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Robert Fredrick "Rob" Paulsen III (born March 11, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American voice actor and singer. who has worked on many classic shows from the eighties, nineties and today. He's best known as Raphael from the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series; Yakko, Pinky and Dr. Otto Scratchinsniff from Animaniacs/Pinky and the Brain; Carl Wheezer from Jimmy Neutron; Gordon from Catscratch; Young Hathi from Jungle Cubs; and Donatello from the 2012 series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Those who know him know he is witty, yet extremely kind-hearted, humble and down to earth. He is a sponsor for Camp Will-A-Way, and is involved in GOALmodels, a project aimed at adolescents to help them find a great path in life. He runs the Animaniacs Live! tour with Randy Rogel, a tour that was one of many factors key to greenlighting the Animaniacs revival series. Also, he is the spokesman for Boo to Bullying.


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  • According to his memoir, Voice Lessons, he met Fred Rogers in 1999.
  • In February 2016, Paulsen was diagnosed with Stage III throat cancer. He has since undergone treatment, and his cancer is now in remission.
    • Following his battle with cancer, Paulsen wrote a memoir Voice Lessons: How a Couple of Ninja Turtles, Pinky, and an Animaniac Saved My Life. He has continued his speaking and performing tour in part to promote his book but also discuss his experiences.

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