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:

[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]

Mouse: Hey, wait a minute, pal! What are you trying to do, eat me?
Cat: Duh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Mouse: Well forget it, pal. I've seen this cartoon before; and believe me, if you're smart, you won't eat me; 'cause before this picture's over, I save your life.
Cat: Duh, yeah, b-but I'm hungry.
Mouse: All right then. On the next room, you'll find a great, big, fat, juicy canary. Eat him.

Carol Marvin: My father! What have you done to him?
Alien: You're addressing General Hanley's mind, not General Hanley.

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Paul Frees Facts
He is the "Ghost Host" or narrator on the Haunted Mansion Attraction at Disneyland.

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.

In the early 1970s, he was reportedly making $50,000 a year just for doing the voice work for the Pillsbury Doughboy.

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