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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of The Thing with sound clips and images.
The Thing is the superhero identity of Benjamin "Ben" Grimm. The Thing's super powers include super strength, durability, stamina and resistance to physical injury.

His superpowers were gained from exposure to the cosmic rays in space. He is the only member of the Fantastic Four to suffer a physical change to their appearance after being exposed to the cosmic rays.

The Thing has had some difficulty fitting in with the rest of the team and partly blames Reed Richards for his appearance. Like all other members of the Fantastic Four his identity is publicly known to the world.
Created by Foxwolf on Sat Mar 27 2010, 78 Comments, Add Comment
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Fantastic Four (1967) (1967)
The Thing / Ben GrimmPaul Frees
Paul Frees
Fantastic Four (1978) (1978)
The Thing / Ben GrimmTed Cassidy
Ted Cassidy
Fantastic Four (1994) (1994)
The Thing / Ben GrimmChuck McCann
Chuck McCann
Fantastic Four: The Video Game (2005)
The Thing / Ben GrimmMichael Chiklis
Michael Chiklis
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (2006)
The Thing / Ben GrimmGregg Berger
Gregg Berger
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer: The Video Game (2007)
The Thing / Ben GrimmJoey Camen
Joey Camen
Spider-Man (1994) (1994)
The Thing / Ben GrimmPatrick Pinney
Patrick Pinney
Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes (2006)
The Thing / Ben GrimmBrian Dobson
Brian Dobson
The Super Hero Squad Show (2009)
The Thing / Ben GrimmDavid Boat
David Boat
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (2009)
The Thing / Ben GrimmFred Tatasciore
Fred Tatasciore
Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects (2005)
The Thing / Ben GrimmUnknown Voice Actor
Unknown Voice Actor

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WWEFAN12ization
said at 10:33 AM on Fri Mar 28 2014
I'm going with Brian Dobson. However, Fred Tatasciore and David Boat are great too.
WWEFAN12ization
said at 10:43 AM on Fri Mar 28 2014
What about Travis Willingham as the Thing?
facundo guerra 4
said at 3:58 PM on Wed Apr 23 2014
@WWEFAN12ization That sounds intresting,he could use his onslaught(transformers not onslaught super hero squad online but his voice more tough but not that tough)
Fulgore2005
said at 4:40 AM on Sun Jan 26 2014
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Easily voting for Brian Dobson. An excellent example of his range too.

Fred was too much of a typical typecast. In EMH, he was too inconsistent, whereas he got in a better performance in the clip here.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 12:31 AM on Sun Jan 12 2014
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
Paul Frees- Not bad but a bit too light but was decent enough to work.

Ted Cassidy- Maybe a bit too gruff, it doesn't really sound forced but it does come off as unnaturally guff. Although if he had lighten it he would have been pretty good.

Chuck McCann- His voice is a tad bit high but he was gruff enough and had a pretty good New York accent.

Michael Chiklis- He was better in the movies but I think he gave a decently deep and gruff voice. The major problem is his performance feels a bit phoned in, though I think that would be the game's creators fault and not Michael. Maybe if he got another got another chance he could have done better.

Gregg Berger- Very good, he was deep and gruff enough and his accent was done alright even if it was a little lighter then some of the others. Also to me he seems like a mix of Clancy Brown and Chiklis.

Joey Camen- He was alright, he sounded more like Kevin Michael Richardson more than Chiklis. My main problem is he doesn't sound like he's putting much energy into his performance, not that he sounds bored but he seems pretty low key for the character.

Patrick Pinney- Patrick did...alright, he did seem to be inconstant with how gruff he was and he came off as forced in some ways and a little too high.

Brian Dobson- He was perfect, he had the right amount of gruffness and was deep enough and had a great New York accent. Another good example of Brian and the show.

David Boat- For a while whenever I heard Boat there was something that didn't click with me no matter where I heard him. At first I thought he was because he sounded forced but relistening that wasn't it. Then I realized it that he always sounded he was yelling or he's grumpy, I can't picture David having Thing whisper or just talk normally. I get Thing isn't jolly but I can't see showing much range.

