William "Billy" Costello

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William Arnold "Billy" Costello (February 2, 1898 – October 9, 1971), commonly known as "Red Pepper Sam", was an American live and voice actor, and the original voice of Popeye the Sailor in animated cartoons.wikipedia
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Jack Mercer

He was cast to provide the voice for the first Popeye cartoon, 1933's Popeye the Sailor. Costello appeared in the next 24 Popeye shorts until he was fired by the Fleischers, allegedly over "bad behavior," and was replaced with Jack Mercer.
When William Costello, the original cartoon voice of Popeye (1933–1935), became difficult to work with, he was dismissed.

Popeyes

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He was cast to provide the voice for the first Popeye cartoon, 1933's Popeye the Sailor. Costello appeared in the next 24 Popeye shorts until he was fired by the Fleischers, allegedly over "bad behavior," and was replaced with Jack Mercer. William Arnold "Billy" Costello (February 2, 1898 – October 9, 1971), commonly known as "Red Pepper Sam", was an American live and voice actor, and the original voice of Popeye the Sailor in animated cartoons.

Fleischer Studios

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Costello had worked with the Fleischer Studios as the voice of Gus the Gorilla on the Betty Boop radio show, and they felt that the raspy voice he had used for that character would work for the new Popeye character they were planning.

You Gotta Be a Football Hero

Costello's final appearance was in You Gotta Be a Football Hero (1935).

San Jose, California

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Costello died in San Jose, California, on October 9, 1971.

Mariposa, California

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He was buried in Mariposa, California.

I Yam What I Yam

I Yam What I Yam is a Popeye theatrical cartoon short, starring William "Billy" Costello as Popeye, Bonnie Poe as Olive Oyl and Charles Lawrence as Wimpy.

Let's You and Him Fight

Let's You and Him Fight is a Popeye theatrical cartoon short released in 1934, starring William "Billy" Costello as Popeye, Bonnie Poe as Olive Oyl, William Pennell as Bluto and Charles Lawrence as the announcer.

Seasin's Greetinks!

Seasin's Greetinks! is a Popeye theatrical cartoon short, starring William "Billy" Costello as Popeye and Bonnie Poe as Olive Oyl and Charles Lawrence as Wimpy.

Wild Elephinks

Wild Elephinks is a Popeye theatrical cartoon short, starring William "Billy" Costello as Popeye and Bonnie Poe as Olive Oyl and Charles Lawrence as Wimpy.

Popeye the Sailor (film)

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The camera zooms in on the illustration of Popeye, which then comes to life, as Popeye (voiced by William "Billy" Costello) sings about his amazing prowess in his signature song "I'm Popeye the Sailor Man."

Blow Me Down!

Blow me Down! (originally titled as Popeye in Blow me Down!) is a Popeye theatrical cartoon short in the Paramount Picture short series, starring William "Billy" Costello as Popeye and Bonnie Poe as Olive Oyl and William Pennell as Bluto.

Popeye the Sailor (film series)

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William "Billy" Costello, Jack Mercer as Popeye the Sailor (substitutes: Harry Foster Welch, Mae Questel, Floyd Buckley, Jackson Beck). Costello had a gruff, gravelly quality in voicing the character. It is generally thought that Costello became difficult to work with after becoming overly confident from the success of the first few cartoons. Jack Mercer was working in the in-between department of Fleischer Studios doing imitations of Costello, and, after practicing at home for a week, replaced Costello as the voice of Popeye beginning with King of the Mardi Gras (1935). Historians believe the character came into his own when Mercer became the voice artist, employing acting and emotion into the character. Mercer voiced the character until his death in 1984. Harry Welch substituted in several wartime cartoons, when Mercer left to serve in World War II.

Billy "Uke" Carpenter

Billy "Uke" Carpenter is believed to be a stage name of William "Billy" Costello, who was best known as the original voice of Popeye.

Popeye

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William Costello was the original voice of Popeye, a voice that would be replicated by later performers, such as Jack Mercer and even Mae Questel.

Tom Hatten

Jack Mercer, who had replaced William Costello (aka "Red Pepper" Sam) as the voice of Fleischer's Popeye, visited the show to recognize Hatten as the biggest promoter of the Max and Dave Fleischer Studio.

1898

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February 2 – William "Billy" Costello, American voice actor, the original voice of Popeye (d. 1971)

Betty Boop, M.D.

However, some state it was William Costello, which wouldn't be unlikely, considering he did the voice acting of later Popeye shorts, and that Costello recorded very good imitations of the "Ukulele Ike" style under the pseudonym "Red Pepper Sam".

List of cemeteries in California

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District Cemetery, Mariposa – William "Billy" Costello