|Birth: ||Feb. 3, 1925|
|Death: ||Jun. 25, 2005|
Actor. Born John Donald Fiedler in Platteville, Wisconsin, the eldest of Donald and Margaret Fiedler's three children. As a child he staged his own plays in the family garage. After high school graduation in 1943, he enlisted in the US Navy serving until war's end. He then moved to New York City where he joined Neighborhood Playhouse, making his stage debut in the off-Broadway production "One Eye Closed" in 1954. He made his first feature film in 1957, appearing in "12 Angry Men" with an all star cast. In March 1959, he opened on Broadway in "Raisin in the Sun" with Sidney Poitier, and remained with the production through June 1960. He reprised the role in the feature film of the same name, released in 1961. He was also popular as a character actor in numerous television programs such as "Peter Gunn," "Dennis the Menace," "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "The Munsters," "The Twilight Zone," and "Star Trek." He returned to Broadway, appearing in "The Odd Couple" which ran March 1965 through July 1967. He reprised his role in the feature film of the same name the following year. One of his most famous roles is probably that of Piglet, for whom he provided a voice in the Winnie-the-Pooh shorts and features for Disney Studios beginning with "Winnie-the-Pooh and the Blustery Day" in 1968 and continuing through such titles as "Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger Too" in 1974, "The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh" in 1977, "Winnie-the-Pooh and a Day for Eeyore" in 1983, "Pooh's Grand Adventure" in 1997, and finally "Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie," in 2005. Further film work included such tiles as "True Grit" (1969), "The Shaggy D.A." (1976), "Harper Valley P.T.A." (1978), "The Cannonball Run" (1981) and "Sharkey's Machine" (1981). While his television work throughout the 1970s and 1980s included another memorable character, that of Mr Peterson, a recurring role in "The Bob Newhart Show" which ran from 1972 to 1978, as well as appearances in "Quincy, M.E." "Cheers," "Buffalo Bill," and "L.A. Law." Much of the last decade and a half of his career was taken up by voice-over work, in addition to numerous television and video characterizations of Piglet, he voiced characters in such films as "Robin Hood" (1973), "The Rescuers" (1977), "The Fox and the Hound" (1981) and "The Emperor's New Groove" (2000), and was heard in the video game "Kingdom Hearts" (2001). He died at the Lillian Booth Actors' Home in Englewood, New Jersey at the age of 80, just months after his last reprise of the role of Piglet. (bio by: Iola)
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Specifically: Atlantic Ocean in Long Island, New York.
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Originally Created by: K
Record added: Jun 27, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11242207
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