- Fred Newman (actor)
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Fred Newman (born 1952 in
LaGrange, Georgia) is an American actor, voice actor, composer, and sound effectsartist, as well as a former talk show host.
An alumnus of the
Harvard Business School, Newman soon capitalized on his unique vocalizations, writing the book "MouthSounds" (first published in 1980, recently reprinted in an expanded edition). As a regular on the radio variety show" A Prairie Home Companion", his vocal sound effects are showcased frequently; he fills in for regular sound-effects man Tom Keithwhenever the show performs away from its home base in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has also worked heavily as a voice actorwith numerous film, television, and video gamecredits including " Who Framed Roger Rabbit", " Doug" (as Skeeter Valentine, Mr. Dink, and other characters), and " Grand Theft Auto 2". His creature sounds have been heard in the films " Harry and the Hendersons", " Gremlins", "Munchies", "Wolf", and " Men in Black".
Newman worked with
Jim Hensonand the Muppetsin the 1980s, first as a contributor to "Muppet Magazine", and then as the writer of the "Muppet Show On Tour" live show. In 1987, Newman played the lead role in Henson's sitcom pilot, "Puppetman". (The pilot aired on CBS, but wasn't picked up as a series.) Newman also appeared in a 1988 Henson direct-to-video special, "Neat Stuff to Know & to Do".
Prior to the 2000 Presidential Election, Newman was cast as the voice of
Garry Trudeau's comic stripcharacter Uncle Duke. He provided both voice and motion capturefor "Duke 2000", a series of online computer animatedshorts, and can still be heard in the "Ask Duke" interactive game. He also provided the voice of Trudeau's Jimmy Thudpucker for a NetAidconcert.
As an on-camera performer, he was one of only two adult regulars on the 1990s incarnation of "The Mickey Mouse Club", and can currently be seen performing wacky sounds while teaching
phonicson the PBSseries " Between the Lions" (for which he also writes and provides animated voices). As a musician, he has composed music for the animated series" Doug" and " PB&J Otter", and wrote songs for " Doug's 1st Movie".
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* [http://www.stratocasterdisaster.com/ Music Site]
* [http://www.mouthsounds.info/ Official website]
* [http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/about/cast/fred_newman.shtml A Prairie Home Companion: Fred Newman]
* [http://www.doonesbury.com/arcade/askduke/index.html Ask Duke]
* [http://www.alumni.hbs.edu/bulletin/2003/september/newman.html HBS Alumni - HBS Bulletin] – Alumni report on Fred Newman
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