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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Garfield with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Garfield

Garfield, created in 1978 by Jim Davis has become one of the most well-known cartoon felines in history. He is known for his laziness, his love for lasagna and for tormenting Odie, Nermal, and anyone else that stands in his way or annoys him.
Created by OptimusSolo on Jul 21 2012
Special thanks to Music Meister for additional sound clips.
Garfield and Friends (1988)
GarfieldLorenzo Music
Lorenzo Music
Garfield: The Movie (2004)
GarfieldBill Murray
Bill Murray
Garfield: Lasagna World Tour (2008)
GarfieldJon Barnard
Jon Barnard
The Garfield Show (2009)
GarfieldFrank Welker
Frank Welker

EDITOR'S OPINION

I can't think of any other character in the history of voice-overs in which EVERY person who has voiced the character has done an outstanding job.  Other then Garfield that is! Lorenzo Music, Frank Welker and Bill Murray all have turned in fantastic interpretations of the character.

I even like Dave Coulier's impressions of the character, but before someone asks why we haven't included him, we have learned from the Voice Director on the show that Coulier never voiced the character in the cartoon, despite what other sites across the net have rumored.

In the end this one is truly too hard for me to pick. I absolutely love what each one of them has brought to the character. I will leave this one up to the voters!


OptimusSolo

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GreenGoblin75
said at 3:52 PM on Sun Apr 17 2016
 1 Shout Out!
1. Lorenzo Music (RIP)
2. Frank Welker
3. Bill Murray
4. Jon Barnard
Autovolt
said at 2:38 PM on Fri Feb 19 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
Lorenzo Music IS Garfield! His very bored one note monotone voice just fits this lazy fat cat to a tee.....why I don't know? It just does, probably because half the time he is bored deadpan snarker so it fits, but he can express enough emotion for when the time calls for it. It's hard for me to not imagine or hearing his portrayal as Garfield whenever I read, it just fits so much.

Frank Welker is a surprisingly great voice match for Lorenzo Music, he sounds almost like him though I can still hear Frank in it at times. He's rather effective in the role, just not as much as Lorenzo IMO.

Bill Murray, if I'm going to be honest, I like his performance as Garfield in the movies. I know the irony that Peter Venkman is once again Garfield and that whole debacle Bill had with Lorenzo and yet here we are, it's come full circle. He was a natural fit for the role, even if the movies weren't really at all that great....I did love them as a kid though.

Jon Barnard....wow he sounds like he's out of his mind recording this. He's definitely the weakest.

In the end I have to give this to Lorenzo Music, He IS Garfield and may he rest in peace.

BONUS: I can see Scott McNeil or Kyle Hebert being great as Garfield.
Anthonyiscool64
said at 3:18 PM on Thu Dec 10 2015
No one can't beat Lorenzo. He will alway's be Garfield in my mind!
Mariomon94
said at 4:13 AM on Sun Oct 18 2015
Lorenzo Music- By far he is the best Garfield ever. He fit just right for that fat cats attitude.
Sad that he's not here on earth anymore.
RIP Lorenzo :(
Frank Welker- Okay but Lorenzo Music is irreplaceable which means nobody can replace Lorenzo. Frank does the impression of Garfield real well. I liked him in Garfield's Fun Fest though.
Bill Murray- Well, you kind of say that works since Lorenzo, the voice of Garfield, did the voice of Peter Venkmen, Bill's character, on Ghostbusters cartoon but it does not work. It's an iffy and not suitable Garfield impression. He needs to work on it more and he will be become as superior as Lorenzo was.
Jon Bonard- Yuck! It it makes Lorenzo Music
look like he's about to have crack while having a stroke. Jon is an awful Garfield voice. Who idiot that it would be a good idea to hire a probably over 50 year old chain smoker to voice Garfield!
Not a very good idea. Where was Frank Welker at that time?

Overall, I'm going with Lorenzo Music.
Michaelsar
said at 6:30 AM on Sun Oct 4 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
Bill and Frank are both good, but I'm going with Lorenzo.
GoboFraggle1983
said at 11:39 AM on Sat Sep 19 2015
Hard to choose; all of them are top-notch!
lnytune1
said at 9:13 AM on Fri Jun 26 2015
People keep saying that Frank's voice is just a lame impression, but to me it seems like mainly his own voice!
Shaun Ince
said at 11:45 AM on Fri Jan 30 2015
Lorenzo Music & Frank Welker are the standout performances.
cartoonvoice
said at 11:31 AM on Fri Jan 30 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
Frank Welker sounds like an extremely bored Fred Jones. :)
HyperVoiceActing
said at 9:24 AM on Thu Dec 25 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Frank and Bill do a good enough job, but Music fits the character so well IMO.
HienFan
said at 8:03 PM on Fri Nov 14 2014
1 Bill
2 Lorenzo
3 Frank
4 Jon
Savate
said at 7:02 PM on Fri Aug 8 2014
 2 Shout Outs!
#1) Lorenzo Music- Classic, distinct, and the clear best: hilarious as well.
#2) Frank Welker- Does a great imitation of Lorenzo, although he's a lot less distinct in the role, and just that: an imitation.
#3) Bill Murray- Different, but it works out alright: not as good as the other two, though, IMO.
#4) Jon Barnard- Nope: completely off base, and yeah, he does sound drunk or totally out of it in the role.
Metabad
said at 7:47 AM on Sun Aug 3 2014
Jon Barnard sounds more drunk than deadpan, I may not be too big on Frank's performance, but I have no idea why he couldn't reprise the role. Needless to say Jon's definitely the weakest in the role.
HienFan
said at 11:08 PM on Sun Mar 27 2016
@Metabad I have this game... in European in anything other than English. And it was kinda poor

