Carl Johnson (CJ)
Once living in Liberty City, Carl returns to his hometown in Los Santos
after the death of his mother, Beverly. There, Carl is welcomed by Frank
Tenpenny and Eddie Pulaski - a couple of corrupt cops. The officers
escort Carl to an area controlled by Front Yard Ballas. The pair throw
CJ from a moving police car and promise that they'll be in touch.
Shortly after his mothers funeral, Carl discovers that the rest of his
family (and former gang, the Grove Street Families) are experiencing
difficulty with some rivals. Carl finds himself dragged back into the
street life he apparently once tried to leave behind. Carl manages to
get out of the gang hood by the skin on his teeth, but only to find that
he is being framed for 187 - LA Police dispatch for homicide. Realising
that things aren't going be as swift as he first anticipated, Carl
travels across the entire state of San Andreas to take control of the
streets and save his family.
Carl Johnson is voiced by Chris "Young Maylay" Bellard, a young rapper hoping to capitalize on the success of GTA San Andreas.
Sean "Sweet" Johnson
Sweet is CJ's older brother, and believes that Carl
is to blame for the death of their younger brother Brian. Sweet, a
powerful and uncontrollable figure, heads up the Grove Street
Families--a gang with a never-ending list of problems. Sweet dislikes
the fact that his sister Kendl is dating Cesar Vialpando because of his
status in the Varios Los Aztecas. Sweet won't respect Carl until he has
"paid his debts", and made up for the time that he was gone. Extremely
loyal towards his gang, and the hood.
Sweet is voiced by Faizon Love, who has starred in various productions from 1992 to present. Love was born in Santiago de Cuba, in 1968.
Melvin "Big Smoke" Harris
Long-time family friend and member of the Grove
Street Families. Big Smoke is extrmely overweight and obsessed with
money. Currently aiming to setup a new drug business with Ryder San
Fierro's Loco Syndicate. Sweet refuses to take part, saying that it
would damage the hood. Kendl believes that the new business is without a
doubt what funded his new home in Idlewood. Disloyal - independant -
always in it for himself.
Big Smoke is voiced by Clifton Powell, winner of several NAACP awards. Powell has been acting since 1981, starring in such films as "Menace II Society" (1993).
Lance "Ryder" Wilson
Ryder, a 'loose cannon', is very passionate about
the Grove Street Families and one of CJ's oldest friends. Short,
scrawny, but violent. In the mission "Ryder", Ryder is unhappy after
discovering that the owner of 'Well Stacked Pizza' has dis-respected
Grove Street by clearing the gang graffiti tag from his walls. Ryder
picks at CJ's driving, and hasn't forgiven him for the 5 years he spent
in Liberty City.Ryder is trying to setup a 'yay' business with T-Bone
Mendez, Mike Toreno and Jizzy B (all members of the Loco Syndicate).
Disloyal and greedy.
Ryder is voiced by MC Eiht, lead rapper of the group "Compton's Most Wanted". He starred in the film "Menace II Society" in 1993.
Officer Frank Tenpenny
A corrupt cop. Seen as being a respectable officer, Officer Eddie Pulaski
when he is infact a maniacal bully who has been troubling CJ since
before his leave for Liberty City. Tenpenny heads up LSPD's anti-gang
unit known as C.R.A.S.H. Despite his dislike towards CJ, he'll always
find an excuse to keep him alive. Often accompanied by Officer Pulaski.
Tenpenny and Pulaski have built their own criminal empire, taking out
anybody who gets in their way. Believed to be involved in racketeering,
corruption, narcotics and sexual assault. The pair silenced Officer
Ralph Pendelbury after he threatened to turn state's evidence. The death
was said to have occured in an "unrelated gang incident". Independant,
powerful and ruthless.
Officer Tenpenny is voiced by Samuel L. Jackson,
who was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Jules Winnfield in the
movie "Pulp Fiction" (1994). Jackson is famous for playing violent,
Tenpenny's right hand man. Pulaski (also a member of the corrupt
C.R.A.S.H) has wanted to kill CJ for years, but Tenpenny always finds an
excuse to keep him alive. Powerful and ruthless when accompanied by his
superior, but we soon discover that he is infact a coward. Tenpenny and
Pulaski have built their own criminal empire, taking out anybody who
gets in their way. The pair silenced Officer Ralph Pendelbury after he
threatened to turn state's evidence. The death was said to have occured
in an "unrelated gang incident". Believed to be involved in
racketeering, corruption, narcotics and sexual assault.
Officer Pulaski is voiced by Chris Penn,
who started acting at age of 12 at the Loft Studio in Los Angeles. Born
in 1962, Penn has a black belt in karate and has starred in more than
50 different movies.
Officer Jimmy Hernandez
The third and newest member of LSPD's corrupt Wu Zi Mu
C.R.A.S.H. unit. Although Hernandez is not as malicious as Tenpenny and
Pulaski, he's willing to follow them for a cut. He describes himself as
being a 'good cop'. Hernandez doesn't agree with Tenpenny and Pulaski's
methods, and later tries to expose them. Tenpenny soon discovers, and
Hernandez pays the price.
Officer Hernandez is voiced by Armando Riesco, who also voice-acted in GTA Vice City and Midnight Club II. Riesco also did some pedestrian voices in GTA San Andreas.
