The voices of The Smurfs turned up all over classic television

You won't Smurfin' believe it.

Images: The Everett Collection

La la la-la la la, sing a happy song! The Smurfs cartoon was a staple for anyone who grew up in the 1980s. Who knew that a Belgian comic series would become one of the pop culture sensations of the decade? We even collected the little blue plastic figurines.

At the time, we did not realize that the voices behind The Smurfs were talented actors from M*A*S*H, Mork & Mindy, Happy Days, The Andy Griffith Show and more.

Let's take a peek behind the mushroom houses and see who those voices were.

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1. Angel Smurf

William Christopher

Angel Smurf may not be the most popular Smurf — the winged Smurf only turns up in a handful of cartoon episodes — but the man behind the voice played one of TV's most beloved holy men. For 11 seasons, Christopher portrayed Father Francis Mulcahy on M*A*S*H (not to mention a couple seasons of AfterMASH).

2. Greedy Smurf

Hamilton Camp

Greedy Smurf is the one sporting a white chef's toque in the image up top. Hamilton Camp brought the little baker to life. In addition to the 164 episodes of The Smurfs he voiced, Camp turned up in loads of sitcoms, from The Monkees to WKRP in Cincinnati. He even briefly starred in his own comedy, He & She. We particularly loved his role on The Andy Griffith Show, where he played a prisoner who joins Andy's barbershop quartet in "The Barbershop Quartet." No wonder he also voiced the character of Harmony Smurf.

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3. Papa Smurf

Don Messick

We love it when you call him Big Papa. Messick was a cartoon legend, voicing iconic pooches Scooby-Doo and Astro, as well as Boo-Boo Bear, Muttley and dozens of other characters. All that animation credibility led him to be cast for a role in front of the camera, in the sitcom The Duck Factory, an MTM Enterprises production starring a young Jim Carrey. Oh, and the master of animal voices naturally did Azrael, Gargamel's cat, too.

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4. Grandpa Smurf

Jonathan Winters

The big, bizarre and lovable comedian was known for his surreal, Grammy-winning crank phone calls and the role of Mearth, Mork's full-grown child on Mork & Mindy. He even looks kind of like a Smurf in this photo.

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5. Gargamel

Paul Winchell

Winchell lived an unparalleled career. Who else can claim to be a pioneering ventriloquist and the inventor of the artificial heart? (No, really. He built and patented a mechanical heart for humans.) He came to fame working stages with his dummies, Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff (pictured here). Later, he would voice Tigger in Winnie the Pooh cartoons for Disney.

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6. Farmer Smurf

Alan Young

Wilbur! For 143 episodes, Young portrayed the owner of Mister Ed, the talking horse. He was so used to acting in and around a barn, he was an obvious choice to voice Farmer Smurf. He also gave voice to Miner Smurf and Scaredy Smurf.

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7. Brainy Smurf

Danny Goldman

Bespectacled in real life, Goldman, the voice of Brainy Smurf, had some live-action credits on his resume, too. Early in his career, he snagged a minor role in the MASH movie, and later landed regular roles on flop series The New Mike Hammer and Busting Loose. But he was most associated with Brainy, even voicing the blue brainiac in a few episodes of Robot Chicken.

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8. Scruple

Brenda Vaccaro

One Oscar nomination, three Golden Globe nominations (and one win), four Emmy nominations (and one win), and three Tony nominations. The voice behind Scruple, the redheaded brat disciple of Gargamel, had perhaps the most acclaimed acting career. Vaccaro stoles scenes in Midnight Cowboy alongside Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight. In the mid-1970s, she headlined her own TV show, Sara, about a schoolteacher in the Old West. That's a lot of credibility for an animated wizard.

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9. Smurfette

Lucille Bliss

Bliss may not have the onscreen acting credits to compete with her Smurf colleagues, but she did have the ultimate bragging rights. "The Girl With a Thousand Voices" began her career as the voice of Crusader Rabbit, the first cartoon character created especially for television. Period. This was first animated TV series ever. Jay Ward, the genius behind Rocky and Bullwinkle, created Crusader Rabbit in the late 1940s. Four decades later, Bliss was entertaining children as the blonde Smurfette.

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10. Vanity Smurf

Alan Oppenheimer

Very briefly, Oppenheimer portrayed Mickey Malph, the optometrist father of Ralph Malph on Happy Days. He was swiftly replaced with Jack Dodson, a.k.a. Howard Sprague of Mayberry. Oppenheimer also turned up in episodes of Bonanza, Bewitched, That Girl, Murphy BrownHogan's Heroes, Get Smart and The Andy Griffith Show. He was even the mayor of Raytown on Mama's Family.

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DouglasMorris 57 months ago
Alan Young also voiced Scrooge McDuck!
jamiahsh 63 months ago
Alan Oppenheimer was Dr. Rudy Wells number 2 on The Six Million Dollar Man
MjLondon 63 months ago
Alan Oppenheimer IS Skeletor!
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