Eddie Carroll (September 5, 1933 – April 6, 2010) was a Canadian-American actor and voice actor, who is best known as the third performer to provide the voice for Jiminy Cricket, a role he played for over 35 years.
September 5, 1933
Smoky Lake, Alberta, Canada
|Died||April 6, 2010 (aged 76)|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
In Canada he studied at the Orion theater with fellow student Robert Goulet. After moving to Hollywood in 1956 to work for NBC as a writer and producer, living as a resident alien in the United States, he was drafted into the US Army. He performed with the Armed Forces Radio Service and the 6th Army Chorus. In 1959 he took the professional name Eddie Carroll. In 1960 Carroll released a comedy album, "On Fraternity Row." In 1962 he co-wrote the song "How Is Julie?" which was recorded by The Lettermen. Starting in the early 1960s Carroll appeared in numerous television programs and commercials. In 1970, he and business partner Jamie Farr developed and syndicated a sports-talk program, "Man to Man", through MGM Television, and not long after a Saturday morning animated series for Hanna-Barbera, The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan.
He took over the role of Jiminy Cricket for Walt Disney Productions in 1973 after the death of original voice actor Cliff Edwards in 1971, and a brief stint by Clarence Nash. From 1983 until his death in 2010 Carroll traveled with two one-man shows portraying comedian Jack Benny: "A Small Eternity with Jack Benny" and "Jack Benny: Laughter in Bloom." In 1995–96 he toured with a production of The Odd Couple. In later years, he attended numerous conventions and gatherings for both Disney fans and devotees of old-time radio.
Eddie Carroll was sometimes billed as Eddy Carroll. He is not to be confused with British big band musician Eddie Carroll.
Carroll married his wife Carolyn Springer (d. January 8, 2018) on April 7, 1963; together they had two children, Tina and Leland.
Carroll died on April 6, 2010 of a brain tumor at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, at the age of 76. just one day before his 47th wedding anniversary.
- I'm Dickens, He's Fenster (1963) (Episode: "The Great Valenciaga")
- The Lieutenant (1963) as Martin (Episode: "Alert!")
- The Hollywood Palace (1963–67) (various episodes)
- Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1966) as Sergeant Lubik (2 episodes)
- The Last of the Secret Agents (1966) as Slate Boy (uncredited)
- Mission: Impossible (1966) as Street Photographer (Episode: "Memory")
- That Girl (1967) as Sheldon (Episode: "You Have to Know Someone to be Unknown")
- The Andy Griffith Show (1967) as Airport Clerk (Episode: "A Trip to Mexico")
- Judd for the Defense (1967) as Art Riley (Episode: "To Love and Stand Mute")
- The Don Knotts Show (1970) as Regular (Unknown episodes)
- Sanford and Son (1972) Bartender (Episode: "Happy Birthday, Pop")
- The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1973) as Emcee (Episode: "Put on a Happy Face")
- The Girl With Something Extra (1973) as Second Dealer (Episode: "How Green was Las Vegas")
- Maude (1973–75) (three episodes)
- Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1977) as Jiminy Cricket (voice) (Episode: "From All of Us to All of You")
- Parts: The Clonus Horror (1979) as Doctor (as Eddy Carroll)
- Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983) as Ghost of Christmas Past (Jiminy Cricket) (voice)
- Life With Lucy (1986) as Customer (Episode: "Legal Beagle")
- Jiminy Cricket's Christmas (1986) as Jiminy Cricket (voice) (uncredited)
- Disney Sing-Along-Songs: The Bare Necessities (1987) as Jiminy Cricket (voice)
- Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Very Merry Christmas Songs (1988) as Jiminy Cricket (voice)
- Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Be Our Guest (1992) as Jiminy Cricket (voice)
- Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Friend Like Me (1993) as Jiminy Cricket (voice)
- Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Circle of Life (1994) as Jiminy Cricket (voice)
- Disney's Villains' Revenge (1999) as Jiminy Cricket (voice)
- Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour (2000) as Jiminy Cricket (voice)
- Frasier (2000) as Lee Zeplowitz (Episode: "The Bad Son")
- Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse (2001) as Jiminy Cricket (voice)
- Disney's House of Mouse (2001–2002) as Jiminy Cricket (voice) (3 episodes)
- Kingdom Hearts (2002) as Jiminy Cricket (voice)
- Kingdom Hearts II (2006) as Jiminy Cricket (voice)
- Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories (2008) as Jiminy Cricket (voice)
- Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (2013) as Jiminy Cricket (voice, archive footage)
- Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (2014) as Jiminy Cricket (Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix; archived voice acting)
- Obituary Los Angeles Times, April 11, 2010; page A37.