Thursday, March 24, 2011

unKNOWN Actors: John Fiedler

The voice of John Fiedler is a voice that, every time I hear it, it makes me smile because it makes me think of one of my favorite little characters.  John, born February 3, 1925 and died June 25, 2005, is best known for being the voice for the lovable little Piglet from Winnie the Pooh!

In fact, providing the voice for Piglet is what got John started in the Disney voicing business.  His first Disney gig was in 1968, voicing Piglet for Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.  After that, every single thing with Piglet has John doing the voice, all the way up to 2005! You can hear him as Piglet in everything from Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974), The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977), all of the different Winnie the Pooh Holiday specials, the television show The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988-1991), The Tigger Movie (2000), Pooh’s Big Movie (2003) and even Pooh’s Heffalump Movie (2005).  He even voiced Piglet in other shows, such as the TV show House of Mouse (2001-2002), the show’s movie House of Villains (2001) and in the Kingdom Hearts Video game. 

While he may be most known for this beloved character, that is not the only Disney film we hear or see John Fiedler in. 

His first non-Piglet film was Robin Hood in 1973 playing the Churchmouse Father Sexton.

During Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, John has two appearances.  First was in 1973 as Bill Wasdahl in The Mystery of Dracula’s Castle and the other was in The Whiz Kid and the Mystery at Riverton (1974) was Charles Blackburn.

He next was seen in The Shaggy D.A. (1976) as Howie Clemmings.  This is the last live action film that John does for Disney.

The Rescuers (1977) brought his next voice acting movie outside of Piglet, lending his voice to Deacon Owl.  There is a porcupine in The Fox and the Hound (1981) that John voices as well.  He seems to favor animals….

The last set of Disney movies we hear John in is The Emperor’s New Groove (2000).  He give a voice to the old man who was thrown out the window by the emperor.  We later find out in the sequel, The Emperor’s New Groove 2: Kronk’s New Groove (2005) that the old man’s name is Rudy, as John voices him as well in this movie.  This will be the last movie that he voices before his death.

This is the Disney voice and acting history for John Fiedler.  Next time you watch one of these movies, listen for his voice and see if you can pick out its distinct resemblance to any of these other characters, especially little Piglet. I know I hear it!

If you have any extra facts about John or any of the other actors I have previously researched, please feel free to email me or just leave a comment below! I love sharing information with everyone and I love learning just as much! Also, if you have any suggestions of people you would like to see me research, let me know that as well.

1 comment:

  1. Check out my new book, "What's His Name? John Fiedler: The Man The Face The Voice."