John Wagstaff as Popeye in 1935.
From Life Magazine (Oct. 4, 1937) :
Enclosed find photos of a friend, Mr. John Wagstaff of this city, who has a face that he can readily screw into various positions and shapes. He does not use any artificial makeup or teeth removing. It’s just a natural face that he brought into the world. Mr. Wagstaff is a respected businessman of this city.
Jos. W. Stenger