Earl Boen

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Earl Boen
Born (1941-08-08) August 8, 1941 (age 79)
Other namesEril Bowen
Earl Bowen
Earl Brown
Years active1965–present
Carole Kean
(m. 1970; died 2001)

Earl Boen (/ˈbɪn/; born August 8, 1941)[1] is an American film, television and voice actor, best known as criminal psychologist Dr. Peter Silberman in The Terminator (1984), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) and Terminator: Dark Fate (2019, archive footage only). He is the only actor besides Arnold Schwarzenegger to appear in each of the first three Terminator films.

Boen is also very active in the voice-over field. He is known for voicing characters such as Mr. Bleakman in Clifford the Big Red Dog, Police Chief Kanifky in Bonkers, the Narrator in World of Warcraft, Señor Senior, Senior in Kim Possible, and Captain LeChuck in the Monkey Island series.[2]

Early life[edit]

Having started acting in the mid-1950s, Boen 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, the 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". 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 series Get a Life. Boen also appeared (alongside Tom Jones) in an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1993.

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).

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 was also well known for voicing the dramatic thespian Edwin Blackgaard in Focus on the Family's “Adventures in Odyssey", as well as Edwin's nefarious twin brother Regis.

Boen's voice was heard on the Disneyland Railroad from 2002 until 2016 and on the Walt Disney World Railroad from 2002 until late 2010.

Boen retired from screen acting in 2003, but continued his work as a voice actor in radio, television cartoons and video games.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Boen married actress Carole Kean in 1970. She died on April 23, 2001, from ovarian cancer.[3]



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 Episodes: "Mind Stealers from Outer Space: Parts 1 & 2"
1978 Last of the Good Guys Ike Television film
1978 Police Woman
1978 Richie Brockelman, Private Eye Tausig
1978 Eight Is Enough
1978 Lou Grant 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
1979 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Selmar the Telepath Episode: "Cosmic Whiz Kid"
1980 Angie Dr. Learner
1980 Battle Beyond the Stars Nester 1
1980 9 to 5 Perkins
1981 I'm a Big Girl Now Dr. Michaels
1981 The Dukes of Hazzard Eustice Hastings Episode: "Along Came a Duke"
1981 Soap Dr. Drell
1981 Soggy Bottom, U.S.A Owen
1981–1982 It's a Living Dennis Hubner Unknown episodes
1981–1983 Benson Kocholnik, Mr. Tucker Unknown episodes
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
1983–1990 Mama's Family Reverend Meechum Recurring character
Unknown episodes
1984 The Terminator Dr. Silberman
1985 Movers & Shakers Marshall
1985 Growing Pains Dr. Marlens Episode: "Standardized Test"
1986 Annihilator Sid Television film
1987 Walk Like a Man Jack Mollins
1987–1988 The Law & Harry McGraw Howard 16 episodes
1988 Alien Nation Duncan Crais
1988 My Stepmother Is an Alien Reverend
1988 Star Trek: The Next Generation Nagilum Episode: "Where Silence Has Lease"
1988–1993 L.A. Law Judge Walter L. Swanson Unknown episodes
1990 Tales from the Crypt Mr. Clayton Episode: "Dead Right"
1990 Marked for Death Dr. Stein
1990 Empty Nest Lou Episode: "Harry's Excellent Adventure"
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day Dr. Silberman
1990, 1992 The Golden Girls Reverend Episode: "Ebbtide's Revenge" (1990), "One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest" (1992)
1994 Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult Dr. Eisendrath
1994 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Dr. Heller Episode: "Madame Ex"
1996 The Dentist Marvin Goldblum
1996 Within the Rock Michael Isaacs Television film
1996 T2-3D: Battle Across Time Dr. Peter Silberman Uncredited
1996 Ellen Hubert Warwell Episode: "The Tape"
1996 The Prince Mr. Howell
1997 Living in Peril Fingerprint technician
1998 The Odd Couple II Fred
2000 Ali: An American Hero Howard Cosell Television film
2000 Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Dr Knoll
2001 The Jennie Project Reverend Palliser Television film
2001 The West Wing Paulson Episode: "Manchester"
2002 Now You Know Grandpa
2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Dr. Silberman Last on-screen appearance
2019 Terminator: Dark Fate Dr. Silberman (archive footage) Flashback sequence, uncredited

