Eddie Carroll, who played the voice of Disney’s Jiminy Cricket, died April 6 in Woodland Hills, Calif., of a brain tumor. He was 76.
Carroll was the second thesp to voice the cricket, and held the record for voicing the same character for the longest time, according to the Los Angeles Times. As Jiminy Cricket, he appeared in dozens of Disney shows from 1977’s “Disneyland” to “Villains’ Revenge” and “House of Mouse.”
Born Edward Eleniak in Smoky Lake, Alberta, near Edmonton, he immigrated to Hollywood as part of an NBC talent program in the mid-1950s. He was drafted into the Army and wrote and produced shows for Armed Forces Radio and Television.
Later he formed a production company with Jamie Farr called Carroll-Farr Prods., which made shows such as “Man to Man.” He also impersonated Jack Benny, touring frequently in his solo show “Jack Benny: Laughter in Bloom.”
Carroll also guested on “The Andy Griffith Show,” “The Don Knotts Show,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Frasier.”
Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn; two children; and two brothers.