John Fiedler

Voice of Piglet

The high-pitched tones of John Fiedler, an actor notable for his short, balding physique and tendency to play meek characters, proved at their most memorable in two different screen guises. Although his own face was not seen, he was the unmistakable voice behind Piglet in all of Disney's Winnie-the-Pooh stories, on film, television and video. They began with the Oscar-winning short film Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968), in which Pooh and Piglet are blown through the Hundred Acre Wood by a strong wind that sets them off on an adventure and a dream about Heffalumps and Woozles. Fiedler felt the role of Piglet, Pooh's best friend and a kind-hearted worrier, fitted him like a glove, saying: "There are elements of Piglet that are me: the shyness and the anxieties and fears."

In front of the camera, the actor made an impression as the henpecked therapy patient Emil Peterson in the American sitcom The Bob Newhart Show (1972-78) - regularly seen in group sessions with the psychologist Bob Hartley (Newhart).

Born in 1925, the son of an Irish-German beer salesman, Fiedler served with the US Navy during the Second World War, and trained as an actor at the Neighborhood Playhouse, New York. Theatre experience was followed by regular roles as Cadet Alfie Higgins in Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (1951-54) on television and Homer in the radio serial The Aldrich Family (1952-53). He made his film début as one of the jurors in 12 Angry Men (1956), alongside Henry Fonda. His later films included That Touch of Mink (1962), opposite Cary Grant, and True Grit (1969), starring John Wayne. Among many television appearances, he will be remembered by Star Trek fans as the snivelling bureaucrat Mr Hengist in a 1967 episode, "Wolf in the Fold".

A prolific character actor, Fiedler once said: "With my voice and my looks, I got the milquetoast, nerd parts." But his distinctive voice meant that he was heard in Disney productions for almost 40 years, including more than a dozen Pooh stories and the 83-part television series The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988-91).

Anthony Hayward

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Sport
England's women celebrate after their 3rd place play-off win against Germany
Women's World CupFara Williams converts penalty to secure victory and bronze medals
Arts and Entertainment
Ricardo by Edward Sutcliffe, 2014
artPortraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb go on display
News
newsHillary Clinton comments on viral Humans of New York photo of gay teenager
Arts and Entertainment
The gang rape scene in the Royal Opera’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s Guillaume Tell has caused huge controversy
music
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - Spanish Speaking

£17000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - German Speaking

£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - Japanese Speaking

£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you are fluent in Japanese a...

Recruitment Genius: Graphic Designer - Immediate Start

£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Day In a Page

The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'