When Tom Hanks can’t make it back to the studio to redo a line, what do the producers do? Well, hire a sound alike, of course!

Being a professional Sound Alike falls in the territory between celebrity impersonators and the real thing. Different altogether from traditional character voices, sound alikes have the incredible task of recreating the voice and vocal mannerisms of another person… not to be someone who kind of sounds like a celebrity, but to produce an indistinguishable vocal likeness.

Why are sound alikes perceived to be the actual person they are mimicking?
Whenever you hear a sound alike recreate a famous persons’ voice, you recognize and trust its authenticity, not simply based upon the total sum of their vocal qualities, but on the distinct similarities between the two voices. For instance, if a sound alike for British Prime Minister Tony Blair were to address the public via radio, a listener in the United Kingdom would perceive the information delivered by the sound alike to be true, recognizing the voice that they hear to be both familiar and authoritative.

You can think of a professional sound alike as an understudy. An understudy is a person who is assigned to a role as a backup for the lead actor, or in our case, voice actor. For instance, if Tom Hanks was on vacation and unable to attend the recording session, a Tom Hanks sound alike would stand in to record the dialog for him.
There is a large market for sound alikes, including duplicating the voices of working celebrities, media personalities, and even replicating the voices of those who have left us, including Elvis Presley, Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, John Wayne, Marlon Brando and so on.

Sound alikes have also entered into the field of music, manifesting themselves in tribute artists for popular bands and solo singers in local dance halls, stadiums, and on the big screen. In the recent movie “Walk the Line“, Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon are featured in the lead roles, portraying Johnny Cash and June Carter in both a visual sense and in a vocal capacity.

The most famous sound alikes are so good at what they do that you will never know that ‘they’ are not the real McCoy. These people are nearly always working behind the scenes, which makes their performance even more convincing, if done well.
Are you a sound alike? Leave a comment on the blog and mention whose voice (or multiple voices) you perform.

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Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Voices.com. Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and musical theatre, as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, her podcast Sound Stories serves an audience that wants to achieve excellence in storytelling. Stephanie is found on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.


  1. Here they are:
    1 Droopy
    2 Eric Cartman
    4 Mr Macky
    5 Towelie
    6 Brian Griffin
    7 Glenn Quagmire
    8 Carl Pewderschmidt/ that doctor in family guy.(cause its the same voice)
    9 Herbert (the creepy old guy always after chris)
    10 Waylon Smithers
    11 Grounds Keeper Willie
    12 Krusty the Clown
    13 Itchy and Scratchy
    14 Apu (can`t pronounce the last name)
    15 Moe (can`t pronounce the last name)
    16 Montgomery Burns
    17 Prof. Farnsworth
    18 Zoidberg
    19 Hermes
    20 Nixon’s head
    21 Zapp Brannigan
    22 Kiff
    23 Mustang the flame alchemist
    24 Major Armstrong
    25 Hoenheim of light
    26 Koga (Inuyasha)
    27 Patrick (Spongebob Squarepants)
    28 Dehydrated Spongebob
    29 Salty Spitoon Bouncer
    30 Adam Sandler (not all of his characters, just a few.)
    31 Little Nicky
    32 Bobby Bouche
    33 Billy Madison
    34 Whitey
    34 Iroh (avatar the last airbender)
    35 Avatar Roku
    36 xlr8 (ben 10)
    37 Four Arms
    38 Ghost freak
    39 Heatblast
    40 Ripjaws
    41 Mutant Kevin 11/ Devin 11
    42 Capt. Jack Sparrow/ capt.jack swallows
    43 Johnny Depp ”Willy Wonka”
    44 Jason Mewes

  2. Hello.
    I am Jim Lueck, Celebrity Voice Impressionist. I do over 60 celebrity voice impressions for radio and TV spots. This is a partial list of voice impressions I perform.
    Audio samples available at manofvoices.com
    * Arnold Schwarzenegger
    * Al Gore
    * Peter Lorre
    * Sylvester Stallone
    * Guido Sarducci
    * Jack Nicholson
    * John Wayne
    * Jimmy Carter
    * Richard Nixon
    * Robin Leach
    * Rod Serling
    * Ronald Reagan
    * Forrest Gump
    * James Mason
    * Jimmy Stewart
    * Mickey Mouse
    * Patrick Stewart
    (Captain Picard)
    * Andy Rooney
    * Bill Clinton
    * David Brinkley
    * George W. Bush
    * Indian Accent
    * Michael Caine
    * Sean Connery
    * Walter Cronkite
    * Master Yoda
    * Christopher Loyd
    * George Bush Sr.
    * Gomer Pyle
    * Ross Perot
    * Tom Brokaw
    * Lt. Worf
    * Ben Stein
    * Brian Williams
    * Cary Grant
    * Dr. Phil
    * Ed Sullivan
    * Elmer Fudd
    * Humphrey Bogart
    * Jack Benny
    * Kermit the Frog
    * Optimus Prime
    * Robert Stack
    * Ted Koppel
    * Walter Brennan
    * WC Fields
    Feel free to contact me if I can be of service.

