66 (passed away Nov. 2nd, 1986)
Jun. 22nd, 1920
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Guest TV Roles[none found]
Actor, composer, songwriter, voiceover artist and author. He joined ASCAP in 1956, and his chief musical collaborators included Tony Romano, Ruby Raksin, Walter Gross (II), and Ed Brandt. His popular-song compositions include "Hollywood Soliloquy", "The Clown", "Drowning My Sorrow", and "Voice in the Wind".
- He was one of the narrators for CBS Radio's "Escape" (1947-1954). He also starred in many of the show's episodes.
- 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.
- According to author 'Peter Guralnick' (qv) (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.
- 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)_ (qv), getting into three- and four-way conversations with himself.
- The voice of the "Ghost Host" in the Haunted Mansions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
- 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.
- Narrator for National Public Radio's "Bradbury 13" (1984).
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