Private funeral services were pending today for actor/comedian Eddie Carroll, who has provided the voice for Disney's Jiminy Cricket since 1971.
Carroll, 76, died Tuesday at age 76 from a brain tumor, according to publicist Roger Neal. He was diagnosed with the tumor in October, Neal said.
"Eddie was a fighter right to the end," Carroll's wife, Carolyn, said.
The Canadian actor made guest appearances on a variety of television shows in the 1960s, including "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," "Mission: Impossible" and "The Andy Griffith Show."
In the 1970s, he was hired by Disney to provide the voice of the well- groomed, umbrella-carrying Jiminy Cricket, taking over the duty from original voice Cliff Edwards, who died in 1971.
Thanks to his striking resemblance to Jack Benny, Carroll began performing a one-man tribute show to Benny in 1983. In fact, Carroll's death was first reported on the Web site for the International Jack Benny Fan Club.
Carroll is survived by his wife and two children -- daughter Tina and son Leland.