Hal Smith was born August 24, 1916 in Petoskey, Michigan and died January 28, 1994 in Toronto, Ontario. Known for his roles on The Andy Griffith Show (Otis Campbell) as well as voice-acting as Owl in Winnie the Pooh, Uncle Tex in Flintstones and Flintheart Glomgold/Gyro Gearloose from Ducktales; Hal was an internationally acclaimed actor.
Early Life and Education
Hal was born and died in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. As Senator Charles Percy’s downstate representative he provided constituent services and assisted with travel and event planning arrangements for him and other senators.
Smith enjoyed participating in various theatrical productions and male quartet concerts during his high school years in Massena. He sang with both of his sisters as part of their quartet as they graduated in 1936 from Massena High School.
On The Andy Griffith Show, he became known as Otis Campbell the Town Drunk; later appearing in various commercials for 3 Musketeers, United Van Lines, Hickory Farms Toyota Green Giant Mattel Ivory Soap Pioneer Chicken Doctor Ross Dog Food as characters such as Otis Campbell or Quick Draw McGraw and Huckleberry Hound among many more. Additionally he voiced many cartoon characters such as the Flintstones Quick Draw McGraw and Huckleberry Hound as voices overs.
Hal Smith was born August 24 1916 and died January 28, 1994. He was an accomplished character actor and voice over artist, best-known for his portrayal of Otis Campbell (the town drunk on The Andy Griffith Show) as well as several animated TV shows that used his voice. Additionally he provided voices for radio dramas as well as Focus on the Family audio presentations.
He made numerous television guest appearances later in his life, most notably as Rollin Daggett on Leave It to Beaver and as Hans Spear on Hogan’s Heroes.
Smith was a decorated veteran of the United States Army Air Forces who saw service during World War II in the Philippines with their Special Services Division.
Achievement and Honors
Hal Smith has long been an advocate for youth-related organizations in his region. As the Senior Vice President for Education, Youth Development, and Health at the National Urban League he oversees its programmatic, policy, and advocacy work in these fields.
He is also an active community member, serving on numerous local boards. Currently he is president of BPCA (Building Performance Contractors Association of New York State) and previously held membership at Phelps Chamber of Commerce.
Smith has voiced numerous television commercials for United Van Lines, Mattel, Toyota, Hickory Farms Pioneer Chicken Dr Ross Dog Food Ivory Soap and Chef Boyardee – as well as playing Otis Campbell on Andy Griffith Show until leaving due to sponsor concerns over his character’s depiction of alcohol consumption.
Hal Smith hails from Ardmore, Oklahoma where he began working in his parent’s restaurant from an early age – bussing tables, taking orders, collecting plates and cleaning dishes – in order to help finance his university studies at Oklahoma University (OU). This experience provided invaluable funds towards paying his tuition costs.
After serving his country during World War 2, he relocated to California where he quickly found acting gigs – mostly comedic roles on television shows and movies.
He gave voice to Otis Campbell from The Andy Griffith Show and Owl from Disney’s Winnie the Pooh, making an impressionable appearance as Otis Campbell on each. Additionally, he was known for being hardworking actor who rarely consumed alcohol outside his on-screen character’s alcoholic state; and was generous with his money, giving away donations to numerous youth oriented charities in Oklahoma.
Hal Smith was an American actor born August 24, 1916 and died January 28, 1994. He appeared in numerous TV shows and movies throughout his career; perhaps most notably as Otis Campbell on The Andy Griffith Show and Ebenezer Scrooge in a radio adaptation of A Christmas Carol from 1951.
Smith worked as a DJ at WIBX Radio in Utica, New York from 1936-1943 before joining the United States Army Air Forces Special Services Division and serving in the Philippines.
Smith made an impactful addition to Disney with his voice work for several characters including Owl in Winnie the Pooh and Flintheart Glomgold and Gyro Gearloose from Ducktales. Additionally he appeared in several television shows such as The Addams Family and Gunsmoke.