Hal Smith (actor)
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|Born||Harold John Smith
August 24, 1916
Petoskey, Michigan, U.S.
|Died||January 28, 1994
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Resting place||Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery, Santa Monica|
|Other names||Hal J. Smith
Hal John Smith
|Education||Massena Central High School|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
|Known for||Otis Campbell in The Andy Griffith Show
Owl in the Winnie the Pooh franchise
|Spouse(s)||Louise C. Smith (m. 1936; d. 1992)|
Smith was also active in voice-over roles, having played many characters on various animated shorts including Owl in the first four original Winnie the Pooh shorts (the first three of which were combined into the feature film, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh) and later The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Uncle Tex on The Flintstones, Goliath in Davey and Goliath, and Flintheart Glomgold and Gyro Gearloose on DuckTales, as well as multiple other characters in The Huckleberry Hound Show, The Quick Draw McGraw Show, The Gumby Show, The Jetsons, Top Cat, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, Hong Kong Phooey, and many more. He is also known to radio listeners as John Avery Whittaker in Adventures in Odyssey.
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 United States Army Special Services (entertainment) 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.
The Andy Griffith 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. When intoxicated, he would often comically let himself into his regular jail cell, using the key which was stored within reach of the two comfortable jail rooms, and "sleep off" the effects of alcohol. Deputy Barney Fife would often become irritated with Otis, and attempted to either sober him up or rehabilitate him in several episodes. Hal Smith was the opposite of his character. According to longtime friends Andy Griffith and Don Knotts, he did not drink in real life. The Otis character stopped appearing in the show towards the end of the series because of concerns by the sponsors of the program in regard to the portrayal of excessive drinking. Smith appeared as Calver Weems in the 1966 Don Knotts comedy The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, playing essentially the same town drunk character, Otis.
Smith would play Otis one more time in the 1986 TV movie Return to Mayberry. In the television movie, Otis is the town's ice cream truck driver and is reported to have been "sober for years". Smith later used his Otis Campbell character in commercial spots for the Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization and appeared as Otis in Alan Jackson's "Don't Rock the Juke Box" music video.
In 1957 Smith played Rollin Daggett in the role of a newspaper man in the early days of Mark Twain in the "Fifteen Paces to Fame" episode of Death Valley Days. Smith had a cameo role as the Mayor of Boracho in The Great Race in 1965. He played the industrialist Hans Spear in CBS' Hogan's Heroes.
Smith had a cameo role as a drunk driver in Adam-12 season 1 episode 19 (1969). Also in 1969, he appeared on Petticoat Junction in the episode "The Great Race", as Jug Gunderson. (He was a moonshiner that helped the Cannonball train win the afore mentioned race. Though his character was never seen drinking or drunk, by the end of the episode he makes an oath to himself to stop drinking & reform.)
In the early 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". He also played Mother Goose in the X-rated animated feature film Once Upon a Girl in 1976.
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, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, Yogi Bear, and Looney Tunes.
In 1962, he voiced Taurus, the Scots-accented mechanic of the spaceship Starduster for the series Space Angel. According to the book: Space Patrol, missions of daring in the name of early television, "It's rumored that Gene Roddenberry was a huge fan of the show and patterned Star Trek's engineer, Mr. Scott, after McCloud's Scottish sidekick, Taurus". He also did voices for the Hong Kong Phooey show. In 1977, he was the voice of Grandpa Josiah in the cartoon TV special, Halloween Is Grinch Night. He was also very active with doing voices in 1980s; he was Sludge in The Smurfs, Goofy in Mickey's Christmas Carol, in Disney's DuckTales he did the voices of Scrooge McDuck's rival Flintheart Glomgold and the absent-minded scientist Gyro Gearloose and in Frog And Toad are Friends and Frog And Toad Together he also did the voice of Toad.
Smith also voiced the Disney cartoon character Goofy after Pinto Colvig died in 1967. Additionally, he provided the voice of Owl in the three original Winnie the Pooh featurettes (Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too) and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in 1977. In the 1960s, he was one of the most sought after voice actors in Hollywood. From 1959 till 1975, he provided the voices for Goliath, Davey's dad and many other characters in Davey and Goliath. From 1960 to 1961, he was the voice of Elmer Fudd after Arthur Q. Bryan died. In 1963, he voiced Dr. Todd Goodheart, Belly Laguna, and Dr. Von Upp in the Funny Company cartoon series. From 1964 to 1966, he was the voice of Yappee in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon shorts Yippee, Yappee and Yahooey. He was also the voice of Cosgoode Creeps, Asa Shanks, the Farmer, Mr. Greenway and Mr. Bluestone the Great/Phantom, in Scooby-Doo, Where are You!.
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, as well as Jafar's horse in Aladdin.
Starting in 1987, he was the voice of the main character John Avery Whittaker on the Focus on the Family radio 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 260 episodes in which he participated. He voiced Joe McGee in the "The Old Man and the Sea Duck" episode of TaleSpin.
