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Frees in a rare onscreen appearance in Suddenly (1954)
Solomon Hersh Frees

(1920-06-22)June 22, 1920
DiedNovember 2, 1986(1986-11-02) (aged 66)
Other names
  • The Man of a Thousand Voices
  • Solomon Hersh Frees
  • Solomon Frees
  • Paul Hersh Frees
  • Buddy Green
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • impressionist
  • vaudevillian
Years active1942–1986
  • Anelle McCloud
    (m. 1943;died 1945)
  • Kleda June Hansen
    (m. 1947;div. 1950)
  • Joyce Schultz
    (m. 1951,divorced)
  • Jeri J. Cole
    (m. 1967;div. 1969)
  • Beverly T. Marlow
    (m. 1971)

Solomon Hersh "Paul" Frees (June 22, 1920 November 2, 1986) was an American actor, comedian, impressionist, and vaudevillian. He is known for his work on Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Walter Lantz, Rankin/Bass and Walt Disney theatrical cartoons during the Golden Age of Animation, and for providing the voice of Boris Badenov in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show . [1] Voice actor Mel Blanc said Frees was known as "The Man of a Thousand Voices", though the appellation was more commonly bestowed on Blanc himself. [2]


Early life

Solomon Hersh Frees was born to a Jewish family in Chicago, Illinois, on June 22, 1920. He grew up in the Albany Park neighborhood and attended Von Steuben Junior High School. [3] [4] He had an unusually wide four-octave voice range that enabled him to voice a scale from the thundering basso profundo of the unseen "Ghost Host" in the Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland in California [1] and at Walt Disney World in Florida to the voice of the farmer who educates the Little Green Sprout (voiced by Ike Eisenmann) about vegetable products of the Jolly Green Giant in the Green Giant vegetable commercials.


In the 1930s, Frees first appeared in vaudeville as an impressionist, under the name Buddy Green. He began his career on radio in 1942 and remained active for more than 40 years. [5] During that time, he was involved in more than 250 films, cartoons, and TV appearances; as was the case for many voice actors of the time, his appearances were often uncredited. [5]

Frees's early radio career was cut short when he was drafted into the United States Army during World War II, where he fought at Normandy, France, on D-Day. [6] He was wounded in action and was returned to the United States for a year of recuperation. He attended the Chouinard Art Institute under the G.I. Bill. When his first wife's health failed, he decided to drop out and return to radio work. [7]

He appeared frequently on Hollywood radio series, including Escape , playing lead roles and alternating with William Conrad as the opening announcer of Suspense in the late 1940s, and parts on Gunsmoke (doing an impersonation of Howard McNear as Doc Adams for at least one episode, "The Cast"), and Crime Classics . One of his few starring roles in this medium was as Jethro Dumont/Green Lama in the 1949 series The Green Lama , as well as a syndicated anthology series The Player, in which Frees narrated and played all the parts.

Frees was often called upon in the 1950s and 1960s to "reloop" the dialogue of other actors, often to correct for foreign accents, lack of English proficiency, or poor line readings by nonprofessionals. These dubs extended from a few lines to entire roles. This can be noticed rather clearly in the films Grand Prix (as Izo Yamura)[ citation needed ] and Midway , wherein Frees reads for Toshiro Mifune's performances as Admiral Yamamoto; [8] [ self-published source? ] or in the film Some Like It Hot , in which Frees provides the voice of funeral director Mozzarella as well as much of the falsetto voice for Tony Curtis' female character Josephine.[ citation needed ] Frees also dubbed the entire role of Eddie in the Disney film The Ugly Dachshund , replacing actor Dick Wessel, who had died of a sudden heart attack after completion of principal photography.[ citation needed ] Frees also dubbed Humphrey Bogart in his final film The Harder They Fall .[ citation needed ] Bogart was suffering at the time from what was later diagnosed as esophageal cancer, thus could barely be heard in some takes, hence the need for Frees to dub in his voice.[ citation needed ] He also voiced the cars in the comedy The Great Race .

Unlike many voice actors who did most of their work for one studio, Frees worked extensively with at least nine of the major animation production companies of the 20th century: Walt Disney Productions, Warner Bros. Cartoons, Walter Lantz Productions, UPA, Hanna-Barbera Productions, Filmation, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, Jay Ward Productions, Rankin/Bass, and Ruby-Spears.


