Gollum / Smeagol
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Gollum / Smeagol

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Gollum / Smeagol with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Lord of the Rings

Smeagol was an ordinary Hobbit who came into possession of the One Ring and deteriorated into the being now known as Gollum (named after his habit of making a throaty swallowing noise on occasion). After losing the One Ring to Bilbo Baggins, he would pursue the One Ring for the rest of his unnaturally extended life. Smeagol and Gollum exist as two personalities in the same being and often quarrel with each other when they are alone.
Created by CatsTuxedo on Jul 9 2010
Special thanks to NCZ, DaveS for additional sound clips.
The Hobbit (1977)
Gollum / SmeagolBrother Theodore
Brother Theodore
The Lord of the Rings (1978)
Gollum / SmeagolPeter Woodthorpe
Peter Woodthorpe
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring The Video Game (2002)
Gollum / SmeagolQuinton Flynn
Quinton Flynn
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Gollum / SmeagolAndy Serkis
Andy Serkis
The Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring (2003)
GollumDave Wittenberg
Dave Wittenberg
The Hobbit (2003)
Gollum / SmeagolDaran Norris
Daran Norris
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014)
Gollum / SmeagolLiam O'Brien
Liam O'Brien

EDITOR'S OPINION

Brother Theodore's rendition is very convincing, not to mention fun to listen to.

Peter Woodthrope's acting is pretty solid, but his voice lacks the creaturesque quality that makes the character.

Andy Serkis does a good job at making Gollum sound vicious and ill-tempered and Smeagol sound pitiful and benign, but what is more impressive is that both voices never sound like they're coming from completely different people, which captures the duality of the character nicely.

Quinton Flynn sounds like he has potential, but he has too minor of a role to really show the audience what he can do.

Daran Norris, while having the voice down-pat, isn't quite strong enough ("My riiing" is particularly weak).

In the end, I'm going with Serkis, with Brother Theodore a close second.

CatsTuxedo

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GreenGoblin75
said at 2:08 PM on Sat Apr 2 2016
1. Andy Serkis
2. Liam O'Brien
3. Dave Wittenberg
4. Brother Theodore
5. Peter Woodthorpe
6. Daran Norris
7. Quentin Flynn
Kioea
said at 9:44 AM on Fri Nov 13 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Full order:

1. Andy Serkis
2. Liam O'Brien
3. Brother Theodore
4. Dave Wittenberg
5. Peter Woodthorpe
6. Daran Norris
7. Quentin Flynn
Bauglir100
said at 10:04 PM on Sun Oct 11 2015
Want more Quinton Flynn as Gollum from the Fellowship of the Ring game? Here's the link to a secret in the game where Gollum has a conversation with Aragorn:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6KFWmLbkMg

Now, can we FINALLY update his clip?
Kioea
said at 9:45 AM on Fri Nov 13 2015
@Bauglir100 I can barely hear him over the running water, so I don't think it's usable.
Bauglir100
said at 4:46 PM on Fri Nov 13 2015
@Kioea Oh, come on! It doesn't have to be high-definition! The site's used clips with absolutely HORRENDOUS quality in the past for Voice Compares, so a little water shouldn't stop anything.

Besides, do you have any idea how freakin' long it took for me to find a Youtube video of that cutscene, which is probably one of the biggest secrets in the history of Tolkien video games? I say update the clip anyway, and use it until a higher quality clip without the SFX in the background can be found.

And really, it's better than just using that one tiny snippet that is ALREADY there.
Kioea
said at 1:28 AM on Sat Nov 14 2015
@Bauglir100 I was merely pointing out the potential issues and objections that may arise. There's no need to go overboard about it. And no one's doubting your hard work - you did well to find it.
Bauglir100
said at 7:59 AM on Mon Nov 16 2015
@Kioea Thank you. But just what issues could come of this? There are clips of far worse quality used for other characters on this site, and what are the options here: "Add a couple minutes of voices spoken over running water" VS. "keep the clip a tiny snippet that's little more than a single word and a growl"?

