Piglet Voicer Fiedler Dies

As fate would have it, John Fiedler, the original voice of Piglet in the Winnie the Pooh cartoons, died on the same weekend as Tigger talker Paul Winchell. The two created their roles for 1968’s Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, but Feidler never retired, staying with Piglet through the recently released Pooh’s Heffalump Movie. Fiedler was 80.

On the big screen, Fiedler also worked with Winchell on Diensy’s The Fox and the Hound, playing the porcupine to Winchell’s Boomer. In addition, he voiced roles in the animated Disney pics Robin Hood and The Rescuers. Other voiceover credits include the Pokémon TV series and Buena Vista Games’ Kingdom Hearts video game.

Fiedler also found on-screen work, appearing in the big-screen classics 12 Angry Men (1957) and True Grit , as well as such television shows as The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Twilight Zone, Bewitched, The Odd Couple, Star Trek, The Bob Newhart Show, Buffalo Bill, Kolchak: The Night Stalker and One Life to Live.

Fiedler was born in Platteville, Wisconsin and appeared on Broadway before starting his film and television career. After a 20-year stint in Hollywood, he returned to New York, living in Brooklyn until the time of his death.