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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.
Edmund Francis Gilbert
June 29, 1931
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||May 8, 1999 (aged 67)|
|Known for||Baloo 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.
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.
|36 Hours||1964||Captain Abbott|
|Johnny Got His Gun||1971||Priest|
|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|
|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|
|Father Frost||1996||Robber Leader|
|Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island||1998||Mr. Beeman||Voice|