Voice actor Peter Robbins of Peanuts fame has passed away. As reported by Fox 5 San Diego, the Carlsbad, California native died last week with his family revealing that he took his own life. No additional details were disclosed related to the circumstances of Robbins’ death, though he’d had a lifelong battle with mental illness. He was 65 years old.
Peter Robbins was born on August 10, 1956, and was acting professionally as a child star by the age of seven. He first appeared in episodes of The Munsters as Elmer, but it was when he was nine when Robbins landed the role of his life when he was cast as the voice of Peanuts‘ main character Charlie Brown. He debuted in the role in 1963’s TV special A Boy Named Charlie Brown, going on to play Charlie in the follow-up specials A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charlie Brown’s All-Stars!, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, You’re in Love, Charlie Brown, He’s Your Dog, Charlie Brown, It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown, and A Boy Named Charlie Brown.
By the early 70s, Robbins had finished up as an actor, but he was always fond of his time as Charlie Brown, going so far as to get the character and Snoopy tattooed on his arm. In 1985, he participated in the animated documentary special It’s Your 20th Television Anniversary, Charlie Brown. He was again interviewed for the 1990 special You Don’t Look 40, Charlie Brown.
Peter Robbins’ Ups and Downs Were Well Documented
The former child star had many publicized struggles in his adult years. He’d been arrested multiple times and had spent time in a drug treatment center to cope with addiction struggles. Things grew worse for him in 2015 when he was sentenced to spend more than four years in prison for sending threatening letters to his landlord and his life, and the actor stated during the trial that he suffered from bipolar disorder and paranoid schizophrenia. While in prison, he was transferred to a psychiatric hospital to complete his sentence because of his mental state and was ultimately released in 2019 after serving 80% of his time.
“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,” Robbins told Fox 5 when he was released from prison. “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.”
At this time, we would like to offer our condolences to Robbins’ family and friends at this time. The family has asked for their privacy to be respected with plans to hold a memorial service for Robbins at a future date. With the timeless Peanuts specials continuing to get viewed by millions every single year, the actor’s legacy will live on for some time to come. Rest in peace, Peter Robbins.
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