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Phil Harris

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Birthday
24, 1904
Birthplace
Linton, IN
Death Date
Aug 11, 1995 (91)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
24, 1904
Birthplace
Linton, IN
Death Date
Aug 11, 1995 (91)

About

Voice actor who went from being on The Jack Benny Program on the radio to portraying Baloo in Disney's The Jungle Book and Thomas O'Malley in The Aristocats. In 1933, he made a short film for RKO called So This Is Harris!, which won an Academy Award for best live action short subject.

Before Fame

He worked as a bandleader for his father's circus band. He later played drums in the Henry Halstead Big Band Orchestra during the mid-1920s.

Trivia

Growing up culturally Southern inspired his jive-speaking character on Jack Benny's show.

Family Life

He and his wife Alice Faye frequently appeared on Jack Benny's comedy show together. They later hosted The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show, a comedy radio program which ran on NBC from 1948 to 1954.

Associated With

In his semi-retirement he made numerous guest appearances on Dean Martin and Bing Crosby's talk shows.