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Junius Conyers Matthews (June 12, 1890 – January 18, 1978) was an American actor and voice actor who was best known for his role as the original voice of Rabbit in the Winnie the Pooh franchise from 1966 to 1977.
Junius Conyers Matthews|
June 12, 1890
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
January 18, 1978 (aged 87)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
|Known for||Voice of Rabbit|
He was a private in World War I before becoming an actor, and determined to become a popular radio and television actor, his career began on stage where he got his first role in a silent film called The Silent Witness (1917). He later played the role of the Tin Woodsman on a radio version of The Wizard of Oz. His distinctive voice can be frequently heard in supporting roles in radio, particularly westerns where he was often cast as an old codger, miner, or master of the cook wagon. Matthews appeared on the short-lived series Luke Slaughter of Tombstone as Slaughter's sidekick, Wichita, and played Ling Wee, a Chinese waiter, in Gasoline Alley. He also made guest appearances on several television series in the 1950s and '60s.
Winnie the PoohEdit
It was not until the last ten years of his life that Matthews became widely known for his role as Rabbit in the Winnie the Pooh movies produced by the Disney studio from 1966 to 1977, including the featurettes Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966), Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968), and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too! (1974) as well as the feature-length compilation film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977). He played other roles for Disney, most notably the owl, Archimedes, in Disney's The Sword in the Stone (1963).
Matthews died in 1978 at age 87 and was buried in Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery.
|1917||The Silent Witness||Bud Morgan|
|1943||Seeds of Freedom||Speaker|
|1946||Without Reservations||Charlie Potter||uncredited|
|Black Angel||Dr. Courtney|
|I've Always Loved You||Little Man||uncredited|
|1947||The Shocking Miss Pilgrim||Mr. Carter||uncredited|
|1949||Chicken Every Sunday||Deacon Wilson||uncredited|
|1951||Half Angel||Timid Man||uncredited|
|1952||My Wife's Best Friend||Rev. Dr. Smith||uncredited|
|1955||Good Morning, Miss Dove||Mr. Pruitt||uncredited|
|1957||Jeanne Eagels||Court Clerk||uncredited|
|1959||A Summer Place||Mr. Hamble||uncredited|
|1963||The Sword in the Stone||Archimedes, The Owl||voice|
|1966||Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree||Rabbit||voice|
|1968||Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day||Rabbit||voice|
|1974||Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too!||Rabbit||voice|
|1977||The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh||Rabbit||voice|