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Jack Mercer
Original name: Winfield Mercer
Birth: Jan. 31, 1910
Death: Dec. 7, 1984

Motion Picture Actor, Screenwriter. He was the voice of the cartoon star Popeye the Sailor for over 40 years. Mercer was born in New York City, the son of vaudeville entertainers with whom he performed from childhood. His twin interests in art and show business led him to join the Fleischer Studio as an apprentice animator around 1931. In 1935, Billy Costello, the original voice of Popeye, was dismissed for becoming too difficult to work with, and the Fleischers were searching for a replacement. Lou Fleischer, the studio's music director, overheard Mercer amusing his coworkers with a "really good" Popeye impression, and told his brothers Max and Dave. The would-be animator landed the role with one audition and made his debut in "King of the Mardi Gras" (1935). Costello had already established Popeye's key vocal traits, but he was a singer rather than an actor. Mercer proved to be a superior comedian who brought engaging warmth and humor to the character, making him more appealing to audiences. The hilarious ad-libbed comments he injected into the sailor's mutterings got him an additional job as a gag writer, and from 1942 he received story credit for many entries in the series. Mercer went on to voice not only Popeye but Wimpy, Popeye's nephews, and Poopdeck Pappy in over 400 theatrical and television cartoons. He also worked on the Fleischers' animated features "Gulliver's Travels" (as King Little, 1939) and "Mr. Bug Goes to Town" (1941), and provided all the voices for TV's "Felix the Cat" (1959 to 1960). A heart attack in 1978 forced Mercer into semi-retirement. He died of cancer in Queens, New York. (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
Family links: 
  Nola Miller Mercer (1888 - 1978)
  Virginia Carroll Mercer (1919 - 2000)*
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Summerfield Methodist Cemetery
Warren County
New Jersey, USA
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Record added: Nov 11, 2003
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Jack POPEYE Mercer whom we never forget. The greatest thing was the Fleischers discovered you and your talent as Popeye. This is my favorite cartoon guy and you were fantastic always being him. Love you Jack.
- Eric
 Added: Nov. 10, 2015

- Martin W
 Added: Nov. 8, 2015
Everybody loved you as Popeye.Actors "try" to do your Popeye and they all stink. You only will be Popeye. Thank you for all the joy you brought us as kids. My sailor hat's off to you!
- Popeye fan 66 years
 Added: Sep. 7, 2015
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