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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Alfred Pennyworth with sound clips and images.
Alfred Pennyworth is a prominent supporting protagonist in the Batman franchise in which he made his comic book debut in Batman #16 in April-May of 1943. Alfred is the faithful Butler (and for a time legal guardian) of Bruce Wayne AKA Batman whom was the faithful servant of Bruce's late parents Thomas and Martha Wayne. Alfred is one of Bruce/Batman's closest allies whom tends to his and others wounds and Alfred is normally making generally good-natured snarky comments towards Batman he is also there for moral support. Like many other comic book characters Alfred's backstory can differ considering continuities but before he became the Wayne's family butler he was an agent of England's Secret Intelligence Service and has occasionally used his old tricks from the SIS to aid Batman before.    

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Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder (1968)
Alfred PennyworthOlan Soule
Olan Soule
Challenge of the Super Friends (1978)
Alfred Pennyworth (Bizarro)Bill Callaway
Bill Callaway
Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985)
Alfred PennyworthAndre Stojka
Andre Stojka
Batman: The Animated Series (1992)
Alfred PennyworthClive Revill
Clive Revill
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
Alfred PennyworthEfrem Zimbalist Jr
Efrem Zimbalist Jr
The Batman (2004)
Alfred PennyworthAlastair Duncan
Alastair Duncan
Batman Begins (2005)
Alfred PennyworthMichael Caine
Michael Caine
Batman: Gotham Knight (2008)
Alfred PennyworthDavid McCallum
David McCallum
Batman Black and White (2008)
Alfred PennyworthMichael Dobson
Michael Dobson
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009)
Alfred PennyworthAlan Oppenheimer
Alan Oppenheimer
Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)
Alfred PennyworthJim Piddock
Jim Piddock
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008)
Alfred PennyworthJames Garrett
James Garrett
Young Justice (2010)
Alfred PennyworthJeff Bennett
Jeff Bennett
Batman: Arkham City (2011)
Alfred PennyworthMartin Jarvis
Martin Jarvis
Justice League: Doom (2012)
Alfred PennyworthRobin Atkin Downes
Robin Atkin Downes
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 (2012)
Alfred PennyworthMichael Jackson II
Michael Jackson II
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (2012)
Alfred PennyworthSteve Blum
Steve Blum
Beware the Batman (2013)
Alfred PennyworthJB Blanc
JB Blanc

EDITOR'S OPINION

Today on the Batman VC section we take a look at Batman's faithful butler... ALFRED PENNYWORTH! Since this is a HUGE VC I must say that most of these guys did really well. I particularly liked those such as Efrem Zimbalist Jr, Michael Dobson, Alan Oppenheimer and James Garrett but a lot of the others did well too. So in other words this one is definitely a tough one if I do say so myself.


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Fairfieldfencer
said at 5:26 AM on Thu Aug 7 2014
I want Joseph Marcell to play him. IT NEEDS TO HAPPEN!
Slick
said at 3:53 PM on Wed Jul 23 2014
When Young Justice is brought back, Jeff Bennett can improve his voice to sound exactly like Efrem Zimbalist Jr's.
facundo guerra 4
said at 3:33 PM on Sun Jun 8 2014
Ron Perlman as Alfred?
Lpfan120
said at 9:38 AM on Tue Jun 10 2014
Odd choice, but if he can pull off the accent, then yeah, I could see it working.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 11:58 AM on Sat May 3 2014
1. Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (RIP)
2. Martin Jarvis
3. David McCallum
4. JB Blanc
5. James Garrett
6. Jim Piddock
7. Robin Atkin Downes
8. Jeff Bennett
9. Alastair Duncan

Don't feel strongly either way about the others.
llawliet159
said at 11:44 AM on Sat May 3 2014
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R.I.P. Efrem Zimbalist Jr. He was the definitive Alfred Pennyworth to me. Martin Jarvis is now his successor.
Ross123
said at 5:26 AM on Sat May 3 2014
Everyone here (excluding Olan, Bill & Andre) does a good job at voicing Alfred. I was actually planning on voting on this compare at a later date but since Efrem died yesterday, RIP 2 him, it feels only right to vote on it 2day.

My favourite has to be Martin with Efrem a close 2nd.

Michael voices Alfred just as good as he portrays him in the Nolan films.

JB does a different take on Alfred from the rest but it works well.

