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

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 Sep 2 2010
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 6:09 PM on Mon Apr 30 2018
Matthew Broderick of course, he's the real Simba we al know and love!
said at 4:51 PM on Fri Oct 27 2017
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Matthew barely wins. The others are great too. Joseph does a perfect singing voice. Cam is a very worthy replacement. That first sentence of his is spot on. The second one not quite so much.
said at 8:25 PM on Sun Sep 24 2017
1. Cam Clarke: He took what Broderick gave and he added his own personal touch to it. I love that he sang in "Simba's Pride"
2. Joseph Williams: Williams is a pretty good singing voice and he matches Broderick's vocals very well.
3. Matthew Broderick: I do respect that he was the first to be adult Simba but I just don't know, I keep picturing Ferris.
said at 2:31 AM on Sun Aug 13 2017
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All these actors do an exceptional job but ultimately Matthew Broderick gets my vote. His voice is just so Simba. Yeah his acting is a little on the iffy side but he really knew how to convey the emotion in the role that it simply too memorable.

Joseph Williams provides a great singing for that moment that I thought it was still Matthew when he sang!

Cam Clarke is by far one of the best stand-ins ever! It's almost a near flawless mixture of an impression of Matthew and his own flair! I really wish he would come back and voice Simba in The Lion Guard (I'm sorry but Rob Lowe DOES NOT fit as Simba).
said at 3:56 AM on Thu Nov 3 2016
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Matthew Broderick did a fine job, really, I'll give him the vote since I feel his performance was the most well rounded one. Cam Clarke is pretty good, too, though I wish he had more material to go on. Joseph Williams does well for the singing voice, as well.

I haven't heard Robe Lowe's performance, but from what I'm hearing, it's probably not good.
said at 8:52 PM on Sat Jan 21 2017
@WrightWay - When did Robe Lowe voice him?
said at 9:02 PM on Sat Jan 21 2017
Apparently here- I can sort of see what people are saying now.
said at 9:32 AM on Sun Jan 22 2017
@HyperVoiceActing He voices him in The Lion Guard.
said at 3:36 AM on Thu Nov 3 2016
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I can't choose here. They all nail it in my opinion.
said at 2:32 PM on Wed Apr 13 2016
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1. Cam Clarke
2. Matthew Broderick
3. Joseph Williams
said at 7:16 PM on Tue Apr 19 2016
1. Cam Clarke
2. Matthew Broderick
3. Joseph Williams
4. Rob Lowe
said at 6:33 AM on Sun Apr 10 2016
Interestingly Clarke also provided the singing voice in the movie, Lion King 2. < That's because originally he was supposed to voice him in the whole movie since Broderick was too busy to reprise the role but then Broderick freed up and the director casted him even if Cam already recorded most of the lines. But they still preferred Cam's singing voice over Matthew's
said at 4:58 AM on Sat May 28 2016
@Francesco92e Where did you hear this?
said at 8:35 PM on Sat Aug 13 2016
@Francesco92e No, Matthew didn't have the right singing voice they were looking for Simba. Why do you think the also hired a singing double for Matthew in The Lion King 1? (Joseph Williams)
said at 9:34 PM on Sat Apr 2 2016
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Rob Lowe is alright albeit not so much as Simba
1 Cam Clarke
2 Joseph William
3 Matthew Broderick
4 Rob Lowe
said at 10:19 AM on Sun Feb 7 2016
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Matthew Broderick's performance isn't as bad as most people say but I actually prefer Cam Clarke's impression. Sounds spot on and adds a bit more personality in the performance.

Joseph Williams does a spot on job at voice matching Broderick and as a singing voice.

I haven't heard much of Rob Lowe's take on Simba, it's an interesting casting idea to say the least though I kinda wish they just brought Cam back for the new Lion King cartoon, it probably would have been cheaper and maybe more effective.

In the end I'm giving my vote to Cam.
said at 3:56 AM on Sun Jan 31 2016
Gotta go with Matthew Broderick: his voice is so sexy... he also fit perfectly with Simba: strong but humble. Gentle but decisive. Cam Clarke did a great job primarly because he did a great job at imitating Matthew, I mean you just can't spot the difference between them!
said at 1:52 PM on Tue Nov 17 2015
Pretty soon Rob Lowe who plays Simba in the Lion Guard will be added to the list, but I don't think you can beat the original who did Simba. Matthew Broderick himself, he's got quite the charm. :)
said at 8:28 AM on Thu Jul 9 2015
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1. Matthew Broderick
2. Cam Clarke
3. Joseph Williams
said at 2:36 PM on Wed Jan 7 2015
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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 9:46 PM on Fri Feb 12 2016
@RenoRebirth I don't dislike it just Cam was really good in KH2 while Joseph has a very nice singing voice
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
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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 9:42 PM on Fri Feb 12 2016
@Ross123 Joseph did have a great singing voice though

Funny about Cam I also thought it wasn't that great in the cartoon but in KH 2 it's better as well
said at 2:21 PM on Thu Mar 24 2016
@HienFan Yes agree, Joseph did a good job as Simba's singing voice in the movie.

If I were to pick my favourite singing VA, I'd probably go with Cam in Lion King 2. The song We Are One is just so relaxing and memorable to me.
said at 10:05 PM on Thu Mar 24 2016
@Ross123 Gah that song... Cam is a lovely singer together with his acting career
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
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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
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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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