Hal Smith (actor)

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Hal Smith
Otis Campbell.jpg
Hal Smith as Otis Campbell in The Andy Griffith Show in the 1960s
Born Harold John Smith
(1916-08-24)August 24, 1916
Petoskey, Michigan, U.S.
Died January 28, 1994(1994-01-28) (aged 77)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Resting place Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery, Santa Monica
Nationality American
Other names Hal J. Smith
Hal John Smith
Education Massena Central High School
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1936–1994
Known for Otis Campbell in The Andy Griffith Show
Owl in the Winnie the Pooh franchise
Spouse(s) Louise C. Smith (m. 1936; her death 1992)
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Harold John "Hal" Smith (August 24, 1916 – January 28, 1994) was an American actor and voice actor who is best known for his role as Otis Campbell, the town drunk on CBS' The Andy Griffith Show.

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!, Clutch Cargo, Hong Kong Phooey, and many more. He is also known to radio listeners as John Avery Whittaker in Adventures in Odyssey.

Early life[edit]

Smith was born in Petoskey, 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 on many television series 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.[1]

Career[edit]

The Andy Griffith Show[edit]

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 sitcom 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 Don Knotts comedy The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966), playing essentially the same town drunk character, Otis.

Smith would play Otis one more time in the television movie Return to Mayberry (1986). 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 music video "Don't Rock the Juke Box".

Other performances[edit]

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. He made at least one appearance in the TV series Perry Mason, the episode entitled "The Case of the Treacherous Toupee", (season 4, episode #1), in 1960. Smith had a cameo role as the Mayor of Boracho in The Great Race in 1965. He played the industrialist Hans Spear on CBS' sitcom Hogan's Heroes.

He portrayed King Theseus of Rhodes in "The Three Stooges Meet Hercules" (1965) (and later provided various voices for the cartoon series "The New 3 Stooges").

He played the character John Wilson in the 1967 episode "The Man Who Didn't Want Gold" of the syndicated Western series, Death Valley Days

He played Mr Weber in The Lucy Show, Main Street USA 1967.

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 and 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.

Voice roles[edit]

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 Bros., The Mirisch Corporation, and Sid and Marty Krofft, with voice roles on such series 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 series. In 1977, he was the voice of Grandpa Josiah in the cartoon 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, on 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 television series Welcome to Pooh Corner. On the television series 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, and in voiced Jafar's horse in Aladdin (1992).

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 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.

Personal life[edit]

Smith was married to Louise C. Smith from 1936 until her death in 1992.[2] They had a son named Terry who lived 1950-1998.[3]

Death[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5][6] Smith is interred in the mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, California.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1946 Stars Over Texas Peddler Tucker
1950 The Milkman Oswald Uncredited
1951 Week-End with Father TV Master of Ceremonies Uncredited
1951 Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair Uncredited
1952 You for Me Malcolm Uncredited
1952 O. Henry's Full House Dandy (segment "The Last Leaf"), Uncredited
1953 Confidentially Connie Townsman Uncredited
1953 Francis Covers the Big Town Vance Uncredited
1953 Walking My Baby Back Home Mr. Ross Uncredited
1954 Ricochet Romance Cook Uncredited
1955 Santa Fe Passage Bartender Uncredited
1955 There's Always Tomorrow Bartender
1957 The Unholy Wife Doctor at Rodeo Uncredited
1957 Pawnee Bartender Uncredited
1957 Eighteen and Anxious Abortionist
1958 The High Cost of Loving Woods, Middle Manager Uncredited
1958 Hot Car Girl Lou - soda bar owner
1960 The Apartment Man in Santa Claus Suit Uncredited
1960 The Miracle of the White Reindeer Santa Claus
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
1962 The Couch Pitchman Uncredited
1963 Son of Flubber Bartender Uncredited
1963 Critic's Choice Drunk Uncredited
1964 Hey There, It's Yogi Bear! Corn Pone / Moose Voice
1964 Dear Heart Stubby Uncredited
1965 Horse Shoo Loopy De Loop Theatrical Short
1965 The Great Race Mayor of Borracho 1965
1966 The Ghost and Mr. Chicken Calver Weems Uncredited
1967 The Jungle Book Slob Elephant / Monkey Voice, Uncredited
1970 Shinbone Alley Freddie the Rat / Prissy Cat Voice
1970 Santa and the Three Bears Uncle Hal / Santa / Mr. Ranger Voice
1971 The Million Dollar Duck Courthouse Guard
1972 The Getaway Various Radio Announcers Uncredited
1973 Fantastic Planet Master Sinh / Old Om / Sorcerer
1973 Oklahoma Crude C.R. Miller
1976 Once Upon a Girl Mother Goose Uncredited
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Owl Voice
1977 The Hazing Ice Man
1983 Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore Winnie the Pooh
Owl
Voice
1983 Mickey's Christmas Carol Goofy played as Jacob Marley's ghost
Collecting for the poor #1
Voice
1984 Warriors of the Wind Lord Yupa / Narrator 1985 English dub
1984 Katy Caterpillar Additional Voices English dub
1986 The Adventures of the American Rabbit Mentor / Marvin / Too Loose Voice
1986 An American Tail Moe Voice
1988 18 Again! Irv
1991 Beauty and the Beast Philippe Voice
1992 Aladdin Jafar's Horse Voice, Uncredited

