Ross Dickran Bagdasarian (born May 6, 1949)[1] is an American filmmaker and musician, best known for his work on the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise. He is the son of the franchise's creator, Ross Bagdasarian Sr.[2][3] He is called Ross Bagdasarian Jr., although his name is not the same, to distinguish himself from his father.

Early life

Bagdasarian was born in Fresno, California, the son of Armenuhi (née Kulhanjian) and Ross Bagdasarian Sr. He is of Armenian descent. As a child, he worked with his father on The Alvin Show by helping edit and coordinate the soundtracks and falsetto voice-overs of The Chipmunks.


Bagdasarian went to law school[4] but after his father's death in 1972,[4] succeeded him as the President of Bagdasarian Productions, which had fallen into obscurity after significant success between 1958 and the late 1960s. His wife Janice Karman, whom he married in 1979, is co-president. Bagdasarian and Karman have two children and live in Montecito, California.

Under Bagdasarian's supervision, new Chipmunks records were created shortly after his marriage to Karman, including Chipmunk Punk. In 1981, the Chipmunks returned to television in the cartoon special A Chipmunk Christmas. Three years later, Ruby-Spears Productions' Alvin and the Chipmunks Saturday morning cartoon series debuted on NBC. Based on that series, a feature film, The Chipmunk Adventure was released in 1987. Bagdasarian voices Alvin, Simon, and Dave Seville, and Karman voices Theodore and The Chipettes (Brittany, Jeanette, and Eleanor).

Bagdasarian and Karman hold tight creative and financial control over the Chipmunk franchise, reviewing each and every business contract in great detail. In the mid-90s, Bagdasarian bought the Chipmunk rights from brother Adam and a sister (a stay-at-home mother), to take complete control.[4]

Universal Pictures lawsuit

Bagdasarian licensed the rights to the Chipmunk characters to Universal Pictures in 1996, resulting in a string of Universal-produced direct-to-video films. Four years later, he and Karman sued them for breach of contract, claiming that Universal failed to properly utilize, market, and merchandise the characters and hence resulting in a loss of royalties to Bagdasarian.[5] The case was decided in Bagdasarian's favor. "For us, it was a custody battle", Karman said. "They finally realized 'OK, these two are really fighting for their kids'."[4]



Main article: Alvin and the Chipmunks (film series)
Year Title Producer Writer Actor Role Notes
1987 The Chipmunk Adventure Yes Yes Yes Alvin Seville
Simon Seville
David Seville
1999 Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein Yes No Yes Direct-to-video
2000 Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman Yes No Yes
2005 Little Alvin and the Mini-Munks Yes No Yes
2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks Yes Yes Yes Alvin (singing voice)
2009 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Yes No Yes Singing Voice
2011 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Yes No Yes
2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Yes No Yes


Year Title Producer Writer Actor Role Notes
1981 A Chipmunk Christmas Yes Yes Yes Alvin Seville
Simon Seville
Dave Seville
TV movie
1983–1990 Alvin and the Chipmunks Yes Yes Yes TV series
1984 I Love the Chipmunks Valentine Special Yes Yes Yes TV movie
1985 A Chipmunk Reunion Yes Yes Yes
1990 Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue No No Yes Alvin
TV short
Rockin' Through the Decades Yes Yes Yes Alvin
Dave Seville
TV movie
1994 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Trick or Treason Yes Yes Yes
A Chipmunk Celebration Yes Yes Yes
1995 The Easter Chipmunk Yes Yes Yes
2015–present ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks Yes Yes Yes Alvin
Dave Seville
TV series


  1. Ross Dickran Bagdasarian — California Birth Index at Family Search
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Preceded by
Ross Bagdasarian Sr.
President of Bagdasarian Productions
Succeeded by


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