Like I said earlier, everyone else did a good job.
llawliet159
said at 8:45 PM on Wed Apr 30 2014
 1 Shout Out! [?]
After looking at Martin Jarvis' take on Alfred in Arkham Origins, he's the true successor to Efrem's take :)
Troodon2
said at 10:49 PM on Fri Apr 18 2014
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
Tim Curry anyone?
SmartyBoyboy
said at 8:34 PM on Sat Apr 26 2014
@Troodon2 You're not the only one wishing for that.
THETOUCH2012
said at 4:34 AM on Sat Mar 29 2014
who voiced him in Arkham Origins
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 8:10 AM on Sat Mar 29 2014
@THETOUCH2012 Martin
Tupka
said at 10:00 AM on Wed Mar 26 2014
I liked Efrem, Martin Jarvis, James Garrett and Jim Piddock. Jeff sounds too much like his regular British guy. Steve Blum tried to emulate Michael Gough a bit too much.

Giving it to Jim Piddock, because he had some very nice lines.
Lpfan120
said at 9:44 PM on Fri Mar 21 2014
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After Arkham Origins, I think we've found Efrem's successor
coolgeek176
said at 3:08 PM on Sun Feb 2 2014
I'm changing my vote to Martin Jarvis.
Tyler Reznik
said at 7:22 AM on Wed Jan 29 2014
It's hard to unhear Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Alfred, but I'd like to hear Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont on "Game of Thrones") have a turn as Alfred.
Archerboy58
said at 4:07 PM on Tue Dec 24 2013
i like Efrem Zimbalist Jr. the best. Olan Soule, Andre Stojka, Clive Revil, Alastar Duncan, Micheal Caine, David Mcallum, Alan Oppenheimer, Jim Piddock, James Garrett, Robin Atkin Downes, Micheal Jackson II, and Steve Blum were all great as well
Archerboy58
said at 10:08 AM on Thu Dec 5 2013
Why hasn't Efrem Zibmbalist JR. played him in any DCUO movies
rosebr10
said at 10:12 AM on Thu Dec 5 2013
@Archerboy58
Retired from what I've heard. That said, this raises questions as to who played him (as well as Bane) for The Hub's Batman: The Animated Series Rises trailer promo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btMtwz4P0fc
Archerboy58
said at 2:19 PM on Thu Dec 5 2013
@rosebr10 could be Tom Kane as Bane. don't know about Alfred
Tyler Reznik
said at 7:11 PM on Sat Mar 1 2014
@Archerboy58 Most likely because Zimbalist is currently 95 years old. He's probably retired.
Archerboy58
said at 7:16 PM on Sat Mar 1 2014
@Tyler Reznik hopefully he might voice the charecter again soon
Anicomicgeek
said at 11:17 PM on Sun Oct 27 2013
JB Blanc is pretty good as his version of Alfred, though I'm sticking with Zimbalist.
chaosincarnate
said at 9:09 PM on Sun Oct 20 2013
JB Blanc works great as a very different interpretation of Alfred, I did his performance quite a lot.

Efrem Zimbalist JR. sounds the most fatherly and wise out of all the VA's here, so naturally I'm going with him.
coolgeek176
said at 12:49 PM on Wed Oct 16 2013
JB Blanc did good. I'm sticking with Efrem Zimbalist Jr
pete
said at 12:23 PM on Wed Oct 16 2013
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JB's design bugs me. He needs a goatee at least.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 8:28 PM on Sun Oct 20 2013
@pete LOL What.
pete
said at 1:21 PM on Tue Oct 22 2013
@pete He looks like Lex Luthor to me. I forgot he's early 60's in the show and probably got rid of his facial hair by then. Plus it probably doesn't suit his version.
Comicfan117
said at 5:04 AM on Thu Oct 24 2013
@pete Yeah he does look like Luthor
pete
said at 6:09 PM on Sun Jan 19 2014
@TheVengeanceKnight Replied to myself on accident before. Whoops.
VctrBnsn
said at 8:43 AM on Wed Oct 16 2013
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JB is really good for his version. Reminds me a bit of Sean Connery.
D.A.V.E.
said at 9:09 AM on Wed Oct 16 2013
@VctrBnsn He was actually based from Michael Caine's role in "Get Carter".
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 9:09 AM on Wed Oct 16 2013
Isn't that just his regular speaking voice?
Anicomicgeek
said at 9:48 AM on Wed Oct 16 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight

