Harry S. Robins

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|name=Harry S. Robins
|image=Harry S. Robins.jpg
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|birth=November 28, 1950http//www.redroom.com/author/hal-robins Red Room Writer Profile on Red Room
|birthplace=Lebanon, Indiana, USA
|occupation=*Actor
*Voice actor
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{{Quote|When voicing the good scientist, I tend to follow my instincts. I visualize a peevish, condescending specialist, whose over-precise diction is intended for the benefit of those whom the speaker believes to be unintelligent and in need of explicit instruction. This in itself suggests a comic character portrayal. The best 'mad scientist' voice and manner which I know of, and which undoubtedly I tend to emulate somewhat, would be Lionel Jeffries in the British film "The First Men in the Moon". A pastiche of his vocal mannerisms serves me well as my 'default' performance. I have always been assisted by useful supervision and direction, which eliminates the need for falling back on such tropes.|Harry S. Robins|Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar}}

'''Harry S. Robins''', also known as '''Hal Robins''', is a voice artist and screen writer. 

==Biography==

Robins is best known for his vocal work for the Half-Life and Portal universe|''Half-Life'' series. With Michael Shapiro, he is one of the few voice actors who has done voice acting for all of the ''Half-Life'' games. He is also a prominent member of the Church of the SubGenius, as Dr. Howland Owll. In that persona he voiced the narrator in ''Arise! The SubGenius Video'' and made brief appearances in ''Grass''. 

Robins also recorded the instructions for Valve's answering machine.

==Work for the ''Half-Life'' series==

===''Half-Life'' and its expansions===

*Black Mesa scientists (with Michael Shapiro)
*''"Forget About Freeman!"'' HECU officer (''Half-Life'' / ''Opposing Force'')
*Several HECU soldiers heard in radio transmissions (''Opposing Force'')
*HECU soldiers (when they actually chat together) (with Michael Shapiro) (''Half-Life'')
*Male Black Ops (with Michael Shapiro) (''Opposing Force'')
*Rosenberg (Blue Shift) (replaced by Jon St. John in the final game; the recorded dialogue can be still found in the game files)

===''Half-Life 2'' and its episodes===
*Isaac Kleiner

==Other works==
FileValve answering machine.ogg|link=|thumb|right|The menu played when calling Valve.

===Film and television===
Robins co-wrote the film ''WikipediaKamillions|Kamillions'' with director Mike B. Anderson, in addition to playing Nathan, the Wingate family patriarch and benevolent mad scientist.

He appeared on a television show, ''WikipediaThe Conspiracy Zone|The Conspiracy Zone,'' for two seasons in 2002, on now the defunct channel TNN, in which he was the announcer and made several on-camera appearances.

===Literature and comic books===
Robins has been a comic book artist and cartoonist, appearing in R. Crumb's ''WikipediaWeirdo (magazine)|Weirdo'' magazine and various comic books, including ''Legal Action Comics II'' and ''Alien Apocalypse 2006''. Many of his horror comics were anthologized in ''Grave Yarns''. He also wrote and illustrated ''The Meaning of Lost and Mismatched Socks'' published by Frog, Ltd., which also published his ''Dinosaur Alphabet.'' His work also appears in popular trading card sets, including ''Dinosaurs Attack'' by Topps, and ''Tune In For Terror'' from Monsterwax Trading Cards.

===The Church of the SubGenius===
As Dr. Howland Owll, Robins contributed to ''The Book of the SubGenius'' and ''Revelation X the "Bob" Apocryphon.'' His short story "The Smoker from the Shadows", which was nominated for an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, appears in the anthology ''Three-Fisted Tales of "Bob".'' He also contributed to the SubGenius comic book, ''"Bob's" Favorite Comics'' (a rarity, of which most copies were burned in a warehouse fire). In addition, Robins' work appears in the 2006 SubGenius book, ''The Bobliographon''.

==External links==
*http//www.askdrhal.com/ Official website
*http//www.subgenius.com/ Church of the SubGenius
*http//www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=167120484239&ref=mf Elect Harry S. Robins for Congress 2010
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*{{YouTube|url=6B-ZiQGPDdw|text=Half-Life 2 - Kleiner, Alyx Interview}}

==References==
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CategoryResistance voice actors
CategoryScientist voice actors
CategoryHECU voice actors
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