Grinch Grinch


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

The Grinch is a bipedal, mammalian, humanoid creature who made his debut in Dr. Seuss's 1957 children's book How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The Grinch is a bitter curmudgeon whose unpleasant personality is said to originate from his insufficiently-sized heart. Although his foul demeanor is notably agitated by loud noises such as Christmas festivities or animal vocalizations, the Grinch otherwise seems to simply derive pleasure from the misery and misfortune of others. The Grinch is often depicted dwelling in caves atop high mountains, some of which house various contraptions and machinery. His only companion is a faithful, non-anthropomorphic canine named Max.
Created by CatsTuxedo on Dec 24 2012
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
GrinchBoris Karloff
Boris Karloff
Halloween Is Grinch Night (1977)
GrinchHans Conried
Hans Conried
The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat (1982)
GrinchBob Holt
Bob Holt
The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss (1996)
GrinchAnthony Asbury
Anthony Asbury
The Grinch (2000)
GrinchUnknown Voice Actor
Unknown Voice Actor


While Karloff is undoubtedly the most remembered Grinch (thus guaranteeing his domination of this poll), I personally feel he isn't quite the most fitting voice for the character. He lacks an abrasiveness that would've made his vitriol toward the Christmas holiday at least a little more convincing. However, he does a good job at making the Grinch sound falsely sweet as the fake Sandy Claws, and he's pretty decent when the Grinch is proud of himself and thinks he's won. While Karloff gave a deservingly memorable performance as the special's narrator, I think he's only alright as the Grinch.

Conreid, on the other hand, nails his version of the character; his conversational voice is slightly nasally, but the rough and snarly element that surfaces in his louder and more malicious moments establishes and maintains his threatening presence in the special. Combine that with great acting in his final scene and you get a very lasting vocal performance.

Holt sounds like he's really into the part (that kind of thing I always respect), and while it took me a little bit to get used to the posh quality of his performance due to the character's creaturely nature, it is fitting considering this particular incarnation's mechanical prowess.

In spite of the Grinch's relatively toothless portrayal in the Wubbulous World series, Asbury's not bad in the role by any means; he gets the image of a mischievous misanthrope across competently enough, and the gravel he flavors the character's voice with is a welcomely different touch.

The Unknown VA, however, is definitely the weakest of the bunch in my opinion. His voice is too light for the character (especially since this version is supposed to be based on Jim Carrey's portrayal) and the acting leaves something to be desired; his big epiphany at the story's end sounds more like he's got a gun to his head than him having an actual change of heart.

My vote's definitely going with Conreid, with Holt at second, Asbury at third, Karloff at fourth and the Unknown VA at last.



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said at 8:35 AM on Fri Dec 22 2017
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Boris is my favorite.
said at 8:12 AM on Fri Dec 22 2017
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I have to give this to Boris Karloff. He brought the iconic role of the cartoon Grinch to life with a creepy and malicious tone. He sounds like something out of horror film which works well! And he still manages to convey the emotional side of the character. Boris was the Grinch.

Hans Conreid is a close second. I especially love his laugh and he knew how to bring the evil side out. I just think Boris was creepier.

The others are alright but pretty bare bones. Bob Holt and Anthony Asbury sound a bit too goofy and over the top while the Unknown VA goes balls to the walls hyper (though given the live action had Jim Carrey as the Grinch I suppose that's to be expected).

Boris ultimately gets my vote with Hans a close runner-up.
said at 4:21 AM on Sat Dec 23 2017
@TailwithaStripe I just realised now that Boris Karloff was a horror actor so that's why I said he sounded like something out of a horror film.
said at 11:24 PM on Thu Dec 21 2017
1. Boris Karloff- His performance is a classic and he fits the mean, old Mr. Grinch that he is, but also can make himself sound sweet when he pretends to be Santa.
2. Hans Conreid- With a much deeper and more malicious tone, Hans makes the Grinch sound menacing in a great performance perfect for Grinch Night.
3. Bob Holt- Although he's a bit more posh-sounding, Bob has a great performance as the Grinch.
4. Anothony Asbury- His goofy voice fits the mischievous and silly personality of the Grinch in this version.
5. Unknown Voice Actor- His voice lacks the genuine feeling of the Grinch and his acting sounds like he is trying way too hard.

