Tuesday, February 3, 2009

February 03: "Oh, d-d-dear!"

On this day in 1925, John Donald Fiedler was born in Platteville, Wisconsin. A voice actor and character actor (in stage, film, television, and radio), Fiedler is best known to Disney fans as the voice of Pooh's lovable but nervous friend Piglet.
Fiedler first voiced Piglet for the 1966 Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree. The success of Disney's Pooh bear brought Fiedler more work as Piglet in such shorts and home video releases as Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons, Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore and Piglet's Big Movie.
Fiedler's Disney credits also included the 1969 live-action feature Rascal, the 1974 made-for-TV movie The Whiz Kid and the Mystery at Riverton, the 1976 feature The Shaggy D.A., the 1977 animated The Rescuers (as Owl), and the 2005 The Emperor's New Groove 2: Kronk's New Groove (as Rudy).
Probably best recognized from the 1970's CBS comedy series The Bob Newhart Show (as Mr. Peterson), Fiedler's TV credits also include episodes of The Twilight Zone, The Munsters, Star Trek, and The Odd Couple.
Fiedler passed in 2005 at the age of 80 ... a day after the death of Paul Winchell, the voice of Tigger.

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