Monday, June 27, 2005

Goodbye, Mr. Peterson

As a huge fan of all things Bob Newhart-related, and especially of the original '70s "Bob Newhart Show," it brings me great sadness to report the death of character actor John Fiedler, who played Bob's meek, bald-headed patient Mr. Peterson. Fiedler was also the voice of "Piglet" on "Winnie the Pooh," and his death comes just one day after the demise of the actor who voiced Tigger, Paul Winchell. Fiedler appeared in "True Grit," "That Touch of Mink" and "Star Trek" during his long career.

Mr. Peterson was my second-favorite of all Bob's psychiatric patients, next to cranky rug-wearing Mr. Carlin, of course, who was played to perfection by Jack Riley.

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John Fiedler, RIP.

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