April 29, 1935
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Died||June 28, 2006
|Cause of death||Stroke|
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, voice actor|
Lennie Weinrib (April 29, 1935 – June 28, 2006), also known as Lenny Weinrib, Leonard Weinrib, and Len Weinrib, was an American actor, voice actor and writer. He is best known for playing the title role in the children's television show H.R. Pufnstuf, the title role in Inch High, Private Eye, the original voice of Scrappy-Doo on Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, Hunk and Prince Lotor on Voltron, and Bigmouth on The Smurfs. He also was the voice for Timer in the "Time for Timer" ABC public service announcements in the early 1970s.
Life and career
A native of the Bronx, Weinrib got his start in show business working with Spike Jones, then later in The Billy Barnes Revue. He made guest appearances on The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Burke's Law, The Munsters, Happy Days and Adam-12. He charted nationally (Music Vendor, #132) with the comedy single "Prez Conference" in 1962. He also guest starred in an Emergency! episode called "The Firehouse Quartet" as Fred Gibson, an overweight, accident-prone man.
He is most notable for his voice acting work. Starting with The Jetsons, Weinrib provided numerous voices for such animated series as Inch High, Private Eye, The New Adventures of Batman, Tarzan and the Super 7, and Hong Kong Phooey. He was the voice for both Roland and Ratfink in that series of cartoon shorts. He also provided the voice of Timer in the 1970s "Time for Timer" series of educational spots shown on the ABC network. In Voltron: Defender of the Universe, he voiced both Hunk and the villain Prince Lotor in the "Lion Voltron series", as well as Captain Newley and Cliff in the "Vehicle Voltron" series. He also voiced a secretary bird and a king lion in the animated sequence of the film Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Another Disney role Weinrib voiced was an evil sorcerer named Zorlok for an episode of Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears. He also voices the school bully Lenny Warthog on the NBC series Kissyfur.
He also lent to voice to Superman in 1970 for a Sesame Street sketch of a lecture about words beginning with "S" which happened to be the character's favorite letter of the Alphabet.
Weinrib voiced Davey Jones' uncle Sedgwick, Shaggy's great-uncle Nathaniel, and Redbeard on The New Scooby-Doo Movies and Cap'n Noah Smitty in Yogi's Ark Lark. He also voiced Scrappy-Doo in the original Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo TV series before Don Messick took over the role.
He voiced the title role in H.R. Pufnstuf throughout the show's entire run from 1969 through 1971, and also wrote every episode of the series. He also appeared as H.R. Pufnstuf as a guest on The Dating Game in Christmas 1972 and on one episode of the TV show CHiPs in 1977. On The Krofft Supershow he played the title character in Magic Mongo.
He did the voices for Moonrock and Sergeant Boulder on The Flintstone Comedy Show. In 1986, he was the original voice of Freddy Flintstone on The Flintstone Kids, before Scott Menville replaced him the following season. In 1991, he voiced Max the Mole on the all-star Hanna-Barbera animated series Yo Yogi!.
Weinrib appeared on The Dick Van Dyke Show three times, each time playing a similar character, a loud, over-the-top, insult-type comedian. This character was variously named "Jackie Brewster" ("Buddy Can You Spare a Job", 1961), "Danny Brewster" ("The Sam Pomerantz Scandals", 1963), and "Phil Franklin" ("The Impractical Joke", 1965).
He also appeared on single episodes of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. ("Winky Blintz" in "The Off-Broadway Affair", 1966) Happy Days ("Duke" in "Ritchie's Cup Runneth Over", 1974), and on two episodes of Adam-12 in 1973 and 1974 as a police garage mechanic.
Weinrib's directing career consists of three feature films, all in the beach party genre: Beach Ball for Paramount in 1965, and Wild Wild Winter and Out of Sight, both for Universal in 1966. Weinrib also co-wrote the popular 1963 joke book The Elephant Book.
Retirement and death
Weinrib retired from acting in the 1990s and moved to Santiago, Chile.
Weinrib's elder daughter Linda Weinrib and grandchildren Lauren Bendik and Steven Bendik are voice actors. His younger daughter Heidi Weinrib has performed as part of the ensemble cast of Rojo de Chile, a Chilean talent competition broadcast by Television Nacional de Chile. His youngest daughter Grace Weinrib is an artist and also lives in Santiago, Chile as does their mother Sonia.
