Charlie Brown voice actor charged with stalking – Daily TV round-up

Peter Robbins faces a possible nine years in prison over allegations

Peter Robbins, the child actor who famously voiced Charlie Brown in the classic TV cartoons, is facing nine years in prison for stalking.

56-year-old Robbins, of Oceanside, California, was charged with 12 felony counts in all, for both making criminal threats and stalking.

Robbins... charged with stalking and criminal threats (Copyright: Wireimage)

He's accused of making the threats to a San Diego plastic surgeon, and of stalking his ex-girlfriend.

Robbins was arrested as he re-entered the US from Mexico, upon which it was discovered after a passport check that there was a warrant for his arrest.

After being charged in San Diego County Superior Court, his bail was then set at $550,000, with an initial hearing planned for February 22.

Robbins, now a California real estate agent, has not worked as an actor since the early 70s, and played his last role as Charlie Brown in 'It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown' in 1969, aged 13.

He was replaced when his voice broke at 14, but went on to appear in a number of TV shows including 'Rawhide', 'The Munsters' and 'Get Smart'. [CNN]

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