Earl Boen

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Earl Boen
Born (1945-11-07) November 7, 1945 (age 71)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Other names Eril Bowen
Earl Bowen
Earl Brown
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1965–2003 (acting)
1987–present (voice acting)
Spouse(s) Carole Kean (m. 1970; her death 2001)

Earl Boen (/ˈbɪn/; born November 7, 1945) is an American actor and voice 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, and 3, making him the only actor besides Arnold Schwarzenegger to appear in the first three Terminator films as 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 in the DC Animated Universe series 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. 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.

Boen is known to many TV viewers as the Harper family's pastor, Rev. 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 The Main Event (1979), Battle Beyond the Stars (1980), 9 to 5 (1980), Soggy Bottom, U.S.A. (1981), The Man with Two Brains (1983), To Be or Not to Be (1983), Alien Nation (1988), Marked for Death (1990), 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.

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

Filmography[edit]

Voice work[edit]

Live-action[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1974 Great Performances Le Bret
1976 The Taming of the Shrew A Pedant
1977 The Streets of San Francisco Frank Jennings
1977 Mr. Billion Col. Winkle's Aide
1977 What's Happening! Judge Barnes
1977 Kojak D.A. Hepburn
1977 Rafferty Vandler
1977 Hawaii Five-O Denisovich
1977 Wonder Woman Chaka
1978 Last of the Good Guys Ike
1978 Police Woman
1978 Richie Brockelman, Private Eye Tausig
1978 Eight Is Enough
1978 Lou Gant Vice-Cop
1978 The Paper Chase Nick Burch
1978 The Fifth Floor Phil
1979 Barnaby Jones Eddie
1979 The Main Event Nose Kline
1979 The Paul Williams Show Virgil Weeks
1979 The Jeffersons Nathan Weems
1979 A Man Called Sloane Prentiss
1980 Angie Dr. Learner
1980 Battle Beyond the Stars Nester 1
1981 I'm a Big Girl Now Dr. Michaels
1981 The Dukes of Hazzard Atlanta Museum Curator
1981 Soap Dr. Drell
1981 Soggy Bottom, U.S.A Owen
1981–1982 It's a Living Dennis Hubner
1981–1983 Benson Kocholnik, Mr. Tucker
1982 King's Crossing Dr. Rivkin
1982 M*A*S*H Major Robert Hatch
1982 Barney Miller Warren Gimble
1982 The Power of Matthew Star Mr. Hansley
1982 Madame's Place Judge Blake
1982 Three's Company Reverend Gilmore
1983 Amanda's Fred Cornwall
1983 Fantasy Island Henry
1983 The Man with Two Brains Dr. Felix Conrad
1983 Just Our Luck Judge
1983 To Be or Not to Be Dr. Boyarski
1984 The Terminator Dr. Silberman
1990 Marked for Death Dr. Stein
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day Dr. Silberman
1996 The Dentist Marvin Goldblum
1996 The Prince Mr. Howell
1997 Living in Peril Fingerprint technician
1998 The Odd Couple II Fred
2000 Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Dr Knoll
2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Dr. Silberman

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The New York Times". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Shade (October 26, 2000). Orphen: Scion of Sorcery. Activision. Scene: Closing credits, 2 minutes in, Cast. 
  3. ^ Matrix Software (2000). Alundra 2: A New Legend Begins. Activision. Scene: Ending Credits. 

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