Vic Perrin
Born
Victor Herbert Perrin

(1916-04-26)April 26, 1916
DiedJuly 4, 1989(1989-07-04) (aged 73)
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison
OccupationTelevision and voice actor
Years active1943–1989
Spouse(s)
Evelyn Held
(m. 1963; died 1972)

Rita Singer
(m. 1977; div. 1979)

(m. 1979; his death 1989)
Children1

Victor Herbert Perrin (April 26, 1916 – July 4, 1989)[1] was an American radio, film, and television actor, perhaps best remembered for providing the "Control Voice" in the original version of the television series The Outer Limits (1963–1965).[2] He was also a radio scriptwriter as well as a narrator in feature films and for special entertainment and educational projects, such as the original Spaceship Earth and Universe of Energy rides at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.[3]

Early years

Perrin was born in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, the elder of two sons of Kathryn (née Mittlesteadt) and Milton A. Perrin, who was a traveling salesman.[4][5][6] In 1940, after graduating from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the late 1930s, Vic moved to California.[7]

Career

Radio

During the 1940s and 1950s, Perrin was a regular performer on many commercial radio programs. In 1941 he became a staff announcer for NBC, staying there for several years before moving to ABC and becoming chief announcer at the Blue Network.[8][1] His first credited role came in 1943, when he served as the announcer for "The Last Will and Testament Of Tom Smith", a radio episode of Free World Theatre, which was produced and directed by Arch Oboler.[9] He narrated too "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 joined Charles Laughton's theatrical repertory group.[citation needed]

Perrin was also a regular guest star on the radio version of Gunsmoke, and he wrote or co-wrote five scripts for that popular Western series between 1959 and 1961.[citation needed] Perrin was a series regular as well on the anthology radio drama Family Theatre, played Ross Farnsworth on One Man's Family, and was featured as cavalry trooper Sergeant Gorse in Fort Laramie in 1956. He performed too as several characters in Escape, Pete Kelly's Blues, Dragnet, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, and Have Gun – Will Travel.[9] In an uncredited role, he also impersonated Clyde Beatty on The Clyde Beatty Show.[9]

Television

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One of Perrin's first television roles is in "The Golden Vulture", a 1953 episode of the Adventures of Superman.[citation needed] In that episode he portrays a hapless sailor on board a freighter run by a self-styled pirate. He also appears in 16 installments of Dragnet and plays characters in a variety of other series, including Peter Gunn, Black Saddle, Have Gun – Will Travel, Gunsmoke, Mackenzie's Raiders, The Untouchables, Going My Way, Perry Mason, Adam-12, The F.B.I. , Mannix, and Mission: Impossible.[citation needed]

Perrin voiced multiple characters on the Hanna-Barbera animated television series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Those characters include, The Ape Man, Carl the Stuntman, Pietro, The Puppet Master, Dr. Najib, The Snow Ghost, Mr. Leech, Yeti, Fu Lan Chi, among others. Perrin was the voices of The Phantom Racer, Junkyard Watchman, Ken Rogers, Anthos and John Thomas on The Scooby-Doo Show. Perrin was also the voices of Mr. McDabble, Mr. Kronos and The Minotaur on The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show. He also provided the voice of Dr. Zin, the main antagonist on Jonny Quest along with voicing Roberts, Search Plane Pilot, Junior, Frogman Leader, Miguel, Kronick, Professor Ericson and others on the series. Perrin voiced Cyclops on The Marvel Super Heroes. Perrin voiced Creture King and Lurker on Space Ghost. Perrin voiced Mekkor and the Captain of the Sky Pirates on The Herculoids. Perrin voiced Number One, The Ruthless Ringmaster and others on Birdman and the Galaxy Trio. Perrin voiced Red Ghost, Silver Surfer, Professor Gamma and The Demon on Fantastic Four (1967 TV series). Perrin is the voice of Hawkman on Filmations, The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure and Aquaman (TV series) yet another villain, Sinestro, who is the nemesis of the Green Lantern, along with voicing Dr. Starns, Turkish Engineer, Brain Creature, Professor Reed and Frankenstein's Monster on Challenge of the Superfriends. Perrin voiced Namor and Caesar Cicero on Spider-Man (1981 TV series). Perrin provided the voice of Thor, Zerona's Soldier and Black Knight on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends as well as additional voices on The New Fantastic Four, Spider-Woman and The Incredible Hulk (1982 TV series). Perrin voiced Ming the Merciless on the 1982 television film Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All produced by Filmation. Perrin voiced Teetor on the 1984 animated musical film Gallavants produced by Marvel Productions. In 1986 Perrin reprised his voice role as Dr. Zin on The New Adventures of Jonny Quest. Other Hanna-Barbera shows Perrin has provided additional voices on are the live-action and animated fantasy television series The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as Castway Charlie, Centaur, Doorgah, High Priest, Rabbit and Chief, Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch! as Professor Neilsen Rockabuilt, Inch High, Private Eye, These Are the Days, Clue Club, Jabberjaw, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels as Mummy, Brackish and Professor Pryce, Jana of the Jungle, Super Friends (1980 TV series) as Sailor and The Smurfs. In performances in front of the camera, Perrin portrays 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-stars too on "The Guardians", a 1981 episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and he appears in two episodes of The Twilight Zone titled: "People Are Alike All Over" and "Ring-a-Ding Girl".[citation needed]

He has voice and character roles in three classic 1967 Star Trek episodes. In the series' first-season episode "Arena," he is the voice of the Metrons, an alien species. He appears as well in the second-season episode "Mirror, Mirror", portraying the head of the ruling council on Halka, a planet of pacifists. Also in the second season, in the episode "The Changeling", he is the voice of Nomad, a space probe.[citation needed]

Other professional activities

For many years Perrin 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.[7]

Perrin was active in off-camera work in television commercials, prompting one newspaper article to include the comment "Vic Perrin is one actor who makes more money when he's not seen on camera than when he is."[10] He was also the original voice narrator for Disney's Epcot Center attraction: Spaceship Earth in Orlando, Florida. Vic Perrin also narrated two movies in the original Epcot Center Universe of Energy pavilion: "Kinetic Energy" and "Energy Creation Story".

