Frank Kenneth Sansom (April 2, 1927 – October 8, 2012) was an American actor, singer and voice actor. Among his best known roles, Sansom voiced Rabbit in animated television series, television specials, and films for Disney's Winnie the Pooh franchise from 1988 to 2010.
Frank Kenneth Sansom
April 2, 1927
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
|Died||October 8, 2012 (aged 85)|
Holladay, Utah, U.S.
|Alma mater||Brigham Young University|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, singer|
Sansom enrolled at the University of Utah following World War II, but did not complete his studies at that university. He transferred to Brigham Young University, where he received a bachelor's degree in radio broadcasting in 1949.
Sansom started his career with a radio show in Los Angeles called Sansom and Then Some. He began acting in the early 1968 when he moved to Los Angeles. His first role was in an episode of Mayberry R.F.D., a continuation of The Andy Griffith Show. He was best known for his role as Rabbit in the television series The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. He also voiced Stan, the Woozle in the series. He also voiced Rabbit in a number of TV specials and movies of Winnie the Pooh, taking over for original Rabbit voice Junius Matthews after his death in 1978.
In an interview with ABC 4, when asked about voicing Rabbit in the upcoming Winnie the Pooh film, he stated, "I'm not sure." Tom Kenny voiced Rabbit in the movie, although Sansom claimed he was still under contract. Ken was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Shinbone Alley (1970) as Rosie the Cat (voice)
- Mayberry R.F.D. (1970–1971, TV Series) as Clarence / Ferguson
- The Brady Bunch (1971, TV Series) as Stan Jacobsen
- The Long Goodbye (1973) as Colony Guard
- The Sting (1973) as Western Union Executive
- Herbie Rides Again (1974) as Lawyer - First Team
- Where Have All the People Gone? (1974) as Jack McFadden
- Airport 1975 (1974) as Gary
- Funny Lady (1975) as Frederick Martin (Daddy)
- Charlie's Angels (1976, TV Series) as Clerk
- Days of Our Lives (1976, TV Series) as Frederick Powell
- The Small One (1978) as The Baker (voice) (uncredited)
- Nutcracker Fantasy (1979) as Chamberlain / The Poet Wiseman (voice)
- Banjo the Woodpile Cat (1979) as Banjo's Father / The Farmer (voice)
- The Littles (1983-1985, TV Series) as Dr. Hunter and Peterson
- Gallavants (1984) as Thunk - Narrator (voice)
- The Transformers (1984–1985, TV Series) as Hound
- Starchaser: The Legend of Orin (1985) as Magreb / Tactical Robot (voice)
- Murder She Wrote (1985–1986, TV Series) as Bert / Man
- The Chipmunk Adventure (1987) as Inspector Jamal / Additional Voices (voice)
- Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School (1988) as Ned (voice)
- The Bible: The Amazing Book (1988) as Doc Dickory (voice)
- The Wizard of Oz (1990, TV series) (voice)
- The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988–1991, TV Series) as Rabbit / Stan Woozle / Piglet Look-Alike / Store Clerk (voice)
- TaleSpin (1 episode, 1990) as Ralph Throgmorton (voice)
- Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh (1996) as Rabbit (voice)
- Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (1997) as Rabbit (voice)
- The Magical World of Walt Disney (1998-2010) as Rabbit (voice)
- The Tigger Movie (2000) as Rabbit (voice)
- Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002) as Rabbit (voice)
- Mickeypalooza (2003, TV special) as Rabbit (voice)
- Piglet's Big Movie (2003) as Rabbit (voice)
- Who Saves The Village? (2005, Video short) as Ol Blue
- Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005) as Rabbit (voice)
- Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005) as Rabbit (voice)
- Kingdom Hearts II (2005, Video Game) as Rabbit (voice)
- My Friends Tigger & Pooh (2007–2010, TV Series) as Rabbit (voice), (Final voice role)
- "Utah actor Ken Sansom, voice of 'Pooh's' Rabbit, dies at 85". The Salt Lake Tribune. Media News Group. October 11, 2012. Archived from the original on October 13, 2012. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
- Minovitz, Ethan (October 12, 2012). "Animation Voice Ken Sansom, Winnie the Pooh's Rabbit, dies at 85". Big Cartoon News. Archived from the original on 2 December 2012. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
- "Meet the Voice of Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh". Newport Television. 24 August 2010. Archived from the original on 26 August 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
- Johnston, Ron (1995). "Actors, Producers and Directors". Famous Mormon. p. 3. Archived from the original on 30 April 2008. Retrieved 14 October 2018.