Paul Frees

Biography

Date of Birth 22 June 1920, Chicago, Illinois, USA Date of Death 2 November 1986, Tiburon, California, USA (heart failure) Birth Name Solomon Hersh Frees Alternate Names: Paul H. Frees / Buddy Green Mini Biography Paul Frees (June 22, 1920 – November 2, 1986) was an American actor known for his work on MGM, Walter Lantz and Walt Disney theatrical cartoons during the Golden Age of Animation[1] and for portraying villain Boris Badenov on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.[1] He became known as "The Man of a thousand voices".[2] Actor, composer, songwriter, voiceover artist and author. He joined ASCAP in 1956, and his chief musical collaborators included Tony Romano, Ruby Raksin, Walter Gross, and Ed Brandt. His popular-song compositions include "Hollywood Soliloquy", "The Clown", "Drowning My Sorrow", and "Voice in the Wind". Trivia According to author Peter Guralnick (in "Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley"), Frees was an undercover narcotics agent for the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs in the 1960s. Was often called upon in the 50s and 60s to "re-loop" the dialogue of other actors, often to correct for foreign accents, complete lack of English proficiency, or poor line readings by unprofessionals. These dubs extended from a lines to entire roles. The voice of the "Ghost Host" in the Haunted Mansions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Got his start in radio, doing voice work for dramas and comedies. He was known for doing an incredible impersonation of Orson Welles. Reportedly, he played all of the roles in a 15-minute show called "The Speaker". His work included animation, for which he provided the voices for innumerable cartoons, but notably for such characters as Fox (Frank Tashlin's "Fox & Crow" series), Ludwig Von Drake (numerous educational shorts by Walt Disney Productions), Boris Badenov (Jay Ward's "Rocky and His Friends" (1959)), Inspector Fenwick (Ward's "The Dudley Do-Right Show" (1969)), Morocco Mole (Hanna-Barbera's "The Secret Squirrel Show" (1965)), Barney Bear (title character from an MGM series of shorts), and was the original voice of the Pillsbury Doughboy. He was one of the narrators for CBS Radio's "Escape" (1947-1954). He also starred in many of the show's episodes. Narrator for National Public Radio's "Bradbury 13" (1984). Portrayed the title role on CBS Radio's "The Green Lama" (1949). His character's real name was Jethro Dumont, a crimefighter with special powers. Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 170-171. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387 Was one of Stan Freberg's cast of performers, most notably as the narrator on "Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America, Vol. 1". He provided the voices for numerous animatronic figures at Walt Disney's parks. In the early 1970s, he was reportedly making $50,000 a year just for doing the voice work for the Pillsbury Doughboy. His early radio career was cut short when he was drafted into World War II. He was at Normandy on D-Day. He was wounded in action and was returned to the United States for a year of recuperation. He attended the Chouinard Art Institute under the G.I. Bill. His first wife's failing health forced him to drop out and return to radio work. It was common for voice artists to do multiple roles when dubbing foreign language films into English. There are a number of examples where he also did multiple roles when replacing the dialog in Hollywood films. Provides multiple voices in Flight from Ashiya (1964), getting into three- and four-way conversations with himself. Is heard as at least four different voices in Spartacus (1960), including the guard that Kirk Douglas hamstrung in the opening sequence. Personal Quotes [asked if he ever had reason to resent his choice of profession] Sometimes, yes. But it's nothing I can't overcome when I look at the bank balance. Biography He was born Solomon Hersh Frees in Chicago. Frees had an unusually wide four-octave voice range that would enable him to voice everything from the thundering basso profundo of the unseen "Ghost Host" in the Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland in California[1] and at Walt Disney World in Florida to the squeaky voice of the Little Green Sprout in the Green Giant vegetable commercials. He first appeared on vaudeville in the 1930s, as an impressionist, under the name Buddy Green. He began his career on radio in 1942 and remained active for over 40 years. During that time, he was involved in more than 250 films, cartoons and TV appearances; like many voice actors, his appearances were often uncredited. Frees' early radio career was cut short when he was drafted into World War II where he fought at Normandy, France on D-Day. He was wounded in action and was returned to the United States for a year of recuperation. He attended the Chouinard Art Institute under the G.I. Bill. When his first wife's health failed, he decided to drop out and return to radio work.