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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Shere Khan with sound clips and images.
Shere Khan is a tiger and the primary antagonist of the "Jungle Book" series. Shere Khan's arrogance and claim to be the rightful lord of the jungle are compensation for the fact that he was born with a crippled leg and was derided as "lame" by his own mother. Shere Khan aims to kill Mowgli, whom he attempted to hunt down as an infant.
Created by CatsTuxedo on Jul 24 2010, 65 Comments
The Jungle Book (1967)
Shere KhanGeorge Sanders
George Sanders
The Jungle Book (1967)
Shere KhanThurl Ravenscroft
Thurl Ravenscroft
Jungle Cubs (1996)
Shere KhanJason Marsden
Jason Marsden
The Jungle Book 2 (2003)
Shere KhanTony Jay
Tony Jay


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said at 4:54 AM on Sat Jan 30 2016
Tony Jay is the best for me: not only he mimic George Sanders at PERFECTION (they literaly sounds the same) but he also made him more powerful, vicious and elegant..
said at 4:46 PM on Fri Jan 8 2016
1. Jason Marsden
2. George Sanders
3. Tony Jay
4. Thurl Ravenscroft
said at 8:59 AM on Sat Jul 11 2015
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George or Tony, George or Tony... Man, this isn't fair at all!
said at 4:55 AM on Sat Jan 30 2016
@Kioea I know xd they also sound pratically identical.. like Jim Cummings and Sterling Holloway
said at 12:14 AM on Mon Mar 2 2015
I quite like George Sanders' portrayal of Shere Khan. Of course, he's the original performer, but I think Tony Jay is a good successor and I like how he sounds calm yet sinister and slightly impatient. Jason Marsden seems to take a different approach to portraying the younger version of the character, but I think his performance as a young Shere Khan is decent enough.
said at 7:31 AM on Thu Jan 15 2015
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1 Tony Jay
2 George Sanders
3 Jason Marsden(hey whadaya know there's a kid version I prefer over an adult version!)
4 Thurl Ravenscroft- and the rare time I feel like the singer is terrible
said at 10:23 PM on Tue Nov 25 2014
I wonder if Rick D Wasserman would make a good voice for Shere Khan.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 4:45 PM on Wed Oct 22 2014
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My favorite is Tony Jay!
said at 1:04 AM on Thu Aug 21 2014
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Can't go wrong with the classics, so George Sanders.

That being said, I'm fully prepared to change to Benedict Cumberbatch or Idris Elba, should they turn out to be better.
said at 8:08 AM on Tue Oct 14 2014
@TheVengeanceKnight The comparison between them should certainly be interesting :-)
said at 12:04 PM on Tue Jul 22 2014
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Tony is probably the best of them all. George was awesome too, but I somehow love Tony.
said at 8:43 PM on Sun Jun 1 2014
George and Tony are my favorites. I can't pick between them as they're both epic as Shere Khan. Thurl provided an epic singing voice for Shere Khan, and Jason just sounds weird. I think Corey Burton or Benedict Cumberbatch should voice Shere Khan if he ever returns.
said at 9:10 AM on Tue Aug 19 2014

said at 6:27 PM on Wed Aug 20 2014
That oughta be cool.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 5:02 PM on Wed Apr 22 2015
@Kiryu2012 Should they bring The Jungle Book into the Kingdom Hearts games, I'd certainly like to audition as the voice of Shere Khan. The only thing is I don't know whether to use my George Sanders impression or my Tony Jay impression.
said at 6:07 PM on Wed Apr 22 2015
@Jacob M. Keene
Well, I'm sure either one could work quite well. Either way, I'm sure you'd do a great job as Shere Khan. :)
Jacob M. Keene
said at 8:12 PM on Wed Apr 22 2015
@Kiryu2012 Thanks!
said at 1:40 PM on Wed Sep 16 2015
@Kiryu2012 Considering Corey Burton is the new voice of Frollo, I'm guessing he'd voice Shere Khan if he appeared in Kingdom Hearts III or something.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:44 PM on Sun May 25 2014
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My vote goes to Tony Jay. Mostly from watching TailSpin as a kid. Tony had such a marvelously wicked voice. No disrespect to George Sanders who originated the role, but I always think of Tony.