Pretty much, yeah, that is his normal voice.
pete
said at 12:22 PM on Wed Oct 16 2013
@VctrBnsn That's the idea. A James Bondish sort of approach since it focuses on his British spy days.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 8:56 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
 4 Shout Outs! [?]
1. Efrem Zimbalist Jr - He nailed Alfred. He sounds age appropriate and gets both the dry humor and fatherly affection down perfectly.
2. Alan Oppenheimer - A close second after Efrem. He sounds exactly how I'd imagine Alfred to sound: a bit like Michael Gough from the movies, actually.
3. Michael Caine - He's better at live action, but you still gotta love his voice and how he conveys Alfred's character without sounding stereotypical.
4. Martin Jarvis - That radio effect is a hindrance in that clip, 'cause otherwise how sounds very fitting.
5. Michael Dobson - The best voice for a younger Alfred.
6. Alaister Duncan - Second best voice for young Alfred.
7. Robin Atkin Downes - Seems to be imitating Michael Caine, and does pretty well at it.
8. David McCallum - He nails the humorous butler aspect of the character.
9. Clive Revill - He worked well, but he sounds a bit more like Duckworth than Alfred.
10. Michael Jackson - Name aside, he's decent. Sounds a bit like Tom Kane. My problem is that it's not as old sounding as the design suggests he is.
11. James Garrett - It's a unique take, but I can't get Avatar Roku out of my head when I hear it.
12. Steve Blum - Seeing Steve's name made me think this was a miscast, but he does surprisingly well with what he's given.
13. Jim Piddock - Okay, but something about him sounds off.
14. Jeff Bennett - Again, it's decent but it doesn't sound quite right for Alfred.
15. Andre Stojka - Sounds way too young.
16. Olan Soule - Sounds like a stuffy doofus.
17. Bill Callaway - Heeey, that's not Alfred! That's Bizarro!
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 9:59 PM on Wed Oct 16 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus JD Blanc is similar to Robin Atkin Downes in having a take similar to Micheal Caine.
Comicfan117
said at 12:25 PM on Thu Dec 5 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus Well you do get to hear Martin's Alfred in person in Origins
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 2:30 PM on Fri Dec 6 2013
@Comicfan117 About time!
Comicfan117
said at 3:07 PM on Fri Dec 6 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus You see him in person in the game
HyperVoiceActing
said at 5:00 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
Aw, JB Blanc's voice isn't here.

That being said, I also enjoyed Martin Jarvis and Alastair Duncan
Soldierkei
said at 5:36 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
Efrem Zimbalist Jr's my favorite. Alastair Duncan, Jim Piddock and Alan Oppenheimer following close.
CLG
said at 7:49 AM on Sun Sep 22 2013
I give this one to James Garrett, with David McCallum at a close second.
Starscreamsfan
said at 8:27 PM on Sun Jun 23 2013
Andre Stojka is a pretty cool Alfred.
Fairfieldfencer
said at 10:21 AM on Wed May 29 2013
Alistair Duncan had to be the best.
Lpfan120
said at 10:00 AM on Sat Apr 13 2013
 6 Shout Outs! [?]
Listening to Mr. Blum's Alfred makes me think that he could do a pretty good Tony Jay impression
Comicfan117
said at 7:42 AM on Thu Sep 26 2013
@Lpfan120 It's a shame we will never hear Tony Jay play as Alfred
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 10:58 AM on Thu Oct 10 2013
@Lpfan120 He DOES sound like Tony Jay! OMG!
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 11:13 PM on Sat Mar 2 2013
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. He didn't go overboard with the accent, he sounds smart, humorous, and is great as an anchor of sanity for Bruce without being too posh and even. Several of them here do just about as good as him, but because he was the first to really do Alfred justice, great justice I might add, I feel it appropriate to vote for him.

