The actor who played Jimmy, the boy with the talking flute on H.R. Pufnstuf is dead. Actor Jack Wild was 53 and died Wednesday of cancer. After he had surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy for mouth cancer in 2000, he was left unable to speak. Last year he had said "my lifestyle has made me a walking timebomb," blaming the cancer on years of boozing and smoking. I just loved that H.R. Pufnstuf show when I was little (along with Sigmund the Sea Monster), me and my sister used to watch it all the time. I didn't understand that whole psychedelic aspect or whatever, I just know the witchipoo scared me and I wanted to choke that weird talking golden flute to death.
H.R. Pufnstuf, whose your friend when things get rough?
H.R. Pufnstuf can’t do a little cause he can’t do enough.
Once upon a summertime just a dream from yesterday
A boy & his magic golden flute heard a boat from off the bay
"Come and play with me, Jimmy. Come and play with me.And I will take you on a trip far across the sea."
But the boat belonged to a kooky old witch who had in mind the flute to snitch.
From her broom broom in the sky she watched her plans materialize.