A veritable television superstar passed away over the weekend, and while his name and face may not be recognizable to many, his voice will be incredibly familiar to an entire generation of people who grew up watching television in the 1990s.
Robert Axelrod, the voice of the villainous character Lord Zedd — as well as another character named Finister — in the hugely popular Mighty Morphin Power Rangers program, has died at the age of 70.
Voice of Power Rangers nemesis dead
Fox News reported that Axelrod’s death was revealed in a statement posted to the voice actor’s Twitter page by his agent.
The tweet read, “It is with great sadness that I must tell you that Robert passed away yesterday. He was a wonderful soul whose charismatic personality lit up a room. He will be greatly missed.”
A lengthier statement, as well as some pictures of Axelrod with various characters he had voiced over the years, was also included with the social media post.
The statement noted that Axelrod initially began his career in the entertainment industry as a guitarist in the early 1970s prior to transitioning over to voice-acting in the 1980s.
He was credited with giving voice to more than 150 different characters, most notably the two villains that opposed the Power Rangers characters, but also the voice of the Wizardmon character from the Digimon series.
“Robert enjoyed meeting his fans and inspiring them to follow their passions. His beautiful and kindred soul will never be forgotten and we take comfort in knowing his memory will live on in all those he inspired, met and knew,” the statement added.
An entertainer from the start
TMZ was the first to report Axelrod’s death, adding that he was born and raised in New York City, where as a child he appeared in commercials and as a teenager performed in off-Broadway plays at the Soho Avant-Garde Theater.
He was described as having been “well-known” in his initial adulthood career as a guitarist/singer who performed folk-rock and soul music. It was likely that talent as a singer that helped him successfully transition to providing the voice-overs that gained him fame.
There will undoubtedly be a legion of fans — some who may never have even known his actual name — who will mourn his loss.
However, thanks to his skill and longevity as a voice actor, his memory and work will live on forever.