I’d be missing an opportunity during Ultraman Week to pay respect, if I didn’t mention the passing of Peter Fernandez, who died this past week at the age of 80. Fernandez along with Corinne Orr, and Earl Hammond among others dubbed the original Ultraman series. Of course most of that same crew were more famous for dubbing Speed Racer, but they also handled the Tsuburaya Productions.

Fernandez didn’t voice Hayata (Ultraman) but he did a whole bunch of the other voices. Dubbing often gets a bad wrap, but these people tried their hardest and helped introduce the characters to millions with their familar American voices. If you’re interested in the work of Peter and his cohorts, be sure to check out the Ultraman Series DVD set which has a great interview with the dubbing cast, including Peter Fernandez.

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