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Comparison of the voice actors who have been the voice of Popeye with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Popeye

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.

Created by OptimusSolo on Jul 4 2011
Special thanks to Bry for additional sound clips.
PopeyeTom Kenny
Tom Kenny (NEW CLIP)
PopeyeAllen Swift
Allen Swift (NEW CLIP)


Jack 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.

1st: Mercer
2nd: LaMarche
3rd: West
4th: Questel
5th: Costello
6th: Welch
7th: Buckley



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Who do you think has been the best from these Popeye voice actors?
William Costello
Floyd Buckley
Mae Questel
Jack Mercer
Harry Foster Welch
Maurice LaMarche
Billy West
Sonny Melendrez
Wally Wingert
Scott Innes
Allen Swift
Tim Kitzrow
Tom Kenny
Keith Scott