Personal life and death

He was first married to Evelyn Held on March 10, 1963. Evelyn died in 1972 and they had no children. He married for a second time to Rita Singer in 1977 and had a son, George. He also had a stepson, Steven, from Rita's previous marriage. Perrin and Rita divorced in January 1979, but remarried soon after in September 1979.[8][11]

Perrin died of cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center[12] in Los Angeles, California, July 4, 1989, aged 73.[5][7]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1947 Magic Town Elevator Starter Uncredited
1950 Outrage Andy
1952 Don't Bother to Knock Elevator Operator Uncredited
1952 The Iron Mistress Gambling House Attendant Uncredited
1953 The System Little Harry Goubenek
1953 Julius Caesar Hoodlum Uncredited
1953 The Twonky TV Salesman Uncredited
1953 Forever Female Scenic Designer
1954 Riding Shotgun Bar-M Rider with Lynching Rope
1954 Dragnet Deputy D.A. Adolph Alexander
1954 Black Tuesday Dr. Hart
1960 Spartacus Narrator Uncredited
1962 Gorath Voice
1963 Heavenly Bodies! Narrator Uncredited
1963 Wall of Noise Louie the Brain Uncredited
1965 Joy in the Morning Law Professor Uncredited
1966 The Singing Nun Farmer in Accident with Sister Ann Uncredited
1966 One Million Years B.C. Narrator Uncredited
1966 The Bubble Taxi Driver
1966 Dragnet 1966 Don Negler TV movie
1967 Star Trek: The Original Series Nomad Voice
1968 Vixen! Narrator Voice, Uncredited
1968 Bullitt Voice, Uncredited
1970 Airport Crabby Man Uncredited
1970 Zig Zag Fingerprint Expert Uncredited

// 1971 // Adam-12

 Everett Jones-Victim
1972 Gargoyles Gargoyle Leader Uncredited Voice
1974 Heidi in the Mountains Grandfather / The Doctor / Postman English version, Voice
1974 The Take Radio Announcer Uncredited
1974 The Klansman Hector
1975 The Hindenburg Travel Agency's Representative Uncredited
1977 Black Oak Conspiracy Mr. Finch
1984 Gallavants Teetor Voice

Selected Television

Year Title Role Notes
1957 Have Gun - Will Travel Rheinhart Episode "Winchester Quarantine"
1958 Wanted Dead or Alive Willie Jo Weems Episode "Fatal Memory"
1960 Have Gun - Will Travel Arnold Episode "Show of Force"
1960 Have Gun - Will Travel Storekeeper Frazier Season 3, Episode 21 "The Night the Town Died"
1960 Have Gun - Will Travel Sheriff Cooley Episode "The Campaign of Billy Banjo"
1961 Have Gun - Will Travel Drunk Episode "Everyman"

References and notes

  1. ^ a b Cox, Jim (2007). Radio Speakers: Narrators, News Junkies, Sports Jockeys, Tattletales, Tipsters, Toastmasters and Coffee Klatch Couples Who Verbalized the Jargon of the Aural Ether from the 1920s to the 1980s--A Biographical Dictionary. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., p. 228: ISBN 978-0-7864-6086-1.
  2. ^ "Vic Perrin, 73, Actor And Announcer, Dies", The New York Times, July 8, 1989. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  3. ^ "Spaceship Earth", digital copies of 1982 narrations by Vic Perrin, Epcot Discovery Center, The Walt Disney Company, Bay Lake, Florida. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  4. ^ "Fifteenth Census of the United States: 1930", Waukesha, Wisconsin, April 10, 1930. Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce. FamilySearch. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  5. ^ a b DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960. McFarland & Company, Inc., p. 215; ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2.
  6. ^ "California Death Index, 1940-1997", Victor Herbert Perrin, July 4, 1989. FamilySearch. Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.
  7. ^ a b c Folkart, Burt A. (July 7, 1989). "Alien-From-Space Narrator on 'Outer Limits': Radio, TV Personality Vic Perrin". Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ a b "Deaths" (PDF). Broadcasting. July 17, 1989. p. 94. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  9. ^ a b c "Vic Perrin Radio Credits". Old Time Radio Researchers. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
  10. ^ "Actor Vic Perrin Benefits More When Not on Camera". Austin Daily Herald. Austin, Minnesota. January 6, 1967. p. 19. Retrieved January 9, 2016 – via Newspaperarchive.com. open access
  11. ^ "Radio and TV Actor Vic Perrin Dies at 73". Orlando Sentinel. July 7, 1989. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  12. ^ "Vic Perrin". Bluefield Daily Telegraph. Bluefield, West Virginia. July 8, 1989. p. 12. Retrieved January 9, 2016 – via Newspaperarchive.com. open access