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Rod Coneybeare (March 31, 1930 – September 5, 2019)[1] was a Canadian puppeteer and voice actor, best known for his work on the long-lived Canadian children's program The Friendly Giant, where he performed as both Jerome the Giraffe, who would appear in the window, and Rusty the rooster, who lived in a book bag.[2][3]

Rod Coneybeare
Born(1930-03-31)March 31, 1930
DiedSeptember 5, 2019(2019-09-05) (aged 89)
OccupationVoice actor, puppeteer

Back in April 1959 Coneybeare became the editor-in-chief and host of Man to Man, one of the first CBC radio shows intended for men.[4]

In addition to his work on The Friendly Giant, Coneybeare collaborated with Charles Winter on the radio program, The Rod and Charles Show. With Robert Gibbons, producer of Mr. Dressup, Coneybeare created the short-lived CBC TV series The Bananas.[5]

Coneybeare also worked as a voice actor for several cartoons. He has supplied the voice of Avalanche in X-Men and voices several characters in The Adventures of Tintin, Babar, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, The Busy World of Richard Scarry, Blazing Dragons, Dog City, The Magic School Bus, Little Shop and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.


  1. ^ "Rod CONEYBEARE". Toronto Star. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  2. ^ Clark, Andrew (May 15, 2000). "Homme, Robert "The Friendly Giant"". Maclean's. Toronto: Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21 November 2009.
  3. ^ Fairley, Grant D. (February 13, 2010). Look Up – Way Up! The Friendly Giant – The Biography of Robert Homme. Palantir Publishing. p. 118. ISBN 0978027507.CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  4. ^ "CBC Radio for Men, 1959". Radio-Canada. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  5. ^ Allan, Blaine. "The Bananas". CBC Television Series, 1952–1982. Kingston, Ontario: Film and Media, Queen's University. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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