Donavan Freberg

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Donavan Freeberg, Photographer

Donavan Freberg
Born (1971-04-06) April 6, 1971 (age 47)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Photographer, voice actor, writer

Donavan Freberg (born April 6, 1971 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.) is an American photographer, advertising creative, voice actor, and writer.

Freberg is probably best known for appearing in a series of commercials for Encyclopædia Britannica produced by his father, satirist and advertising creative Stan Freberg. The 1988–1993 advertising campaign was the most successful in the company's 200-year history and Donavan was elevated to cult status. He was parodied on Saturday Night Live, dubbed a "Pop Intellectual" by GQ magazine, and named "The Most Annoying Geek of the '90s" by TV Tome. He was spoofed in a 2003 feature in The Onion,[1] and in 2006 was chosen for VH1's "100 Greatest Teen Stars," ranking number 83.[2]

Freberg's voice-acting credits include Peanuts' Linus (1977–1978) and Charlie Brown (1978–1980) in commercials and public service announcements, Tom Little on The Littles (1983–1985), Montgomery Moose on The Get-Along Gang, the video game Zork: Grand Inquisitor, and voiceovers for hundreds of radio and television commercials. He also performed the puppet character Baby Boolie on The Weird Al Show.

Freberg currently works as a portrait photographer in Los Angeles.[3] His work has been featured in Forbes,[4] Los Angeles magazine and the Instagram book, This Is Happening. Freberg's headshot clientele include working actors and Fortune 500 companies, notably the CEO of Snapchat, Evan Spiegel.


  1. ^ "Remember Me? I'm That Kid Who Had a Report Due on Space". The Onion. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ VH1 Ranking
  3. ^ "Donavan Freberg Photography". Donavan Freberg. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  4. ^ Haelle, Tara. "Is The Most Terrifying Measles Complication More Common Than We Thought?". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-11-02. 

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