Bob Papenbrook passes away

Filed under: News — S. @ 9:22 pm

As reported originally by, voice actor Robert Papenbrook passed away at the age of 50 on March 17th from a chronic lung condition. A funeral service was held on the 24th with over 200 people attending to honor the legendary actor.

Odds are you have seen or heard Bob before. Anime fan or not. Casual dub listener or hardcore dub enthusiast. Someone who has turned on a television, put in a movie, or played a video game; odds are you have seen or heard him before. Bob Papenbrook has been an active actor on camera and in the recording booth since 1982 with a career so busy he even stopped bothering to keep track of all of the characters he’s voiced over the years. Tenchi Muyo!, Digimon, Heat Guy J, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Power Rangers, V.R. Troopers, Jeepers Creepers 2, Warcraft III, Robotech: The Game, Heroes of Might & Magic VI and VII, ER, JAG, Birds of Prey, Xena, Charmed, Boston Public, In the Heat of the Night, Hunter, the list goes on for far more than any online database will ever be able to completely name off.

Our condolensces go out to Debbie Rothstein, their son Bryce, and the rest of the Papenbrook family. Bob will be greatly missed.


  1. Thank you, Seadon. We’re still very much in shock over Bob’s abrupt passing. Thank you for all your love and support over the years. My best, Deb

  2. Goodbye Bob. We will all miss you. Our love to you Debbie and Bryce.

    • sasami
    • April 29, 2006 | Link
  3. I was really hoping that he would be the voice of Vector the Croc if there would ever be a sequel series to Sonic X that would be completely full of action! Rest in piece, Bob. We’ll always love you!

    • Sammy Ronald
    • August 21, 2006 | Link