I'd like to hear Clancy Brown voice Khan at some point. Any others would be David Kaye, Jamieson Price and Paul Dobson. Clancy is my top pick, though.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 8:30 PM on Tue May 20 2014
What about Bill Lee when he sang that one line "That's What Friends are for!"? I think that should be added at some point!
DaveS (Training Moderator)
said at 10:05 AM on Sun May 4 2014
George Sanders! But Tony Jay does a great impersonation, more sinister and less smooth though.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 8:29 PM on Tue May 20 2014
@DaveS Tony Jay was using his natural voice the whole time.
facundo guerra 4
said at 11:42 AM on Sun Apr 20 2014
1-Tony Jay
2-George Sanders
They were perfect as Shere Khan R.I.P
Thurl Ravenscroft was good as the singing voice R.I.P
Jason was Terrible,almost sounding like Wolverine on helium
said at 3:28 AM on Wed Apr 16 2014
Walt Disney said that he saw George Sanders when he was shown the first story board drawings of Shere Kahn,and i can see way,this was nothing short of perfect casting.

Having said that i have to give my vote to Tony Jay,hes traidmark sinister,suave bariton matched Shere Kahn perfectly and he never felt to as just a replacemeant,but made the character hes own

Thurl Ravenscroft is not that bad,i could hear his voice coming from a more faithfull to the book version of shere kahn,but Sanders was much better for the gentelman villain version they went with.

Jason Marsden,oh boy,even when i was a todler Jasons voice for yound Shere Kahn bothered me.Theres just something creepy about his voice that doesnt sit well.
said at 1:10 PM on Mon Mar 10 2014
Of course Sanders was the original, and he did the job well. Having said that, though, I thought Jay was an impeccable replacement. He can also be heard as Shere Khan in the Disney series TAIL SPIN. Both are iconic, but I'm going with Jay. No opinion on the others.
said at 9:54 PM on Mon Feb 24 2014
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Cumberbatch, Please get Benedict Cumberbath to play him!!
said at 11:39 PM on Mon Feb 24 2014

*in before Cumberbatch ####storm -_- *

Good choice, but I'll take your Benedict Cumberbatch and raise you one Tom Hiddleston ;-)

Polyester Funk
said at 11:46 PM on Mon Feb 24 2014
@TheVengeanceKnight I think Clancy Brown would be a good choice for Khan.
said at 4:18 PM on Wed Mar 5 2014
@TheVengeanceKnight "Good choice, but I'll take your Benedict Cumberbatch and raise you one Tom Hiddleston ;-)"

said at 4:25 PM on Wed Mar 5 2014
@DreamMaster08X Just wanted to share that. :-P
said at 4:25 PM on Wed Mar 5 2014

That being said...

said at 4:26 PM on Wed Mar 5 2014
...well ####.
said at 10:49 PM on Wed Mar 5 2014
@DreamMaster08X I'm not 100% sure about this one, but how about Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan and Tom Hiddleston as Kaa?
said at 11:13 PM on Wed Mar 5 2014
@Metabad Not bad, not bad.
said at 8:49 AM on Tue Aug 19 2014

said at 3:26 AM on Mon Jan 27 2014
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I wonder if Corey Burton would make a good Shere Khan?
said at 3:06 PM on Fri Feb 14 2014
@Finister2 Yes he would since he's great at voicing other Disney characters. If they ever bring Shere Khan back (most likely he will appear in a Kingdom Hearts game) then Corey will voice him.
said at 3:35 PM on Wed Mar 5 2014
@Finister2 Coreys already unofficially the new voices for disneys Shere Kahn,since he previously voiced Frollo and the Magic Mirrore,an juging from them he does a exellent Tony Jay impression
said at 7:13 PM on Fri Jul 3 2015
@Finister2 My choices would be Earl Boen or Michael Dorn.
said at 8:22 AM on Mon Sep 30 2013
Jason is the young version & Thurl is his singing voice (which sounded awful) so they don't count for me.

