Happy Birthday Rob Paulsen!


Robert Fredrick "Rob" Paulsen III (born March 11, 1956) is an American voice actor and singer whose voice talents have been used extensively in children's animation. Paulsen is the voice of Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yakko Warner and Dr. Otto Scratchansniff from Animaniacs, Rev Runner from Loonatics Unleashed, and Pinky from Pinky and the Brain. For his performance as Pinky, Paulsen won A Daytime Emmy Award. Paulsen continues to voice characters on shows including The Looney Toons Show, the Fairly OddParents, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as Donatello.



Although Paulsen was a gifted singer and performer from a young age, he originally wanted to pursue a career as a professional hockey player. He began his career in voice acting as the characters Snow Job and Tripwire in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. Paulsen also began voicing "Mr. Opportunity" for Honda, as well as the announcer for Cheers, and provided the voice of "Dog" in Taco Bell commercials from 1996 to 1997, with Eddie Deezen as the voice of Nacho the cat. Paulsen's involvement with the Got Milk? campaign in the commercial "Who Shot Alexander Hamilton?" helped the campaign become extremely popular.

Who Shot Alexander Hamilton?


Paulsen is well known for his contributions to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles beginning in 1987, as the voice of Raphael. The series was incredibly popular with children, and lasted for ten seasons. In 2012, Paul returned to TMNT on Nickelodeon as the voice of Donatello.

Rob Paulsen in the original TMNT as Raphael

In addition to his work on Animaniacs, Paulsen is recognized for voicing "Pinky" from Pinky and the Brain, opposite Maurice LaMarche as "the Brain." The role earned him a Daytime Emmy in 1999 and several Annie Awards.

Pinky and the Brain

Pinky and the Brain go to India in "All You Need is Narf"

Animaniacs: Yakko, Wakko, and Dot

Yakko, Wakko, and Dot visit Dr. Scratchansniff

"Yakko's World"


Other characters voiced by Paulsen include "Brick" and "Boomer" from The Powerpuff Girls,


"Butch" from Jimmy Neutron, Peck the Rooster in Barnyardand PJ in Goof Troop, A Goofy Movie, and An Extremely Goofy Movie.

PJ in "A Goofy Movie"


Paulsen also voiced the characters "El Gato" and "Commandant Hess" in The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, the animated film by Rob Zombie.

In addition to many other characters on animated television, Paulsen has lent his voice to many video games, including Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, the voice of the Greek soldiers in God of War, and The Riddler in Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes. He reprised the voices of "Yakko Warner", "Dr. Scratchansniff", and "Pinky" in Animaniacs: The Great Edgar Hunt.

Rob Paulsen sings Nations of the World (Yakko's World)


An interview with Rob Paulsen 

Additional Info

  • Birthday Date: Tuesday, 11 March 2014
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