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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Simba with sound clips and images.
What else do we need to say here. Simba is the hero and main character from the Lion King Franchise. As an adult, he dealt with many issues surrounding the death of his father including fear and guilt. Eventually though he would take his place as the true King of the Jungle.

Before we get into my picks though lets clear up who voiced who when for those out there not aware, and because it can be confusing at times...

As for the adult version of this classic character, it started out with Ferrie Bueller, I mean Matthew Broderick doing the speaking voice in the movie, while son of famed composer John Williams, Joseph Williams, provided the singing voice. Broderick also voiced the adult version in both Lion King 1 and 1/2 and Lion King 2.

Cam Clarke is the only other voice actor to take on the adult role of Simba, which he did in the TV Series, Timon and Pumbaa, as well as in the Kingdom Hearts game. Interestingly Clarke also provided the singing voice in the movie, Lion King 2.
Created by OptimusSolo on Thu Sep 2 2010, 31 Comments, Add Comment
The Lion King (1994)
Simba (Adult)Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
The Lion King (1994)
Simba (Adult)Joseph Williams
Joseph Williams
Timon & Pumbaa (1995)
SimbaCam Clarke
Cam Clarke


Simba is by far one of my All-Time Favorite Disney characters and I absolutely LOVE his voice. The weirdest thing is that I love his voice pretty much no matter who is doing it.

I think Cam Clarke and Broderick have very similar sounding voices. I am a huge fan of Cam Clarke but on this one I have to give the nod to Broderick.


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said at 2:36 PM on Wed Jan 7 2015
Why not just use Broderick for the singing voice? He has done musical theater I thought.
said at 9:15 AM on Wed Dec 24 2014
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1 Cam Clarke
2 Joseph Williams
3 Matthew Broderick
said at 2:26 AM on Wed Sep 3 2014
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All this negativity towards Matthew.
Is this still BTVA? Or did I wander onto a 4-chan thread?
said at 3:18 PM on Wed Sep 3 2014
@RenoRebirth Either that or That Guy With The Glasses.
said at 3:47 PM on Wed Sep 3 2014
@Metabad BURN!
said at 4:43 PM on Wed Sep 3 2014
@Metabad ugggghhh he's so blaaaaaaand!!! and it's all because he can't act! it has nothing to do with the direction or anything that actually matters!! it's all because he's a bad actor because i said so
i'm 16 hear me roar
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 6:30 AM on Thu Sep 25 2014
@RenoRebirth wait what - who's a bad actor?
said at 8:04 AM on Thu Sep 25 2014
@OptimusSolo Nobody. But I see so much distaste for Matthew Broderick in the comments for all his voice compares and I haven't the slightest idea why.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 8:50 PM on Wed Oct 1 2014
@RenoRebirth ahh gotcha
said at 6:46 PM on Sun Jun 1 2014
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Strangely, I gotta go with Clarke. I dunno why, exactly, but he just has this extra... charm.
said at 6:47 PM on Sun Jun 1 2014
@Bookman230 Plus he does double duty singing as him too, and I always loved We Are One.
said at 6:30 PM on Mon Apr 7 2014
Lets face it Mattew Broderick cant act,im of course going with Cam Clark,who sound early identical to Mattew
said at 7:24 AM on Sat Oct 5 2013
I really prefer Matthew Broderick as the voice of Simba. Because he's a movie actor, it makes sense a different actor would be used for other types of media. It's that case with most movies. You rarely see a cartoon version of a movie with an actor playing a role for both versions.
said at 1:48 PM on Fri Oct 4 2013
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In a rare instant where I prefer an impression to the original, I'm going for Cam Clarke. He makes Simba sound less bland and whiny to me.
said at 1:55 PM on Fri Aug 30 2013
love Cam
said at 10:46 PM on Fri Aug 23 2013
Cam Clarke IS a good actor, but even though he didn't do TOO badly as Simba, he sounds a bit too rough and I kept on thinking of Andrei Ulmeyda from Killer7 every time he spoke. That's in no way meant to be detrimental. He still does fine.

Nonetheless, I'm going with Matthew Broderick. Sure, there are places where he seems a bit wooden, but overall I thought he did a great job, especially at the finale when he's confronting Scar. He got even better in LION KING II.
said at 11:50 PM on Sat Aug 17 2013
I actually prefer Cam over Matthew.
said at 10:04 PM on Thu Aug 15 2013
Not sure why Joseph did the singing. Matthew Broderick is a very good singer.
said at 4:35 PM on Wed Jul 17 2013
Joseph doesn't count as he does the singing.

Matthew is Number1.

Cam was a bit rough on the voice but he was better in Kingdom Hearts 2.
said at 7:29 AM on Sun Apr 21 2013
Matthew Broderick as Simba for the win. This role that Mr. Broderick has brought to life will always have a special place in my heart.

To be fair Cam Clarke, does a great job sounding like Broderick. Heck, he was even his singing voice in Lion King 2.
said at 9:22 AM on Fri Oct 19 2012
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They're actually all pretty good (Joseph has a nice little singing voice imo)

Broderick was of course the original and fits Simba really well, but his acting is amazingly wooden.

On the other hand, Cam Clarke also fits Simba really well, but the thing is this is a VOICE compare and I feel that Cam sounded more like a king which Simba is. His acting gets my vote, though Mathew come very close. :)
said at 2:59 PM on Thu Oct 18 2012
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Broderick is almost as bland a voice actor as he is a live action actor! Even as a kid I thought he was boring as Simba.

Cam personality really brings Simba to life, and he sings too! I wish Disney would've given him the role in the movie, but I guess they really wanted a celebrity name to help sell the film.
said at 8:51 PM on Sat Jun 30 2012
Wow, everyone is so good! I didn't know there were three different voices to Simba, so this is very interesting! :D
Blue Paratroopa
said at 1:11 PM on Mon May 28 2012
I actually like Cam Clarke more than I like Matthew Broderick. He has the attitude of Cub!Simba.
said at 7:37 PM on Tue Mar 27 2012
I think I gonna go with Cam. He voices for Simba a lot more after Matt, plus he bacame a Speaking voice, and and singing voice.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 11:04 PM on Fri Mar 23 2012
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Surprise surpirse but I like Cam more, he has the deeper voice that sounds more like a king. Broderick sounds like he's a little fragel even towards the end when he's after Scar, he doesn't sound all that natural
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 1:29 PM on Sat Mar 24 2012
By "not feeling natural" I meant his performance when he's fighting Scar.
said at 1:44 AM on Wed Sep 28 2011
Matthew since he had the main original role and did an amazing job with it! But all three sound very good and in character
said at 6:59 PM on Thu Jul 28 2011
1. Matthew Broderick - He originated the role
2. Cameron Clarke - He is the worthy sucessor
3. Joe Williams - He has a nice singing voice but I don't think he could do the speaking voice of Simba
said at 3:23 PM on Tue Aug 7 2012
@MatthewC17 How can you not voice for Matthew"Ferris Bueller"Broderick?

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Who do you think has been the best from these Simba voice actors?
Matthew Broderick
Joseph Williams
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