Peter Robbins – the original voice of Charles Schultz’s “Charlie Brown” and a former child actor died at the age of 65.
Peter Robbins was born in 1956, and he began working in 1963 as a child actor in hit shows like “The Munsters”, “Rawhide”, and “The Donna Reed Show”. But his claim to fame was playing Charlie Brown in “a Charlie Brown Christmas” in 1965 and many other Peanuts cartoon skits such as “it’s the great pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and an animated film “A boy named Charlie Brown.”
The family reported that Peter Robbins committed suicide last week.
Peter Robbins had been suffering from mental illness for quite some time and had been very vocal about it.
He suffered from many mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder. Robbins was sentenced to prison for five years in 2015 because of making life threats to the San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore and a manager of a mobile home park.
Robbins spent quite a lot of his time in rehab because of addiction issues.
Robbins was released from prison in 2019 and opened up about his mental health issues.
“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 added at the time, “Charlie Brown fans are the greatest fans in the world and everybody is willing, I hope, to give me a second chance.”
Robbins quit show business just before college and started working as a real estate agent in San Diego.
Peter as voice Charlie Brown in a documentary made in 1963 about Charles Schultz which was also of the name “A boy named Charlie Brown.”