Edmund Francis Gilbert (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 (Edmund Francis Giesbert), with research in entomology and the discovery of new beetle species. He also replaced Phil Harris, the original voice of Baloo, in TaleSpin and for special segments featured on the VHS releases of Jungle Cubs.

Ed Gilbert
Edmund Francis Gilbert

June 29, 1931 (1931-06-29)
DiedMay 8, 1999 (1999-05-09) (aged 67)
Years active1963–1999
Known forBaloo in Talespin


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 and Jungle Cubs, 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!.


Under his birth name, Edmund Francis Giesbert, he also pursued the study of Coleoptera and described a number of beetle species and genera, particularly in the family Cerambycidae, such as Linsleychroma, including Linsleychroma monnei.[1][2]


In August 1998 Gilbert got sick from lung cancer and stayed home for nine months but never recovered. He was a heavy smoker and, after suffering from complications, Gilbert died on May 8, 1999, from lung cancer. His interment was at Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary in Newhall, California.


Title Year Role Notes
36 Hours 1964 Captain Abbott
Johnny Got His Gun 1971 Priest
Howzer 1973 Edward Carsell
The Transformers 1984–1987 Blitzwing / Thrust / Superion Voice
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero 1985–1986 General Hawk Voice
Kissyfur 1986 Gus Voice, Episode: "The Birds and the Bears "
The Transformers: The Movie Blitzwing Voice
G.I. Joe: The Movie 1987 General Hawk Voice
BraveStarr: The Movie 1988 Thirty-Thirty / Shaman Voice
Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde Voice
Asterix and the Big Fight 1989 Bossa Nova / Fishstix (American dub)
The Little Mermaid Voice
The Rescuers Down Under 1990 Francois Voice
TaleSpin 1990–1991 Baloo Voice
Tom and Jerry: The Movie 1992 Pugsy / Daddy Starling Voice
Batman The Animated Series 1993 Jack Haly Voice
SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron 1993-1994 Katscracth Gang Member / Enforcer Sargent / Enforcer Commando / Tiger Conklin Voice
The Pagemaster 1994 George Merry Voice
Gargoyles 1994-1996 Bodhe/Captain of the Guard Voice
The New Adventures of Peter Rabbit 1995 Tommy Brock Voice
Black Scorpion 1995 Breathtaker Voice
Father Frost 1996 Robber Leader
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island 1998 Mr. Beeman Voice


  1. ^ "Ed Gilbert". TV.com. CBS Interactive.com. 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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