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Paul H. Frees

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Stingiest Man in Town (1978)
  • Lowest Rated: 17% The Star (1952)
  • Birthday: Not Available
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • In his prime--which lasted a good 40 years--voice artist Paul Frees was not so much ubiquitous as inescapable. It was literally impossible during the 1960s and most of the 1970s to turn on the TV on any given night and not hear the ineluctable Mr. Frees. Blessed with a versatile voicebox from an early age, Frees first came to public attention as "Buddy Green," the name he was using when he won a radio impersonation contest. He toured in vaudeville, then returned to radio as star of The Player, a syndicated anthology series in which he played all the roles. He went to work as actor, announcer and narrator for such series as Suspense and Escape; he also made a number of appearances on comedy programs, usually playing a hammy Orson Wellesian actor (one such character was actually named "Lawson Bells"). In bandleader Spike Jones' memorable rendition of the old torch song "My Old Flame," Frees recites the lyrics in the style of a Peter Lorre-like pyromaniac. Frees began working in films in 1948, 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. When Chill Wills was unavailable to provide his talking-mule voice in Francis in the Haunted House (1955), Frees replaced him, accurately recreating Wills' folksy drawl; when producer George Pal was forced to rerecord most of the male actors in Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961), Frees supplied all the voices; and whenever Japanese film star Toshiro Mifune appeared in an English-language film like Grand Prix (1969), he would insist that his heavily-accented voice be redubbed by Frees, who "sounds more like me than I do." 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 (1955-60). Frees' vocal activities in the realm of animated cartoons is so extensive that to list all his credits would require five single-spaced columns, a few examples are: Boris Badenov and Captain Peter Peachfuzz in Rocky and His Friends, Inspector Fenwick in Dudley Do-Right, Oliver Wendell Clutch in Calvin and the Colonel, Flat-Top in The Dick Tracy Show, the title character in Squiddly Diddly, Morocco Mole in Secret Squirrel, John Lennon in The Beatles, and Ludwig Von Drake in Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color. In addition, Frees worked in virtually everything ever produced by satirist Stan Freberg, including the legendary 1963 LP History of the United States. By the mid-1970s, 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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

83% Hardware Wars Narrator 2009
No Score Yet Wind In The Willows Wayfarer 1987
No Score Yet The Fantasy Film World of George Pal Narrator 1985
No Score Yet Twice Upon a Time Narrator 1983
71% The Last Unicorn Rook 1982
No Score Yet The First Easter Rabbit Actor 1982
67% The Return of the King Actor 1980
57% Jack Frost King Kubla Kraus 1979
20% Rudolph and Frosty: Christmas in July Winterbolt 1979
69% The Hobbit Bombur 1978
100% The Stingiest Man in Town Actor 1978
56% Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey Olaf/Donkey dealer 1977
50% Rudolph's Shiny New Year Santa Claus 1976
No Score Yet Frosty's Winter Wonderland Jack Frost 1976
No Score Yet The Milpitas Monster Actor 1975
No Score Yet Here Comes Peter Cottontail Actor 1971
93% Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Burgermeister Meisterburger 1970
61% Wild in the Streets Narrator 1968
75% The Little Drummer Boy Aaron's Father, the Magi 1968
88% The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Narrator 1967
No Score Yet The Man Called Flintstone Actor 1966
40% The Incredible Mr. Limpet Crusty 1964
No Score Yet Mr. Magoo in Sherwood Forest Actor 1964
80% Gay Purr-ee Meowrice 1962
No Score Yet Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol Old Fezziwig 1962
No Score Yet A Public Affair Narrator 1962
No Score Yet Atlantis, the Lost Continent Narration 1961
No Score Yet The Beatniks Screenwriter Director 1960
77% The Time Machine Talking Rings 1960
67% The Shaggy Dog Psychiatrist 1959
No Score Yet Space Master X-7 Charles Palmer 1958
No Score Yet The Monolith Monsters Narrator 1958
No Score Yet The 27th Day Newscaster 1957
60% Jet Pilot Lt. Tiompkin 1957
71% Earth vs. the Flying Saucers Actor 1956
100% The Harder They Fall Priest 1956
No Score Yet Francis in the Haunted House Francis the Talking Mule 1956
No Score Yet The Rains of Ranchipur Sundar 1955
No Score Yet Prince Of Players Francisco 1955
100% Suddenly Benny Conklin 1954
100% Riot in Cell Block 11 Monroe 1954
86% The War of the Worlds Radio Announcer 1953
17% The Star Richard Stanley 1952
No Score Yet Million Dollar Mermaid Band Leader 1952
100% The Big Sky McMasters 1952
No Score Yet The Las Vegas Story District Attorney 1952
No Score Yet Utopia English Narrator 1951
No Score Yet His Kind of Woman Corle 1951
76% A Place in the Sun Rev. Morrison 1951
78% When Worlds Collide Narrator 1951
No Score Yet Hunt the Man Down Packy Collins 1951
89% The Thing from Another World Dr. Maurice Vorrhees 1951
No Score Yet The Toast of New Orleans Narrator 1950
No Score Yet Red Light Bellhop 1949
100% Force of Evil Elevator Operator 1948

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Flintstones
1960-1966
Voice
  • 1962
  • 1960
100% Rocky and His Friends
1961
Voice

QUOTES FROM Paul H. Frees CHARACTERS

Talking Rings
My name is of no consequence. The important thing you should know, is that I am the last who remembers how each of us, man and woman made his own decision. Some chose to take refuge in the great caverns, and find a new way of life far below the earth's surface. The rest of us decided to take our chances in the sunlight. Small as those chances might be.
Talking Rings
The war between the east and west which is now in it's three hundred and twenty-sixth year, has at last come to an end. There is nothing left to fight with, and few of us left to fight. The atmosphere has become so polluted with deadly germs, that it can no longer be breathed. There is no place on this planet that is immune. The last surviving factory for the manufacturing of oxygen has been destroyed. Stockpiles are rapidly diminishing. And when they are gone, we must die.
Burgermeister Meisterburger
I hate toys! And toys hate me! Either they are going or I am going and I definitely am not going!
Chief of Stage
Someday, I going to have learn to read... and then write... and tie my shoe... and button my fly.
Synonamess Botch
I know the way! I know the way! !'borg! These Poophead Dirtbags will do it, they'll get me the spring and Din will be mine!
Rod Rescueman/Scuzzbopper
Just a minute, boss! I'm trying to finish the page!
Synonamess Botch
Right! You finish the page, and I'll have Rudy and his friends finish you.
Rod Rescueman/Scuzzbopper
Rod Rescueman!!
Rod Rescueman/Scuzzbopper
Kiss me, it's the rules!
Judges
Here'ye! Here'ye! The High Court of Frivoli is now in session, Ralph the All Purpose Animal and Mumford the no purpose nothing, how do you plead?
Burgermeister Meisterburger
What! What brings you? The milk? The daily paper?