Len Carlson
Born(1937-09-02)September 2, 1937
DiedJanuary 26, 2006(2006-01-26) (aged 68)
NationalityCanadian
OccupationVoice actor
Years active1966–2006

Len Carlson (September 2, 1937 – January 26, 2006)[1] was a Canadian voice actor, who has voiced various characters on many animated television series from the 1960s onward, an occasional live-action TV actor, and a Kraft Canada TV pitchman during the 1970s and 1980s. He was a native of Edmonton and a former professional athlete.

Career

He was the voice of Big Boss, Sundown and Mace on C.O.P.S., Ganon on The Legend of Zelda, Senator Robert Kelly (and the Supreme Intelligence) on X-Men (1992), Bert Raccoon and Pigs Two and Three in The Raccoons (and a voice director for the show from 1990 onwards), Putter from Popples, Mr. Frumble, Mr. Gronkle, and Mayor Fox in The Busy World of Richard Scarry, Professor Coldheart in Care Bears (1985), and Rocket Robin Hood in some of the third-season episodes. He was also the voice of Allo and Quackpot on the TV series, Dinosaucers and he was the original voice of the Green Goblin in Spider-Man the original series (1967) and the voice of Buzz in the show Cyberchase (2002). Also, he was the voice of Sterling Überbucks, his brother Carling, his great grandfather Sterling Überrucks and his nephew Stewie on Roboroach (2002) and the title character in the short-lived Swamp Thing (1991) animated series.

He also voiced all the male characters in two animated 1970s series (The Undersea Adventures of Captain Nemo and The Toothbrush Family), was the voice of Ace the Seagull and Sharkey Shark in the children's TV series The Waterville Gang and did voices for movies including The Nutcracker Prince, Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-lot, The Great Defender of Fun, and reindeer voices in the live-action feature Blizzard.

In his last years, Carlson was a regular on Nelvana-produced shows such as Rolie Polie Olie, Cyberchase, Pecola, Donkey Kong Country, Medabots, Beetlejuice, and Beyblade as the main antagonist Gideon (season two). Most recently, he appeared in the French-Canadian co-production Atomic Betty, voiced the characters Hugo and Q in the video game Street Fighter III 3rd Strike and narrated the animated bible TV series Friends and Heroes. He also voiced Herc Stormsailor in the 1980s show Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors and The Big Boss in COPS.

Death

Carlson died of a heart attack in Keswick, Ontario, at the age of 68 on January 26, 2006.[1] The season two finale of Atomic Betty, "Takes One To Know One", the Cyberchase episode "Ecohaven Ooze", and the Bigfoot Presents: Meteor and the Mighty Monster Trucks episode "Space Rangers!" were all dedicated to his memory.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1967-1969 Spider-Man Green Goblin / Additional voices Voice role
1975 The Undersea Adventures of Captain Nemo Captain Mark Nemo / Dr. MacPherson
1977 The Toothbrush Family Tom / Toby / Gramps / Additional voices
1980 The Christmas Raccoons Bert Raccoon
1981 The Raccoons on Ice
The Trolls and the Christmas Express Additional voices
1983 The Raccoons and the Lost Star Bert Raccoon / Pig General
1984 The Raccoons: Let's Dance! Bert Raccoon
1985 Care Bears Professor Coldheart, Strato Nefarious Voice role; DiC version
1985-1986 Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors Herc Stormsailor / Terror Tank Voice role
1985-1991 The Raccoons Bert Raccoon / Pigs Two and Three / Mr. Knox / Additional voices
1987 Dinosaucers Allo / Quackpot
Sylvanian Families Packbat / Wade Waters / Cliff Babblebrook / Rocky Babblebrook
1987-1989 ALF: The Animated Series Colonel Cantfayl / Sargent Staff
1988-1989 C.O.P.S. Brandon 'Big Boss' Babel / Sgt. Colt 'Mace' Howard / Walker 'Sundown' Calhoun
1988-1989 Police Academy (TV series) Captain Harris / Additional voices
1989 The Legend of Zelda Ganon
1989-1991 Beetlejuice Additional voices
1990-1991 Swamp Thing Swamp Thing
1990 The Nutcracker Prince King / Mouse / Court Attendant / Band Member #2 / Spectator / Soldier
1992-1996 X-Men: The Animated Series Senator Robert Kelly / Additional voices
1994-1997 The Busy World of Richard Scarry Mr. Frumble / Mr. Gronkle / Mayor Fox / Additional voices
1995-1997 Mr. Men and Little Miss Additional voices Voice role; US version
1996-2003 Monster by Mistake Gorgool / Morgool
1997-2000 Donkey Kong Country Krusha / Kritter Voice role
1998-2004 Rolie Polie Olie Pappy Polie / Additional voices
2000-2001 Corduroy Buckaroo
2001-2003 Pecola Officer Kumada Voice role; English version
2002-2006 Cyberchase Buzz Voice role
2002 Rolie Polie Olie: The Great Defender of Fun Pappy Olie / TV Announcer
2002-2003 Beyblade V-Force Gideon Voice role; English dub
2003 Blizzard Additional reindeer voices Voice role
2004 Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-lot Philo
2004-2006 Atomic Betty Minimus P.U. / Greenbeard / B-1 / Spindly Tam Kanushu (seasons 1-2)

References

  1. ^ a b Lawlor, Alison (May 9, 2006). "LEN CARLSON, CARTOON VOICE ARTIST: 1937-2006". The Globe and Mail. p. S9. Archived from the original on August 28, 2008.