John Fiedler

Actor

This article was updated on June 29, 2005.

John Fiedler, a familiar face on stage, screen and TV who won more fame as the voice of Piglet in Walt Disney’s Winnie-the-Pooh films and programs, died Saturday June 25 of cancer at the Lillian Booth Actor’s Fund Home in Englewood, N.J. He was 80.

Born in Platteville, Wisc., he joined the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York after serving in WWII. Fiedler’s stage credits included the part of Medvedenko in “The Sea Gull” starring Montgomery Clift and the Broadway productions of “A Raisin in the Sun” with Sidney Poitier and “The Odd Couple” starring Walter Matthau and Art Carney.

He landed character parts in movies, including “True Grit” with John Wayne and “A Touch of Mink” with Cary Grant, “The World of Henry Orient,” “Rascal” and “The Cannonball Run.”

He also played parts on TV, including “Star Trek,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “The Munsters,” “Bewitched,” “Quincy” and “Hart to Hart.”

But he became famous for the squeaky voice of the ever-worrying Piglet.

Fiedler continued voicing Piglet, most recently this year in “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie.” Last year, he did “Winnie-the-Pooh: Springtime with Roo,” and in 2003, “Piglet’s Big Movie.”

Fiedler is survived by a brother and a sister.

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