Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Earl Boen (/ˈboʊɪn/; born November 7, 1945) 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.
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.
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.
Boen married actress Carole Kean in 1970. She died on April 23, 2001, due to ovarian cancer.
|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|
|1978||Last of the Good Guys||Ike|
|1978||Richie Brockelman, Private Eye||Tausig|
|1978||Eight Is Enough|
|1978||The Paper Chase||Nick Burch|
|1978||The Fifth Floor||Phil|
|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||Battle Beyond the Stars||Nester 1|
|1981||I'm a Big Girl Now||Dr. Michaels|
|1981||The Dukes of Hazzard||Atlanta Museum Curator|
|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||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|
|1990||Marked for Death||Dr. Stein|
|1991||Terminator 2: Judgment Day||Dr. Silberman|
|1994||Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult||Dr. Eisendrath|
|1996||The Dentist||Marvin Goldblum|
|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|
|2006||NAVGTR Awards||Best Supporting Performance in a Comedy||Psychonauts||Nominated|
|2010||The Secret of Monkey Island||Nominated|