Stan Freberg (1926 – 2015)

Friends, it is with a very heavy heart that we report that legendary Author, voice actor, comedian, puppeteer, and radio personality Stan Freberg passed away yesterday at the age of 88. He had his first voice work in animation with 1944’s Looney Tunes classic short “Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears” as Junyer Bear.
[Via] Dessing Cartoon 01 TV

Most of his work for Warner Bros. would be uncredited roles but at the same time he was providing voice work for the Cliffie Stone radio series before lending his talents to the Time for Beany TV show where he acted alongside the equally talented late great Daws Butler (Huckleberry Hound).

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It was in the 1950s though where Stan really took off with his incredible comedy recordings such as “John and Marsha”, the amazing Dragnet parody “St. George and the Dragonet”, and 1961’s Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America Volume One: The Early Years! Wikipedia claims that listeners of Doctor Demento have “…repeatedly voted The United States of America as the greatest comedy album of all time.”

[Via] Paul Williams

Freberg was a true powerhouse in radio productions but I certainly recall him in numerous animated series and films such as 1976’s The First Easter Rabbit, 1980’s I Go Pogo, 1985’s The Wuzzles, 1987’s Family Dog from Amazing Stories, 1989’s Garfield and Friends, and 1997’s The Weird Al Show to name just a few.

He will be missed. Dim the lights in the auditorium.


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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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