Many movie and television fans can identify a great number of performers by name immediately by viewing the performers, both on the screen and even in person.
But when one’s eyes are closed, how many performers can one identify immediately by only hearing their voices? Facial characteristics may change, but there are many performers that have (or have had) a certain sound that one can identify immediately by merely hearing them speak.
They can “hide” from view, but can be recognized in many cases when they speak.
Unfortunately, for this “game,” this list of persons is predominately male. It may have been either a problem with my hearing, or perhaps my hearing could not discern the slight differences in resonance or vocal tone of many different women. Many women possess similarities in their voice, giving me difficulty detecting their slightly different dulcet and sultry vocal.sounds. Or, perhaps, the “certain something” of the voices of Ava Gardner, Joan Crawford, Greer Garson, Deborah Kerr, Rita Hayworth, Anne Bancroft, Ingrid Bergman and many other terrific actresses and noted women is either absent or is too similar to that of others.
And I certainly must have forgotten the sounds of many others.
Let’s get down to business. How well do you listen? Can you recognize some of these voices that I can identify? Start counting.
Jim Backus (Mr. Magoo)
Mel Blanc (Bugs Bunny, etc.)
Joe E. Brown
Lester “Smiley” Burnett
Harry Carey, Sr.
E, J, Cobb
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Danny De Vito
Zsa Zsa Gabor
George “Gabby” Hayes
Edward Everett Horton
James Earl Jones
Jack Mercer (Popeye)
J. Caroll Nash
LincolnPerry (“Stepin Fetchit”)
Mae Questel (Betty Boop, Olive Oyl)
Edward G. Robinson
Franklin D. Roosevelt
S.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall
George C. Scott
Smith and Dale (Dr. Kronkeit)
How many could you identify? If you are interested, I can tell you about some of the persons that you may not recognize by name. Can you add any to your own list?
Jack was born in Chicago, grew up in Easton, Pa., attended Lafayette College, Georgetown University, and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. He served three years in the U.S. Navy as an X-ray technician, but he devoted most of his life both as a volunteer and as a professional working in the field of civil rights where he earned the Secretary’s (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) Exceptional Achievement Award for developing printing and publishing guidelines for persons with communication problems. He has been published in several government publications concerning the problems of minorities, handicapped persons and the aging population.