Monday, July 27, 2009

Interviews with June Foray & Paul Winchell on the passing of Hal J. Smith

Actor, Hal J. Smith, died on January 28, 1994, and while he was best known as Otis Campbell, the town drunk on The Andy Griffith Show,Smith was also a voice actor.

He voiced Goofy after Pinto Colvig died and provided the voices of Owl and Winnie-the-Pooh in many of the shorts and feature films. He provided the voices for many characters in Davey and Goliath,he did voices for The Flintstones, and he was the voice of Elmer Fudd after Arthur Q. Bryan died. He reprised his role as Owl and voiced Winnie The Pooh in the Disney Channel's Welcome to Pooh Corner television series to replace longtime actor Sterling Holloway. In 1988's, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh TV series, Smith again played Owl and sometimes he alternated voicing Winnie the Pooh with fellow voice actor, Jim Cummings. In 1991, Smith provided the voice of Philippe the horse in Disney's Beauty and the Beast movie.

What follows are interviews with June Foray and Paul Winchell concerning Smith.