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Robert Axelrod (May 29, 1949 – September 7, 2019), also credited as Axel Roberts and Myron Mensah,[2] was an American actor. He was primarily known for his voice work, which included Digimon, having started voice acting for the English-language versions of anime in 1980;[3][4] providing the voice of Lord Zedd, the main antagonist of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; and Finster, the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers monster maker. He also portrayed a Paul McCartney look-alike on the popular sitcom Family Matters, and later in his career appeared in several productions by comedy duo Tim & Eric.[5]

Robert Axelrod
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Axelrod in September 2008
Born(1949-05-29)May 29, 1949
DiedSeptember 7, 2019(2019-09-07) (aged 70)
Other names
  • Axel Roberts
  • Myron Mensah
OccupationActor, voice actor
Known forVoice of Lord Zedd

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BiographyEdit

He was born and raised in New York City. He has said that he wanted to be in the entertainment industry starting in kindergarten after first entertaining his classmates.[6][7] He started acting in commercials and theater as a child. He then worked as a full-time guitarist in the early 1970s.[8] Then in 1980 he got his start in voice over roles with Banner the Squirrel.[4] He continued throughout the years performing on stage and in 1983 starred in the rock play All the Difference.[9] In 1984 he started working for Saban Entertainment doing voice over and writing for programs including Wowser and Hallo Spencer, which he said were "the two finest products we produced."[7] His agency, Mobile Monicker Productions, noted that he voiced over 150 characters in his career.[10]

DeathEdit

Axelrod died in Los Angeles on September 7, 2019 at the age of 70. He had been suffering from problems caused by spinal surgery.[8] He was survived by his sister.

FilmographyEdit

AnimeEdit

List of voice performances in anime
Year Title Role Notes Source[1]
1985 Codename: Robotech Rico
1988–1989 Wowser Ratso Catso
1999–2000 Digimon Adventure Wizardmon, Vademon
2000–2001 Digimon Adventure 02 Armadillomon, Ankylomon, Wizardmon, Shakkoumon (Shared with Dave Mallow)
2000 Cowboy Bebop Dr. Londez As Axel Roberts
2001 The Big O Colonel Gaust As Axel Roberts
Space Pirate Captain Harlock Dr. Zero
Gaiking Prince Darius, Additional voices

AnimationEdit

List of voice performances in animation
Year Title Role Notes Source[1]
1993 Journey to the Heart of the World Scarface
1995-1997 Spider-Man Microchip
 
Axelrod at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo in 2012

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes Source[1]
1976 The Smurfs and the Magic Flute Brainy Smurf English version, Voice
1978 Lupin the Third Mamo Voice
1979 Manxmouse Frank English version, Voice, Uncredited
1980 Tricks of the Trade
1981 Swan Lake Hans Voice, Uncredited
1984 Katy Caterpillar Gilbert English version, Voice
1984 Lensman Sol English version, Voice
1985 Victims! Serial Killer #1
1986 Bad Guys Prof. Gimble's Assistant
1986 Murphy's Law Hotel Clerk
1986 Sorority House Massacre Larry
1987 Assassination Finney
1987 The Danger Zone Ronnie
1987 Neo Tokyo Tsutomu Sugioka (segment "The Order to Stop Construction"), English version, Voice
1987 Death Wish 4: The Crackdown Italian Restaurant Bartender
1987 Obsessions
1988 The Blob Jennings
1988 Katy and the Katerpillar Kids Gilbert English version, Voice
1988 The Big Turnaround Guerro
1989 American Rampage Coronor
1989 Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects Security Guard
1989 The Lords of Magick Pea Prince
1989 Midnight Ozzie
1989 Fortress of Amerikkka Gun Store Salesman
1989 Alien Private Eye Scunge
1990 Chance Gavin
1990 Repo Jake King
1991 F.A.R.T. the Movie Minister
1991 Zeiram Kamiya English version, Voice
1992 Wishman Murdock
1993 Beyond Fear Vince Paige
1993 Rule No. 3 Mark Uncredited
1994 Taxi Dancers
1995 Dead Badge Pimp
1995 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie Lord Zedd Voice
1995 Tornado Run Don Pinsley
1995 Fatal Pursuit Billy
2000 Digimon: The Movie Armadillomon Voice [11]
2001 Metropolis Ham Egg English version, Voice
2001 Der kleine Eisbär Seagull 3 English version, Voice
2001 Karma to Burn Reggie
2002 A Light in the Darkness Dr. Aberdeen
2002 Deep Freeze Lenny
2003 Exorcism Dark Prince
2003 A Light in the Forest Judge Chester
2004 Innocence Koga / Lin English version, Voice
2004 The Last Shot Man
2007 The Anatolian Club Owner
2008 Safety First: The Rise of Women! Narrator
2009 The Revenant Racially Confused Veteran
2009 Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Ultraman King Voice
2009 Fist of the North Star: The Shin Saga Voice
2010 Space Pirate Captain Harlock 2 Voice
2010 Space Pirate Captain Harlock Voice
2010 Danguard Ace 3 Voice
2010 Danguard Ace 2 Voice
2010 Danguard Ace Voice
2011 The Adventures of Nadja II Abel
2011 The Adventures of Nadja Abel
2011 Gaiking III Emperor Darius Voice
2011 Gaiking II Emperor Darius Voice
2011 Gaiking I Emperor Darius Voice
2011 Frogtown Ben
2011 Fist of the North Star: The Toki Saga Voice
2011 Fist of the North Star: The Souther Saga Voice
2011 Fist of the North Star: The Ray Saga Voice
2012 Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie Robert Axelrod
2012 Mommy's Little Monster Dr. Aberdeen
2015 Monday Morning Mitch Katz
2016 The Vanquisher Andrew Spencer Voice
2016 Boonville Redemption Clyde
2017 The Clapper Spider Parson
2018 Tales of Frankenstein Dinu
2019 Induced Effect Mr. Rodgers (final film role)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Biography". Robert Axelrod official website. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  2. ^ Geier, Thom (September 8, 2019). "Robert Axelrod, Voice of Lord Zedd in 'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,' Dies at 70". TheWrap. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  3. ^ "Robert Axelrod Biography". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Kopf, Ryan (March 17, 2010). "Interview with Robert Axelrod". UpcomingCons.com. Archived from the original on March 23, 2010. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  5. ^ "Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie press kit" (doc). pp. 8, 14. Retrieved August 8, 2016. The pieces feature two unique actors – Robert Axelrod and Tennessee Winston – two “Awesome Show” regulars. “Over the years, we’ve accumulated a bunch of friends who are actors in Hollywood that have a very special gift of making us laugh with these awkward performances.
  6. ^ Hussey, Megan (July 29, 2016). "Fan interaction valued". Tampa Bay Times. 133 (5). p. H9. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Homenick, Brett (September 29, 2016). "LORD ZEDD SPEAKS! Voice Actor Robert Axelrod on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers!". Vantage Point Interviews. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Real, Evan (September 8, 2019). "Robert Axelrod, 'Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers' Voice Actor, Dies at 70". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  9. ^ Mahoney, John C. (January 28, 1983). "'Other 4-Letter Words' Breezy Primer on Mating Urge". Los Angeles Times. 102 (56). p. 85. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  10. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (September 8, 2019). "Voice Actor Robert Axelrod Passes Away". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  11. ^ "Robert Axelrod". behindthevoiceactors.com. Retrieved August 9, 2016.

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