Wonga Phillip "Phil" Harris was an American comedian, jazz musician, singer, actor, and voice actor. He provided the voices for Baloo in The Jungle Book, Thomas O'Malley in The Aristocats, and Little John in Robin Hood. He was originally cast to voice Orville in The Rescuers, however, it went to Jim Jordan instead. He also played the voice of Patou in the 1991 Don Bluth movie Rock-A-Doodle which turns out to be last acting role before his retirement.
Phil also appeared in NBC Salutes the 25th Anniversary of the Wonderful World of Disney.
Harris returned to Disney to reprise his role of Baloo when the television series TaleSpin was being produced and recorded five episodes. However, executives felt that Harris had too big a voice difference from his portrayal of Baloo in the 60s. The role was then given to Ed Gilbert and the episodes featuring Harris were recorded over. However, Harris did reprise the voice of Baloo for Walt Disney's World on Ice: Mickey's Magical Tales, which began touring around the same time.