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[[File:MichaelHollick.jpg|thumb|Michael Hollick at the San Diego Comic Con in 2008.]]
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[[File:MichaelHollick.png|thumb|250px|Michael Hollick, [[Niko Bellic|Niko Bellic's]] voice actor.]]
   
'''Michael Hollick''' (born 1973) is an [[United States of America|American]] actor who has appeared in television shows such as ''Sex and the City'' and ''Law & Order''. He provided the voice of [[Niko Bellic]] in [[Grand Theft Auto IV]], [[The Lost and Damned]] and [[The Ballad of Gay Tony]]; his voice work in GTA IV won him the ''Best Male Voice Actor'' award at the [[wp:2009 Video Game Awards|2009 Video Game Awards]]; he also starred in Homefront as part of the motion capture cast.
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'''Michael Hollick''' (born August 5, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former American actor, voice actor, singer and musician who has appeared in television shows such as ''Sex and the City'' and ''Law & Order''.
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He is best known for providing the voice of [[Niko Bellic]], the main [[protagonist]] of the highly acclaimed ''[[Grand Theft Auto IV]]''; his voice work in GTA IV won him the ''Best Male Voice Actor'' award at the [[wp:2009 Video Game Awards|2009 Video Game Awards]]; he also starred in Homefront as part of the motion capture cast.
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When Hollick saw the success of ''GTA IV'', he tried to negotiate for more money, saying that he had no idea that the game would be so successful. However, he was denied. Hollick was paid about $100,000 for his voice acting and motion-capture work over the course of about 15 months from 2006 to 2007. Hollick was paid about $1,050 a day for his work on the game, about 50% more than the standard Screen Actors Guild-negotiated rate for actors, although he claimed it was still a fraction of the income he would get from a film or TV-show performance, and that he was upset about not getting residuals from game sales, putting the blame on the union for not securing such agreements.<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/21/arts/television/21gta.html?_r=0 A Video Game Star and His Less-Than-Stellar Pay], The New York Times</ref>
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Due to this incident, Hollick did not return as Niko's voice actor in ''GTA IV'''s two expansion packs: ''[[The Lost and Damned]]'' and ''[[The Ballad of Gay Tony]]''; instead, [[Rockstar Games]] used Hollick's pre-recorded acting from ''GTA IV'' for the DLC missions in which the character appeared.<ref>[http://www.1up.com/news/rockstar-hell-niko-actor-gta Rockstar Says "Hell No," to Niko Actor in GTA: Lost and Damned], 1up.com.</ref>
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Living in Las Vegas, Hollick is married and in 2010 his first child, Maxwell Ming Hollick, was born. <Ref>[http://www.lasvegassun.com/vegasdeluxe/2010/aug/05/life-uncle-scar-em-lion-kingem----and-scars-new-ba/ "Life as Uncle Scar in The Lion King — and Scar’s new baby"]. LasVegasSun.com</ref>
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==''GTA'' works==
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*''[[Grand Theft Auto IV]]'' - [[Niko Bellic]] (2008)
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**''[[The Lost and Damned]]'' - Niko Bellic (2009) <small>(pre-recorded)</small>
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**''[[The Ballad of Gay Tony]]'' - Niko Bellic (2009) <small>(pre-recorded)</small>
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
*When he saw the success of GTA IV, he tried to negotiate for more money, saying that he had no idea that the game would be so succesful. However, he got nothing.
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[[File:MichaelHollick.jpg|thumb|Michael Hollick at the San Diego Comic Con in 2008.]]
*He's the only voice actor in any GTA games to appear in Comic Con.
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*Hollick is the first voice actor from any ''GTA'' game to appear in Comic-Con, followed by [[Ned Luke]], [[Shawn Fonteno]] and [[Steven Ogg]].
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==References==
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==External link==
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==External Links==
*[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2396647/ Michael Hollick IMDB entry]
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*[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2396647/ Michael Hollick's IMDB Entry]
 
*[http://www.michaelhollick.com/ Michael Hollick's Official Website]
 
*[http://www.michaelhollick.com/ Michael Hollick's Official Website]
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*[https://myspace.com/michaelhollick Michael Hollick's MySpace]
   
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[[Category:Voice Actors|Hollick, Michael]]
 
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Latest revision as of 04:33, September 4, 2014

MichaelHollick

Michael Hollick, Niko Bellic's voice actor.

Michael Hollick (born August 5, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former American actor, voice actor, singer and musician who has appeared in television shows such as Sex and the City and Law & Order.

He is best known for providing the voice of Niko Bellic, the main protagonist of the highly acclaimed Grand Theft Auto IV; his voice work in GTA IV won him the Best Male Voice Actor award at the 2009 Video Game Awards; he also starred in Homefront as part of the motion capture cast.

When Hollick saw the success of GTA IV, he tried to negotiate for more money, saying that he had no idea that the game would be so successful. However, he was denied. Hollick was paid about $100,000 for his voice acting and motion-capture work over the course of about 15 months from 2006 to 2007. Hollick was paid about $1,050 a day for his work on the game, about 50% more than the standard Screen Actors Guild-negotiated rate for actors, although he claimed it was still a fraction of the income he would get from a film or TV-show performance, and that he was upset about not getting residuals from game sales, putting the blame on the union for not securing such agreements.[1]

Due to this incident, Hollick did not return as Niko's voice actor in GTA IV's two expansion packs: The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony; instead, Rockstar Games used Hollick's pre-recorded acting from GTA IV for the DLC missions in which the character appeared.[2]

Living in Las Vegas, Hollick is married and in 2010 his first child, Maxwell Ming Hollick, was born. [3]

GTA worksEdit

TriviaEdit

MichaelHollick

Michael Hollick at the San Diego Comic Con in 2008.

ReferencesEdit

  1. A Video Game Star and His Less-Than-Stellar Pay, The New York Times
  2. Rockstar Says "Hell No," to Niko Actor in GTA: Lost and Damned, 1up.com.
  3. "Life as Uncle Scar in The Lion King — and Scar’s new baby". LasVegasSun.com

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