Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen


3/11/1956, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Birth Name

Robert Fredrick Paulsen, III



Also Known As

Rapheal, Robert F. Paulson, Rob Paulson, Vocal Magic, Robert F. Paulson III
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Born in Detroit, Michigan, Rob Paulsen had a talent for mimicking and creating funny voices from an early age. While playing bit parts and background voices on many animated shows in the early 1980s, including The Smurfs and Thundercats, he soon became a series regular on G.I. Joemore


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2004, Rob was nominated for his role The Troubador in The Three Musketeers.

    • Rob often describes himself as a singer who decided to become an actor.

    • Rob did the voice of Amigo in the movie Happily N'Ever After.

    • Rob is five foot ten and a half inches tall.

    • Rob is known for ad-libbing whenever he performs his voice over parts.

    • Rob's best known voice over roles are Rapheal from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yakko from Animaniacs, Pinky from Pinky and the Brain, Rueben (a.k.a. Experiment 625) on Lilo & Stitch, and also Carl Wheezer from Jimmy Neutron.

    • Rob was a guest of honor at Anthrocon in 2007.

    • Rob's first movie was Eyes of Fire in which he played the part of Jewell Buchanan. It was a horror movie set in America in the 1750's.

    • Rob did the voice of "Dog" in the Taco Bell kids meal commercials from 1995 to mid-1997, with actor Eddie Deezen who did the voice of "Nacho" the cat.

    • Rob grew up in Grand Blanc, MI and sang in choirs through his childhood and performed plays in grammar school.

    • Rob's background includes theater, radio, singing, and on-screen acting.

    • Rob graduated from Grand Blanc High School in 1974 and attended the University of Michigan for one year before leaving to try a career in acting.

    • Rob enjoys playing ice hockey, golf, and riding his motorcycle in his free time.

    • Rob is one of the most highly wanted voice actors in the commercial arena.

    • Rob has over 2,000 half hour animations that he has lent his voice to.

    • His role as Yakko in Animaniacs won him a Daytime Emmy Award for male vocal performance.

    • Rob has voiced over 250 different characters and over 1,000 commercials.

    • Rob did such a good job imitating Jim Carry's character, Stanley Ipkis on the cartoon series The Mask that he is called upon to do voice overs on Jim Carry movies on parts that have to be edited before being broadcast on television.

    • Rob did a rare public appearance with Pinky and the Brain co-star, Maurice LaMarche at the request of fellow voice actor Mark Hamill in 2002 at the Comic Con International. After a long applause Rob did a famous skit from Animaniacs called "Nations of the World" without a hitch.

    • Rob was married once to Carol Anne Schnarr, but they divorced and is now married to Parish Todd.

    • Rob has a son named Ashton born on September 10, 1984.

    • Rob Paulsen was nominated for an Annie Award in 2006 in the Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production category for his work as Eubie on The Happy Elf.

    • Paulsen has been a supporter of children's charity organizations for many years and has made considerable donations to cancer research. He has worked for GOALmodels, a high school program to inspire adolescents, and is also a sponsor of Camp Will-A-Way, a camp for mentally and physically disabled children.

    • Rob Paulsen's voice work on commercials includes promos for Cheers and Buffalo Duck's Radio Ranch as well as major campaigns for Honda, GMAC Mortgage, Advantix, and the National Milk Processor Board. His most famous advertising role was the announcer in the original "Got Milk?" spot "Who Shot Alexander Hamilton?" that first aired in 1993.

    • Rob Paulsen is the off-camera voice of Funniest Pets and People, the syndicated series shown on Superstation WGN as well as other television stations throughout the U.S. and internationally.

    • At one time Rob wanted to play professional hockey and his hero is Detroit Red Wings player Gordie Howe.

    • Rob Paulsen has appeared in many video games such as Doom 3, Clay Fighter 63 1/3, Planescape: Torment and Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes. He also voiced Crash Bandicoot in many games for Nintendo GameCube, Sony PlayStation 2, and Microsoft Xbox platforms. He portrayed Tobli and Lian Ronso in the English version of Square Enix's Final Fantasy X-2 and was the lead character in Bubsy. Paulsen also provided the voices for the Greek soldiers in God of War and Eric in the video game Kingdom Hearts II.

    • Among Rob Paulsen's favorites are Aaron Carter, A.J. Cook, and Jim Carrey. His favorite movie is Sky High and he enjoys painting as a hobby.

  • Quotes

    • Rob: (Answering a question about what it's like to be a voice actor) I'm not limited by physical features. I'm only limited by my imagination. Plus, I get to come home at a decent hour and see my family, much more than folks who are regulars on a sitcom.

    • Rob: (Talking about his work as a voice actor) The greatest thing is nobody cares that I'm fifty years old. They only care what I sound like.

    • Rob: (Talking about doing the character Pinky on "Pinky and the Brain") It's a treat to portray a complex character. Besides ... where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like 'Egad!', 'Narf!', 'Poit!', 'Splonk!' and 'Zort!' are allowed?

    • Rob: (After winning his 1999 Daytime Emmy award) I'm getting paid to do what I got in trouble for in the 7th grade. I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty-five years of full-time employment in this business.

    • Rob: (On the profitability of animated movies without celebrities) Just because there are celebrities in a movie, it doesn't mean anything. I don't think The Ant Bully did all that well the first week at the box office. Compare the movies that have a lot of celebrities with the Jimmy Neutron movie, which had no celebrity voices and grossed almost one hundred million dollars.

    • Rob: I'm one of those fortunate actors who gets to work pretty much every day. I've had a run of good fortune and work with some terrific people who have hired me.

  • Yakko!!!!

    I know most people know this guy as Raphel in Ninja Turtles or as sevral characters on Smurfs, but I know him best as Pinky on Pinky and the Brain and Yakko on Animaniacs. Animaniacs is one of my favorite shows, so it only figures that he's one of my favorite voice actors.

    By the way, did you know he's Peck in Back to the Barnyard or Carl Wheezer in Jimmy Neutron? I found that out on Wikipedia not to long ago. And let me say, I was shocked. For those of you who read my Barnyard review, I said that it was an OK show, but it had muched to be disired. Well, after learning that Rob Paulson was on the show, I was totally listening for Yakko's voice! To bad he dosn't talk much. But that made the show for me, because he uses almost the exact same voice for Peck as he did for Yakko. But, Barnyard's producers should really give him some more lines. He sang "Yakko's World" for crying out loud! Show a little respect!!moreless
  • Rob is a very talented voice actor that has done a lot of popular characters.

    Rob Paulson has done some of the most outlandish cartoon characters since he has been a voice actor. Some of these include, Rapheal from Teenage Mutant Turtles, Yakko Warner from Animaniacs, Rueben (Experiment 625) from Lilo & Stitch, Pinky from Pinky and the Brain, and Carl Wheezer from Jimmy Neutron. These are some classic characters. Rob can still do the famous skit from animaniacs called "Nations of the World" where he sings all the nations of the world in less than 3 minutes. He is definitely one of the most talented voice actors in the field today. I hope that he continues his fantastic work.moreless