[3] He appeared frequently on Hollywood radio series, including Escape, playing lead roles and alternating with William Conrad as the opening announcer of Suspense in the late 1940s, and parts on Gunsmoke, (doing an impersonation of Howard McNear as Doc Adams for at least one episode, "The Cast"), and Crime Classics. One of his few starring roles in this medium was as Jethro Dumont/Green Lama in the 1949 series The Green Lama, as well as a syndicated anthology series The Player, in which Frees narrated and played all the parts. Frees was often called upon in the 1950s and 1960s to "re-loop" the dialogue of other actors, often to correct for foreign accents, lack of English proficiency, or poor line readings by non-professionals. These dubs extended from a few lines to entire roles. This can be noticed rather clearly in the films "Grand Prix" ( as Izo Yamura) and Midway where Frees reads for Toshiro Mifune's performances as Admiral Yamamoto; or in the film Some Like It Hot, in which Frees provides the voice of funeral director Mozzarella as well as much of the falsetto voice for Tony Curtis' female character Josephine. Frees also dubbed the entire role of Eddie in the Disney film The Ugly Dachshund, replacing actor Dick Wessel, who had died of a sudden heart attack after completion of principal photography. Frees also dubbed Humphrey Bogart in his final film The Harder They Fall. Bogart was suffering at the time from what would be diagnosed as esophageal cancer and thus could barely be heard in some takes, hence the need for Frees to dub in his voice. He also voiced the cars in the comedy The Great Race. Unlike many voice actors who did most of their work for one studio, Frees worked extensively with at least nine of the major animation production companies of the 20th century: Walt Disney Studios, Walter Lantz Studios, UPA, Hanna-Barbera, Filmation, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, Jay Ward Productions and Rankin/Bass. Career highlights Disney Some of Paul Frees' most memorable voices were for various Disney projects. Frees voiced Disney's Professor Ludwig Von Drake in eighteen episodes of the Disney anthology television series,[4] beginning with the first episode of the newly renamed Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color on September 24, 1961. The character also appeared on many Disneyland Records. Von Drake's introductory cartoon, An Adventure in Color, featured The Spectrum Song, sung by Frees as Von Drake. A different Frees recording of this song appeared on a children's record, and was later reissued on CD.[5] Frees narrated a number of Disney cartoons, including the Disney educational short film Donald in Mathmagic Land. This short originally aired in the same television episode as Von Drake's first appearance. Paul Frees also provided voices for numerous characters at Disney parks, including the unseen "Ghost Host" in the Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, and several audio-animatronic pirates, including the Auctioneer, in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and recorded the iconic "Dead Men Tell No Tales" used in the ride.[6] Disney eventually issued limited edition compact discs commemorating the two rides, featuring outtakes and unused audio tracks by Frees and others. Frees also provided narration for the Tomorrowland attraction Adventure Thru Inner Space (1967–1985). Audio clips from the attractions in Frees' distinctive voice have even appeared in fireworks shows at Disneyland. A computer-animated singing bust in Frees' likeness appeared in the 2003 film The Haunted Mansion as an homage. Similarly, audio recordings of Frees from the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction can be heard in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End in an homage to the ride. Frees also had a small live-action role for Disney in the 1959 film The Shaggy Dog, playing Dr. Galvin, a military psychiatrist who attempts to understand why Mr. Daniels believes a shaggy dog can uncover a spy ring. He had also done the opening narration for the film. His other Disney credits, most of them narration for segments of the Disney anthology television series, include the following: The "Man in Space" series of shows (TV, 1954) From Aesop to Hans Christian Andersen (TV, 1955) The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca (TV miniseries, 1958) Tales of Texas John Slaughter (TV miniseries, 1958) The Shaggy Dog (film, 1959) The Absent-Minded Professor (film, 1961) Moochie of Pop Warner Football (TV, 1960) The Monkey's Uncle (film, 1965) For his contributions to the Disney legacy, Frees was honored posthumously as a Disney Legend on October 9, 2006.