When you think of Wolverine, most people will immediately scream out "Hugh Jackman" in unison. His appearances as Logan for 17 years will go down in the history books and we wouldn't want to be in the shoes of whoever replaces him one day. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Ryan Reynolds said everything we all feel about Jackman as the Ol' Canucklehead: "There’s no human being I love more than Hugh Jackman in that universe, and equally so as a friend. He's just the best. I already miss him as Logan." It might be the end of an era for Jackman, but there are others who've brought the X-Men's berserker to life in the past.
Cal Dodd, for example, was the voice of Wolverine in X-Men: The Animated Series and several video games. His gruff and raspy tone, combined with the compelling and heart-wrenching storylines, ensured that Logan became one of the most beloved X-Men characters for years to come. Yet, Dodd and Jackman are only two of many who've reimagined the popular mutant across the different mediums. From serialized podcasts to motion comics, several notable celebrities have lent their voice to Wolverine. Like Batman and Superman, this isn't a role that belongs to a singular person and it's absorbing to see what the actors bring to the party. If we look back at the history of the character, we'll discover there are some surprises as well – names that you would've never have dreamed of playing the part. So, join us as we look at a host of actors who've played Wolvie.
15 PATRICK PINNEY
It's as if Patrick Pinney was somehow predicting the future when he employed an Australian accent for Wolverine in X-Men: Pryde of X-Men. Pinney is an American actor from San Francisco, California, so it was a bit odd that he used this accent when the character is originally from Canada.
Speaking about this direction in the book X-Men: The Characters and Their Universe, Rick Holberg said: "I ended up being the voice director on the show, and I was forced to use the Australian version of Wolverine because all of this Australian stuff was popular at the time. It was going to turn out (in the comics) that Wolverine was an expatriated Australian."
14 RICHARD ARMITAGE
Not long ago, Richard Armitage's name was mentioned as a possible replacement for Hugh Jackman when the X-Men inevitably join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While it's likely that Marvel Studios will go for a younger actor, fans got their wish (in a way) as Armitage voiced Logan in a scripted podcast series called Wolverine: The Long Night.
Written by Benjamin Percy (Nightwing, Green Arrow), this 10-episode serialized audio drama allowed Armitage to shine in a different way than expected. Percy stated that this podcast could be the first of many in a Marvel Podcast Universe. If so, we wouldn't mind it if Armitage returned to the role.
13 MILO VENTIMIGLIA
It's remarkable to see how Milo Ventimiglia is reinventing his career. When he was on Heroes, he was seen as a teenage heartthrob, but he's managed to adapt as the years roll by and become recognized as a serious drama actor on This Is Us. Those Emmy nominations speak volumes about his ability to tug at our heartstrings on a weekly basis.
In 2011 he voiced Wolverine in the English dub of the Marvel Anime: Wolverine series. He also reprised the part in Marvel Anime: Iron Man and Marvel Anime: Blade. However, he didn't return as Logan in Marvel Anime: X-Men, since Steve Blum was chosen to voice the older Wolvie.
12 MARK HAMILL
Mark Hamill should just receive a prize for being the coolest person in the universe now. Not only is he Luke Skywalker, the definitive voice of the Joker, the only man who's ever made the Hobgoblin cool, but he also portrayed Wolverine in the video game X2: Wolverine's Revenge.
Even though it was Jackman's likeness on the cover of the game, it was Hamill who made the character come to life in the actual in-game world. While the video game was nothing to write home about and received largely mixed reviews, no one complained about Hamill's impeccable performance as the wild-haired mutant. The truth is, he can do no wrong.
11 JEFFREY HEDQUIST
Jeffrey Hedquist doesn't have a long list of acting or directing credits. In fact, his biggest one was his work on the motion comic series Spider-Woman, Agent of S.W.O.R.D. where he voiced Captain America, Ant-Man, and Wolverine.
Operating as a throwback to the Marvel cartoons from the '60s, this series adapted Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman's story into five episodes. As expected, many familiar faces from the Marvel Universe appeared throughout, as Spider-Woman joined the Sentient World Observation and Response Department (S.W.O.R.D.). If you're wondering about the Skrulls that'll be appearing in Captain Marvel next year, this TV series might get you up to speed in no time.
10 WILLIAM CALLAWAY
Who has the honor of being the first actor to play Wolverine on screen? That goes to William Callaway. He played Logan in a 1982 episode of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends titled "A Firestar is Born" where the character appeared with the rest of his X-Men teammates.
Much like X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men, Wolvie was played with an Aussie accent because apparently, that was hip at the time. Funny enough, Callaway wasn't Australian, either; he was born in California. The voice actor also went on to portray Aquaman on Super Friends, as well as several smurfs in The Smurfs. On top of his remarkable credits, he'll also possess the distinction of being the original Wolverine.
9 RIKIYA KOYAMA
Rikiya Koyama is an accomplished Japanese actor, who has appeared in hundreds of productions to date. In fact, he's an extremely popular voice actor who dabbles in the dubbing of films into Japanese. Two of his most famous dubbed roles were that of Bruce Wayne in Batman & Robin and Luke Hobbs in Furious 7.
