Peter Fernandez (Speed Racer) 1927-2010

Topic started by GMan on July 15, 2010. Last post by CapeBarnes 4 years, 8 months ago.
Post by GMan (282 posts) See mini bio Level 11

I always hate doing these "so-and-so passed away" bits. Growing up in the 70s, I was lucky enough to have a syndicated channel that ran the Speed Racer cartoons. They may not have been the best stories or the best animes but there was something special about them. 
The simple story of a boy racing a cool car never got old for me. 
Today, ANN reported that Peter Fernandez died from lung cancer. He was 83. Besides voicing Speed Racer and Racer X (along with countless other minor characters), Fernandez also voiced an older Sprittle in Speed Racer: The Next Generation.  Besides Speed Racer, he was a voice director and appeared on shows like Star Blazers, Lupin III: The Secret Of Mamo, Gandahar, Tokyo Decadence, and Astro Boy.
I got to speak with Peter back in 2008 over the phone. He was an amazingly nice guy. He even did voice impressions of characters like Cruncher Block. (You can read that interview HERE about Speed Racer, writing the famous theme song and other bits).

Post by Sonata (36,389 posts) See mini bio Level 20
So sad to here about that, loved old Racer X:)
Post by Netstryke (71 posts) See mini bio Level 8
  Peter had so much joy in meeting fans of all generations when he went to conventions and you could see it when you met him and the best thing is that Everybody knew who Peter was through watching Speed Racer or through their parents.

You reached the Finish Line, Speed!
Great Race!
Great Life!

Thank You, Peter! 
Post by Wales (133 posts) See mini bio Level 21

Aw man, are you serious? Its a shame to learn that a great legend in the realm of voice acting has passed on. And he was such a nice guy too. I met him at AWA in 2008 (whatever year the Speed Racer movie came out) and he was really cool.
Post by FoxxFireArt (2,654 posts) See mini bio Level 25
Aww, that's sad when icons of series die. 
Best wishes to his family and those he left behind.
Post by CapeBarnes (515 posts) See mini bio Level 18
R.I.P. I don't know what else to say.
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