This time of year, arguably the two most popular shows on television are the Charlie Brown Halloween and Christmas specials. The 2015 holiday season, however, is proving less than cheerful for the real-life voice actor who once gave life to Charles M. Schulz’s most iconic character.
Peter Robbins, the 59-year-old who voiced Charlie Brown in the early “Peanuts” holiday specials, pleaded guilty last month to penning threatening letters to various parties. On Monday (Dec. 7), the former child voice actor was sentenced to five years in prison.
The California resident threatened the manager of a mobile home park in his home of Oceanside, and also sent threatening letters to members of the media urging them to have San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore killed; prosecutors also say Robbins threatened a San Diego judge.
From ages 9 to 13, Robbins provided the voice of Charlie Brown in the now-iconic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” specials.
As an adult, Robbins has said that he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; two years ago, he plead guilty to threatening an ex-girlfriend and her plastic surgeon. During the hearings for this current sentencing, Robbins made multiple outbursts, but according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, he was subdued at his sentencing.