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Ed Gilbert
Edmund Francis Giesbert

June 29, 1931 (1931-06-29)
DiedMay 8, 1999 (1999-05-09) (aged 67)
Occupation(s)Actor, Voice actor
Years active1963–1999
Known forBaloo in TaleSpin

Ed Gilbert (born Edmund Francis Giesbert, 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. He is also was best known for voicing Baloo in Tale Spin replacing Phil Harris the original voice of Baloo.

Early life and Career

Gilbert graduated from the University of Chicago and fought in the Korean War. During the 1960s, Gilbert appeared on television 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 the 1970s television series The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries.

He provided the voices of Superion (originally voiced by Frank Welker), Thrust and Blitzwing in the second and third seasons of The Transformers, Kissyfur's father Gus in Kissyfur, Thirty-Thirty, Sandstorm, Shaman and other voices in BraveStarr, Baloo in the Disney animated series TaleSpin and Jungle Cubs, General Hawk in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Puggsy and 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. He voiced minor characters in Batman: The Animated Series; Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, and The New Batman Adventures. He also voiced the security guard Daryl in the computer game, Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out!.


He also pursued, under his birth name Edmund Francis Giesbert, the study of Coleoptera and described a number of beetle species and genera, particularly in the family Cerambycidae, such as Linsleychroma, including Linsleychroma monnei.[1][2]


Gilbert died on May 8, 1999, of lung cancer in his home in Beverly Hills, California. He was survived by his wife Virgini and his daughter Dorian. His interment was at Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary in Newhall, California.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1963-1964 Combat! Various roles 4 episodes
1964 36 Hours Captain Abbott
1965 The Wild Wild West Tom Hendrix (uncredited) Episode: "Night of the Casual Killer"
1971 Johnny Got His Gun Priest
1973 Howzer Edward Carsell
1973-1976 Police Story Various roles 4 episodes
1976 Wonder Woman Warden Episode: "Wonder Woman Meets Baroness von Gunther"
1977 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Fenton Hardy 28 episodes
1984–1987 The Transformers Blitzwing, Thrust, Superion Voice, 27 episodes
1985–1986 G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero General Hawk Voice, 19 episodes
1986 Kissyfur Gus Voice, episode: "The Birds and the Bears "
The Transformers: The Movie Blitzwing Voice
1987 G.I. Joe: The Movie General Hawk Voice
1988 BraveStarr: The Movie Thirty-Thirty, Shaman Voice
Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde Voice
1989 Asterix and the Big Fight Bossa Nova, Fishstix Voice, American dub
The Little Mermaid Voice
TUGS Warrior Voice
Only in test US dub
1990 The Rescuers Down Under Francois Voice
1990–1991 TaleSpin Baloo Voice, main role
1990–1993 The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda Additional voices Voice, 33 episodes
1992 Tom and Jerry: The Movie Pugsy, Daddy Starling Voice
1993 Batman: The Animated Series Jack Haly Voice, episode: "Robin's Reckoning, Part 1"
1993-1994 SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron Katscracth Gang Member, Enforcer Sargent, Enforcer Commando, Tiger Conklin Voice, 4 episodes
1993-1996 Captain Planet and the Planeteers Looten Plunder, Pillage Voice, 12 episodes
1994 The Pagemaster George Merry Voice
1994-1995 Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills Emperor Gorganus Voice, 40 episodes
1994-1996 Gargoyles Bodhe, Captain of the Guard Voice, 7 episodes
1995 The New Adventures of Peter Rabbit Tommy Brock Voice
Black Scorpion Breathtaker Voice
1996 Father Frost Robber Leader
The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Various roles Voice, 4 episodes
1995-1996 Freakazoid! Professor Heiney Voice, 3 episodes
1996-1997 Spider-Man the Animated Series Dormammu Voice, 3 episodes
1997-1998 The New Adventures of Zorro Additional voices Voice, 26 episodes
1998 Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island Mr. Beeman Voice
1999 The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries Colonel Ambore Voice, Episode: "Son of Roswell That Ends Well"


  1. ^ "Ed Gilbert". CBS 8 May 2010. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Linsleychroma monnei Giesbert, 1998". Base de données Titan sur les Cerambycidés ou Longicornes (in French). Archived from the original on 3 June 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Edmund Gilbert". 20 May 1999.