Voice work[edit]


Year Title Role Notes Source
1983 The Dragon That Wasn't (Or Was He?) Mr. Tusker English Dub
1987 G.I. Joe: The Movie Taurus Direct-to-video [4]
1992 Porco Rosso English Dub
1995 Gordy Minnesota Red [4]
1996 Dot and Spot's Magical Christmas Santa [4]
2001 The Majestic Newsreel Announcer
2002 The Wild Thornberrys Movie Gorilla [4]
2004 Clifford's Really Big Movie Horace Bleakman [4]


Year Title Role Notes Source
1984 Family Ties House Guest 'Ed Barker' Episode 52: "4 Rms Ocn Vu"
1988 Star Trek: The Next Generation Nagilum Episode: "Where Silence Has Lease"
1988 A Pup Named Scooby-Doo Mr. Gordon / The Ghost of Chef Pierre Goulash Episode: "Robopup"
1988–1989 Fantastic Max Additional Voices 3 Episodes
1989 The Further Adventures of SuperTed 13 Episodes
1989 X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men Magneto TV Pilot
Credited as Earl Bowen
1989–1990 Paddington Bear Additional Voices 2 Episodes
1991 The Pirates of Dark Water Lugg Brother #1 3 Episodes
1991 Family Matters Dr. Goodrich 1 Episode
1991 3×3 Eyes Benares English Dub [4]
1992–1993 The Addams Family Additional Voices 21 Episodes
1993 SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron Jack / King Episode: "The Pastmaster Always Rings Twice"
1993 Problem Child Additional Voices
1993–1994 Bonkers Police Chief Kanifky 37 Episodes
1986–1994 ABC Weekend Special Monostatos / General Massey 2 Episodes
1993–1995 Batman: The Animated Series Rhino 2 Episodes [4]
1994–1995 Skeleton Warriors 11 Episodes
1995 Animaniacs Zeus Episode: "Hercules Unwound"
1995–1997 Pinky and the Brain Earth / Moon / Santa Claus 2 Episodes
1995 What-a-Mess 3 Episodes
1995 Capitol Critters Episode: "The Bug House"
1996–1997 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Dr. Forbes / Kyle / Office / Stage Coach Guard 3 Episodes
1996 Wing Commander Academy Commander Episode: "Red and Blue"
1996 Bruno the Kid Additional Voices
1997 Extreme Ghostbusters Ep. "Casting the Runes"
1996–1998 The Fantastic Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor 26 Episodes
1997 The New Adventures of Zorro Captain Montecero Episode: "To Catch a Fox"
1997–1998 Spider-Man: The Animated Series Red Skull / Beyonder 8 Episodes
1997 The New Batman Adventures Rhino Episode: "Double Talk" [4]
1998 The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries Vice President Obsequious Episode: "Spooker of the House/Furgo"
1998–2002 Dexter's Laboratory General / Commander Chief / Man #2 2 Episodes
1999 Cow and Chicken Ben Franklin / John Hancock / Mr. Ross Episode: "I.M. Weasel: Revolutionary Weasel" [4]
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Nick Episode: "Holiday Time" [4]
2000–2002 Clifford the Big Red Dog Mr. Horace Bleakmen 6 Episodes [4]
2001 The Zeta Project Event Judge Episode: "Remote Control" [4]
2001–2004 Grim & Evil Doctor / TV Narrator
Monster / Mr. Hobson
2 Episodes
2001 Johnny Bravo Santa Claus / Jay the Bear / Norman Episode: "A Johnny Bravo Christmas" [4]
2002 Time Squad William Howard Taft / Frankenstein Episode: "White House Weirdness" [4]
2002–2006 Kim Possible Señor Senior Sr. Role shared with Ricardo Montalbán
4 Episodes
2002 Justice League Simon Stagg Episodes: "Metamorphosis: Parts 1 & 2" [4]
2003 Evil Con Carne Vlad Episode: "Boskov's Day Out"
2004 Megas XLR Emperor / Subject Episode: "Coop D'Etat" [4]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Secret of Monkey Island The Ghost Pirate LeChuck / Sherriff Fester Shinetop 2009 Special Edition
1991 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge LeChuck 2010 Special Edition[4]
1997 The Curse of Monkey Island [4]
