Junius Matthews

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Junius Matthews
Born Junius Conyers Matthews
(1890-06-12)June 12, 1890
Chicago, Illinois
Died January 18, 1978(1978-01-18) (aged 87)
Los Angeles, California
Resting place Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery
Occupation Actor
Years active 1917–1977
Known for Original voice of Rabbit

Junius Conyers Matthews (June 12, 1890 – January 18, 1978) was an American actor who was best known for being the original voice of Rabbit in the Winnie the Pooh franchise from 1966 to 1977.


He was a private in World War I before becoming an actor, and determined to become a popular radio and television actor, his career began on stage where he got his first role in a silent film called The Silent Witness (1917). He later played the role of the Tin Woodsman on a radio version of The Wizard of Oz. His distinctive voice can be frequently heard in supporting roles in radio, particularly westerns where he was often cast as an old codger, miner, or master of the cook wagon. He played a recurring role in the short-lived series "Luke Slaughter of Tombstone" as Slaughter's sidekick, Wichita. He also played Ling Wee, a Chinese waiter, in Gasoline Alley.

Winnie the Pooh[edit]

It was not until the last ten years of his life that Matthews became widely known for his role as Rabbit in the Winnie the Pooh movies produced by the Disney studio from 1966 to 1977, including the featurettes Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966), Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968), and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too! (1974) as well as the feature-length compilation film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977). He played other roles for Disney, most notably the owl, Archimedes, in Disney's The Sword in the Stone (1963).


Matthews died in 1978 at age 87 and was buried in Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery.


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