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Bruno W. Pantel

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Bruno W. Pantel (1921-1995) was a German actor who dubbed Fozzie Bear on Die Muppet Show and in all Muppet movies and specials through Die Muppets Weihnachtsgeschichte (The Muppet Christmas Carol), and Flange Doozer on the Die Fraggles episodes "All Work and All Play" and "The Doozer Contest."

Originally trained as a driving instructor and medical assistant, Pantel shifted to acting in 1945, performing on the German stage. Moving to film in the 1950s, he played supporting roles in Fritz Lang's The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960) and Sherlock Holmes and the Necklace of Death (1962), as the auctioneer in the film's climax.

As an active dub actor, Pantel supplied the German voices of Oliver Hardy in the 1970s TV dubs of the Laurel and Hardy movies, Stuart Saunders in the James Bond film Octopussy, Peter Falk and Jack Benny in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World, and Gordon Jackson in The Long Ships. Cartoon roles included Jock in Lady and the Tramp, Sullivan in The Secret of NIMH, and Puck on Maya the Bee. Despite the amputation of one leg in 1973 and the other in 1989, Pantel remained active, on and off camera, through 1992.

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