Elwood Edwards

Voice Actor, Film actor

1949 –


Who is Elwood Edwards?

Elwood Edwards is an American voice over actor. He is best known as the voice of the Internet service provider America Online, which he first recorded in 1989. His greetings include "Welcome," "You've got mail," "You've got pictures," "File's done," and "Goodbye." In 1989, Edwards's wife overheard online service Q-Link CEO Steve Case describe how he wanted to add a voice to its user interface. In October, Edwards's voice premiered on AOL's new program.

His voice has also appeared in an episode of The Simpsons, and in advertising for the movie You've Got Mail.

AOL converted him into an AOL-BOT to be used in chat-rooms.

He started in radio while in high school. After high school he continued into television, working as a live booth announcer. Despite some on-air work, doing a car commercial, reporting news or sports and even a short stint as a weatherman, Edwards focused mainly on off-camera work.

In July 1998, he turned down an offer from a Houston TV station to move to Orrville, Ohio. Semi-retired, he used to sell personalized .wav files through his website.

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Nov 6, 1949
  • United States of America

on July 23, 2013


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