[7] Jay Ward Productions Frees was a regular presence in Jay Ward cartoons, providing the voices of Boris Badenov (from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show), Inspector Fenwick (from Dudley Do-Right, impersonating Eric Blore), Ape (impersonating Ronald Colman), District Commissioner Alistair and Weevil Plumtree in George of the Jungle, Baron Otto Matic in Tom Slick, Fred in Super Chicken, and the Hoppity Hooper narrator, among numerous others. Rankin/Bass Frees is well-remembered for many characters in Rankin/Bass cartoons and stop-motion animated TV specials, including the central villain Burgermeister Meisterburger and his assistant Grimsley in Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970). He was also the traffic cop, ticket-taker, and Santa Claus in Frosty the Snowman in 1969. He was several voices, including Eon the Terrible, in Rudolph's Shiny New Year in 1976. In 1968, he appeared as Captain Jones in the Thanksgiving special The Mouse on the Mayflower, and that Christmas he appeared as the father of the Drummer Boy, Ali, and as the three Wise Men in The Little Drummer Boy. He provided the voices for several J. R. R. Tolkien characters (most notably the dwarf Bombur) in Rankin/Bass animated versions of The Hobbit and The Return of the King. He also voiced King Haggard's wizard Mabruk in The Last Unicorn and provided several voices for the Jackson Five cartoon series between 1971 and 1973. The following Rankin Bass TV specials or films played by Paul Frees including: Cricket on the Hearth (TV special) (1967) Voice of the Sea Captain and others The Little Drummer Boy (1968) Aaron's father, three Wise Men Frosty the Snowman (1969) Policeman, ticket taker, and Santa Claus The Mad, Mad, Mad Comedians (1970) Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, and W.C Fields (uncredited) Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (1970) Burgermeister, Grimsby the guard Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1971) Colonel Bunny's assistant, Man at Thanksgiving Table, Santa Claus Frosty's Winter Wonderland (1976) Voice of Jack Frost Rudolph's Shiny New Year (1976) Santa Claus, General Ticker, Aeon the Terrible, Humpty Dumpty The Hobbit (1977) Voice of Bombur and Troll #1 Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977) Voice of Olaf and Donkey Dealer Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (1979) Jack Frost, Policeman, Winterbolt Jack Frost (1979) Father Winter, Kubla Kraus The Return of the King (1980) Orc, Uruk-hai, Elrond (replacing the deceased Cyril Ritchard who voiced Elrond in The Hobbit) The Last Unicorn (1982) Voice of Mabruk The Flight of Dragons (1982) Voice of Antiquity George Pal Paul Frees played the Orson Welles sound-alike radio reporter in George Pal's film The War of the Worlds (1953), where he is seen dictating into a tape recorder as the military prepares the atomic bomb for use against the invading Martians. Memorably, Frees' character says that the recording is being made "for future history... if any". Frees also provided the opening narration on man's war escalation in the film prior to Sir Cedric Hardwicke's reciting of the H. G. Wells novel. Frees subsequently provided the apocalyptic voice for the 'talking rings'" in Pal's later film The Time Machine (1960), in which he explains the ultimate fate of humanity from which the time-traveller realises the origin of the Morlocks and Eloi. Producer Pal later put Frees to work again in the fantasy film Atlantis, the Lost Continent (also 1960) and doing the opening voice-over narration for Pal's Doc Savage (1975) film. Other voice work The talented actor voiced several characters, including three of the main characters, in the US versions of Belvision's The Adventures of Tintin cartoons, based on the books by Hergé. He had also done work for Hanna-Barbera in their Tom and Jerry shorts at MGM. In the 1956 Cinemascope Tom and Jerry cartoon, Blue Cat Blues, he was Jerry's voice who narrated the short; he had also voiced Jerry's cousin Muscles in Jerry's Cousin five years earlier. His most famous role(s) were the cannibals in the banned Tom and Jerry episode His Mouse Friday where he said the lines "Mmmmm, barbecued cat!" and "Mmmmm, barbecued mouse!" At the MGM Animation studio, he also did multiple voice roles for the legendary Tex Avery's films. His most prominent work[citation needed] was playing every single role in Cellbound in 1955. From October 1961 through September 1962, Paul Frees provided the voice for the shady lawyer named Judge Oliver Wendell Clutch, a weasel on the animated program Calvin and the Colonel starring the voices of Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, the series was an animated television remake of their radio series Amos 'n Andy. For the 1962 Christmas special Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol, produced by UPA, Paul Frees voiced several characters, including