Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Every Princess (and Prince?) Has a Royal Villain, Jasmine & Aladdin's Villain Jonathan Freeman

Every Princess Has a Royal Villain

Jasmine & Aladdin’s Villain

Jonathan Freeman

February 5th, 1950


Jonathan Freeman (born February 5, 1950) is an American actor known for voicing the villainous Jafar in Disney’s Aladdin and its sequel The Return of Jafar, as well as the Kingdom Hearts series and was the puppeteer for Tito Swing of the Jukebox Band (Flexitoon Puppets) on the PBS series Shining Time Station.

In 1994, he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for his role in She Loves Me. Additionally, he appeared in the Broadway revival productions of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Producers, On the Town, and 42nd Street, during which his caricature was drawn for Sardi’s restaurant in 2002.

Freeman can be heard on the 1997 Varese Sarabande studio recording of the flop 1965 musical Drat! The Cat!

He was also seen on stage as Cogsworth in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and originated the role of Grimsby in Disney's newest Broadway production, The Little mermaid.

Freeman began his run starring as Admiral Boom and the Bank Chairman in the Broadway production of Mary Poppins on December 12, 2009.

Freeman brought his role of Jafar to life on stage in the new musical adaptation of Aladdin, which played at the 5th Avenue Theatre from July 7–31, 2011.

Film credits

  • The Hoax as Thick Voice (Miramax Films)
  • The Ice Storm as Ted Franklin (20th Century)
  • The Associate as Hockey Game Executive (Interscope)
  • The Return of Jafar as Jafar (Disney)
  • Aladdin as Jafar (Disney)
  • A Shock To The System as Decorator (Corsair Pictures)
  • Homeboy as Hotel Room Man (Redruby)
  • Forever Lulu as Don (Tri-Star)

Television credits

  • Law and Order as Wallace Thayler (NBC)
  • Gossip Girl as James The Butler (CW)
  • Law and order: Criminal Intent as Carlton Krebs (NBC)
  • American Dragon: Jake Long as Eli Pandarus (Disney)
  • Lilo & Stitch: The Series as Vox (Disney)
  • Teamo Supremo as Somnambulist (Disney)
  • House of Mouse as Jafar (Aladdin)
  • Sesame English as Various (PBS/CTW)
  • All My Children as Hotel Manager (ABC)
  • Hercules as Jafar (Aladdin)
  • Masters of Murder as Narrator (Showtime)
  • Remember Wenn as Rollie Pruitt (AMC)
  • Groin’ Up as Mr. Lift (PBS)
  • A Day In The Life as Tito Swing (Atlantic Recording)
  • Shining Time Station as Tito Swing (PBS)
  • Square One “Mathnet” as Featured Performer (PBS/CTW)
  • K.I.D.S. TV News as D.J. McCaw (Showtime)
  • The Days And Nights Of Molly Dodd as Featured Performer (Lifetime)
  • Hello New Place as Martian (PBS/CTW)
  • The Dipsy Doodle Show as Featured Performer (Metromedia)
  • The Gravediggers Squad as Mr. Pickles (Headstone)

Broadway credits

  • Mary Poppins as Admiral Boom and the Bank Chairman (Replacement)
  • The Little Mermaid as Grimsby (Original Broadway Cast)
  • Beauty and the Beast as Cogsworth (Replacement)
  • The Producers as Roger De Bris (Replacement)
  • 42nd Street as Bert Barry
  • On the Town as Pitkin W. Bridgework
  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as Mr. Bratt
  • She Loves Me as Headwaiter
  • Platinum as Minky
  • Sherlock Holmes as Lightfoot McTague (Replacement - RSC Transfer)

Off Broadway credits

  • Of Thee I Sing as Senator Lyons (City Center Encores)
  • Finian’s Rainbow as Finian (Irish Repertory)
  • A Class Act as Lehman (Manhattan Theatre Club)
  • An Empty Plate In The Café Du Grand Boeuf as Claude (Primary Stages)
  • Sail Away as Joe (Carnegie Hall)
  • Wall To Wall as Frank Loesser (Symphony Space)
  • Li’l Abner as Dr. Rasmussen (City Center Encores)
  • On The Town as Pitkin W. Bridgework (Public Theater/Delacourte)
  • In A Pig’s Valise as Zoot/Gut (Second Stage)
  • ClapTrap as Harvey (Manhattan Theater Club)
  • Bertrano as Louie/Momo (Primary Stages)
  • Confessions Of Billie as Conrad Gerhardt (Performing Garage)
  • Thirteen Days To Broadway as Cy (890 Studios)
  • Babes In Arm as Steve (Playwrights' Horizon)
  • Pinocchio as Fire Eater (Marionette Theater)
  • The Miser as Cleante (Greenwich Mews)
  • Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme as Dancing Master

Regional/Stock credits

  • Restoration Comedy as Sir Novelty (Seattle Repertory Theater)
  • A Christmas Carol as Scrooge (Bay Street Theater)
  • You Can’t Take it with You as Boris Kolenkov (Bay Street Theater)
  • An Empty Plate In The Café Du Grand Boeuf as Claude (Berkshire Theater Festival)
  • Peter Pan as Hook/Mr. Darling (Austin Musical Theater)
  • How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as Bert Bratt (La Jolla Playhouse)
  • Fortinbras (play) as Claudius (La Jolla Playhouse)
  • Babes In Toyland as Gonzorgo (Houston Grand Opera)
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum as Marcus Lycus (La Jolla Playhouse/Orange County Performing Arts Center)
  • The Flowering Peach as Shem (Coconut Grove Playhouse)
  • Emigration of Adam as Issac Kurtzik (Williamstown Theater Festival)
  • Gay Divorce as Teddy (Goodspeed Opera House)
  • The Student Prince as Hubert (Milwaukee Melody Top)
  • Can-Can (musical) as Boris
  • Arsenic and Old Lace (play) as Jonathan (Meadowbrook Theater)
  • The Desert song as Benny (Coachlight Theater)
  • George Washington Slept here (play) as Steve (Berkshire Theater Festival)
  • How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying as Bud Frump (Coachlight Theater)

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