When Cliff Edwards,who originated the voice of Jiminy Cricket in Disney’s Pinocchio, died in 1971, Disney knew who would be perfect as the voice of the company’s conscious — Eddie Carroll. Even though Jiminy is a small cricket, he had big shoes to fill. Carroll was already an accomplished comedian and voice actor so the transition was quite seamless.
Carroll was also an incredible impersonator and his impression of Jack Benny was justifiably awarded. Our thoughts and regards are with his friends and family.
The tributes are rolling, here are a few I think give a broad representation of the man and his work.
LaughingPlace.com has linked to a couple of their prior interviews with Carroll.
Voice Actor News has a touching tribute to one of their most successful members.