If you’re a gamer, odds are you’ve come across the voice work of Troy Baker. He’s done everything from starring roles to nameless sideline characters. Some of his more notable characters are Joel in Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic adventure game, The Last of Us, and Booker Dewitt in Irrational Games’ whacky first-person shooter BioShock Infinite. But let’s not forget Troy Baker’s awesome role as “Velociraptor Handler” in Lego Jurassic World.
It’s only recent that we’re recognizing video game celebrities as legit, and it’s about damn time. Troy Baker’s work has graced so many familiar titles; he’s even contributed his likeness to the lead role in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, co-starring with renowned badass Kevin Spacey.
So how much is this voicework professional worth?
Troy Baker’s Net Worth as of 2017: $6 Million
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Troy Baker’s current net worth is at $6 million. It’s a high number, for sure, but it’s interesting to compare it with, say, prominent film celebs, whose net worths can be more than five times this amount. Video games are a multi-billion dollar industry, and while we’re better appreciating these voice actors, who do at times contribute more than just their voices thanks to motion-capture tech, there’s a staggering difference between this industry and other entertainment mediums.
Still, Troy Baker is the man. Let’s look at some of his accomplishments.
The 1990s – Early 2000s
Troy Baker’s career as a voice actor actually started with anime. In his early work he contributed to Dragon Ball Z shorts, played Shunjun in Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files, among others, and in the early 2000s he voiced some of his more well-known characters like Damon in Detective Conan and Kato in Baki the Grappler and Grappler Baki kyokudai taikai. He also appeared in One Piece, Moon Phase, Gunslinger Girl and Fullmetal Alchemist.
Late 2000s – Present
It wasn’t until around 2007 when Troy Baker began consistently appearing in video games. He has worked in most genres, from Japanese role-playing games like Tales of Vesperia, to adventure games like the Batman: Arkham series. In fact, he has voiced a number of characters in the Batman universe across several video game and TV iterations. He was Batman once, the Joker another time, Robin, Two-Face, The Atom — you get the point.
But he’s mostly known for his aforementioned work with Naughty Dog. Aside from Joel, Troy Baker also played Samuel Drake in Uncharted 4, the studio’s fourth installment in its most successful series that serves as a flagship of the PlayStation brand. Sam is the older brother to Nathan Drake, the game’s protagonist — voiced by all-star Nolan North.
More recently, he’s Batman yet again in Telltale Games’ episodic series, and you can catch him in the (hopefully) near future once more as Joel in The Last of Us II, which is currently in development.