Some of Frees' most memorable voices were for various Disney projects. Frees voiced Disney's Professor Ludwig Von Drake in 18 episodes of the Disney anthology television series, [9] beginning with the first episode of the newly renamed Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color on September 24, 1961. The character also appeared on many Disneyland Records. Von Drake's introductory cartoon, An Adventure in Color, featured "The Spectrum Song", sung by Frees as Von Drake. A different Frees recording of this song appeared on a children's record, and was later reissued on CD. [10]

In addition to voicing characters, Frees narrated a number of Disney cartoons, including the Disney educational short film Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land . This short originally aired in the same television episode as Von Drake's first appearance.

Frees also provided voices for numerous characters at Disney parks. He voiced the unseen "Ghost Host", or narrator, at both the Haunted Mansion Attraction and Adventure Thru Innerspace (now Star Tours) at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. For the Pirates of the Caribbean, Frees recorded the ghost voice saying the iconic "Dead Men Tell No Tales" used in the ride, as well as lending his voice to several audio-animatronic pirates, including the Auctioneer, Magistrate Carlos, and the "Pooped Pirate" in the ride. [11] Disney eventually issued limited edition compact discs commemorating the two rides, featuring some outtakes and unused audio tracks by Frees and others. Frees also provided narration for the Tomorrowland attraction Adventure Thru Inner Space (1967–1985) and the original Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. Audio clips from the attractions in Frees's distinctive voice have even appeared in fireworks shows at Disneyland.

A computer-animated singing bust in Frees's likeness appeared in the 2003 film The Haunted Mansion as a tribute. Similarly, audio recordings of Frees from the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction can be heard in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End in an homage to the ride.

Frees also had a small live-action role for Disney in the 1959 film The Shaggy Dog , playing Dr. Galvin, a military psychiatrist who attempts to understand why Mr. Daniels believes a shaggy dog can uncover a spy ring and also spoke the film's opening narration.

His other Disney credits, most of them narration for segments of the Disney anthology television series, include:

For his contributions to the Disney legacy, Frees was honored posthumously as a Disney Legend on October 9, 2006. [12]

Jay Ward Productions

Frees was a regular presence in Jay Ward cartoons, providing the voices of Boris Badenov (from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show ), Inspector Fenwick (from Dudley Do-Right , impersonating Eric Blore), Ape (impersonating Ronald Colman), District Commissioner Alistair and Weevil Plumtree in George of the Jungle , Baron Otto Matic in Tom Slick, Fred in Super Chicken , and the Hoppity Hooper narrator, among numerous others.


Frees is well-remembered for providing the voices for many characters in Rankin/Bass cartoons and stop-motion animated TV specials, most notably for a number of holiday-themed specials. In 1968, he appeared as Captain Jones in the Thanksgiving special The Mouse on the Mayflower , and that Christmas he appeared as the father of the Drummer Boy, Ali, and as the three Wise Men in The Little Drummer Boy . He was also Hocus Pocus, the traffic cop, the ticket-taker, and Santa Claus in Frosty the Snowman in 1969 and played the central villain, Burgermeister Meisterburger, and his assistant Grimsley in Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town in 1970. He provided several voices, including Aeon the Terrible, for Rudolph's Shiny New Year in 1976.

Frees also voiced King Haggard's wizard Mabruk and the Cat in The Last Unicorn and provided several voices for the Jackson Five cartoon series between 1971 and 1973. He provided the voices for several J. R. R. Tolkien characters (most notably the dwarf Bombur) in Rankin/Bass animated versions of The Hobbit and The Return of the King .

Rankin/Bass TV specials or films featuring Paul Frees:

George Pal

Frees portrayed the Orson Welles sound-alike radio reporter in George Pal's film The War of the Worlds (1953), where he is seen dictating into a tape recorder as the military prepares the atomic bomb for use against the invading Martians. Memorably, his character says the recording is being made "for future history ... if any". Frees also provided the film's dramatic opening narration, prior to Sir Cedric Hardwicke's voice-over tour of the solar system.

Frees subsequently provided the apocalyptic voice for the "talking rings" in Pal's later film The Time Machine (1960), in which he explains the ultimate fate of humanity from which the time traveler realizes the origin of the Morlocks and Eloi.

Producer Pal later put Frees to work again in his fantasy film Atlantis, the Lost Continent (also 1960) and doing the opening voice-over narration for Pal's Doc Savage (1975) film.

Frees did the narration for the George Pal documentary The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985), written, produced, and directed by Arnold Leibovit. Two years later, Frees provided the voice for Arnie the Dinosaur and the Pillsbury Doughboy in The Puppetoon Movie (1987), also produced and directed by Leibovit.

Other voice work

The talented actor voiced several characters, including three of the main characters in the US versions of Belvision's Hergé's Adventures of Tintin cartoons, based on the books by Hergé.

