Paul Frees


Biography

With credits on more than 300 film and TV programs, Paul Frees was the embodiment of the highly successful voiceover artist. Not surprisingly, Frees began his career in the world of radio, where he delighted listeners and show producers with his talented vocal impersonations. He began to work in film in the early 1940s. Often he served as a narrator, but was sometimes called to replace t...

Biography

With credits on more than 300 film and TV programs, Paul Frees was the embodiment of the highly successful voiceover artist. Not surprisingly, Frees began his career in the world of radio, where he delighted listeners and show producers with his talented vocal impersonations. He began to work in film in the early 1940s. Often he served as a narrator, but was sometimes called to replace the voices of actors. In "The Ugly Dachshund" (1966), he replaced a performer who died. He later dubbed the voice of Japanese star ToshirĂ´ Mifune in "Grand Prix" (1966). But Frees was most famous for voicing many of the beloved cartoon characters of the 1960s and '70s. He played Boris Badenov in the animated "Rocky and His Friends," Inspector Fenwick in "The Dudley Do-Right Show," and a panoply of voices in the stop-motion animated Christmas specials of Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin, Jr. ("Rudolph's Shiny New Year," "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town"). More obscurely, Frees was K.I.T.T.'s four-wheeled nemesis, K.A.R.R., in the 1980s David Hasselhoff series "Knight Rider."

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Beatniks (1960)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Jack Frost (1988)
Voice
The Puppetoon Movie (1987)
Voice
The Wind in the Willows (1987)
Voice
The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985)
Narrator
Twice Upon a Time (1983)
Chief Of Stage; Judges And Bailiff
Twice Upon a Time (1983)
Narration
The Routes of Exile: A Moroccan Jewish Odyssey (1981)
Narration
Jack Frost (1980)
Voice Of Kubla Kraus; Voice Of Father Winter
The Day After Trinity (1980)
Narration
The Milpitas Monster (1976)
Narrator
Rudolph's Shiny New Year (1976)
Voice
The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)
Narrator
The Point (1971)
Mr. Magoo's Holiday Festival (1970)
Old Fezziwig/undertaker
Wild in the Streets (1968)
Narrator
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)
Narrator
The Man Called Flintstone (1966)
The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)
Voice of Crusty
A Public Affair (1962)
Narrator
Gay Purr-ee (1962)
Meowrice
The World's Greatest Sinner (1962)
Narrator
Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961)
Narrator
The Beatniks (1960)
Narrator
The Snow Queen (1960)
[Voices of] Ol' Dreamy/The Raven [Mr. Corax]
Bells Are Ringing (1960)
Narrator of "Susansweraphone" ad
Where the Boys Are (1960)
Narrator
The Time Machine (1960)
Voice
Attack of the Jungle Women (1959)
M. [Paul] Lemon/Narrator
The Shaggy Dog (1959)
Psychiatrist
Li'l Abner (1959)
Radio announcer
Space Master X-7 (1958)
Dr. Charles Pommer
The Cyclops (1957)
The 27th Day (1957)
Newscaster
Jet Pilot (1957)
Lt. Tiompkin
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
Narrator
The Harder They Fall (1956)
Priest
Francis in the Haunted House (1956)
Voice of Francis
The Scarlet Coat (1955)
Narrator
Prince of Players (1955)
Francisco
Son of Sinbad (1955)
Mahmud, fortune-teller
Cellbound (1955)
George the Warden
Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)
Monroe
Suddenly (1954)
Benny Conklin
The Impossible Possum (1954)
Barney Bear
Sleepy-Time Squirrel (1954)
Jimmy Squirrel
Bird-Brain Bird Dog (1954)
Barney Bear
The War of the Worlds (1953)
Radio announcer
Heir Bear (1953)
Barney Bear
Barney's Hungry Cousin (1953)
Barney Bear
Cobs and Robbers (1953)
Joe Scarecrow
Half-Pint Palomino (1953)
Barney Bear
Wee-Willie Wildcat (1953)
William Wildcat
Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
Band leader
The Big Sky (1952)
MacMasters
The Star (1952)
Richard Stanley
The Las Vegas Story (1952)
District Attorney
The Little Wise Quacker (1952)
Barney Bear
Busybody Bear (1952)
Buck Beaver
Smitten Kitten (1952)
Jerry Mouse's Devil Conscience
When Worlds Collide (1951)
Narrator
A Place in the Sun (1951)
Morrison
Hunt the Man Down (1951)
Packy Collins
The Thing from Another World (1951)
Dr. Voorhees
His Kind of Woman (1951)
Corle
Jerry's Cousin (1951)
Muscles Mouse
The Toast of New Orleans (1950)
Narrator
Force of Evil (1949)
Elevator operator
Red Light (1949)
Bellhop
Goggle Fishing Bear (1949)
Barney Bear
The Bear and the Hare (1948)
Voice
Wild and Woolfy (1945)
Wolf Villain
The Unwelcome Guest (1945)
Barney Bear

