Peter Robbins, original voice of Charlie Brown, dies at 65

Actor Peter Robbins, the original voice of popular Peanuts character Charlie Brown, has died. He was 65.

Robbins committed suicide, his friend and agent Dylan Novak told the Times on Wednesday. Robbins’ family told it Fox 5 San Diego that the Karlsbader died last week.

Robbins, who regularly attended comics conventions, began voicing Charlie Brown 1960s and is recognized for his work on the holiday classics A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966), as well as A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969) and several other television films and short films. In total, he provided the voice of Charlie Brown on seven “Peanuts” TV specials between 1965 and 1969, according to IMDb.

“He was a great friend and the most generous celebrity I’ve ever met,” Novak said. “He needed more money than anyone at the shows he attended, but instead he gave away so many free goods because he couldn’t take it when someone walked away sad.”

An illustration of cartoon characters playing baseball

Charlie Brown and the gang in the 1966 TV short film “Charlie Brown’s All Stars!”

(1966 United Feature Syndicate)

As a child actor, Robbins played Alexander Bumstead in the late 1960s comedy Blondie, which also starred Patricia Harty, Jim Backus and Will Hutchins. He has also guest-starred on the television series The Munsters, Get Smart, and My Three Sons.

As the voice of Charlie Brown, he loved the so-called “Blockhead” so much that he had the character and his dog, Snoopy, tattooed on his arm. He also named his own dog after the Peanuts puppy.

His film and television career fizzled out in the early 1970s. As an adult, Robbins worked as a real estate agent and lived in the San Diego area.

He had suffered from a mental illness for a long time, Novak said, and was very open about it.

“At every convention we went to, he used his platform to encourage anyone suffering from a mental disorder to get help right away so they don’t make the same mistakes he made,” Novak said.

Robbins has been open about his manic episodes after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He was also treated for drug, alcohol and sex addiction.

“I went through a manic phase where I bought a motor home, a trailer, two German sports cars and a pit bull named Snoopy,” he said Fox 5 in 2019 after serving a second sentence.

News reporter Phil Blauer was a longtime friend of Robbins and paid tribute to him on Twitter.

“My heart is broken today. Just found out that my good friend #PeterRobbins, the original voice of #CharlieBrown, has passed away,” he wrote Tuesday. “May he rest in peace and ascend to heaven. I just hope he finally kicks football under the angels.”

In 2013, Robbins pleaded guilty to threatening and stalking his ex-girlfriend and a plastic surgeon and was serving time on the conviction. He was released in 2015.

Jailed and released in 2019, he had planned to turn his life around and write a book about his experiences behind bars called Confessions of a Fool.

He credited Charlie Brown with guiding him through his darker moments.

“Charlie Brown fans are the biggest fans in the world,” Robbins told Fox 5 in 2019. “And everyone, I hope, is willing to give me a second chance.” Peter Robbins, original voice of Charlie Brown, dies at 65

Caroline Bleakley

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