Charles Fleischer

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Charles Fleischer
Charles Fleischer.jpg
Fleischer performing at the Improv at Harrah's in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 26, 2011
Born (1950-08-27) August 27, 1950 (age 72)
Other namesCharlie Fleischer
Alma materLong Island University
  • Actor
  • stand-up comedian
  • musician
  • writer
Years active1972–present
Sheryl Strassman
(m. 1977)

Charles Fleischer (born August 27, 1950) is an American actor, stand-up comedian, musician, and writer, best known for appearing in films such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Polar Express, Rango, Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers, and We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story.[1] He made a cameo in Back to the Future Part II and also reprised the role of Roger Rabbit in the Roger Rabbit theatrical shorts. After beginning his career on the comedy club circuit, Charles Fleischer's first big break in comedy television came when he made an appearance on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.[2]

Early life[edit]

Fleischer was born in Washington, D.C., on August 27, 1950. He studied medicine at Southampton College, then part of Long Island University, before transferring to study acting at Goodman School of Drama at the Art Institute of Chicago (now at DePaul University).[3]


Fleischer is best known as the voices of Roger Rabbit,[4] Benny the Cab, Greasy, and Psycho in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. After the film's success, he continued to perform the voice of Roger in several Disney television and theme park appearances at several of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and in three follow-up shorts. Other voice roles for Fleischer include The Polar Express and We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story. Notable on-screen roles include Back to the Future Part II and Gridlock'd.

Fleischer had a recurring role on the 1970s TV series Welcome Back, Kotter as Carvelli, as Chuck on the ABC series Laverne & Shirley, and on the Disney cartoon series House of Mouse as the voice of Benny the Cab. Fleischer appeared for the first time on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" on January 15, 1973, where he played his homemade musical instruments made from lead pipe and shower wands. He then landed a spot on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on May 15, 1974. He was also a regular on Keep on Truckin'. He guest-starred in The Weird Al Show as a guy in a band. He also appeared on the short-lived Saturday morning show, Wacko.

Fleischer is the originator of the quote "If you remember the '60s, you really weren't there"[5] which has been widely mis-attributed to various other celebrities.[6]

He performed the role of a televangelist on "What God Wants, Part II", on Roger Waters' 1992 album Amused to Death.

He is also a musician and songwriter. He performed as a guest on harmonica with the group Blues Traveler at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles on November 22, 1995[citation needed] and from December 10 to 15, 2002 at the Improvisational theatre of Connecticut Avenue.[7]

From December 2010 to September 2011, he hosted his own weekly web show Fleischer's Universe on, produced by Brad Wyman.

Charles Fleischer was inside Tropicana Las Vegas, giving an improvised comedy along with Bob Golub and Nick Aragon at the Laugh Factory from January 17 to 20 of 2019.[8]

Fleischer is now the part-owner of a multi-media company in Southern California and a writer for television and movies.[citation needed] He still does stand-up gigs occasionally.

Personal life[edit]

Fleischer married Sheryl Strassman in 1977.[9] Together they have two daughters, Rachel (b. 1980) and Jessica (b. 1982).[9]



  1. ^ Kehr, Dave (July 2, 2011). "In a Corrupt World Where the Violent Bear It Away". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on July 2, 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  2. ^ Janusonis, Michael (July 7, 1989). "It's Charles Fleischer, Alias Roger Rabbit". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  3. ^ Janusonis, Michael (July 7, 1989). "It's Charles Fleischer, Alias Roger Rabbit". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 15, 2022.
  4. ^ Maslin, Janet (June 22, 1988). "New Laws of Gravity Twist Humor, Too, in 'Roger Rabbit'". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Christon, Lawrence. "The Comedy Column". Los Angeles Times. p. M60. Retrieved February 15, 2022.
  6. ^ "If You Remember the '60s, You Really Weren't There". Quote Investigator. May 7, 2010.
  7. ^ Nuttycombe, Dave (December 6, 2002). "Charles Fleischer". Washington City Paper. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  8. ^ "Charles Fleischer at the Laugh Factory Plus This & That". The Norm. January 13, 2019. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Stark, John; Sheff, Vicki (July 25, 1988). "As the Voice of Roger Rabbit, Stand-Up Comic Charlie Fleischer is Finally Whistling a Happy Toon". People. Retrieved February 15, 2022.

External links[edit]

Charles Fleischer's science paper.