Charles Fleischer


Actor, Comedian, Voice Actor

About

Birth Place
Washington, Washington D.C., USA
Born
August 27, 1950

Biography

Charles Fleischer has garnered more fame for a role in which he was heard but not seen rather than for his often manic comedy and comedy-with-music acts. While such performances have made him a favorite of other comedians, they did not gain him top-rung status with the general public. But audiences loved him as the voice of the animated Roger Rabbit, the frenetic movie star Fleischer inh...

Biography

Charles Fleischer has garnered more fame for a role in which he was heard but not seen rather than for his often manic comedy and comedy-with-music acts. While such performances have made him a favorite of other comedians, they did not gain him top-rung status with the general public. But audiences loved him as the voice of the animated Roger Rabbit, the frenetic movie star Fleischer inhabited for "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988) and several subsequent cartoon shorts. He also did other voices for the films, including Benny The Cab and the two sinister weasels, Greasy and Psycho. Additionally, Fleischer has provided voices for other animated films and TV programs as well.

Fleischer moved West to Los Angeles in the early 1970s where he began performing in comedy clubs. He made his TV debut with an appearance on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" in 1972. Fleischer then spent much of the decade as a regular on a number of short-lived variety and sketch comedy programs and sitcoms. Among the more notable were including "Keep on Trucking" (ABC. 1975), "The Richard Pryor Show" (NBC, 1977) and as a sweathog during the 1978-79 season of "Welcome Back Kotter." In 1983, Alan Thicke tapped Fleischer to be part of the comedy troupe performing sketch segments on his late-night "Thicke of the Night"

Fleischer's feature film career was slower in getting started. He had a supporting role in "Die Laughing" (1980), a Robby Benson vehicle, and also appeared in "Night Shift" (1982), but it was "Roger Rabbit" that gave Fleischer a name, although on-camera feature work remained elusive. One instance was a turn as the cab driver of Anna Chlumsky and Austin O'Brien in "My Girl 2" (1994). But the "Roger Rabbit" connection did snare Fleischer frequent spots on TV variety specials, including "The Prince's Trust Gala" in 1989, and numerous Disney specials, including "Mickey's 60th Birthday" and "Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration." In the 90s, Fleischer contributed humorous segments under the umbrella "The Fleischer Files" to the futuristic cable series, "Next Step" (The Discovery Channel, 1992). He has also performed comedy on many pay TV and cable programs, including HBO's "One Night Stand."

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Rango (2011)
Voice
Funny People (2009)
Himself
Zodiac (2007)
The Polar Express (2004)
The Back Lot Murders (2002)
Wish You Were Dead (2002)
The 4th Tenor (2002)
Alphonse
Bel Air (2000)
Permanent Midnight (1998)
Rusty: The Great Rescue (1998)
Ground Control (1998)
Randy
Gridlock'd (1997)
Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight (1995)
My Girl 2 (1994)
Trail Mix-Up (1993)
Voice
Carry on Columbus (1993)
Pontiac
Straight Talk (1992)
Rollercoaster Rabbit (1990)
Voice
Dick Tracy (1990)
Back To The Future (Part 2) (1989)
Tummy Trouble (1989)
Voice
Bad Dreams (1988)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Voice
Deadly Friend (1986)
Voice Of
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Dr. King
Night Shift (1982)
Crisis in Sun Valley (1978)
The Death of Richie (1977)
Brick

Writer (Feature Film)

The Prince and the Pauper (1990)
Story By

Music (Feature Film)

Disorganized Crime (1989)
Song
Disorganized Crime (1989)
Song Performer

Sound (Feature Film)

Death Becomes Her (1992)
Adr

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Funny People (2009)
Other

Cast (Special)

The Comedy Store: The E! True Hollywood Story (2001)
The ABC Saturday Morning Preview Party (1996)
But Seriously '94 (1995)
Partners (1994)
Cybermania '94: The Ultimate Gamer Awards (1994)
Presenter
Komedy All Stars (1993)
Werewolf Concerto (1992)
The Comedy Store's 20th Birthday (1992)
Math... Who Needs It?! (1991)
Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special (1990)
Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration (1990)
Be Careful What You Ask For (1990)
The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards (1990)
Performer
The Prince's Trust Gala (1989)
Roger Rabbit and the Secrets of Toontown (1988)
Blue Jeans (1980)
Miles Savatini

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Boltneck (2000)
Genius (1999)
Mickey's 60th Birthday (1988)

Life Events

1972

Made TV debut with an appearance on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"

1975

Was series regular on short-lived "Keep on Trucking" (ABC)

1977

TV-movie acting debut, samll role in "The Death of Richie" (NBC)

1977

Was member of repertory company, "The Richard Pryor Show" (NBC)

1977

Appeared on the ABC sitcom "Sugar Time"

1978

Joined the cast of "Welcome Back, Kotter" (ABC)

1980

Feature film debut, small role in "Die Laughing"

1983

Was member of the comedy troupe for the syndicated late night variety series, "Thicke of the Night"

1988

Provided the voice of Roger Rabbit, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"

1992

Was segment host of "The Fleischer Files" on "Next Step"

1996

Had regular role on the ABC Saturday morning show "Bone Chillers"

2004

Voiced Elf General in the animated feature "The Polar Express" directed by Robert Zemeckis

Bibliography