Ken Sansom Biography

American actor (1927–2012)For the English footballer, see Kenny Sansom.

Frank Kenneth Sansom (April 2, 1927 – October 8, 2012) was an American 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.


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Death
  • 5 Filmography
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early life

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

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.

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


Sansom started his career in 1957 with a radio show in Los Angeles called Sansom and Then Some. He began acting in 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, replacing Rabbit’s original voice actor Junius Matthews following 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.

Personal life

Sansom married Carla Sansom in 1961, they remained married until Sansom's death. Together they have three children.


Sansom died on October 8, 2012 in Holladay, Utah due to complications of a stroke at the age of 85. He resided in Sandy, Utah. His remains are buried in Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park in Millcreek, Utah. His widow Carla is buried next to him.


  • Shinbone Alley (1970) as Rosie the Cat (voice)
  • Tales of Washington Irving (1970) as Narrator (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 Invisible Woman (1983, TV Movie) as Lionel Gilbert
  • 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)
  • The Bible: The Amazing Book (1988) as Doc Dickory (voice)
  • The Bible: The Amazing Children (1989) 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)
  • The Bible: The Amazing Miracles (1991) as Doc Dickory (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)
  • My Interactive Pooh (1998, Video Game) as Rabbit (voice)
  • A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving (1998, TV special) as Rabbit (voice)
  • Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You (1999, TV special) as Rabbit (voice)
  • Disney Learning: Winnie the Pooh (1999, Video Game) as Rabbit (voice)
  • The Tigger Movie (2000) as Rabbit (voice)
  • Tigger's Honey Hunt (2000, Video Game) as Rabbit (voice)
  • The Book of Pooh (2001-2003, TV Series) as Rabbit (voice)
  • Party Time with Winnie the Pooh (2001, Video Game) as Rabbit (voice)
  • The Book of Pooh: A Story Without A Tail (2002, Video Game) as Rabbit (voice)
  • Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002) as Rabbit (voice)
  • Piglet's Big Movie (2003) as Rabbit (voice)
  • Piglet's Big Game (2003, Video Game) as Rabbit (voice)
  • Springtime with Roo (2004) as Rabbit (voice)
  • Winnie the Pooh: ABC's (2004) as Rabbit (voice)
  • Winnie the Pooh: 123s (2004) as Rabbit (voice)
  • Who Saves The Village? (2005, Video short) as Ol Blue
  • Winnie the Pooh's Rumbly Tumbly Adventure (2005, Video Game) as Rabbit (voice)
  • 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)
  • Winnie the Pooh: Wonderful Word Adventure (2006) as Rabbit (voice)
  • Winnie the Pooh: Shapes and Sizes (2006) as Rabbit (voice)
  • My Friends Tigger & Pooh (2007–2010, TV Series) as Rabbit (voice), (Final voice role)


    External links

    • Ken Sansom at IMDb
    • Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (1997)
    • Seasons of Giving (1999)
    • The Book of Pooh: Stories from the Heart (2001)
    • A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002)
    • Springtime with Roo (2004)
    • Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)
    • Super Sleuth Christmas Movie (2007)
    • Friendly Tails (2008)
    • Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too (2009)
    • Super Duper Super Sleuths (2010)
    Non-Disney films
    • Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey (2023)
    • Welcome to Pooh Corner (1983–1984)
    • The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988–1991)
      • episodes
        • Pooh Oughta Be in Pictures (1988)
    • The Book of Pooh (2001–2003)
    • My Friends Tigger & Pooh (2007–2010)
      • episodes
    • Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue (1990)
    • Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too (1991)
    • Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh (1996)
    • A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving (1998)
    • A Valentine for You (1999)
    Video games
    • Winnie the Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood (1986)
    • Disney's Animated Storybook
      • Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
      • Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too
    • Kingdom Hearts (2002 onwards)
    • Ready to Read with Pooh (1997)
    • Winnie the Pooh: Adventures in the 100 Acre Wood (2000)
    • Tigger's Honey Hunt (2000)
    • Party Time with Winnie the Pooh (2001)
    • Piglet's Big Game (2003)
    • Winnie the Pooh's Rumbly Tumbly Adventure (2005)
    • Disney Friends (2007)
    • Winnie the Pooh's Home Run Derby (2007)
    • Disney Magic Kingdoms (2018)
    • "Winnie the Pooh" (1965)
    • "House at Pooh Corner" (1970)
    • Christopher Robin Milne
    • E. H. Shepard
    • Harry Colebourn
    • Shirley Slesinger L*well
    • Stephen Slesinger
    • Sherman Brothers
    • David Benedictus
    • Mark Burgess
    • Sterling Holloway
    • Ashdown Forest
    • Bother! The Brain of Pooh
    • Comic strip
    • Disney franchise
    • Hundred Acre Wood
    • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh attraction
    • More Songs from Pooh Corner
    • Pooh's Hunny Hunt
    • Poohsticks
    • Return to Pooh Corner
    • The Tao of Pooh
    • The Te of Piglet
    • The Pooh Perplex
    • Eeyore's Birthday Party
    • Winnipeg the Bear
    • A Bear Named Winnie
    • Goodbye Christopher Robin
    • "Band in China"
    • Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Cl*ic
    • Winnie ille Pu
    • Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Adaptation
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