Prolific Character Actor Earl Boen Dead At 81

Posted January 7, 2023 by with 1 comment

Earl Boen is probably most recognized for his role as Dr. Peter Silberman in the Terminator franchise, but he had nearly 300 credits for work in other movies (Nutty Professor II, Naked Gun 33 1/3), as well as dozens of television dramas and sitcoms (MASH, Wonder Woman, Three’s Company, Santa Barbara, The West Wing, What’s Happening, Punky Brewster, Seinfeld, The Wonder Years, L.A. Law, Boy Meets World, It’s A Living). He died this week in Hawaii at the age of 81, following a battle with lung cancer. Via AVClub:

With a track record spanning sitcoms, dramas, video games, action movies, and pretty much anything else an actor might’ve put his talents toward in the second half of the 20th century, Boen accrued almost 300 credited roles across a 40-plus year career. Per Variety, he died this week in Hawaii, after being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer last year. Boen was 81.

Boen made his name first and foremost in TV comedy: His early resumé, from the mid-’70s onward, is dotted with many of the biggest sitcoms of the era, including MASH, Three’s Company, Barnaby Jones, and more.

[Terminator 3] was Boen’s last on-screen role, as it happens, retiring from screen acting at the age of 62. Instead, he put his energies toward his increasingly prolific voice acting career, building on a side of his career he’d been developing since working on the G.I. Joe cartoon in the 1980s.


Here was Boen as Dr. Silberman explaining Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor to colleagues:

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