Fred Tatasciore- I may be the only person to think this but I thought Fred did better here than EMH. In EMH, he was pretty inconstant and wasn't gruff or deep enough at times. Here, he's got a good mix of both even if he could have been a tad deeper.

Unknown- It is deep and gruff but he doesn't seem to have any energy for the role.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 8:16 AM on Sun Jan 12 2014
My wish list for Thing is Kevin Michael Richardson, if he reused his Kilowog voice with a New York accent I think he'd be perfect. Another choice, this may sound weird, Peter Cullen would work. Look at some of his eailer work, he can do a New York accented deep and gruff voice.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:07 PM on Sun Jan 12 2014
@Music Meister I'm kinda surprised Kevin hasn't played him yet. Same with John DiMaggio.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:32 PM on Sat Jan 11 2014
I don't know who to vote for. There are some good voices here. I'd say my favorites are Brian Dobson, Fred Tatasciore, David Boat and Gregg Berger. They're all really good.

Patrick is a little so-so, but not bad, and I did like Michael in the movies, but here he sounds just alright. Everyone else sounds pretty good, too.
Silence
said at 6:56 PM on Sat Jan 11 2014
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Brian Dobson hits it out of the park with this one!
myopinion1
said at 5:15 PM on Sat Jan 11 2014
For me its Chiklis and Dobson.
skeletonking1234
said at 1:25 PM on Thu Jan 9 2014
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
I feel that if given the right material either John Dimaggio or Rick Wasserman could probably do the role perfectly.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 7:45 PM on Thu Jan 9 2014
@skeletonking1234 Definitely. John's voice sounds similar enough to the UVA's clip here, which sounds suitably Thing-y. So I'm sure he could only improve on it.

And Wasserman's EMH Absorbing Man voice, if tweaked, would work well too.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:33 PM on Sat Jan 11 2014
@skeletonking1234 I'm surprised John or Kevin Michael Richardson haven't played him yet. Rick Wasserman could do well, too.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 7:45 PM on Tue Jan 7 2014
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This is one of those VCs where I feel that every VA did great in the role.

I'm gonna' be the odd man out here and say that my #1 choice is Dave Boat. I wasn't a fan of his at first, but listening to him in USM/AA/SMASH and other recent attempts, I think he nails the character. He's got the accent, he's got the deep and gruff voice, and in the case of USM and AA, they add an extra little bit of modification to make him sound more monstrous-y.

Chuck McCann, Fred Tatasciore and Paul Dobson are hot on Dave's heels for second place. Chuck's got a loveable quality to his performance, Fred (moreso in EMH than the MUA2 clip we have here) obviously does great in the role and Paul is equally awesome. No question about that.

Paul Frees, Ted Cassidy and Gregg Berger are tied in third place. Very good voices and performances.

Patrick Pinney, Joey Camen and the UVA (who I think might be Mark Acheson) are tied for fourth. They're all right, nothing special. Joey does a decent Thing voice, though I think he was a poor replacement for Chiklis.

Michael Chiklis is in last place for me. :( Not by any means "bad", just the weakest of the bunch. Now, I LOVED him as a live-action Ben/Thing. Personally, Chiklis as Ben/Thing is right up there with RDJ as Tony/Iron Man and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in terms of perfect live-action casting. Chiklis had the enthusiasm for the role, the voice, the mannerisms. He was just perfect. And I think that given different material or another opportunity to voice the character, he could knock it out of the park.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 9:09 PM on Tue Jan 7 2014
@TylerMirage You mention perfect live-action casting and not mention Tom Hiddleston as Loki? :-O
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 9:19 PM on Tue Jan 7 2014
@TylerMirage Err, wrong Dobson brother there.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 9:32 PM on Tue Jan 7 2014
@TylerMirage And by "Paul Dobson" I mean "Brian Dobson". The only Dobson brother in this compare.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 7:12 PM on Tue Jan 7 2014
Still not feeling Dave, I don't think he's change since SHSS and each times he sometimes comes off as forced at times. He's not awful, but I think several of these actors could be better
Nightmare Crusher
said at 7:16 PM on Tue Jan 7 2014
@Music Meister "and each times he sometimes"
Is each time or sometimes? I'm confused.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 7:27 PM on Tue Jan 7 2014
@Nightmare Crusher I had two sentences but then realized they could be merged but clearly I missed a word. I meant he came off as forced at times
DVJ
said at 11:17 AM on Mon Dec 30 2013
Alot of this guys do a great job,it tough but if i had to pick i would go with Brian Dobson his voice i find to be to the best fit and he feels very natural in the role

