Job Actor
Years active 1930s-1986
Top Roles Barnyard Horse, Funeral Director, Radio Announcer / Officer Asking for Rap Sheet, Opening Narrator, Second Radio Reporter / Opening Announcer
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Animation, Family, Romance, Horror
Top TopicsBook-Based, World War II, Romance (Comic)
Top Collaborators (Director), (Producer), (Producer),
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Paul Frees Overview:

Character actor, Paul Frees, was born Solomon Hersh Frees on Jun 22, 1920 in Chicago, IL. Frees died at the age of 66 on Nov 2, 1986 in Tiburon, CA .


With over 340 film credits to his name, Paul Frees was primarily known for his voice work, most famously as the voice of Rocky & Bullwinkle bad-guy Boris BadenovProfessor Ludwig Von Drake in the Disney anthology television series (1957-1986)villain Burgermeister Meisterburger and his assistant Grimsley in Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (1970), and both John Lennon and George Harrison in the 1965 The Beatles cartoon series. He was also the voice of the Pillsbury Doughboy, as well as the Little Green Sprout in the Green Giant vegetable commercials, and Boo-Berry in the monster cereal commercials. His voice can also be heard as the unseen "Ghost Host" in the Haunted Mansion attraction at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. 

Frees also, at times, dubbed voices for other actors, most notably providing the voice for Tony Curtis as 'Josephine' in Some Like It Hot because Curtis couldn't maintain a high-pitched voice for an entire take.

On occasion, Frees appeared on-camera, typically in minor or uncredited roles, including The Thing from Another World (as scientist Dr. Vorhees), A Place in the Sun (as death-row preacher Reverend Morrison), and Some Like It Hot (as the 'funeral director' of Spats' speakeasy). 

(Source: article by Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub).



On October 9, 2006, Frees received the Disney Legends Award for living up to the Disney principals of imagination, skill, discipline, craftsmanship and magic.

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Paul Frees Quotes:

[as the Pytagoreans play music]
Donald Duck: What's going on?
The True Spirit of Adventure: Shh, it's a jam session.
Donald Duck: Gimme something with a beat.
The True Spirit of Adventure: Shh!
[Donald plays a urn like a bongo drum; the Pytagoreans play along]

The True Spirit of Adventure: And now you are ready for the most exciting game of all.
Donald Duck: Oh, boy!
The True Spirit of Adventure: And the playing field for this game is in the mind.
[Fade in to Donald's mind, revealing a disorganized room with dusty file cabinets]
The True Spirit of Adventure: Uh-oh. Look at the condition of your mind: antiquated ideas! Bungling! False concepts! Superstitions! Confusion! To think straight, we'll have to clean house.
[the cabinets close and a broom starts sweeping by itself; Donald's face contorts as dust and moths fly out of his head]
The True Spirit of Adventure: There, that's more like it. A nice clean sweep.

[first lines]
Narrator: From time immemorial the Earth has been bombarded by objects from outer space. Bits and pieces of the Universe piercing our atmosphere in an invasion that never ends. Meteor, the shooting stars on which so many earthly wishes have been born! Of the thousands that plummet toward us, the greater part are destroyed in a firey flash as they strike the layers of the air that encircle us. Only a small percentage survives. Most of those fall into the water which covers two-thirds of our world. But from time to time from the beginning of time a very few meteors have struck the crust of the Earth and formed craters - craters of all sizes sought after, poured over by scientists of all nations for the priceless knowledge buried within them. In every moment of every day they come from planets belonging to stars whose dying light is too far away to be seen. From infinity they come. Meteors! Another strange calling card from the limitless regions of space - its substance unknown, its secrets unexplored. The meteor lies dormant in the night - waiting!

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Paul Frees Facts
Got his start in radio, doing voice work for dramas and comedies. He was known for doing an incredible impersonation of Orson Welles. Reportedly, he played all of the roles in a 15-minute show called "The Speaker". His work included animation, for which he provided the voices for innumerable cartoons, but notably for such characters as Fox (Frank Tashlin's "Fox & Crow" series), Ludwig Von Drake (numerous educational shorts by Walt Disney Productions), Boris Badenov (Jay Ward's "Rocky and His Friends" (1959)), Inspector Fenwick (Ward's "The Dudley Do-Right Show" (1969)), Morocco Mole (Hanna-Barbera's "The Secret Squirrel Show" (1965)), Barney Bear (title character from an MGM series of shorts), and was the original voice of the Pillsbury Doughboy.

Provides multiple voices in Flight from Ashiya (1964), getting into three- and four-way conversations with himself.

According to author Peter Guralnick (in "Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley"), Frees was an undercover narcotics agent for the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs in the 1960s.

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