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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Norman Osborn with sound clips and images.


Created by Pokejedservo on Thu Dec 10 2009, 48 Comments, Add Comment
Special thanks to Jackson_H, Music Meister for additional sound clips.
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Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981)
Norman OsbornNeil Ross
Neil Ross
Spider-Man: The Video Game (2002)
Norman OsbornWillem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe
The Spectacular Spider-Man (2008)
Norman OsbornAlan Rachins
Alan Rachins
Ultimate Spider-Man (2012)
Norman OsbornSteven Weber
Steven Weber
Spider-Man: Battle for New York (2006)
Norman OsbornNeil Kaplan
Neil Kaplan

EDITOR'S OPINION

Well folks a while back we have Green Goblin's VC on this site so know we will be doing his (generally) more human counterpart Norman Osborn. (Sometimes the person who voices Norman will be the same as the one who voices Green Goblin but its not always the case. And we all know that there have been cases where we only see the Green Goblin but thats a different story.)

While in the 80's TV series Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends Norman was voiced by VA Neil Ross. In this Spider Man series is one of those that gives a nicer depiction of Norman (well before he becomes the Green Goblin) and Neil Ross did do well with that. (He also voiced Norman in the 90's Spider man series in which there is only a slight difference in voice. However unlike the 90's series Neil only voiced Norman in Spider Man and his Amazing Friends.)

In the Game based off of the Spider-Man movie, known Hollywood Star Willem Dafoe reprises his role in the game and I always did liked Willem's work in the movie and it shown in the game.

And last but not least is the latest take on Norman (and the latest one where Norman and Green Goblin are voiced by different actors) is fairly known screen actor Alan Rachins voices Norman here and does it rather well. Alan's work on Norman does give him a more cool and confident persona that maybe one of the meaner depictions of Norman but is capable of showing kindness as you can see here.

This is another one of those cases in which I am not sure which to pick as all 3 of these actors have done well for the role here.

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Netherman14
said at 12:34 AM on Sat Dec 13 2014
I can see Jamieson Price as Norman Osborn, I think he'd be great in that role.
Starscreamsfan
said at 5:40 AM on Fri Nov 14 2014
My Top 5:

1) Ross
2) Weber
3) Kaplan
4) Dafoe
5) Rachins
Bookman230
said at 6:35 PM on Wed Oct 8 2014
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James Marsters as Norman, anyone?
HyperVoiceActing
said at 2:45 PM on Thu Aug 28 2014
My love for Spectacular notwithstanding, I really enjoyed Alan's performance and think it fits the Norman side of the character.
Archerboy58
said at 3:22 PM on Tue Jul 15 2014
My favorite is Williem Dafoe with Neil Ross as a close 2nd and Neil Kaplan would be 3rd for me. the other 2 don't do anything for me
Fulgore2005
said at 4:17 AM on Fri May 23 2014
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Willem Dafoe has always been my favourite Norman Osborn. To me, he captures Norman's ruthlessness and psychotic side best, moreso as Norman gets fired and after having the chemicals injected into him.

But I also like Alan Rachins' take as well. He actually sounds a bit like Dafoe. But is more calmer and less psychotic. Definitely fitting for a more "tame" version of Norman, and a definite second place for me.
NoxiousSludge
said at 7:37 PM on Thu May 1 2014
So for Spidey's biggest enemy, or at least his human side, here are my picks:

1. Alan Rachins. He's absolutely perfect in the role and really does a great job at making Norman Osborn sound like the ruthless businessman and horrible father he is (Though like it was noted above, he's also capable of being decent to Harry). I'd say he's a 9/10.

2. Willem Dafoe. He absolutely stole the show as Norman and the Goblin in the film, and this carries into the game. I loved how he was as Norman; a businessman struggling with a collapsing company and mental disabilities and came off as a decent guy though he had his issues. I'd say Willem was another awesome take on the role and he ties with Alan for a 9/10. I honestly would love to see him in the role again some day.

3. Neil Kaplan. Another solid take on Norman, not much to say here other than he was properly slimy and rude in his voice clip, and I feel that from what I heard that he makes a good Norman Osborn. 8/10.

4. Steven Weber. Not the most charismatic example, but he's still a rather decent choice for the role. He comes off as a decent enough guy while still being a bit cold to Harry like Willem was, but I feel that he lacks the presence that both Willem and Alan had. I'd give him a 7.5 because while he wasn't great, he was still a good enough performance.

