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Job Actor
Years active 1930s-1986
Top Roles Opening Narrator, Barnyard Horse, Funeral Director, Radio Announcer / Officer Asking for Rap Sheet, Narrator / J.W. Galvin, Psychiatrist
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Animation, Family, Romance, Horror
Top TopicsBook-Based, Romance (Comic), World War II
Top Collaborators (Producer), (Director), (Producer), (Producer)
Shares birthday with Billy Wilder, Buddy Adler, Michael Todd  see more..

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 .

MINI BIO:

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).

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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 this short starts, Tom is listening to a radio station, listening to dancing music, like the waltz, jitterbug and others. After Tom changed stations and lowered the radio volume, he heard Jerry raiding the refrigerator. After Jerry escaped, Tom walked back and listen to the radio]
Radio Announcer: Attention! Attention, everyone! We interrupt this program to bring you this warning. A ferocious lion has just escaped from the circus. I repeat, a ferocious lion has just escaped from the circus. You are advised to bar your windows and doors immediately!


[last lines]
Radio Announcer: Your attention please! We have just learned from laboratory officials that the explosive contained in the white mouse is no longer dangerous. And they have assured us the mouse will not explode.
[Tom kicks the white mouse out the window only to have it explode reducing the house to rubble]
Radio Announcer: We repeat, the white mouse will not explode.
Tom: [emerging from the rubble and speaking very slow] Don't you believe it!


Alien: People of Earth, attention... People of Earth attention. This is a voice speaking to you from thousands of miles beyond your planet... This is a voice speaking to you from thousands of miles beyond your planet. Look to your sun for a warning... Look to your sun for a warning.


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Paul Frees Facts
Was often called upon in the 50s and 60s to "re-loop" the dialogue of other actors, often to correct for foreign accents, complete lack of English proficiency, or poor line readings by unprofessionals. These dubs extended from a lines to entire roles.

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.

Was one of Stan Freberg's cast of performers, most notably as the narrator on "Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America, Vol. 1".

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