  3. I am a Patsy Cline soundalike. I couldn’t look like her if I tried, but I sound enough like her, that when doing karaoke, people request that I do Patsy Cline songs! 🙂
    I’ve even been in a new location doing karaoke, where no one has heard me, and have had people come into the place from outside, looking for the jukebox, and wondering why they couldn’t find the Patsy Cline songs they had just heard! That’s pretty fun, to be able to fool people like that! 🙂

  4. My voice impressions are very extensive from elmo to mickey mouse all the way to betty boop. What i love to do however is sing impersonate. I can sound exactly like almost every female singer out there. From cher to madonna reba and whitney yes even newer singers like natasha and brittney..my dream is to sing back-up or for Disney being discovered is the hard part. My acomplishments are as follows at the age of 3 i started singing for family and friends at church and family get togethers. At the age of 7 school recital solos and state competitions. At the age of 16 winning local fair contests and singing The National Anthem at Memorial day Celebrations. At the age of 21 introduced to a thing called Karaoke and continued to wow complete strangers on a weekend basis.I have been on public accsess tv shows singing. I have won 6 Karaoke Contests both local and state. Now at the age of 30 i would like to take it to the next level. My speacialty is Country music but as i said before have a very wide range of vocal ability. Send email if interested in Hearing my talent Thanks,
    And good luck to everyone with their career as a singer.

  5. List:
    A perfect Marvin The Martian, Tazmanian Devil (Taz), Boris Badenov, Foghorn Leghorn, Bullwinkle Moose, Shaggy, Scooby Doo, Snagglepuss. From the Simpsons: Mr Burns, Smithers, Homer, Marge, Marge’s sisters, Abe Simpson, Ned Flanders, Moe, Chief Wigum, Dr Nick, Apu, Barney, Krusty, Troy McClure, (miss you Phil Hartman), Grover, Cookie Monster, Yoda, Kermit the Frog, Statler and Waldorf, Beeker, Animal, Charlie-in-the-Box, Head Elf from “Rudolf the Red…”, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Beavis, Butthead, Cartman, Blue (Blue’s clue’s) barking, Carl (Jimmy Neutron), Mickey Mouse, Simon Barsinister, Yogi the Bear, Boris Badenov
    Generic male “Kennedy” family member (I’m from Boston)
    70’s TV:
    Colonel Klink (Werner Kempler), Major Hochstetter, General Burkhalter, Ricky Ricardo (“Lu-cy!”), Artie Johnson’s characters from Laughin, dirty old man, (Gotcha!) and the german soldier, (“Very interesting…”), Archie Bunker, Ted Knight, (from Mary Tyler Moore Show – ‘and now the news”, “oh come on Lou!!”), Kojak, (“who loves you baby”), Arnold Horshack, Vinnie Barbarino.
    Monty Python: various characters by Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Howard Cosell, Jack Su (Detective Nick Yemana,) Reverend Jim Ignatowski, Cliff Claven, Typical ones everyone can do: John Wayne, Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, Bob Dylan, Brando Godfather, Scarface, George Burns, Ronald Reagan, Clint Eastwood, Groucho Marx, Henry Kissenger, Det. Columbo, Popeye, Ricardo Montalban, Robert Stack, Robin Leach, Rodney Dangerfield, Rod Serling, Rocky Balboa, Randy Savage (Pro Wrestler), Eddie Vedder, Bono, Inspector Frank Luger NYPD (James Gregory), Gilbert Gottfried, Crocodile Dundee, Sir Alec Guinness, Burgess Meredith, Art Carney as Ed Norton, Jack Palance, Joe Pesci, Robert Shaw (Quinn), Forrest Gump…
    I added a bunch to this list just now with the help of internet lists I found…so that’s all I can think of right now.

  6. I sound just like Motown legend Smokey Robinson -i would even join a motown tribute show – or some thing simular that may – i wouldn’t mind traveling with it idea -it could be a big draw WOW!!

  7. Hi, I’ve been singing along with Patsy Cline ever since I was 5 years old. She actually came to my house when I was a little girl. I (like most people) will tell you that I do sound like her. I know her voice well and was chosen as her as backup for her play Always. I was supposed to do two shows, but the lead didn’t go on vacation and stayed to do the play. Missed my chance. I have made a cd with her songs and have given it out to many friends and relatives. Would like to go out on my own with a band. Have won many talent shows and have been told by top tv producers that my voice is “like listening to great singers from the past”. Would like a chance to be heard.
    Thank you.

  8. Hi there,
    I am a UK voice artist and also do many British celebrity voices including former Prime Minister Tony Blair, David Beckham, Homer Simpson, The Movie Trailer Voice, Johnny Vegas, Zippy & George from Rainbow, Scooby Doo, The E4 / Xfactor style as origionally performed by the late Patrick Allen.
    Plus many more. Have a look at my site for loads of demos.

  9. I played the role of Patsy Cline in the play “Always…Patsy Cline” a few years ago and am getting ready to play the role again this June. When I did the role the first time, people swore I was lip syncing to authentic Patsy Cline recordings and when I do Patsy Cline karaoke people can’t believe it’s really me singing. And though I am heavier set than she was, when I get in full costume and wig people say I really favor her as well.

  10. I sound like Patsy Cline enough that people can’t tell the difference, I could also probably make myself look like her if I wanted to. But then, we are related. =)

  11. Hi,
    My abilities range from Dean Martin, Perry Como, Marty Robbins and of course Elvis Presley. I’ll be looking forward to hearing from you.

  12. Thanks for your comment about how you should look into celebrity impersonation if your voice sounds like famous actors’. I like how you said that it’s possible to produce vocal likeness as well. My uncle is really good at doing impersonations, and he is looking into a celebrity impersonator show to receive inspiration.


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