Earl Boen

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Earl Boen
Born (1945-11-07) November 7, 1945 (age 69)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Other names Eril Bowen
Earl Bowen
Earl Brown
Occupation Actor
Years active 1965–present
Spouse(s) Carole Kean (1970–2001; her death)

Earl Boen /ˈbɨn/ (born November 7, 1945) is an American actor. He has starred in films, television series, animated series, radio programs and video games.[1]

He is perhaps best known as criminal psychologist Dr. Peter Silberman in the Terminator series. Boen reprised the role in both Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, He is the only actor to appear in all of the first three films and portray the same character.

Earl Boen is also very active in the voice over field. He has played Mr. Bleakman in Clifford the Big Red Dog, Simon Stagg on several episodes of Justice League, Police Chief Kanifky in Bonkers, and many characters on multiple other animated shows and films.

Life and career[edit]

Boen was born in New York City, New York. Having started acting in the mid-1950s, he gained roles on the stage in several leading repertory companies between 1965 and 1976 before moving to Hollywood, California.

Boen is known to many TV viewers as the Harper family's pastor, Reverend Lloyd Meechum on the 1980s sitcom Mama's Family. His character was featured in several of the most memorable episodes (on both the network and syndicated versions). He also appeared as a clergyman in episodes of The Golden Girls, The Golden Palace, The Wonder Years, Boy Meets World, Seinfeld and Three's Company. He also appeared as Willie's boss in ALF, and as Patrick Morrison in the Matlock episode "The Cult".

Other films in which he appeared include 9 to 5 (1980), Soggy Bottom, U.S.A. (1981), The Man with Two Brains (1983), The Terminator (1984), Alien Nation (1988), Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994), and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000). Boen commonly plays doctors in movie and television roles. He may also be noted for his role as Jim Petersen, Angela Bower's boss on the show Who's The Boss?. Earl had a recurring role as Dr. Kramer in the 1990s Fox network cult classic comedy TV series Get a Life.

In 1987, came his first voice role as Taurus in the direct to video G.I. Joe: The Movie.

Some of his most well known voice roles have been villainous pirate LeChuck from the Monkey Island series of adventure games. He has also provided the introductions for World of Warcraft and its expansions, voiced Magtheridon in World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade and King Terenas Menethil II in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, including the ending cinematic for that expansion.

Earl Boen's trademark baritone voice is often mistaken to be that of the late Tony Jay, even though the former of which is not as distinctive as his.[citation needed]

Boen retired from screen acting in 2003, but continues his work as a voice actor in radio, television cartoons and video games.

Voice work[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The New York Times". The New York Times. 

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