March 31, 1930|
Belleville, Ontario, Canada
|Occupation||Voice actor, puppeteer|
Rod Coneybeare (born March 31, 1930) is a Canadian puppeteer and voice actor. He is best known for his work on the long-lived Canadian children's program The Friendly Giant, where he performed as both Jerome the Giraffe, who would appear in the window, and Rusty the rooster, who lived in a book bag.
Back in April of 1959 Coneybeare became the editor-in-chief and host of Radio for Men, one the first (and only) CBC radio shows intended for men.
In addition to his work on The Friendly Giant, Coneybeare collaborated with Charles Winter on the radio program, The Rod and Charles Show. With Robert Gibbons, producer of Mr. Dressup, Coneybeare created the short-lived CBC TV series The Bananas.
Coneybeare has also worked as a voice actor for several cartoons. He has supplied the voice of Avalanche in X-Men and voices several characters in The Adventures of Tintin, Babar, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, The Busy World of Richard Scarry, Blazing Dragons, Dog City, The Magic School Bus, Little Shop and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.
- Clark, Andrew (May 15, 2000). "Homme, Robert "The Friendly Giant"". Maclean's. Toronto: Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21 November 2009.
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- Allan, Blaine. "The Bananas". CBC Television Series, 1952-1982. Kingston, Ontario: Film and Media, Queen's University. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2009.