Jonathan Freeman (actor)

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Jonathan Freeman
Jonathan Freeman

(1950-02-05) February 5, 1950 (age 70)
Alma materOhio University
OccupationActor, voice actor, singer, puppeteer
Years active1972–present
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, voice actor, singer, and puppeteer, known for puppetering and voicing Tito Swing in Shining Time Station and for voicing Jafar in Disney's Aladdin franchise, as well as the Kingdom Hearts franchise and the 2011 Aladdin musical.

Early life[edit]

Freeman was born in Bay Village, Ohio on February 5, 1950. He graduated from Ohio University.


As well as being the voice of Jafar in Aladdin, a role he once said he's called in to reprise every 3 to 6 months,[1] Freeman is also known for being the puppeteer for Tito Swing of the Jukebox Band (Flexitoon Puppets) on the PBS series Shining Time Station.

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.[2]

Freeman can be heard on the 1997 Varèse Sarabande studio recording of the flop 1965 musical Drat! The Cat!.

He was also seen on stage as Cogsworth in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and originated the role of Grimsby in Disney's Broadway production of The Little Mermaid.[3]

Freeman began his run starring as Admiral Boom and the Bank Chairman in the Broadway production of Mary Poppins on December 12, 2009.[4]

Freeman reprises his role as Jafar on stage in the new musical adaptation of Aladdin, which played at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre from July 7–31, 2011.[5] He is currently reprising the role in the Broadway production, which opened in March 2014 at the New Amsterdam Theatre,[6] and he is the only actor from the original cast of the animated film to do so.



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Forever, Lulu Don
1988 Homeboy Hotel Room Man
1990 A Shock To The System Decorator
1992 Aladdin Jafar (voice)
1994 The Return of Jafar Direct-to-video
1996 The Associate Hockey Game Executive
1997 The Ice Storm Ted Franklin
2001 Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Jafar (voice) Direct-to-video
2002 Mickey's House of Villains
2007 The Hoax Thick Voice (voice)
2016 Life, Animated Himself

Television and web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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"
"Happy Homecomings"
"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"
"Where's Minnie?"
"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 (voice) 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
Wallace Thayer
Episodes: "Identity Crisis"
"The Healer"
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"
2016 Elementary Holder Episode: "How the Sausage Is Made"
Nov. 22, 2016's Role Call: "Jonathan Freeman of Aladdin" Himself
2017-present Marvel's Spider-Man Tiberius Stone (voice) Episode: "Cloak and Dagger"
Nov. 25, 2017 Oh My Disney Show: "Watch a Disney Movie With ... Aladdin's Jonathan Freeman" Himself S2, EP 34
Aug. 31, 2019 TODAY Himself "Jonathan Freeman, Voice of Jafar, Reveals A Secret To Playing Aladdin Villain"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
1994 Aladdin Activity Center Jafar
2001 Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge
2002 Kingdom Hearts
2005 Kingdom Hearts II
2007 Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+
2010 Kingdom Hearts Re:coded

Theatre work[edit]

Broadway credits[edit]

Off Broadway credits[edit]

  • 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

Regional/Stock credits[edit]


Year Artist/Writer Song Film Role
1989 Kevin Roth "Cosher Bailey's Engine"
"Camptown Races"
"Jesse James"
"Celito Lindo"
"No Business like Show Business"
"Polly Wolly Doodle"
"The Desperado"
"Home on the Range"
"Jamaican Farewell"
"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"
"Why Me?"
Aladdin Jafar
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


  1. ^ "Inside the Magic podcast LIVE - Show 330 - July 31, 2011". Inside The Magic. July 31, 2011. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  2. ^ "Jonathan Freeman Gets Hung Up at Sardi's". Playbill, Inc. April 11, 2002. Archived from the original on February 10, 2009. Retrieved February 21, 2008.
  3. ^ "Lewis, Palmer, Scott, Burgess and More Will Join Boggess in Disney's Little Mermaid". Playbill, Inc. March 20, 2007. Archived from the original on April 1, 2008. Retrieved February 21, 2008.
  4. ^ "Tony Nominee Freeman Joins Broadway's MARY POPPINS". December 11, 2009. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
  5. ^ Jonathan Freeman Will Bring Jafar from Screen to Stage in Disney's Aladdin at 5th Avenue Archived 2011-07-28 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed Will Co-Star in Disney's Aladdin; Complete Cast Announced Archived 2013-10-04 at the Wayback Machine Playbill, Retrieved September 17, 2013

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