77 (passed away Jan. 28th, 1994)
Aug. 24th, 1916
Petoskey, Michigan, USA
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Smith was born in Petoskey in Emmet County in the northern portion of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, but he spent a significant part of his early years living in Massena, New York. He graduated from the Massena High School in 1936. His mother was a seamstress, and his father worked at the local Aluminum Company Of America (Alcoa) factory.
After graduation, Smith worked from 1936 to 1943 as a disc jockey and voice talent for WIBX Radio in Utica, New York. After serving in the Special Services during World War II, he traveled to Hollywood and appeared in many television shows such as I Married Joan, Fury, The People's Choice, The Texan, Rescue 8, Dennis the Menace, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, The Donna Reed Show, National Velvet, and The Red Skelton Show.
Smith's best remembered on-screen character was Otis Campbell, the town drunk on The Andy Griffith Show during most of the series' run from 1960 to 1968.
Smith had a cameo role as the Mayor of Boracho in "The Great Race" in 1965. During the late 1960s, Smith also had a morning children's show at television station KTLA called The Pancake Man, sponsored by The International House of Pancakes (IHOP). He reprised the Pancake Man role as "Kartoon King" in the 1971 episode of The Brady Bunch titled "The Winner".
Beginning in the late 1950s with such shows as The Huckleberry Hound Show and Quick Draw McGraw, Smith became one of the most prolific voice actors in Hollywood, eventually working with most of the major studios and production companies, such as Hanna-Barbera, Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, The Mirisch Corporation, and Sid and Marty Krofft, with voice roles in such shows as The Flintstones in which he mostly did the voices of Texas millionaires such as Fred's rich uncle Tex, Pink Panther, Winnie The Pooh, Mickey Mouse, Yogi Bear, and Looney Tunes.
In 1981, he reprised his role as Owl and voiced Winnie-the-Pooh in the short Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons, replacing Sterling Holloway, who had provided the voice of the character for many years. He then voiced the two characters in Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore in 1983, as well as Disney Channel's TV series Welcome to Pooh Corner. On the TV program The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in 1988, Jim Cummings took over as Pooh while Smith continued playing Owl. The two voice actors sometimes rotated the voice of Winnie the Pooh. In 1991, Smith provided the voice of Philippe the Horse in the Disney film Beauty and the Beast. In 1994, he played some additional voices for The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure (last role before death).
Smith was married to Vivian M. Angstadt from 1936 until her death in 1992. They had a son named Terry. He was a long-time active member of Westwood Hills Congregational Church in Los Angeles. On January 28, 1994 at the age of 77, Smith's son Terry was riding as a passenger when Smith suffered a heart attack while driving lost control and crashed into a building. Smith is interred in the mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, California.
- One of the most prolific cartoon voicepersons in entertainment history, most of his work having been done for Hanna-Barbera. Related to this, Smith played the character "Cartoon King" on a 1970 episode of "The Brady Bunch."
- Is interred in the mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetary, in Santa Monica, California, USA.
- Reprised his role of Otis Campbell, Mayberry's town drunk on the _"The Andy Griffith Show" (1960)_ (qv) in country singer 'Alan Jackson (I)' (qv)'s 1991 video, "Don't Rock the Jukebox."
- Only child Terry Jay Smith died on October 11, 1998.
- Provided the voice of the much beloved "Mr. Whittaker" in the very popular radio kids program Adventure in Odyssey.
- Hal Smith's character, "Mr. Whittaker", from the radio program "Adventures In Odyssey" was recently brought back with Paul Herlinger handling his voice.
- He alternated with actor/game show host Jack Bailey as the voice of Walt Disney's Goofy after the orginal voice artist, Pinto Colvig, died in 1967.
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