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On April 11, 2010, Eddie Carroll's wife Carolyn told the Los Angeles Times that he died at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital in Woodland Hills, California from a brain tumor.

Eddie Carroll was born in Canada in 1933 and  moved to Hollywood in the 1950s to become an actor. He took over the role of Jiminy Cricket in 1973  after the death of original voice Cliff Edwards in 1971.  During the 1970s, he co-wrote scripts for Hanna-Barbera and other cartoon studios (notably The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, along with Jamie Farr).  Carroll had portrayed Jiminy since 1973, two years after the death of Cliff Edwards, who originally voiced the famous cricket. The Canadian-born actor assumed the role of Jiminy for all manner of Disney media, including the Kingdom Hearts video game series (2002's "Kingdom Hearts" and 2005's "Kingdom Hearts II") and the 1999 video game, "Disney's Villains' Revenge". No one else ever voiced a Disney character for as long as Carroll did, said Rick Dempsey, senior vice-president of Disney's Character Voices division.

Carroll had been performing the critically-acclaimed one-man tribute stage show Jack Benny: Laughter in Bloom, which he wrote himself. He entertained in dinner theatres as a Benny impersonator.

Besides his wife and children, Tia Monti and Leland Carroll, he is survived by brothers Bob Elen and Dale Eleniak, all of Los Angeles.

 


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