Terminator star Earl Boen dies age 81

American  film, television and voice actor Earl Boen has died aged 81.

Boen best known as criminal psychologist Dr. Peter Silberman in The Terminator (1984), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) and Terminator: Dark Fate (2019, archive footage only). 


Boen is the only actor besides Arnold Schwarzenegger to appear in each of the first three Terminator films.

In a statement a family member told TMZ the veteran actor passed away on Thursday (5th January 2023) in Hawaii, but wouldn’t disclose a cause or the specifics of his death.


Having started acting in the mid-1950s, Boen played roles on the stage with several repertory companies between 1965 and 1976 before moving to Hollywood.

Boen is known to many TV viewers as the Harper family’s pastor, the Rev. Lloyd Meechum on the 1980s sitcom Mama’s Family. His character was featured in several of the most memorable episodes (on both the network and syndicated versions). He also appeared as a clergyman in episodes of The Golden Girls, The Golden Palace, The Wonder Years, Boy Meets World, Seinfeld and Three’s Company. He also appeared as Willie’s boss in ALF, and as Patrick Morrison in the Matlock episode “The Cult”. Boen commonly plays doctors in movie and television roles. He may also be noted for his role as Jim Petersen, Angela Bower’s boss on the show Who’s The Boss?. Earl had a recurring role as Dr. Kramer in the 1990s Fox series Get a Life. Boen also appeared (alongside Tom Jones) in an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1993.

Other films in which he appeared include The Main Event (1979), Battle Beyond the Stars (1980), 9 to 5 (1980), Soggy Bottom, U.S.A. (1981), The Man with Two Brains (1983), To Be or Not to Be (1983), Alien Nation (1988), Marked for Death (1990), Naked Gun 33+1⁄3: The Final Insult (1994), and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000).


Boen retired from screen acting in 2003, but continued his work as a voice actor in radio, television cartoons and video games.

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