My second favorite would be Dave Boat and Greg Berger,both give the Thing a suitibly deep and gravelly voice that again feel very natural with the character

Fred Tatasciore,i know typecast,he is a lot better in Earths mightiest heroes,and while not as good as the 3 above he still did a decent job in my opinion

Chuck McCanns take still sound pretty solid to me even though its from the 90s,Patrick Pinney on the other hand jus doesnt work for me,i dont think he sounds forced but the voice just doesnt fit

The unknown just sounds like a generic dumb thug
skeletonking1234
said at 7:45 PM on Sun Dec 22 2013
David improved a lot in Ultimate spiderman and he really needs a clip from that to put here.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 7:48 PM on Sun Dec 22 2013
@skeletonking1234 We try to avoid having the same actor twice
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 10:04 PM on Sun Dec 22 2013
@skeletonking1234 We could replace the clip, if you provide us with one. :) As MM said, we try to avoid having duplicate VA entries in a single VC, but we will admit when we have a subpar clip. And I definitely think it's worth updating Dave to something like USM or AA.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 10:49 PM on Sun Dec 22 2013
@skeletonking1234 And "Marvel Heroes", too.
Ross123
said at 8:13 AM on Mon Dec 23 2013
@TylerMirage Will this do.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5R9lCISeCo
GothamRed
said at 8:38 AM on Mon Dec 23 2013
@Ross123 There's a forum page under request for marvel to put clips you want to replace other clips.
Ross123
said at 8:48 AM on Mon Dec 23 2013
@GothamRed Thanks dude.
webmastersage
said at 4:29 PM on Sat Dec 21 2013
Dave Boat is actually very good
Ross123
said at 9:09 AM on Mon Nov 18 2013
I actually prefer Gregg in the role as to me it sounds more natural but Brain is 2nd & Fred is 3rd.

David needs a clip from Ultimate Spiderman or a longer lasting one from Super Hero Squad.

I prefer Michael in live action rather than the game though Joey was a good voice double in the 2nd game.

Chuck was not bad a bit too soft to me.

Ted & Patrick were both gruff in a bad way while Paul (despite being the original) was a miscast in my opinion.
LordofEvil96
said at 3:44 PM on Mon Nov 4 2013
I'm going with Brian Dobson, although David Boat isn't bad. I do like Fred's voice work but I'm sorry, this role was just too bad of a typecast for me to get over.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 10:23 PM on Sat Nov 2 2013
I'm fairly certain Mark Acheson voiced the Thing in Rise of the Imperfects considering his name's in the credits. Just to be sure, I might have to get more clips of him.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 10:34 PM on Sat Nov 2 2013
@CatsTuxedo You know...I kinda hear it
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 7:24 PM on Tue Jan 7 2014
@Music Meister Actually, after listening to more of Acheson's work and spotting Mark Gibbon's name in the credits, I'm thinking Gibbon is the UVA since that voice sounds closer to his Grey Hulk.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 7:43 PM on Tue Jan 7 2014
@CatsTuxedo Ironically I misread your first post as Mark Gibbon instead of Acheson. I even went to the Grey Hulk compare and thought "I totally hear it now"
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 8:27 PM on Fri Oct 4 2013
Agree with the polls. Dobson is the best Thing, followed by Fred Tatasciore and Michael Chiklis. Dave Boat, Patrick Pinney, and Greg Berger are also great, even though the latter makes me think of his Jecht from FFX.

As for the rest...yeesh. Paul Frees didn't have the right sound, Ted Cassidy sounds like a pirate, Chuck McCann and Joey Camen were ALL WRONG, and the Unknown Voice Actor can't act.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 4:02 PM on Sat Sep 14 2013
I'm voting for Brian Dobson. He really brings the character to life and fits his personality so well.

