Phil Harris

Actor, Radio performer, Comedian
A multi-talented performer best-known to most as the baritone voice of Disney's Baloo the Bear, Phil Harris was a major star in radio, television and film with a body of work stretching over eight decades. Born Wonga ... Read more »
Born: 06/24/1904 in Linton, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

Clearcut 1992 (Movie)

Policeman on Bullhorn (Actor)

Rock-a-Doodle 1992 (Movie)

of Patou (Voice)

Remembering Bing 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Alan King in Las Vegas, Part II 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Robin Hood 1973 (Movie)

of Little John, a Bear (Voice)

The Bob Hope Show (03/07/73) 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gatling Gun 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Aristocats 1970 (Movie)

of J Thomas O'Malley (Voice)

The Jungle Book 1967 (Movie)

of Baloo the Bear (Voice)

The Patsy 1964 (Movie)

Chic Wymore (Actor)

The Wheeler Dealers 1962 (Movie)

Ray Jay (Actor)

Anything Goes 1956 (Movie)

Steve Blair (Actor)

Good-Bye, My Lady 1956 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Glenn Miller Story 1954 (Movie)

Joe Becker (Actor)

The High and the Mighty 1954 (Movie)

Ed Joseph (Actor)

Anything Goes (Movie)

Steve Blair (Actor)

Dreaming Out Loud (Movie)

Peter Atkinson (Actor)

Here Comes the Groom (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Melody Cruise (Movie)

Alan Chandler (Actor)

Starlift (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

Wabash Avenue (Movie)

Uncle Mike (Actor)
Producer (1)

Relative Success with Tabatha Coffey 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Music (1)

The Jungle Book 1967 (Movie)

("The Bare Necessities") (Song Performer)

Biography

A multi-talented performer best-known to most as the baritone voice of Disney's Baloo the Bear, Phil Harris was a major star in radio, television and film with a body of work stretching over eight decades. Born Wonga Phillip Harris on June 24, 1904 in Linton, IN, the lure of show business was seemingly ingrained within his DNA, thanks to his two circus-performing parents. It was within this big top environment that Harris was taught by his father to play several instruments, eventually settling on the drums (which he played within the circus band). By age nine he worked as a professional musician in a theatre, which was followed by a family move to Nashville, TN - and various band and orchestra incarnations thereafter for Harris. He went on to record such novelty songs as "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that Cigarette," "Up a Lazy River" and (his signature) "That's What I Like About the South" for labels such as Victor, Columbia, Decca and Vocalion. His penchant for comedy within his musical act led to his filming of a short for RKO studios called "So This is Harris!" (1933). It earned an Academy Award for best short subject (comedy) with Harris following with his first feature, "Melody Cruise" (1933). His career ascension continued, as he then landed the musical director role on "The Jell-O Show Starring Jack Benny," with Harris singing and leading the band - and later - trading snappy one-liners with Benny himself as a brash, hard-drinking Southerner character. He remained a staple on the Benny program for several years, even after getting his own comedy show with second wife, Alice Faye - "The Fitch Bandwagon" - that followed Benny's on Sunday nights. It later morphed into The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show and featured skits starring the couple and their two daughters. It ran through 1954, after which he returned to film, including "Good-Bye, My Lady" (1956), and music, appearing on several variety shows such as "The Dean Martin Show" (NBC) and "The Hollywood Palace" (ABC). In the late 60s, he began lending his signature deep voice to various animated characters in Disney's "The Jungle Book" (1967), "The Aristocats" (1970), and "Robin Hood" (1973). A move back to Disney in 1989 proved not-to-be, however, as the now 85-year-old Harris's would-be work as Baloo in "TaleSpin" (The Disney Channel) was replaced after one session by another actor. His last recorded character was for Don Bluth's "Rock-a-Doodle" (1991). He died in 1995 at his home in Rancho Mirage, CA at the age of 91. An avid golfer throughout his life, a tournament in his name continues annually in his birthplace of Linton, IN.

Relationships

Alice Faye

Wife
married 1941

Milestones

1967

voices Baloo the Bear in "The Jungle Book"

1936

becomes musical director of "The Jell-O Show Starring Jack Benny" (NBC, CBS)

1933

first film role in Oscar-winning RKO short, "So This Is Harris!"

1931

formed musical band

Bonus Trivia

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Noted primarily as a bandleader in the 1940s; also voiced Baloo, the bear in Disney's animated "The Jungle Book"

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inducted into Indiana Hall of Fame, 1993

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Palm Springs Walk of Stars induction, 6/19/1994

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Hollywood Walk of Fame: radio (6651 Hollywood Blvd.)

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Hollywood Walk of Fame: recording (6508 Hollywood Blvd.)

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