Thank you for all the years of servitude, you've more than earned your retirement!
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 11:16 PM on Sat Mar 2 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy I apologize for the end of that first sentence, I have a bad habit of not proofreading.
VctrBnsn
said at 12:15 PM on Tue Feb 26 2013
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Olan Soule - It worked well enough.
Bill Calloway - Not sure why he's here.
Andre Stojka - Pretty good, actually.
Clive Reville - Yes, he was awesome.
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. - Awesome as well.
Alastair Duncan - love the personality in his performance.
Michael Caine - Like his movie performance, good.
David McCallum - A good Michael Caine replacement.
Michael Dobson - A surprisingly good performance.
Alan Oppenheimer - Good for what little he was given.
Jim Piddock - Love it.
James Garrett - A little raspy but still really good.
Jeff Bennett - OK for what little he got.
Martin Jarvis - Another great performance.
Robin Atkin Downes - Sounds a little young, but at least he gets some good lines.
Michael Jackson - Good.
Steven Blum - Couldn't even tell it was him. Good job.
bumblebeebug
said at 5:34 PM on Thu Jan 31 2013
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how ironic that the voice actor for alfred in arkham city's last name is jarvis. steve blum is good, but alistair duncan gets my vote.
pete
said at 8:33 PM on Sat Jan 12 2013
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Steve got the accent down. Wouldn't mind seeing him do in a more serious adaption.
coolgeek176
said at 5:11 PM on Sat Jan 12 2013
I'm going with Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Steve Blum, Jeff Bennett, Michael Jackson, Martin Jarvis, Robin Atkin Downes, Alan Oppenheimer, and James Garrett are good too.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 10:01 AM on Wed Jul 11 2012
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I find it funny that Alan Oppenheimer, who did a lot of voice work in the old DC cartoons, didn't voice Alfred back then. XD
Bombermanp
said at 6:41 PM on Thu May 3 2012
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i just love this guy. sure he is the father figure of the batman story line, but the thing is we all see him as the butler which is what he truly is. and on top of that he has so much humor while keeping his same old butler steriotype tone which really adds to the humor as well. all and all one of my favorite characters in the series.
1.dick grayson
2.bruce wayne
3.this guy XD
EmpireGrotesk
said at 12:54 PM on Sat Apr 21 2012
My first choice for Efrem Zimbalist Jr. He managed to capture the sarcastic and humourous side of Alfred that few others can manage. Secondary choices would be Martin Jarvis and David McCallum.
BigBDawg
said at 1:37 AM on Thu Apr 19 2012
My picks for Alfred are as followed;
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
James Garrett
Alastair Duncan
Michael Caine
Robin Atkin Downes
Jim Piddock
David McCallum
Jeff Bennett
and Martin Jarvis
Anicomicgeek
said at 5:16 AM on Sat Apr 7 2012
Gonna go with Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. for Alfred, though Alastair Duncan, Michael Caine, David McCallum, Alan Oppenheimer, Jim Piddock, James Garrett, Jeff Bennett, Martin Jarvis, and Robin Atkin Downes were also good.

That said, Jeff Bennett did do a different voice for Alfred in Year One than he did for YJ.
Anicomicgeek
said at 2:35 AM on Thu May 24 2012
@Anicomicgeek On second thought, I'm gonna change my vote to Martin Jarvis.
Anicomicgeek
said at 8:52 AM on Tue Oct 2 2012
@Anicomicgeek

Sticking with Jarvis, but I also liked Michael Jackson as Alfred.
Anicomicgeek
said at 2:15 AM on Fri Nov 16 2012
@Anicomicgeek

