Peter Spellos, a voice actor for the animated series “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” and a star of “American Dreams,” has died at the age of 69.
Per TMZ, Spellos died on Sunday morning at Franciscan Hospice House in Indianapolis, Indiana, as confirmed by Jennifer Smith, a friend and acting student.
Peter Spellos cause of death
Peter Spellos passed away at Francisca Hospice House in Indianapolis, Indiana, after complications from pancreatic cancer.
His friend and acting student Jennifer Smith revealed the news in a Facebook post.
Smith, who had been given power of attorney for Spellos, told TMZ that “he was loved and cared for and surrounded by people during his final days.”
“It is with tremendous sadness that I must report the passing of my dear friend, Peter Spellos at 2:30 am this morning,” Fred Olen Ray, another friend of the late actor, wrote in a Facebook status. “Many of you knew Peter personally. He had more loving friends than there are stars in the sky.”
Ray added that “a gentler giant never existed.”
“A talented actor, teacher and wise old owl. He always made me laugh,” the touching tribute continued. “I cannot even recall how many movies we made together, but they would probably fill a book… maybe some day they will. Goodbye, pal.”
Who was Peter Spellos?
Peter Spellos is well-known to Transformers fans for voicing the role of Sky-Byte on the animated series Transformers: Robots in Disguise, and he had enjoyed meeting with many of them at fan conventions.
He had voiced the role for nearly 40 episodes, and it’s perhaps it’s Spellos’ best known character.
Spellos has also done voices for BattleTech: The Animated Series and Bureau of Alien Detectors.
His voice can also be heard in a wide variety of anime shows, which includes roles in titles like Black Jack, Bleach, Cowboy Bebop, Digimon: Digital Monsters, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Naruto, and Trigun.
Spellos also had roles in the video games Seven Samurai 20XX and Star Ocean: Second Evolution.
In live-action, Spellos had a notable role as American Bandstand production assistant Gus in the NBC series American Dreams, which ran for three seasons in the early 2000s.
He also appeared in the superhero shows The Guyver and Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, as wella s the popular TV shows ER, Married… with Children, and NewsRadio.
In film, Peter Spellos played Captain Larry Bridgewater in the sci-fi sequel Men in Black II and was featured as a security guard in Jim Carrey’s comedy Yes Man.
His other film roles include appearing in titles like Billy Frankenstein, Hard to Die, Dinosaur Island, Agent Red, Sorority House Massacre II, and In the Army Now.
“I’ve been lucky to do a lot of voices, but I really think my favorite is Sky-Byte from Transformers, because it was such a great time doing that series,” Spellos said of his Transformers role in a YouTube interview with Newb:
The People’s Nerd in 2015, declaring Sky-Byte to be his favorite character to voice. “And the guys writing and directing it, are good friends, and they’re very kind to me, and they wrote me a lot of great stuff. So, I truly loved doing Sky-Byte.”
Spellos then joked to Newb, “You know what? With my last breath, I will do Sky-Byte for you, so don’t worry.”
Our thoughts go out to Spellos’ family and friends at this time. Rest in peace, Peter Spellos.
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