Jun 24, 2021

One of the Seven Dwarfs Voiced by A Lambda Alum

Source Courtesy of D23

Otis Harlan, born in 1885 in Zanesville, Ohio and a Lambda Alumni, became one of the first American voice actors in history. Otis is known for his role as "Happy" in the classic animated series Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He began his acting career performing as a comedian as Cap’n Andy in 1929’s Show Boat, Starveling in 1935’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in the 1937 Our Gang comedy short Roamin’ Holiday. In the book Famous Stars of Light Opera, published in 1900, Otis was described as “the personification of jest and merriment. Think of him trying to do anything seriously! He radiates fun and jollity; they shine from a joy-smitten countenance, are reflected from eyes that suggest practical jokes and antics of all sorts, and especially are they found in a bubbling, infectious laugh, full of ripples and good nature, that flows from Mr. Harlan’s mouth on every possible and impossible occasion, like champagne from an uncorked bottle.”

Otis Harlan…one of the very first Disney actors.