However both David Boat and Fred Tatasciorce are tied for a close second. They both did excellent jobs as well.

Also I thought Michael Chiklis was excellent in the films but for some reason in the game they have him a weird reverb
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 2:34 PM on Wed Sep 11 2013
Definitely Brian Dobson.
Xymor
said at 9:08 AM on Fri Sep 6 2013
Im going with Chuck McCann,Brian Dobson,Dave Boat and Fred Tatasciore.

Bonus points for Fred for voicing both the Thing and the Hulk in AEMH making it extra funny when the 2 argue
VctrBnsn
said at 2:34 PM on Fri Mar 1 2013
 6 Shout Outs! [?]
Paul Frees - Really good for a pre-90's voice over.
Ted Cassidy - Really good too.
Chuck McCann - The Thing I heard as a kid. Still not too shabby.
Michael Chiklis - Like his movie performance, good.
Gregg Berger - Would like to hear more from him.
Joey Camen - Really good too.
Patrick Pinny - Good.
Brian Dobson - Probably the best.
Dave Boat - That show really let Dave show off his range. Good job.
Fred Tatasciore - He is always awesome.
Unknown Voice Actor - This is how I think John DiMaggio would sound like as Thing.

I'm surprised to say I don't think any of them are bad. I think Clancy Brown can do Thing using his voice as Rhino.
coolgeek176
said at 8:54 PM on Tue Jan 1 2013
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
Fred Tatasciore is my pick for the Thing. I prefer his voice in Avengers Earths Mightiest Heroes to his voice in Ultimate Alliance 2. Brian Dobson, Dave Boat and Chuck McCann are pretty good too.
GerPer92
said at 7:57 AM on Fri Nov 23 2012
 1 Shout Out! [?]
Brian was just epic.
Mr.Fennoy93
said at 2:28 AM on Sun Oct 14 2012
 5 Shout Outs! [?]
We Need John DiMaggio as the Thing.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 1:10 PM on Sat Nov 17 2012
@Mr.Fennoy93 That could actually be really cool.
Mr.Fennoy93
said at 1:52 PM on Sat Nov 17 2012
@TylerMirage
And He can Be Doctor Doom's Biggest Fan in Ultimate Spider-Man. His Heroism would give Doom Cancer.
BigBDawg
said at 11:45 AM on Sun Jun 10 2012
My top picks for Ben are Michael Chiklis, Chuck McCann, David Boat, Fred Tatasciore, Gregg Berger, and Brian Dobson for sure. =)
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 12:12 AM on Wed May 2 2012
Even though Fred Tatasciore's the typical go-to guy for big guys, I'm actually gonna give it to Brian Dobson.
Spider-Fox
said at 4:30 PM on Sat Apr 14 2012
For me, Scott McNeil will always be The Thing, but of the people who actually voiced him my favs are:
1. Gregg Berger
2. Brian Dobson
3. Fred Tatasciore
4. Patrick Pinney
5. David Boat
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 1:08 PM on Sat Nov 17 2012
@Spider-Fox Wait, why would Scott McNeil always be The Thing for you???
Spider-Fox
said at 4:43 PM on Tue Dec 11 2012
@TylerMirage I just think he'd be good for the role.
pete
said at 3:58 AM on Thu Jul 4 2013
@TylerMirage I heard roles from him that would back up that statement.
pete
said at 4:00 AM on Thu Jul 4 2013
@Spider-Fox Seconded. Nice to know I'm not alone on. I think Rex in Extreme Dinosaurs was what got me started on that.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 2:47 PM on Fri Jul 5 2013
@Spider-Fox I agree that he'd be good for the role. I was just confused that you thought that Scott would "always be The Thing" for you, considering he's never actually been The Thing, ha ha. ;)
Anicomicgeek
said at 5:51 PM on Fri Apr 6 2012
Giving this to Fred Tatasciore for Ben, though Brian Dobson, Gregg Berger, Michael Chiklis, Chuck McCann, and David Boat were good, too.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 10:56 PM on Mon Apr 2 2012
Man, this is a tough one. They all do a great job; all have their own spin on this iconic character and they do so well! :) Interesting to note that Fred's version of The Thing on A: EMH is different than his Thing-voice for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2.

