Paul Herlinger

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Paul Herlinger
Voice of John Avery Whittaker, 1996-2008
Episode Characters Played 18
Episode Appearances 222
Video Characters Played 1
Video Appearances 9
Podcast Appearances 10



Paul Herlinger produced television documentaries and public-affairs programs for over 25 years. He has narrated dozens of PBS documentaries, commercials, and films, including The Sixties: The Years That Shaped a Generation (2005). Perhaps what he was most well known for was his work on Adventures in Odyssey as a voice actor, which he did for 12 years from 1996 to 2008. His major role on the show was playing the voice of John Avery Whittaker, which he inherited from Hal Smith after Hal died in 1994. Due to health concerns, Paul retired in 2008 and passed the role of Whit on to Andre Stojka, who began voicing Whit a year later in the fall of 2009. Shortly after retiring and giving the role to Andre, Paul passed away on February 2, 2010, at the age of 81.


  • Paul stated in the official podcast that Odyssey was the most gratifying thing he had ever done in his life.
  • Paul Herlinger's favorite episodes were some of the ones that gave a glimpse into Whit's heart, feelings, and past life—specifically #365: “Clara” and #582: “Silent Night”.
  • A resident of the Seattle area (near Tacoma specifically) during his tenure on Odyssey, Paul was temporarily prevented from traveling to the recording studio in Pomona for the recording of several episodes of the Novacom saga by the nationwide shutdown of the airlines after the 9/11 terror attacks. Paul would end up recording his lines for these episodes from a local Seattle-area recording studio while the rest of the cast performed from their studio in California.


Paul Herlinger: Oh, hi there! I'm John Avery Whittaker, but you can call me Whit. We were just getting ready for a time of wonder, excitement and discovery! Care to join us? You never know what'll happen next time--Bah. Next. Let's do this right.

#501: “Inside the Studio”


Acting (222) · Characters (18) · Video Acting (9) · Video Characters (1) · Podcasts (10)

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Paul Herlinger has voiced 1 character