From what I known the developer has made a lot of poor licensed games so I assume they were pretty lazy in the voice direction as well
Ghosty404
said at 11:48 PM on Fri Aug 1 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Oi, Jon. Don't ever fill in for Frank again.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 4:27 PM on Fri Aug 1 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Barnard sounds like Lorenzo after a concussion.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 5:22 PM on Fri Aug 1 2014
@CatsTuxedo Or after one too many beers
GothamRed
said at 10:31 AM on Fri Aug 1 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Jon sounds more sad than lazy. He also seems to be acting like Mark Wahlberg did in the Happen
Ross123
said at 3:59 AM on Fri Aug 1 2014
Jon is pretty good. I've heard his voice before in a Garfield game I have for the PS2. He sounds better here than in that game.

My vote stays with Frank in the end.
myopinion1
said at 12:06 PM on Mon Jun 16 2014
2:45 in. Sorry it wouldnrt let me reply
myopinion1
said at 12:04 PM on Mon Jun 16 2014
@NCZ @OptimusSolo

Scott Beach as Garfield

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cldrboSQFJA#t=2m44s
DreamMaster08X
said at 3:50 PM on Thu Nov 21 2013
 4 Shout Outs!
It's an odd trait to go by, but whenever I think of the Garfield comics strips, I always picture Lorenzo as Garfield while reading the dialogue. The personality and characteristics (mainly his sullen mood and sarcasm) of his performance match up very well with the comic strips.
lnytune1
said at 8:33 AM on Mon Dec 30 2013
@DreamMaster08X See, I always think of Frank Welker's voice.
DreamMaster08X
said at 8:36 AM on Mon Dec 30 2013
@lnytune1 Different strokes for different folks. Welker isn't a bad choice, though. Murray is good, too, but that probably sounds the least I'd imagine when I read the comics.
lnytune1
said at 10:11 AM on Mon Dec 30 2013
@DreamMaster08X Murray or Welker? You mentioned both names.
pete
said at 7:38 PM on Sat Apr 12 2014
@DreamMaster08X You're not the odd ball out, almost everyone hears Lorenzo.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 4:25 PM on Fri Aug 1 2014
@pete Not me. I kinda heard Keith David :I
pete
said at 4:10 PM on Sat Aug 2 2014
@lnytune1 Think he means Murray, as it's in the same sentence.
Metabad
said at 9:36 AM on Sun Aug 3 2014
@CatsTuxedo That is just so out there and unique that I kinda hope that actually happens someday.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 11:47 AM on Sun Aug 3 2014
@Metabad Thanks. I think David's low, suave sound would be quite fitting of Gar's snarkiness.
lnytune1
said at 3:38 PM on Thu Nov 21 2013
I personally think Frank Welker puts the best personality twist on Garfield. Although it's like 85.7% percent his natural voice, I like it! Lorenzo is good and all.... and he's the original.......... but he sounds too forced, and doesn't have that lazy, lasagna-loving cat expression that Welker does. Bill Murray is just for the movies and is basically talking.
Ross123
said at 12:38 PM on Wed Oct 2 2013
I've watched the Garfield Show a lot so my favourite has 2 be Frank.

Lorenzo would still be voicing Garfield if he was still alive today but sadly he isn't.

Bill was actually pretty good in the films which kinda surprised me.
Axx
said at 4:00 PM on Sat May 11 2013
Frank oddly sounds like Lorenzo mixed with Barney. Soooo no.

I like Bill Murray's impression though. Because it's really more of a "normal" voice which is what he should sound like. He's a little less lazy sounding as it's a less lazy portrayal of the character story and visually, it just sounds like what he'd sound like if he weren't a cartoon to me. :)
Silence
said at 11:39 AM on Sun Apr 14 2013
Lorenzo Music IS Garfield! My vote goes to him.
Anthonyiscool64
said at 2:54 PM on Mon Dec 17 2012
I have to admit that Frank Welker does a great job for his voice impression of Lorenzo Music's voice it's really good! But my vote still goes to Lorenzo all the way! ;)
Manch
said at 5:11 PM on Thu Oct 25 2012
Lorenzo Music is epic.
JayGirl10
said at 5:37 PM on Sat Sep 22 2012
They're all good!
Toady_12
said at 8:31 PM on Tue Jul 31 2012
Both Lorenzo and Frank are the best Garfield voices
disneyphilip
said at 9:54 PM on Sun Jul 22 2012
Lorenzo Music and Frank Welker are the best Garfield's!
Cartoon_fan87
said at 8:06 PM on Sun Jul 22 2012
Lorenzo of course with Frank as a close second, then Bill.
pete
said at 4:21 PM on Sat Jul 21 2012
Lorenzo's is more like the strip he just says his thoughts while not actually speaking while Bill Murray and Frank Welker actually speak. Lorenzo is the voice most people hear in the strip and he's the original and the best so I'll go with him.

