Hal Smith, a veteran radio and television performer who played Mayberry’s lovable town drunk on “The Andy Griffith Show,” has died. He was 77.
Smith died Jan. 28 at his Santa Monica home while listening to a nightly drama hour on radio, Don Pitts, Smith’s longtime agent, said.
Smith was probably best known as the affable inebriate Otis Campbell on “The Andy Griffith Show,” which ran from 1960-68 on CBS-TV. The show is still seen around the world in syndication.
He also was a featured guest on ABC-TV’s “Pat Paulsen’s Half a Comedy Hour” in 1970.
Smith also supplied the voice of Winnie the Pooh and other cartoon characters and hawked products in hundreds of commercials, Pitts said. Smith took over as the voice of Winnie the Pooh after Sterling Holloway, Winnie’s original voice, died in 1992.
Survivors include his son and a brother.
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Arthur Piantadosi, award-winning re-recording music mixer, died Wednesday in Newport Beach.
He worked at Columbia, 20th Century Fox and most recently at the Columbia/Warner Bros. Burbank studios.
Piantadosi won an Academy Award for best sound on the film “All the President’s Men.”
Survivors include his wife, seven children and 15 grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady Queen of Angels, 2046 Mar Vista Drive, Newport Beach.
Donations can be made to St. Andrew’s Abbey, Valyermo, Calif. 93563.