5. Neil Ross. I feel that his Green Goblin was a lot better than his Norman Osborn in the nineties show, and while is Norman is a nice guy and all, he just doesn't do it for me like the others do and ultimately comes off as mediocre. I'd give him a 6/10 as he was not bad or anything, but he also just doesn't do it for me either.
chaosincarnate
said at 9:15 PM on Wed Apr 2 2014
Alan Rachins works for the role so well, he sounds so appropriately cold and calculating. He's just about pitch perfect for the character. That said Willaim Dafoe works almost just as well and is a well deserved second.

Neil Kaplan is decent if not a bit inconsistent and high at points. I can't really say I'm a fan of Neil or Steve.

That being said, my vote would instantly change to Jim Cummings if he ever officially voiced the character and were added.
chaosincarnate
said at 9:02 PM on Tue Apr 8 2014
@chaosincarnate To specify, I'm not all that big on Neil Ross. :P
llawliet159
said at 6:51 PM on Sat Mar 15 2014
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Alan Rachins is the definitive Norman Osborn, with Willem Dafoe as second.. Steven Weber is good but he seems too "nice" and refined...lacking the edge the other two had.
TheRazorSlash
said at 11:21 PM on Sat Feb 15 2014
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I actually really liked Jim Cummings as Norman(He spoke briefly before transforming in Shattered Dimensions). Would love to hear him as Goblin again.
Finister2
said at 7:34 AM on Tue Jan 21 2014
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I wonder if Corey Burton would make a good Norman Osborn?
Finister2
said at 7:33 AM on Tue Jan 21 2014
I wonder if Fred Tatasciore would make a good Norman Osborn?
DVJ
said at 11:08 AM on Tue Dec 24 2013
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Just wondering,since Steven Blum is the fan favorite voice for the Green Goblin,do you think he could also be a decent Norman Osborn.
chaosincarnate
said at 3:06 PM on Mon Dec 30 2013
@DVJ I think he could do a great job, he just needs to take his Lex Luthor voice while making it sound a tad bit more cold and calculating.
Lion's Edge
said at 12:56 PM on Sat Dec 14 2013
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Neil Kaplan is pretty good, actually, I must concede... but I've got to give it to Alan Rachins. He was smooth, he was stoic, he sounded powerful and he definitely got the cunning part down to a T.

As for someone who could play Norman in the future... Mark Rolston, anyone?
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 1:05 PM on Sat Dec 14 2013
@Lion's Edge I'd like to see Mark take a crack and Green Goblin. :-P
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 1:05 PM on Sat Dec 14 2013
*at
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 8:09 AM on Thu Dec 5 2013
Neil Kaplan seemed to be very clearly imitating Wilem Dafoe.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 7:44 AM on Sun Dec 1 2013
Neil sounds pretty good here, but a little uneven and a little hammy, like his Green Goblin. Still not bad at all though.
Ross123
said at 3:41 AM on Sun Dec 1 2013
Neil Kaplan sounds a bit gruff for Osborn. Vote stays with Steven.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 10:03 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
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1. Alan Rachins - The definitive Norman. He has the perfect voice for a smooth, stoic, ruthless corporate executive.
2. Wilem Dafoe - A very close second to Alan.
3. Steve Weber - A close third after Wilem. Has a very natural voice for Norma, but sometimes sounds a bit too refined and lacks the edge that the other two had.
4. Jim Cummings - Not here, but I'm including him anyway. His Shattered Dimension voice was a good fit for Norman, though opposite of Weber, this one's a little too rough and not refined enough.
5. Neil Ross - He never did it for me in either series. He sounds like a dork in the clip, and sounded like a kindly gentleman in the 90's show. He just missed the mark.
rosebr10
said at 8:36 AM on Sun Aug 18 2013
Very unfair to Ross not having his '94 version represented.
Ross123
said at 6:42 PM on Sun Jul 14 2013
Steven makes Osborn sound like a professional.

Alan is kinda the same really while they they should get a better clip of Neil cause he sounds better in animated series.

William came back from the film so we all know what he sounds like really.

