Original voice of Charlie Brown pleads guilty to threats, stalking
Peter Robbins, the original voice of Charlie Brown, could face up to three years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to threatening and stalking his ex-girlfriend as well as the plastic surgeon who gave her the breast enhancement he paid for. (Obligatory “Good grief!” goes here.)
The 56-year-old Robbins was arrested in January on an outstanding warrant while returning to California from Mexico, and arraigned on four felony counts of making a threat to cause bodily harm or great bodily injury and one count of stalking. According to City News Service (via The Associated Press), prosecutors say Robbins called his former girlfriend a dozen times a day and threatened to kill her and her son if she didn’t return his car and dog. He allegedly also threatened her plastic surgeon, demanding a refund for the breast enhancement.
Robbins was just 9 years old when he was cast to voice Charles M. Schulz’s round-headed kid for the 1965 television special A Charlie Brown Christmas. He reprised that role in five more specials, including It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Charlie Brown All-Stars and in the 1969 feature film A Boy Named Charlie Brown. He appeared in his final Peanuts animated project, 1969′s It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown, at age 13; after that, his voice changed. Still, Robbins outlasted the rest of the original cast.
Now a real-estate agent, Robbins reunited with fellow Peanuts cast members and director Bill Mendleson in 2008 at Comic-Con International