I was watching “The Andromeda Strain” tonight, and there was a character in it by the name of General Sparks, played by an actor named Peter Hobbs. The entire time I was thinking “I swear to God I recognize this guy’s voice from somewhere” and after about 20 minutes, I thought I finally placed it: General Dodonna from Star Wars.
But Peter Hobbs was clean shaven, didn’t very much look like General Dodonna, and as it turns out, isn’t the guy who played Dodonna. That guy’s name was Alex McCrindle. So I thought “well, that’s weird, but maybe old officious dudes in the 70’s talked like that frequently, I don’t know. In the 30’s everyone sounded like Cary Grant, maybe it’s one of those types of things.”
But then I looked up a video of Alex McCrindle in a role that WASN’T General Dodonna (he ended up having a role in Richard Marquand’s Eye of the Needle, in fact) and Alex McCrindle sounds NOTHING like General Dodonna. And even if he wanted to pitch his voice down and make it crunchier or more officious, he very likely still wouldn’t sound like General Dodonna. So I started wondering if Peter Hobbs overdubbed Alex McCrindle, and started googling around. There’s no official recognition that I can see, no crediting on imdb, and I couldn’t find anything at the usual wiki places, but when I googled the phrase “Peter Hobbs Voice-Over Star Wars” I found this post from four years ago at filmboards.com
“My Dad was Peter Hobbs. Years ago I remember him pointing up to a Star Wars marquee, “I’ve only got one line in that, but it’s a doozy. ‘May the force be with you.’” Not sure if that’s what actually happened, but he definitely did some vo on SW. He died a couple of years ago so I can’t ask him for more details. You guys have incredible ears!”
That’d be a really random thing for someone to just make up, of all the things to make up… so I’m pretty sure Peter Hobbs was the voice of General Dodonna.