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Peter Fernandez (Speed Racer) 1927-2010

Aw man...


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).

 
Sonata moderator on July 15, 2010 at 12:05 p.m.
So sad to here about that, loved old Racer X:)
Netstrykeon July 15, 2010 at 1:24 p.m.
  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! 
Waleson July 15, 2010 at 3:28 p.m.

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.
FoxxFireArt moderator is online on July 15, 2010 at 3:56 p.m.
Aww, that's sad when icons of series die. 
 
Best wishes to his family and those he left behind.
CapeBarneson July 15, 2010 at 6:46 p.m.
R.I.P. I don't know what else to say.

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