- H.R. Pufnstuf - Voices of H.R. Pufnstuf, Bela Lugosi Tree, Dr. Blinky's Talking Book, Orson Vulture, Polka Dotted Horse, Stupid Bat, Pop Lolly, West Wind
- Lidsville - Voices of Admiral Scuttlebutt, Bela the Vampire's Cowl, Big Chief Sitting Duck, Boris the Executioner's Hood, Hiram the Farmer's Hat, Hoo Doo's Parrot, Raunchy Rabbit, Jack of Clubs
- The Krofft Supershow - Magic Mongo
- The Krofft Superstar Hour - Voices of H.R. Pufnstuf, Orson Vulture, Stupid Bat
- The Skatebirds - Voice of Knock-Knock the Woodpecker ("Skatebirds" segment)
- Buford and the Galloping Ghost - Additional Voices
- CB Bears - King, Rattle, Yukayuka
- Dr. Dolittle - Sam Scurvy, various
- Dynomutt, Dog Wonder - Roto Chopper
- Galaxy Goof-Ups - Additional Voices
- Hong Kong Phooey - Additional Voices
- Inch High, Private Eye - Inch High
- Jabberjaw - Additional Voices
- Kissyfur - Charles, Lennie
- My Little Pony and Friends - Additional Voices
- Pac-Man - Additional Voices
- Rambo and the Forces of Freedom - Gripper
- Scooby and Scrappy-Doo - Scrappy-Doo
- Space Stars - Dipper
- The Addams Family - Gomez Addams
- The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda - Additional Voices
- The All-New Popeye Hour - Additional Voices
- The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan - Stanley Chan
- The Most Important Person - Various Voices
- The Flintstone Comedy Hour - Announcer, Moonrock
- The Flintstone Comedy Show - Moonrock, Sgt. Boulder
- The Flintstone Kids - Fred Flintstone (1986-1987), Commissioner
- The Great Grape Ape Show - Additional Voices
- The Hoober-Bloob Highway - Additional Voices
- The Jetsons - Additional Voices
- The Kwicky Koala Show - Additional Voices
- The Little Rascals - Additional Voices
- The Mumbly Cartoon Show - Additional Voices
- The New Adventures of Batman - Joker, Clayface, Mr. Freeze, Chameleon, Moonman, Professor Bubbles, Sweet Tooth, Zarbor
- The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show - Additional Voices
- The New Scooby-Doo Movies - Additional Voices
- The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show - Bronto, Moonrock
- The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show - Additional Voices
- The Scooby-Doo Show - Additional Voices
- The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo/Puppy Hour - Additional Voices
- The Smurfs - Bigmouth
- The Super Globetrotters - Additional Voices
- The Tom and Jerry Show - Additional Voices
- These Are the Days - Additional Voices
- Uncle Croc's Block - Billy the Kit, Captain Eddie Cattenbakker, Captain Kitt, Jasper Catdaver, Kitty Wizard, Sir Walter Cat ("Fraidy Cat" segments)
- Voltron - Hunk Garrett, Prince Lotor (Lion Force series); Cliff, Captain Newley (Vehicle Force series)
- Wait Till Your Father Gets Home - Chet Boyle
- Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch - Hi-Riser
- Yo Yogi! - Max the Mole
- Yogi's Gang - Smokestack Smog
- Yogi's Space Race - Additional Voices
- Yogi's Treasure Hunt - Additional Voices
- The Dick Van Dyke Show - 3 episodes (1961, 1963, 1965)
- The Man From U.N.C.L.E. - 1 episode as Winky Blintz (1966) "The Off-Broadway Affair"
- Happy Days - "Duke", 1 episode (1974)
- Adam-12 - 2 episodes as Police Garage mechanic
- Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) - King Lion, Secretary Bird
- It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - Radio police and fireman voices
- Out of Sight - Director
- Rikki-Tikki-Tavi - Darzee the Tailorbird
- Yogi's Ark Lark - Cap'n Noah Smitty
- Shogun Assassin - voice-over
- McDonald's McDonaldland Commercials - Captain Crook (voice)
- Time for Timer - Timer
- Cookie Crisp - Cookie Jarvis