Eddie Carroll

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Eddie Carroll
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Edward Eleniak

(1933-09-05)September 5, 1933
Died April 6, 2010(2010-04-06) (aged 76)
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1963–2010
Known for Voice of Jiminy Cricket (1973–2010)
Carolyn Springer (m. 1963)
Children 2

Eddie Carroll (September 5, 1933 – April 6, 2010) was a Canadian-American actor and voice actor, who is best known as the third performer to provide the voice for Jiminy Cricket, a role he played for over 35 years.


In Canada he studied at the Orion theater with fellow student Robert Goulet. After moving to Hollywood in 1956 to work for NBC as a writer and producer, living as a resident alien in the United States, he was drafted into the US Army. He performed with the Armed Forces Radio Service and the 6th Army Chorus. In 1959 he took the professional name Eddie Carroll. In 1960 Carroll released a comedy album, "On Fraternity Row." In 1962 he co-wrote the song "How Is Julie?" which was recorded by The Lettermen. Starting in the early 1960s Carroll appeared in numerous television programs and commercials. In 1970, he and business partner Jamie Farr developed and syndicated a sports-talk program, "Man to Man", through MGM Television, and not long after a Saturday morning animated series for Hanna-Barbera, The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan.

He took over the role of Jiminy Cricket for Walt Disney Productions in 1973[1] after the death of original voice actor Cliff Edwards in 1971, and a brief stint by Clarence Nash. From 1983 until his death in 2010 Carroll traveled with two one-man shows portraying comedian Jack Benny: "A Small Eternity with Jack Benny" and "Jack Benny: Laughter in Bloom." In 1995-96 he toured with a production of The Odd Couple. In later years, he attended numerous conventions and gatherings for both Disney fans and devotees of old-time radio.

Eddie Carroll was sometimes billed as Eddy Carroll. He is not to be confused with British big band musician Eddie Carroll.

Personal life and death

Carroll married his wife Carolyn Springer (d. January 8, 2018) on April 7, 1963; together they had two children, Tina and Leland.[2]

Carroll died on April 6, 2010 of a brain tumor at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, at the age of 76.[3] just one day before his 47th wedding anniversary.[4]



  1. ^ Obituary Los Angeles Times, April 11, 2010; page A37.
  2. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2010/apr/11/local/la-me-eddie-carroll11-2010apr11
  3. ^ http://www.dailybreeze.com/general-news/20100407/eddie-carroll-voice-of-jiminy-cricket-dies-at-76
  4. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2010/apr/11/local/la-me-eddie-carroll11-2010apr11

External links

  • Eddie Carroll on IMDb
  • Eddie Carroll on Facebook
  • The Radio Dan Show Interview
  • Eddie Carroll at Find a Grave
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