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Peter Fernandez

Fernandez attending the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Speed Racer, with his grandson.
Born 29 January 1927
New York City

Peter Fernandez (born 29 January 1927) is a versatile American actor, voice actor, and director. Despite a career extending from the 1930s, he is probably best known for his uncredited roles in the 1967 anime Speed Racer. Fernandez co-wrote the scripts, was the voice director, and composed the theme song. He was instrumental in introducing many Japanese anime series to English speaking audiences.[1]



Born in New York City, Fernandez was a child model for the John Robert Power Agency.[2] He then appeared on both radio and Broadway until he was drafted into the United States Army at age 18, late in World War II. His radio appearances included roles on "Mr. District Attorney", "Let's Pretend", "Gangbusters", "My Best Girls", "Superman", and "Suspense", as well as on many soap operas. After his discharge from the Army in 1946, he became a prolific writer for both radio and pulp fiction. He is the author of a children's book, "Bedtime Stories from the Bible".[3]

Fernandez is known for his voice work, and has been heard in English adaptions of many foreign films. He was the voice director for Courage the Cowardly Dog, which he has said was his favorite. He made cameos credited as "additional characters" in several episodes, besides his role as the voice of Robot Randy. He was also the voice director for Robert Mandell's Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers series.

Fernandez had a small part in the 2008 film Speed Racer as a racing announcer. He is currently the voice of Spritle in the 2008 animated spinoff, Speed Racer: The Next Generation, and the original Speed Racer, as seen in the episode, "The Note". Fernandez was interviewed in 2008 on his activities and voice over work [4].

Fernandez currently lives in Pomona, California with his wife, the former Noel Smith, and remains active in voice acting.[5]

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