- Ever since Stan Lee created Spider-Man, the down-to-earth superhero has had a special place in the public’s heart.
- From blockbuster films to TV shows, many actors have played the friendly neighborhood Spidey, including Paul Soles, Nicholas Hammond, Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland.
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When Stan Lee created Spider-Man back in 1962, he knew he had something special. Lee even went on the record several times to say that the webslinger was his favorite creation out of his many beloved Marvel superheroes.
Whether it’s through TV shows, movies, and video games, Spidey’s story proves to be a mainstay in pop culture.
Here are 21 actors who have played the Marvel comic book character throughout the years, and what they’re up to now.
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Paul Soles was the first to voice the superhero on the TV series, “Spider-Man,” in 1967.
The show was produced in Canada and the US, and originally aired on ABC. It followed the original story line created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, where the teenage Peter Parker discovers he has superpowers and assumes the role of New York City’s crime-battling hero.
Before Spider-Man, Soles voiced Hermey on the 1964 TV special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
Soles, now 88 years old, stars on CBC Comedy’s “My 90-Year-Old Roommate.”
He returned to TV in 2016 with a starring role on the buddy comedy about a 31-year-old man who moves in with his grandfather.
The Canadian also had roles in 2001’s “The Score” with Robert De Niro, and in 2008’s “The Incredible Hulk.”
Nicholas Hammond portrayed Peter Parker/Spider-Man on 1977’s “The Amazing Spider-Man.”
The actor played a more mature version of Spider-Man on the live-action CBS series, which only aired for two seasons. Stan Lee told The Hollywood Reporter that he wasn’t a fan of it, because it left out key aspects of the down-to-earth superhero.
“They left out the humor. They left out the human interest and personality and playing up characterizations and personal problems,” Lee said.
Before Spidey, Hammond played Friedrich von Trapp in the Oscar-winning film, “The Sound of Music,” as well as a small role in 1963’s “Lord of the Flies.”
Hammond is still an actor, as well as a screenwriter and a director. He had a small role in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.”
The 69-year-old now resides in Sydney, Australia. Before Hammond moved from the US, he guest starred on “The Brady Bunch” and “Dallas.”
Dan Gilvezan voiced the webslinger in 1981’s “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.”
The cartoon series aired on NBC for three seasons. It lead Gilvezan to voice other versions of Spider-Man in video games and TV movies, including 1984’s “Laugh Busters” and 1985’s “Back to Next Saturday.”
Since then, Gilvezan has had recurring roles on several TV shows, including FX’s “Baskets.”
The St. Louis native, now 69 years old, had small roles on Freeform’s “The Fosters” and FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan” in 2018.
Christopher Daniel Barnes voiced the superhero on 1994’s “Spider-Man: The Animated Series.”
Before he voiced Peter Parker, Barnes voiced another beloved animated character: Eric in “The Little Mermaid.”
The Portland, Maine native lent his voice to Spidey in several video games before he landed the role on the TV series, which aired for five seasons from 1994 to 1998 on FOX. The show was nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards, an Image Award and an Annie Award.
In a turn of events, on 2012’s “Ultimate Spider-Man,” Barnes voiced Electro, one of Spider-Man’s main villains.
The cartoon series aired for four seasons from 2012 to 2017, with actor Drake Bell as the voice of Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
Barnes spoke to People Magazine in 2016 about his efforts to crowdfund another cartoon series with John Semper Jr., the head writer and producer of the 1994 Spider-Man animated series.
Like Barnes, Josh Keaton voiced Spider-Man in various video games before landing the lead role on The CW’s “The Spectacular Spider-Man.”
Keaton voiced the superhero on the 2008 cartoon show, which focused on Peter Parker’s teen years, for two seasons.
He then voiced other characters in Spider-Man-themed video games, such as Harry Osborn (Spider-Man’s best friend turned villain) in a video game trilogy that was loosely based on the 2002 film, “Spider-Man.”
Keaton is still a prominent voice actor.
The Californian is the voice of another Marvel superhero: Ant-Man on “Avengers Assemble.” The animated series follows the adventures of the Avengers, and premiered its fifth season in January.
Tobey Maguire was the first to play Spider-Man in a major motion picture.
The Sam Raimi-directed films were a huge worldwide success and proved that superhero movies were here to stay.
Not only were the movie’s special effects impressive for its time, but the cast featured some of Hollywood’s biggest names today, including James Franco, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, J.K. Simmons, Topher Grace, and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Fans also enjoy making Maguire’s memorable performance in the movies into epic memes till this day.
