Voice of Charlie Brown, Peter Robbins, is found dead from suicide aged 65: Troubled voice actor and former child star served five years in prison but turned his life around
- Peter Robbins, 65, died by suicide last week, his family revealed on Tuesday
- The star, who suffered from bipolar disorder, had spent five years in prison for making criminal threats against multiple people
- After being released from prison, he turned his life around and advocated for those with bipolar to get ‘professional’ help
The actor who voiced the infamous Peanuts character Charlie Brown has died at 65 by suicide, the family revealed.
Peter Robbins, 65, who voiced Charlie Brown throughout the 60s, reported took his own life last week, his family said on Tuesday.
Robbins started his career as a child actor at nine years old voicing Charlie Brown in 1963 and gained national fame for the character, who appeared in A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s A Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.’
The showed pulled in millions of viewers every year and became a national treasure, not only to fans, but the actor himself, who has a tattoo of the famous character and his trusty sidekick Snoopy.
Peter Robbins (pictured in 2008), who famously voiced Peanuts character Charlie Brown, has died by suicide last week, his family revealed
Robbins, who suffered from bipolar disorder, was sentenced to five years in prison in 2015 for making criminal threats to several people.
He pleaded guilty for sending the media threatening letters offering money to kill San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore and sent threatening letter to manager of the mobile home park where he lived.
The actor was released in 2019.
The star, who also appeared on the Munsters, managed to turn his life around and promoted getting ‘professional help’ for mental health issues and was treated addictions to drugs, alcohol and sex, but said it was his mental health that got him transferred to a state mental hospital in Atascadero, California.
The actor – who was released in 2019 and ordered not to drink or take drugs and to had to take anger management classes – was released into a North County sober living home and started advocating that take bipolar disorder ‘seriously.’
‘I would recommend to anybody that has bipolar disorder 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 at the time.
‘I came out of prison and I’m a better person for it,’ Robbins told Fox 5 in 2019. ‘I’m much more humble, grateful and thankful that I lived through the experience.’
Robbins said he was going through a ‘manic phase’ when he purchased a ‘motor home, a mobile home, two German sports cars and a pitbull named Snoopy.’
After being released from prison, the actor got his Charlie Brown tattoo – located on his right bicep – touched up and said it was a symbol of him ‘refurbishing my life.’
His family is now asking for privacy and said they will hold a memorial service for him at a future date.
If you or a loved one are struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.