He had also done work for Hanna-Barbera in their Tom and Jerry shorts at MGM. In the 1956 Cinemascope Tom and Jerry cartoon, Blue Cat Blues , he was Jerry's voice who narrated the short; he had also voiced Jerry's cousin Muscles in Jerry's Cousin five years earlier and the cannibals in the Tom and Jerry episode His Mouse Friday where he said the lines "Mmmmm, barbecued cat!" and "Mmmmm, barbecued mouse!"

At the MGM Animation studio, he also did multiple voice roles for the legendary Tex Avery's films, notably playing every role in Cellbound in 1955.

Frees worked with Spike Jones on his 1960 album "Omnibust", appearing as announcer "Billy Playtex" and several other characters on "The Late Late Late Late Movies, Part I and II".

From October 1961 through September 1962, Paul Frees provided the voice for the shady lawyer named Judge Oliver Wendell Clutch, a weasel on the animated program Calvin and the Colonel starring the voices of Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, the series was an animated television remake of their radio series Amos 'n Andy .

For the 1962 Christmas special Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol , produced by UPA, Paul Frees voiced several characters, including Fezziwig, the Charity Man, two of the opportunists who steal from the dead man (Eyepatch Man and Tall Tophat Man) [13] and Mister Magoo's Broadway theatre director. He subsequently provided numerous voices for further cartoons in the series that followed, The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo .

Frees provided the voices of both John Lennon and George Harrison in the 1965 The Beatles cartoon series, the narrator, Big D and Fluid Man in the 1966 cartoon series, Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles and of The Thing in the 1967 series Fantastic Four , as well as President James Norcross in the 1967 cartoon series Super President . He played several roles narrator, Chef of State, the judges and the bailiff in the George Lucas / John Korty animated film, Twice Upon a Time .

Frees provided the voice-over for the trailer to the 1971 Clint Eastwood thriller, Play Misty for Me .

In television commercials, he was the voice of the Pillsbury Doughboy, the 7-Up bird Fresh-Up Freddie, Froot Loops spokesbird Toucan Sam (previously voiced by Mel Blanc, later voiced by Maurice LaMarche), Boo-Berry in the series of monster cereal commercials, and The Farmer who helps The Little Green Sprout, (voiced by Ike Eisenmann), who called out to the Jolly Green Giant, "So what's new besides ho-ho-ho, Green Giant?" He also played a British detective in a 1971 non-animated television commercial for Taster's Choice coffee. [14]

Frees narrated many live action films and television series, including Naked City (1958–1963). Frees also provided the voice of the eccentric billionaire John Beresford Tipton, always seated in his chair with his back to the viewer while talking to his employee Michael Anthony (fellow voice-artist Marvin Miller), on the dramatic series The Millionaire .

He was the narrator at the beginning of the film The Disorderly Orderly starring Jerry Lewis. He also "looped" an actor's voice in the film The Ladies Man , also starring Jerry Lewis.

Frees had a wide range of other roles, usually heard but not seen, and frequently without screen credit. The resonance of his natural voice was similar to that of Orson Welles, and he performed a Welles impression several times. Some highlights of his voice work:

Other credits

Although Frees was primarily known for his voice work (like Mel Blanc, he was known in the industry as "The Man of a Thousand Voices"), he was also a songwriter and screenwriter. His most notable screenwriting work was the little-seen 1960 film The Beatniks , a screed against the then-rising Beat counterculture in the vein of Reefer Madness . In 1992, the film was mocked on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 .

On rare occasions, Frees appeared on-camera, usually in minor roles. In 1954, he appeared in the film noir classic Suddenly starring Frank Sinatra and Sterling Hayden. He played a scientist in The Thing from Another World , a death-row priest in A Place in the Sun , and French fur trader McMasters in The Big Sky . In 1955, he appeared as an irate husband suing his wife (played by Ann Doran) for alimony in an episode of CBS's sitcom The Ray Milland Show ; and, in 1957, in an uncredited role as a helicopter pilot in the 1957 science-fiction movie, Beginning of the End .

In Jet Pilot , Frees plays a menacing Soviet officer whose job is to watchdog pilot Janet Leigh, but instead manages to eject himself from a parked jet, enabling Leigh to rescue John Wayne and fly back to the West. In the 1970 film Patton , Frees provided the voices of a war correspondent interviewing Patton while Patton rides his horse, and of a member of Patton's staff, as well as voice-overs for several other actors, including the Moroccan official hosting a troop review for Patton. Frees is also heard in Tora! Tora! Tora! as the English-language voice of the Japanese ambassador to the United States. He also does the final narration in Beneath the Planet of the Apes , the first sequel to Planet of the Apes .


