David Bryan Hayter was born in California on February 6, 1969, though his parents were Canadian. Hayter, now a screen writer, first started his career as an actor in the early 1990's. He became interested in voice acting after making an appearance on an episode of the sitcom Major Dad. He then voiced Captain America in the 1994 Spider-Man animated series. As a screenwriter, David Hayter has been credited for the screen play for the 2000 movie version of X-Men and co-wrote its sequel X2: X-Men United, with Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. He also co-wrote the screen play for The Mummy spin off, The Scorpion King, in 2002. David Hayter has also written the movie adaption for a limited 12 issue comic book series from the late 1980's by Alan Moore, called Watchmen. David Hayter is currently in talks with Warner Bros. studios to write and make his directorial debut for the film adaption of the Capcom video game Lost Planet: Extreme Condition.
David Hayter's big break came in 1998 with the release of the highly successful PlayStation video game, Metal Gear Solid, voicing the main protagonist of the game, Solid Snake. Hayter has since reprised his role as a Solid Snake in the Nintendo Gamecube remake of Metal Gear Solid, titled Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, and subsequent Metal Gear sequels, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty, and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. He has also voiced Naked Snake, a character closely related to Solid Snake, in the prequels Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops.
On the 102nd Kojima Productions Report podcast, it was announced that David was picked over Richard Doyle to once again voice Naked Snake/Big Boss, in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. As the host, Sean Eyestone explains, Peace Walker, set in 1974, is a lot closer to Hayter's depictions of the character ( MGS3 - 1964, Portable Ops - 1970 ) than to Doyle's performance as Big Boss in MGS4, set in 2014. For Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain and its earlier sister game, Ground Zeroes, Hayter was replaced by Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland to take on the role of Big Boss. Hideo Kojima stated that this was because they wished to take advantage of the growing use of facial capture, and would instead prefer a more experienced live-action actor to portray the character's facial movements.
David Hayter has also lent his voice to other video games, voicing several characters in the 2002 Silicon Knights video game Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem and again as Solid Snake in the popular Nintendo Wii title Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
A common misconception is that Hayter was the announcer in many TV commercials for EA Sports games, most notably the "EA Sports, it's in the game!" tagline used in their games. In fact that voice has been recorded by Canadian actor Andrew Anthony for well over a decade.
Metal Gear Solid roles (Series chronological order)
David Hayter is the co-founder of the Dark Hero Studios company, a production firm aimed at creating games, movies, television shows and other media content.