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Harold John "Hal" Smith (August 24, 1916 – January 28, 1994) was an American actor whose voice was familiar in both radio and animation for many years. After serving in World War II, he appeared on many television shows such as The Andy Griffith Show, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, and The Red Skelton Show. He also appeared occasionally in movies, such as Disney's Son of Flubber.

Smith was at his prime in animated voice-overs, however. Notable examples of characters voiced by Smith include Elmer Fudd (after Arthur Q. Bryan's death), Gyro Gearloose and Flintheart Glomgold on DuckTales, Goofy in several Disney productions like Mickey's Christmas Carol, Philippe the horse in Beauty and the Beast, Owl in the Winnie the Pooh shorts (Smith also voiced Pooh himself after Sterling Holloway retired, from 1983 to 1986), various characters on The Huckleberry Hound Show and The Flintstones, and of course, Santa Claus in several Christmas specials, many of them produced by Hanna-Barbera. He also did numerous TV commercials.

Christmas special credits

Production Year Character(s)
"Christmas Flintstone" 1964 Santa Claus
"The Voice of Christmas" 1969 Santa Claus
Santa and the Three Bears 1970 Grandfather
Santa Claus
Mr. Ranger
A Christmas Story 1972 Santa Claus
A Flintstone Christmas 1977 Santa Claus
The Small One 1978 Auctioneer
Casper's First Christmas 1979 Santa Claus
Yogi's First Christmas 1980 Otto the Chef
Santa Claus
Yogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper 1982 J. Wellington Jones
Zookeeper #1
Mickey's Christmas Carol 1983 Jacob Marley (Goofy)
Christmas at Pooh Corner 1983 Winnie the Pooh
"Miracle at the 34th Precinct" 1993 Santa Claus
The Town Santa Forgot 1993 Santa Claus

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