Ken Sansom

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Ken Sansom
Born Frank Kenneth Sansom
(1927-04-02)April 2, 1927
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Died October 8, 2012(2012-10-08) (aged 85)[1]
Holladay, Utah, United States
Residence Sandy, Utah
Alma mater Brigham Young University
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1968–2012[citation needed]
Known for Voice of Rabbit
Carla Sansom
(m. 1961; his death 2012)
Children 3[1]

Frank Kenneth "Ken" Sansom (April 2, 1927 – October 8, 2012) was an American actor and voice actor. Among his best known roles, Sansom voiced Rabbit in animated television series, television specials, and films for Disney's Winnie the Pooh from 1988 to 2010.[1]


Early life[edit]

Sansom was born on April 2, 1927, in Salt Lake City, Utah.[1] He enlisted in the United States Navy soon after graduating from East High School in Salt Lake City in 1944.[1]

Sansom enrolled at the University of Utah following World War II, but did not complete his studies at that university.[1] He transferred to Brigham Young University, where he received a bachelor's degree in radio broadcasting in 1949.[1]

He was recalled by the U.S. Navy for service during the Korean War.[1] He served as a member of the United Service Organizations, providing entertainment to American troops while in Korea.[1]


Sansom started his career with a radio show in Los Angeles called Sansom and Then Some. He began acting in the early 1968 when he moved to Los Angeles.[2] His first role was in an episode of Mayberry R.F.D., a continuation of The Andy Griffith Show. He was best known for his role as Rabbit in the television series The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. He also voiced Stan, the Woozle in the series. He also voiced Rabbit in a number of TV specials and movies of Winnie the Pooh, taking over for original Rabbit voice Junius Matthews after his death in 1978.[3]

In an interview with ABC 4, when asked about voicing Rabbit in the upcoming Winnie the Pooh film, he stated, "I'm not sure."[4] Tom Kenny voiced Rabbit in the movie, although Sansom claimed he was still under contract.[4] Ken was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[5]


Sansom died on October 8, 2012 in Holladay, Utah due to complications of a stroke at the age of 85. He had been residing in Sandy, Utah. He is survived by his wife and his three children.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Utah actor Ken Sansom, voice of 'Pooh's' Rabbit, dies at 85". The Salt Lake Tribune. 2012-10-11. Archived from the original on 2012-10-13. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  2. ^ "Utah actor Ken Sansom, voice of 'Pooh's' Rabbit, dies at 85". The Salt Lake Tribune. October 11, 2012. Archived from the original on October 13, 2012. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ Minovitz, Ethan (October 12, 2012). "Animation Voice Ken Sansom, Winnie the Pooh's Rabbit, dies at 85". Big Cartoon News. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Meet the Voice of Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh". Newport Television. 2010-08-24. Archived from the original on 26 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  5. ^ Famous Mormon Actors, Producers and Directors Archived 2008-04-30 at the Wayback Machine.

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