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:

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.

Izo Yamura: Some years ago, when I decided to race cars, I tried to buy the Jordan-BRM company.
Pete Aron: Oh yes, I had heard that.
Izo Yamura: Impatience on my part. I also manufacture radios and sewing machines. In order to save time, I wanted a proven product. That was not to be, however. Racing cars are not merely another product. They require great attention if any success is to be hoped for.
Pete Aron: Then that's why you're here.
Izo Yamura: I have been racing my cars in Formula One for two years, and have yet to win my first Grand Prix. I intend to win, by whatever means are open to me.
Pete Aron: That's the right attitude. All you have to do is go fast enough and long enough.
Izo Yamura: And with the best drivers! Do you want a job with me?
Pete Aron: Driving?
Izo Yamura: Driving, of course.
Pete Aron: Who are you dumping?
Izo Yamura: Dumping?
Pete Aron: Ah, which one of your drivers are you getting rid of?
Izo Yamura: Neither one. I am entering a third car.
Pete Aron: That'll be expensive.
Izo Yamura: Yes.
Pete Aron: You've got a driver.
Izo Yamura: My racing headquarters is at Silverstone, in England. Can you be there next week?
Pete Aron: Yes, sir.
Izo Yamura: We must begin to think about - Spa!
Pete Aron: Next week, then.
Izo Yamura: By the way, you are a terrible broadcaster!
[Aron turns and starts heading for the door]
Izo Yamura: Oh, Mr. Aron, if giving you the job would have meant firing one of the other drivers, would you still have taken it?
[Aron glares at Yamura]
Izo Yamura: Good!

Donald Duck: [while playing billiards, on hitting the other two balls the right way] Hey! It works! Oh, boy! It's a cinch.
[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.

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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.

Is heard as at least four different voices in Spartacus (1960), including the guard that Kirk Douglas hamstrung in the opening sequence.

His early radio career was cut short when he was drafted into World War II. He was at Normandy on D-Day. He was wounded in action and was returned to the United States for a year of recuperation.

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