Michael Jeter (August 26, 1952 - March 30, 2003) was an Emmy Award-winning American film, stage and television actor. He did the motion capture for Smokey and Steamer in the 2004 film, The Polar Express while André Sogliuzzo did the voice. This was his final film role as he died of an epileptic seizure during production of the film. The film was dedicated to him.
To pay him a tribute, a deleted scene from the film, called It Takes Two, which features Smokey and Steamer prominently, is featured on the film's DVD release.
Michael Jeter and Tom Hanks both played roles in the 1986 film, The Money Pit and the 1999 film The Green Mile