Christopher Linnell

Baritone, 200 celebrities, any accents or dialects

Voice Description

I have been using my voice to entertain since age 2, mimicing cartoon characters and the voices on television programs and commercials. As I child I began working as a magician, and as a puppeteer I created character voices for each puppet. I was doing standup comedy at age 9, doing impressions and fully-costumed impersonations of celebrities at age 12, entertaining professionally at age 13, and began working in radio at age 16. Now, at age 49, I offer 200+ celebrity voices, and am an expert at creating custom impersonations of celebrities and clients, in addition to being adept at most accents and dialects. I also speak fluent Spanish and a bit of Russian.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Baby
• Child
• Teenage Girl
• Teenage Boy
• Young Adult Female
• Young Adult Male
• Middle Age Female
• Middle Age Male
• Senior Female
• Senior Male

Language(s) of Which I Am a Native Speaker:

• English - Australian
• English - British
• English - USA and Canada

I Offer my Services for these Recording Purposes

• Commercials
• Promos
• IVR, voicemail, phone systems, and on-hold messages
• Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
• Audiobooks
• Videogames
• Documentaries
• TV shows and movies
• Movie and game trailers
• Podcasts
• Adult content
• Songs
• Others (on-camera, infomercials, live announcers, spokespersons)

Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)

• Jobs for SAG-AFTRA (US) signatories

My Union Affiliations and Memberships


My Recording and Delivery Capabilities

• I will go to any designated studio in my area
• I can record and then deliver the audio files via Email
• I can record and then upload the audio files via FTP
• I can record and then deliver the files by regular mail

Pre-, Post- and Production Services I Offer

• I offer copywriting services
• I offer radio ad production services
• I have a music library and can add music to any project
• I can add special effects to any project

My Home Base

San Francisco, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Marin, San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, California, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

You describe the accent or character, and I'll create the voice for you. I've literally been mimcing sounds and voices for 47 years.

My Voice Experience

See my full resume below.

My Training

See my full resume below.

My Studio Equipment

Unknown - Click here to ask Christopher Linnell

Additional Skills



A) DOB: 7/15/61

1) SAG: 00138680
2) AFTRA: 248295

1) FCC Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit
2) CA Commercial Driver's License CLASS B with Unlimited Passenger Endorsement


I want to communicate creative concepts through the written and spoken word. I am an enthusiastic, creative, gregarious, and efficient problem-solver who takes the lead as well as direction. Past employers and clients find that I am industrious, honest, direct, and engaging. Put me on your team, treat me fairly, show me the big picture, and I can do anything.


* St. John's Episcopal Prep. School; Tumon, Guam - Graduated: 6/77
Studied: speech, drama, journalism (newspaper editor), student government (student body president), Spanish...Headmaster's Award (salutatorian)

* Casa Grande High School; Petaluma, CA - Graduated: 6/80
Studied: speech, drama, journalism, student government (rally commissioner), choir, Spanish

* Sonoma State University; Rohnert Park, CA - Transferred: 9/81
Studied: history, political science, Spanish, geography

* Santa Rosa Junior College; Santa Rosa, CA - A.A. Degree: 1/84
Studied: history, political science, broadcast journalism, geography

* Sonoma State University; Rohnert Park, CA - currently 12 units short of a B.A. in History with a Political Science minor



I began entertaining professionally in 1974, and have been self-employed full-time since 1982 as a corporate comedian, improv comic, and celebrity impersonator, offering 100 fully costumed celebrity impersonations and 200 celebrity voices, including:

Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr,
& Clinton, Sen. Bob Dole, WC Fields, Jim Backus, Paul Harvey, The Church
Lady, John Huston, "Skipper" Alan Hale Jr, Gilbert Gottfried, Raymond Burr,
Groucho Marx, Kermit the Frog, John Houseman, Phil Silvers, Richard Burton,
Hans Conried, Robin Leach, Sheldon Leonard, Jackie Mason, Gary Owens,
William Powell, Mason Adams, Joan Rivers, Archie & Edith Bunker, Wolfman
Jack, Ed Wynn, Truman Capote, Ben Stein, Dr. Phil, and Stan Freeburg, Paul
Frees, & Jesse White (the full list is on my website).

I have performed throughout 14 of the United States; my client list is a Who's Who of SF Bay Area corporations. I have marketed my own business since 1974, served in Rotary and the local Chamber of Commerce, and have always done the writing, layout, and photography of my sales materials, as well as creating and maintaining a variety of web sites. I use a variety of accounting, desktop publishing, and database software programs. Please visit my very comprehensive professional web site for more information about my business:

B) BROADCAST MEDIA; locally, regionally, nationally and internationally; 1978-NOW


-KRCB 91.1FM - Rohnert Park - program host
-KXFX 101.7FM - Santa Rosa - contract commercial writer, producer, talent
-KMGG 97.7FM - Santa Rosa - staff annncr/commercial writer, producer, talent
-Q105 104.9FM - Rohnert Park - staff annncr/commercial writer, producer, talent
-KZST 100.1FM - Santa Rosa - contract commercial writer, producer, talent
-KPLS 1150AM - Santa Rosa - contract commercial writer, producer, talent
-KREO 92.9FM - Santa Rosa - staff annncr/commercial writer, producer, talent
-KSRO 1350AM - Santa Rosa - staff annncr/commercial writer, producer, talent
-KTOB 1490AM - Petaluma - staff annncr/commercial writer, producer, talent