Smith was also very active working in television commercials as various characters. He provided on-screen promotion for 3 Musketeers, United Van Lines, Hickory Farms, Toyota, Green Giant, General Mills, Mattel, Kellogg's, Pizza Hut, Chicken of the Sea, Ivory soap, Doctor Ross Dog Food, Pioneer Chicken, Bell Telephone Company, and hundreds of other companies.
After his wife died in 1992, Smith's own health began to deteriorate rapidly. Producers of Adventures in Odyssey even began preparing for how to handle Smith's character after he died. On January 28, 1994, at the age of 77, Hal Smith died from an apparent heart attack. Don Pitts, his longtime agent, said that Smith died at his home in Santa Monica while he was listening to a nightly drama hour on radio. Smith is interred in the mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, California.
|1961||Happy Go Loopy||Loopy De Loop Theatrical Short|
|1961||Count Down Clown||Loopy De Loop Theatrical Short|
|1962||The Three Stooges Meet Hercules||King Theseus Of Rhodes|
|1963||Son of Flubber||Bartender||(uncredited)|
|1964||Hey There, It's Yogi Bear!||Corn Pone
|1965||Horse Shoo||Loopy De Loop Theatrical Short|
|1967||The Jungle Book||Slob Elephant / Monkey||(uncredited)|
|1977||The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh||Owl|
|1983||Mickey's Christmas Carol||Goofy played as Jacob Marley's ghost|
|1984||Warriors of the Wind||Lord Yupa
|1985 English dub|
|1986||The Adventures of the American Rabbit||Mentor
|1986||An American Tail||Moe|
|1991||Beauty and the Beast||Philippe|
|1992||Aladdin||Jafar's Horse||voice (uncredited)|
|1956||The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp||Bartender||episode: The Assassins|
|1957-1961||Have Gun - Will Travel||Various roles|
|1959||Bonanza||Durwood Watkyns||episode: The Magnificent Adah|
|1959-1960||The Huckleberry Hound Show||Lion / Newscaster / Piccadilly Dilly, Narrator, Eddie / additional voices|
|1959-1960||Quick Draw McGraw||Narrator / Narrator, Naughty Pine, Ronald Rugged / Mr. Bringling / additional voices|
|1960||The Bugs Bunny Show||Additional voices|
|1960||Gunsmoke||Mr. Dobie (Hotel Manager)||episode: Old Flame|
|1960-1965||The Flintstones||Uncle Tex / Santa Claus / additional voices||33 episodes|
|1960–66||The Andy Griffith Show||Otis Campbell||32 episodes|
|1961||Hazel||Announcer||episode: Hazel and the Playground|
|1961||The Yogi Bear Show||additional voices|
|1962||Wagon Train||Carl Grant||episode: The Daniel Clay Story|
|1964||The Magilla Gorilla Show||Helicopter Rescuer/additional voices|
|1964||The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo|
|1964-1966||Yippee, Yappee and Yahooey||Yappee / The King|
|1965||The New 3 Stooges||Cowboy / Lumberjack Boss / Old Man|
|1966||The Road Runner Show||Various Characters|
|1966||A Laurel and Hardy Cartoon||Various Characters|
|1966||Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles||Coil Man|
|1967||Get Smart||Restaurant Patron||episode: The Mysterious Dr. T|
|1967||Off to See the Wizard||Hotel Desk Clerk|
|1967||Abbott & Costello||Additional Voices|
|1967||The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Kenneth Quartz||episode: The Matterhorn Affair|
|1968||The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn|
|1968||The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour||Elmer Fudd / additional voices|
|1969||Green Acres||Horace Colby|
|1969||The Pink Panther Show|
|1969||Gomer Pyle, USMC||Harry Hostelman|
|1969-1970||Scooby Doo, Where Are You!||Big Ben / Headless Specter / Asa Shanks / Cosgood Creeps / Green Ghosts
Farmer / Mr. Greenway
|1969-1971||The Brady Bunch||Kartoon King / Santa Claus||episodes: The Voice of Christmas & The Winner|
|1970-1989||Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color||Carnival Barker / Ed Haskins / Gyro Gearloose / additional voices|
|1971||Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch!|
|1972||A Christmas Story||TV special|
|1972||Wait Till Your Father Gets Home||episode: The New Car|
|1972||The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie||Muscles / Boris / Third Cyclone / Donkey||episodes: The Adventures of Robin Hoodnik & Tabitha and Adam and the Clown Family|
|1972||The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't||TV special|
|1972||The Roman Holidays||Mr. Tycoonis|
|1973`||The Streets of San Francisco||Johnny Dolan|
|1974||Hong Kong Phooey|
|1974||Barnaby Jones||Leon||episode: Foul Play|