Since Frees's death, voice actor Corey Burton has provided voices for some of Frees's characters.[ citation needed ] Burton, who met Frees in the late 1970s, has often re-recorded dialogue for some Disneyland attractions originally recorded by Frees. [18] In some cases, Frees's original, pre-digital recordings had simply deteriorated over time,[ citation needed ] and in others the dialogue had been rewritten to reflect plot changes or introduce new characters, such as the "Stuffed Pirate" replacing Frees's "Pooped Pirate" in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in 1997. [19] Dialogue that was slightly rewritten to reflect newer safety standards is performed by actors Joe Leahy (English) [20] [21] and Fabio Rodriguez (Spanish). [22] In 2001, Burton provided a Paul Frees impression for the new "Ghost Host" of Haunted Mansion Holiday, a seasonal, holiday-themed overlay for the Haunted Mansion attraction. [23] Burton also recorded Frees's Ghost Host lines for Walt Disney Pictures' 2003 film adaptation of the ride.

Personal life

Frees was married five times. His first marriage was to Anelle McCloud, from 1943 until her death in 1945. He then married Kleda June Hansen in 1947, but they divorced three years later in 1950. His third wife was Joyce Schultz. They married in 1951 and had two children a son, Fred; and a daughter, Sabrina before eventually divorcing. [5] His fourth marriage was to Jeri J. Cole in 1967, but they divorced after just two years, in 1969. Beverly T. Marlow was Frees's fifth wife. They married in 1971 but were estranged at the time of his death fifteen years later. [24]


For the last two years of his life, Frees suffered from multiple ailments, including arthritis, diabetes, and loss of vision, and had mentioned to friends that he was in near constant pain. Frees died at his home in Tiburon, California on November 2, 1986, at the age of 66, from a self-administered overdose of pain medication. Though the official cause of death is listed as suicide, his agent issued a press release stating that he died from heart failure. [25] [5]

Frees was survived by his son and daughter, and by Marlow, who had moved to Mesa, Arizona. [5] [24] His body was cremated and his ashes scattered over the Pacific Ocean. [5]




List of acting performances in feature films
1949 The Adventures of Sir Galahad The Black Knight (voice)Uncredited
1951 A Place in the Sun Rev. Morrison
The Thing from Another World Dr. Vorhees
His Kind of Woman Corley
1952 The Star Richard Stanley
1953 The War of the Worlds Radio Reporter / Opening Announcer
1954 Suddenly Benny
1956 The Harder They Fall Priest
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers Alien (voice)Uncredited
Francis in the Haunted House Francis (voice)
1957 The 27th Day Ward Mason / Newscaster
Jet Pilot Lt. Tiompkin
The Cyclops Cyclops
Beginning of the End Helicopter pilotUncredited
1958 Space Master X-7 Dr. Charles T. Pommer
1959 The Shaggy Dog Narrator / J. W. GalvinUncredited
Some Like It Hot Tony Curtis as Josephine
1960 Spartacus Caius (voice)
The Beatniks Various voices
Tormented Frank Hubbard (voice)
1961 The Absent-Minded Professor Loudspeaker Voice / Air Force Dispatcher (voices)
Snow White and the Three Stooges Narrator / Magic Mirror (voice)
1962 Gay Purr-ee Meowrice (voice)
The Magic Sword Sir Ulrich of Germany (voice)Uncredited
The World's Greatest Sinner Narrator / The Snake (voices)
The Manchurian Candidate Narrator (voice)Uncredited
1964 The Incredible Mr. Limpet Crusty (voice)
Robin and the 7 Hoods Radio News Announcer
The Disorderly Orderly Narrator (voice)Uncredited
The Carpetbaggers Narrator (voice)
The Brass Bottle Lawyer Jennings (voice)
Mary Poppins Barnyard Horse (voice)
1965 The Outlaws Is Coming Narrator / The Magic Talking Mirror (voices)
1967 In Cold Blood Radio Announcer (voice) / Policeman
King Kong Escapes Dr. Hu (voice)Uncredited
English dub
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Narrator (voice)Uncredited
1969 Hell in the Pacific Narrator (voice)Voiceover for Toshiro Mifune as Captain Tsuruhiko Kuroda
1970 Tora! Tora! Tora! Japanese Ambassador Kichisaburō Nomura (voice)Uncredited
Beneath the Planet of the Apes Ending Voiceover (voice)
Patton War Correspondent / Member of the Staff of Patton / Sheik (voices)
1975 Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze Narrator (voice)
1976 Midway Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (voice)
The Milpitas Monster Narrator (voice) Creature Feature top 10 movie