As an acclaimed performer, it should come as no surprise that he also took on the role of Wolverine in four separate productions: Marvel Anime: Blade, Marvel Anime: Iron Man, Marvel Anime: Wolverine, and Marvel Anime: X-Men. Koyama's voice has entertained a generation of fans, so it's only fitting that he portrayed the clawed mutant.
8 TONY DANIELS
The original voice actor for Gambit in X-Men: The Animated Series was Chris Potter. After his departure, however, he was replaced by fellow Canadian actor Tony Daniels. The newbie made the most of this big opportunity, as he went on to voice the Ragin' Cajun in several other productions – as well as Wolverine.
Daniels played Wolvie in three video games: X-Men: Mutant Academy, X-Men: Mutant Academy 2, and X-Men: Next Dimension. Interestingly, he provided the voice of Gambit in those three games as well. No one could ever complain they aren't getting their money's worth when they hire Daniels for a role, that's for sure.
7 ALESSANDRO JULIANI
For many TV viewers, Canadian actor Alessandro Juliani's name might not be instantly familiar, but his face sure is. He's appeared as Felix Gaeta in Battlestar Galactica, Emil Hamilton in Smallville, and Jacopo Sinclair in The 100. Additionally, he's an accomplished voice actor, who famously played L in the English version of Death Note and its live-action adaptations. Currently, he's also the voice of Aaron Fox on Nexo Knights.
His history with the X-Men stretches back further than his performance as Wolverine in Wolverine: Origin. He was the voice of Gambit in X-Men: Evolution. It's an honor he shares with Tony Daniel as one of the few people to voice the two most popular X-Men.
6 BRIAN DRUMMOND
Canadian actor Brian Drummond has had quite the career. His work in anime is revered, as he's voiced the likes of Ryuk in Death Note and Vegeta in Dragon Ball Z. So, naturally, it was a no-brainer to get him to portray Wolverine at some point.
His first stab – pardon the pun – came in Astonishing X-Men. Then he popped up again in Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk. However, his biggest – and best – performance came in Wolverine Versus Sabretooth: Reborn. After all, who wouldn't want a story all about Wolvie and his most hated foe, Victor Creed? It was a true berserker barrage of the highest order.
5 STEVE BLUM
While Cal Dodd might be considered the definitive voice of Wolverine, Steve Blum has voiced the character across so many different productions that he should be seen as a natural contender to Dodd's adamantium throne. Starting with Wolverine and the X-Men, Blum has also lent his interpretation of Logan to Ultimate Spider-Man, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and other productions.
Speaking about the character to Geeks of Doom, Blum said, "Playing Wolverine never gets old. Wolverine is a character that I have a deep love and fascination for. He's one of the most complex characters I've ever worked on."
4 MARC THOMPSON
If you're into anime and cartoons, Marc Thompson is undoubtedly someone whose voice you've encountered more than a few times. Famously, he provided the pipes for Casey Jones in 2003's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series and he's currently the voice behind Megatron in Transformers: Cyberverse.
Thompson shared vocal duties with Brian Drummond for Wolverine in the Astonishing X-Men motion comic series, which was based on Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's epic run, as he brought the Ol' Canucklehead to life on the episode "Gifted". Thompson spends a lot of time narrating Star Wars audiobooks, but it would be nice to hear him provide the voice for our favorite X-Man one more time.
3 SCOTT MCNEIL
It's fair to say that X-Men: Evolution had its work cut out from the start. Following X-Men: The Animated Series was no easy feat and this series often gets forgotten because of its predecessor. That isn't to say it was terrible, because it wasn't. It just failed to capture the imagination in the same way.
That's no fault of actor Scott McNeil who produced a sterling job as Wolverine. Following Cal Dodd and Hugh Jackman must've been an absolute daunting task, but he did the character justice. He played Logan for four glorious seasons and brought something new to the table, without isolating fans of the previous actors.
2 TROYE SIVAN
Troye Sivan is known for his YouTube presence and music career, but he's also ventured into the film industry more than once. Of course, he was a part of the successful Spud movies, and he appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine at the age of nine.
Sivan portrayed the young James Howlett who experienced a major trauma that led to him becoming the hero known as Logan/Wolverine. While the film isn't exactly revered as one of the best in the franchise, it still provided us with a definitive origin story for the enigmatic mutant. In addition, it must've been the role of a lifetime for the young Sivan.
1 KEVIN MICHAEL RICHARDSON
Kevin Michael Richardson is an MVP of the voice acting world. Some of his more recognized roles include the Joker in The Batman, Trigon in Teen Titans, and Black Manta and Lex Luthor in Batman: The Brave and the Bold. He's no stranger to Professor Xavier's mutants, either, as he portrayed Bishop and Shadow King in Wolverine and the X-Men.
Richardson also turned up as Logan in 2010's Black Panther motion comic series. It wasn't quite Wakanda forever as the show only aired for six episodes. Even so, it featured an all-star cast including Djimon Hounsou as T'Challa, Kerry Washington as Shuri, and Jill Scott as Storm.