Earl Boen

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Earl Boen
Born (1945-11-07) November 7, 1945 (age 72)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Other names Eril Bowen
Earl Bowen
Earl Brown
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1965–2003 (screen actor)
1987–present (voice actor)
Spouse(s) Carole Kean
(m. 1970; d. 2001)

Earl Boen (/ˈbɪn/; born November 7, 1945)[1] is an American actor and voice actor, 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.

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 and Captain LeChuck in the Monkey Island series.[2]

Early life[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". 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. 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 retired from screen acting in 2003, but continued his work as a voice actor in radio, television cartoons and video games.

Personal life[edit]

Boen married actress Carole Kean in 1970. She died on April 23, 2001, due to 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
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
1983-1990 Mama's Family"l Reverend Merchum
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
1985 Movers & Shakers Marshall
1988 Alien Nation Duncan Crais
1988 My Stepmother Is an Alien Reverend
1990 Marked for Death Dr. Stein
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day Dr. Silberman
1994 Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult Dr. Eisendrath
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

Voice work[edit]

  • The Toy Warrior (2005) (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1987 G.I. Joe: The Movie Taurus
1995 Gordy Minnesota Red
1996 Dot and Spot's Magical Christmas Santa
2002 The Wild Thornberrys Movie Gorilla
2004 Clifford's Really Big Movie Horace Bleakman


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Star Trek: The Next Generation Nagilum Episode "Where Silence Has Lease"
1989 X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men Magneto TV Pilot
1993-1994 Bonkers Police Chief Kanifky 37 Episodes
1993-1995 Batman: The Animated Series Rhino 2 Episodes
1995 Animaniacs Zeus Episode: "Hercules Unwound"
1995-1997 Pinky and the Brain Earth / Moon / Santa Claus 2 Episodes
1997 The New Batman Adventures Rhino Episode: "Double Talk"
1997-1998 Spider-Man: The Animated Series Red Skull and the Beyonder 8 Episodes
2001 The Zeta Project Event Judge Episode: "Remote Control"
2002 Time Squad William Howard Taft / Frankenstein Episode: "White House Weirdness"
2002 Justice League Simon Stagg Episode: "Metamorphosis" Parts 1 & 2
2002-2006 Kim Possible Señor Senior Sr. role shared with Ricardo Montalbán
4 Episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Title Result Ref
2006 NAVGTR Awards Best Supporting Performance in a Comedy Psychonauts Nominated [6]
2010 The Secret of Monkey Island Nominated [7]


  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. ^ "Earl Boen - NNDB". Retrieved 2017-12-28. 
  4. ^ Shade (October 26, 2000). Orphen: Scion of Sorcery. Activision. Scene: Closing credits, 2 minutes in, Cast. 
  5. ^ Matrix Software (2000). Alundra 2: A New Legend Begins. Activision. Scene: Ending Credits. 
  6. ^ "2005 Awards - National Academy of Video Game Reviewers Corporation". Retrieved December 28, 2017. 
  7. ^ "2009 Awards - National Academy of Video Game Reviewers Corporation". Retrieved December 28, 2017. 

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