I'm gonna change my vote back to Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. as he was indeed better.
pete
said at 10:23 PM on Fri Mar 30 2012
lol who the heck voted for Soule? He is no doubt the worst not counting Bill.
pete
said at 12:23 AM on Tue Mar 27 2012
Question was Clive Revill later dubbed over by Efrem Zimberalist Jr.? From what I remember every episode I've seen of Batman The Animated Series had him in it as Alfred's voice. Was Clive Revill's voice only in the original airing?
jrcarter
said at 1:06 AM on Tue Mar 27 2012
@pete No actual source. He just sounds like Knight.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 1:08 AM on Tue Mar 27 2012
@pete I remembered Clive Revill in the first few episodes produced, then Efrem Zimbalist Jr. took over.
pete
said at 1:31 AM on Tue Mar 27 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight I know that but I'm asking if he was redubbed by Efrem Zimbalist JR, later. I'm pretty sure his voice was in every episode that was aired in syndication on stations like Cartoon Network or Disney XD
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 5:20 AM on Tue Mar 27 2012
@pete Not that I'm aware of.
coolgeek176
said at 9:11 PM on Tue Jan 15 2013
@pete No it wasn't. I just watched the first episode again and it was Clive Revill.
jrcarter
said at 9:35 PM on Mon Mar 26 2012
That's not Olan Soule, it's Ted Knight.
pete
said at 12:34 AM on Tue Mar 27 2012
@jrcarter Source? All info says Olan Soule. Ted Knight did do the other male characters though with the exception of Robin who was played by Casey Kasem.
SpiderDreamer
said at 6:42 PM on Mon Mar 26 2012
I'm kind of surprised by the praise for Alastair. I thought he was easily one of the worst Alfreds ever (though the poor writing didn't help, and he's done good work elsewhere). Efrem is my personal favorite, though the performances by Robin, Jeff, Martin, James, David and Jim are quite good as well.
pete
said at 12:20 AM on Tue Mar 27 2012
@SpiderDreamer They are most likely fans of The Batman. It's the same reason Efrem is in the lead.
pete
said at 12:35 AM on Tue Mar 27 2012
@SpiderDreamer Also I thought his accent was better. Certainly better than most.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 5:21 AM on Tue Mar 27 2012
@SpiderDreamer I will admit that I remembered Alastair sounding better as Alfred. I guess Efrem's too good.
SpiderDreamer
said at 9:01 PM on Wed Mar 28 2012
@pete Really? I thought Alastair's accent was just *OK*. Efrem's is impeccable, and the rest of his performance is also excellent.
pete
said at 10:20 PM on Fri Mar 30 2012
@SpiderDreamer He was pretty good second only to Efrem for me but Efrem is pretty good with accents so you can't top me. He sounds the most British for obvious reasons. The reason Alastair may be different for some fans is his Alfred was younger.
Fairfieldfencer
said at 10:26 AM on Wed May 29 2013
@SpiderDreamer You say that, but Duncan actually is British. Born in Scotland, admittedly, but did plenty of work in England. He would easily have known the accent extremely well.
pete
said at 3:49 PM on Mon Mar 26 2012
Defintely a tough VC to tackle. Pokejedservo isn't kidding How should I say this? Hmmm. I got. I'll say that Olan Soule is a decent effort but doesn't quite fit the character well Bill Callway doesn't count as it's not him. Andre Stojika is easily the best of the older voices. Clive Revil doesn't sound quite righ to me and I'm glad Efrem Zimberalist Jr. took over. Efrem Zimberalist Jr. is obviously the best and Alastair Duncan is clearly 2 best on here. Michael Cane is a little off as well, he sounds better in the movies, David McCallum is pretty decent and is one of the better performances here. Michael Dobson is probably the third best. Alan Oppenheimer is decent but sounds older, Jim Piddock got the accent down but ddidn't seem to have many lines and James Garret sounds older as well here. Jeff Bennett got he accent down but again mot many lines, martin Jarvis is decent as well and last is my personal favorite on here Robin Atkin Downes as i'm sure all my other picks will get votes. I could always switch it if he gets more and another gets zero. So from best to worst.

1. Efrem Zimberallist Jr.

2. Alistair Duncan

3. Michael Dobson

4. Robin Atkin Downes

5. Jeff Bennett

6. Jim Piddock

7. Martin Jarvis

8. David McCallum

9. Clive Revill

10. Alan Oppenhiemer

11. Michael Caine

12. James Garret

13. Andre Stojka

14. Olan Soule

15. Bill Calloway
It was a tough call though.
GothamRed
said at 3:13 AM on Mon Mar 26 2012
gotta go with Efrem Zimbalist Jr, he has the perfect mixture of fatherliness, cunning, poise, snark, caring, and strength need for this role, i loved him in starcrossed. That being said Duncan, McCallum, Jarvis, Piddock, and Cane were all good stand-ins, they just couldn't compare.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 2:59 AM on Mon Mar 26 2012
Efram Zimbalist Jr. is the best here, though Alastair Duncan, David McCallum, Jim Piddock, Jeff Bennett and Martin Jarvis are also pretty good.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 5:26 AM on Tue Mar 27 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight Jeff Bennett's Year One voice, to be precise. His Young Justice voice is OK, but not as good as his Year One voice.
pete
said at 1:56 AM on Mon Mar 26 2012
Challenge of the Super Friends is not even the actual character. Just Bizarro posing as him.
Pokejedservo (Moderator)
said at 2:01 AM on Mon Mar 26 2012
@pete Actually it was Alfred but he was turned into a Bizarro version of himself.
pete
said at 2:36 AM on Mon Mar 26 2012
@Pokejedservo I see well it is still the worst for obvious reasons especially among the older voices.


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