Charles Martinet is an American actor and voice actor best known for voicing Mario in the Super Mario video game series. Martinet has voiced other related characters such as Baby Mario, Luigi, Baby Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, and Toadsworth.
He has been working for Nintendo since 1994, where he started voicing Mario at video game trade shows. His video game voice over debut was as Mario in the 1995 Windows release of Interplay’s game Mario’s FUNdamentals, however, most were first exposed to Mario’s voice in the 1996 game Super Mario 64. His voice work appears in the English and Japanese language versions of the games.
Martinet provided voiceover acting on the Super NES title Super Punch-Out!!, Nintendo GameCube role-playing video game Skies of Arcadia, and PlayStation 2, Xbox and Windows game Shadow of Destiny. He wanted to voice Link in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time but was told that Link would remain without a voice. Charles also worked on the video game Cel Damage, the education game series LeapFrog, and the video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
In addition to video game voice-overs, Charles has worked as a voice actor in commercials, cartoons, and promotions. At E3 in 2005, he could be found roaming the virtual village in Animal Crossing: Wild World as a character. Martinet also voiced Mario as the announcer for Pac-Man Vs. on the Nintendo Game Cube.