Paul Frees

Paul Frees


6/22/1920, Chicago, Illinois, USA



Birth Name

Solomon Hersh Frees



Also Known As

Man of a Thousand Voices
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Paul Frees was a master of voices, including Ludwig von Drake in several Disney television shows.
His voice has been heard at many Disney attractions. He was the narrator in "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln", and "Adventure Through Inner Space". In addition to providing the voice of…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Paul's amazingly versatile voice was recognized in his younger years from his radio work under the name of "Buddy Green" when he won a contest for impersonating people.

    • Paul made a record for MGM called "Paul Frees and the Poster People" in which he either sang or chanted songs in the voices of famous people of the day.

    • Four of Paul's favorite hobbies were cooking, painting, writing stories, and music.

    • Paul Frees dubbed the voice of "Josephine", Tony Curtis' part where he dressed up as a woman, in Some Like it Hot because Tony Curtis could not do the voice very well.

    • Voice actor, Corey Burton, has paid homage to Paul Frees due to the fact that he is able to duplicate some of the voices that Paul did in his lifetime.

    • Unlike many voice actors of the day who worked for one studio only, Paul worked for at least nine major animation studios including Walt Disney Studios, Walter Lantz Studios, UPA, Hanna-Barbera, Filmation, MGM Studios, DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, Jay Ward Productions and Rankin/Bass.

    • Paul was posthumously honored as a Disney Legend on October 9, 2006 for his contributions to Disney.

    • Paul was active until his death at the age of 66 from a sudden heart attack. He was cremated and his ashes were spread out to sea.

    • In Paul's forty plus years in the entertainment industry, he was involved with over 250 films, cartoons, and TV appearances and like many voice actors of the day, many of the parts were uncredited.

    • Paul was a narrator for many of the CBS Radio's series called "Escape" (1947 to 1954) and also played the star role in many of them. He also played the title role in another CBS Radio program called "The Green Lama" in which he was a crimefighter with special powers.

    • Paul joined the ASCAP in 1956 and collaborated with music composers Tony Romano, Ruby Raksin, Walter Gross, and Ed Brandt. Some of Paul's songs included "Hollywood Soliloquy", "The Clown", "Drowning My Sorrow", and "Voice in the Wind".

    • Paul was making over $50,000 a year just for doing the voice of the Pillbury Doughboy in the early 1970's.

    • Paul was a World War II veteran who was drafted and landed on the beach at Normandy. He was wounded in action and spent the next year recuperating in the United States.

    • Paul voiced the narrator for the National Public Radio series Bradbury 13 in 1984.

    • In the book Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick, Paul is said to have worked as an undercover agent with the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs in the 1960s.

    • Paul often "re-looped" the dialog of other actors in the 1950's and 1960's due to the lack of correct English, poor line reading, or heavy accents of the actors. Some were just lines and others were complete roles that he had to voice over.

    • Paul used to study at the Chouinard Art Institute using his G. I. Bill when he was younger, but he had to drop out and go back to radio work when his wife's health began to fail.

    • Recited the introduction for the opening credits of the 1967 sitcom Mr. Terrific.

  • Quotes

    • Paul Frees: (when asked if he ever regretted his profession) Sometimes, yes. But it's nothing I can't overcome when I look at the bank balance.

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  • Was he gay

    I never knew that he was Ludwig von Drake in Disney cartoons. But what I do know about him was that he did the voice of the Hooded Claw, was on Bewitched, was always centered in Hollywood Squares, and he even had his own TV show. I wish that his show was watched more. I didn't see it, but it was on in the early 70's. I also heard that he was gay I don't know if that was a rumor or that was true. But the other thing I heard was that he was TV Land's most eligible bachelor.moreless