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Paul Frees
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Voice Actor
    (June 22, 1920-November 2, 1986)
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    Birth name was Solomon Hersh Frees
    Recorded the album 'Paul Frees and the Poster People' (1970)
    Provided voices for Ludwig von Drake in Disney cartoons, Boris Badenov in The Bullwinkle Show, Burgermeister Meisterburger in 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town,' Santa Claus in 'Frosty the Snowman,' John Beresford Tipton in 'The Millionaire,' KARR in the 'KITT vs KARR' episode of Knight Rider, the Pillsbury Doughboy, Sprout in the Jolly Green Giant commercials and the Ghost Host at Disneyland and Disney World's Haunted Mansion
    He went uncredited for much of his voice work.
    Many of his roles were imitations of Orson Welles.
    He was an undercover narcotics agent in the 60s.
    He was married six times.
    June Foray said, 'He hid a troubled private life with his silly facade.'
    He landed at Normandy on D-Day and was later wounded in battle.
    He shared the 'Man of a Thousand Voices' nickname with Mel Blanc.
    Asked if he regretted working mostly behind the scenes, he said, 'Sometimes, yes. But it's nothing I can't overcome when I look at my bank balance.'
    Whenever Toshiro Mifune appeared in an English-language film, he would ask that his lines be dubbed by Frees, who 'sounds more like me than I do.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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