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Overview (1)

Born in Bay Village, Ohio, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Jonathan Freeman was born on February 5, 1950 in Bay Village, Ohio, USA. He is an actor, known for Aladdin (1992), The Producers (2005) and Shining Time Station (1989).

Trivia (8)

Was nominated for Broadway's 1994 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Musical) for a revival of "She Loves Me."
Was the voice of the notorious villain Jafar in Disney's 1992 animated feature Aladdin and reprised the role in the 1994 sequel, The Return of Jafar.
On Broadway, in the revival of 42nd Street as Bert Barry [May 2002]
Starring on Broadway in Disney's "The Little Mermaid" as Grimsby. [January 2008]
Seattle, Wa., USA: Now preparing to reprise his role as Jafar in Disney's "Aladdin" as hopeful Broadway musical at the Fifth Avenue Theatre for July 21 opening. [June 2011]
He has a fear of birds.
Only actor to be a member of both the cast of Aladdin (1992) and the 2011 Broadway cast (where he reprised his role of Jafar).
He is also known for performing Jukebox Puppet Band's Tito Swing on Shining Time Station (1989) which was in production around the same time as Disney's animated musical film "Aladdin".

Personal Quotes (3)

I believe I sang the last song Howard Ashman wrote. In December of 1989, I was hired to voice Jafar and I was rushed into the studio in January of 1990 because Howard was not well. They wanted me to demo a song that Howard and Alan Menken had written called "Humiliate the Boy." I remember being rushed into the studio and it being mysterious - being in a studio somewhere making a demo of the song with David Friedman and Alan Menken and some technicians while Howard was on the phone from the hospital. It's a very strong memory for me. And then I remember trying to work quickly on other music while Howard was still around. It was very clear that Howard and Alan were two of my champions on the original project.
I grew up on Disney movies and, as a kid, I always liked the villains. I loved everything about them - their scale and magic powers - that always appealed to me. So when I got the opportunity to take on Jafar for the film, it was a childhood dream come true.
For years now, whenever I meet people, kids or adults, they'll say, "Talk like Jafar." I tell kids I'll do it - but first they have to close their eyes because I don't look like Jafar in real life. And they would give me the fish-eye: Where's the bird? The staff? The fire?

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