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Earl Boen passed away, he appeared as hapless psychologist in the first three Terminator movies

Earl Boen passed away. The first three Terminator movies—The Terminator, T2: Judgment Day, and Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines. These are where character and voice actor Boen is best known to moviegoers for his portrayal of the relentlessly tormented Dr. Peter Silberman. Boen amassed around 300 credited roles over the course of a 40+ year career. With credits for sitcoms, dramas, video games, action pictures, and pretty much anything else an actor might’ve applied his skills to in the second half of the 20th century. He was found to have stage four lung cancer last year and passed away this week in Hawaii, according to Variety. Boen was 81.
Earl Boen early resume, which dates from the middle of the 1970s onward
It is littered with many of the major sitcoms of the time, including MASH, Three’s Company, Barnaby Jones, and more. This is when Boen first gained notoriety. Although he occasionally settled into a lengthier part (including a one-season run on it’s a Living in 1981). Boen would remain a “freelancer” for most of his career. He was a constant fixture on series looking to inject a little sarcastic, morose wit into their ensembles for an episode.
Although Battle Beyond the Stars is primarily remembered today as Roger Corman’s shockingly obvious attempt to rip-off Star Wars. It was also the film where Boen first collaborated with its art director. An amateur filmmaker and model maker by the name of James Cameron. Boen played the lead member of a crew of pancake makeup-covered clones. Cameron would cast Boen in The Terminator, his first major film, four years later.

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Dr. Peter Silberman is the embodiment of cynical mankind in the first three Terminator movies.
He is condescending, pessimistic, and can barely contain a yawn when he speaks with a desperate Michael Biehn. It’s a role that strongly drew on Boen’s comic talents while also playing a crucial role in how smoothly Cameron’s time-traveling plot was delivered. (After all, it’s Silberman who raises all the petty concerns about time travel and future wars that are probably already running through viewers’ minds at this point.) He makes the ideal human antagonist for a franchise like the Terminator in Boen’s hands. A little, arrogant little man whose world is continuously destroyed by fearsome outlaws and invincible killing machines.

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