Harold Hamgravy, better known as Ham Gravy, is a Thimble Theatre character created in 1919.[1]

Hamgravy was the original fiance of the better-known character Olive Oyl, but was often attracted to other women who were considerably wealthy. Hamgravy was depicted as a slacker who preferred getting rich quick rather than earning money honestly.

In a later strip, Hamgravy hired the better-known character Popeye to man his ship for a treasure hunt. As time passed, Hamgravy was replaced by Popeye as the prize for Olive's affections. Hamgravy made occasional appearances in the later Popeye strips, but never had the fame he once held.

Hamgravy made a supporting appearance in the 1980 film, where Olive has recently left Hamgravy and has since begun dating Bluto at the film's opening. He was played by Bill Irwin.


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