Ross Bagdasarian Jr.

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Ross Bagdasarian Jr.
Ross Dickran Bagdasarian

(1949-10-25) October 25, 1949 (age 70)
Fresno, California, United States
Other namesRoss Bagdasarian
CitizenshipUnited States
  • Animator
  • actor
  • singer
  • voice actor
  • record producer
Years active1978–present
EmployerBagdasarian Productions
Chipmunk Records
Bagdasarian Home Entertainment
Known forPresident of Bagdasarian Productions and Chipmunk Records
Founder of PettuniaMedia
Son of Alvin and the Chipmunks creator Ross Bagdasarian Sr.
TelevisionSee full List below
Janice Karman (m. 1979)

Ross Dickran Bagdasarian (born October 25, 1949)[1] is an American actor, animator, voice actor, singer, and record producer, known for his work on the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise.

He is the son of the franchise's creator, Ross Bagdasarian.[2][3] He is often called Ross Bagdasarian Jr. to distinguish himself from his father, but he does not share his father's name; the elder Bagdasarian's given name was Rostom.

Early life[edit]

Bagdasarian was born in Fresno, California, the son of Armenuhi (née Kulhanjian) and Ross Bagdasarian Sr. He is of Armenian descent. As a child, he worked with his father on The Alvin Show by helping edit and coordinate the soundtracks and falsetto voice-overs of The Chipmunks.


Bagdasarian went to law school[4] but after his father's death in 1972,[4] succeeded him as the President of Bagdasarian Productions, which had fallen into obscurity after significant success between 1958 and the late 1960s. His wife Janice Karman, whom he married in 1979, is co-president. Bagdasarian and Karman have two children and live in Montecito, California.

Under Bagdasarian's supervision, new Chipmunks records were created shortly after his marriage to Karman, including Chipmunk Punk. In 1981, the Chipmunks returned to television in the cartoon special A Chipmunk Christmas. Two years later, Ruby-Spears Productions' Alvin and the Chipmunks Saturday morning cartoon series debuted on NBC. Based on that series, a feature film, The Chipmunk Adventure was released in 1987. Bagdasarian voices Alvin, Simon, and Dave Seville, and Karman voices Theodore and The Chipettes (Brittany, Jeanette, and Eleanor).

Bagdasarian and Karman hold tight creative and financial control over the Chipmunk franchise, reviewing each and every business contract in great detail. In the mid-90s, Bagdasarian bought the Chipmunk rights from brother Adam and sister Carol (a stay-at-home mother), to take complete control.[4]

Universal Pictures lawsuit[edit]

Bagdasarian licensed the rights to the Chipmunk characters to Universal Pictures in 1996, resulting in a string of Universal-produced direct-to-video films. Four years later, he and Karman sued them for breach of contract, claiming that Universal failed to properly utilize, market, and merchandise the characters and hence resulting in a loss of royalties to Bagdasarian.[5] The case was decided in Bagdasarian's favor. "For us, it was a custody battle", Karman said. "They finally realized 'OK, these two are really fighting for their kids'."[4]



Year Title Producer Writer Actor Role Notes
1987 The Chipmunk Adventure Yes Yes Yes Alvin Seville
Simon Seville
David Seville
1999 Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein Yes No Yes Direct-to-video
2000 Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman Yes No Yes
2005 Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks Yes No Yes
2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks Yes Yes Yes Alvin Seville (singing voice)
2009 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Yes No Yes Singing Voice
2011 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Yes No Yes
2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Yes No Yes


Year Title Producer Writer Actor Role Notes
1981 A Chipmunk Christmas Yes Yes Yes Alvin Seville
Simon Seville
Dave Seville
TV movie
1983–1990 Alvin and the Chipmunks Yes Yes Yes TV series
1984 I Love the Chipmunks Valentine Special Yes Yes Yes TV movie
1985 A Chipmunk Reunion Yes Yes Yes
1990 Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue No No Yes Alvin Seville
Simon Seville
TV short
Rockin' Through the Decades Yes Yes Yes Alvin Seville
Simon Seville
Dave Seville
TV movie
1994 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Trick or Treason Yes Yes Yes
A Chipmunk Celebration Yes Yes Yes
1995 The Easter Chipmunk Yes Yes Yes
2015–present ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks Yes Yes Yes TV series


  1. ^ Ross Dickran Bagdasarian — California Birth Index at Family Search
  2. ^ Keates, Nancy (September 9, 2011). "Luxury Real Estate: The House Built by 'Alvin and the Chipmunks'". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on July 9, 2015. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  3. ^ o (December 21, 2007). "Chipmunks legacy is a family affair". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d Pearson, Ryan (December 14, 2007). "The Chipmunks have a very close family". The Providence Journal. Associated Press. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
  5. ^ "'Chipmunks' Creators Sue Universal". The New York Times. September 14, 2000. Retrieved March 11, 2014.

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Business positions
Preceded by
Ross Bagdasarian Sr.
President of Bagdasarian Productions
Succeeded by
Owner of Alvin and The Chipmunks