I for one could hear Gollum's voice just fine in the clip, and I have an old Macintosh. You just need to adjust the volume, that's all.

The only question is: "Is this site capable of updating sound clips that have already been added?"
Dimentionalist
said at 9:40 PM on Sat Oct 10 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Serkis, O'Brien, and Theodore are my favorites.

When I was playing Shadows, I thought it was pretty cool to hear Andy Serkis and Troy Baker in the same game.

Then I looked up the cast list and found out it was Liam O'Brien. Never would have guessed. Not only is the voice a dead-on impersonation, but the actual performance gives me the creeps (as Gollum should).

Well done, Liam. You fooled me!
lnytune1
said at 5:36 PM on Sat Aug 15 2015
"You don't have any friends! Nobody likes you!"
Starscreamsfan
said at 8:00 AM on Wed Jul 8 2015
1) Peter Woodthorpe
2) Brother Theodore
3) Wolfe Morris (1968 The Hobbit radio drama)
4) Andy Serkis
5) Liam O'Brien
6) Daran Norris
7) Dave Wittenberg
8) Quinton Flynn
9) Gail Chugg (1979 Mind's Eye radio dramas)
Kioea
said at 3:28 PM on Tue Jun 2 2015
Top 5:

1. Andy Serkis
2. Liam O'Brien
3. Brother Theodore
4. Dave Wittenberg
5. Peter Woodthorpe
Starscreamsfan
said at 10:14 AM on Mon Apr 27 2015
1) Peter Woodthorpe
2) Wolfe Morris (1968 The Hobbit radio drama)
3) Brother Theodore
4) Andy Serkis
5) Liam O'Brien
6) Daran Norris
7) Dave Wittenberg
8) Quinton Flynn
9) Gail Chugg (1979 Mind's Eye radio dramas)
Zillah
said at 6:11 AM on Wed Dec 24 2014
 5 Shout Outs!
Charlie Adler a Gollum!
Zillah
said at 6:15 AM on Wed Dec 24 2014
@Zillah *as* Gollum
Internetboy
said at 9:21 AM on Tue Dec 23 2014
 1 Shout Out!
I'm guessing Troy Baker could make a good Gollum using his Skrull Interrogator voice from Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes?
Internetboy
said at 11:02 PM on Tue Jan 6 2015
@Internetboy From the episode Prisoner of War
GrayFournier
said at 6:13 PM on Sat Dec 20 2014
I'm surprised, I didn't know the voice of Kakashi and Gaara voiced Gollum o.o i'm voting for Andy Serkis because in the trilogy it's for sure his best, they really brought out Gollum as a devious creature. But i'm going to give Liam O'Brien a lot of credit as well, he did a VERY good job voicing Gollum
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 1:45 PM on Mon Dec 22 2014
@GrayFournier
Kakashi, Gaara and Iruka
Zillah
said at 10:09 AM on Sat Dec 6 2014
 1 Shout Out!
1. Andy Serkis
2. Liam O'Brien
3. Brother Theodore
4. Dave Wittenberg
5. Daran Norris
6. Quinton Flynn
7. Peter Woodthorpe
Ross123
said at 2:43 AM on Wed Nov 26 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Man, could be a three way between Serkis, O'Brian and Wittenberg for me.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:24 PM on Tue Nov 25 2014
Dave Wittenberg is also really good.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 4:59 PM on Sat Nov 8 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Holy crap, Liam is perfect! It's hard to choose between Serkis, Theodore, and him!
Troodon2
said at 11:21 PM on Fri Oct 31 2014
Liam is by far the Troy Baker's Joker to Andy Serkis's Mark Hamill Joker.

