Ted Williams, a homeless man in Ohio, may very well be famous yet. In the above clip from the Columbus Dispatch, Williams is shown panhandling on the side of the road. “I have a God given gift of voice,” read his sign. “I’m an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times. Please!” He’s not joking about the voice.
Williams explains that at the age of 14, in his native Brooklyn, he took a field trip to meet a local radio announcer. “He looked nothing like what he sounded like,” says Williams, who remembers the term “theater of mind,” which the man used to describe his talent. Williams said he worked and went to school to train his voice, knowing full well he could never be an actor. Unfortunately, “alcohol, drugs and a few other things” derailed him.
Now he’s hoping for voice-over work and it’s up to the internet the spread his sample. It sounds like a sweet enough story until you actually hear the man do his thing — then it’s amazing. Seriously, give him a chance!
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 4, 2011