Fezziwig, the Charity Man, two of the opportunists who steal from the dead man (Eyepatch Man and Tall Tophat Man)[8] and Mister Magoo's Broadway theatre director. He subsequently provided numerous voices for further cartoons in the series that followed, The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo. Frees provided the voices of both John Lennon and George Harrison in the 1965 The Beatles cartoon series, the narrator, Big D and Fluid Man in the 1966 cartoon series, Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles and of The Thing in the 1967 series Fantastic Four, as well as President James Norcross in the 1967 cartoon series Super President. He played several roles—narrator, Chief of State, the judges and the bailiff—in the George Lucas / John Korty animated film, Twice Upon a Time. Frees provided the voice-over for the trailer to the 1971 Clint Eastwood thriller, Play Misty for Me. In television commercials, he was the voice of the Pillsbury Doughboy, the 7-Up bird Fresh-Up Freddie, Froot Loops spokesbird Toucan Sam (previously voiced by Mel Blanc, later voiced by Maurice LaMarche), Boo-Berry in the series of monster cereal commercials, and the little man who called out to the Jolly Green Giant, "Hey, Green Giant, what's new besides ho-ho-ho?" Frees narrated many live action films and television series, including Naked City (1958–1963). Paul Frees also provided the voice of the eccentric billionaire John Beresford Tipton, always seated in his chair with his back to the viewer while talking to his employee Michael Anthony (fellow voice-artist Marvin Miller), on the dramatic series The Millionaire. He was the narrator at the beginning of the film The Disorderly Orderly starring Jerry Lewis. He also "looped" an actor's voice in the film The Ladies Man also starring Jerry Lewis. Frees had a wide range of other roles, usually heard but not seen, and frequently without screen credit. The resonance of his natural voice was similar to that of Orson Welles, and he performed a Welles impression several times. Some highlights of his voice work are as follows: Narrator for the 1962 film The Manchurian Candidate. Narrated sixteen episodes of the NBC science fiction television series Steve Canyon, starring Dean Fredericks (1958–1959) Narrated the documentary about J. Robert Oppenheimer, The Day After Trinity The Peter Lorre voice in the Spike Jones version of the song My Old Flame. When talking softly, the voice sounds much like Lorre. When the character segués into a manic rant for a few lines, the voice anticipates the Ludwig von Drake characterization. Dialog looping for French actor Jacques Roux, among other uncredited voice work, in the 1963 film The List of Adrian Messenger. The Orson Welles sound-alike narrator in Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America Vol. 1. When Vol. 2 came out after his death, he was replaced by Corey Burton. Another Orson Welles sound-alike as the voice of the aliens in Earth vs. the Flying Saucers Yet again, as an Orson Welles sound alike narrator in the 1967 film The St. Valentine's Day Massacre. The narrator for the record Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America Volume One: The Early Years The uncredited voice of a reporter trying to get a quote from General George S. Patton in the 1970 film Patton The uncredited voice of the sentient supercomputer Colossus in the film Colossus: The Forbin Project. Narrator of the pre-show for Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln at the Illinois Pavilion of the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair. The exhibit was produced by Disney, and later moved to Disneyland. The shrouded figure of "Death" (another near-Welles characterization) in the Woody Allen film Love and Death. The narration for the spoof short film Hardware Wars (1977), which was styled as a mock film trailer, specifically parodying Orson Welles' narration of the original Star Wars trailer. Voice of KARR in "K.I.T.T. vs. K.A.R.R." - a 3rd season episode of Knight Rider. Voice of "Josephine" (the female persona of Tony Curtis's character Joe) in the Billy Wilder film Some Like It Hot.[9] The voice of Dr. Hu in the English-language version of King Kong Escapes. The voices of "Antoine" and "Alecto" in the English-language version of Atoll K (aka Utopia). The voice of the hermit crab "Crusty" in The Incredible Mr. Limpet, a Warner Bros. feature that mixed live action with animation. Intro voice for Mister Terrific, a sitcom of 17 episodes in 1967 with Stephen Strimpell. Intro voice for Bradbury 13, a series of thirteen radio dramas featuring Ray Bradbury short stories, originally produced for National Public Radio by Michael McDonough at Brigham Young University, 1984. Credited with singing "Darktown Strutters' Ball" in the 1971 film The Abominable Dr. Phibes (as heard on the film's soundtrack album, along with several other songs performed in character but not used in the film).