And while there are spots that sounds a tad americanized Liam does solid job capturing Andy Serkis as Gollum for the most part.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 5:00 PM on Sat Nov 8 2014
@Troodon2 That's the best way of putting it.
Skullgrin140
said at 5:16 PM on Fri Oct 31 2014
Liam's Gollum is outstanding, he could stand in for Andy Serkis amazingly well. You couldn't tell the difference between the two.
Lion's Edge
said at 6:10 AM on Sat Oct 18 2014
 1 Shout Out!
...holy heck, Liam...

...is... is that seriously Liam O'Brien?
SideBurn
said at 6:26 PM on Fri Oct 17 2014
Liam sounds exactly like Serkis. I'm impressed
Jegsworthy_444
said at 7:52 AM on Fri Oct 3 2014
 1 Shout Out!
It now seems Andy Serkis who's the voice for Smeagol/Gollum is again in first place this time with 86.6% (71 votes) which has pleased me very greatly yet again!
Jegsworthy_444
said at 7:49 AM on Fri Oct 3 2014
 4 Shout Outs!
I think Scott McNeil would do a great voice for Gollum/Smeaton, but Andy Serbis would always be my favourite actor to voice Gollum/Smeagol in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001, 2002 & 2003) as I'm pleased Andy's in first place with 86.4% (70 votes).
Polyester Funk
said at 11:17 PM on Fri Oct 3 2014
@Jegsworthy_444 Scott McNeil would be a really good choice for Gollum.
Zillah
said at 7:19 PM on Thu Oct 2 2014
 5 Shout Outs!
Uhhh yeah what they said.
I'm impressed, Liam.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 6:30 PM on Thu Oct 2 2014
 7 Shout Outs!
I think it's obvious that Andy snuck into the recording booth and was using Liam as a meat-puppet because HOT DANG!
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 10:50 PM on Thu Oct 2 2014
@TylerMirage Insert LOOKS LIKE MEAT'S BACK ON THE MENU BOYS joke here.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:48 PM on Thu Oct 2 2014
@TylerMirage That's funny and also rather frightening to think about.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 10:38 AM on Thu Oct 2 2014
 7 Shout Outs!
Liam O'Brien's Gollum is spot-on. Most Serkis impressions I've heard sound more like an evil version of Stitch rather than Gollum, but Liam's impression is so thorough and natural that it's identical to the original. I need to play this game eventually and see more of his performance.

At the moment, I'm having a hard time deciding who I like better between Andy Serkis and Brother Theodore.
Ross123
said at 8:35 AM on Thu Oct 2 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Wow Liam is doing a great at voicing Gollum.

It's neck & neck between him and Andy for me I think.

Though I think my vote will stay with Andy since he made Gollum as we know him but it's still tough to call.
VctrBnsn
said at 6:40 AM on Thu Oct 2 2014
Andy of course, but Liam is a dang good replacement. A lot of actors can imitate Gollum, but Liam seems to capture a lot of the subtle things Andy had that others couldn't quite get. I love in the game when Gollum starts singing to himself, and it was that moment when I realized that Liam was doing more than a Serkis impression, he was doing the performance just as great.
Torak
said at 2:49 AM on Thu Oct 2 2014
Wooooooah! Another reason why Liam is one of my favourite voice actors working today! Stellar work as Gollum! In fact the only reason I'm putting him behind Serkis is because it was, sadly, just an impersonation and it didn't feel like he made it his own take.

1. Andy
1.5. Liam
2. Brother
3. Daran
4. Peter & Quinton
Polyester Funk
said at 11:25 PM on Wed Oct 1 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Have to give this one to Andy Serkis. He was so creepy and deranged in that part. And he pulled off the "sweeter" Smeagol aspect of the character very nicely, too.

Brother Theodore is also very good. A properly deranged voice. Gollum doesn't look all that frightening in that film, but that voice is.

Quinton Flynn is too brief to really judge and Daran Norris is too deep.

Man, Liam O'Brien sounds almost exactly like Andy! If I didn't know I'd probably think it was Andy again.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 3:48 PM on Wed Oct 1 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
I heard Liam do his Gollum before on his podcast, so I knew he would be great in the role.

