Mon. May 27th, 2024
Los Angeles, CA - 1980: Earl Boen appearing in the ABC tv series 'It's A Living'. (Photo by American Broadcasting Companies via Getty Images)

Terminator actor Earl Boen,
who played the villainous Dr. Peter Silberman,
dies at 81

The actor made appearances in and lent his voice to numerous video games, television shows, and films throughout his decades-long career.

Earl Boen, a prolific voice and character actor best known for his performance as the villainous Dr. Peter Silberman in The Terminator films, has reportedly died at age 81.

Per TMZ and Variety, the actor died in Hawaii on Thursday. Although an official cause of death remains unclear, a friend of Boen and his family told Variety that he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer this past fall.

While he’s widely recognized as the infamous criminal psychologist from 1984’s Terminator — a role he reprised in 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and via archival footage in 2019’s Terminator: Dark Fate — Boen appeared in over 250 different films, television series, radio programs, and video games throughout his decades-long career in entertainment.

On the small screen, Boen could be seen in popular television staples like 1977’s Wonder Woman starring Lynda Carter and the ’80s sit-com It’s A Living, as well as spotlight performances on Family Ties, Punky BrewsterWho’s the BossMama’s Family, Matlock, Seinfeld, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and more. He announced his retirement from onscreen acting in 2003.
As a voice actor, Boen also appeared in numerous hit animated series, including A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, The Addams FamilyBatman: The Animated SeriesSpider-Man: The Animated SeriesZorroClifford the Big Red Dog, and Kim Possible. He also lent his voice to multiple video game series, including the World of WarcraftTales of Monkey IslandPsychonauts, Call of Duty, Metal Gear Solid, and Baldur’s Gate franchises.

By Emlyn Travis sources