Eddie Carroll

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Eddie Carroll
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Born Edward Eleniak
(1933-09-05)September 5, 1933
Smoky Lake, Alberta, Canada
Died April 6, 2010(2010-04-06) (aged 76)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
Cause of death Brain tumor
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1963–2010
Known for Jiminy Cricket (1973–2010)
Spouse(s) Carolyn Springer
(m. 1963; his death 2010)
Children 2

Eddie Carroll (September 5, 1933 – April 6, 2010) was a Canadian-American actor and voice actor who is best known as the second performer to provide the voice for Jiminy Cricket, a role he played for over 35 years.

Career[edit]

In Canada he studied at the Orion theater with fellow student Robert Goulet. After moving to Hollywood in 1956 to work for NBC as a writer and producer, living as a resident alien in the United States, he was drafted into the US Army. He performed with the Armed Forces Radio Service and the 6th Army Chorus. In 1959 he took the professional name Eddie Carroll. In 1960 Carroll released a comedy album, "On Fraternity Row." In 1962 he co-wrote the song "How Is Julie?" which was recorded by The Lettermen. Starting in the early 1960s Carroll appeared in numerous television programs and commercials. In 1970, he and business partner Jamie Farr developed and syndicated a sports-talk program, "Man to Man", through MGM Television, and not long after a Saturday morning animated series for Hanna-Barbera, The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan.

He took over the role of Jiminy Cricket for Walt Disney Productions in 1973[1] after the death of original voice actor Cliff Edwards in 1971. From 1983 until his death in 2010 Carroll traveled with two one-man shows portraying comedian Jack Benny: "A Small Eternity with Jack Benny" and "Jack Benny: Laughter in Bloom." In 1995-96 he toured with a production of The Odd Couple. In later years, he attended numerous conventions and gatherings for both Disney fans and devotees of old-time radio.

Eddie Carroll was sometimes billed as Eddy Carroll. He is not to be confused with British big band musician Eddie Carroll.

Personal life and death[edit]

Carroll married his wife Carolyn Springer on April 7, 1963; together they have two children.[2]

Carroll died on April 6, 2010 of a brain tumor at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, at the age of 76.[3] just one day before his 47th wedding anniversary. He is survived by his wife and their two children.[4]

After Caroll's death, the role of Jiminy Cricket has been taken over by Phil Snyder from 2010 to 2014. Today, Jiminy is currently voiced by Joe Ochman, since Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix.[5]

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