US Voice actor
1920 – Born- June 22, Chicago, Illinois
1930s-1940s – Got his start in radio, doing voice work for dramas and comedies.
1943-44 – Frees’ early radio career was cut short when he was drafted into World War II where he was at Normandy on D-Day. He was wounded in action and was returned to the United States for a year of recuperation. He attended the Chouinard Art Institute under the G.I. Bill. His first wife’s failing health forced him to drop out and return to radio work.
1948 – Frees began working in films, sometimes as an on-screen actor (His Kind of Woman, The Thing, War of the Worlds, Suddenly, The Shaggy Dog) but most often in a variety of voiceover capacities.
1952 – Gunsmoke, Radio Series version.
1947-1954 – He was one of the narrators for CBS Radio’s “Escape“. He also starred in many of the show’s episodes.
1955-60 – In addition to his TV-ad work as Poppin’ Fresh, Mr. Goodwrench et. al, Frees was heard as the
“late, fabulously wealthy” John Beresford Tipton on The Millionaire.
1961 – Some of Paul Frees’ most memorable voices were for various Disney projects. Frees voiced Disney’s Professor Ludwig Von Drake in many episodes of the Disney anthology television series, beginning with the first episode of the newly-renamed Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color.
1961 – Frees was a regular presence in Jay Ward cartoons, providing the voices of Boris Badenov, Inspector Fenwick (from Dudley Do-Right), the Ape Named Ape in George of the Jungle and the Hoppity Hooper narrator, among numerous others.
1962 – Christmas special Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, produced by UPA, Paul Frees voiced several characters, including Fezziwig, the Charity Man, two of the opportunists who steal from the dead man (Eyepatch Man and Tall Tophat Man) and Mister Magoo’s Broadway theatre director. He subsequently provided numerous voices for further cartoons in the series that followed, The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo.
1965 – Frees provided the voices of both John Lennon and George Harrison in the cartoon series based
on The Beatles, and The Thing in the 1967 series based on the Fantastic Four.
1968-1970 – Frosty The Snowman- Santa Claus, Traffic Cop, Additional Voices
The Pink Panther Show TV Series …. Commissioner The Dudley Do-Right Show” TV Series (voice) …. Inspector Nathaniel Fenwick/Narrator #1
The Banana Splits Adventure Hour” TV Series (voice) …. Evil Vangore/Sazoom
The Little Drummer Boy (TV) (voice) …. Aaron’s Father, the Magi
Le Great Dane Robbery (voice) …. Commissioner
Wild in the Streets (voice) …. Narrator
1969 – whenever Japanese film star Toshiro Mifune appeared in an English-language film like Grand Prix,
he would insist that his heavily-accented voice be redubbed by Frees, who “sounds more like me than I do.”
1960-1978 – It was literally impossible to turn on the TV on any given night and not hear the ineluctable
1974 – he was reportedly making $50,000 a year just for doing the voice work for the Pillsbury Doughboy.
1975 – Frees was averaging $1 million per year–and was only working six months out of the year, spending the remaining six months vacationing on his own South Sea island. According to most sources, Frees was married six times. Since his death in 1986, Paul Frees’ legacy has been carried on by a wealth of imitators, none of whom have quite come up to the standard set by The Master.
1983 – He does voice acting in the movie Twice Upon a Time
On rare occasions, Frees appeared on camera in minor roles. He played a psychiatrist in The Shaggy Dog, a scientist in The Thing from Another World, and French fur trader McMasters in The Big Sky. In Jet Pilot, Frees plays a menacing Soviet officer whose job is to watchdog pilot Janet Leigh, but instead manages to eject himself out of a parked jet, enabling Leigh to rescue John Wayne and fly back to the West.
In TV commercials, he was the voice of the Pillsbury Doughboy, the 7-Up bird Fresh-Up Freddie, Froot Loops spokesbird Toucan Sam (previously voiced by Mel Blanc, later voiced by Maurice LaMarche), and the elf who called out to the Jolly Green Giant, “Hey, Green Giant, what’s new besides ho-ho-ho?”
According to most sources, Frees was married six times.
Some more of Paul’s movies:
The Last Unicorn (19-Nov-1982) [VOICE]
The Return of the King (11-May-1980) [VOICE]
Jack Frost (13-Dec-1979) [VOICE]
The Hobbit (27-Nov-1977) [VOICE]
Hardware Wars (1977) Narrator [VOICE]
Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (10-Dec-1976) [VOICE]
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (18-May-1971) [VOICE]
The Point (1971) [VOICE]
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (14-Dec-1970) [VOICE]
Wild in the Streets (29-May-1968) Narrator [VOICE]
The Man Called Flintstone (3-Aug-1966) [VOICE]
The Incredible Mr. Limpet (18-Jan-1964) [VOICE]
Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol (18-Dec-1962) [VOICE]
Gay Purr-ee (24-Oct-1962) [VOICE]
Atlantis, the Lost Continent (3-May-1961) [VOICE]
One Hundred and One Dalmatians (25-Jan-1961) [VOICE]
Attack of the Jungle Women (1959)
When asked if he ever had reason to resent his choice of profession: “Sometimes, yes. But it’s nothing I can’t overcome when I look at the bank balance.”