Earl Boen
Earl Boen

7, 1945 (1945-11-07) (age 74

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New York City, New York, U.S.
Other names Eril Bowen
Earl Bowen
Earl Brown
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1965–2003 (screen actor)
1987–present (voice actor)
Spouse(s) Carole Kean
(m. 1970; died 2001)
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Earl Boen (/ˈb[unsupported input]n/; born November 7, 1945)[1] is an American actor and voice actor, perhaps best known as criminal psychologist Dr. Peter Silberman in the Terminator series. Boen reprised the role in both Terminator 2, and 3, making him the only actor besides Arnold Schwarzenegger to appear in the first three Terminator films as the same character.

Boen is also very active in the voice-over field. He is known for voicing characters such as Mr. Bleakman in Clifford the Big Red Dog, Police Chief Kanifky in Bonkers, the Narrator in World of Warcraft and Captain LeChuck in the Monkey Island series.[2]

Early lifeEdit

Boen was born in New York City. Having started acting in the mid-1950s, he gained roles on the stage in several leading repertory companies between 1965 and 1976 before moving to Hollywood.


Boen is known to many TV viewers as the Harper family's pastor, Rev. Lloyd Meechum on the 1980s sitcom Mama's Family. His character was featured in several of the most memorable episodes (on both the network and syndicated versions). He also appeared as a clergyman in episodes of The Golden Girls, The Golden Palace, The Wonder Years, Boy Meets World, Seinfeld and Three's Company. He also appeared as Willie's boss in ALF, and as Patrick Morrison in the Matlock episode "The Cult". Boen commonly plays doctors in movie and television roles. He may also be noted for his role as Jim Petersen, Angela Bower's boss on the show Who's The Boss?. Earl had a recurring role as Dr. Kramer in the 1990s Fox network cult classic comedy TV series Get a Life. Boen also appeared (alongside Tom Jones) in an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1993.

Other films in which he appeared include The Main Event (1979), Battle Beyond the Stars (1980), 9 to 5 (1980), Soggy Bottom, U.S.A. (1981), The Man with Two Brains (1983), To Be or Not to Be (1983), Alien Nation (1988), Marked for Death (1990), Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994), and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000).

In 1987, came his first voice role as Taurus in the direct to video G.I. Joe: The Movie. Some of his most well known voice roles have been villainous pirate LeChuck from the Monkey Island series of adventure games. He has also provided the introductions for World of Warcraft and its expansions, voiced Magtheridon in World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade and King Terenas Menethil II in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, including the ending cinematic for that expansion.

Boen was also well known for voicing the dramatic thespian Edwin Blackgaard in Focus on the Family’s “Adventures in Odyssey”, as well as Edwin’s nefarious twin brother Regis.

Boen retired from screen acting in 2003, but continued his work as a voice actor in radio, television cartoons and video games.

Personal lifeEdit

Boen married actress Carole Kean in 1970. She died on April 23, 2001, due to ovarian cancer.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1974 Great Performances Le Bret
1976 The Taming of the Shrew A Pedant
1977 The Streets of San Francisco Frank Jennings
1977 Mr. Billion Col. Winkle's Aide
1977 What's Happening! Judge Barnes
1977 Kojak D.A. Hepburn
1977 Rafferty Vandler
1977 Hawaii Five-O Denisovich
1977 Wonder Woman Chaka Episodes: "Mind Stealers from Outer Space: Parts 1 & 2"
1978 Last of the Good Guys Ike
1978 Police Woman
1978 Richie Brockelman, Private Eye Tausig
1978 Eight Is Enough
1978 Lou Gant Vice-Cop
1978 The Paper Chase Nick Burch
1978 The Fifth Floor Phil
1979 Barnaby Jones Eddie
1979 The Main Event Nose Kline
1979 The Paul Williams Show Virgil Weeks
1979 The Jeffersons Nathan Weems
1979 A Man Called Sloane Prentiss
1980 Angie Dr. Learner
1980 Battle Beyond the Stars Nester 1
1981 I'm a Big Girl Now Dr. Michaels
1981 The Dukes of Hazzard Atlanta Museum Curator
1981 Soap Dr. Drell
1981 Soggy Bottom, U.S.A Owen
1981–1982 It's a Living Dennis Hubner
1981–1983 Benson Kocholnik, Mr. Tucker
1982 King's Crossing Dr. Rivkin
1982 M*A*S*H Major Robert Hatch
1982 Barney Miller Warren Gimble
1982 The Power of Matthew Star Mr. Hansley
1982 Madame's Place Judge Blake
1982 Three's Company Reverend Gilmore
1983-1990 Mama's Family"l Reverend Merchum
1983 Amanda's Fred Cornwall
1983 Fantasy Island Henry
1983 The Man with Two Brains Dr. Felix Conrad
1983 Just Our Luck Judge
1983 To Be or Not to Be Dr. Boyarski
1984 The Terminator Dr. Silberman
1985 Movers & Shakers Marshall
1988 Alien Nation Duncan Crais
1988 My Stepmother Is an Alien Reverend
1990 Tales from the Crypt Mr. Clayton Episode: "Dead Right"
1990 Marked for Death Dr. Stein
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day Dr. Silberman
1994 Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult Dr. Eisendrath
1994 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Dr. Heller Episode: "Madame Ex"
1996 The Dentist Marvin Goldblum
1996 T2-3D: Battle Across Time Dr. Peter Silberman Uncredited
1996 The Prince Mr. Howell
1997 Living in Peril Fingerprint technician
1998 The Odd Couple II Fred
2000 Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Dr Knoll
2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Dr. Silberman

