Peter Robbins, voice of Charlie Brown, dies by suicide aged 65

Charlie Brown voice actor Peter Robbins
Charlie Brown voice actor Peter Robbins  
  • The first actor to voice "Peanuts" character Charlie Brown has died by suicide, his family said.

  • Peter Robbins was 65. He started voicing Charlie Brown when he was nine years old.

  • His family told Fox 5 San Diego he died last week.

The voice actor Peter Robbins has died, his family said. He was 65.

He was the first actor to voice the "Peanuts" character Charlie Brown, starting when he was nine years old in the 1960s and finishing in the role a few years later, Reuters reported.

His family told Fox 5 San Diego on Tuesday that he died by suicide last week.

He voiced Charlie Brown in a number of specials, and did some other acting work outside of the role.

He openly discussed mental health, and spoke about having bipolar disorder.

He previously pleaded guilty to stalking and making criminal threats against his girlfriend.

Robbins told Fox 5 San Diego in 2019: "I would recommend to anybody that has bipolar disorder to take it seriously because your life can turn around in the 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 and grateful and thankful that I lived through the experience."

Blondie cast
Blondie cast  

Robbins, born Louis Nanasi, began acting at the age of seven with guest spots on TV shows, most notably starring in an episode of the hit 1960s series "The Munster."

But he would land the role that would give him eternal fame a few years later when he was cast as the voice of Charlie Brown. He voiced the iconic character for six "Peanuts" TV specials and one movie from 1963 to 1969. Highlights include staples in the franchise like "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (1965) and "It's he Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (1966).

Through the 1960s he also starred on "Rawhide," "The Donna Reed Show," "Blondie," "F Troop," and "Get Smart."

His final acting role was a 1972 episode of "My Three Sons."


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