Cool, calm and collected. Reffered to as simply "Woozie" by his friends,
this oriental gentlement heads up the Mountain Cloud Boys - a Triad
gang. Woozie is blind, although he has trained his senses to a point
where you wouldn't notice his handicap. He takes pride in his abilities
as an expert race-car driver and golf pro. Woozie must protect his
superior, Ran Fa Li, and eliminate his viatnamese rivals (The Da Nang
Boys) to secure his place in the Red Gecko Tong. Woozie now operates the
Four Dragons Casino in Las Venturas, but the Sindacco Family are
looking to sabotage it's opening. Blessed with 'unbelievable good
Woozie is voiced by James Yaegashi, who began his acting career in 1999 starring as "Cole" in the movie "Spin the Bottle".
Ran Fa Li
Also known as Mr Farlie. Ran Fa Li leads the Red
Gecko Tong, one of the most superior Triad gangs. A viatnamese gang (The
Da Nang Boys) are preparing a full move to the United States and have
launched multiple attacks on Farlie's men. The Blood Feather Triad have
been completely wiped out, and now they are planning to hit Farlie. Wu
Zi Mu must impress Mr Farlie to secure his place in the Red Gecko Tong.
Although he doesn't say much (infact, he doesn't say anything at all - just the ocassional grunt) Ran Fa Li is voiced by Hunter Platin. Platin also voice-acted in Manhunt, Midnight Club II, GTA Vice City and Grand Theft Auto 3.
Su Xi Mu
Often referred to as simply Suzie. Su Xi Mu assists
Woozie and Ran Fa Li, and represents the Triads in general. His main
place of work is at the Triad-operated betting store in Chinatown, San
Fierro. Believed to have connections with RC freak Zero. The Triads are
currently having problems with a viatnamese gang called "The Da Nang
Boys", who are preparing a full move to the United States.
Su Xi Mu is voiced by Richard Chang, who played the prosecuter in the movie "Return to Paradise" (1998) and "Gafar" in the 2004 movie "Kejar Amerika".
Barry "Big Bear" Thorne
Often referred to as "Big Bear", Barry is one of the
elder members of the Grove Street Families. Big Bear is very loyal to
the hood. Often seen alongside OG B-Dup, who managed to drug him up.
Because of this, B Dup is controlling Bear's life and having him do his
chores. Bear is currently in a terrible state because of his drug
Big Bear is voiced by Big Boy, who hosts a radio show on Los Angeles' Power 105.9 FM station. He moved to Los Angeles at the age of 2.
Carl's sister, Kendl, argues a lot with her brother
Sweet. Kendl is unhappy because Carl wasn't around to help the family.
She dates Cesar, childhood friend of CJ and veteran member of the Varios
Los Aztecas gang in Los Santos. Kendl is said to be 'the brains' in the
Johnson family. She has taken Beverly's role in the Johnson House since
Kendl is voiced by Yolanda Whittacker, nicknamed "Yo-Yo". She is well known as a hip-hop MC under the name Yo-Yo who was discovered by actor/MC/producer Ice Cube.
Tattooed from top to bottom--a childhood friend of
CJ in the city of Los Santos. Cesar is dating Kendl, CJ's sister. Cesar
is obsessed with stolen cars, and heads up the Varios Los Aztecas, a
gang that is currently diminishing. A man of honour and integrity, which
eventually leads Cesar and Carl to become close friends. He's always
watching CJ's back, and vice versa. Cesar is Catalina's cousin.
Cesar is voiced by Clifton Collins. Collins began his acting career in 1991, and starred in the movie "Menace II Society" in 1993.
Fiery. Cesar Vialpando's cousin--the most
frightening female character in the GTA3 series. Catalina lives in an
isolated hut in Fern Ridge, Red County - complete with freshly digged
graves in the back yard. Obsessed with robbery. Catalina is in love with
Carl, despite her poor attitude towards him. She begins dating Claude
Speed, the 'snake without a tongue' (commonly known as GTA3 Guy). The
pair are preparing a move to Liberty City. Powerful, sick minded,
constantly seeking attention.
Catalina is voiced by Cynthia Farrel, who also played Catalina in Grand Theft Auto 3 (2001).
The "snake without a tongue." We can finally put a
name on GTA3's main character. Claude is currently dating Catalina, the
crazy bitch (as Carl likes to describe her) living in Fern Ridge, Red
County. Claude is a talented street racer. Carl defeats him in a
countryside race, and is rewarded with deeds to a garage in San Fierro,
which to his surprise, is run down and of no use to anybody. Claude is
preparing a move to Liberty City with Catalina.
Just like in Grand Theft Auto III (2001), Claude doesn't say a single word and therefore has no voice-actor.
Mark "B-Dup" Wayne
OG B-Dup recently (and suspiciously) moved out of
his Ganton home and into Glen Park - Balla territory. Rumours suggest
that he has drifted apart from gang banging and into "other activies."
Allegations of false imprisonment and kidnapping of friends persist.
Often seen alongside Barry "Big Bear" Thorne, whom he has drugged up.
B-Dup is voiced by Jayceon Taylor,
who is nicknamed "The Game". The Game was born into a life of
gang-banging and hustling - his father being a Nutty Block Crip and his
mother a Hoover Crippelette. He recalls seeing his parents preparing to
Jeffery "OG Loc" Martin
Wannabe' gangsta rapper Jeffery Martin. No criminal
record, besides a few unpaid parking fines, but certainly no threat to
the community. Stay clear of his music. Speaking of his music, he only
ever came out with one album, "Straight from Tha Streetz", which he
recorded shortly after returning from jail. Whilst some say he was the
worst rapper in history, others say it's a whole new style of hip-hop.
The only person stopping him from becoming a star is Maddog (or so he
OG Loc is voiced by Jonathan Anderson, who starred in the movie "The Source" in 2002.