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".
- The voice of the "Ghost Host" in the Haunted Mansions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
- 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.
- Narrator for National Public Radio's "Bradbury 13" (1984).
- 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.
- Is heard as at least four different voices in _Spartacus (1960)_ (qv), including the guard that 'Kirk Douglas (I)' (qv) hamstrung in the opening sequence.
- 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.
- 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.
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