Happy birthday Stan Freberg!

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Stan Freberg (born August 7, 1926) is an American voice actor, author, comedian, actor, puppeteer, and creative director in advertising. He got his start with Warner Brothers Studios, doing voices for many of its cartoon characters.

 

 

Freberg was born Stanley Friberg in Pasadena, California to Evelyn Dorothy and Victor Richard Friberg. He began his work performing on old-time radio shows, where he first wrote and performed the song "Television" as well as parodies of the songs "The Yellow Rose of Texas," "Day-O," and "Heartbreak Hotel."

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By 1957, he was so popular that he got his own show called The Stan Freberg Show. Refusing to take sponsorship from the tobacco companies who had sponsored his predecessor, Jack Benny, Freberg instead created his own fake advertisements for products such as ""Puffed Grass," for which he claimed "It's good for Bossie, it's good for me and you!" and "Food," for which he claimed "If you haven't any teeth you can gum your food with your gum, gum, gummy-gum gum."

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He worked as a voice actor for Warner Brothers Studios, appearing in such titles as Roughly Squeaking (1946), It's a Grand Old Nag (1947), The Goofy Gophers (1947), What's Brewin', Bruin? (1948), and many others. His only screen credit was for Three Little Bops (1957). He also appeared in Walt Disney productions, including Lady and the Tramp (1955).

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Freberg made his on-screen debut in Callaway Went Thataway (1951). He went on to costar in Geraldine (1953). He later appeared in on-screen in a nonspeaking role and did voice work for the film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

Freberg derived much of his fame from satirical comedy recordings. Some of his most famous include "John and Marsha," "A Dear John and Marsha Letter," 

 

"The Night Before Christmas/Nuttin' for Christmas," and "Banana Boat (Day-O)."

 

His recordings were light-hearted, but many touched on serious political and cultural issues, such as the arms race in the Cold War. As a result, Capitol Records refused to release some of his more provocative recordings.

Freberg appeared in his own television sitcom beginning in 1954 called That's Rich. He appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and many other popular programs.

Freberg is still an active performer. He is the host of the anthology radio show When Radio Was.

 

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  • Birthday Date: Thursday, 07 August 2014
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