[10] Voice of the title character in the 1957 film The Cyclops. Narrator of extended "recap" title sequence in early first season episodes of I Dream of Jeannie in 1965 (and the show's "sponsor I.D." announcer during season one). Featured on the 1959 Spike Jones album Spike Jones in Hi-Fi, A Spooktacular in Screaming Sound in recordings "Poisen to Poisen," "My Old Flame," "Everything Happens to Me" and "This is your Death," doing the vocal and voices. "Tammy": vocal by Paul Frees, "Two Heads are Better than One": vocal by George Rock and Paul Frees. The uncredited voice of the radio news announcer in the 1964 musical film Robin and the 7 Hoods. Other credits Although Frees is primarily known for his voice work (like Mel Blanc, he was known in the industry as "The Man of a Thousand Voices"), he was also a songwriter and screenwriter, his major work being the little-seen 1960 film The Beatniks, a screed against the then-rising Beat counterculture in the vein of Reefer Madness. In 1992, the film was "riffed" on an episode of Mystery Science Theatre 3000. On rare occasions, Frees appeared on camera, usually in minor roles. In 1954, he appeared in the film noir classic Suddenly which starred Frank Sinatra and Sterling Hayden. He played a scientist in The Thing from Another World, a death-row priest in A Place in the Sun, and French fur trader McMasters in The Big Sky. In 1955, he appeared as an irate husband suing his wife, played by Ann Doran, for alimony in an episode of CBS's sitcom The Ray Milland Show. In Jet Pilot, Frees plays a menacing Soviet officer whose job is to watchdog pilot Janet Leigh, but instead manages to eject himself out of a parked jet, enabling Leigh to rescue John Wayne and fly back to the West. He also played the voice of a war correspondent interviewing Patton while Patton is riding his horse in Patton and also as a member of Patton's staff, and also did various voice-overs for other actors, including the voice for the sheik hosting a troop review for Patton, as well as several others. Frees' voice also appears in Tora! Tora! Tora! as the English language voice of the Japanese Ambassador to the United States. He also does the final ending narration after the destruction of the Earth in the first sequel to The Planet of the Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes. Legacy There have been homages to Frees by fellow voice actor Corey Burton, who happens to have matched the voices he used for some of his characters. Burton (who had met Frees during the late 1970s) has re-recorded introductions for some Disneyland attractions that were originally recorded by Frees. In some cases, the original Frees introductions were simply worn out due to overuse. In other cases the introductions changed slightly to reflect updated safety standards and thus necessitated a re-recording.[citation needed] Since 1986, Corey Burton has taken over the role of Ludwig Von Drake. His son Fred Frees has also become a prominent voice actor. Death Frees was active until his sudden death at the age of 66 from heart failure on November 2, 1986. He was living in Tiburon, California at the time. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered upon the Pacific Ocean. Filmography Radio Original Air Date Program Role Episode 1945 The Lux Radio Theatre Multiple characters 1945-47 A Man Named Jordan Digger Slade 1946 Rogue's Gallery 1946 The Whistler 1946 The Alan Young Show 1946-52 Suspense Announcer Passerby Earl White Frankenstein's Monster Hubbard 1947 Ellery Queen 1947-48 Escape Doctor Dubosk Finnie Morner John Woolfolk Sanger Rainsford "The Fourth Man" "Snake Doctor" "Wild Oranges" "The Most Dangerous Game" 1948 Your Movietown Radio Theatre Multiple characters 1948 The First Nighter Program Additional voices 1949 The Green Lama Jethro Dumont/Green Lama 1949 Rocky Jordan 1949 Four Star Playhouse 1951 The Silent Men 1951 Mr. Aladdin Robert Aladdin 1951 Broadway Is My Beat 1952-53 Gunsmoke Sut Grider Gallagher Doc Charles Adams in one episode "Heat Spell" "The Soldier" "The Cast" 1953 Crime Classics Charles McManus Charley Ford Charles Drew, Sr. Pub Man "The Axe and the Droot Family- How They Fared" "The Death of a Picture Hanger" "The Shrapnelled Body of Charles Drew, Sr." 1953 Mr. President Additional voices 1953 On Stage Chauffeur "Skin Deep" 1954 Fibber McGee and Molly 1956 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar Bert Parker "The Jolly Roger Fraud" part 1 1957 The CBS Radio Workshop Captain Vesey Ogden the Messenger "Sweet Cherries in Charleston" 1984 Bradbury 13 Narrator Film Year Film Role Notes 1947 Crazy with the Heat Oasis Soda Fountain Proprietor Uncredited 1950 Jerry and the Lion Radio Announcer 1951 A Place in the Sun Rev. Morrison Live Action role 1951 Jerry's Cousin Cousin Muscles 1951 His Mouse Friday Jerry The Cannibals Uncredited 