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

Charlie Brown balloon floats at the 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2012 in New York City.
Charlie Brown balloon floats at the 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2012 in New York City. Photo credit Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images
By , KNX News 97.1 FM

LOS ANGELES (KNX) - Peter Robbins, the original voice of the iconic Peanuts character Charlie Brown, has died.

Dylan Novak, Robbins’ friend and agent, confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that Robbins died by suicide.

Robbins voiced Charlie Brown from 1965 through 1969, according to the actor’s IMDB page. His credits include “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “You’re in Love, Charlie Brown.”

Robbins, a child performer, also appeared in a variety of other TV shows and films, including “The Munsters,” “The Donna Reed Show” and “F Troop.”

In 2015, the actor was sentenced to five years in prison for making criminal threats, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In 2019, Robbins was released and spoke out about his experience with Fox 5, saying, “Well, I know I was certainly mentally ill. I wish I had gotten treatment earlier by professionals.”

In the same interview, Robbins called fans of Charlie Brown “the greatest fans in the world.”

“He was a great friend and the most generous celebrity I’ve ever met,” Novak told the Los Angeles Times. “He needed money more than anyone else at the shows he attended, but instead gave away so much free merchandise because he couldn’t stand someone to walk away sad.”

Robbins was 65 years old.

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