I have 2 go with George as he sounds more menacing than Tony.
said at 2:49 AM on Tue Feb 17 2015
@Ross123 I guess that's why Thurl wasn't in the actual film, it's one of the worst stunt singing I ever heard it sounds almost fan dub level

Tony does sound menacing mostly for the fact Shere Khan is almost completely cold with very little hamminess in the sequel
said at 1:50 PM on Tue Feb 17 2015
@HienFan Allow me to elaborate on my original comment:

Tony is indeed menacing as Shere Khan and gives off a great sinister and evil performance. But I do feel that all he did was build upon what George layed out

George is the original and while he sounds rather posh, I feel that his voice is slightly more menacing because of the way he presented himself.
said at 9:40 PM on Wed Feb 18 2015
@Ross123 Though I think that's how Tony Jay's voice is like period if his other work is any indication
said at 10:46 AM on Mon Feb 23 2015
@HienFan I know that's how Tony Jay's voice is but I'm still allowed to prefer George over him as Shere Khan as I just prefer his voice more in the role.
said at 8:27 PM on Mon Feb 23 2015
@Ross123 Yes I know just trying to defend Tony a little
said at 11:40 AM on Fri Feb 27 2015
@HienFan I understand that and I don't blame you for it cause Tony Jay was a wonderful VA with an amazing range.

But I just prefer George as Shere Khan at the end of rhe day. But Tony was still amazing as him in his own right.
said at 10:59 PM on Sun Mar 1 2015
@Ross123 I like George as well, behind the outdated audio is a very good voice, can't say the same for the Thurls or Jason(Well Jason is voicing a child Shere Khan but it sounded rather out of character)
said at 1:11 PM on Mon Mar 2 2015
@HienFan Well Shere Khan was a lot nicer when he was younger.

But yeah, it doesn't really sound right considering he's supposed to be the main villain.
said at 5:54 PM on Wed Apr 22 2015
@HienFan Frollo, Megabite, and the asylum doctor in Beauty & The Beast weren't.
virtual revenger
said at 8:58 PM on Tue Aug 6 2013
Poor Shere Khan born with a crippled leg. No wonder he became a man eater.
said at 4:57 AM on Sat Jan 30 2016
@virtual revenger That's the book. The Disney version is not lame. He became a man eater because of human hunting and persecution on his specie. Which is a even better motivation
said at 3:15 PM on Sat May 11 2013
Wow, Kaa and Khaan sound nearly exactly the same! :)

I like.
said at 6:50 AM on Sun Sep 9 2012
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This is tough, Jay and Sanders both nail Shere Kahn's personality, I really their deep, British and villainous voices... but alas I vote for Tony on this one because George sounds a little too deep and gruff.

Thurl makes a good singing voice. But Jason was HORRIBLE: no British accent and just plain creepy as Shere Kahn!
said at 6:37 PM on Sun Apr 29 2012
I prefer Jay Sanders sounds too Russian than British
said at 6:34 PM on Sun Apr 22 2012
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George Saders is the best, but Tony Jay was PERFECT as his replacement. Thurl has an amazing singing voice, and Jason was great as his younger self.
said at 4:53 PM on Tue Jun 19 2012
@PurpleWarrior13 It's scary how similar they sound
I hope Corey Burton does a good job
said at 10:48 AM on Sat Mar 24 2012
Cade Mc... No, I vote for Jason Marsd... Ah, I'm more used to Tony Jay!
said at 7:28 AM on Sun Mar 11 2012
No contest; George, although Tony Jay did echo Sanders pretty well and Thurl is just plain awesome whatever he does.
said at 4:59 PM on Wed Dec 14 2011
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Tony Jay's the only one who can compare to George Sanders. Thurl Ravenscroft is an evil Tony the Tiger and Jason Marsden just never sounded right, even for a cub version of Khan.
said at 10:24 PM on Sat Oct 22 2011
i'd have to say, but thurl's voice for shere khan reminds me of the nintendo character, bowser.
said at 6:07 PM on Tue May 31 2011
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George Sanders was good
Tony Jay was amazing at imitating Sanders
Thurl Ravenscroft was in the original film he provided Shere Khan's singing voice
Jason Marsden is the worst he sounds creepy and he has no British accent
said at 9:08 PM on Wed Feb 9 2011
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I can't decide between George Sanders and Tony Jay, both sound similar, both are good.

Thurl Ravenscroft seems like a good singer, but I don't think he fits the character.

Jason Marsden I guess is decent for a child version of Shere Khan, but can't even compare to Tony Jay and George Sanders.
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Who do you think has been the best from these Shere Khan voice actors?
George Sanders
Thurl Ravenscroft
Jason Marsden
Tony Jay