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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 24 August 1916Petoskey, Michigan, USA
Date of Death 28 January 1994Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameHarold John Smith

Mini Bio (1)

Hal Smith was born on August 24, 1916 in Petoskey, Michigan, USA as Harold John Smith. He was an actor, known for Beauty and the Beast (1991), Davey and Goliath (1960) and An American Tail (1986). He was married to Vivian M. Angstadt. He died on January 28, 1994 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Vivian M. Angstadt (1939 - 6 July 1992) (her death) (1 child)

Trivia (12)

He alternated with actor/game show host Jack Bailey as the voice of Walt Disney's Goofy after the original voice artist, Pinto Colvig, died in 1967.
Provided the voice of the much beloved "Mr. Whittaker" in the very popular radio kids program Adventure in Odyssey.
Hal Smith's character, "Mr. Whittaker", from the radio program "Adventures In Odyssey" was brought back with Paul Herlinger handling his voice.
Reprised his role of Otis Campbell, Mayberry's town drunk on the The Andy Griffith Show (1960) in country singer Alan Jackson's 1991 video, "Don't Rock the Jukebox."
One of the most prolific cartoon voicepersons in entertainment history, most of his work having been done for Hanna-Barbera. Related to this, Smith played the character "Cartoon King" on a 1970 episode of "The Brady Bunch."
Is interred in the mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetary, in Santa Monica, California, USA.
Only child Terry Jay Smith died on October 11, 1998.
Worked as a disc jockey in Utica, New York, from 1936 to 1943. Hal then moved to Hollywood working as an announcer for the Warner Brother's radio station KFWB; while there he was an announcer for "The Jimmie Jackson Show" and "Jimmie Jackson's Memory Lane" Show. Later on Hal was able to lampoon Jimmie on one of the Andy Griffith shows "Goodbye, Sheriff Taylor" The tongue-in-cheek one liner occurred when "Otis" was complaining to Barney Fife about a young upstart by the name of "Little Jimmie Jackson!" Six months before Hal died while he was starring in the "Adventures of Odyssey" program he did a couple of those shows with his old friend Jimmie Jackson's son, J.P. Sloane.
Served in the Special Services during World War II.
Even though he played Otis Campbell, the town drunk, in the Andy Griffith Show, Hal Smith never drank in real life.
Hal Smith in later years used he Otis Campbell character in Mother's Against Drunk Driving spot ads.
Appeared as host of a local Los Angeles area-kids' TV show titled, "The Pancake Man." The show was sponsored by The International House of Pancakes.

Personal Quotes (1)

We were paid $5.00 a show. That was a lot of money in those days. My sisters, Bernadeen and Kathleen were also great dancers. They performed up a storm. We did a lot of different acts back then and Abe Cohen helped us. He really enjoyed our work.

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