Hal Smith

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Hal Smith
Episode Characters Played 59
Episode Appearances 269
Video Characters Played 1
Video Appearances 6
Podcast Appearances 2

Voice of John Avery Whittaker, 1987-1994


Hal Smith (1916-1994) was the first voice of John Avery Whittaker through 1994. He also was the voice of dozens of minor characters during the time he was on the show. He first began working with Focus on the Family in 1984 on several radio dramas. Before that time, he was a well known actor, providing the voices for many cartoon characters.

Katie Leigh, Walker Edmiston and Will Ryan had all worked with Hal Smith before the start of Adventures in Odyssey in 1987, and the fact that Hal Smith was playing the lead character was one of the primary reasons that they each decided to join the show. Edmiston would later recount that on recording days for AIO, he and Hal would arrange to meet at a local McDonald's near the recording studio in Pomona to have breakfast with each other beforehand.


Hal Smith's health began deteriorating through the early 90s, after the death of his wife. Initially, the plan was for Whit to die when Hal Smith became unable to continue voicing the role. The Mortal Coil was recorded to explain Whit's death, but this decision was later reversed and the episode was changed so that Whit didn't die after all. Shortly after that, on January 27, 1994, Hal Smith died. After that, Whit disappeared from Odyssey for what at the time appeared to be permanent.


Hal also played Otis Campbell on The Andy Griffith Show.

Characters Played

Acting (269) · Characters (59) · Video Acting (6) · Video Characters (1) · Podcasts (2)

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Hal Smith has acted in 269 episodes with an average rating of 89%
Hal Smith has voiced 1 character
Hal Smith has appeared in 2 podcasts