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1955 Death Valley Days George Boyd Episode: The Homeliest Man in Nevada
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 Voice
1959-1960 Quick Draw McGraw Narrator / Narrator, Naughty Pine, Ronald Rugged / Mr. Bringling / additional voices
1960 The Bugs Bunny Show Additional voices Voice
1960 Gunsmoke Mr. Dobie (Hotel Manager) Episode: Old Flame
1960-1965 The Flintstones Uncle Tex / Santa Claus / additional voices Voice; 33 episodes
1960–66 The Andy Griffith Show Otis Campbell 32 episodes (credited as "Dub Taylor" during the network run of the show)
1961 Hazel Announcer Episode: Hazel and the Playground
1961 The Yogi Bear Show Additional voices Voice
1962 The Jetsons Additional voices Voice
1962 Wagon Train Carl Grant Episode: The Daniel Clay Story
1964 The Magilla Gorilla Show Helicopter Rescuer/additional voices Voice
1964 The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo Additional voices Voice
1964-1966 Yippee, Yappee and Yahooey Yappee / The King Voice
1965 The Addams Family Judge Harvey Saunders
1965 The New 3 Stooges Cowboy / Lumberjack Boss / Old Man Voice
1966 The Road Runner Show Various characters Voice
1966 A Laurel and Hardy Cartoon Various characters Voice
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 Voice
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 Voice
1969 Green Acres Horace Colby
1969 The Pink Panther Show Additional voices Voice
1969 Mod Squad Jeweler
1969 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Harry Hostelman
1969-1970 Scooby Doo, Where Are You! Big Ben / Headless Specter / Asa Shanks / Cosgood Creeps / Green Ghosts