Maguire continues to act in films and lend his voice to animated characters. He also started a production company called Material Pictures.
Although the 44-year-old prefers to stay out of the spotlight, he has starred in “Brothers” alongside Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal as well as “The Great Gatsby” with Leonardo DiCaprio.
The father-of-two also recently told The Hollywood Reporter that he isn’t ruling out playing another superhero if the opportunity presented itself.
“I just don’t really have an ‘I would or wouldn’t do’ mind-set,” he said. “I’ll just do whatever … whatever it is that comes that I feel called to, that may or may not fit in any kind of box.”
Neil Patrick Harris voiced Spidey on MTV’s “Spider-Man” cartoon series.
The animated series aired for only one season in 2003.
It was meant to be an adaption of the “Ultimate Spider-Man” comic books. However, following the success of the 2002 film, the writers decided to make it into a sequel TV show that focused on Peter Parker’s college years.
The award-winning actor most recently starred on Netflix’s “Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events.”
Harris starred on the popular CBS TV show, “How I Met Your Mother,” from 2005 to 2014. He also appeared on FX’s “American Horror Story,” and in films like 2011’s “The Smurfs” and 2014’s “Gone Girl.”
Drake Bell voiced Peter Parker/Spider-Man in 2012’s “Ultimate Spider-Man” cartoon series.
The Nickelodeon star voiced Spidey for four seasons from 2012 to 2017. The plot followed Parker as he was being trained by S.H.I.E.L.D.
The show received several nominations for the Behind the Voice Actors Awards and the Motion Picture Sound Editors Awards.
Bell is now releasing new music, and said that a reboot for Nickelodeon’s “Drake & Josh” is in the works.
The 33-year-old recently released a music video for his latest single, “Fuego Lento,” in which he sings some lyrics in Spanish.
He also said that he and his former “Drake & Josh” costar, Josh Peck, were in talks to bring back the 2004 TV show. People Magazine confirmed that a reboot is officially in the works.
In 2015, “Ultimate Spider-Man” introduced Miles Morales, voiced by Donald Glover.
Glover voiced the black and Puerto Rican teen who later becomes Spider-Man, for two episodes.
Interestingly enough, Glover inspired the Miles Morales creators, Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, after they saw him dressed up as Spider-Man on NBC’s “Community” in 2011.
He also campaigned to be the next to portray the webslinger, but the role eventually went to Andrew Garfield.
Glover will voice Simba in Disney’s live-action “The Lion King.”
The actor and singer-songwriter also wrote and starred in “Guava Island,” alongside Rihanna. He released the musical on Amazon Prime in April.
Around the same time, Glover (who goes by Childish Gambino for his music career) was one of the three main headliners at the Coachella music festival this year.
Ogie Banks took over from Glover in 2016 to voice Miles Morales on the “Ultimate Spider-Man” series.
He also voiced Luke Cage on the series.
Banks has since voiced many more characters, including Haya on Disney’s “The Lion Guard.”
He also has credits in video games and anime series, including “Boruto: Naruto the Movie.”
Andrew Garfield played the superhero in “The Amazing Spider-Man” in 2012 and 2014.
He starred alongside Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy in the Marc Webb-directed films. The two dated in real life and maintain a friendly relationship after their split.
Although the first film was a box office success, the sequel wasn’t as well received by critics. For that reason, along with other complications with Sony at the time, the third installment never came to fruition.
The Brit starred alongside Adam Driver and Liam Neeson in 2016’s “Silence.”
After Spider-Man, Garfield has worked on other films, including “Breathe” in 2017 and “Under the Silver Lake” in 2018. He recently told Uproxx that he’s been “intense” in trying to move away from the character.
“And I feel I just a bit more comfortable that I’ve achieved what I wanted to achieve in a sense of just coming back to being known as an actor that is interested in lots of different kinds of stories and different kind of characters,” Garfield said.
Max Charles played the younger version of Peter Parker in “The Amazing Spider-Man.”
He’s also voiced several characters on Fox’s “Family Guy,” and Disney’s “The Lion Guard.”
The Ohio native now resides in Los Angeles.
In 2018, the 16 year old was nominated for best young actor on a television series at the Saturn Awards for his role as Zach Goodweather on Guillermo del Toro’s “The Strain.”
Robbie Daymond has voiced Spider-Man on several TV series, including 2014’s “Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers” and 2017’s “Marvel Spider-Man.”