|1975||The Hoober-Bloob Highway||Additional voices||TV special|
|1975||Ellery Queen||Coroner Will Bailey||episode: The Adventure of the Chinese Dog|
|1976||The Pink Panther Laugh and a Half Hour and a Half Show||Various Characters|
|1977||A Flintstone Christmas||Santa Claus|
|1977||Halloween Is Grinch Night||Josiah||TV special|
|1977||What's New, Mr. Magoo?|
|1977-1980||Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels||Snow Wolf / Mr. Holiday / additional voices|
|1978||The All New Pink Panther Show|
|1978||The Fantastic Four|
|1978||The Small One||Auctioneer||TV special|
|1978||Yogi's Space Race|
|1979||The Hollywood Squares||Guest Appearance||episode: 8-20-1979|
|1979||The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show||Doctor Honctoff|
|1979||Casper's First Christmas||Santa Claus||TV special|
|1980||Yogi's First Christmas||Otto the Chef
|1980||Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You?||McGillicuddy / Good Fairy-in-Chief||TV special|
|1981||The Kwicky Koala Show||additional voices|
|1981||Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons||Winnie the Pooh|
|1981-1982||The All-New Popeye Hour||Col. Crumb|
|1982||Richie Rich||Additional voices|
|1982||Fantasy Island||Otis McAllister / Mr. Quarry||episodes: Daddy's Little Girl/The Whistle & The Kleptomaniac/Thank God, I'm a Country Girl|
|1982||Here Comes Garfield||Reba/Skinny||TV special|
|1982||Shirt Tales||Additional voices|
|1982||Yogi Bear's All Star Comedy Christmas Caper||J. Wellington Jones
|1982||Little House on the Prairie||Trumble||episode: He Was Only Twelve: Part 1|
|1982-1987||The Smurfs||Additional Voices|
|1983||Mickey's Christmas Carol||Jacob Marley's Ghost - Goofy / Collector for the Poor #1||TV special|
|1983||Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore||Winnie the pooh / Owl||TV special|
|1983||Too Smart for Strangers||Winnie the Pooh / Owl|
|1983||Christmas at Pooh Corner||Pooh/Owl||TV special|
|1983||Pooh Corner Thanksgiving||Pooh/Owl||TV special|
|1983-1986||Welcome to Pooh Corner||Winnie the Pooh/Owl|
|1984||Christmas Is For Sharing||Pooh/Owl||TV special|
|1984||Because It's Halloween||Pooh/Owl||TV special|
|1984||Pooh's Funny Valentine's Day||Pooh/Owl||TV special|
|1984||Garfield in the Rough||Dicky Beaver||TV special|
|1984||The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries|
|1985||The Disney Family Album||Himself||episode: Voice Actors|
|1985||Dumbo's Circus||episode: Uncle Lattimer Says "Merci"|
|1986||Garfield in Paradise||Off Camera Voice||TV special|
|1986||Pooh's Great School Bus Adventure||Pooh/Owl||TV special|
|1986||Return to Mayberry||Otis Campbell||TV movie|
|1986-1989||Sesame Street||Elephant / Bear / Ant||episodes: Episode #18.9 & Episode #21.5|
|1987||DuckTales: The Treasure of the Golden Suns||Gyro Gearloose / Flintheart Glomgold||TV movie|
|1987||The Mother Goose Video Treasury||Old King Cole|
|1987||Highway to Heaven||Martin||episode: All That Glitters|
|1987-1990||DuckTales||Gyro Gearloose / Flintheart Glomgold / Dr. Glockenspiel / Adult Huey / Adult Dewey / Adult Louie|
|1988||Garfield: His 9 Lives||George Frideric Handel||TV special|
|1988-1989||This Is America, Charlie Brown||Delegate/John Muir||episodes: The Birth of the Constitution & The Smithsonian and the Presidency|
|1988-1990||Adventures of the Gummi Bears||Nogum & Abbot Costello||episodes: A Knight to Remember/Gummies Just Want to Have Fun & Friar Tum|
|1988–91||The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh||Owl|
|1988||The New Yogi Bear Show||Additional voices|
|1989||Responsible Persons||Pooh/Owl||TV special|
|1989||One and Only You||Pooh/Owl||TV special|
|1990||Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone|
|1990||TaleSpin||Joe Magee||episode: The Old Man and the Sea Duck|
|1991||Yo Yogi!||Blabber Mouse|
|1991||Darkwing Duck||episode: Dead Duck|
|1992||The Little Mermaid||Villain #1||episode: Stormy|
|1993||The Town Santa Forgot||Santa Claus||TV special|
|1993||Bonkers||Santa Claus||episode: Miracle at the 34th Precinct|
|1994||Garfield and Friends||Additional voices|
- Michaud, John D. III, ed. (2004) . More than Otis: No Bull! A Salute to Hollywood Actor Hal J. Smith (1st ed.). Massena, New York: Stubbs Printing.
- "Louise C. Smith at Find A Grave".
- "Terry Jay Smith at Find A Grave".
- "Hal Smith; Played Otis on Griffith Show". Los Angeles Times.
- "Hal Smith, The Friendly Drunk Otis On `Andy Griffith Show' In The '60S". Seattle Times. 13 February 1994. Retrieved 11 January 2015.