As for my thoughts on Jim Carrey, I found his performance to be hilarious and I was able to sympathize with the Grinch. He would be third if he was included on the voice compare.
said at 12:54 AM on Sat Jan 21 2017
1 Boris
2 Bob
3 Hans
4 Anthony
5 UVA- Why...
said at 6:20 PM on Sun Jan 1 2017
I can't choose between Boris and Hans.
said at 10:06 AM on Sat Jan 7 2017
@Voiceactorfan1 I choose Hans.
said at 6:42 PM on Mon Dec 12 2016
I hear Corey burton's Captain Hook in bob holt's take.
said at 12:58 PM on Mon Jun 27 2016
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1. Boris Karloff
2. Hans Conried
3. Bob Holt
4. Anthony Asbury
5. UVA
Jacob M. Keene
said at 10:55 PM on Wed Jun 22 2016
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Bob Holt's Grinch kinda sounds like a combination of Bill Thompson and Jim Cummings IMO.
said at 4:05 AM on Sun Jun 26 2016
@Jacob M. Keene Yeah, I thought he sounded a bit like Jim Cummings at times too.
said at 9:16 AM on Fri May 27 2016
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Karloff is the top Grinch for me without question. I just love the theatrical quality of his voice and narration.
said at 1:38 PM on Tue May 17 2016
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Obviously, Boris Karloff is and always will be the best Grinch, but Hans Conried is a good one too.

1. Boris Karloff
2. Hans Conried
3. Bob Holt
4. Anthony Asbury
5. Unknown Voice Actor

At least in the "Cat in the Hat" video game, the voice actor for the Cat actually SOUNDS like Mike Myers. The guy voicing the video game Grinch doesn't even remotely sound like Jim Carrey.
said at 11:20 PM on Fri Mar 11 2016
Karloff 's performance no one can argue is classic and is pretty much engraved into the minds of everyone... However my vote goes to Conried.

Oh I remember a younger me watching an old VHS that was showing of bunch commercials for the Dr Seuss cartoons and the Halloween Is Grinch Night one was the one that stuck with me most, cause good lord that last line and laugh is so amazing xD

Between Conried and Karloff I find Hans better, but of course Boris is classic and will never be forgotten
said at 2:02 PM on Tue Feb 23 2016
1. Conried
2. Karloff
said at 1:40 PM on Fri Dec 11 2015
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1. Boris Karloff/Hans Conried
2. Bob Holt
3. Anthony Asbury
4. UVA
said at 12:12 PM on Thu Sep 17 2015
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As much as I love the Chuck Jones adaptation, I'll admit Hans Conried had a much better performance. That last line and laugh was just chilling.

Even though its not the voice I'd imagine him having, I rather enjoyed Holt's take as well. He certainly has that spitefulness and cunning the character usually has.

The UVA is hands down the worst voice. Doesn't fit the character in the slightest (disregarding that he's meant to be based on Carrey's performance and fails at it) and the acting is just mediocre.

Also since people are giving their two cents on Carrey's performance: I appreciate and respect that he's putting his all into the performance, and he can clearly nail the menance of the character, but IMO he's way too obnoxious.
said at 5:25 PM on Tue Sep 8 2015
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I think Boris Karloff and Hans Conried should be tied for first.

I agree with those that suggested Corey Burton as the Grinch (doing his Hans Conried impression). I can see Dan Castallanetta too, as Mr.Fennoy93 suggested.

Or, if Illumination wants a celebrity, I reccomend Kelsey Grammer, Tim Curry, or maybe Christopher Lloyd.
said at 10:39 PM on Tue May 12 2015
It gets worse with each voice, Boris and Hans are pretty good, Bob is okay, Anthony is average and unknown is... dull at best
said at 2:08 PM on Thu Mar 26 2015
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Boris Karloff is just iconic. He delivers his monologues perfectly and he really seems to be enjoying playing the character. 'nuff said.

Hans Conried is really cool too. It's the typical entertaining Conried performance I know and love.

