Salem Saberhagen
Sabrina: The Teenage Witch Sabrina: The Teenage Witch

Salem Saberhagen

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Salem Saberhagen with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Sabrina: The Teenage Witch

Salem is one of the secondary protagonists of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch series as he lives with the Spellman family namely Hilda, Zelda and of course Sabrina Spellman. Salem is known as a talking cat whom while he has a highly sarcastic sense of humor but despite of that he does genuinely help the Spellmans that he is living with whenever he can. Salem is generally referred to as Salem Saberhagen as he was once a warlock whom once aspired to take over the world but as punishment he was turned into a talking cat for a hundred years (but there were different reasons why he was turned into a cat in the past). But in the past Salem has been depicted as a relatively normal cat whom only meows (which is why the old Filmation series is excluded from this Voice Compare). 
Created by Pokejedservo on Sep 10 2011
Special thanks to CatsTuxedo for additional sound clips.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996) (1996)
SalemNick Bakay
Nick Bakay
Sabrina: Friends Forever (2002)
SalemLouis Chirillo
Louis Chirillo
Sabrina's Secret Life (2003)
SalemMaurice LaMarche
Maurice LaMarche
Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch (2013)
SalemIan James Corlett
Ian James Corlett


Today on the Sabrina The Teenage Witch VC section we have a little something from Sabrina's wise-cracking kitty... SALEM SABERHAGEN! We shall actually begin with the mid 90's live action sitcom of Sabrina the Teenage Witch in which Nick Bakay voiced the role of Salem. While Salem was not the only popular aspect of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch sitcom he was easily quite a fan favorite and Nick's performance for the role was a good reason why. Nick's performance for the role definitely suited Salem's Sardonic wit but does also suit on how Salem is not truly a bad guy in the series either. But still lets just say I can understand why Salem was always quite a fan favorite in the show and Nick Bakay's work on the role is a definite reason why.

While Nick Bakay did reprise the role as Salem in DiC's initial Sabrina the Animated series which was made back when DiC was owned by Disney and the show was on ABC. However in the early 2000's when DiC was still able to make Sabrina the Teenage Witch productions but no longer have Disney involved there was a bit of a VA cast change. So in the 2002 movie Sabrina Friends Forever, Louis Chirillo gets to take over the role here. While fans have complained that Louis' voice for the role  was a bit too different from Nick's lets just say but I thought it was decent enough. Louis' performance as Salem did have a fairly good amount of snark for the role which needless to say does work. Granted when it comes to Vancouver voice talent Louis Chirillo may not have been the best choice for Salem but he was a decent substitute nevertheless.

Now for the 2nd Sabrina animated series from DiC namely Sabrina's Secret Life in which surprisingly enough Veteran VA Maurice LaMarche got to take over the role here. While yes it was indeed nice that Maurice's Salem voice sounded more like Nick's Salem voice then Louis' but still Maurice does play the role of Salem as a Snarky aid to Sabrina rather well enough. While Maurice's work as Salem is not one of his most memorable performances but it is a good example of why he can play a comedic character rather well. Overall yes I would of course deem Nick Bakay's work to be the most memorable but Maurice LaMarche was a very close second with Louis Chirillo being a decent third. 

(Update: Ian James Cortlett voices Salem in Sabrina: Secrets of the Teenage Witch. Ian's work is rather good as while unlike his early 2000s counterparts instead of trying to imitate Nick Bakay he does his own take on the role in which it is pretty good. Ian's performance does have a very good sense of energy as Ian does seem to be trying to channel the late Paul Lynde in which he does pretty well at that. So while I admit I am going with Nick Bakay the most but Ian along with Maurice are very close seconds.)



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said at 8:30 PM on Sun Oct 29 2017
Nick Bakay for his memorable performance in Sabrina the teenage witch

Side note : after hearing about the new supernatural new Sabrina show on the CW I think Keith Silverstein would make a good choice for Salem
said at 9:59 AM on Wed Jul 26 2017
Wow, I never knew Salem had more than one voice actor! Well here's what I think:

4. Ian James Corlett - His voice just doesn't click with me. I get it's his own thing but I just can't picture Salem in my head when I hear his voice. He sounds more like a 60 year old.

3. Lous Chirillo - Better than Ian at least. He gives a bit of witty charm for Salem even if it's on the iffy side. He's got the right voice too. Overall decent if a bit mediocre.

2. Maurice LaMarche - Wow, he does a near spot-on impression of Nick Bakay! He also knows how to capture the snarky side of the character! The only issue is that it's a little duller than Nick but overall really good!

1. Nick Bakay - Come on, how could I NOT give this to Nick? He's the most memorable and the most witty for Salem! He has the correct timing for the witty one liners as well as the sarcasm. He practically makes Salem!
said at 7:12 PM on Thu Jan 5 2017
1. Nick
2. Maurice
3. Ian
4. Louis (just sounds too much like Roger the alien)
said at 9:25 PM on Sun Sep 18 2016
 1 Shout Out!
1. Nick Bakay: Bakay's work is his most well-known role and I love the sarcastic/snarky persona he gives Salem.
2. Maurice LaMarche: LaMarche does a great impression of Bakay, but with a twist to make the role his own.
4. Ian James Corlett: Corlett's voice is simply the same one he used for Hugh Test, but nonetheless it works just fine.
5. Louis Chirillo: I feel like this was a hit and miss here.
said at 1:28 PM on Tue Jul 7 2015
 1 Shout Out!
1) Nick Bakay
2) Louis Chirillo
3) Maurice LaMarche
4) Ian Corlett
said at 8:36 AM on Wed Feb 4 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Salem is Dukey...?
said at 10:34 PM on Sat Nov 1 2014
I rate them like this:

1. Nick

Nick Bakay IS Salem to me, but Maurice did a decent job. Louis doesn't really sound that much like Salem to me, but he's... okay, I guess? I don't like Ian's portrayal at all.
said at 3:11 PM on Sat Sep 20 2014
 6 Shout Outs!
I dunno about you, but that 3D Salem design looks ugly.
said at 9:32 PM on Sun Sep 28 2014
@Ghosty404 That show is ugly period
said at 5:42 PM on Wed Sep 17 2014
 1 Shout Out!
This is really no contest for me. Nick is a really funny take, and Maurice does a great job impersonating him, despite sounding a tad bit more deadpan.

