Ken Sansom
Born Frank Kenneth Sansom
(1927-04-02)April 2, 1927
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Died October 8, 2012(2012-10-08) (aged 85)[1]
Holladay, Utah, United States
Cause of death Stroke
Alma mater Brigham Young University
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1957–2012
Known for voice of Rabbit

Frank Kenneth "Ken" Sansom (April 2, 1927 – October 8, 2012) was an American actor 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 from 1983 to 2011.[1]


Early lifeEdit

Sansom was born on April 2, 1927, in Salt Lake City, Utah.[1] He enlisted in the United States Navy soon after graduating from East High School in Salt Lake City in 1944.[1]

Sansom enrolled at the University of Utah following World War II, but did not complete his studies at that university.[1] He transferred to Brigham Young University, where he received a bachelor's degree in radio broadcasting in 1949.[1]

He was recalled by the U.S. Navy for service during the Korean War.[1] He served as a member of the United Service Organizations, providing entertainment to American troops while in Korea.[1]


Sanson started his career with a radio show in Los Angeles called Sansom and Then Some. He began acting in the early 1970s.[2] His first role was in an episode of Mayberry R.F.D., a continuation of the 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.[3]

In an interview with ABC 4, when asked about voicing Rabbit in the upcoming Winnie the Pooh film, he stated, "Yes I can do it but this is the last time."[4] Tom Kenny voiced some lines Rabbit in the movie, although Ken Sansom claimed he was still under contract.[4] Ken was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[5]


On October 8, 2012, Sansom died due to complications of a stroke at the age of 85. He had been residing in Sandy, Utah.



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