Fiedler in the Star Trek episode
"Wolf in the Fold"
|Born||John Donald Fiedler
February 3, 1925
Platteville, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Died||June 25, 2005
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
|Cause of death||Cancer|
|Resting place||Atlantic Ocean|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
John Donald Fiedler (February 3, 1925 – June 25, 2005) was an American actor and voice actor who was slight, balding, and bespectacled, with a distinctive, high-pitched voice. His career lasted more than 55 years in stage, film, television and radio. He is best known for four roles: the nervous Juror #2 in 12 Angry Men; the voice of Piglet in Disney's Winnie-the-Pooh productions; Vinnie, one of Oscar's poker cronies in the film version of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple; and Mr. Peterson, the hen-pecked milquetoast on The Bob Newhart Show.
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After his discharge from the Navy, Fiedler began acting in New York City, appearing on the radio comedy The Aldrich Family as Homer Brown. He appeared on early television and played Cadet Alfie Higgins on the 1950s show Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, and he made his film debut in 1957 in 12 Angry Men, as Juror #2. Most of his roles were playing gentle or nervous individuals, though he appeared as the lawyer J. Noble Daggett in True Grit (1969 film) and in the original Star Trek episode "Wolf in the Fold" (1967) as Mr. Hengist, a Chief Administrator possessed by the spirit of Jack the Ripper.
Fiedler was in the original cast of A Raisin in the Sun (as housing committee representative Lindner, a role he played in both the 1961 film version and the 1988 TV version), and The Odd Couple movie (1968) as poker player Vinnie, and later, at the invitation of his friend Jack Klugman, on The Odd Couple TV series as the owner of a hyper-security building into which Felix and Oscar moved and the owner of a racing greyhound adopted by Felix and Oscar. He also appeared in the films True Grit (1969), Harper Valley PTA (1978) and The Cannonball Run (1981). His many guest appearances on TV included Columbo, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Perry Mason, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, My Favorite Martian, Bewitched, Get Smart, A Touch of Grace, The Odd Couple, The Rockford Files, Quincy, M.E., The Golden Girls, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Banacek and Cheers.
He had a recurring role on Kolchak: The Night Stalker as morgue attendant Gordy "The Ghoul" Spangler. He also played Mr. Peterson, one of Bob's regular patients, on The Bob Newhart Show, and Mr. Dundee in the 47th episode of the Twilight Zone, "The Night of the Meek". Fiedler's voice was heard or appears in the Disney features The Rescuers, The Fox and the Hound, Robin Hood, The Emperor's New Groove, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Tigger Movie, Piglet's Big Movie, Pooh's Heffalump Movie, Rascal and The Shaggy D.A., and in the Square Enix/Disney video game Kingdom Hearts. His last film was a voice appearance in Kronk's New Groove (2005). Fiedler was also the narrator of several McDonaldland commercials during the 1980s, including when Birdie the Early Bird learns to fly and how the Hamburglar got his stripes.
Fiedler died of cancer on June 25, 2005 in Englewood, New Jersey, at the Lillian Booth Actors Home, a residence for retired entertainers sponsored by the Actors' Fund of America. Fiedler's friend and Winnie-the-Pooh co-star Paul Winchell, who supplied the voice of Tigger, died the previous day of natural causes at the age of 82. He was cremated and his ashes were sprinkled into the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island, New York. After Fiedler's death, Travis Oates took over the role of Piglet.
