Phil Harris

Phil Harris

Highest Rated: 88% The Jungle Book (1967)

Lowest Rated: 20% Rock-A-Doodle (1992)

Birthday: Jun 24, 1904

Birthplace: Linton, Indiana, USA

A multi-talented performer best-known to most as the baritone voice of Disney's Baloo the Bear, Phil Harris was a major star in radio, television and film with a body of work stretching over eight decades. Born Wonga Phillip Harris on June 24, 1904 in Linton, IN, the lure of show business was seemingly ingrained within his DNA, thanks to his two circus-performing parents. It was within this big top environment that Harris was taught by his father to play several instruments, eventually settling on the drums (which he played within the circus band). By age nine he worked as a professional musician in a theatre, which was followed by a family move to Nashville, TN - and various band and orchestra incarnations thereafter for Harris. He went on to record such novelty songs as "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that Cigarette," "Up a Lazy River" and (his signature) "That's What I Like About the South" for labels such as Victor, Columbia, Decca and Vocalion. His penchant for comedy within his musical act led to his filming of a short for RKO studios called "So This is Harris!" (1933). It earned an Academy Award for best short subject (comedy) with Harris following with his first feature, "Melody Cruise" (1933). His career ascension continued, as he then landed the musical director role on "The Jell-O Show Starring Jack Benny," with Harris singing and leading the band - and later - trading snappy one-liners with Benny himself as a brash, hard-drinking Southerner character. He remained a staple on the Benny program for several years, even after getting his own comedy show with second wife, Alice Faye - "The Fitch Bandwagon" - that followed Benny's on Sunday nights. It later morphed into The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show and featured skits starring the couple and their two daughters. It ran through 1954, after which he returned to film, including "Good-Bye, My Lady" (1956), and music, appearing on several variety shows such as "The Dean Martin Show" (NBC) and "The Hollywood Palace" (ABC). In the late 60s, he began lending his signature deep voice to various animated characters in Disney's "The Jungle Book" (1967), "The Aristocats" (1970), and "Robin Hood" (1973). A move back to Disney in 1989 proved not-to-be, however, as the now 85-year-old Harris's would-be work as Baloo in "TaleSpin" (The Disney Channel) was replaced after one session by another actor. His last recorded character was for Don Bluth's "Rock-a-Doodle" (1991). He died in 1995 at his home in Rancho Mirage, CA at the age of 91. An avid golfer throughout his life, a tournament in his name continues annually in his birthplace of Linton, IN.

Highest rated movies

The Patsy
The High and the Mighty




20% 55% Rock-A-Doodle Narrator/Patou (Voice) $11.6M 1992
54% 81% Robin Hood Little John (Voice) - 1973
64% 70% The Aristocats J. Thomas O'Malley (Voice) $17.3M 1970
88% 82% The Jungle Book Baloo (Voice) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cool Ones MacElwaine (Character) - 1967
82% 63% The Patsy Chic Wymore (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 50% The Wheeler Dealers Ray Jay Fox (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 44% Anything Goes Steve Blair (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 90% Goodbye, My Lady Mr. Cash (Character) - 1956
40% 59% The High and the Mighty Ed Joseph (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 27% Starlift Self - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wabash Avenue Mike Stanley (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Love a Bandleader Phil Burton/John Doe/George Drake (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet Buck Benny Rides Again Phil Harris (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Man About Town Ted Nash (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Double or Nothing Self - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Melody Cruise Alan Chandler (Character) - 1933


No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here's Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Johnny Cash Show Music Performer 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lucy Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet F Troop Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Clarence Simmons (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Goldie Colonel Barker (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jack Benny Program Guest 1958