List of acting performances in television shows
1955Meet Mr. McNutleyHusbandLive Action Episode
Episode: "Jury Duty"
1955–1956 The Bob Cummings Show Television announcer
1955–1960 The Millionaire John Beresford Tipton (heard, but always unseen)
1952 Dangerous Assignment Dr. FriedrichSeason 1 Episode 5
Episode: "The Manager Story"
1956–58 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Announcer / Swanson / Mary's Father
1956 Jane Wyman Presents EmceeEpisode: "Ten Percent"
1957 The Adventures of Jim Bowie EtienneEpisode: "German George"
1958-1960 Rescue 8 Narrator (voice)
1953 The Jack Benny Program Narrator (voice)Episode: "The Honolulu Trip"
1961-1962 The Alvin Show Additional Voices
1962–1964 Fractured Flickers Narrator / Various26 episodes
1966 Get Smart Greenstreet Character / Lorre CharacterEpisode: "Casablanca"
1971, 1972 Hawaii Five-O Steve McGarrett Imposter, Goro Shibata (voice)Episodes: "Odd Man In", "The Ninety-Second War: Part I"
1972 Alias Smith and Jones Hannibal HeyesEpisode: "The Men That Corrupted Hadleyburg"
1975 Wonder Woman Prologue Narrator / Franklin D. Roosevelt Episode: "The New Original Wonder Woman"
1984 Knight Rider KARR (voice)"K.I.T.T. vs K.A.R.R."

Voice roles


List of voice performances in animated feature films
1950Primitive PlutoPrimoPluto Short
1951 Jerry's Cousin Cousin Muscles, Leader of gang cats thugs
1951 Sleepy-Time Tom Tom Cat (snoring) / Lightning Cat
1951 His Mouse Friday Jerry / CannibalsUncredited
1952 Magical Maestro Butch (singing "Everything I Have is Yours") [26] Uncredited
1952 Cruise Cat Ship's Captain
1952Busybody BearBarney Bear
1953 Life with Tom Radio Announcer
1953 The Missing Mouse Radio Announcer
1953Wee Willy WildcatBarney Bear
1953 T.V. of Tomorrow Narrator
1954Homesteader DroopyNarrator
1954 The Farm of Tomorrow Narrator
1955 Cellbound Prisoner / Warden / Little Wife
1956 Down Beat Bear First Radio Announcer
1956 Blue Cat Blues Jerry Mouse
1957 The Snow Queen Ol Dreamy / the RavenEnglish Voice
1959 Donald in Mathmagic Land The True Spirit of Adventure / Pi creature
1960 Loopy De Loop Watchdog"Tale of a Wolf"
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians Dirty DawsonUncredited
1961Clash and Carry Wally Walrus Wally Walrus Short
1962–1972 The Beary Family Charlie Beary /Junior Beary
1962 A Symposium on Popular Songs Ludwig Von Drake / Al Jolson
1963Stowaway WoodyUnknownWoody Woodpecker Short
1965Goofy's Freeway TroublesNarratorUncredited
Goofy Short
1965 Sink Pink Tex B'wana / Native BearerPink Panther Short
1965 Pinkfinger NarratorPink Panther Short
1965 Pink Panzer Neighbor Harry / The DevilPink Panther Short
1966-1967 The Inspector The Commissioner / Weft / Wong / Captain Clamity / Crab Louie / Captain DuMont, aka "X" / Chicken Butler / Sailor / Spider Pierre / Hassan the AssassinFifteen shorts
1966 The Man Called Flintstone Green Goose / Agent Triple X / Mario / Rock Slag / Ali / Bobo
1982 The Flight of Dragons AntiquityUncredited
1982 The Last Unicorn Mabruk
1983 Twice Upon a Time Narrator / Chef of State / Judges in The Pantry of Pomp / Bailiff
1985 The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal NarratorDocumentary about George Pal
1987 The Puppetoon Movie Arnie the Dinosaur / Pillsbury DoughboyReleased seven months after Frees's death, the movie itself dedicated to him