-The Reality Show - MTV - interviewed as an expert on nude beach etiquette
-IT$ GOOD TO BE ___ - E! - interviewed RE performing at Cox/Arquette wedding
-NASH BRIDGES - national TV - #97 "Hard Cell" 4/7/00 - speaking role: "Ralph"
-Roy Rogers' Family Restaurants - national commercial - principal: "our man in SF"
-Aerial Communications - international commercial - principal: cell phone user
-Pontiac minivans - national commercial - principal: husband/father
-MCI Personal 800 Service - national commercial - principal: husband/father
-KRCB-TV22 - public broadcasting pledge drive host
-Contract commercial talent for cable: PostNewsweek, Storer, Viacom, and TCI
-KFTY TV50 Santa Rosa - local television - numerous remote broadcast host roles
-Studio KAFE Santa Rosa - local television - "On The Air" variety: misc characters
-VIACOM TV Santa Rosa - local television - numerous commercial roles
-KFTY TV50 Santa Rosa - local television - numerous commercial roles


-Bank of America - husband/father - (internal)
-Viacom Cablevision - cable TV salesman - Robert Tat Productions
-Del Monte - food salesman - Design Media
-Bank of America - entrepreneur - (internal)


-Pursuit of Happyness (2005): businessman;
-Valley of the Heart's Desire (2005): gun thug;
-Geisha (2005): vendor;
-Carrier (2004): Don Juan teacher "Phil"
-Twisted (2004): police detective;
-Hulk (2003): cop;
-The Rock (1996): cop;
-Angels in the Outfield (1994): entertainer;
-Mrs Doubtfire (1993): pet owner;
-Firestorm: 72 Hours in Oakland (1993): cop;
-Presidio (1988): cop;

C) PRINT MEDIA; Sonoma & Marin Counties, CA; 1988-NOW

I have been employed part-time and/or worked on assignment and/or volunteered as a reporter, photographer, feature writer, and/or columnist for the following publications: Petaluma Argus Courier, Sonoma Business Magazine, Petaluma Post, The Slant, We The People, The Gay Naturist, and Naked Magazine.

D) TOUR BUS DRIVER & GUIDE; SF Bay Area and Yosemite; 1991-NOW

I drive limousine and bus tours of: Yosemite, Muir Woods, San Francisco, The SF Presidio, The Napa & Sonoma Wine Country, SF Bay Area historical coastal defenses, Bay Area nude beaches, Petaluma, Bodega Bay, Russian River, Pt Reyes Earthquake Trail & Lighthouse, Monterey Bay, Carmel, and the 17-Mile-Drive, and what I call "The 3 Peaks Tour" of Mt Tam, Mt Diablo, and SF's Twin Peaks. I hold a Class B license which allows me to personally drive a 14-passenger limo bus (plus driver), although I have also worked as a "setp-on" guide on larger busses.


-bank supply and mail clerk
-school newspaper editor and columnist
-professional entertainer, puppeteer, clown, improv and stand-up comic
-radio engineer, news announcer, air personality, ad salesman, writer and producer
-actor/model in commercials and features in print, local and network TV and film
-restaurant busboy
-restaurant cashier
-CA Employment Development Dept youth employment recruiter
-shoe salesman
-retail automotive clerk
-retail sporting goods clerk
-retail men's clothing department manager
-political campaign consultant & writer
-hiking club founder, host, webmaster, e-zine editor, writer, and advice columnist
-medical research study recruiter
-car salesman
-tour bus driver & guide

And, of course, I have been self-employed for 3 decades, which means I've done all my own bookkeeping, sales, and marketing, including the concept, layout, copywriting, photography, typesetting, print buying, and copying of all of my own printed materials, as well as serving as my own webmaster for 7 separate websites and 60+ individual web pages.


-character voices & mimicry of accents & vocal patterns & characteristics
-fluent Spanish, some Russian; accents of N. America, Europe, Asia, Pacific
-15 years' experience as a clown, including balloon sculpting, juggling, and stilts
-old west/cowboy skills: riding, roping, firearms, stunts, old-west shoot-out act
-sports: tennis, golf, bowling, bicycling, swimming, snow & water skiing
-trick roller skater with 30 years of experience


I have written news and features for magazines, newspapers, and radio, and have 25 years of experience writing advertising copy. I have also written fiction, and I have an excellent eye for layout, design, and order. I am a dynamic, energetic, and charismatic performer, and a broadcast producer with an eye for detail. I am computer literate, an accomplished desktop publisher, my own webmaster, have created a variety of databases for use in my business, and have used digital audio editing software.

Generally speaking, I am a self-starter who has marketed his own business for the past 30 years and is well known in the North Bay business, broadcasting, and entertainment communities, as well as the Bay Area LGBTIQ community. Personally, you'll find me to be gregarious, enthusiastic, optimistic, friendly, honest, sincere, trustworthy, and dependable. Please let me show you.

Thank you for your consideration!
Christopher Linnell
Christopher & Co. Celebrity Impersonations at HireAStar

200 Celebrity Voices 100 Costumed Impersonations
Corporate Comedy, Promotions, Walkaround, Game Shows, and
Comedy Tours of the SF Bay Area, The Wine Country, Yosemite and Beyond

POB 2927 Petaluma CA

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