Stan Freberg

Stan Freberg

Highest Rated: 100% Tom Thumb (1958)

Lowest Rated: 56% Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)

Birthday: Aug 7, 1926

Birthplace: Not Available

Best known for his satirical recorded send-ups of everything from popular songs to American history and as the father of funny television commercials, Stan Freberg is truly one of comedy's great geniuses. Born in Pasadena, CA, Freberg felt the performing bug's bite early on. He launched his professional career in 1943 performing vocal impressions on Cliffie Stone's radio program. In the mid-'40s, Freberg made a name for himself as a voice artist for such major animation studios as Warner Bros., Disney, Paramount, and Walter Lantz; he and fellow voice artist Daws Butler were both regulars on the Time for Beany show. During the '50s, Freberg began making his famous song parodies of such hits as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," "The Great Pretender," and "Banana Boat (Day-O)." These and others not only made fun of the tunes, they also skewered pop culture and history, as in his famous "Dragon-Net" send-up of Jack Webb's long-running television show. As an actor, Freberg has only appeared in a couple of feature films making his debut in Callaway Went Thataway (1951). He has also done work on Broadway and continues to occasionally make appearances on television shows such as Roseanne. In 1997, he became a regular on the CBS children's program The Weird Al Show. As a member of the advertising world, Freberg made many inroads toward making commercials genuinely entertaining. His television campaign for Sunsweet Prunes -- "Today the pits; tomorrow the wrinkles" -- is still considered one of the best of the 1970s. In 1988, Freberg published his autobiography, It Only Hurts When I Laugh.

Highest Rated Movies



56% Looney Tunes: Back in Action Baby Bear $21.1M 2003
67% Stuart Little Race Announcer 1999
No Score Yet Down and Out with Donald Duck Actor 1987
No Score Yet Forty Years of Television Broadcast Journalism: A Salute to KTLA Actor 1987
No Score Yet The First Easter Rabbit Actor 1982
No Score Yet The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie Big Bad Wolf 1981
69% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Deputy Sheriff 1963
100% Tom Thumb Yawning Man 1958
93% Lady and the Tramp Beaver 1955
No Score Yet Geraldine Billy Weber 1953
No Score Yet Callaway Went Thataway Marvin 1951
No Score Yet A Bear for Punishment Junyer Bear 1951
No Score Yet Cheese Chasers Bertie 1951


76% Roseanne
Mr. Parkin Parkin 1996
No Score Yet The Monkees
Daggart 1966
No Score Yet Looney Tunes Platinum Collection
No Score Yet Looney Tunes Premiere Collection


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