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Ed Gilbert (born Edmund Francis Giesbert on June 29, 1931 – May 8, 1999) was an American actor, with extensive credits in both live action roles and voice work in animation, although he was better known for the latter. He is also credited, under his birth name, with research in entomology and the discovery of new beetle species.

Ed Gilbert
Edmund Francis Giesbert

June 29, 1931 (1931-06-29)
DiedMay 8, 1999 (1999-05-09) (aged 67)
OccupationActor, voice actor, entomologist
Years active1963–1999


During the 1960s, Gilbert appeared on television series such as The Gallant Men, Combat!, The Rogues and Mannix. In 1966, he guest starred as Robert Cramer on four episodes of Ben Casey. He is well known as Fenton Hardy on the 1970s television series The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries.

He provided the voices of Superion (originally voiced by Frank Welker), Thrust and Blitzwing in the second and third seasons of The Transformers, Kissyfur's father Gus in Kissyfur, Thirty-Thirty, Sandstorm, Shaman and other voices in BraveStarr, Baloo in the Disney animated series TaleSpin, General Hawk in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Puggsy and Daddy Starling in Tom and Jerry: The Movie, Mr. Smee in Peter Pan and the Pirates, Phasir in the Aladdin television series, The Mandarin in the first season of Iron Man: The Animated Series and Dormammu in Spider-Man: The Animated Series. He voiced Tigger on some albums and read-along cassettes in the early 1990s, He voiced minor characters in Batman: The Animated Series; Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero and The New Batman Adventures. He also voiced the security guard Daryl in the computer game, Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out!.


Gilbert, under his birth name, also pursued the study of Coleoptera and described a number of beetle species and genera, such as Linsleychroma, including Linsleychroma monnei.[1][2]


He died on May 8, 1999 of lung cancer. His interment was at Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary in Newhall, California.

Selected filmographyEdit

Title Year Role Notes
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island 1998 Mr. Beeman Voice role
Yogi the Easter Bear 1994 Supreme Commissioner Clarence
Grand Grizzly
The Pagemaster George Merry
SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron 1993-1994 Katscracth Gang Member, Enforcer Sargent, Enforcer Commando, Tiger Conklin
Batman The Animated Series 1993 Jack Haly
Tom and Jerry: The Movie 1992 Pugsy and Daddy Starling
TaleSpin 1990–1991 Baloo
The Rescuers Down Under 1990 Francois
The Little Mermaid 1989 Additional Voices
Asterix and the Big Fight Bossa Nova/Fishstix (American dub)
Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf 1988 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
G.I. Joe: The Movie 1987 General Hawk
Kissyfur 1986 Gus
The Transformers: The Movie Blitzwing
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero 1985–1986 General Hawk
The Transformers 1984–1987 Blitzwing, Thrust, Superion


  1. ^ "Ed Gilbert". CBS 8 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Linsleychroma monnei Giesbert, 1998". Base de données Titan sur les Cerambycidés ou Longicornes (in French). Archived from the original on 3 June 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2016.

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Preceded by
Voice of Blitzwing
Succeeded by
Bumper Robinson