Peter Robbins, the voice who brought the character “Peanuts” Charlie Brown to life on television in the 1960s but who struggled with mental illness and spent time in prison later in life, passed away the same day. January 18 in Oceanside, California. He is 65 years old.
The cause of death was suicide, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner.
His list of survivors was not immediately available.
At the age of 9, Robbins achieved his breakthrough when the producers of the 1965 TV series “A Charlie Brown Christmas” cast him as the voice of the lovable yet endearing central character.
Introduced in Charles M. SchulzIn the popular comic book series “Peanuts,” Charlie Brown will become an emotional presence on the screen with his catchphrase, “Good grief!,” the familiar and often overlooked yellow shirt. Lucy’s friend teased.
Mr. Robbins, born Louis G. Nanasi, will share in the success of the franchise, narrating at least six other television and film productions, including 1966’s “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “You’re in Love, Charlie Brown” a year later.
During his career, Mr. Robbins has appeared in episodes of the TV shows “Rawhide”, “The Munsters”, “Get Smart” and “My Three Sons”, according to IMDb.
In the decades following his work as the voice of Charlie Brown, Robbins was unable to maintain his early success and openly struggled with mental illness and substance abuse.
In one Interview in 2019 to KSWB-TV, a Fox station in San Diego, he said he has bipolar disorder. Radio spoke to Robbins after he was released from prison, where he served 80% of his nearly five-year sentence for threatening several people, including the San Diego County sheriff and a park property manager. mobile home near San Diego.
In 2013, Mr Robbins pleaded guilty to threatening his one-time girlfriend and stalking a doctor who performed her breast augmentation surgery, station reported.
He was arrested again in 2015 for violating the terms of this probation, where the station reported that Robbins made criminal threats against a judge and wrote letters from the prison offering to pay $50,000 to there’s William D. Gore, from San. Sheriff of Diego County, killed.
Mr Robbins told the station in 2019: “I went through a euphoria when I bought a motorcycle, a mobile home, two German sports cars and a pitbull named Snoopy.
The actor said he regrets not getting help sooner because of his mental illness.
“I would advise anyone with bipolar disorder to take it seriously,” he says, “because your life can turn around in the space of a month like I did.”
If you are contemplating suicide, in the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 (TALK) or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for a list of additional resources. To go here for sources outside the United States.
Susan Campbell Beachy research contributions.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/28/arts/television/peter-robbins-dead.html Peter Robbins, Original Voice of Charlie Brown, Dies at 65