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Jack Mercer

Jack Mercer (1909-1984) began his work in cartoons as an inbetweener, an apprentice animator at Fleicher Studios. When William Costello[?], the original cartoon voice of Popeye (1933-35), became difficult to work with, he was dismissed. Several individuals filled the role of Popeye until Lou Fleischer[?] heard Mercer singing the Popeye song. Mercer's first cartoon was King of the Mardi Gras[?]. Mercer continued to voice the one-eyed sailor for the Fleischers, for Paramount's Famous Studios cartoons (1942-57), for a series of television cartoons for King Features, and for a Saturday morning cartoon show (1978) produced by Joe Barbara and Bill Hanna. Mercer also did other cartoon voices, including all the voices for a series of Felix the Cat cartoons produced in 1959-60. Mercer also did the voices of Wimpy, Poppdeck Pappy, Popeye's nephews, King Little in Fleischer's Gulliver's Travels, and a number of voices for Fleischer's Mr. Bug Goes To Town.



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