In the end its Steven while Alan is a close 2nd.
allthingsuper
said at 12:06 AM on Tue Jun 25 2013
Steven webber, Rachins is good but sounds nothing like Blum as the goblin
D.A.V.E.
said at 1:32 AM on Thu Oct 31 2013
@allthingsuper The mask had a voice changer.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 9:24 AM on Thu Oct 31 2013
@allthingsuper And there are some vocal similarities between Blum and Rachins.
allthingsuper
said at 10:56 AM on Mon Dec 30 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight I guess so, but I think Steve Blum is a good enough actor that he could have voiced Norman and made it sound different. I think Norman should sound similar to the Goblin IMO.
VctrBnsn
said at 11:13 AM on Mon Mar 25 2013
Alan Rachins and Steven Weber tie.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 11:46 PM on Sat Mar 2 2013
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If only Willem Dafoe started reprising his role from the film like JK Simmons did. He does my favorite Green Goblin and he's perfect as Norman as well. However, since his role as Norman in the game didn't encompass as much of the character as Alan Rachins did, I'm giving my vote to Rachins. It would be cool to see Willem Dafoe reprise his role in voice acting again, but that's my inner fanboy talking and Alan Rachins was very good!
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 11:59 PM on Thu Jul 4 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy After re-watching the cutscenes from the Spider-Man game I'm changing my vote to Willem Dafoe. Alan Rachins is still very good, but I like how Willem sounds a bit more evil and unhinged whereas Rachins sounds more like a smug jerk.
coolgeek176
said at 9:02 PM on Thu Jan 10 2013
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I would like to hear Steve Blum take a crack at voicing Norman sometime.
coolgeek176
said at 2:35 PM on Sun Nov 4 2012
I like Alan Rachins the most. Steven Weber is really good too.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 12:37 AM on Mon Jul 9 2012
Steve Weber's actually a really good Osborn, but he sounds a bit TOO refined and lacks the "edge" to his voice that Rachins and Dafoe had. Still better than Neil Ross, though.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 2:24 AM on Tue Apr 10 2012
Steve Weber and Alan Rachins sound really similar! Gonna go with Rachins, though.
Anicomicgeek
said at 3:23 PM on Mon Apr 9 2012
Personally, I thought that Steven Weber was good, but I'm still sticking with Alan Rachins for this one.
Dyonus
said at 7:30 PM on Thu Jan 5 2012
I like Rachins, but I have to go with Dafoe.
Patrick
said at 1:39 PM on Fri Dec 30 2011
Neil Ros---- Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981)
Anicomicgeek
said at 2:37 PM on Wed Oct 12 2011
Alan Rachins is my favorite of the bunch as he nails the cold persona of Osborn, though Dafoe did good, too. Though like I said in the Green Goblin one, given how Noir Goblin, I wouldn't see hearing Jim Cummings take a crack at voicing Norman.
Anicomicgeek
said at 2:38 PM on Wed Oct 12 2011
@Anicomicgeek I meant to say "given how Noir Goblin is, I wouldn't mind hearing Jim Cummings take a crack at voicing Norman."
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 1:15 PM on Tue Jun 21 2011
Alan Rachins is the perfect voice for the character, followed closely by Willam Dafoe. Ross sounded whiney too often and even when he wasn't he sounded more like a gentleman than a ruthless businessman.
Beau
said at 1:36 PM on Wed May 25 2011
I liked all of these but Alan wins for it for me, though I think it may ultimately come down to him be written as a slightly badder character, I just loved to hate Norman in Spectacular and Rachins was fantastic!
Metabad
said at 9:28 PM on Sat May 21 2011
Alan and Willem are really close for me, but ultimately I'm going to have to go with Willem only because I'm so used to it and he has such a sinister sounding voice even as Osborn, though Alan's stern performance is really close for me, so it was a tough one to decide.
goby (Guest)
said at 4:28 PM on Tue Feb 1 2011
Alan Rachins is the only Norman to me there is no other.
arkhaminmate24 (Guest)
said at 6:47 AM on Tue Nov 9 2010
Maybe you should also add a clip from Spider-Man TAS. The voice and portrayal of Norman Osborn was different than when Ross voiced him in Amazing Friends
docock2099 (Guest)
said at 3:48 PM on Mon Nov 8 2010
I'll go with Alan Rachins. He was cold and menacing, and brough stone-set sanity to the otherwise insane Green Goblin persona.
u1 (Guest)
said at 8:35 AM on Fri Jul 30 2010
Sounds like Alan is just doing an Willem Dafoe impersonation.
Yet, that doesnt mean his acting was bad.
I think he played the role just as good as Willem.
I cant choose.
hmmmm (Guest)
said at 9:38 PM on Fri Feb 26 2010
I really like Dafoe here. Alan Rachins and Dafoe both do the character justice though.


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