Peter Behn

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Peter Behn
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Born (1934-10-24) October 24, 1934 (age 81)
Prescott, Arizona
Spouse(s) Ulla Nielsen (divorced)
Pam Pease
Children 3 children; 1 stepson

Peter Behn (born October 24, 1934) is an American former voice actor and child actor. He is best known for providing the voice of the young Thumper in the film Bambi.

Early life and education[edit]

Peter Behn was born on 24 October 1934 in Prescott, Arizona to Harry Behn (1889-1973), a screenwriter and children's author, and his wife Alice Behn (née Lawrence, 1905-1989). He had two other siblings: a brother named Prescott and a sister named Pamela. Behn's paternal grandfather Henry was German and his paternal grandmother Maren (née Christensen) was Danish. His family lived in Arizona and Greenwich, Connecticut. Behn was educated at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where he was a member of the school's swim team. After graduating, he went onto attend Yale University and serve two years in the United States Army.[1]

Film career[edit]

Behn's only film role to date is voicing the young Thumper in the 1942 Disney film Bambi, a role he was actually uncredited for. Though a small role, the character Thumper and the movie Bambi are cultural icons, giving Behn immortality among Disney fans of all generations.[citation needed] Behn appeared in a documentary about the making of Bambi in 1994.[citation needed] He was 4 years old when he voiced the role.

After Bambi[edit]

As an adult, Behn moved to Warren, Vermont in 1964, where he worked as a real estate broker.[citation needed] He had two sons and one daughter by his first wife, Ulla Behn (née Nielsen).[2] Behn retired to Park City, Utah in 1997, where he lives in a passive solar home.[3] He later remarried to Pam Pease. Behn has two sons named Nils and Christopher, one daughter named Kirsten, and one stepson named Jude. He has eight grandchildren named Ally, Bodil, Haley, Hana, Hunter, Kylie, Lexi, and Milo.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Griggs, Brandon (2007-09-17). "Culture vulture: Rabbit Tale". Salt Lake Tribune. 
  2. ^ Solomon, Charles. "Thumper's Found!". LA Times. Retrieved 21 May 2015. Several friends saw the item and called Behn, 53, now a real estate broker in Warren, Vt. 
  3. ^ Bloom, Anna (2005-11-02). "Retired couple build green home by hand". Park Record. High above Glenwild, where cell phones rarely work, Pam and Peter Behn smile in the late afternoon sun at their panoramic view of the Wasatch mountains. They've worked all day on their concrete home beneath the glare of sunshine, stacking Styrofoam that will frame the walls. 

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