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Charles Fleischer (born August 27, 1950) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and musician, best known for appearing in films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Polar Express, Rango, and We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story.[1] He also reprised the role of Roger Rabbit in the Roger Rabbit theatrical shorts. After beginning his career on the comedy club circuit, Charles Fleischer's first big break in comedy television came when he made an appearance on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.[2]

Charles Fleischer
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Fleischer performing at the Improv at Harrah's in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 26, 2011
Born (1950-08-27) August 27, 1950 (age 69)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
MediumStand-up, film, television
Years active1972–present
GenresObservational comedy, clean comedy, surreal humor
Sheryl Strassman (m. 1977)
Notable works and rolesWho Framed Roger Rabbit

Early lifeEdit

Fleischer was born and raised in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1950. He attended Southampton College of Long Island University and studied acting at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. Fleischer has written a science paper regarding the nature of gamma ray bursts that appears on the Cornell University Library website.[3]


Fleischer is best known as the voices of Roger Rabbit,[4] Benny the Cab, Greasy, and Psycho in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. After the film's success, he continued to perform the voice of Roger in several Disney television and theme park appearances at several of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and in three follow-up short subjects to the original film. Other voice roles for Fleischer include The Polar Express and We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story. Notable on-screen roles include Back to the Future Part II and Gridlock'd.

Fleischer had a recurring role on the 1970s TV series Welcome Back, Kotter as Carvelli, as Chuck on the ABC series Laverne & Shirley, and on the Disney cartoon series House of Mouse as the voice of Benny the Cab. Fleischer appeared for the first time on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson Show on the evening of May 15, 1974. He was also a regular on Keep on Truckin'. He guest starred in The Weird Al Show as a guy in a band. He also appeared on the short-lived Saturday morning show, Wacko.

He is also a musician and songwriter. He performed as a guest on harmonica with the group Blues Traveler at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles on November 22, 1995[citation needed] and from December 10 to 15, 2002 at the Improvisational theatre of Connecticut Avenue.[5]

Charles Fleischer was inside Tropicana Las Vegas, giving an improvised comedy along with Bob Golub and Nick Aragon at the Laugh Factory from January 17 to 20 of 2019.[6]

Fleischer is now the part-owner of a multi-media company in Southern California and a writer for television and movies.[citation needed] He still does stand-up gigs occasionally.

From December 2010 to September 2011, he hosted his own weekly web show Fleischer's Universe on, produced by Brad Wyman.



  1. ^ Dave Kehr (February 17, 2008). "In a Corrupt World Where the Violent Bear It Away". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  2. ^ Janusonis, Michael (July 7, 1989). "It's Charles Fleischer, Alias Roger Rabbit". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  3. ^ Fleischer, Charles (May 2, 2012). "Can Sequentially Linked Gamma-Ray Bursts Nullify Randomness?". arXiv:1205.0518 [physics.gen-ph].
  4. ^ Janet Maslin (June 22, 1988). "New Laws of Gravity Twist Humor, Too, in 'Roger Rabbit'". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Dave Nuttycombe (December 6, 2002). "Charles Fleischer". Washington City Paper. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  6. ^ "Charles Fleischer at the Laugh Factory Plus This & That". The Norm. January 13, 2019. Retrieved February 10, 2019.

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