|Born||June 21, 1979 (age 44)|
|Super Mario–related role(s)||Voice actor for Mario in The Super Mario Bros. Movie|
- “I think that’s why they wanted me to voice the character of Mario. You can take the kid out of Lake Stevens, but you can’t take Lake Stevens out of the kid. That sensibility has really helped me when I’ve been playing these blue-collar heroes.”
- —Chris Pratt
Christopher Michael Pratt (born June 21, 1979 in Virginia, Minnesota) is an American actor prominently starring in both television and Hollywood films. His most well known roles include Peter Quill/Star-Lord in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Owen Grady in the Jurassic World trilogy, and Andy Dwyer in Parks and Recreation, and he has provided voice acting for Emmet Brickowski in The Lego Movie and its 2019 sequel (co-starring with Charlie Day), Barley Lightfoot in Pixar's 2020 film Onward, and Garfield in the 2024 film The Garfield Movie. 2014 is often cited as the turning point when Pratt became a leading actor in the American film industry.
Casting as Mario
In a Nintendo Direct on September 23, 2021, Pratt was revealed as the voice actor of Mario in The Super Mario Bros. Movie co-produced by Illumination. Mario's usual voice actor, Charles Martinet, was announced in the same Nintendo Direct to make cameo appearances in the film. After the announcement, Pratt stated that voicing Mario had been his childhood wish; in an Instagram video, he relates that he once stole a quarter from a wishing well in order to play a Super Mario arcade game at a nearby coin-operated laundromat, which he believes had an influence on his wish coming true.
During a phone interview, Pratt mentions his childhood upbringing, as well as his time as a family man, that brought him to the role of Mario, and notices the similarities between him and the character with the "blue-collar American experience".