The man who gave Charlie Brown his voice has died.
Peter Robbins was 65.
Robbins began voicing Charlie Brown in 1963 in various Peanuts cartoons including “A Boy Named Charlie Brown,” “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
He was 9 when he was first cast in “A Boy Named Charlie Brown,” CNN reported in 2013. His last time voicing the titular character came in “It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown” when Robbins was 13. He was replaced when his voice changed after turning 14.
He eventually became a real estate agent, CNN reported.
During an interview with KSWB in 2019, he spoke out about his battle with mental illness shortly after he had gotten out of prison. He had been sentenced to five years after he made threats against several people including the San Diego County Sheriff.
He said he was bipolar and was part of a manic phase when the incident happened, he told the news station.
“I would recommend to anybody that has bipolar disorder to take it seriously because your life can turn around in a span of a month, like it did to me,” Robbins told KSWB in 2019. “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.”
Robbins, according to close friend Phil Blauer, also battled drugs and alcohol throughout his life.
Robbins’ family said he took his own life last week, KSWB reported.
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