Serkis is still #1, though.
LordofEvil96
said at 3:20 PM on Wed Oct 1 2014
 10 Shout Outs!
Holy friggin crap. Liam does one mean Serkis imitation.
Metabad
said at 10:05 AM on Thu Sep 25 2014
 1 Shout Out!
The only reason I haven't voted yet is because I can never fully decide between Andy Serkis and Brother Theodore.
Ross123
said at 10:42 AM on Tue Jul 29 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Andy Serkis is Hands Down the best as Gollum.

Brother Theodore is 2nd while Daran is 3rd.

Quinton only had a line or 2 so it was too brief to be considered better than the others.

Peter was just using a normal voice making his performance weak.
Starscreamsfan
said at 3:39 PM on Tue Dec 30 2014
@Ross123 You should hear Peter Woodthorpe in the radio drama. He was quite awesome in that one.

Just listen to this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8J4ZZvkdLE
Ross123
said at 1:42 PM on Thu Jan 1 2015
@Starscreamsfan Wow, just wow. I'm quite surprised I enjoyed that actually.

Mainly because Peter makes Gollum sound a bit like a creepy old man (well that's what I thought of it anyway) and it was somehow rather fitting.
Starscreamsfan
said at 10:34 AM on Fri Jan 2 2015
@Ross123 Yes, he dotes an awesome job as Gollum.

Both the Bakshi film and the radio drama have the best casting choices of all LOTR adaptations, IMHO.

The 1981 drama has two actors from the Bakshi films: Peter Woodthorpe (Gollum) and Michael Graham Cox (Boromir).

The radio drama also features a casting choice that most live-action LOTR fans like you will find ironic and interesting: Ian Holm as Frodo.
Starscreamsfan
said at 10:35 AM on Fri Jan 2 2015
@Ross123 Yes, he dotes an awesome job as Gollum.

Both the Bakshi film and the radio drama have the best casting choices of all LOTR adaptations, IMHO.

The 1981 drama has two actors from the Bakshi films: Peter Woodthorpe (Gollum) and Michael Graham Cox (Boromir).

The radio drama also features a casting choice that most live-action LOTR fans like you will find ironic and interesting: Ian Holm as Frodo.
Starscreamsfan
said at 10:40 AM on Fri Jan 2 2015
@Starscreamsfan Got posted twice, and I meant does, not dotes
Zillah
said at 11:43 AM on Fri Jan 2 2015
@Starscreamsfan Yeah Peter was much better in the radio drama.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:15 PM on Fri Jan 2 2015
@Starscreamsfan Peter does sound better there. He sounds more deranged, which is certainly fitting.
Starscreamsfan
said at 7:06 AM on Sun Jan 4 2015
@Polyester Funk My favorite part is when Bilbo remembers his encounter with Gollum. Woodthorpe was quite funny when the memory begins and when he tries to guess the answer of the riddle, but quite desperate and insane when he finds out the ring is gone:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2qpmS_PWM4

The memory begins at 3:04 in this clip.
Ross123
said at 12:53 PM on Thu Jan 8 2015
@Starscreamsfan I've been quite busy lately but when I get the chance, I'll check out the radio drama.

Also, Ian Holm as Frodo. Now that I so have to hear.
Bauglir100
said at 10:07 PM on Sun Oct 11 2015
@Ross123 I just posted a link to a cutscene from the FOTR game where Aragorn meets Gollum. You can find it at the top of this page.
Bauglir100
said at 12:34 AM on Sun Jun 29 2014
 1 Shout Out!
There's actually a point in the FOTR game where Gollum has a conversation with Aragorn and gives him a swordfish (!?!?!) to use as a weapon. No, I'm not making this up.

It's pretty secret, but it happens during the Amon Hen level. I know it's for real and gone through and done it several times, but I unfortunately don't have the proper equipment to record it, let alone put it on this site.

