Charlie Brown voice actor Peter Robbins dies aged 65 by suicide 4 months ago

Charlie Brown voice actor Peter Robbins dies aged 65 by suicide

The voice actor had bipolar disorder and had spoken out about the importance of taking it seriously

Peter Robbins, the actor who voiced the beloved Charlie Brown, has died aged 65.

On Tuesday, his family confirmed that Robbins died last week.

They said that the actor - who had bipolar disorder - had died by suicide.

Robbins became loved by millions and gained national fame by voicing the Peanuts cartoon character from the 1960s.

In 2015, Robbins served an almost five-year prison term after he was convicted for making criminal threats against a number of people, the Independent reports.

However he was upbeat on his return, speaking out about the struggles of living with bipolar and encouraging people 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 said on release.

Many posted tributes to the child actor on social media.

One said: "Oh my gosh I'm heartbroken, rest in glorious peace, Peter Robbins."

Another wrote: "RIP to Peter Robbins, the first voice of Charlie Brown for A Charlie Brown Christmas.

"No matter how into animation you are, I think everyone on the planet has heard his voice. A legendary voice from a legendary person, that will be dearly missed, thank you for everything."

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A third commented: "I am saddened to hear that Peter Robbins, the first voice of Charlie Brown for A Charlie Brown Christmas passed away at age 65. Even after A Charlie Brown Christmas aired 57 years ago, his voice as Charlie Brown lives in our hearts forever."

And a fourth labelled him as "probably the best-known voice actor."

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Robbins' was born in 1953, and by the age of seven he was starring as Elmer in The Munsters, before going on to first voice Charlie Brown when he was nine, starring in A Boy Named Charlie Brown. A Charlie Brown ChristmasCharlie Brown's All-Stars! and many others then followed.

Alongside playing Brown, the actor also featured in Get Smart as 'Dr T,' and appeared in an episode called "The Sergeant and the Kid" of the 1966 sitcom F Troop.

A date has not yet been set for the memorial service, which Robbins' family said would be held at some point in the future. They have requested that fans respect their privacy at this moment in time.

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