Ed Gilbert

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Ed Gilbert
Born Edmund Francis Giesbert
June 29, 1931 (1931-06-29)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died May 8, 1999 (1999-05-09) (aged 67)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Cause of death Lung cancer
Occupation Actor, voice actor, entomologist
Years active 1963–1999

Ed Gilbert (born Edmund Francis Giesbert on June 29, 1931 – May 8, 1999) was an American actor, with extensive credits in both live action roles and voice work in animation, although he was better known for the latter. He is also credited, under his birth name, with research in entomology and the discovery of new beetle species.


During the 1960s, Gilbert appeared on TV series such as The Gallant Men, Combat!, The Rogues and Mannix. In 1966, he guest starred as Robert Cramer on four episodes of Ben Casey. He is well known as Fenton Hardy on 1970s television's The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries.

He provided the voices of Superion (replacing Frank Welker) Thrust and Blitzwing in the 1984-86 seasons of The Transformers, Gus, Kissyfur's father in Kissyfur, Thirty-Thirty, Sandstorm, Shaman and other voices in BraveStarr, Baloo in the Disney animated series TaleSpin, General Hawk in G.I. Joe, Puggsy & Daddy Starling in Tom and Jerry: The Movie, Mr. Smee in Peter Pan and the Pirates, Phasir in the Aladdin television series, The Mandarin in the first season of Iron Man: The Animated Series and Dormammu in Spider-Man: The Animated Series. He also voiced Tigger on some albums and read-along cassettes in the early 1990s.[1]


Gilbert, under his birth name, also pursued the study of Coleoptera and described a number of beetle species and genera, such as Linsleychroma, including Linsleychroma monnei.[1][2]


He died on May 8, 1999 of lung cancer. His interment was at Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary in Newhall, California.

Selected filmography[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island 1998 Mr. Beeman Voice role
Yogi the Easter Bear 1994 Grand Grizzly
Guard Dog
Voice role
The Pagemaster George Merry
SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron 1993-1994 Katscracth Gang Member, Enforcer Sargent, Enforcer Commando, Tiger Conklin
Tom and Jerry: The Movie 1992 Pugsy and Daddy Starling
TaleSpin 1990–1991 Baloo
The Rescuers Down Under 1990 Francois
The Little Mermaid 1989 Additional Voices
Asterix and the Big Fight 1989 Bossa Nova/Additional Voices (American dub)
Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf 1988 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
G.I. Joe: The Movie 1987 General Hawk
Kissyfur 1986 Gus
The Transformers: The Movie 1986 Blitzwing
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero 1985–1986 General Hawk
The Transformers 1984–1987 Blitzwing, Thrust, Superion


  1. ^ a b "Ed Gilbert". TV.com. CBS Interactive.com. 8 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Linsleychroma monnei Giesbert, 1998". Base de données Titan sur les Cerambycidés ou Longicornes (in French). Retrieved 12 May 2016. 

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Preceded by
Voice of Blitzwing
Succeeded by
Bumper Robinson