Not sure how to feel about Ian. It's way different, but works and fits well enough. And I'm going to agree, Louis just sounds like Roger from American Dad. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, but that doesn't make it any less distracting XD.

Axem Red
said at 12:35 PM on Sun Sep 14 2014
I'm going with Nick Bakay and Ian James Corlett as a close 2nd.
said at 5:05 PM on Thu Sep 11 2014
Ian sounds like he's doing a bit of a Paul Lynde impression.
said at 12:39 PM on Thu Sep 11 2014
I'm still sticking with Bakay, I just love his voice. Although Maurice's impression of him is quite impressive.

BTW is that new Sabrina show any good?
said at 9:41 AM on Thu Sep 11 2014
 2 Shout Outs!
I want Ian James Corlett as Escargoon now.
Axem Red
said at 5:07 PM on Sun Sep 14 2014
@Metabad ^ That
said at 1:45 PM on Sat Oct 18 2014
@Axem Red It sounds so much like Ted Lewis, it's almost scary.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 9:11 PM on Wed Sep 10 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Ian's not doing it for me, his voice just doesn't match Salem
said at 12:53 AM on Wed Sep 10 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
Oh wow, the night I add the Ian clip is exactly three years after this compare was made!

Anyway, as difficult as it is to unhear Bakay as the character, Corlett's got some pretty good comic delivery going on. Makes me think of Paul Lynde a bit.
said at 12:11 PM on Tue Jul 22 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
You know who should voice Salem? Norm Macdonald.
said at 11:42 PM on Thu Jul 3 2014
1 Louis
2 Maurice
3 Nick
said at 11:47 PM on Thu Jul 3 2014
@HienFan Doh I realize Nick voiced him in the 1999 toon not Louis
1 Nick
2 Louis
3 Maurice
said at 9:50 PM on Wed Sep 10 2014
@HienFan 4 Ian James Corlett
said at 11:10 PM on Tue Jan 28 2014
Is Ian James Corlett any good?
said at 8:17 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
Nick Bakay is the one and only here. Maurice is the better impression between the two others. Louis's take sounds a bit like Roger Smith from "American Dad", IMO.
said at 11:28 AM on Thu May 1 2014

I agree. While Maurice is a very talented VA, no one can pull of those witty comments and that famous sob like Nick.
said at 3:47 AM on Thu Sep 26 2013
 1 Shout Out!
I give my vote to Nick Bakay, with Maurice LaMarche not too far behind.
said at 3:03 PM on Wed Sep 25 2013
Nick Bakay is halarious. I know I spelt that wrong, so don't bother correcting me. I wonder what he's doing right now. If he's still acting, I know what type of character he could play as.
said at 7:58 PM on Wed Sep 25 2013
@Legacyman Looks correct to me.
said at 3:47 PM on Thu May 16 2013
Another comment

Nick Bakay- He was alot better when he voiced Salem than Maurice and Louis combined. His voice matched Salem.

Louis Chirillo- He sounded well he sounds like a rapper and thats all im going to say XD

Mauriche LaMarche-He did a good job voicing Salem in Sabrina's Secret Life but Nick Bakay was so much better and he almost sounded like Salem but Bakay was better
said at 8:15 AM on Thu May 16 2013
Nick Bakay was funnier when he did Salem then the other guy when he voice Salem in Sabrina's Secret Life
said at 5:16 PM on Fri Nov 23 2012
I'm gonna go with Nick Bakay.
said at 12:00 AM on Wed Nov 23 2011
 1 Shout Out!
1. Nick Bakay - He captures Salem's smart-aleck wise-cracking personality
2. Maurice LaMarche - He flawlessly copied Bakay's voice
3. Louis Chirillo - Sorry but it just screams Dukey Test
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 5:48 PM on Mon Mar 19 2012
@MatthewC17 Well since he was Salem before Dukey so which means his Dukey just screams Salem
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 5:17 PM on Sun Sep 11 2011
I gotta go with Nick. He brings more the the character and has the best range as he could go from silly to kinda a jerk to being kind. Plus his delivery to some jokes were hilarious.

Louis is...alright. Grated his voice is a little higher than I would like for Salem but he did capture the sarcastic yet kind side of him.

Maurice does a good imitation of Nick's. Though anyone could tell it wasn't Nick but still good. One major problem I had with Maurice's take is he sounded a little bit too calm for Salem.
So basicly Nick all the way :D
said at 1:20 AM on Sun Sep 11 2011
No Dallas?

But out of these, I like Nick the best!
said at 10:43 AM on Sun Sep 11 2011
@PurpleWarrior13 No, I said in the description that Salem never talked in the old Filmation series and that Dallas only did meows for Salem.
said at 11:29 AM on Thu May 1 2014

There was also a British Salem voice in the STTW TV movie, but I guess it's unknown who voiced him there.
said at 10:55 PM on Sat Sep 10 2011
Bakay all the way Maurice is a close second.
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