Bob Holt, however, does the same as Conried, but it adds a lot more energy and it's just a delight to listen. I absolutely love it when performers have fun with the role and Holt, Karloff and Conried really seem to be having a lot of it. It's really sad that Holt left us so suddenly, because he really was a great, energetic performer.

Anthony Asbury sounds like Mark Hamill's Joker and has same amount of energy and fun as the previous guys.

The UVA is definetly the weakest. He does have the energy, but.... WHERE IS THE FUN??? He doesn't seem to be having fun at all.
said at 10:38 PM on Tue May 12 2015
@Starscreamsfan That picture... just look at it... does it scream quality to you?
said at 5:26 AM on Wed May 13 2015
@HienFan Which one???
said at 5:29 AM on Wed May 13 2015
@Starscreamsfan The 2000 picture(though the Grinch Cat in the Hat picture has very bad colouring as well...)
said at 5:38 AM on Wed May 13 2015
@HienFan Oh, that one. It really looks exceedingly crappy.

Holt is my favorite though. He really has fun with the role.
said at 5:52 AM on Wed May 13 2015
@Starscreamsfan 2000: Such QUALITY everything koff koff
I was talking about the image quality on the Cat in the hat picture, not the actual voice the voice itself is okay
said at 5:57 AM on Wed May 13 2015
@HienFan Yeah, I know.

You should hear Holt's Grinch singing. It's a lot of fun to hear. You can imagine him in the recording booth literally doing the same expressions the Grinch does on-screen.
said at 5:39 PM on Tue Sep 8 2015
Overall, my ranking goes like this:

1) Bob Holt
2) Hans Conried
3) Boris Karloff
4) Anthony Asbury
5) UVA
said at 1:40 AM on Mon Mar 23 2015
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I once read How The Grinch Stole Christmas and put it on youtube. Tried my darndest to do Mark Hamill's Joker/Hobgoblin voice for it. I think he'd be a pretty good fit.
said at 11:17 AM on Wed Nov 5 2014
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Maurice LaMarche as Grinch? If he used his Vincent Price imitation I think he'd fit well.
said at 4:42 PM on Thu Sep 25 2014
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I wonder if Steve Blum would make a good Grinch voice?
said at 8:24 PM on Tue Dec 10 2013
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Anthony Asbury sounds like Mark Hamill is doing the voice.
said at 6:27 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
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Karloff and Conreid are technically tied for me, but I do agree with CatsTuexdo that Conreid had the perfect voice and better performance. I like Karloff's slight cockney accented take, but his delivery was almost non-acting except for towards the end. Conreid made the Grinch sound both humorous and VERY menacing at various points.

I actually quite like Asbury's crazy take: it's almost Joker-ish in quality. And while I think Holt's posh voice is very ill-fitting for Grinch, his acting was solid.

The Unknown VA is BAD. I mean, so bad he's HORRIBLE!
said at 8:22 PM on Mon Aug 19 2013
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My opinion is pretty close to CatsTuxedo's, but my ranking is slightly different.

My rank goes: Hans Conried, Boris Karloff, Bob Holt, Anthony Asbury, and last and definitely least UVA (seriously, did they just take some dude off the street and pay him with lollipops?).
said at 6:28 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy My opinion is close, but it's Hans Conried, Boris Karloff, Anthony Asbury, Bob Holt, and UVA.
said at 2:38 AM on Sun Aug 4 2013
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For some reason, I really like Jim Carrey's voice for the Grinch.
said at 11:25 PM on Tue Aug 27 2013
@Dogman15 I'm just bummed he isn't eligible for inclusion in this poll :{
said at 12:49 PM on Wed Aug 28 2013
@CatsTuxedo Agreed. His voice is by far the most fun and energetic of any of them.
said at 6:29 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy If he were on this, his voice would come after Conreid and Karloff. Carrey was rarely ever menacing as the character, but he was very often entertaining!
said at 4:05 PM on Sat May 11 2013
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The game VA sounds like a teenage grinch.

The others sound so similar yet different.

