Voice artist Edmiston dies

Actor provided voices for 'Top Cat,' 'Smurfs'

Actor and voice artist Walker Edmiston died Feb. 15 of cancer in Woodland Hills. He was 81.

Edmiston began his voiceover career in 1949 as the voice of “Clowny” in the puppet series “Time for Beany.” He also provided voices for “Top Cat,” “The Smurfs” and “The Flintstones” and was the voice of Ernie the Keebler Elf in the cookie commericals.

Edmiston hosted his own children’s program, “The Walker Edmiston Show,” on Los Angeles television in the 1950s and early ’60s.

He worked on several shows for Sid and Marty Krofft in the late 1960s and 1970s, doing voices including Dr. Blinkey and Orson the Vulture on “H.R. Pufnstuf,” Sparky the Firefly on “Bugaloos,” Enik on “Land of the Lost” and Sigmund Ooze – and Sigmund’s brothers Blurp and Slurp – on “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters.”

He also made several spoof records, including “Gunsmoke” parody “Mr. Grillon” and the novelty tune “I Dreamt I Saw Khrushchev (in a Pink Cadillac).”

In live-action TV, he played Jefferson Davis Collie III and Enik the Altrusian (Sleestak) on “Land of the Lost,” General Douglas McArthur in “War and Remembrance,” and Harry S. Truman in “J. Edgar Hoover.” He appeared in episodes of more than a 100 TV shows, including “Knots Landing,” “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “Dallas,” “Fantasy Island,” “Columbo,” “Gunsmoke” and “Mission Impossible.”

Born in St. Louis, Mo., Edmiston took acting classes at the Pasadena Playhouse and met animation pioneer Walter Lantz while appearing in a play. His wife Evelyn died in 1998 and a daughter, Andria, died in 1987.

He is survived by a daughter, Erin, and a sister.

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