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Terence McGovern
Born 11 May 1942 (1942-05-11) (age 67)
Berkeley, California
Other name(s) Terry McGovern/ Terrence McGovern

Terence "Terry" McGovern (born May 11, 1942) is an American film actor, television broadcaster, radio personality, voice-over specialist, and acting instructor.


Personal life

He was born in Berkeley, California, the son of Roger McGovern, an actor and advertising copywriter. McGovern and his wife Molly have two sons, Brendan and Anthony, and they live in Marin, California. Although McGovern was born in Berkeley, California, he grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


McGovern was schooled at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh with a double major in journalism and English, and later studied acting with the dynamic Stella Adler and Milton Katselas. McGovern worked at KDKA radio and KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh from 1965 to 1969, leaving for KSFO in San Francisco during the summer of 1969. At age 30, McGovern traveled to Los Angeles, California, to further pursue his entry into acting. He started his career in films with the legendary George Lucas in Lucas’ inaugural film, THX 1138. Lucas and McGovern continued their work together in the 1970s classics American Graffiti and Star Wars. McGovern played the role of the young high school teacher Mr. Bill Wolfe in American Graffiti, and in Star Wars he provided voice-overs for various personalities of the Empire. In 1992, he appeared in Mrs. Doubtfire, in which he fired Robin Williams during the opening scene.

McGovern acted as Jim Coyle in the CBS series Charlie and Company and has helped to create hundreds of television and radio commercials. McGovern starred in Walt Disney’s animated series Ducktales and Darkwing Duck as the characters Launchpad McQuack and Babyface Beagle. On theatrical stages, McGovern has had roles ranging from musical comedies to Shakespeare.

Since 1999, McGovern has voiced "Dan Stevens", fictional play-by-play announcer, for the NFL 2K series of sports video games, alongside voice actor Jay Styne (as "Peter O' Keefe"). Both have provided their voices for all seven games in the series, the last being the unlicensed All-Pro Football 2K8. Critics have praised McGovern and Styne's commentary as a great alternative to sports video games featuring real commentary teams.[1]

Currently working with Voice One, McGovern is an instructor of commercial and character voice and scene and monologue acting, and he contributes to the College of Marin with his expertise. He also served as a teacher of script writing and the history of broadcast announcing for the University of San Francisco. His primary concern as a teacher is being the artistic director of The Marin Actors' Workshop, which he founded. McGovern has stated many times that out of his many, diverse jobs his favorite is teaching others the skills of acting.

Having shown up late for a recording session, McGovern offered the following excuse for his tardiness: "I had an accident. I ran over my pet wookie." He said this when in reality he was at an Army Reserve meeting and drove to the recording session with Bill Wookey. George Lucas liked the name and subsequently named an entire Star Wars race after McGovern’s best friend.

McGovern published a poetry booklet entitled Rod McCroon's Look at the Loud, which is a parody of Listen to the Warm by Rod McKuen. The poetry was presented to his KSFO audience.


Published video game works

Notable TV Guest Appearances

Broadcast History

  • KDKA Radio and Television, Pittsburgh, 1965-69
  • KSFO Radio, San Francisco, 1969-74
  • KPIX Television, San Francisco, 1975-77
  • KSAN Radio, San Francisco, 1974-79
  • KWST Radio, Los Angeles, 1980
  • KRLA Radio, Los Angeles, 1982-83
  • POWER 104 Radio, New York, 1983
  • K-101 Radio, San Francisco, 1988-92
  • KYA Radio, San Francisco, 1992-94
  • KTVU Television, San Francisco, 1992-94
  • KRON-TV, San Francisco, 1994-97
  • BAY-TV, San Francisco, 1994-97
  • BAY-TV, San Francisco, 1994–Present


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