RIP: Earl Boen from The Terminator has died, aged 81

Character actor and voice actor Earl Boen had a long list of credits, working on nearly 300 different projects during a career that began in 1974. But for most movie fans, Boen will always be remembered for playing the role of Dr. Peter Silberman i The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, T2 3-D: Battle Across Time, and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Unfortunately, it has been confirmed by Deadline that Boen died in Hawaii yesterday, January 5, at the age of 81. A friend of Boen and his family revealed that Boen had been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in the fall of 2022.

Born on August 4, 1941, Boen made his acting debut in a 1974 episode of the PBS series Great achievements. The many credits he got after that performance include the movies Main Event, Battle Beyond the Stars, 9 to 5, Soggy Bottom USA, Airplane II: The Sequel, The Man with Two Brains, Walk Like a Man, 18 Again!, Miracle Mile, Alien Nation, My Stepmother Is an Alien, Chopper Chicks in Zombietown, Marked for Death, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, Norma Jean & Marilyn, The dentist, and The Odd Couple II, as well as episodes of the TV programmes What’s Up!!, Kojak, Hawaii Five-O, Wonder Woman, Eight Is Enough, Barnaby Jones, The Jeffersons, The Dukes of Hazzard, Soap, M*A*S*H*, Barney Miller, The Powers of Matthew Star , Three’s Company, Fantasy Island, Benson, St. Elsewhere, Night Court, Family Ties, Remington Steele, Growing Pains, Silver Spoons, Punky Brewster, What’s Happening Now!, Hill Street Blues, Who’s the Boss?, Knots Landing, Dynasty, ALF, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Thirtysomething, Mama’s Family, Dallas, Webster, Murder She Wrote, Baywatch, Life Goes On, Tales from the Crypt, Seinfeld, The Wonder Years, Family Matters, The New WKRP in Cincinnati, Herman’s Head, Santa Barbara, The Golden Girls , The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, LA Law, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Empty Nest, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Ellen, Silk Stalkings, and more.

Boen had an incredible career – and that list doesn’t even take into account that he was a very prolific voice actor. Many of his credits were on animated shows and video games.

Boen is survived by his wife Cathy, stepdaughter Ruby and grandchildren Kimmy Abaricia and Kimo Harbin. Our sincere condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.

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