September 12, 1940 |
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Joseph "Skip" Hinnant (born September 12, 1940) is an American actor and comedian.
Hinnant's first major role was as Cathy's boyfriend, Ted, on The Patty Duke Show from 1963 to 1965. In 1967, he played Schroeder in the original off-Broadway cast of Clark Gesner's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, where his older brother, Bill Hinnant, played Snoopy.
Skip Hinnant is best known as a featured performer on the children's show The Electric Company, which aired on the American educational television network PBS from 1971 to 1977. He was best known at that time as word decoder Fargo North and as "The Boy" in the soap opera satire "Love of Chair."
He was also the voice of R. Crumb's underground comic character Fritz the Cat in both the animated film of the same name and its sequel, The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat. In 1977, he voiced the Easter Bunny in the Rankin/Bass made-for-television feature The Easter Bunny Is Comin' To Town, and in 1980 he provided a voice for the TV special Pogo for President: I Go Pogo. His most recent acting roles were an appearance in the PBS science education show 3-2-1 Contact in 1984 and a part in an episode of Kate & Allie in 1989. Then he retired from television acting and devoted his entire career to voice-over work, but in 2006 he made appearances in two retrospectives of The Electric Company: one was a PBS pledge drive special, the other was The Best of the Electric Company: Vol. 2.
Hinnant is the longest-serving president of the New York branch of the Screen Actors Guild.
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