Maybe someone else with more time on their hands could track this secret down with the intent of recording it? Because just using his one line from the opening video just seems wrong.
Netherman14
said at 3:18 AM on Mon Apr 21 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
Dee Bradley Baker as Gollum, if he used his Larfleeze voice in a higher pitch.
Netherman14
said at 3:27 AM on Mon Apr 21 2014
@Netherman14
Number 1: Andy Serkis - This is Gollum! nuff said.
Number 2: Brother Theodore - Good voice and acting, closer to how I imagine Gollum would sound like.
Number 3: Daran Norris - Good voice, good acting.
Number 4: Quinton Flynn - The clip is too short, I can't judge it properly.
Number 5: Peter Woodthorpe - Easily forgettable, sounds too normal.
Bartimaeus
said at 5:51 AM on Sat Jan 18 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
Andy Serkis : For me, he nailed the role, he IS Gollum/Smeagol.

Brother Theodore : A good performance, really creepy, despite the appearance of Gollum in this cartoon, he looks like a big frog.

Quiton Flynn : Too short, I can't juge his performance.

Daran Norris : He's fine but a little too deep.

Peter Woodthorpe : His acting is fine but he sounds too......I don't know. Normal ? And kinda forgettable.
Bartimaeus
said at 12:59 PM on Mon Dec 22 2014
@Bartimaeus

Dave Wittenberg is honest in my opinion.

By the way, I heard Peter Woodthorpe in the BBC radio and he did better than his performance in the Baski movie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ixi5OR0ZVdw
Bartimaeus
said at 1:24 PM on Mon Dec 22 2014
@Bartimaeus

And Liam O'Brien is really good, of course.
Zillah
said at 1:19 PM on Tue Dec 23 2014
@Bartimaeus After listening to Peter in that video, he sounds an awful lot like Charlie Adler there.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 2:43 PM on Fri Oct 4 2013
 11 Shout Outs!
I think Steve Blum would make a pretty good Gollum/Smeagol.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 9:21 PM on Sun Oct 13 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight Using an evil, deranged version of his Guilmon/Blunk voice. I've actually imagined that for a long time.
DreamMaster08X
said at 6:30 PM on Tue Dec 17 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKayLq1d5Bs
MilanTheVillain01
said at 4:50 AM on Fri Mar 8 2013
Andy Serkis first, Brother Theodore second & Quinton Flynn third.
ConVito
said at 1:49 AM on Wed Oct 3 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
Andy, naturally. He's Gollum in the flesh. But Brother Theodore is delightfully insane, and Daran comes in third I think.
CLG
said at 11:19 PM on Thu Mar 28 2013
@ConVito
I doubtfully agree.
BlankSlate
said at 5:04 AM on Sun Jan 1 2012
 3 Shout Outs!
Andy, hands down.
Blue Paratroopa
said at 1:19 AM on Mon Aug 15 2011
 1 Shout Out!
I agree with the editor---Brother Theodore was wonderfully scary, but Andy was the best Gollum/Smeagle.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 6:08 PM on Mon Mar 28 2011
 1 Shout Out!
@Meagol: Theodore overacted too though. Just listen to the "THIEF! BAGGINS!" again. Gollum is insane; going over-the-top sometimes is required.

I agree with the editor's opinion. Both Andy Serkis and Brother Theodore were perfect in the role. Flynn and Norris just couldn't pull it off and Peter Woodthorpe sounds like a member of the Beatles.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 2:00 PM on Fri Jul 9 2010
I agree with Peter being the worst and to me Daran's take is too deep of a voice. Its a toss up for me between Brother Theodore and Andy but I am voting for Andy.
Starscreamsfan
said at 11:08 AM on Thu Apr 30 2015
@OptimusSolo If you think Peter is bad, PREPARE TO BE AMAZED!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8J4ZZvkdLE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ixi5OR0ZVdw
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 1:58 PM on Fri Jul 9 2010
Very unique voice compare here CatsTuxedo! Nice Job!
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