Would it be odd if I said my favorite Grinch voice was Jim Carrey in the live action film? C:
said at 11:26 PM on Tue Aug 27 2013
@Axx No, it wouldn't be ;)
said at 1:30 AM on Thu Dec 27 2012
Karloff, but the others were pretty good too for the most part.
said at 10:33 PM on Wed Dec 26 2012
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Most of them did a pretty good job except for the unknown voice actor he just doesn't fit, I'm going with Karloff since I'm most used to him.
said at 2:02 AM on Wed Dec 26 2012
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Would It Be Wrong if Corey Burton would Voice The Grinch.
said at 7:56 AM on Wed Dec 26 2012

He already did:

said at 12:41 PM on Wed Dec 26 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight Oh Yeah, Best Christmas Gift Ever! Thanks Dude.

How About Dan Castellaneta as the Grinch? He may make him sound like The Robot Devil.
said at 6:15 AM on Sat Oct 24 2015
@TheVengeanceKnight He also voiced the Grinch for a few Dr. Seuss-themed attractions at Universal's Islands of Adventure.
said at 1:29 AM on Tue Dec 25 2012
Huh, unknown voice actors sounds a bit like john kassir to me. Not saying it is him it just sounds a bit like him.

Not sure who I'm voting for though.
said at 12:06 PM on Wed Dec 11 2013
@GothamRed He would have done better. I don't they that games used known VA's.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 10:16 PM on Mon Dec 24 2012
Why does Anthony remind me of Oscar from Sesame Street?
said at 1:00 PM on Tue Dec 25 2012
@Music Meister The design is the same one used for The Muppets because the designers of The Muppets made that version of The Grinch so it's probably designed the same way Oscar puppets are which i why it looks like him. You're not alone because I thought that too.
said at 8:18 PM on Tue Dec 10 2013
@pete is
said at 8:42 PM on Mon Dec 24 2012
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@CatsTuxedo Considering Karloff was 79 years old at the time of the Grinch and in poor health, it was a little hard for him to be abrasive. Otherwise, it was an outstanding performance.
said at 6:02 PM on Mon Dec 24 2012
Well... I did grow up listening to Karloff, so I'll go with Karloff. But Hans and Bob were good too :)
said at 3:51 PM on Mon Dec 24 2012
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Boris Karloff hands down, although I also enjoyed Hans and Bobs takes as well.
said at 3:00 PM on Mon Dec 24 2012
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Karloff to me sounds grumpy which what the Grinch is while Hans and Bob sound evil and more like a villain which isn't bad but isn't accurate either. Anthony fits hiss version and sounds more villiainous but still grumpy. The Unknown guy was bad and they should have gotten Jim Carrey himself for that voice.

That being said why is this separate from the Dr. Seuss VC?.
said at 9:31 PM on Mon Dec 24 2012
@pete Also they couldn't get Rob Paulsen in place of the unknown guy
Madness Abe
said at 12:18 PM on Mon Dec 24 2012
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Karloff. No contest. His voice was iconic as the Grinch.
said at 11:14 AM on Mon Dec 24 2012
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I never knew the Grinch had so many voice actors. I always thought it was just Hans Conreid and Boris Karloff. None of the other voices are too impressive to me. Asbury sounds the closest to decent but holt and the unknown VA just sound off and don't sound right for the grinch and sound too high pitched. Overall I'll go with KArloff seeing how he set the role and he is the most memorable voice. Conreid does a great job too but the narration gets in the way since I can't tell if its the Grinch talking at points or the narrator.
said at 9:49 AM on Mon Dec 24 2012
Boris Karloff easily.
said at 7:17 AM on Mon Dec 24 2012
Like everyone else, I'm gonna go with Boris Karloff, though Bob Holt and Hans Conried were also good.
said at 3:30 AM on Mon Dec 24 2012
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Gotta go with the ol' Frankenstein Monster himself.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 2:45 AM on Mon Dec 24 2012
I gotta agree with Cats and go with Hans
Pgirts (AYVO S1 Winner / Master Of Memes)
said at 2:33 AM on Mon Dec 24 2012
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Karloff all the way. His voice as the Grinch is simply iconic.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 2:19 AM on Mon Dec 24 2012
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FIRST VOTE YEAH! Of course I chose Boris Karloff.
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