A report from Variety has revealed Earl Boen - the original voice of Monkey Island's main antagonist Captain LeChuck - has passed away at the age of 81 after being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer late last year.
Apart from featuring in the Monkey Island series until 2010, Boen voiced characters and narrated games like World of Warcraft, Metal Gear Solid 2 (Sergei Gurlukovich), Eternal Darkness, (Baldur's Gate and Psychonauts (Butcher).
Outside of his long list of VA roles for video games, he was perhaps best known as the criminal psychologist Dr. Peter Silberman from The Terminator movies, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. He also voiced characters in animations like Clifford's Really Big Movie and Kim Possible and even featured in series like Seinfeld and Star Trek.
On behalf of the community here at Nintendo Life, our thoughts go out to Earl's family and friends during this difficult period.
R.I.P. Earl, was brilliant in the Terminator films 😔
He played a strange entity in Star Trek TNG (Nagilum). Great character actor.
Hasta La Vista Dr. SIlberman. May you Rest in Peace.
Mama's family will be my memory.
One of the first actors to make an impression on me, as I saw both Terminator 1 and 2 at a very young (and probably inappropriate 😂) age.
Earl Boen was also the voice actor of the detective at the beginning of Eternal Darkness, when Alex is called to her Grandfather's estate.
He was truly excellent in his roles. Very sad to hear. 😢
Now I understand why he wasn't in Return to Monkey Island. His voice was amazing.
A sad day indeed.
As a lifelong Monkey Island fan this is devastating. He had such an amazing voice and he made LeChuck equal parts menacing and comedic. Rest in peace Earl.
@GameChat a criminal psychologist in this context is someone who works with criminals, not a criminal himself.
Rip legend, starring in probably the best action film of the 90s if not all time. Terminator 2. You will not be forgotten xxx
I remember him most as Dr. Silberman in Terminator and T2, the voice of the police chief in the Disney Afternoon show Bonkers and the narrator and The Lich King's father in World of Warcraft. Such a talented guy. He will be missed.
Rest In Peace, Mr. Boen. Thanks for everything.
Voice actors never get enough credit. This guy lent his voice to at least one thing everyone here recognizes and loves
RIP Earl, you were fantastic as Lechuck and I Loved you in Terminator 1 and Battle Beyond the Stars! Return to Monkey Island Lechuck has nothing on you
RIP Earl, I loved the Terminator movies.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.
I was playing Secret of Monkey Island only a few months ago, and I knew I recognised the voice. I looked him up and couldn't believe it was him!
I didn't come back for Return to Monkey Island. Shame, such a unique voice.
So maybe this is why he didn't voice LeChuck in Return to Monkey Island...sad
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