- 12 Angry Men (1957) as Juror #2
- Sweet Smell of Success (1957) as Counterman at Hot Dog Stand (uncredited)
- Stage Struck (1958) as Adrian
- That Kind of Woman (1959) as Eager Soldier (uncredited)
- A Raisin in the Sun (1961) as Karl Lindner
- That Touch of Mink (1962) as Mr. Smith
- The World of Henry Orient (1964) as Sidney
- Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) as Rev. Carruthers
- Guns of Diablo (1965) as Ives
- Girl Happy (1965) as Mr. Penchill
- A Fine Madness (1966) as Daniel K. Papp
- The Ballad of Josie (1967) as Simpson
- Fitzwilly (1967) as Mr. Morton Dunne
- The Odd Couple (1968) as Vinnie
- Rascal (1969) as Cy Jenkins
- True Grit (1969) as Lawyer Daggett
- The Great Bank Robbery (1969) as Brother Dismas Ostracorn - Explosives
- Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came (1970) as Maj. Purvis
- Making It (1971) as Ames
- Honky (1971)
- Skyjacked (1972) as Robert Grandig
- Deathmaster (1972) as Pop
- Robin Hood (1973) as Father Sexton (voice, uncredited)
- The Fortune (1975) as Photographer
- The Shaggy D.A. (1976) as Howie Clemmings
- The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh (1977) as Piglet (voice)
- The Rescuers (1977) as Deacon Owl (voice)
- Harper Valley PTA (1978) as Bobby Taylor
- Boulevard Nights (1979) as Intern
- Midnight Madness (1980) as Wally Thorpe
- The Cannonball Run (1981) as Desk Clerk
- The Fox and the Hound (1981) as Porcupine (voice)
- Sharky's Machine (1981) as Barrett
- Savannah Smiles (1982) as Grocery Clerk
- I Am the Cheese (1983) as Arnold
- Seize the Day (1986) as Carl
- Weekend with Kate (1990) as Fish seller
- Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (1997) as Piglet (voice)
- The Tigger Movie (2000) as Piglet (voice)
- The Emperor's New Groove (2000) as Rudy, Old Man (voice)
- The Book of Pooh: Stories from the Heart (2001) as Piglet (voice)
- Mickey's House of Villains (2001) as Piglet (voice)
- Winnie-the-Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002) as Piglet (voice)
- Piglet's Big Movie (2003) as Piglet (voice)
- Springtime with Roo (2004) as Piglet (voice)
- Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005) as Piglet (voice)
- Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005) as Piglet (voice)
- Kronk's New Groove (2005) as Rudy (voice) (final film role)
- Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (1952, two episodes) as Alfie Higgins
- The Twilight Zone (1960, episode "Night of the Meek") as Mr. Dundee
- Have Gun - Will Travel (1961, episode "The Gold Bar") as James Turner
- The Munsters (1964, episode "My Fair Munster") as postman Warren "Tiger" Bloom
- Get Smart as KAOS agent Mr. Hercules (1967, episode "Classification: Dead") and as KAOS agent Felix (1969, episode: "Age Before Duty")
- Star Trek (1967, episode "Wolf in the Fold") as Chief Hengist
- Columbo (1972, episode "Blueprint for Murder") as Doctor
- The Odd Couple (1972, episode "Security Arms") as Mr. Duke (Head of Security)
- A Touch of Grace (1973, episode "The Weekend") as the Desk Clerk
- Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974) as Gordon Spangler aka: "Gordy The Ghoul" (Morgue Assistant)
- Three's Company (1977, episode "Jack Looks for a Job") as Morris Morris
- The Bob Newhart Show (1977) as Mr. Peterson
- Cheers (1982, episode "The Tortelli Tort") as Fred
- Buffalo Bill (1983-1984) as Woody
- The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988-1991) as Piglet (voice)
- The Golden Girls (1989, episode "Love Me Tender") as Eddie
- The Book of Pooh (2001-) as Piglet (voice)
- House of Mouse (2001-2002) as Piglet (voice)
- Kingdom Hearts (2002) as Piglet (voice)
- Piglet's Big Game (2003) as Piglet (voice)
- Winnie the Pooh's Rumbly Tumbly Adventure (2005) as Piglet (voice)
- John Fiedler profile, filmreference.com; accessed November 30, 2015.
- Profile, latimes.com; accessed November 30, 2015.
- O'Donnell, Michelle. "John Fiedler, 80, Stage Actor and Film Voice of Pooh's Piglet, Dies", New York Times, June 27, 2005; accessed December 15, 2007. "He graduated from Shorewood High School in 1943 and enlisted in the United States Navy, serving stateside until World War II's end."
- Bernstein, Adam. "Actor John Fiedler Dies; Was Piglet's Voice in 'Pooh' Films", The Washington Post. June 28, 2005. Accessed December 15, 2007. "John Fiedler, 80, a stage, film and television actor who excelled at meek or nervous roles and was personally chosen by Walt Disney to play the voice of Piglet in Winnie the Pooh films, died June 25 at the Lillian Booth Actors' Home in Englewood, N.J."