Hal Smith (actor)

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Hal Smith
Born Harold John Smith
(1916-08-24)August 24, 1916
Petoskey, Michigan, U.S.
Died January 28, 1994(1994-01-28) (aged 77)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Resting place Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery, Santa Monica
Nationality American
Other names Hal J. Smith
Hal John Smith
Education Massena Central High School
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1936–1994
Known for Otis Campbell in The Andy Griffith Show
Owl in the Winnie the Pooh franchise
Religion Christian (Congregationalist)
Spouse(s) Louise C. Smith (m. 1936; d. 1992)
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Harold John Smith, known as Hal Smith (August 24, 1916 January 28, 1994), was an American actor and voice actor best known as Otis Campbell, the town drunk on CBS' The Andy Griffith Show.

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, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, Hong Kong Phooey, and many more. He is also known to radio listeners as John Avery Whittaker in Adventures in Odyssey.

Early life

Smith was born in Petoskey in Emmet County 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. His mother was a seamstress, and his father worked at the local Aluminum Company Of America (Alcoa) factory.

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 in many television shows 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.[1]


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 1968. 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 show 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 1966 Don Knotts comedy The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, playing essentially the same town drunk character, Otis.

Smith would play Otis one more time in the 1986 TV movie Return to Mayberry. 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 "Don't Rock the Juke Box" music video.

Other performances

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. Smith had a cameo role as the Mayor of Boracho in The Great Race in 1965. He played the industrialist Hans Spear in CBS' Hogan's Heroes.

He portrayed King Theseus Of Rhodes in "The Three Stooges Meet Hercules" in 1965 (and later provided various voices for the cartoon series "The New 3 Stooges").

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.

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 afore mentioned 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 & reform.)

In the early 1960s, Smith also had a morning children's show at television station KTLA called The Pancake Man, sponsored by The International House of Pancakes (IHOP). He reprised the Pancake Man role 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.

Voice roles

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 Brothers, The Mirisch Corporation, and Sid and Marty Krofft, with voice roles in such shows 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 show. In 1977, he was the voice of Grandpa Josiah in the cartoon TV 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, in 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 TV series Welcome to Pooh Corner. On the TV program 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, as well as Jafar's horse in Aladdin.

Starting in 1987, he was the voice of the main character John Avery Whittaker on the Focus on the Family radio drama Adventures in Odyssey. He was responsible for much of the cast joining the show after he signed on, and he continued recording episodes until a few weeks before his death, even while his health deteriorated. Additionally, he voiced dozens of other characters during the over 260 episodes in which he participated. He voiced Joe McGee in the "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, and hundreds of other companies.

Personal life

Smith was married to Louise C. Smith from 1936 until her death in 1992.[2] They had a son named Terry who lived 1950-1998.[3]


After his wife died in 1992, Smith's own health began to deteriorate rapidly. Producers of Adventures in Odyssey even began preparing for how to handle Smith's character after he died.[4] 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.[5][6] Smith is interred in the mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, California.



Year Title Role Notes
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
1963 Son of Flubber Bartender (uncredited)
1964 Hey There, It's Yogi Bear! Corn Pone
1965 Horse Shoo Loopy De Loop Theatrical Short
1967 The Jungle Book Slob Elephant / Monkey (uncredited)
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Owl
1983 Mickey's Christmas Carol Goofy played as Jacob Marley's ghost
1984 Warriors of the Wind Lord Yupa
1985 English dub
1986 The Adventures of the American Rabbit Mentor
Too Loose
1986 An American Tail Moe
1991 Beauty and the Beast Philippe
1992 Aladdin Jafar's Horse voice (uncredited)


Year Title Role Notes
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
1959-1960 The Huckleberry Hound Show Lion / Newscaster / Piccadilly Dilly, Narrator, Eddie / additional voices
1959-1960 Quick Draw McGraw Narrator / Narrator, Naughty Pine, Ronald Rugged / Mr. Bringling / additional voices
1960 The Bugs Bunny Show Additional voices
1960 Gunsmoke Mr. Dobie (Hotel Manager) episode: Old Flame
1960-1965 The Flintstones Uncle Tex / Santa Claus / additional voices 33 episodes
1960–66 The Andy Griffith Show Otis Campbell 32 episodes
1961 Hazel Announcer episode: Hazel and the Playground
1961 The Yogi Bear Show additional voices
1962 The Jetsons
1962 Wagon Train Carl Grant episode: The Daniel Clay Story
1964 The Magilla Gorilla Show Helicopter Rescuer/additional voices
1964 The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo
1964-1966 Yippee, Yappee and Yahooey Yappee / The King
1965 The New 3 Stooges Cowboy / Lumberjack Boss / Old Man
1966 The Road Runner Show Various Characters
1966 A Laurel and Hardy Cartoon Various Characters
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 Abbott & Costello Additional Voices
1967 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Kenneth Quartz episode: The Matterhorn Affair
1968 The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
1968 The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour Elmer Fudd / additional voices
1969 Green Acres Horace Colby
1969 The Pink Panther Show
1969 Mod Squad Jeweler
1969 Gomer Pyle, USMC Harry Hostelman
1969-1970 Scooby Doo, Where Are You! Big Ben / Headless Specter / Asa Shanks / Cosgood Creeps / Green Ghosts

