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 Badenov, Professor 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).
HONORS and AWARDS:.
On October 9, 2006, Frees received the Disney Legends Award for living up to the Disney principals of imagination, skill, discipline, craftsmanship and magic.
[but he now struggles to work out the diamond system]
Donald Duck: If I hit it here... 3.5 plus 4 to 4.5 minus 3... divided by that...
The True Spirit of Adventure: You're making it tough for yourself Donald.
[He hits it wildly and the cue ball bounces off numerous cushions before hitting the other two balls]
Donald Duck: How do you like that for mathematics, Mr. Spirit?
The True Spirit of Adventure: Wonderful, Donald.
Meowrice: As they say, evil is the root of all money... money trees, that is! Big, green money trees.
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.
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