The Iconic Voice of Charlie Brown in Classic PEANUTS Cartoons, Peter Robbins, Dies At 65

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The Iconic Voice of Charlie Brown in Classic PEANUTS Cartoons, Peter Robbins, Dies At 65

By Movieguide® Contributor

Former child actor Peter Robbins, best known for the voice of Charlie Brown in Charles Schultz’s PEANUTS cartoons, died by suicide on Jan. 25, at age 65.

Robbins’ family confirmed the news with Fox 5, noting that Robbins had struggled with mental health.

Robbins, born in 1956, began work as an actor in 1963, first appearing on shows like RAWHIDE, THE DONNA REED SHOW, and THE MUNSTERS. 

However, in 1963 he first voiced everyone’s favorite “blockhead” in the feature-length documentary, A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN, The Hollywood Reporter notes. Robbins would reprise the role in cartoon classics like A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, and IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN. 

However, Robbins decided to leave the entertainment business once he grew older to pursue a career in real estate.

Fox News reported

Robbins struggled with his mental health at times, including bipolar disorder and was sentenced to five years in prison in 2015 for making threats to a manager of a mobile home park and San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore. He also spent time in rehab for addiction issues. 

In 2019, after Robbins got out of prison, he spoke to FOX 5, opening up about his mental health issues. “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.”

He added at the time, “Charlie Brown fans are the greatest fans in the world and everybody is willing, I hope, to give me a second chance.”

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