Jonathan Freeman
Biographical Information
Born February 5th, 1950
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Productions Babes in Arms as Steve
Platinum as Alan Fairmont/Minky, Shultz (understudy)(original Broadway cast)
Gay Divorce as Teddy
Shining Time Station as Tito Swing
Shining Time Station: 'Tis a Gift as Tito Swing
Babes in Toyland as Gonzorgo
Aladdin as Jafar
She Loves Me as Head Waiter
Aladdin and the Return of Jafar as Jafar
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as Ben Bratt
On the Town as Pitkin W. Bridgework
Sail Away as Joe
A Class Act as Lehman Engel (original cast)
Mickey's House of Villains as Jafar
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse as Jafar
42nd Street as Bert Barry
The Producers as Roger De Bris
Of Thee I Sing as Senator Lyons
Beauty and the Beast as Cogsworth
The Little Mermaid as Grimsby (original Broadway cast)
Mary Poppins as Admiral Boom/Bank Manager
Aladdin as Jafar (original cast)
Recordings Aladdin (film soundtrack)
She Loves Me (1994 Broadway cast)
Colette Collage (1994 studio cast)
Aladdin and the King of Thieves (film soundtrack)
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1995 Broadway cast)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1996 studio cast)
Drat! The Cat (1997 studio cast)
The Night of the Hunter (1998 studio cast)
A Class Act (original cast)
The Little Mermaid (original cast recording) Aladdin (original cast recording)
Vocal Type Tenor

Jonathan Freeman is an American actor.


Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Freeman started his career on stage but began to gain recognition for his television work, notably as a puppeteer in Shining Time Station. He became best known for playing the arch-villain Jafar in Disney's Aladdin, as well as the sequel and musical adaptation.

Though he also appeared in films such as The Ice Storm, Freeman also appeared in a number of voice roles on television such as Lilo and Stitch: The Series and Jake Long: American Dragon.


An accomplished stage actor and singer, Freeman made his musical debut as Steve in Babes in Arms and appeared in productions of Platinum and Gay Divorce. He also sang in his voice roles as Tito Swing in Shining Time Station and Jafar in the Aladdin series.

Freeman went on to appear in a number of shows on stage, including On the Town, The Producers and Beauty and the Beast, in which he played Cogsworth. He also received a Tony Award nomination for his role in She Loves Me.


Shining Time Station: 'Tis a Gift (1990)Edit

  • 'Tis a Gift

Aladdin (1992)Edit

  • Prince Ali (reprise)(solo)
  • Humiliate the Boy (duet)(cut)
  • Why Me? (solo)(cut)

Aladdin and the Return of Jafar (1994)Edit

  • You're Only Second Rate (solo)

Mickey's House of Villains (2001)Edit

  • It's Our House Now! (contains solo lines)


Shining Time Station (1989)Edit

  • Cosher Bailey's Engine (solo)
  • Oh, Susanna (solo)
  • Jesse James (solo)
  • Elto Lindo (solo)
  • There's No Business Like Show Business
  • Polly Wolly Doodle (solo)
  • Jamaican Farewell (solo)
  • Born on the Fourth of July (solo)


Babes in Arms (1976)Edit

  • Finale

Platinum (1978)(originated the role)Edit

  • Old Times, Good Times

Gay Divorce (1983)Edit

  • Salt Air (contains solo lines)

Babes in Toyland (1991)Edit

  • Jane (contains solo lines)

She Loves Me (1993)Edit

  • A Romantic Atmosphere (solo)
  • Mr. Novack, Will You Please? (duet)

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1995)Edit

  • A Secretary is Not a Toy (contains solo lines)
  • I Believe in You (contains solo lines)
  • Brotherhood of Man (contains solo lines)

On the Town (1997)Edit

  • I Understand (solo)
  • I Understand (reprise)(duet)

Sail Away (1999)Edit

  • The Passenger's Always Right (contains dolo lines)

A Class Act (2000)(originated the role)Edit

  • Charm Song (contains solo lines)
  • Don't Do It Again (reprise)(solo)

42nd Street (2001)Edit

  • Getting Out of Town (contains solo lines)
  • Keep Young and Beautiful/Dames Reprise (contains solo lines)
  • Shuffle Off to Buffalo (contains solo lines)
  • Finale Ultimo

The ProducersEdit

  • Keep It Gay (contains solo lines)
  • Along Came Bialy
  • You Never Say Good Luck on Opening Night (contains solo lines)
  • Heil Myself (contains solo lines)
  • Springtime for Hitler: Part II (contains solo lines)
  • Prisoners of Love (contains solo lines)
  • Goodbye!

Of Thee I Sing (2006)Edit

  • We'll Impeach Him (contains solo lines)

Beauty and the Beast (2006)Edit

  • Be Our Guest
  • Something There (contains solo lines)
  • Human Again (contains solo lines)
  • Beauty and the Beast (Reprise)

The Little Mermaid (2008)(originated the role)Edit

  • The Contest (contains solo lines)

Mary Poppins (2009)Edit

Bank ManagerEdit
  • Precision and Order (contains solo lines)

Aladdin (2011)(originated the role)Edit

  • Diamond in the Rough (contains solo lines)
  • Prince Ali (second reprise)(solo)
  • Finale: Bows


Colette Collage (1994)Edit

  • The Musil Hall (contains solo lines)
  • The Dog And The Cat Duet (duet)
  • Riviera Nights (contains solo lines)

Drat! The Cat (1997)Edit

  • Dancing with Alice (contains solo lines)
  • It's Your Fault

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