Earl Boen

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Earl Boen
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Boen c. 1980
Born(1941-08-08)August 8, 1941
DiedJanuary 5, 2023(2023-01-05) (aged 81)
Hawaii, U.S.
Other namesOscar Earl Nitz Boen
Years active1974–2017
Carole Kean
(m. 1970; died 2001)

Cathy Boen
(m. 2008)

Earl Boen (/ˈb.ən/; August 8, 1941 – January 5, 2023) was an American actor, best known as criminal psychologist Dr. Peter Silberman in The Terminator (1984), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003).

Boen was also very active in the voice-over field. He was known for voicing characters such as Mr. Bleakman in Clifford the Big Red Dog, Police Chief Kanifky in Bonkers, the narrator and King Terenas Menethil II in World of Warcraft, Señor Senior, Senior in Kim Possible, and LeChuck in the Monkey Island series.[1]

Early life[edit]

Earl Boen was born on August 8, 1941 in New York City.[2][3]


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 also played Jim Petersen, Angela Bower's boss on the show Who's The Boss?. Additionally, Boen 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 as a Princeton admissions agent. He also voiced the omnipotent alien Nagilum in a second season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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 33+13: 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 were villainous pirate LeChuck from the Monkey Island series of adventure games. He 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 cinematic trailer and ending cutscene for that expansion, which featured the iconic line "no king rules forever, my son." He played Hekima the Wise in the next expansion, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, and is credited as providing additional voices and narration work up to the release of World of Warcraft: Legion in 2016. He also appeared in the cult classic game Psychonauts.

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. He also portrayed Sergei Gurlukovich in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, a role that he later reprised in the Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance rerelease and the official digital graphic novel. Other roles include Colossus in X-Men: Legends and a variety of characters across multiple Star Trek titles, including Bridge Commander and Armada II.

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 until 2017.

Personal life and death[edit]

Boen married actress Carole Kean in 1970.[4] She died on April 23, 2001, from ovarian cancer at the age of 58.[4] Together they have a daughter.[2]

Boen was diagnosed with lung cancer in the fall of 2022. He died in Hawaii on January 5, 2023, at the age of 81.[2] Boen is survived by his second wife Cathy.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1974 Great Performances Le Bret Cyrano de Bergerac
1976 The Taming of the Shrew Pedant
1977 The Streets of San Francisco Frank Jennings
Mr. Billion Colonel Winkle's Aide
What's Happening! Judge Barnes
Kojak District Attorney Hepburn
Rafferty Vandler
Hawaii Five-O Denisovich
Wonder Woman Chaka Episodes: "Mind Stealers from Outer Space"
1978 Last of the Good Guys Ike Television film
Police Woman Unknown
Richie Brockelman, Private Eye Tausig
Eight Is Enough Unknown
Lou Grant Vice-Cop
The Paper Chase Nick Burch
The Fifth Floor Phil
1979 Barnaby Jones Eddie
The Main Event "Nose" Kline
The Paul Williams Show Virgil Weeks
The Jeffersons Nathan Weems
A Man Called Sloane Prentiss
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Selmar the Telepath Episode: "Cosmic Whiz Kid"
1980 Angie Dr. Learner
Battle Beyond the Stars Nester 1
9 to 5 Perkins
1981 I'm a Big Girl Now Dr. Michaels
The Dukes of Hazzard Eustice Hastings Episode: "Along Came a Duke"
Soap Dr. Drell
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
M*A*S*H Major Robert Hatch
Barney Miller Warren Gimble
The Powers of Matthew Star Mr. Hansley
Madame's Place Judge Blake
Three's Company Reverend Gilmore
1983 Amanda's Fred Cornwall
Fantasy Island Henry
The Man with Two Brains Dr. Felix Conrad
Just Our Luck Judge
To Be or Not to Be Dr. Boyarski
1983–1990 Mama's Family Reverend Meechum Recurring role
1984 The Terminator Dr. Peter Silberman
Family Ties House Guest 'Ed Barker' Episode: "4 Rms Ocn Vu"
1984-1986 Punky Brewster Oliver Green Episodes: "Dog Dough Afternoon", "Changes, part 5"
1985 Movers & Shakers Marshall
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
Miracle Mile Drunk Man in Diner
My Stepmother Is an Alien Reverend
Star Trek: The Next Generation Nagilum Episode: "Where Silence Has Lease"
1988–1993 L.A. Law Judge Walter L. Swanson 8 episodes
1990 Tales from the Crypt Mr. Clayton Episode: "Dead Right"
Marked for Death Dr. Stein
Empty Nest Lou Episode: "Harry's Excellent Adventure"
1991 Seinfeld Eulogist Episode: "The Pony Remark"
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Dr. Peter Silberman
1991 Family Matters Dr. Goodrich Episode: "Words Hurt"
1990, 1992 The Golden Girls Reverend 2 episodes
1994 Naked Gun 33+13: The Final Insult Dr. Stuart Eisendrath
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Dr. Heller Episode: "Madame Ex"
1996 The Dentist Marvin Goldblum
Within the Rock Michael Isaacs Television film
Ellen Hubert Warwell Episode: "The Tape"
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
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Dr. Knoll
2001 The Jennie Project Reverend Palliser Television film
The West Wing Paulson Episode: "Manchester"
2002 Now You Know Grandpa
2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Dr. Peter Silberman Last on-screen appearance


