When the Halloween classic, “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” airs tonight, there’s one person who probably won’t be watching: The former child star who voiced the original Charlie Brown.
An October 30 report by the Los Angeles Times lists the 1966 classic as one of tonight’s TV highlights, with this year’s run marking the special’s 48th annual airing. But the past 48 years haven’t been kind to former child voice actor Peter Robbins, who was starred as Charlie Brown in the iconic TV special.
In May, Robbins was sentenced to a year in jail for and immediately ordered to a residential drug treatment center after he was accused of stalking and threatening his ex-girlfriend. According to the New York Daily News, the California judge who sentenced the former child actor even told him: "Don't be a blockhead."
Before his legal troubles occured, Robbins praised his late co-star Christopher Shea – who played Linus in the early Peanuts specials -- for making the animated Halloween and Christmas shows so memorable. In 2011, Robbins told the Washington Post’s Comic Riffs, “If not for Chris Shea, those two specials don’t work. I give him all the credit in the world. I’m like the pitcher who sets him up for each line.”
Shea passed away in 2010.
“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown “airs Thursday, October 31 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.