August Wicke (1885-1947), better known as "Gus Wickie" was a baritone singer and voice actor. He was the voice of Bluto in the Fleischer Studios Popeye cartoons from 1935 until 1938, a year often cited erroneously as his death. His final performance for Fleischer was as the "Chief" in Big Chief Ugh-Amugh-Ugh. Outside of his animation work, Wicke was best known for his nightclub performances around New York City, particularly at Bill's Gay Nineties, a venue run by Bill Hardy. Wicke generally made up a quartet with Spike Harrison, Fred Bishop, and a rotating fourth member.
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