Voice workEdit

Film Edit

Year Title Role Notes
1987G.I. Joe: The MovieTaurus Direct-to-video
1992Porco Rosso English Dub
1995GordyMinnesota Red
1996Dot and Spot's Magical ChristmasSanta
2001The MajesticNewsreel Announcer
2002The Wild Thornberrys MovieGorilla
2004Clifford's Really Big MovieHorace Bleakman


Year Title Role Notes
1988Star Trek: The Next GenerationNagilumEpisode "Where Silence Has Lease"
1988A Pup Named Scooby-DooMr. Gordon / Chef Pierre GoulashEpisode: "Robopup"
1989X-Men: Pryde of the X-MenMagnetoTV Pilot
1991The Pirates of Dark WaterLugg Brother #13 Episodes
1993-1994 Bonkers Police Chief Kanifky37 Episodes
1994-1995Skeleton Warriors 11 Episodes
1993-1995Batman: The Animated SeriesRhino2 Episodes
1995Animaniacs Zeus Episode: "Hercules Unwound"
1996Wing Commander AcademyCommanderEpisode: "Red and Blue"
1996-1997The Real Adventures of Jonny QuestDr. Forbes / Kyle / Office /
Stage Coach Guard
3 Episodes
1995-1997Pinky and the BrainEarth / Moon / Santa Claus2 Episodes
1997The New Batman AdventuresRhinoEpisode: "Double Talk"
1997-1998Spider-Man: The Animated SeriesRed Skull / The Beyonder8 Episodes
1996-1998The Fantastic Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor 26 Episodes
1999Cow and ChickenBen Franklin / John Hancock / Mr. RossEpisode: "I.M. Weasel: Revolutionary Weasel"
2001The Zeta ProjectEvent JudgeEpisode: "Remote Control"
2001Johnny BravoSanta Claus / Jay the Bear / NormanEpisode: "A Johnny Bravo Christmas"
2002Time SquadWilliam Howard Taft / FrankensteinEpisode: "White House Weirdness"
1998-2002Dexter's LaboratoryGeneral / Commander Chief / Man #22 Episodes
2002Justice LeagueSimon StaggEpisode: "Metamorphosis" Parts 1 & 2
2000-2002Clifford the Big Red DogMr. Horace Bleakmen6 Episodes
2003Evil Con CarneVladEpisode: "Boskov's Day Out"
2001-2004Grim & EvilDoctor / TV Narrator / Monster / Mr. Hobson2 Episodes
2004Megas XLREmperor / SubjectEpisode: "Coop D'Etat"
2002-2006Kim Possible Señor Senior Sr.role shared with Ricardo Montalbán
4 Episodes


Year Title Role Notes
1997The Curse of Monkey IslandLeChuck
Zork: Grand InquisitorBrog / Sea Captain
1998Return to Krondor
Baldur's GateMontaron / Thalantyr
1999RevenantOgrok Chef / Ogrok Slag
Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the RescueRex
Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage Balzac English Dub
2000Soldier of FortuneSergei Dekker
Alundra 2: A New Legend BeginsZeppo / Mini-game male[4]
Orphen: Scion of SorceryZeus[5]
Tenchu 2: Birth of the Stealth AssassinsNarration
Star Trek: Voyager – Elite ForceVorhsoth / Imperial Officer / Crewman
Escape from Monkey IslandCharles L. Charles / LeChuck / Pirate C
2001Kingdom Under Fire: A War of Heroes
Toy Story RacerRex
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of SteelGhoul Officer Fisher / Wasteland
Mayor Richard / Vault-Tec Computer Calix
Black & WhiteNemesis
Atlantis The Lost Empire: Search for the JournalCommander Lyle Rourke
Atlantis The Lost Empire: Trial by Fire
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of LibertySergei GurlukovichEnglish Dub
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance
Star Trek: Armada II
2002Blood Omen 2Sarafan Lord / Additional Voices
New LegendsBoo / Tracker / Wounded Soldier
Star Trek: Bridge CommanderCaptain Draxon / Director Toban Soams / Legate Matan
Bloody Roar ExtremeGanesha
Eternal DarknessInspector Legrasse
Icewind Dale IILord Ulbrec
The Scorpion King: Rise of the AkkadianNarrator / King Urmhet / Passanger
Kim Possible: Revenge of Monkey FistSeñor Senior, SrCredited as Earl Brown
Soldier of Fortune II: Double HelixSam Gladstone / Alexei Nachrade
2003Tenchu: Wrath of HeavenNarratorEnglish Dub
RTX Red RockBoris Dezurov / Adjutant
Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader
Disney's Extreme Skate AdventureRex
Call of DutyAdditional VoicesEnglish Dub
2004Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel
X-Men LegendsColossus
EverQuest IIMaster Rysian Gladewalker / Mirin / Fisherman Draylix
World of WarcraftNarrator
2007World of Warcraft: The Burning CrusadeNarrator / Magtheridon
2008World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich KingNarrator / King Terenas Menethil
2009Tales of Monkey IslandLeChuck / Demon
2010World of Warcraft: CataclysmNarrator
2012World of Warcraft: Mists of PandariaHekima the Wise
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor
2016World of Warcraft: Legion

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Title Result Ref
2006 NAVGTR Awards Best Supporting Performance in a Comedy Psychonauts Nominated [6]
2010 The Secret of Monkey Island Nominated [7]


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