Laurie Main

Laurence George "Laurie" Main (29 November 1922 – 8 February 2012) was an Australian actor best known for hosting and narrating the children's series Welcome to Pooh Corner, which aired on The Disney Channel during the 1980s.

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Laurence George Main

(1922-11-29)29 November 1922
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died8 February 2012(2012-02-08) (aged 89)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1953–2003

Born in Melbourne, Main moved to the UK at the age of 16, making his acting debut in The Yellow Balloon.[1][2] He emigrated to the United States in 1960, studying with Agnes Moorehead.[3]

His television and film guest appearances include Wagon Train, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Maverick, I Spy, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., Get Smart, The Andy Griffith Show, The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze, That Girl, Ironside, The Monkees, Hogan's Heroes, Mayberry R.F.D., The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, Daniel Boone, Family Affair, Bewitched, The Partridge Family, McMillan & Wife, Land of the Lost, Little House on the Prairie, Punky Brewster and Murder, She Wrote.[4][1] Main also appeared in The Facts of Life Goes to Paris in 1982.[1]

His stage work included The Diary of a Nobody (1954/5)  and Waltz of the Toreadors (1956) in London's West End; and he made several appearances on Broadway.[5][6][7]

He also appeared on many television commercials.

Main also did considerable voice work for Disney, having supplied the voice of Dr. Watson in the 1986 animated film The Great Mouse Detective.[8] He also narrated the animated shorts Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons (1981) and Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore (1983), as well as serving as the story reader on many Disney Read-Along records, audio cassettes and compact discs.[9]

Main died on 8 February 2012 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 89.[3]



  1. ^ a b c "Laurie Main, Narrator on TV's 'Welcome to Pooh Corner,' Dies at 89 | Hollywood Reporter". The Hollywood Reporter.
  2. ^ "Laurie Main | Movies and Filmography". AllMovie.
  3. ^ a b "Actor Laurie Main dies at 89". Variety. 15 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Laurie Main".
  5. ^ Wearing, J. P. (16 September 2014). The London Stage 1950-1959: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9780810893085 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "Production of The Waltz of the Toreadors | Theatricalia".
  7. ^ "Laurie Main – Broadway Cast & Staff | IBDB".
  8. ^ "Laurie Main". BFI.
  9. ^ Minovitz, Ethan (16 February 2012). "Disney actor and narrator Laurie Main dead at 89". Big Cartoon News. Retrieved 16 February 2012.

3. Demetria Fulton previewed Main on The Facts of Life; episode titled, "The Facts of Life Goes to Paris “(09/25/1982).

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