Farmer / Mr. Greenway

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
1971 Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch!
1972 A Christmas Story TV special
1972 Wait Till Your Father Gets Home episode: The New Car
1972 The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie Muscles / Boris / Third Cyclone / Donkey episodes: The Adventures of Robin Hoodnik & Tabitha and Adam and the Clown Family
1972 The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't TV special
1972 The Roman Holidays Mr. Tycoonis
1973 Yogi's Gang
1973` The Streets of San Francisco Johnny Dolan
1974 Hong Kong Phooey
1974 Barnaby Jones Leon episode: Foul Play
1975 The Hoober-Bloob Highway Additional voices 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
1977 A Flintstone Christmas Santa Claus
1977 Halloween Is Grinch Night Josiah TV special
1977 What's New, Mr. Magoo?
1977-1980 Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels Snow Wolf / Mr. Holiday / additional voices
1978 The All New Pink Panther Show
1978 The Fantastic Four
1978 The Small One Auctioneer TV special
1978 Yogi's Space Race
1979 The Hollywood Squares Guest Appearance episode: 8-20-1979
1979 The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show Doctor Honctoff
1979 Casper's First Christmas Santa Claus TV special
1979 Gulliver's Travels
1980 Yogi's First Christmas Otto the Chef
Santa Claus
1980 Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You? McGillicuddy / Good Fairy-in-Chief TV special
1981 Trollkins Additional Voices
1981 The Kwicky Koala Show additional voices
1981 Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons Winnie the Pooh
1981-1982 The All-New Popeye Hour Col. Crumb
1982 Jokebook
1982 Richie Rich Additional voices
1982 Fantasy Island Otis McAllister / Mr. Quarry episodes: Daddy's Little Girl/The Whistle & The Kleptomaniac/Thank God, I'm a Country Girl
1982 Here Comes Garfield Reba/Skinny TV special
1982 Shirt Tales Additional voices
1982 Yogi Bear's All Star Comedy Christmas Caper J. Wellington Jones
1982 Little House on the Prairie Trumble episode: He Was Only Twelve: Part 1
1982-1987 The Smurfs Additional Voices
1983 Mickey's Christmas Carol Jacob Marley's Ghost - Goofy / Collector for the Poor #1 TV special
1983 Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore Winnie the pooh / Owl TV special
1983 Too Smart for Strangers Winnie the Pooh / Owl
1983 Christmas at Pooh Corner Pooh/Owl TV special
1983 Pooh Corner Thanksgiving Pooh/Owl TV special
1983 The Dukes
1983-1986 Welcome to Pooh Corner Winnie the Pooh/Owl
1984 Christmas Is For Sharing Pooh/Owl TV special
1984 Because It's Halloween Pooh/Owl TV special
1984 Pooh's Funny Valentine's Day Pooh/Owl TV special
1984 Garfield in the Rough Dicky Beaver TV special
1984 The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries
1985 The Disney Family Album Himself episode: Voice Actors
1985 Dumbo's Circus episode: Uncle Lattimer Says "Merci"
1986 Garfield in Paradise Off Camera Voice TV special
1986 Pooh's Great School Bus Adventure Pooh/Owl TV special
1986 Return to Mayberry Otis Campbell TV movie
1986-1989 Sesame Street Elephant / Bear / Ant episodes: Episode #18.9 & Episode #21.5
1987 DuckTales: The Treasure of the Golden Suns Gyro Gearloose / Flintheart Glomgold TV movie
1987 The Mother Goose Video Treasury Old King Cole
1987 Highway to Heaven Martin episode: All That Glitters
1987-1990 DuckTales Gyro Gearloose / Flintheart Glomgold / Dr. Glockenspiel / Adult Huey / Adult Dewey / Adult Louie
1988 Garfield: His 9 Lives George Frideric Handel TV special
1988-1989 This Is America, Charlie Brown Delegate/John Muir episodes: The Birth of the Constitution & The Smithsonian and the Presidency
1988-1990 Adventures of the Gummi Bears Nogum & Abbot Costello episodes: A Knight to Remember/Gummies Just Want to Have Fun & Friar Tum
1988–91 The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Owl
1988 The New Yogi Bear Show Additional voices
1989 Responsible Persons Pooh/Owl TV special
1989 One and Only You Pooh/Owl TV special
1990 Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone
1990 TaleSpin Joe Magee episode: The Old Man and the Sea Duck
1991 Yo Yogi! Blabber Mouse
1991 Darkwing Duck episode: Dead Duck
1992 The Little Mermaid Villain #1 episode: Stormy
1993 The Town Santa Forgot Santa Claus TV special
1993 Bonkers Santa Claus episode: Miracle at the 34th Precinct
1994 Garfield and Friends Additional voices


  1. Michaud, John D. III, ed. (2004) [2004]. More than Otis: No Bull! A Salute to Hollywood Actor Hal J. Smith (1st ed.). Massena, New York: Stubbs Printing.
  2. "Louise C. Smith at Find A Grave".
  3. "Terry Jay Smith at Find A Grave".
  4. http://www.aiowiki.com/wiki/Hal_Smith
  5. "Hal Smith; Played Otis on Griffith Show". Los Angeles Times.
  6. "Hal Smith, The Friendly Drunk Otis On `Andy Griffith Show' In The '60S". Seattle Times. 13 February 1994. Retrieved 11 January 2015.

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