Wednesday, February 15, 2012
RIP Lauri Main
Hosted Disney Channel's 'Pooh Corner'
By Variety Staff
Australian-born actor Laurie Main, best known as host and narrator of the Disney Channel's "Welcome to Pooh Corner," died in Los Angeles on Feb. 8. He was 89.
Main studied acting with Agnes Moorehead after coming to the U.S. in 1960. He worked on Broadway, debuting in "First Impressions" in 1959 and playing opposite Eartha Kitt in "Jolly's Progress" the same year. He appeared in "Lord Pengo" in 1963 and in "13 Rue de l'Amour" in 1978.
Main's extensive film roles include "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo," "Freaky Friday" and "Mom and Dad Save the World." TV credits include "Facts of Life Goes to Paris," "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir," "Bewitched," "Family Affair," "Mayberry R.F.D." and "That Girl."
Born in Melbourne, Laurence G. Main left home at 16 and later moved to England, where his repertory theater work included "Diary of a Nobody."
Born: 11/29/1922, Australian
Died: 2/8/1922 Los Angeles, California, U.S.A
Lauri Main's westerns - actor:
Maverick (TV) - 1960, 1961 (Marquis of Bognar, Crimmins)
Wagon Train (TV) - 1961 (Father Francis Xavier)
Daniel Boone (TV) - 1965, 1966, 1967, 1970 (Benjamin Franklin, Stinch, Sir Samuel Peacham)
Iron Horse (TV) - 1967 (Jean Louis)
The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV) - 1968 (Judge)
Cat Ballou (TV) - 1970 (Land Developer)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) - 1981 (Major Guffrey)