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Hal Smith

Highest Rated:   93% The Apartment (1960)
Lowest Rated:   0% The $1,000,000 Duck (1971)
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Character actor Hal Smith (born Harold John Smith) cut his acting teeth in various touring road companies. Before serving in the Air Force during World War II, he had amassed impressive credits as a band singer, radio disc jockey, and writer. In the postwar years, he decided to try his luck in Hollywood, although holding down a real-estate job so he'd have a financial cushion between acting jobs. His first recurring TV role was on the vintage sitcom I Married Joan (1952-53). (It was a different actor who appeared in the bit role of Anne Baxter's suitor in O. Henry's Full House [1952].) He spent most of the '50s playing guest stints and providing voice-overs for cartoon characters, and was briefly Hal the Bartender, a commercial spokesman for a popular brand of beer. In 1960, he was signed for the semi-regular role of town drunk Otis Campbell on The Andy Griffith Show, essaying this hilarious (if politically incorrect) characterization with expertise, although he often insisted, "I don't think I've ever really been drunk in my whole life." Since Otis did not appear in every Griffith episode, Smith had time aplenty to free-lance, playing such film roles as a drunken Santa in Billy Wilder's The Apartment (1960) and an effeminate Roman emperor in The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962), and supplying voices for such cartoon programs as Davey and Goliath and The Flintstones. By 1962, he was making 50,000 dollars per year, a tidy sum in those days. During the 1970s and '80s, Smith was most closely associated with Disney, replacing the late Vance "Pinto" Colvig as the voice of Goofy and providing voices for series ranging from Winnie the Pooh and Friends to Ducktales. Smith died in 1994.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Here Comes the Littles
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet The Town Santa Forgot
  • Santa Claus
1993
No Score Yet Switched at Birth
  • Apartment Manager
1991
No Score Yet Bad Cat
  • Gordon
1991
29% 18 Again!
  • Irv
1988
69% An American Tail
  • Moe
1986
No Score Yet Return to Mayberry
  • Otis Campbell
1986
No Score Yet The Adventures of the American Rabbit
  • Mentor
1986
No Score Yet Here Come the Littles
  • Uncle Augustus
1985
No Score Yet Winnie the Pooh: A Day for Eeyore
  • Owl
1983
No Score Yet Yogi's First Christmas
  • Otto the Chef
1980
No Score Yet A Flintstone Christmas
  • Santa Claus
1977
No Score Yet Halloween Is Grinch Night
  • Actor
1977
92% Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Owl
1977
No Score Yet Oklahoma Crude
  • C.R. Miller
1973
88% Fantastic Planet
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Shinbone Alley
  • Freddie the Rat/Prissy Cat
1971
0% The $1,000,000 Duck
  • Courthouse Guard
1971
No Score Yet Santa and the Three Bears
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet Santa and the Three Bears
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
  • Owl
1968
67% The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
  • Calver Weems
1966
No Score Yet The Ugly Dachshund
  • Actor
1966
74% The Great Race
  • Mayor of Boracho
1965
No Score Yet Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
  • Owl
1965
No Score Yet Hey There, It's Yogi Bear
  • Corn Pone.
1964
86% Son of Flubber
  • Bartender
1963
No Score Yet The Three Stooges Meet Hercules
  • Thesus
1962
93% The Apartment
  • Santa Claus
1960
No Score Yet There's Always Tomorrow
  • Bartender
1956
No Score Yet O. Henry's Full House
  • Dandy
1952
No Score Yet Stars Over Texas
  • Tucker
1946

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Trumble
  • 1981
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
  • Actor
No Score Yet The Flintstones
  • Actor

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