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Subject: ARCHIVE: June 25, 2005 ~Memorable character actor John Fiedler, the bespectacled, slightly balding with a distinctive, high-pitched voice made his career lasting more than 55 years in stage, screen and radio, known for his recurring role on TV's "Bob Newhart Show", and as the voice of 'Piglet' of the "Winnie the Pooh" cartoon series, died at 80. ...

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Date Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 11:12:35am
In reply to: Bio & PHOTOS 's message, "ARCHIVE: June 24, 2005 ~Veteran actor Paul Winchell, ventriloquist, comedian, actor, voice artist, humanitarian, and inventor whose career flourished in the 1950s and 1960s, culminatied in his memorable vocal talents as 'Tigger' in the "Winnie the Pooh", dies at 82. Oddly, actor John Fiedler, 80, who supplied the voice of 'Piglet' of the famed cartoon series, died the following day of cancer. ..." on Monday, June 24, 07:17:39pm

John Fiedler
[ John Donald Fiedler ]
(February 3, 1925 – June 25, 2005)

American actor and voice actor, who was slight, balding, and bespectacled, with a distinctive, high-pitched voice. His career lasted more than 55 years in stage, film, television and radio. Among his best-known roles are the nervous Juror #2 in 12 Angry Men; the benign-seeming gentleman who tries to prevent the Younger family from moving into a whites-only neighbourhood in 1961's A Raisin in the Sun; the voice of Piglet in Disney's Winnie-the-Pooh productions; Vinnie, one of Oscar's poker buddies in the film The Odd Couple; the government official who gets possessed by the spirit of Jack the Ripper on the Star Trek episode "Wolf in the Fold", and Mr. Emil Peterson, the hen-pecked husband on The Bob Newhart Show.

Early life …
Fiedler was born in Platteville, Wisconsin, a son of Donald Fiedler, a beer salesman, and his wife Margaret (née Phelan). He was of German and Irish descent. His family moved to Shorewood, Wisconsin in 1930, where he graduated from Shorewood High School in 1943. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served until the end of World War II.

Acting Career …
After his discharge from the Navy, Fiedler began acting in Manhattan, New York City, appearing on the radio comedy The Aldrich Family as Homer Brown. He appeared on early television and played Cadet Alfie Higgins on the 1950s show Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, and he made his film debut in 1957 in 12 Angry Men, as Juror #2. …

Most of his roles were playing gentle or nervous individuals, though he appeared as the lawyer J. Noble Daggett in True Grit (1969) and in the original Star Trek episode "Wolf in the Fold" (1967) as Mr. Hengist, a Chief Administrator possessed by the spirit of Jack the Ripper. Fiedler was in the original cast of A Raisin in the Sun as housing committee representative Lindner, a role he also played in both the 1961 film version and the 1988 TV version. ...

He appeared in the 1968 film The Odd Couple (1968) as poker player Vinnie. …

...Later, at the invitation of his friend Jack Klugman, he also appeared on the TV series
adaptation "The Odd Couple" as the manager of a hyper-security building into which Felix
and Oscar temporarily moved and the owner of a racing greyhound adopted by Felix and Oscar.

...Early in his TV career, he appeared as Mr. Dundee in the 47th episode of the Twilight Zone, "The Night of the Meek". Through the decades, his many other guest appearances on TV included Columbo, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Perry Mason, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, My Favorite Martian, The Munsters, Get Smart, A Touch of Grace, The Rockford Files, Quincy, M.E., The Golden Girls, Banacek and Cheers, and Bewitched ...

By the 1970s, Fiedler was a favorite to TV audiences as 'Mr. Peterson', one of Bob's
regular patients, on popular sitcom, "The Bob Newhart Show" from 1972 to 1978. …

...Fiedler's voice was heard or appears in the Disney features The Rescuers, The Fox and the Hound, Robin Hood, The Emperor's New Groove, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Tigger Movie, Piglet's Big Movie, Pooh's Heffalump Movie, Rascal, and The Shaggy D.A., in Disneyland Records' Winnie the Pooh for President, and in the Square Enix/Disney video game Kingdom Hearts. His last film was a voice appearance in Kronk's New Groove (2005). Fiedler was also the narrator of several McDonaldland commercials during the 1980s, including when Birdie the Early Bird learns to fly and how the Hamburglar got his stripes.

Death …

...Fiedler died of cancer on June 25, 2005, in Englewood, New Jersey, at the Lillian Booth Actors Home, a residence for retired entertainers sponsored by the Actors' Fund of America. Fiedler's friend and Winnie-the-Pooh co-star, Paul Winchell, who voiced Tigger, died the previous day due to natural causes. Fiedler was cremated and his ashes were scattered from Long Island, New York. Travis Oates has since replaced Fiedler as the voice of Piglet.


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Howard Morris, another "Winnie the Pooh" voice actor ("Gopher") had died a month earlier (NT).Tuesday, June 25, 11:43:21am

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