1951 The Thing From Another World Dr. Voorhees Live Action role 1951 His Kind of Woman Corley Live Action role 1952 The Star Richard Stanley Live action role 1952 Cruise Cat Ship's Captain 1952 Busybody Bear Bear 1953 Life with Tom Radio Announcer 1953 The Missing Mouse Radio announcer 1953 Wee Willy Wildcat Barney Bear 1953 The War of the Worlds Radio Reporter Live Action role 1953 Buccaneer Woodpecker Wally Walrus 1953 T.V. of Tomorrow Narrator 1954 The Farm of Tomorrow Narrator 1954 Homesteader Droopy Narrator 1954 Suddenly Benny Live Action role 1955 Cellbound The Prisoner The Warden The Little Wife 1956 Down Beat Bear First Radio Announcer 1956 Blue Cat Blues Jerry Mouse 1956 Francis in the Haunted House Francis the talking mule 1957 The 27th Day Ward Mason, Newscaster Live action role Uncredited 1957 The Cyclops Voice effects of The Cyclops 1959 Some Like It Hot Voice of Tony Curtis as Josephine 1959 The Shaggy Dog Narrator J.W. Galvin 1960 Loopy De Loop Watchdog "Tale of a Wolf" 1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians Dirty Dawson Uncredited 1962-72 The Beary Family Charlie Beary Junior Beary 1964 Robin and the 7 Hoods Radio News Announcer 1964 The Disorderly Orderly Narrator 1964 The Carpetbaggers Narrator Uncredited 1965 The Great Race Automobiles 1966 The Man Called Flintstone The Green Goose Agent Triple X Mario Rock Slag Ali Bobo 1970 Tora! Tora! Tora! Voice of Japanese Ambassador Kichisaburo Nomura Uncredited 1970 Patton Voice of War Correspondent Voice of a Member of the staff of Patton Voice of Sheik 1975 Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze Narrator Uncredited 1982 The Flight of Dragons Antiquity Uncredited 1982 The Last Unicorn Mabruk 1983 Twice Upon a Time Narrator Chief of State Judges in The Pantry of Pomp Bailiff 1987 The Puppetoon Movie Arnie the Dinosaur Pillsbury Doughboy Released posthumously; 7 months after his death Television Year Title Role Notes 1953 The Jack Benny Program Narrator "The Honolulu Trip" 1955 Meet Mr. McNutley Husband Live action role "Jury Duty" 1955-56 The Bob Cummings Show Television announcer 1955-60 The Millionaire John Beresford Tipton voice 1956 Jane Wyman Presents Emcee Live Action role "Ten Percent" 1956-58 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Announcer Swanson Mary's Father voice 1957 The Adventures of Jim Bowie Etienne Live Action role "German George" 1957-68, 1976, 1986 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Ludwig Von Drake Narrator Donald Duck Voiced Donald Duck in one episode 1958-59 Steve Canyon Narrator 1959-64 Rocky and Bullwinkle Boris Inspector Fenwick Captain Peter "Wrong Way" Peachfuzz Additional voices 1960-61 The Flintstones Mr. Granite Rockenschpeel Announcer Ed Bedrock "The Babysitters" "The Happy Household" 1961 Top Cat Additional voices 1961 The Dick Tracy Show Go-Go Gomez Uncredited 1961-62 Calvin and the Colonel Judge Oliver Wendell Clutch 1963 Krazy Kat Ignatz Mouse 1964-65 The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo Sherlock Holmes 1961-75 Hoppity Hooper Narrator Lupo Sentry 1965-66 The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show Squiddly Diddly Morocco Mole Double-Q Yellow Pinkie Claude Hopper 1965-69 The Beatles John Lennon George Harrison 1966 The Impossibles Fluid-Man Professor Stretch Captain Kid The Puzzler Infamous Mr. Instant The Artful Archer Dr. Futuro 1966 Laurel and Hardy Additional characters 1966-67 The Super 6 The Dispatcher "Super Chief" Brother Matzoriley #1 and #3 Captain Whammo/Zammo 1966-68 Space Ghost Brago Zeron 1967 George of the Jungle Ape Weevil Baron Otto Matic 1967-68 Super President James Norcross/Super President Narrator 1967-68 The Fantastic 4 Ben Grimm/The Thing 1969 The Pink Panther Show Man Talking To The Pink Panther Texan Hunter The Pink Panther Voiced The Pink Panther in the episode "Sink Pink" 1970 The Mad, Mad, Mad Comedians W.C. Fields Zeppo Marx Harpo Marx Traffic Cop TV Special 1970 Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Burgermeister Meisterburger Newsreel Announcer The Kringle Brothers Grimsby Topper Additional voices TV Special 1971-72 The Jackson 5ive Additional voices 1972 Alias Smith and Jones Hannibal Heyes Voice "The Men That Corrupted Hadleyburg" 1974-76 Run, Joe, Run Narrator 1976 Frosty's Winter Wonderland Jack Frost Traffic Cop TV Special 1976 The Pink Panther Laugh-and-a-Half Hour-and-a-Half Show Additional voices 1977 The Hobbit Bombur Troll #1 TV Movie 1978 The Stingiest Man in Town Ghost of Christmas Past Ghost of Christmas Present TV Special 1979 Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July Jack Frost Officer Kelly Winterbolt Genie of the Ice Scepter Keeper of the Cave of Lost Rejections TV Movie 1979 Jack Frost Father Winter Kubla Klaus TV Special 1984 Knight Rider KARR "K.I.T.T. vs K.A.R.R." 1987 The Wind in the Willows Wayfarer Released 8 months after Frees' death

