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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Popeye with sound clips and images.
Popeye the Sailor Man traces his history all the way back to 1929 when he first started appearing in comic strips. This military veteran is famous for gaining super human strength when he eats his spinach. Often battling for the love of Olive Oyl with Bluto Popeye is also known for his gravelly voice, his casual grammar, his speech impediment and of course his signature laugh which you should be able to hear in most of these clips. Also, important to note that his voice tends to be less gravelly when he utters things under his breath or is talking to himself.
EDITOR'S OPINIONJack Mercer had the longest tenure of providing the voice of Popeye and in my opinion that is definitely a good thing. Welch who stepped in for him from time to time when he was in the armed forces or unable to record lines did a decent job but is just missing some of that gravelly magic. The early voices of Costello, Buckley (who was the radio voice of Popeye) and the one time performance by Questel are a little deeper voiced than I like my Popeye. Mercer also nailed the signature laugh of Popeye!
The modern voices by LeMarche and West are wonderful. I think they both did a great job of capturing the nuances of the character. In the end though my vote goes to Mercer.