Harlan circa 1892
December 29, 1865|
Zanesville, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||January 21, 1940
Martinsville, Indiana, U.S.
|Cause of death||Stroke|
|Resting place||Green Lawn Cemetery
|Relatives||Kenneth Harlan (nephew)|
Otis Harlan (December 29, 1865 - January 21, 1940) was an American comedic actor.
In 1893, he appeared in Victor Herbert's The Magic Knight. He was playing in vaudeville shows by 1911, appearing in Irving Berlin's ragtime musicals. Harlan also played the role of Cap'n Andy in the first, part-talkie film version of "Show Boat" (1929). He was also seen as the Master of Ceremonies in the sound prologue that accompanied the film. In 1935, Harlan played the role of Starveling in Max Reinhardt's 1935 film version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. In 1937, Harlan provided the voice of "Happy", one of the Seven Dwarfs in the Disney animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In the same year he also appeared in the Our Gang short Roamin' Holiday. Contrary to popular belief, Harlan did not voice Mr. Mole in Bambi. Mr. Mole was voiced by Bambi's story director, Perce Pearce.