Also, it's a shame that the video game sound quality distorts Michael Chiklis' voice so much. It sounds fantastic (HAR!) in the movies, but this audio clip does not do it justice. :(

My top three:

1.) Brian Dobson
2.) Fred Tatasciore (from A: EMH, not Ultimate Alliance 2)
3.) Ted Cassidy
BlankSlate
said at 10:34 AM on Tue Nov 15 2011
Brian and Michael.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 7:39 PM on Sat Oct 1 2011
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
I think Dobson does the gravel and deep voice very well without sounding forced and having what seems like a new york accent.
Sarge Ray
said at 12:31 PM on Tue Jun 14 2011
If I had to choose out of all of them, I'd take Brian Dobson with a close second to Gregg Berger.
bye (Guest)
said at 5:35 PM on Tue Feb 1 2011
The Unknown Voice Actor has the strong, clobberin voice Ol' Blue Eyes.
jakob997 (Guest)
said at 1:55 PM on Sat Nov 6 2010
Michael Chiklis and Fred Taticsiore are tied for me.
ahhmouse (Guest)
said at 2:27 AM on Sat Apr 24 2010
I'm truely living the unhappy life I so deserve no matter how many yrs go by my heart belongs to you Bri..I'm always updated and always proud of you..ahhhhhh Mouse
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 1:36 AM on Mon Mar 29 2010
whoops, you guys were right, that was John Kerry. lol, my bad
jonhardwick (Guest)
said at 7:42 PM on Sun Mar 28 2010
tfg1mike sound alikes are there to make think it is the orginal actor.thats what carmen did with chiklis
jrcarter (Guest)
said at 7:22 PM on Sun Mar 28 2010
Back to the choices, I'm torn between Frees and McCann.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 9:34 PM on Sat Mar 27 2010
lol @jrcarter yeah the pic before we had was him in his Lurch makeup
smarttamarr94 (Guest)
said at 9:21 PM on Sat Mar 27 2010
@ jrcarter
that's Ted Cassidy belive it or not without his make up. I know. I thought it was John kerry the first time I saw it too!
jrcarter (Guest)
said at 8:40 PM on Sat Mar 27 2010
Is that a picture of Ted Cassidy or John Kerry?
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 6:59 PM on Sat Mar 27 2010
cheers to jackson for the clip of the Thing / Lady Deathstrike cutscene.
nininikekeke (Guest)
said at 6:07 PM on Sat Mar 27 2010
watch this video titled Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 Playthrough HD Pt. 34 Lady Deathstrike Boss Fight it has the thing within it you can get your clip from there
smarttamarr94 (Guest)
said at 4:59 PM on Sat Mar 27 2010
Could you do the Human Torch Next?
dtemplar
said at 4:31 PM on Sat Mar 27 2010
I wonder who'll voice The Thing in Fred & Barney Meets The Thing
Archerboy58
said at 9:02 AM on Tue Apr 8 2014
@dtemplar Joe Baker who voiced Larry Fine in the new scooby doo movies
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 4:25 PM on Sat Mar 27 2010
@tfg1mike

I think your wrong man.

According to Joey's official site he voiced him. Why lie about your work for a living?

http://www.voicecomic.com/credits.shtml
jonhardwick (Guest)
said at 4:22 PM on Sat Mar 27 2010
joey played thing in the rotss game but chiklis played him in both films and video game 1.
TFG1Mike
said at 4:17 PM on Sat Mar 27 2010
also I like Chuck McCann the best outta the animated stuff.
TFG1Mike
said at 4:16 PM on Sat Mar 27 2010
uh Chiklis played him in Rise of The Silver Surfer as well.. not that joey guy.
jonhardwick (Guest)
said at 4:10 PM on Sat Mar 27 2010
Michael chilklis is my pick
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 4:03 PM on Sat Mar 27 2010
can't find a Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 clip of Fred Tatasciore. little help?


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