Ed Gilbert (born Edmund Frank Giesbert on 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, with research in entomology and the discovery of a new beetle species.


Early life

Ed Gilbert was born on June 29, 1931 as Edmund Frank Giesbert.


During the 1960's, Gilbert appeared on TV 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 1970's television series, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries.

He provided the voices of Thrust and Blitzwing in the 1984 - 1986 seasons of The Transformers, Gus, Kissyfur's father in Kissyfur, Thirty-Thirty, Sandstorm & Shaman in BraveStarr, Baloo in the Disney animated series TaleSpin (where he co-starred with Tony Jay who would later play Dormammu's minion, Baron Mordo in Spider-Man: The Animated Series), General Hawk in G.I. Joe, Puggsy & Daddy Starling in Tom and Jerry: The Movie, Mr. Smee in Peter Pan and the Pirates, Phasir in the Aladdin television show, the Mandarin in the first season of Iron Man: The Animated Series (where he co-starred with Robert Hays, James Avery, Jim Cummings, Neil Ross, Marla Rubinoff, Dorian Harewood, and Dimitra Arliss) and Dormammu in Spider-Man: The Animated Series. He also voiced Tigger on some albums and read-along cassettes in the early 1990's.


Gilbert, under his birth name, also pursued the study of Coleoptera (beetles) and described a number of beetle species and genera, such as Linsleychroma, including Linsleychroma monnei.


He died on May 8, 1999 of lung cancer. His internment was at Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary in Newhall, California.





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