In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Life Line", a talking holographic iguana by the name of Leonard makes an appearance. According to an earlier answer, the iguana was physically played by a lizard named Willie. However, Memory Alpha does not list who voices the iguana in his single line,


Is there a source out there that says who provided the voice of Leonard?


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I can't see any production information about this, but I think there is strong circumstantial evidence that if Leonard has a voice actor, that voice actor may be Majel Barrett.

Leonard the iguana actually has two lines. "Jerks" as you say, at 27:20, and one earlier line "Just being thorough" at 16:20.

The voice is clearly manipulated in some way, and if you speed the track up by 25-30% it sounds much more natural, although delivered in a flat affect. (it does not appear to be the original delivery of the actor being parroted (Robert Picardo or Marina Sirtis), which was my first assumption.)

SAG rules prohibit production staff from acting as performers except for Writers, Directors and Producers in certain situations. (eg Section 67 of the 2014 SAG-AFTRA master agreement for TV productions. Obviously that agreement was not in place in 2000 when the episode was made, but similar rules would have been in place) There's no exemption for minor parts or because it was manipulated.

Based on these two facts, I think there is no reason to believe that the producers would have had anyone other than the performers that we know worked on the episode record these lines.

(To my ear, the sped up voice also sounds like Barrett, but without knowing how much it was slowed down by, and given how short the lines are, it's hard to credit that. The lines are also too short to definitively rule out Picardo or Sirtis, either. While they don't seem to quite match up with their audio in the episode, the sound editors would have had access to multiple different takes to start from.)

  • Single lines (and background lines) are often performed by the director or producers, since they're exempt from the SAG rules on voiceovers.
    – Valorum
    Sep 12, 2020 at 8:42
  • Yeah, I wondered about that, but I couldn’t see it in the agreement. I’ll defer to anyone with more expertise, though. I may be giving more credit than it deserves to the fact the “Jerks” at 25% is a dead ringer for the computer.
    – Ben Murphy
    Sep 12, 2020 at 8:44
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    I don't think you're wrong, but I still downvoted because it's just a guess. Find me evidence and I'll upvote (and reward with a bonus).
    – Valorum
    Sep 12, 2020 at 8:46
  • Fair. I did not intend this to be "the answer" to the question: I only got around to watching the last 2 seasons of voyager a couple of months ago and my assumption when I saw it was that it was actually the same dialog, just slowed down (and maybe pitch shifted further), I've had good luck recovering this kind of audio from other shows, so I was surprised that I couldn't get it to line up. All of which I thought was useful to the asker if a definitive answer can't be had. There are some issues trying to analyse the sound, because there is music over the "jerks" line.
    – Ben Murphy
    Sep 12, 2020 at 14:19

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