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The Lion King - Whose Voices are We Hearing?

Updated on May 31, 2021
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Characters of The Lion King
Characters of The Lion King

popular song from The Lion King

Who voiced Simba?

Simba cub and lion
Simba cub and lion

Young Simba has the voice of Jonathan Taylor Thomas.

Jonathan Taylor Thomas voiced Simba
Jonathan Taylor Thomas voiced Simba

Jonathan Taylor Thomas is most well known for his role as Randy Taylor on the show "Home Improvement."

Adult Simba has the voice of Matthew Broderick.

Matthew Broderick voiced Simba
Matthew Broderick voiced Simba

Matthew Broderick is most well known for his role as Ferris Bueller in the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

Who voiced Nala?

Nala cub and lioness
Nala cub and lioness

Young Nala has the voice of Niketa Calame.

Niketa Calame voiced Nala
Niketa Calame voiced Nala

Niketa Calame received her Masters Of Fine Arts from The Actors Studio Drama School in New York.

Adult Nala has the voice of Moira Kelly.

Moira Kelly voiced Nala
Moira Kelly voiced Nala

Moira Kelly is most well known for her role of Karen Roe, Lucas' mother, on the hit CW series, One Tree Hill.

Mufasa has the voice of James Earl Jones.

James Earl Jones voiced Mufasa
James Earl Jones voiced Mufasa

James Earl Jones is most well known for his role in Star Wars IV, V, and VI as the voice of Darth Vader.

Sarabi has the voice of Madge Sinclair.

Madge Sinclair voiced Sarabi
Madge Sinclair voiced Sarabi

Madge Sinclair is most well known for her role of Queen Aolean in the movie Coming to America.

Scar has the voice of Jeremy Irons.

Jeremy Irons voiced Scar
Jeremy Irons voiced Scar

Jeremy Irons is most well known for his role of Brom in Eragon.

Timon has the voice of Nathan Lane.

Nathan Lane voiced Timon
Nathan Lane voiced Timon

Nathan Lane is most well known for his role of Albert Goldman in the movie The Birdcage.

Pumbaa has the voice of Ernie Sabella.

Ernie Sabella voiced Pumbaa
Ernie Sabella voiced Pumbaa

Ernie Sabella is most well known for his role as Pumbaa on the tv series "Timon & Pumbaa."

Zazu has the voice of Rowan Atkinson.

Rowan Atkinson voiced Zazu
Rowan Atkinson voiced Zazu

Rowan Atkinson is most well known for his role of Mr. Bean in the movie Bean.

Shenzi has the voice of Whoopi Goldberg.

Whoopi Goldberg voiced Shenzi
Whoopi Goldberg voiced Shenzi

Whoopi Goldberg is most well known for her role as Sister Mary Clarence in the movie Sister Act.

Bansai has the voice of Cheech Marin.

Cheech Marin voiced Bansai
Cheech Marin voiced Bansai

Cheech Marin is most well known for his roles in the Cheech & Chong movies.

Ed has the voice of Jim Cummings.

Jim Cummings boiced Ed
Jim Cummings boiced Ed

Jim Cummings has played the voices of many characters in many different cartoon television series and movies. His most noted role, however, is that of Winnie the Pooh.

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The Lion King remade

The Lion King was remade into a live-action version in 2019. The entire movie was essentially the same, but it looked realistic instead of like a cartoon. Many of the same songs were also included. Though one voice actor did reprise his role -- James Earl Jones as Mufasa -- the others were played by other names.

Young Simba - JD McCrary (known for K.C. Undercover)

Old Simba - Donald Glover (known for Atlanta)

Young Nala - Shahadi Wright Joseph (known for Us)

Old Nala - Beyonce Knowles (pop star, formerly known for Destiny's Child)

Sarabi - Alfre Woodard (known for Funny Valentines)

Scar - Chiwetel Ejiofor (known from Doctor Strange)

Zazu - John Oliver (known for The Smurfs)

Rafiki - John Kani (known for Black Panther)

Sarafina - Penny Johnson Jerald (known for 24)

Kamari - Keegan-Michael Key (known for Key and Peele)

Azizi - Eric Andre (known for The Eric Andrew Show)

Shenzi - Florence Kasumba (known for Black Panther)

Timon - Billy Eichner (known for American Horror Story)

Pumbaa - Seth Rogen (known for Pineapple Express)

Lion King trailer

This content was accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge at the time of publication but may be out of date. The information contained in this article may not reflect current policies, laws, technology, or data.

© 2012 Brandi Goodman

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