amateur photographer. He has two grown children and has been married to Stefanie Pleet since 2000.


  1. I'm such a fan of Peter's. His voice takes any program to a higher level.

  2. Poor proofreading! It's Adlai Stevenson, a male, NOT Adelaide! Google him to see who he was.