Hal Smith was an American actor.

Biography

Born Harold Smith in Petoskey, Michigan, he first began to act whilst working for WIBX Radio in Utica, as both a voice artist and disc jockey. After the war, he moved to Hollywood, where he would appear in a number of television shows including Dennis the Menace and The Red Skelton Show, but most enduringly as Otis Campbell, the town drunk, in The Andy Griffith Show.

Smith was also a versatile voice actor, serving as the original voice of Owl in the Winnie the Pooh shorts, as Goliath in Davey and Goliath, and taking over iconic roles such as Goofy and Elmer Fudd. He was also prominent in television advertisements, promoting Pizza Hut, Kellogg's and the Bell Telephone Company among others.

Smith passed away in 1994.

Singing

Smith sang a few times most frequently in his career as a voice over artist, as part of a chorus of characters in Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree and The Jungle Book, whilst having larger solo parts in Halloween is Grinch Night (performing "I Wouldn't Go Out On a Night Like This") and Alice Through the Looking Glass, in which he performed in the trio number "We're Bad", as the Bandersnatch.

Film

Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966)

  • Mind Over Matter

The Jungle Book (1967)

  • Colonel Hathi's March (contains solo lines)
  • Colonel Hathi's March (reprise)(contains solo lines)

Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968)

  • Hip-Hip Pooh-ray

Santa and the Three Bears (1970)

  • Jingle Bells (solo)

Halloween is Grinch Night (1977)

  • I Wouldn't Go Out On a Night Like This (solo)

Alice Through the Looking Glass (1987)

  • We're Bad (contains solo lines)

Television

The Andy Griffith Show (1962)

  • The Dipsy Doodle (solo)

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