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Voice actor Peter Robbins and the character he voiced, Charlie Brown, attend a DVD release party in Hollywood, California in 2008.

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Peter Robbins, actor who lent his voice to Charlie Brown, has died : NPR

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Voice actor Peter Robbins and the character he voiced, Charlie Brown, attend a DVD release party in Hollywood, California in 2008.

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Peter Robbins, the actor who first gave voice to the beloved Peanuts character Charlie Brown, died at age 65.

“Robbins’ family said he committed suicide last week,” reports Fox 5 TV in San Diego. Phil Blauer, a presenter at the station, was a longtime friend of Robbins. Over the years, it has also helped chronicle Robbins’ struggles with mental health.

“My heart is broken today” Blauer tweeted Tuesday as he broke the news of Robbins’ death. He added, “May he rest in peace and ascend to heaven. I just hope he finally plays football among the angels.”

As a child actor, Robbins voiced one of Charlie Brown’s most memorable lines — “I got a rock” — on the 1966 television special It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

A year earlier, Robbins spoke on behalf of a slew of people struggling to get into the holiday spirit at A Charlie Brown Christmas.

“I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but I’m not happy. I don’t feel what I’m supposed to feel,” Charlie Brown said, before he and the rest of the Peanuts gang rallied to transform an abandoned tree with their love.

Discussing the depth of that moment years later, Robbins asked, “How could there be anything wrong with a 9-year-old boy?”

Robbins was born in 1956 as Louis Nanasi – his parents were immigrants from Hungary, who had fled the devastation of World War II. After landing the plum role of the world’s favorite jerk, Robbins voiced Charlie Brown until his voice began to crack in his early teens.

In his adult life, Robbins struggled with drug addiction and bipolar disorder, and he spent some time in prison. In a 2019 interview, he credited the treatment he received after the worst of those issues with helping turn his life around.

Robbins has embraced many aspects of portraying one of America’s most beloved characters, including naming his own dog Snoopy and attending conventions where he signed autographs for young fans. He even got a Charlie Brown and Snoopy tattoo on his upper arm, showing the pair hugging.

If you or someone you know might be having suicidal thoughts, help is available at National Suicide Prevention Lifeline — their number is 1-800-273-8255 — or 1-800-273-TALK.



Peter Robbins, actor who lent his voice to Charlie Brown, has died : NPR

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