List of voice performances in television shows
1957–1968, 1976 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Ludwig Von Drake / Narrator / Donald Duck (1 episode) / Moby Duck 18 episodes
1957–1961 The Woody Woodpecker Show Wally Walrus / Charlie / Doc / Various
1958–1959 Steve Canyon Narrator34 episodes
1959–1964 The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show Boris Badenov / Inspector Fenwick / Captain Peter "Wrong Way" Peachfuzz / Additional Voices163 episodes / 326 Segments
1960 Mister Magoo Various13 episodes
1960–1962 The Flintstones Mr. Granite / Rockenschpeel / TV Announcer / Ed BedrockEpisodes: "The Babysitters", "The Happy Household"
1961 Top Cat Tony / Additional voicesEpisodes: "The Maharajah of Pookajee", "All That Jazz", "The $1,000,000 Derby", "The Con Men", "Dibble's Double"
1961 The Dick Tracy Show Go-Go GomezUncredited
1961–1962 Calvin and the Colonel Judge Oliver Wendell Clutch
1961–1962 The Alvin Show Additional voices
1962 Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol Stage Director / Charity Man / Fezziwig / Old Joe / UndertakerTV special
1963 Krazy Kat Ignatz Mouse
1964–1965 The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo Sherlock Holmes / Various5 episodes
1961–1966 Hoppity Hooper Narrator / Additional voices52 episodes / 104 Segments
1965 The New Three Stooges Sarge / Von Vonce / Bomb MakerEpisode: "That Little Old Bomb Maker"
1965 I Dream of Jeannie NarratorEpisodes: "My Hero?", "Guess What Happened on the Way to the Moon?"
1965–1966 The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show Squiddly Diddly / Morocco Mole / Double-Q / Yellow Pinkie / Claude Hopper26 episodes
1965–1967 The Beatles John Lennon / George Harrison / Brian Epstein / Additional voices
1966 The Impossibles Fluid-Man / Professor Stretch / Captain Kid / Puzzler / Infamous Mr. Instant / Artful Archer / Dr. Futuro26 episodes
1966 Laurel and Hardy Additional voices
1966–1967 The Super 6 Dispatcher "Super Chief" / Brother Matzoriley #1 and #3 / Captain Whammo
1966–1968 Space Ghost Brago / Zeron20 episodes
1967 Cricket on the Hearth Sea Captain / Caw / OthersTV special
1967–1970 George of the Jungle Ape / Weevil / Baron Otto Matic / Various17 episodes
1967 Shazzan Various6 episodes
1967 The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure Kobarah / Evil StarEpisodes: "Hawkman: Peril from Pluto", "Green Lantern: Evil Is as Evil Does"
1967–1968 Super President James Norcross / Narrator
1967–1968 The Fantastic 4 Ben Grimm / The Thing 20 episodes
1968 The Mouse on the Mayflower Captain Christopher Jones TV special
1968 Arabian Knights Vangore18 episodes
1968 The Little Drummer Boy Ali / Aaron's Father / The Three Wise Men / Meshaw / Jamilie / Various other Male rolesTV special
1969-1970 The Pink Panther Show Man Talking to the Pink Panther / Texan Hunter / The Pink Panther / The Commissioner (1 Episode)
1969 The Banana Splits Adventure Hour Evil Vangore / Sazoom8 episodes
1969 Frosty the Snowman Santa Claus / Traffic CopTV special
1969–1970 The Dudley Do-Right Show Inspector Fenwick / Narrator / Additional Voices26 episodes
1970 The Mad, Mad, Mad Comedians W. C. Fields / Zeppo Marx / Harpo Marx / Traffic CopTV special
1970 Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Burgermeister Meisterburger / Newsreel Announcer / Grimsby / Topper / Additional Voices / Ebenezer Scrooge / Ringle, Dingle, Zingle, Tingle, & Wingle / KringleTV special
1971 Here Comes Peter Cottontail Santa Claus / Man at Thanksgiving Table / Colonel Bunny's assistant / Fireman / Ben the RoosterTV special
1971 The Point! Oblio's Father / Pointed Man's Right Head / King / Leaf Man / VillagersTV Animated feature; based on the Harry Nilsson album
1971–1972 The Jackson 5ive The J5's Producer / Additional voices
1972 The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie Iguana"Willie Mays and the Say-Hey Kid"
1972–1973 The Osmonds Additional voices
1974–1976 Run, Joe, Run Narrator26 episodes
1976 The First Easter Rabbit Santa Claus / Zero / SpatsTV special
1976 Frosty's Winter Wonderland Jack Frost / Traffic CopTV special
1976 Rudolph's Shiny New Year Aeon the Terrible / Santa Claus / General Ticker / Humpty Dumpty TV special
1976 The Pink Panther Laugh-and-a-Half Hour-and-a-Half Show Additional voices
1977 The Hobbit Bombur / Troll #1TV movie
1977 Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey Olaf / Donkey DealerTV special
1977 Fantastic Animation Festival Opening NarratorTV special
1978 The Stingiest Man in Town Ghost of Christmas Past / Ghost of Christmas Present TV special
1979 Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July Jack Frost / Officer Kelly / Winterbolt / Genie of the Ice Scepter / Keeper of the Cave of Lost RejectionsTV movie
1979 Jack Frost Father Winter / Kubla KrausTV special
1980 The Return of the King Elrond / Orc / Uruk-hai / Goblin TV movie
1986DTV Valentine Ludwig Von Drake / AnnouncerTV movie
1987 The Wind in the Willows WayfarerReleased eight months after Frees's death

