Wonga Phillip "Phil" Harris (June 24, 1904 –
August 11, 1995) was an American singer,
songwriter, jazz musician, actor, and
comedian. He was born to Harry and Dollie
Harris. His mother was of Irish descent.
Though successful as an orchestra leader,
Harris is remembered today for his
recordings as a vocalist, his voice work in
animation (probably most famous later in his
career for his roles as bears, one being
Baloo in Disney's The Jungle Book, and as
Little John in Disney's Robin Hood). He also
voiced Thomas O'Malley in Disney's The
Aristocats. Harris was also a pioneer in radio
situation comedy, first with Jack Benny, and
then in a series in which he co-starred with
his wife, singer-actress Alice Faye in eight
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