Jonathan Freeman (actor)
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February 5, 1950 |
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Alma mater||Ohio University|
|Occupation||Actor, singer, voice actor, comedian|
|Notable work||Puppeteer for Tito Swing on Shining Time Station
Voice of Jafar in Disney's Aladdin and its first direct-to-video sequel
Jonathan Freeman (born February 5, 1950) is an American actor, singer, voice actor, puppeteer, and comedian, known for voicing Jafar in Disney's Aladdin franchise, as well as the Kingdom Hearts franchise and the 2011 Aladdin Broadway musical.
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 brought his role of Jafar to life on stage in the new musical adaptation of Aladdin, which played at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre from July 7–31, 2011. He is currently reprising the role in the Broadway production, which opened in March 2014 at the New Amsterdam Theatre, and he is the only actor from the original cast of the animated film to do so.
|1988||Homeboy||Hotel Room Man|
|1990||A Shock To The System||Decorator|
|1994||The Return of Jafar|
|1996||The Associate||Hockey Game Executive|
|1997||The Ice Storm||Ted Franklin|
|2007||The Hoax||Thick Voice|
|1989||K.I.D.S. TV News||D.J. McCaw|
|The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd||Waiter #2||Episode: "Here's a Cute Way to Wrap up the Holiday Season"|
|1989–1995||Shining Time Station||Tito Swing|
|1990||Mathnet||Joshua||Episode: "The Case of the Unkidnapping"|
|Shining Time Station: 'Tis a Gift||Tito Swing||(TV movie)|
|1995||Aladdin on Ice||Jafar (voice)||(TV movie) (uncredited)|
|1996–1998||Remember WENN||Rollie Pruitt||Episodes: "Christmas in the Airwaves"
"Who's Scott Sherwood?"
"The New Actor"
"The Importance of Being Betty"
"Some Time, Some Station"
|1998||Hercules||Jafar (voice)||Episode: "Hercules and the Arabian Night"|
|2001–2003||House of Mouse||Episodes: "The Stolen Cartoons"
"Donald's Lamp Trade"
"Max's Embarrassing Date"
"The Mouse who Came to the Dinner"
"Donald and the Aracuan Bird"
"House of Crime"
"House of Magic"
"Pete's House of Villains"
"Pete's Christmas Caper"
"Halloween with Hades"
|2003–2006||Lilo and Stitch: The Series||Vox||Unknown Episode|
|2005–2006||American Dragon: Jake Long||Eli Excelsior Pandarus
Jack Frost (voice)
|Episodes: "The Heist"
"Eye of the Beholder"
"A Befuddled Mind"
|2008||Gossip Girl||Butler||Episode: "The Ex-Files"|
|2006–2009||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Mr. Marty Krebs
|Episodes: "Identity Crisis"
|2010||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Bobby Smith||Episode: "Merchandise"|
|2011||Too Big to Fail||Senator Richard Shelby||(TV movie)|
|Submissions Only||Greg Bonomelli||Episode: "The Miller/Hennigan Act"|
|1994||Aladdin Activity Center||Jafar (voice)|
|2001||Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge|
|2005||Kingdom Hearts II|
|2007||Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+|
|2010||Kingdom Hearts Re:coded|
- Aladdin as Jafar (Original Broadway Cast)
- 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 – Nominated – Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
- 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 Cafe 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 Arms as Steve (Playwrights' Horizon)
- Pinocchio as Fire Eater (Marionette Theater)
- The Miser as Cleante (Greenwich Mews)
- Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme as Dancing Master
- 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 Cafe 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 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 as Boris
- Arsenic and Old Lace 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)
|1989||Kevin Roth||"Cosher Bailey's Engine"
"No Business like Show Business"
"Polly Wolly Doodle"
"Home on the Range"
"Born on the Fourth of July"
|Shining Time Station||Tito Swing|
|1990||Lydia Maria Child||"'Tis A Gift"||Shining Time Station: 'Tis a Gift|
|1992||Alan Menken & Howard Ashman||"Prince Ali Reprise"
"Humiliate the Boy"
|1994||"You're Only Second Rate"||The Return of Jafar|
|2001||Randy Petersen & Kevin Quinn||"It's Our House Now"||Mickey's House of Villains|
- "Jonathan Freeman Gets Hung Up at Sardi's". Playbill, Inc. April 11, 2002. Retrieved February 21, 2008.
- "Lewis, Palmer, Scott, Burgess and More Will Join Boggess in Disney's Little Mermaid". Playbill, Inc. March 20, 2007. Retrieved February 21, 2008.
- "Tony Nominee Freeman Joins Broadway's MARY POPPINS". December 11, 2009. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- Jonathan Freeman Will Bring Jafar from Screen to Stage in Disney's Aladdin at 5th Avenue
- Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed Will Co-Star in Disney's Aladdin; Complete Cast Announced Playbill, Retrieved September 17, 2013