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, World War II, Romance (Comic)
Top Collaborators (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 .


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:

The True Spirit of Adventure: The mind knows no limits when used properly. Think of a pentagram, Donald. Now put another inside, a third, and a fourth. No pencil is sharp enough to draw as fine as you can think, and no paper large enough to hold your imagination. In fact, it is only in the mind that we can conceive infinity.
[the infinite progression of pentagrams turns into a hallway of doors]
The True Spirit of Adventure: Mathematical thinking has opened the doors to the exciting adventures of science.
Donald Duck: I'll be doggone! I've never seen so many doors before.
[Runs back and forth from one door to another]
The True Spirit of Adventure: Each discovery leads to many others. An endless chain.
Donald Duck: Hey, hey! What's the matter with these doors? Hey! These doors won't open! They're locked!
The True Spirit of Adventure: Of course they are locked. These are the doors of the future, and the key is...
Donald Duck: Mathematics!
The True Spirit of Adventure: Right. Mathematics. The boundless treasures of science are locked behind those doors. In time, they will be opened by the curious and inquiring minds of future generations. In the words of Galileo, "Mathematics is the alphabet with which God has written the universe."

The True Spirit of Adventure: The profusion of mathematical forms brings to mind the words of Pythagoras: "Everything is arranged according to number and mathematical shapes." Yes, there's mathematics in music, in art, in just about everything. And as the Greeks have guessed, the rules are always the same.

Donald Duck: [referring to a ballerina being measured with the golden rectangles] Well, well, well. This is mathematics? I gotta have me some of that!
[he runs up to the model and breaks the rectangles apart]
The True Spirit of Adventure: Ah-ah-ah, Donald!
Donald Duck: Let me try it!
[he picks up a small rectangle]
The True Spirit of Adventure: No, no, no!
Donald Duck: Ideal proportions.
The True Spirit of Adventure: Not quite.
[Donald tosses away the rectangle and picks up a larger one]
The True Spirit of Adventure: Uh-uh. No, I'm afraid not.
[Donald tries to fit himself inside the rectangle]
The True Spirit of Adventure: Well, we can't all be mathematically perfect.
Donald Duck: Oh, yeah?
[Donald squeezes himself into the rectangle, and he successfully gets inside taking up the shape of a pentagon]
Donald Duck: There, I knew I could do it!
The True Spirit of Adventure: Now that you're all bent up in a pentagon, let's see how nature uses the same mathematical form.
[various forms in nature with this shape are shown]
The True Spirit of Adventure: The petunia, the star jasmine, the starfish, the wax flower. There are literally thousands of members in good standing. In nature, it's the Pythagorean idea of the star. All nature's works have a mathematical logic, and her patterns are limitless.

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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.

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".

It was common for voice artists to do multiple roles when dubbing foreign language films into English. There are a number of examples where he also did multiple roles when replacing the dialog in Hollywood films.

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