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The Last Unicorn

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Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

Burgermeister Meisterburger/Grimsby/Soldiers/Townsmen/ (voice)

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The Little Drummer Boy

Aaron's Father, the Magi (voice)

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Frosty the Snowman

Santa Claus / Traffic Cop / Additional Voices (voice)

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The Ugly Dachshund

Voice of garbage man (uncredited)

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Cricket on the Hearth

Various Characters (voice)

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Jack Frost

Kubla Kraus / Father Winter (voice)

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Donald in Mathmagic Land

The True Spirit of Adventure / Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

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Godzilla Raids Again

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Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey

Olaf / Donkey dealer (voice)

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Любовь-Морковь

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The Puppetoon Movie

Arnie the Dinosaur / Pillsbury Doughboy (voice)

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The Point

Oblio's Father / Pointed Man's Right Head / King / Leaf Man / Villagers (voice)

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The Flight of Dragons

Antiquity (voice) (uncredited)

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The Last Unicorn

Mabruk (voice)

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Søren Spætte vol 7

Various Voices (voice)

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The Day After Trinity

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The Return of the King

Orc / Goblin / Uruk-Hai / Lord Elrond (voice)

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Jack Frost

Kubla Kraus / Father Winter (voice)

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Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July

Winterbolt/Jack Frost/Policeman (voice)

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The Stingiest Man in Town

Ghost of Christmas Past / Ghost of Christmas Present

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The Ghost of Flight 401

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Hardware Wars: The Original

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Halloween Is Grinch Night

Monsters (voice) (uncredited)

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Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey

Olaf / Donkey dealer (voice)

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The Hobbit

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Fantastic Animation Festival

Opening Narration (voice) (uncredited)

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Rudolph's Shiny New Year

Santa Claus / Eon / General Ticker / Seventeen Seventy Six 'Sev' (voice)

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Frosty's Winter Wonderland

Jack Frost (voice)

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Midway

Adm. Yamamoto (voice) (uncredited)

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Midway

Adm. Yamamoto (voice) (uncredited)

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The First Easter Rabbit

Spatz / Zero / Santa (voice)

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The Milpitas Monster

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Breakheart Pass

Levi Calhoun (voice) (uncredited)

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Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze

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The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid

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The Abominable Dr. Phibes

Singer of 'The Darktown Strutters' Ball' (voice)

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Here Comes Peter Cottontail

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Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

Burgermeister Meisterburger/Grimsby/Soldiers/Townsmen/ (voice)

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Tora! Tora! Tora!

Japanese Ambassador Kichisaburo Nomura (voice: English version) (uncredited)

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Colossus: The Forbin Project

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Beneath the Planet of the Apes

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Patton

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Frosty the Snowman

Santa Claus / Traffic Cop / Additional Voices (voice)

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The Comic

Newsreel Narrator / Commercial Announcer / Man in Restaurant (voice) (uncredited)

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The Little Drummer Boy

Aaron's Father, the Magi (voice)

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Wild in the Streets

Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

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Guns for San Sebastian

Voice (voice) (uncredited)

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Cricket on the Hearth

Various Characters (voice)

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In Cold Blood

Radio Announcer / Officer Asking for Rap Sheet (voice) (uncredited)

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The St. Valentine's Day Massacre

Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

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Good Times

Mordicus Enterprises greeter/narrator of western spoof/Chimps/telephone transmission (voice) (uncredited)

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Grand Prix

Izo Yamura (voice: English version) (uncredited)

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Tarzan and the Valley of Gold

Various Characters (voice) (uncredited)

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The Man Called Flintstone

Rock Slag / Green Goose / Triple X (voice)

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Dimension 5

Big Buddha (voice) (uncredited)

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The Ugly Dachshund

Voice of garbage man (uncredited)

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The War Lord

Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

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Once a Thief

Voice of Luke (voice) (uncredited)

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The Outlaws Is Coming

Narrator/The Magic Talking Mirror (voice) (uncredited)

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Lord Jim

Du-Ramin (voice)

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That Funny Feeling

Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

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The Disorderly Orderly

Opening Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

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Mary Poppins

Barnyard Horse (voice) (uncredited)

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Robin and the Seven Hoods

Radio announcer (voice) (uncredited)

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The Brass Bottle

Lawyer Jennings (voice) (uncredited)

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The Incredible Mr. Limpet

Crusty (voice)

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The Night Walker

Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

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Blood and Black Lace

Multiple characters (uncredited) (voice: English version)

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The Carpetbaggers

Narrator (uncredited)

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Wir warten in Ashiya

Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

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The Thrill of It All!

