Hal Smith (actor)
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Harold John Smith
August 24, 1916
Petoskey, Michigan, U.S.
|Died||January 28, 1994 (aged 77)|
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery, Santa Monica|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
Louise C. Smith
(m. 1936; died 1992)
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, Help, It's The Hair Bear Bunch!, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, Clutch Cargo, Hong Kong Phooey, A Laurel & Hardy Cartoon and many more. He is also known to radio listeners as the original voice of John Avery Whittaker in Adventures in Odyssey.
Smith was born in Petoskey, 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.
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.
The Andy Griffith Show
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 1967. 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".
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 titled "The Case of the Treacherous Toupee", (season 4, episode #1), in 1960. He had a small role as a restaurant manager in the 10/01/1960 “Leave It to Beaver” episode “Beaver Won’t Eat”. Smith had a cameo role as the Mayor of Boracho in The Great Race in 1965. He played the industrialist Hans Spear on CBS's sitcom Hogan's Heroes.
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 in 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 aforementioned 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 mid-1960s, Smith also had a morning children's show on the Los Angeles television station KHJ called The Pancake Man, sponsored by The International House of Pancakes (IHOP). He reprised the role of the Pancake Man 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.
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 before his death in 1994.
In 1985, Hal voiced Norman Harper, a sick father of wife Jennifer Walters (voiced by D.J. Harner), in a radio drama entitled "House Guest". It aired on the Focus on the Family daily broadcast on November 23 (the day before Thanksgiving) of that year. He went to voice other roles for other Focus audio presentations, and starting in 1987, Smith was the voice of the main character John Avery Whittaker on Focus on the Family's longest-running radio drama Adventures in Odyssey, which debuted that year. He was responsible for much of the cast joining the show after he signed on (including Katie Leigh, Will Ryan, Walker Edminston, Earl Boen, Dave Madden and others), and he continued recording episodes until a few weeks before his death, even while his health deteriorated. In an Andy Griffith Fan Interview, published after he died, Smith said that Adventures in Odyssey was one of the most gratifying things he'd done in his life. Additionally, he voiced dozens of other characters during the 253 episodes in which he participated. His role of Whit was later filled by Paul Herlinger in 1996 and then Andre Stojka (who previously took over the role of Owl in the Winnie The Pooh franchise) in 2009, after his death.
Hal 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, Coca-Cola, Chef Boyardee and hundreds of other advertising sponsors.
Smith was married to Louise C. Smith from 1936 until her death in 1992. They had a son named Terry.
After his wife died in 1992, Smith's own health began to deteriorate rapidly. 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. Smith is interred in the mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, California, United States.
|1946||Stars Over Texas||Peddler Tucker|
|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||Francis Covers the Big Town||Vance||Uncredited|
|1953||Walking My Baby Back Home||Mr. Ross||Uncredited|
|1955||Santa Fe Passage||Bartender||Uncredited|
|1955||There's Always Tomorrow||Bartender|
|1957||The Unholy Wife||Doctor at Rodeo||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||Perry Mason - Case of the Shapely Shadow||Expert Witness - Tire Impressions|
|1963||Son of Flubber||Bartender||Uncredited|
|1964||Hey There, It's Yogi Bear!||Corn Pone / Moose||Voice|
|1965||Horse Shoo||Loopy De Loop Theatrical Short|
|1965||The Great Race||Mayor of Borracho|
|1966||The Ghost and Mr. Chicken||Calver Weems||Uncredited|
|1967||The Jungle Book||Slob Elephant||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|
|1976||Buffalo Rider||Old Buffalo Hunter's Voice||Voice|
|1977||The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh||Owl||Voice|
|1977||The Hazing||Ice Man|
|1978||The Lord of the Rings||Additional Voices|
|1983||Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore||Winnie the Pooh
|1983||Mickey's Christmas Carol||Goofy played as Jacob Marley's ghost
|1984||Warriors of the Wind||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|
|1991||Beauty and the Beast||Philippe||Voice|
|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||Peter Gunn||Floyd Landau||Episode: Skin Deep|
|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 "Hal Smith" 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||The Abbott and Costello Cartoon Show||Additional Voices||Voice|
|1967||The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Kenneth Quartz||Episode: The Matterhorn Affair|
|1967||Hogan's Heroes||Hans Spear||Episode: The Swing Shift|
|1968||The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn||Additional voices|
|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||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 / Bluestone the Great / Phantom / Additional voices
|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||Narrator||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
|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||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||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||Mr. Wilson/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|
|1985||House Guest (Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast)||Norman Harper||1|
|1986||Gone Fishing (Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast||Bert Foster||1|
|1987||Family Portraits (Adventures in Odyssey Pilot Series)||John Avery Whittaker||12|
|1987 - 1994||Adventures in Odyssey||John Avery Whittaker and Additional Voices||253|
|1991||Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp||Mordroc, Cheshire Cat, Card Soldiers, Time Machine (Mordroc's brother), Dirk's Mother-In-Law|
- Michaud, John D. III, ed. (2004) . More than Otis: No Bull! A Salute to Hollywood Actor Hal J. Smith (1st ed.). Massena, New York: Stubbs Printing.
- "Hal Smith; Played Otis on Griffith Show". Los Angeles Times.
- "Hal Smith; Played Otis on Griffith Show". Los Angeles Times.
- "Hal Smith, The Friendly Drunk Otis On `Andy Griffith Show' In The '60S". Seattle Times. 13 February 1994. Retrieved 11 January 2015.