- Hal Smith (actor)
Life and work
Smith was best known as
Otis Campbell, the town drunk on " The Andy Griffith Show" and as the voice of many characters from animated shorts.He voiced the Disney cartooncharacter Goofyafter Pinto Colvigdied and also provided the voice of Owl in many of the Winnie the Poohshorts and features. In the 1960s he provided the voices for many characters in Davey and Goliath. From 1960 to 1961 he was the voice of Elmer Fuddafter Arthur Q. Bryandied. In 1983, he reprised his role as Owl and also voiced Winnie The Pooh in " Welcome to Pooh Corner". It was the first and only time he provided the voice of Pooh. In 1988's " The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" TV series, Jim Cummingstook over as Pooh while Smith again played Owl. In 1991, Smith provided the voice of Philippe the horse in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast".
The most famous character he was seen and not only heard as was
Otis Campbellon " The Andy Griffith Show" during most of the show's run in the 1960s. He was Mayberry's lovable town drunk. Often he would comically let himself into his regular cell using the key which was stored within reach of the 2 comfortable jail rooms. Ironically, Hal Smith was the opposite of his character, and didn't do any drinking in real life. Otis Campbellstopped appearing in the show towards the end due to concerns over the portrayal of excessive drinking. Hal Smith did play Otis Campbellone more time in the 1980s for the movie " Return to Mayberry".
He did much work in
Hanna-Barberacartoons in the 1970s, and in the early 1960s, he voiced Taurus, the Scots-accented mechanic of the spaceship "Starduster" for the series " Space Angel". In 1977, he was the voice of Grandpa Josiah in the cartoon TV special, " Halloween is Grinch Night". For Disney's " DuckTales" he was the voice of Scrooge McDuck's rival Flintheart Glomgoldand absent-minded scientist Gyro Gearloose.
Starting in 1987 and continuing through 1994, he was the voice of the main character
John Avery Whittakeron the Focus on the Familyradio drama " Adventures in Odyssey". He was responsible for much of the cast joining the show after he signed on, and he continued recording episodes until a few weeks before his death, even while his health deteriorated. Additionally, he voiced dozens of other characters during the over 250 episodes he participated in.
He was born in
Petoskey, Michigan. Smith spent a significant part of his early years in Massena, New Yorkcite book |editor=Michaud, John D. III| title=More than Otis: No Bull! A Salute to Hollywood Actor Hal J. Smith |origyear=2004 |edition= 1st edition |year= 2004|publisher= Stubbs Printing |location= Massena, New York|language= ]
He died in
Woodland Hills, Californiaof a heart attack.
*imdb name|name=Hal Smith|id=0808401
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