Hal Smith
Voice of John Avery Whittaker (1987-1994)

Harold John "Hal" Smith (August 24, 1916 January 28, 1994) was an American character actor and voice-over artist. Smith is best known as Otis Campbell, the town drunk on The Andy Griffith Show, and was the voice of many characters in animated cartoon shorts. He is also known to radio listeners as John Avery Whittaker on Adventures in Odyssey. He was responsible for much of the cast joining the show after he signed on, and he continued recording episodes until a few weeks before his death, even while his health deteriorated. Additionally, he voiced dozens of other characters during the over 250 episodes he participated in. Hal referred to his career with Focus and Adventures in Odyssey as one of the most gratifying things he did in his life.

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