We all know Mario – whether you do or don’t play video games – he’s one of the most beloved and iconic characters.

Get ready to pull back the curtain and meet the voice behind the character: Charles Martinet!


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This video was originally published on ‘Great Big Story,’ a “video network (that’s) dedicated to the untold, overlooked & flat-out amazing.” In this case, they dove into the voice behind the iconic mustachioed man, Mario.

Charles Martinet is an actor and voice-actor and has been the voice of Mario since the early 90s. The audition began with Martinet being told to make up a voice for an Italian plumber from Brooklyn, and on the spot he spewed out this perfectly animated character voice.


Picture this guy saying “woo-hoo!” Not what you thought? … Me either!

Charles Martinet, voice of Mario for Nintendo
[Charles Martinet, Great Big Story]


Martinet says playing this character brings out the best in him, and allows him to follow his mantra in life: have more fun!

He later went on to create voices for Wario, Luigi and even Donkey Kong!

Take a look!


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