He was the Indian chief in Peter Pan and Fidget the bat in The Great Mouse Detective.
But from 1962-1993, Johnny Candy Candido would leave Hollywood and Walt Disney studios behind and travel to Allentown where he would serve as the fairs Good Will Ambassador.
Candido would tool around the grounds in his golf cart, announcing the grandstand and Farmerama shows or escorting visiting bigwigs.
Candido, known as The Man With A Thousand Voices, was a gifted vocal mimic. He provided character voices for more than a dozen animated Disney films, from one of Maleficents goons in Sleeping Beauty to a crocodile in Robin Hood.
Candido met fair officials through his entertainment connections. Traveling in his Air Stream trailer, he would arrive in Allentown two or three weeks before the fair to generate media attention.
During the fair, he would delight children and adults alike.
He was a fixture. You could cross his path at any location at the fairgrounds, recalled Bruce Raines of Allentown, who has gone to the fair for 70 years. He was constantly roving about, stopping to talk and joke with any and all who would pause and enjoy his company.
From his experiences in Allentown in the early 1960s, Candido began traveling a circuit, working at a number of fairs across the country from May to October.
Ill health reluctantly forced Candido to cancel plans to attend the 1994 fair. In 1995, he wrote the fair to say he was retiring for good. Candido died in 1999 at his home in Burbank, Calif. He was 85.