Year Title Role Notes
1987 G.I. Joe: The Movie Taurus Direct-to-video[5]
1995 Gordy Minnesota Red [5]
1996 Dot and Spot's Magical Christmas Santa [5]
2001 The Majestic Newsreel Announcer
2002 The Wild Thornberrys Movie Gorilla[5]
2003 Porco Rosso Additional voices English dub
2004 Clifford's Really Big Movie Horace Bleakman [5]
2005 The Toy Warrior Additional voices


Year Title Role Notes
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 3×3 Eyes Benares English dub[5]
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[5]
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 Additional voices 3 episodes
1995 Capitol Critters Additional voices Episode: "The Bug House"
1996–1997 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Dr. Forbes, Kyle, 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 Additional voices 26 episodes
1997 The New Adventures of Zorro Captain Montecero Episode: "To Catch a Fox"
1997–1998 Spider-Man Red Skull, Beyonder 8 episodes
1997 The New Batman Adventures Rhino[5] Episode: "Double Talk"
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[5] Episode: "I.M. Weasel: Revolutionary Weasel"
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Nick[5] Episode: "Holiday Time"
2000–2002 Clifford the Big Red Dog Horace Bleakman[5] 6 episodes
2001 The Zeta Project Event Judge[5] Episode: "Remote Control"
2001–2004 Grim & Evil Doctor, TV Narrator, Monster, Mr. Hobson 2 episodes
2001 Johnny Bravo Santa Claus, Jay the Bear, Norman[5] Episode: "A Johnny Bravo Christmas"
2002 Time Squad William Howard Taft, Frankenstein[5] Episode: "White House Weirdness"
2002–2006 Kim Possible Señor Senior Sr. 4 episodes; role shared with Ricardo Montalbán
2002 Justice League Simon Stagg[5] Episode: "Metamorphosis"
2003 Evil Con Carne Vlad Episode: "Boskov's Day Out"
2004 Megas XLR Emperor, Subject[5] Episode: "Coop D'Etat"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Curse of Monkey Island LeChuck [5]
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Brog, Sea Captain
1998 Return to Krondor
Baldur's Gate Montaron, Thalantyr
1999 Revenant Ogrok Chef, Ogrok Slag [5]
Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue Rex [5]
Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage Balzac English dub[5]
2000 Soldier of Fortune Sergei Dekker
Alundra 2: A New Legend Begins Zeppo [6]
Orphen: Scion of Sorcery Zeus [7][5]
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 The Narrator English dub
2001 Kingdom Under Fire: A War of Heroes
Toy Story Racer Rex
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel Ghoul Officer Fisher, 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 [5]
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance Additional voices
Star Trek: Armada II
2002 Blood Omen 2 Sarafan Lord, Additional voices [5]
New Legends Boo, Tracker, Wounded Soldier
Star Trek: Bridge Commander Captain Draxon, Director Toban Soams, Legate Matan
Eternal Darkness Inspector Legrasse [5]
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 Additional voices
Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader Additional voices
Call of Duty Additional voices English dub
2004 Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel Additional voices
X-Men Legends Colossus [5]
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
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition LeChuck, Fester Shinetop Remake of 1990 game
2010 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge: Special Edition LeChuck Remake of 1991 game
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm The Narrator
2012 World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Hekima the Wise
2014 Hearthstone
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Additional voices
2016 World of Warcraft: Legion Magtheridon
2017 Girls Mode 4: Star Stylist Additional voices Final Role


Year Title Role Notes
1987–2015 Adventures in Odyssey Dr. Regis Blackgaard, R. Edwin Blackgaard, various voices

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Title Result Ref
2006 NAVGTR Awards Best Supporting Performance in a Comedy Psychonauts Nominated [8]
2010 The Secret of Monkey Island (Special Edition) Nominated [9]


  1. ^ "Earl Boen - Voice Actor Profile at Voice Chasers". Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  2. ^ a b c d Zee, Michaela (6 January 2023). "Earl Boen, Actor in 'The Terminator' Movies, Dies at 81". Variety. Retrieved January 6, 2023.
  3. ^ Thomas, Carly (6 January 2023). "Earl Boen, Actor in the 'Terminator' Films, Dies at 81". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 6, 2023.
  4. ^ a b Variety Staff (June 5, 2001). "Carole Kean".
  5. ^ 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 "Earl Boen (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  6. ^ Matrix Software (2000). Alundra 2: A New Legend Begins. Activision. Scene: Ending Credits.
  7. ^ Shade (October 26, 2000). Orphen: Scion of Sorcery. Activision. Scene: Closing credits, 2 minutes in, Cast.
  8. ^ "2005 Awards - National Academy of Video Game Reviewers Corporation". Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  9. ^ "2009 Awards - National Academy of Video Game Reviewers Corporation". Retrieved December 28, 2017.

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