Theme parks

List of voice performances in theme parks
Theme parks
1967 Adventure Thru Inner Space Narrator
Pirates of the Caribbean Bride Auctioner
1969 The Haunted Mansion Ghost Host


List of acting and voice performances in radio series
Original Air DateProgramRoleEpisode
1945 The Lux Radio Theatre Multiple Characters
1945–1947A Man Named JordanDigger Slade
1946Rogue's Gallery
1946 The Whistler
1946 The Alan Young Show
1946–1952 Suspense Announcer / Passerby / Earl White / Frankenstein's Monster / Hubbard
1947 Ellery Queen
1947–1948 Escape Doctor Dubosk / Finnie Morner / John Woolfolk / Sanger RainsfordEpisodes: "The Fourth Man", "Snake Doctor", "Wild Oranges", "The Most Dangerous Game"
1948Your Movietown Radio TheatreMultiple Characters
1948 The First Nighter Program Additional voices
1949 The Adventures of Philip Marlowe
1949 The Green Lama Jethro Dumont / Green Lama
1949 Rocky Jordan
1949 Four Star Playhouse
1951The Silent Men
1951Mr. AladdinRobert Aladdin
1951 Broadway Is My Beat
1951 The Thing from Another World Dr. Voorhees
1952–1953 Gunsmoke Sut Grider / Gallagher / Doc Charles Adams (1 episode)Episodes: "Heat Spell", "The Soldier", "The Cast"
1953 Crime Classics Charles McManus / Charley Ford / Charles Drew, Sr. / Pub ManEpisodes: "The Axe and the Droot Family How They Fared"
"The Death of a Picture Hanger"
"The Shrapnelled Body of Charles Drew, Sr."
1953 Mr. President Additional voices
1953 On Stage ChauffeurEpisode: "Skin Deep"
1954 Fibber McGee and Molly
1956 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar Bert ParkerEpisode: "The Jolly Roger Fraud" (Part 1)
1957 The CBS Radio Workshop Captain Vesey / Ogden the MessengerEpisode: "Sweet Cherries in Charleston"
1984 Bradbury 13 Narrator

Crew work

1955 The Donald O'Connor Show WriterWriter (1 episode)
Special material (4 episodes)
1960 The Beatniks Director, executive producer, screenwriterUncredited

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Corey Burton is an American voice actor. He is the current voice of Captain Hook, Ludwig Von Drake and others for The Walt Disney Company, Shockwave on The Transformers, Brainiac in the DC Animated Universe, Count Dooku and Cad Bane in the Star Wars franchise, Zeus in the God of War series and Hugo Strange in Batman: Arkham City.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Thurl Ravenscroft</span> American actor (1914–2005)

Thurl Arthur Ravenscroft was an American actor and bass singer. He was known as one of the booming voices behind Kellogg's Frosted Flakes animated spokesman Tony the Tiger for more than five decades. He was also the uncredited vocalist for the song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" from the classic Christmas television special, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Valentine Dyall</span> English actor (1908–1985)

Valentine Dyall was an English character actor. He worked regularly as a voice actor, and was known for many years as "The Man in Black", the narrator of the BBC Radio horror series Appointment with Fear.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Sterling Holloway</span> American actor (1905–1992)

Sterling Price Holloway Jr. was an American actor and voice actor who appeared in over 100 films and 40 television shows. He did voice acting for The Walt Disney Company, playing Mr. Stork in Dumbo, Adult Flower in Bambi, the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, Kaa in The Jungle Book, Roquefort the Mouse in The Aristocats, and the title character in Winnie the Pooh, among many others.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Earl Boen</span> American actor (1941–2023)

Earl Boen was an American actor, best known as criminal psychologist Dr. Peter Silberman in The Terminator (1984), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003).