That being said it's ironic how Murray complained about Venkman sounding like Garfield but ended up voicing him years later.

Welker does a great impression of Lorezo but can't top him.

As far as Dave Coulier is concerned i think the rumor originated from him replacing Music on Real Ghostbusters.
Daffyfan2014
said at 4:59 PM on Fri Apr 11 2014
@pete

Yeah. I saw that on imdb.com and it didn't sound right. It's hard for me to picture Dave doing a Garfield voice. I hear if anyone subbed for Lorenzo on the show when he was ill, it was probably Frank.

Anyway, as for my vote, I have to go with Lorenzo. Though Frank is pretty much spot on with the imitation, I grew up hearing Lorenzo's voice as Garfield in the specials and in most "Garfield and Friends" episodes. It's a shame he's no longer with us.
MatthewC17
said at 2:12 PM on Sat Jul 21 2012
Lorenzo Music and Bill Murray
Frank Welker has been overcasted in everything
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 4:07 AM on Sun Jul 22 2012
@MatthewC17 well 'overcasted' is not a word - and I don't really think its true at all, when someone is that crazy talented they deserve to be cast as much as possible, plus he does an excellent Garfield voice!
MatthewC17
said at 1:46 PM on Sun Jul 22 2012
@OptimusSolo Well I just find it a tad annoying that he's in everything non-anime
Also Bill Murray's Garfield is hilarious and in my opinion more entertaining to listen to
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 1:59 PM on Sun Jul 22 2012
@MatthewC17 you are entitled to your opinion - but i find nothing annoying about casting the man with the most talent for the most roles ;)
Anicomicgeek
said at 2:06 PM on Sat Jul 21 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
All three are pretty good as Garfield, but like everyone else, I'm gonna go with the late Lorenzo Music.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 12:04 PM on Sat Jul 21 2012
Lorenzo Music is nothing short of perfect voicing this character. He captured Garfield's sarcastic and mellow attitude to a T. Frank Welker and Bill Murray are also worthy successors, and continue Garfield's character just as great!
Telme22
said at 10:40 AM on Sat Jul 21 2012
Well, it's about time! Anyway, I'd be crazy if I didn't give this one to Lorenzo. He WAS Garfield (and vice versa). However, Murray was an interesting choice (now Garfield has been played by Peter Venkman TWICE) and Welker is a worthy successor (I hear he's a pretty mellow fellow, perfect for playing Garfield). Also, I wonder if it would be possible to find some voice clips of Scott Beach as Garfield, as he played him in a few commercials prior to Lorenzo Music.
Clamanath
said at 2:48 PM on Mon Nov 18 2013
@Telme22 Here's Scott Beach: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cldrboSQFJA#t=2m44s
Metabad
said at 8:43 AM on Sat Jul 21 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Lorenzo Music's deadpan stoic voice is absolutely classic and iconic as Garfield!

Though if anyone were to succeed him, I'm glad its Bill Murray. It makes sense after all, since Lorenzo portrayed Peter Venkman's cartoon counterpart in The REAL Ghostbusters. So its quite fitting that Peter Venkman's live action actor takes over voicing Garfield. That's probably old and common knowledge by now, but hey now its here just on the off chance that some of you didn't know.

Anyways, I like Bill Murray's take, I like how casual he sounds, he makes the role his own while at the same time staying true to his predecessor's performance. In the end I'm glad he was chosen as Garfield, he was probably the most natural replacement I've ever heard in all honesty.

Frank Welker is probably my least favourite here, he isn't terrible I suppose, but his voice sounds a bit too high pitched for my liking. If he made the voice just a bit deeper it would've been perfect but as it stands he was just okay at best.

So I'm ultimately voting for Lorenzo Music, with Bill Murray as a VERY close second and Frank Welker at a rather distant third.
Strikernofear
said at 5:32 AM on Sat Jul 21 2012
Yeah. Dave Coulier never replaced him has Garfield... Only Peter Venkman.
pete
said at 1:40 PM on Sun Oct 21 2012
@Strikernofear Which is funny cause Dave replaced him as Venkman.
pete
said at 4:42 PM on Tue Oct 23 2012
@Strikernofear forget that comment
Damolisher
said at 4:57 AM on Sat Jul 21 2012
Welker's is an alright impersonation, but you can't beat Lorenzo as far as Garfield goes.
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