The new voice of Prague public transport will be the actor and voiceover artist Jan Vondráček, who is known for dubbing in the series “The Simpson”.
Actor and dubber Vondráček also won the iDNES.cz reader’s poll, with 62 percent of people voting for him. The results of the survey were announced by Deputy Mayor for Transport Adam Scheinherr.
“The people of Prague have decided on the new voice of Prague’s buses and trams. It will be the dubber, broadcaster, and actor Jan Vondráček. I wish Mr. Vondráček good luck in his new job”, he tweeted.
A recording with his voice is available here.
Vondráček and The Simpsons or The Mentalist
The actor has had countless dubbing roles, but the most famous are probably two – the character of the pub owner Moe from the American TV series The Simpsons and the role of Patrick Jane in the TV series The Mentalist.
In the poll, which was launched in May and ended in June, ladies and gentlemen were represented by two votes each.
“They will probably seem familiar to you, you have heard them in dubbing or at theatre performances”, the Prague City Transport Company said, adding that it would reveal their identities after the poll was over so that the names would not influence voters’ decisions.
The first voice belonged to actress and dubber Jitka Moučková, who lent her voice to Penny in the legendary series The Big Bang Theory. About 20,000 people voted for her. The number three vote was also cast by actress, dubber and presenter Anna Císařovská, who received about seven thousand votes. The number four vote was dubber and presenter Jakub Stárek, who received nearly 50,000 votes.
Vondráček, to whom 124 316 people out of a total of 200,013 cast their votes, said in exaggeration that he felt like he had won the presidential election.
“I want to thank everyone who voted for me and for the opportunity I got, I will try to be a good voice for all”, he said.
The company will sign a contract with Vondracek next week and in August the actor will begin making his first recordings, both station names and operational announcements. The recordings will then appear on trams in the autumn.
By the end of this year, Vondráček will be coming up with names for the bus stops that will be in operation next year.
“In addition to the existing bus stops, of which there are approximately 10,000, the winner will also woo new bus stops or other necessary announcements,” DPP spokesperson explained.