Paul Rugg

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Paul Rugg

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Biography

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Paul Rugg began his career in show business as a writer for local radio shows. He broadened his base when he joined the ACME Comedy Group, writing and performing comedy sketches throughout Southern California. While with ACME, Rugg was asked to join the writing staff for the hit…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Paul has one daughter.

    • Just recently recorded back in July 2006 a live video interview for the Animaniacs Volume 2 DVD.

    • Has made up a bunch of funny words such as: Freunleven, Hoyl, Flameel, Freungugenlevenschild, and/or Freungoldenlevenscheuld. Which are based off of how Jerry Lewis sounds like when he goes off in performances.

    • Played the character John Ferguson in the Live-action B-movie: "I.F.O. (Identified Flying Object)(1985)

    • Played Manny the Uncanny and other characters on Disney's "1 Saturday Morning" TV program.

    • Other characters he played on Disney's "1 Saturday Morning" TV program are: Bob (Tube Dweller), Alistair Flyndiggery & Vanessa, S'Much: Manny's cat-kitty, Little Manny, and Mr. Hand.

    • Does a dead-on impersonation of Jerry Lewis.

    • One of his past jobs before making it big was dressing as a turtle for kids birthday parties.

    • Is a Graduate of Loyola Marymount University.

    • Played Manny the Uncanny on Disney's 1 Saturday Morning.

    • He has an ugly dog named Petey, according to Paul.

    • Lives in Woodland Hills, California.

    • He has a small appearance in the movie "The Country Bears" as a TV News Reporter.

    • Paul On how he got the part of Freakazoid: I went in there and did it. Then they played it for Steven [Spielberg] and he said 'Yep! Fine, sure, great,' and then I panicked ... and I had to do it.

    • Paul (On casting a lead voice actor for Freakazoid): We were under a big deadline and we were just finding ourselves really confused. Whenever we tried to explain the show to somebody we were faced with a really blank stare. People had no idea what we were talking about and we had no idea what to tell them.

    • Paul (on working as both a writer and voice actor): You really have to put your ego aside because you write [an episode] as a writer and say to yourself, 'Okay, good, I like this, and I hope that actor doesn't ruin this copy,' and I'm talking about myself. Then I get in the recording booth and I go 'Who wrote this?!' And it was me.

    • Does the voice of Ant #5 in the movie The Ant Bully.

    • Wrote the most episodes of Freakazoid! at 11.

    • Is a fan of Jerry Lewis, that's why he based Mr. Director on him.

    • Wrote the most episodes for Animaniacs at 42.

    • Paul got the role of Freakazoid! when they couldn't find a voice actor for the part and he was asked by Tom Ruegger to go into the recording booth to demonstrate what he thought Freakazoid's voice should sound like. Then they played it for Steven Spielberg who liked it so much he gave Paul Rugg the part.

    • Paul based his Mr. Director character from "Animaniacs" off of Jerry Lewis.

    • Voiced the title character on the show Freakazoid! and also wrote some of the episodes.

  • Quotes

    • Jon McClenahan(On the funniest thing he ever heard a writer say): At (Tom) Ruegger's wedding recently, Paul Rugg did a comedy routine where he played this crazy psychic from Russia and he could turn your signature into any animal that the audience could name. Sorry, no quotes, but a really hilarious routine. ...Rugg is hilarious (and a really nice guy as far as I can tell).

    • Steven Spielberg(On Paul Rugg voicing Freakazoid!):He's really the only actor who understands 'Freakazoid!'s' mind. Since he's one of its creators, he offers this very funny character some special insights and nuances, that other actors just can't do.

    • Paul (On having creative freedom for Freakazoid! especially for a particular scene in the ep. "Dance Of Doom"): I kind of went off, and much to my surprise, they animated it.

    • Paul (On explaining Freakazoid!): We were able to experiment and try something really different with 'Freakazoid!' There is no format. Each show you never know what direction we're going to take. I think that a lot of people when they first watch ['Freakazoid!'] are puzzled and say 'What is this about? I don't understand it,' and once they understand it, it's basically about being silly ... and not so much about the story, but how we tell the story.

    • Paul (On how he got the part of Freakazoid): I went in there and did it. Then they played it for Steven [Spielberg] and he said 'Yep! Fine, sure, great,' and then I panicked ... and I had to do it.

    • Paul (On casting a lead voice actor for Freakazoid): We were under a big deadline and we were just finding ourselves really confused. Whenever we tried to explain the show to somebody we were faced with a really blank stare. People had no idea what we were talking about and we had no idea what to tell them.

    • Paul (on working as both a writer and voice actor): You really have to put your ego aside because you write [an episode] as a writer and say to yourself, 'Okay, good, I like this, and I hope that actor doesn't ruin this copy,' and I'm talking about myself. Then I get in the recording booth and I go 'Who wrote this?!' And it was me.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Paul Rugg

    10
    Paul Rugg really is a great voice actor. The Animaniacs were some of the best. Freakazoid was great as well.



    Wayne |
  • Paul Rugg is awesome!!!!!!!!!

    10
    I love Paul Rugg! He is definitly my fav voice actor and writer ever! The eps. he wrote for Animaniacs were some of the best eps they ever had! Plus his dead-on perfected Jerry Lewis impersonation with his Mr. Director character was always great and fun to watch! And don't forget Freakazoid! Freakazoid! would not be as great as he was/is if it weren't for Paul Rugg. He gave him a wonderful zany voice that changed so many times it fit perfect with the character! I only wish Paul had done more eps. and seasons of this great and VERY memorable character! I really miss him as a writer. I wish he never left WB for Disney who is giving him crap jobs for voice acting! At least at WB he got to write and voice some memorable characters. Disney gives him characters that no one will remember in a year or 2. Someone give this guy back some diginity! His wonderful talent seems to be going to waste at Disney! He has so much more in him than Disney is allowing/giving to him. But anyways I HIGHLY recommend Mr. FABULOUS Rugg! Especially if it's work he did at WB!moreless