Rob moved out to California in the early 1980s, voicing various background roles until landing parts as recurring and main characters such as Snow Job in G. I. Joe, Hadji from Jonny Quest, Gusto Gummi from Adventures of the Gummi Bears, and, most prominently, Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The roles that he has become most well known for are Yakko Warner and Pinky from Animaniacs; audiences at his public appearances are often treated to a rendition of "Nations of the World" in Yakko's voice. More recent roles include Peck the Rooster from the movie Barnyard (and the subsequent TV series), Mark Chang on The Fairly OddParents, the new series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - as Donatello.
Rob's first voice acting credit in a video game is for Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time. His prominent video game roles include Eric the Swift from Lost Vikings 2, the title character in the Bubsy franchise, 'Morte' Rictusgrim from Planescape: Torment, and Anomen Delryn from Baldur's Gate II and its expansion.
Robert Fredrick Paulsen III was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 11, 1956, and spent his entire childhood in the Detroit area. Although his love of cartoons as a child predicted his career as a voice actor, he initially aspired to be a professional hockey player. He realized as a young adult that he wasn't cut out for it, though, and focused instead on singing and acting.
He and his wife Parrish have been married since 1983. He has one child, Ashton, born in 1984. He is a sponsor of Camp Will-A-Way, a camp at Fort Yargo State Park in Georgia for mentally and physically disabled children. He also donates proceeds from his autograph signings to Operation Smile and the Wounded Warrior Project.