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Candy Candido

Candy Candido

American radio performer, bass player, vocalist and animation voice actor
Candy Candido
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Intro American radio performer, bass player, vocalist and animation voice actor
Was Actor Jazz musician Dub actor
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music
Gender male
Birth 25 December 1913, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, U.S.A.
Death 19 May 1999, Burbank, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A. (aged 85 years)
Spouse: Anita Gordon
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Candy Candido (December 25, 1913 – May 19, 1999) was an American radio performer, bass player, vocalist and animation voice actor, best remembered for his famous line, "I'm feeling mighty low."


Born Jonathan Joseph Candido on Christmas Day in 1913 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Candido, who later used the legal name John B. Candido, was a bassist and vocalist in Ted Fio Rito's big band, and they can be seen in a Soundie, "Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me". In 1933 he married Anita Bivona.


Candido's distinctive, four-octave speaking voice became familiar to radio listeners and moviegoers. Speaking his lines in his normal tenor, he would suddenly adopt a high, squeaky soprano and just as suddenly plunge into a gruff bass. His weekly repetition of "I'm feeling mighty low" on Jimmy Durante's radio show made it a national catchphrase. The running gag became so familiar that he recorded a song of the same title with Durante. The line can be heard in the 1950 Bugs Bunny cartoon Homeless Hare, although it was not spoken there by Candido.


Candido provided the voice of a skeleton in Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion, and he later teamed with Bud Abbott during Abbott's attempted comeback in 1960. He was the voice of the bear in the Gentle Ben TV series, and he worked as a voice actor on animated films, notably for Walt Disney, where he portrayed the Wolf's roars in Peter and the Wolf, the Indian Chief in Peter Pan, one of Maleficent's goons in Sleeping Beauty, Shere Khan's roars in The Jungle Book, a frog in The Aristocats, the Captain of the Guard in Robin Hood, Brutus and Nero in The Rescuers, the deep voiced prisoner in the Haunted Mansion attraction, Fidget the peg-legged bat and a Reprobate in the Pub in The Great Mouse Detective, the Snow Dragon in Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July, and Bear growls along with Clarence Nash in The Fox and the Hound. Other animated films with Candido voices include Chuck Jones' adaptation of The Phantom Tollbooth, and the Ralph Bakshi movies Hey Good Lookin' and Heavy Traffic.


His various credited and uncredited roles as an actor, bassist and vocalist in live-action films include Sadie McKee (1934), Roberta (1935), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), The Wizard of Oz (1939), Rhythm Parade (1942), Campus Rhythm (1943), Sarge Goes to College (1947), Smart Politics (1948) and The Great Rupert (1950).


Candido recorded a few children's 78 RPM records for Capitol Records:

  • CAS-3105 - Side One "I'm Popeye the Sailor Man", Side Two "The Little White Duck" (1952)
  • CAS-3156 - Side One "You're Nothin' But a Nothin'", Side Two "Barnacle Bill the Sailor" (1953)


Candido died in his sleep at his Burbank, California home. He was interred in San Fernando Mission Cemetery.


  • Sadie McKee (1934) - Candy of 'Coco and Candy' - Bass Player
  • Roberta (1935) - Candy - Trick-voiced Wabash Indianian (uncredited)
  • Broadway Gondolier (1935) - Candy (uncredited)
  • Mama Steps Out (1937) - Bosco (uncredited)
  • Something to Sing About (1937) - Candy (bassist in the band)
  • Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938) - Spec
  • Only Angels Have Wings (1939) - Bass Player (uncredited)
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939) - Angry Apple Tree (voice, uncredited)
  • Dumbo (1941) - Lion (roaring voice, uncredited)
  • Heart of the Rio Grande (1942) - Basso dubbing for Frog and Tadpole (uncredited)
  • Rhythm Parade (1942) - Candy
  • Campus Rhythm (1943) - Harold
  • Sarge Goes to College (1947) - Bass and Vocals, The Jam Session
  • Fun and Fancy Free (1947) - Lumpjaw, The Bully Grizzly Bear (voice, uncredited)
  • Smart Politics (1948) - Alvin, Peabody's Nephew
  • The Great Rupert (1950) - Molineri - Florist
  • Riding High (1950) - Musician (uncredited)
  • Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950) - Skeleton (voice, uncredited)
  • Lambert the Sheepish Lion (1951) - Lambert (roaring voice), Wolf (growling voice)
  • Alice in Wonderland (1951) - Dandelion (roaring voice, uncredited)
  • Peter Pan (1953) - Indian Chief (voice)
  • King Creole (1958) - King Creole Doorman (uncredited)
  • Plunderers of Painted Flats (1959) - Bartender
  • Sleeping Beauty (1959) - Maleficent's Goon (voice, uncredited)
  • The Sword in the Stone (1963) - Pike (voice, uncredited)
  • The Jungle Book (1967) - Bagheera (roaring voice, uncredited), Shere Khan (roaring voice, uncredited)
  • The Phantom Tollbooth (1970) - Awful DYNN (voice)
  • The Aristocats (1970) - Frog (voice, uncredited)
  • Heavy Traffic (1973) - The Mafia Messenger (voice)
  • Charlotte's Web (1973) - Uncle the pig (voice, uncredited)
  • Robin Hood (1973) - Captain of the Guards (voice, uncredited)
  • Herbie Rides Again (1974)
  • The Rescuers (1977) - Brutus / Nero (voice, uncredited)
  • The Fox and the Hound (1981) - Bear (growling) (voice, uncredited)
  • Hey Good Lookin' (1982) - Sal (voice)
  • Fire and Ice (1983) - Sub-humans (voice, uncredited)
  • The Black Cauldron (1985) - The Hound King's Guards (voice, uncredited)
  • The Great Mouse Detective (1986) - Fidget (voice)
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