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August 28, 1950 |
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Other names||Charlie Fleischer|
|Occupation||Stand-up comedian, actor, writer, musician|
|Known for||The voice of Roger Rabbit|
Charles Fleischer (born August 28, 1950) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and musician, best known for appearing in films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Back to the Future Part II, The Polar Express, Rango, and We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story. He 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.
Fleischer was born and raised in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1950. He attended Southampton College of Long Island University and studied acting at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. Fleischer has written a science paper regarding the nature of gamma ray bursts that appears on the Cornell University Library website.
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Fleischer is best known as the voices of Roger Rabbit, 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 short subjects to the original film. Other voice roles for Fleischer include The Polar Express and We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story. On-screen roles include Back to the Future Part II and Gridlock'd. Fleischer's first movie role was as "Brick" who was one of Richie's friends (played by Robby Benson) in the Movie "The Death Of Richie", released January 10, 1977.
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 The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson Show on the evening of 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 now the part-owner of a multi-media company in Southern California and a writer for television and movies. He still does stand-up gigs occasionally.
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- Rango (2011)
- Funny People (2009)
- Zodiac (2007)
- The Polar Express (2004) (voice)
- Balto III: Wings of Change (2004) (voice)
- Big Kiss (2004)
- Balto II: Wolf Quest (2002) (voice)
- The 4th Tenor (2002)
- Bel Air (2000)
- Genius (1999)
- Rusty: A Dog's Tale (1998)
- Permanent Midnight (1998)
- Gridlock'd (1997)
- Bone Chillers (1996)
- Demon Knight (1995)
- My Girl 2 (1994)
- We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993) (voice)
- Trail Mix-Up (1993) (voice)
- Carry On Columbus (1992)
- Straight Talk (1992)
- Dick Tracy (1990)
- Roller Coaster Rabbit (1990) (voice)
- Back to the Future Part II (1989)
- Tummy Trouble (1989) (voice)
- Gross Anatomy (1989)
- Mickey's 60th Birthday (1988) (live-action & voice) (role: Roger Rabbit/Charlie the Stage Manager)
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) as Roger Rabbit / Benny, the Cab / Greasy / Psycho (voices)
- Bad Dreams (1988)
- Deadly Friend (1986) (voice)
- The Great Mouse Detective (1986) (voice, uncredited)
- A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) as Dr. King
- Night Shift (1982)
- The Hand (1981)
- Hill Street Blues (1981)
- Die Laughing (1980)
- Sugar Time! (1978)
- Crisis in Sun Valley (1978)
- One on One
- The Death Of Richie (1977) (Brick, credited)
- "The New York Times". The New York Times.
- Janusonis, Michael (July 7, 1989). "It's Charles Fleischer, Alias Roger Rabbit". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
- Fleischer, Charles (2012-05-02). "Can Sequentially Linked Gamma-Ray Bursts Nullify Randomness?". arXiv: [physics.gen-ph].
- Janet Maslin (June 22, 1988). "New Laws of Gravity Twist Humor, Too, in 'Roger Rabbit'". The New York Times.
- Charles Fleischer Wizardworld.com 2010. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
- Charles Fleischer at the Internet Movie Database
- Charles Fleischer at TED
- "All things are Moleeds" (TED2005) (18 minutes)
- Charles Fleischer's Webshow Fleischer's Universe
Charles Fleischer's science paper. http://arxiv.org/abs/1205.0518