Farmer / Mr. Greenway

Voice
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 Voice
1971 Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch! Additional voices Voice
1972 A Christmas Story Additional voices Voice; TV special
1972 Wait Till Your Father Gets Home Additional voices Voice; Episode: The New Car
1972 The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie Muscles / Boris / Third Cyclone / Donkey Voice; Episodes: The Adventures of Robin Hoodnik & Tabitha and Adam and the Clown Family
1972 The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't Additional voices Voice; TV special
1972 The Roman Holidays Mr. Tycoonis Voice
1973 Yogi's Gang Additional voices Voice
1973 The Streets of San Francisco Johnny Dolan
1974 Hong Kong Phooey Additional voices Voice
1974 Barnaby Jones Leon Episode: Foul Play
1975 The Hoober-Bloob Highway Additional voices Voice; 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 Voice
1977 A Flintstone Christmas Santa Claus Voice
1977 Halloween Is Grinch Night Josiah Voice; TV special
1977 What's New, Mr. Magoo? Additional voices Voice
1977-1980 Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels Snow Wolf / Mr. Holiday / additional voices Voice
1978 The All New Pink Panther Show Additional voices Voice
1978 The Fantastic Four Additional voices Voice
1978 The Small One Auctioneer Voice; TV special
1978 Yogi's Space Race Additional voices Voice
1979 The Hollywood Squares Guest Appearance Episode: 8-20-1979
1979 The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show Doctor Honctoff Voice
1979 Casper's First Christmas Santa Claus Voice; TV special
1979 Gulliver's Travels Additional voices Voice
1980 Yogi's First Christmas Otto the Chef
Santa Claus
Voice
1980 Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You? McGillicuddy / Good Fairy-in-Chief Voice; TV special
1980-1984 The Dukes of Hazzard Henry Flatt / Pop Durham Episodes: R.I.P. Henry Flatt and Undercover Dukes Part Two
1981 Trollkins Additional Voices Voice
1981 The Kwicky Koala Show additional voices Voice
1981 No Man's Valley George Voice; TV special
1981 Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons Winnie the Pooh Voice
1981-1982 The All-New Popeye Hour Col. Crumb Voice
1982 Jokebook Additional voices Voice
1982 Richie Rich Additional voices Voice
1982 Fantasy Island Otis McAllister / Mr. Quarry Voice; Episodes: Daddy's Little Girl/The Whistle & The Kleptomaniac/Thank God, I'm a Country Girl
1982 Here Comes Garfield Reba/Skinny Voice; TV special
1982 Shirt Tales Additional voices Voice
1982 Yogi Bear's All Star Comedy Christmas Caper J. Wellington Jones / Sergeant / Zookeeper Voice
1982 Little House on the Prairie Trumble Voice; Episode: He Was Only Twelve: Part 1
1982-1987 The Smurfs Additional Voices Voice
1983 Mickey's Christmas Carol Jacob Marley's Ghost - Goofy / Collector for the Poor #1 Voice; TV special
1983 Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore Winnie the Pooh / Owl Voice; TV special
1983 Christmas at Pooh Corner Pooh/Owl Voice; TV special
1983 Pooh Corner Thanksgiving Pooh/Owl Voice; TV special
1983 The Dukes Additional voices Voice
1983-1986 Welcome to Pooh Corner Winnie the Pooh/Owl Voice
1984 Christmas Is For Sharing Pooh/Owl Voice; TV special
1984 Because It's Halloween Pooh/Owl Voice; TV special
1984 Pooh's Funny Valentine's Day Pooh/Owl Voice; TV special
1984 Garfield in the Rough Dicky Beaver Voice; TV special
1984 The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries Additional voices Voice
1984 Pole Position Additional voices Voice
1985 The Disney Family Album Himself Episode: Voice Actors
1985 Dumbo's Circus Additional voices Voice; Episode: Uncle Lattimer Says "Merci"
1985 Too Smart for Strangers Winnie the Pooh / Owl Voice
1986 Garfield in Paradise Off Camera Voice Voice; TV special
1986 Pooh's Great School Bus Adventure Pooh/Owl Voice; TV special
1986 Return to Mayberry Otis Campbell Voice; TV movie
1986-1989 Sesame Street Elephant / Bear / Ant Voice; Episodes: Episode #18.9 & Episode #21.5
1987 DuckTales: The Treasure of the Golden Suns Gyro Gearloose / Flintheart Glomgold Voice; TV movie
1987 The Mother Goose Video Treasury Old King Cole Voice
1987 Highway to Heaven Martin Voice; Episode: All That Glitters
1987-1990 DuckTales Gyro Gearloose / Flintheart Glomgold / Dr. Glockenspiel / Adult Huey / Adult Dewey / Adult Louie Voice
1988 Garfield: His 9 Lives George Frideric Handel Voice; TV special
1988-1989 This Is America, Charlie Brown Delegate/John Muir Voice; Episodes: The Birth of the Constitution & The Smithsonian and the Presidency
1988-1990 Adventures of the Gummi Bears Nogum & Abbot Costello Voice; Episodes: A Knight to Remember/Gummies Just Want to Have Fun & Friar Tum
1988–91 The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Owl Voice
1988 The New Yogi Bear Show Additional voices Voice
1989 Responsible Persons Pooh/Owl Voice; TV special
1989 One and Only You Pooh/Owl Voice; TV special
1990 Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone Additional voices Voice
1990 TaleSpin Joe Magee Voice; Episode: The Old Man and the Sea Duck
1991 Yo Yogi! Blabber Mouse Voice
1991 Darkwing Duck Additional voices Voice; Episode: Dead Duck
1992 The Little Mermaid Villain #1 Voice; Episode: Stormy
1993 The Town Santa Forgot Santa Claus Voice; TV special
1993 Bonkers Santa Claus Voice; Episode: Miracle at the 34th Precinct
1994 Garfield and Friends Additional voices Voice

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
1991 Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp Mordroc, Cheshire Cat, Card Soldiers, Time Machine (Mordroc's brother), Dirk's Mother-In-Law

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michaud, John D. III, ed. (2004) [2004]. More than Otis: No Bull! A Salute to Hollywood Actor Hal J. Smith (1st ed.). Massena, New York: Stubbs Printing. 
  2. ^ "Louise C. Smith at Find A Grave". 
  3. ^ "Terry Jay Smith at Find A Grave". 
  4. ^ "Hal Smith - Adventures in Odyssey Wiki". Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Hal Smith; Played Otis on Griffith Show". Los Angeles Times. 
  6. ^ "Hal Smith, The Friendly Drunk Otis On `Andy Griffith Show' In The '60S". Seattle Times. 13 February 1994. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 

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