Rest in Peace, Peter Robbins: Original Voice of Charlie Brown Dies at Age 65

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FOX 5 San Diego reported on Tuesday evening that Peter Robbins, the voice actor known as the first to bring iconic comic strip character Charlie Brown to life in a series of animated specials in the 1960s, has died at the age of 65.

The report includes the line, Robbins’ family said he took his own life last week.

As a child, Robbins was appointed the task of providing a voice for Charlie Brown when Peanuts creator Charles Shulz began adapting his comic strip as a cartoon series. During that early run, as Rolling Stone points out, Robbins kept quite busy: The first proper Peanuts TV special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, was released in 1965. Over the next several years, Robbins would voice Charlie Brown in more TV specials and movies, including classics like Charlie Brown’s All-Stars, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and the 1969 Peanuts feature film, A Boy Named Charlie Brown. (Along with his work on the Peanuts cartoons, Robbins continued to pick up other acting roles on TV shows like F Troop, Good Times, and Get Smart.)

He was eventually replaced during the 1970s, as Robbins “aged out” of the role.

In the years since, Robbins dealt with a number of personal and legal issues, including bipolar disorder and erratic behavior that included stints in prison.

He was released from prison in 2019 and spoke with FOX 5 San Diego about what he had learned over the years through his various struggles:

“I would recommend to anybody that has bipolar disorder to take it seriously because your life can turn around in a span of a month like it did to me. I came out of prison and I’m a better person for it. I’m much more humble, grateful and thankful that I lived through the experience.”

May Peter Robbins rest in peace.

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