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Brog / Sea Captain
1998 Return to Krondor
Baldur's Gate Montaron / Thalantyr
1999 Revenant Ogrok Chef / Ogrok Slag [4]
Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue Rex [4]
Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage Balzac English Dub[4]
2000 Soldier of Fortune Sergei Dekker 
Alundra 2: A New Legend Begins Zeppo / Mini-game male [5]
Orphen: Scion of Sorcery Zeus [6][4]
Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force Vorhsoth / Imperial Officer / Crewman
Escape from Monkey Island Charles L. Charles / LeChuck / Pirate C
Tenchu 2: Birth of Stealth Assassins Narrator English Dub
2001 Kingdom Under Fire: A War of Heroes
Toy Story Racer Rex
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel Ghoul Officer Fisher / Wasteland /
Mayor Richard / Vault-Tec Computer Calix
Black & White Nemesis 
Atlantis The Lost Empire: Search for the Journal Commander Lyle Rourke
Atlantis The Lost Empire: Trial by Fire
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty Sergei Gurlukovich English Dub[4]
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance
Star Trek: Armada II
2002 Blood Omen 2 Sarafan Lord / Additional Voices [4]
New Legends Boo, Tracker / Wounded Soldier
Star Trek: Bridge Commander Captain Draxon / Director Toban Soams /
Legate Matan
Eternal Darkness Inspector Legrasse [4]
Icewind Dale II Lord Ulbrec
The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian Narrator / King Urmhet / Passenger
Kim Possible: Revenge of Monkey Fist Señor Senior, Sr Credited as Earl Brown
Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix Sam Gladstone / Alexei Nachrade
2003 RTX Red Rock Boris Dezurov / Adjutant
Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader
Call of Duty Additional Voices English Dub
2004 Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel
X-Men Legends Colossus [4]
EverQuest II Master Rysian Gladewalker / Mirin /
Fisherman Draylix 
World of Warcraft Narrator
2005 Psychonauts Butcher
2007 World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Narrator / Magtheridon
2008 World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Narrator / King Terenas Menethil
2009 Tales of Monkey Island LeChuck / Demon
2010 World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Narrator
2012 World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Hekima the Wise
2014 Hearthstone
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor
2016 World of Warcraft: Legion
2017 Girls Mode 4: Star Stylist

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Title Result Ref
2006 NAVGTR Awards Best Supporting Performance in a Comedy Psychonauts Nominated [7]
2010 The Secret of Monkey Island (Special Edition) Nominated [8]


  1. ^ "Earl Boen - Behind The Voice Actors". Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  2. ^ "Earl Boen - Voice Actor Profile at Voice Chasers". Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  3. ^ Variety Staff (June 5, 2001). "Carole Kean".
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z "Earl Boen (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors.
  5. ^ Matrix Software (2000). Alundra 2: A New Legend Begins. Activision. Scene: Ending Credits.
  6. ^ Shade (October 26, 2000). Orphen: Scion of Sorcery. Activision. Scene: Closing credits, 2 minutes in, Cast.
  7. ^ "2005 Awards - National Academy of Video Game Reviewers Corporation". Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  8. ^ "2009 Awards - National Academy of Video Game Reviewers Corporation". Retrieved December 28, 2017.

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