Date of Birth : Nov 3rd 1952
Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Cummings relocated to New Orleans, where he worked on the assembly of Mardi Gras floats. He later moved to Anaheim, California, where he worked “odd jobs” until the early 1980s. Cummings’ first opportunity as a voice actor came in 1983, when the failing health of longtime Winnie the Pooh voice actor Sterling Holloway prompted an open call for Holloway’s replacement for the animated feature, Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore. While Hal Smith (best known as “Otis Campbell” in The Andy Griffith Show) took over for that particular project, Cummings proved to be an uncanny substitute for Holloway in the subsequent TV show, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. He also changed Pooh’s voice by giving him more depth and an English accent.