Voice of TV announcer (uncredited)

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Irma La Douce

Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

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The List of Adrian Messenger

Various Voices including the gypsy (voice) (uncredited)

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Der Fuchs geht in die Falle

Ship Radio (voice) (uncredited)

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A Gathering of Eagles

Ranger #15 (voice) (uncredited)

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Tower of London

Opening Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

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Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol

Stage Director / Charity Man / Fezziwig / Eyepatch Man / Tall Tophat Man (voice)

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The Manchurian Candidate

Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

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Gay Purr-ee

Meowrice (voice)

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Night of the Eagle

Prologue Narrator (uncredited) (voice: English version)

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The Magic Sword

Sir Ulrich of Germany (voice) (uncredited)

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Taras Bulba

Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

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The 4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse

Resistance Driver (voice) (uncredited)

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The World's Greatest Sinner

Narrator (voice)

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Freud

Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

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Gorath

(voice)

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The Errand Boy

Narrator (uncredited) (voice)

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Atlantis: The Lost Continent

Narrator / multiple voices

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The Absent-Minded Professor

Loudspeaker Voice / Air Force Dispatcher (voice) (uncredited)

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101 Dalmatians

Dirty Dawson (voice) (uncredited)

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Three Came Back

Narrator

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Where the Boys Are

Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

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Spartacus

Caius (voice) (uncredited)

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Tormented

Frank Hubbard (voice) (uncredited)

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The Time Machine

Talking Rings (voice) (uncredited)

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Pollyanna

Barker (voice over) (uncredited)

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I Bombed Pearl Harbor

Multiple Voices (voice) (uncredited)

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The Beatniks

Various Voices

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Bells Are Ringing

Narrator of Susanswerphone Ad (voice) (uncredited)

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Donald in Mathmagic Land

The True Spirit of Adventure / Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

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L'il Abner (Digitally Remastered)

Radio announcer (voice) (uncredited)

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Operation Petticoat

Un-named Colonel in Jeep on Cebu (voice) (uncredited)

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Some Like It Hot

Funeral Director / Speakeasy Waiter (voice) (uncredited)

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The Shaggy Dog

Narrator / J.W. Galvin, Psychiatrist (uncredited) (voice: English version)

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Inside India

Professor. Lightskull

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Jack The Ripper

Narrator (uncredited) (voice: English version)

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Die Brüder Karamasow

Innkeeper (voice) (uncredited)

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Space Master X-7

Dr. Charles T. Pommer / Train-Station Announcer

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The H-Man

Various Voices (voice)

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The Last of the Fast Guns

Various Voices (voice) (uncredited)

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A Time to Love and a Time to Die

Several Characters (voice) (uncredited)

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Mars and Beyond

Narrator (voice)

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The Monolith Monsters

Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

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Снежная Королева

Ol Dreamy / the Raven (voice)

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Sweet Smell Of Success

Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

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Love Slaves of the Amazons

Various Characters (voice) (uncredited)

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Jet Pilot

Lt. Tiompkin (uncredited)

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The 27th Day

Ward Mason, Newscaster (uncredited)

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Earth vs. the Flying Saucers

Alien (voice) (uncredited)

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Rodan

Police Chief Nishimura (uncredited) (voice: English version)

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The Harder They Fall

Priest (uncredited)

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Ilya Muromets

Kalin (voice)

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Francis in the Haunted House

Francis the Talking Mule (voice) (uncredited)

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Godzilla Raids Again

Voice (uncredited) (voice: English version)

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The Rains of Ranchipur

Sundar (uncredited)

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The Scarlet Coat

Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

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Jump Into Hell

TV News Broadcaster (voice) (uncredited)

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Prince of Players

Francisco in 'Hamlet' (uncredited)

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Son of Sinbad

Mahmud (uncredited)

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Suddenly

Benny Conklin

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Riot in Cell Block 11

Monroe

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The War of the Worlds

Second Radio Reporter / Opening Announcer

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Siren of Bagdad

Sultan El Malid (voice) (uncredited)

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The Big Sky

Louis MacMasters (uncredited)

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A Case of Hypnosis

Prof. Lightskull (voice)

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La Folie de l'Or

Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

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The Las Vegas Story

District Attorney (uncredited)

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Tom and Jerry - Whiskers Away Full 10 episode version

(voice) (uncredited)

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Million Dollar Mermaid

Bandleader (uncredited)

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Assignment: Paris

Radio Budapest Announcer (uncredited)

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The Star

Richard Stanley

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When Worlds Collide

Narrator/U.S. President (voice) (uncredited)

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The Thing from Another World

Dr. Vorhees (uncredited)

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A Place in the Sun

Rev. Morrison

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The Company She Keeps

Judge's Clerk (uncredited)

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The People Against O'Hara

Korvac Brother (voice) (uncredited)

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His Kind of Woman!

Corley (uncredited)

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Hunt the Man Down

Packard 'Packy' Collins (uncredited)

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The Toast of New Orleans

Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

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Red Light

Bellhop (uncredited)

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Force of Evil

Elevator Operator (uncredited)

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The Hick Chick

Bull (voice) (uncredited)

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Know Your Ally: Britain

Voices (uncredited)

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A Hollywood Detour

Narrator (uncredited)

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Woody Woodpecker

Various Voices (voice)

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Tom and Jerry: Spotlight Collection Volume 2

(voice) (uncredited)

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