Vic Perrin

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Vic Perrin
Born Victor Herbert Perrin
(1916-04-26)April 26, 1916
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died July 4, 1989(1989-07-04) (aged 73)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Cancer
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Madison
Occupation Television and voice actor
Years active 1943-1989
Spouse(s) Rita Perrin (19??-1989; his death)
Children 1 child; 1 stepchild

Victor Herbert "Vic" Perrin (April 26, 1916 – July 4, 1989) was an American actor. He is best remembered for having provided the "Control Voice" in the original version of the television series The Outer Limits (1963-65).


Perrin graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the 1930s, and moved to California in 1940.[1]

During the 1940s and 1950s, Perrin was a regular performer on old-time radio, appearing in many shows. His first role, however, came in 1943, when he became announcer for Free World Theatre's episode "The Last Will and Testament Of Tom Smith".[2] The series was produced and directed by Arch Oboler. He later appeared on Oboler's short-lived television series, Arch Oboler's Comedy Theatre. Perrin narrated "A Star With Two Names", part of the segment "Behind The Scenes Hollywood Story" of The Hollywood Music Hall radio program. At the same time, he would join Charles Laughton's theatrical repertory group.

He went on to become a staff announcer for NBC for several years before moving to ABC. He was a regular guest star on the radio version of Gunsmoke and indeed, he wrote at least one script for that show. Perrin was a series regular on the anthology radio drama Family Theatre, played Ross Farnsworth on One Man's Family and was Seargeant Gorse in Fort Laramie in 1956. Perrin, uncredited to the listeners, impersonated Clyde Beatty on The Clyde Beatty Show. He performed several characters in Escape, Pete Kelly's Blues and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.[2]

One of his first television roles was in a 1953 episode of Adventures of Superman titled "The Golden Vulture", where he played a hapless sailor on board a freighter run by a self-styled pirate. He made 16 guest appearances on Dragnet. He played minor character roles in Peter Gunn, Black Saddle, Gunsmoke, Mackenzie's Raiders, The Untouchables, Going My Way, Perry Mason, Adam-12, Mannix, and Mission: Impossible. Perrin guest-starred as several characters in both the radio and television versions of Have Gun - Will Travel. He was a series regular in the original Jonny Quest animated series as the voice of Dr. Zin and other villains. He voiced the villain, The Gimmick, in an episode of Blue Falcon.

Perrin voiced multiple characters, including The Puppet Master, Karl the Stuntman, and others in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! He voiced many supporting characters and villains, as well as the main antagonist Dr. Zin, in Jonny Quest. He played a voyeuristic serial killer in the 1966 made-for-TV movie Dragnet, which served as a pilot episode for the color version of the television series, which premiered in 1967. He guest-starred on a 1981 episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century titled "The Guardians". Perrin was in The Twilight Zone episodes titled "People Are Alike All Over" and "Ring-a-Ding Girl".

He had voice and character roles in three classic Star Trek episodes. During the first season, he voiced the Metron in "Arena", where Kirk fought the Gorn. He also appeared on camera as the head of the ruling council on Halka, a planet of pacifists who would not trade dilithium crystals, in "Mirror, Mirror", and provided the voice of the Nomad probe in "The Changeling", both second season episodes. In the Super Friends series, Perrin's voiced the villain, Sinestro, the nemesis of the Green Lantern, a role he played on Challenge of the Super Friends and Super Friends.

For many years he narrated dozens of science and educational short films for educational filmmaking pioneer Sy Wexler and continued to do voice-overs and to play character roles until a short time before his death from cancer in Los Angeles, California, aged 73.[1]


  1. ^ a b Folkart, Burt A. (July 7, 1989). "Alien-From-Space Narrator on 'Outer Limits': Radio, TV Personality Vic Perrin". Los Angeles Times. 
  2. ^ a b "Vic Perrin Radio Credits". Old Time Radio Researchers. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 

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