The Missouri native also voiced Spidey in several video games.
The 37-year-old recently voiced Spider-Man on an episode of the animated series, “Avengers Assemble.”
Daymond is still a prominent voice actor, with roles on shows like “OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes” and “Ultraman” this year alone.
Tom Holland began playing the superhero in 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War.”
Tony Stark/Iron Man (portrayed by Robert Downey Jr.) recruited Spidey for his team — and it’s still one of the most epic battle scenes in the Marvel superhero movies.
Holland then starred in 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which became an instant fan favorite.
Now, he’s reprising his role as the webslinger in “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”
i canThe 23-year-old is currently on a press tour for the most recent addition to the Marvel universe.
The Brit will also star alongside Will Smith in “Spies in Disguise,” an upcoming animated movie about a spy who’s turned into a pigeon and has to rely on his tech officer to save the world. It’s set to hit theaters in December.
Shameik Moore voiced Miles Morales in the Oscar award-winning film, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”
Moore voiced the black and Puerto Rican teen Spider-Man in the film, which also earned a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for its spectacular animation.
The 24-year-old previously appeared on Netflix’s “The Get Down.”
Chris Pine voiced one of the Peter Parkers in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”
Pine voiced the original Peter Parker, who appeared briefly in the animated film, and lived the perfect life as the superhero.
In other superhero-related news, Pine was recently featured in a sneak peek of the upcoming sequel to “Wonder Woman.”
The movie’s director, Patty Jenkins, shared the first official photo of “Wonder Woman 1984,” last year, which shows Pine standing in what appears to be a mall.
The sneak peek has fans speculating what his role will be in the new movie, being that he played the DC superhero’s love interest who sacrificed himself at the end of first film.
“Wonder Woman 1984” is set to premiere on March 25, 2020.
Jake Johnson played the alternate Peter Parker/Spider-Man in “Into the Spider-Verse.”
He voiced Peter B. Parker, an older version of Spidey who helped Miles Morales figure out how to use his new abilities.
Before this role, Johnson was known for his role as Nick Miller on Fox’s TV comedy, “New Girl.”
Johnson will star alongside Cobie Smulders on ABC’s “Stumptown.”
The 41-year-old will play Grey McConnell, who’s best friends with protagonist Dex Parios (Smulders).
According to the network’s official description, the show will follow Parios’ story as an Army vet whose “military intelligence skills make her a great PI, but her unapologetic style puts her in the firing line of hardcore criminals and not quite in alliance with the police.”
It will be based on the Oni Press comic book series by the same name, and is set to premiere this fall.
Nicolas Cage voiced Spider-Noir in “Into the Spider-Verse.”
The movie star voiced the 1930s, black-and-white version of Spider-Man.
Cage told Entertainment Weekly that he had “a lot of fun” with the part, and pulled from Humphrey Bogart films for inspiration.
The Oscar-winning actor has several upcoming projects, including “The Croods 2.”
John Mulaney voiced Peter Porker/Spider-Ham in “Into the Spider-Verse.”
Mulaney’s character was a parody of the superhero and offered fans hilarious moments in the film — like when he said, “Do animals talk in this dimension? Cause I don’t wanna freak anyone out.”
Mulaney is still performing his stand-up comedy show across North America.
The “Saturday Night Live” writer won an Emmy last year for his Netflix special, “John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City.”
Kimiko Glenn voiced Peni Parker in “Into the Spider-Verse.”
Her character was an orphan who was adopted by Peter Parker’s Aunt May and Uncle Ben, in an alternate anime universe. Peni wasn’t the traditional Spider-Man in the sense that she wore a mechanical suit powered by her spider friend.
Glenn starred on Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman,” and on TBS’ “The Guest Book.”
The New York City-based actor is also set to star in “Can You Keep a Secret?” with Alexandra Daddario and Tyler Hoechlin.
The rom-com will be based on the New York Times bestselling book about a woman who tells a stranger all her secrets when their plane almost crashes, only to find out later that he is her company’s CEO.
Oscar Isaac voiced Miguel O’Hara, the Latino Spider-Man, in “Into the Spider-Verse’s” end-credits scene.
The Guatemala-born actor voiced the futuristic Spider-Man, who was originally introduced in the comics in 1992. In the post-credits scene, O’Hara traveled back in time to recruit previous Spider-Men.
Isaac will voice Gomez Addams in the animated film “The Addams Family,” which will premiere n October.
Isaac will also return as Poe Dameron in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” The movie will hit theaters on December 20.