<i>Remember... Dreams Come True</i> Nighttime spectacular at Disneyland

Remember... Dreams Come True was a display of fireworks at Disneyland commemorating at the 50th anniversary of the park. The show featured fireworks, lower level pyrotechnics, isopar flame effects, projection mapping, lasers, searchlights and lighting set to the soundtracks of some of Disneyland's rides and shows.

Victor Herbert Perrin was an American radio, film, and television actor, perhaps best remembered for providing the "Control Voice" in the original version of the television series The Outer Limits (1963–1965). He was also a radio scriptwriter as well as a narrator in feature films and for special entertainment and educational projects, such as the original Spaceship Earth and Universe of Energy rides at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Xavier Atencio</span> American entertainer (1919–2017)

Francis Xavier Atencio, also known as X Atencio was an American animator and Imagineer for The Walt Disney Company. He is perhaps best known for writing the scripts and song lyrics of the Disney theme park attractions, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">The Hall of Presidents</span> Theme park audio-animatronic show

The Hall of Presidents is an attraction located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. The attraction is a multi-media presentation featuring Audio-Animatronic figures of all 45 individuals who have served as President of the United States. It opened on October 1, 1971, along with the rest of the Magic Kingdom, housed in a building resembling Philadelphia's Independence Hall. A short film is presented for the first portion of the show, with Abraham Lincoln reciting the Gettysburg Address. A stage presentation of all the presidents in Audio-Animatronic form follows the short film, with George Washington reciting a speech, before the incumbent president of the United States recites the oath of office. It was also the final project Disney Legend Ub Iwerks worked on.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Haunted Mansion Holiday</span> Seasonal overlay of attraction

Haunted Mansion Holiday is a seasonal overlay of The Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland that blends the settings and characters of the original Haunted Mansion with those of the 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas. Taking inspiration from "The Night Before Christmas", the attraction retells the story of Jack Skellington visiting the Haunted Mansion on Christmas Eve, leaving holiday chaos in his wake.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Dallas McKennon</span> American actor and voice actor

Dallas Raymond McKennon, sometimes credited as Dal McKennon, was an American film, television and voice actor, who had a career lasting over 50 years. During World War II he served in the Army Signal Corps and was stationed in Alaska.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Jimmy MacDonald (sound effects artist)</span> British-born American foley artist

John James MacDonald was a British-born American foley artist, voice actor, musician and conductor. He was the original head of the Disney sound effects department, and was also the 2nd official voice of Mickey Mouse from 1947 to 1976 and again in 1978 and 1987 after Walt Disney stopped playing the character and before Wayne Allwine became the third voice of Mickey in 1977.

Peter Renaday is an American actor. His career spans several films and television shows. His major roles include Master Splinter in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as Abraham Lincoln in The Hall of Presidents, and Henry in Country Bear Jamboree at Walt Disney World.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kat Cressida</span> American actress

Kat Cressida is an American actress whose credits include voicing the character Dee Dee on the animated television series Dexter's Laboratory, as well as playing the Bride in The Haunted Mansion at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. She also voiced Bloody Mary in the video game The Wolf Among Us.

Susanne Ellender Blakeslee is an American actress whose notable roles include the voices of Wanda, Anti-Wanda, and Mrs. Turner on The Fairly OddParents; and as the voice of Maleficent, Cruella de Vil, Lady Tremaine, and Evil Queen for various Disney media. In 2012, Blakeslee won an Ovation Award for Lead Actress in a Musical for Forbidden Broadway Greatest Hits, Volume 2.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Stephen Stanton</span> American voice actor

Stephen Walter Stanton is an American voice actor and visual effects artist. His roles include Sasha Nein in Psychonauts and Psychonauts 2, Grand Moff Tarkin in the Star Wars franchise, Admiral Raddus in Rogue One and Griff Halloran on Star Wars Resistance.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Hatbox Ghost</span> Fictional character

The Hatbox Ghost is an animatronic character that appeared originally in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland but was removed shortly after the attraction's debut in 1969. Located formerly in the ride's attic scene, the figure is described as "an elderly [male] ghost in a cloak and top hat, leaning on a cane with a wavering hand and clutching a hatbox in the other." After decades, the character was readded to the attraction in 2015.

<i>Goofy</i> (film series) American animated short film series

Goofy is a series of American animated comedy short films produced by Walt Disney Productions. The series started in 1939 with Goofy and Wilbur and ended in 1953 with How to Sleep. An additional short, How to Hook Up Your Home Theater, was released in 2007. The series stars the titular character Goofy, introduced in the short film series Mickey Mouse as one of Mickey's friends.


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