Writer (Feature Film)

The Beatniks (1960)
Writer

Music (Feature Film)

The Beatniks (1960)
Composer

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

King Kong Escapes (1968)
Dub Director for English version

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Puppetoon Movie (1987)
Assistant
The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985)
Assistant

Cast (Special)

60 Years of Seduction (1981)
Narration
The Sword (1957)
Bailiff (Guest)

Cast (Short)

24 Hour Alert (1955)
Voice

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Rudolph & Frosty's Christmas in July (1979)
Voice
First Easter Rabbit (1978)
Voice
Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977)
Voice
The Hobbit (1977)
Voice
Frosty's Winter Wonderland (1976)
Voice
The Man Called Flintstone (Do Not Use) (1966)
Rock Slag

Misc. Crew (TV Mini-Series)

Disney's DTV Valentine (1986)
Other

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

When Worlds Collide (1951) - The World Prays More momentous narration from Paul Frees, as world opinion has coalesced around predictions that planet Zyra, then a star, will overwhelm earth, Randall and Joyce (Richard Derr, Barbara Rush) in the control center with her scientist father (Larry Keating) and John Hoyt as the disabled unstable financier Stanton, the escape rocket ready, as producer George Pal lets loose the SFX, in When World’s Collide, 1951.
War Of The Worlds, The (1953) - Halfway To Pomona! Narration by Cedric Hardwicke surveys the solar system, and a fireball lands in California where Sylvia (Ann Robinson) and Pastor Collins (Lewis Martin) are attending a picture by C.B. DeMille, who owned and licensed the film rights to the original H.G. Wells story, in producer George Pal's The War Of The Worlds, 1953.
War Of The Worlds, The (1953) - Open, Super Science The 1953 George Pal production of H.G. Wells' The War Of The Worlds, getting modern right off the bat with ominous narration by Paul Frees and war footage covering 20th century events, script by Barrè Lyndon.
War Of The Worlds, The (1953) - Rout Of Civilization Almost midway through the film, newsy update by narrator Sir Cedric Hardwicke, special praise for the Brits, in a quick survey of Earth vs. Martian invaders, from the 1953 George Pal production of H.G. Wells' The War Of The Worlds.
His Kind Of Woman (1951) - Where Do Old Gangsters Go To Die? Opening is narrated by Charles McGraw who will soon appear as gang henchman Thompson, introducing Raymond Burr as exiled gangster Ferraro (modeled on Lucky Luciano), who calls Corle (Paul Frees), John Mylong their third party, John Farrow directing, in His Kind Of Woman, starring Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell.
His Kind Of Woman (1951) - I Don't Know You Guys Very casual, in his second scene, broke gambler Dan Milner (Robert Mitchum) is unimpressed to find thugs (led by Tol Avery) playing cards in his apartment, early in John Farrow's His Kind Of Woman, 1951.
Thing From Another World, The (1951) - Welcome To Our Igloo Banter by Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer, as Capt. Hendry (Kenneth Tobey) has first encounters with Nikki (Margaret Sheridan) and Dr. Carrington (Robert Cornthwaite), at the research station in The Thing From Another World, 1951.
Carpetbaggers, The (1964) - The Fictional And Fabulous Crisp Paul Frees narration soon justifies the aerial opening credit sequence, not quite indicating the salacious tone of the Harold Robbins novel, but George Peppard is introduced as the Howard Hughes-ey Jonas, and Alan Ladd as the grounded Nevada, in The Carpetbaggers, 1964, from producer Joseph E. Levine.
Suddenly (1954) - Nothing Wrong Yet At this point, as far as we know Baron (Frank Sinatra) and posse (Paul Frees, Christopher Dark) might be legitimate, as they visit Ellen (Nancy Gates), son Pidge (Kim Carney) and Pops (James Gleason) before a still-secret presidential visit to a California town called Suddenly, 1954.
Gay Purr-ee (1962) - Roses Red, Violets Blue Mewsette (voice by Judy Garland) has decided to leave her country home to discover Paris, and her celebrations to a tune by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg are overheard by the maybe dangerous Meowrice (Paul Frees), in the Warner Bros. animated feature Gay Purr-ee, 1962
Puppetoon Movie, The (1987) - I'm Sorry, Gumby Introducing the Puppetoon Tyrranosaur Arnie (voice by Paul Frees) threatening a doe named Barbara, then Gumby (voice by Dal McKennon, from the TV show) and Pokey (Gumby creator Art Clokey’s voice), in the tribute documentary about animation pioneer George Pal, The Puppetoon Movie, 1987.
That Funny Feeling (1965) - My Eyes Were On That Girl Opening with Paul Frees narration, veteran Richard Thorpe directing for MGM, starting with the universe then narrowing down to what will be a triple meet-cute for married stars Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee, Larry Blake the cop, in That Funny Feeling, 1965.

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