Robert Fredrick "Rob" Paulsen III is an American voice actor and singer best known for providing the voices of Raphael and Donatello in the 1987 cartoon and 2012 cartoon respectively of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yakko Warner and Dr. Otto Scratchansniff in Animaniacs, and Pinky in Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain.
Paulsen began his voiceover career in 1983 with the mini-series G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, where he played Snow Job and Tripwire. A few years later, his career launched into more roles such as Cobra Slavemaster and reprising Snow Job and Tripwire on G.I. Joe, Corky on The Snorks, Marco Smurf on the later seasons of The Smurfs, Boober on the animated version of Fraggle Rock, Hadji in The New Adventures of Jonny Quest, and the title character Saber Rider and the villain Jesse Blue in Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs.
During the 1980s, Paulsen also explored the field of live action films. His first movie was Eyes of Fire in 1983. He played supporting roles in Body Double, Stewardess School, Warlock, and Mutant on the Bounty. He appeared in television shows during this time as well, such as MacGyver and St. Elsewhere.
From 1987 to 1995, Paulsen voiced Raphael and various supporting characters in the original 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. He returned to the franchise as Donatello in the new 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series on Nickelodeon.
In 1993, he starred as the title character in both Mighty Max and The Mask. At this time, he also starred in what became one of his most popular roles: Yakko Warner in Animaniacs. Paulsen also provided the voice of Pinky in both Animaniacs and its spin-off Pinky and the Brain, a show which won him several Annie Awards and a Daytime Emmy in 1999.
In total, Paulsen has been the voice of over 250 different animated characters and performed in over 1000 commercials.
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