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James Moses Black

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James Moses Black
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Biographical information

September 16, 1962[1]

Place of birth

Portsmouth, Virginia, USA[1]

  • Actor
  • Voice actor

James Moses Black is an American actor who provided the voice of Eli Vance in Half-Life: Alyx, inheriting the role from the late Robert Guillaume.


Black is the son of a designer mother and a military father. His acting career began in 2003 with a minor role in an episode of the police procedural television series The District. Over the next decade, Black mostly continued in minor, one-off roles in television and film until he landed a recurring role as Nigel the Choir Director in Greenleaf (a series headlined by Merle Dandridge) in 2016. In recent years, Black has also appeared in a recurring capacity as Pastor Lewis in Nashville and Donald Simms in 24: Legacy. Black's first video game roles came in 2011 when he lent his voice to Vernon McNeal in L.A. Noire and background characters in Infamous 2.[1]

On November 21, 2019, it was announced that Black would be succeeding the late Robert Guillaume as the voice of Eli Vance in Half-Life: Alyx. He was one of the first two cast members new to the series to be revealed, the other being Ozioma Akagha as Alyx Vance. Greg Coomer commented: "The new voice of Eli, James Moses Black, has big shoes to fill, but we're all excited about his performance and we can't wait for players to hear it."[2]

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