Peter Robbins, whose voice brought the character Charlie Brown from “Peanuts” to life on television in the 1960s but who struggled with mental illness and later served prison time, died on January 18 in Oceanside, California. He was 65.
The cause of death was suicide, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner.
A list of his survivors was not immediately available.
At the age of 9 Mr. Robbins had a breakthrough when the producers of the 1965 TV movie “A Charlie Brown Christmas” cast him as the voice of the hapless but endearing lead character.
Introduced in Charles M. Schulz’ popular comic strip “Peanuts,” Charlie Brown would become a sentimental on-screen presence with his catchphrase, “Good luck!”, well-known yellow shirt and teased by his friend Lucy.
Born Louis G. Nanasi, Mr. Robbins would share in the franchise’s success by narrating at least six other television and film productions, including “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” in 1966 and “You’re in Love.” , Charlie Brown’ a year later.
During his career, Mr. Robbins in episodes of the television shows “Rawhide,” “The Munsters,” “Get Smart” and “My Three Sons,” according to IMDb.
In the decades following his work as the voice of Charlie Brown, Mr. Robbins was unable to sustain his early success and struggled publicly with mental illness and substance abuse.
In a 2019 interview with KSWB-TV, a Fox station in San Diego, he said he had bipolar disorder. The station spoke to Mr. Robbins after his release from prison, where he had served 80 percent of a nearly five-year sentence for threatening several people, including the San Diego County Sheriff and the manager of a nearby mobile home park. from San Diego.
In 2013, Mr Robbins pleaded guilty to threatening his former girlfriend and stalking a doctor who was performing her breast augmentation surgeries, the station reported.
He was arrested again in 2015 for violating the terms of this probation, according to the station, which reported that Mr Robbins had made criminal threats to a judge and written letters from prison offering to pay $50,000 to William D. Gore, the San Diego County sheriff, was murdered.
“I went through a manic phase where I bought a motorhome, a mobile home, two German sports cars and a pit bull named Snoopy,” Robbins told the station in 2019.
The actor said he regrets not getting help for his mental illness sooner.
“I would advise anyone with bipolar disorder to take it seriously,” he said, “because your life can change in the span of a month like mine.”
In the United States, if you have suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 800-273-8255 (VOICE) or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for a list of additional resources. To go here for sources outside the United States.
Susan Campbell Beachy research contributed.