Bob Holt (actor)

Bob Holt
Born Robert John Holthaus
(1928-12-28)December 28, 1928
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Died August 2, 1985(1985-08-02) (aged 56)
Van Nuys, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Occupation Voice actor
Years active 19501985

Robert John Holthaus (December 28, 1928 – August 2, 1985), better known as Bob Holt, was an American actor best known for his voice work.


Holt's first film role came in 1950, acting as Octavius Caesar in Julius Caesar. His career as a voice artist started with the 1968 short film Johnny Learns His Manners, for which he provided all of the voices. He later appeared in such works as Bedknobs and Broomsticks, several animated television specials with Dr. Seuss, and the animated film version of Charlotte's Web.

Holt appeared in a variety of different works, including animated films for both adults (the 1974 sequel The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat) and for children, as well as voice and acting work in live-action films (for the blaxploitation film Abby, Holt provided the voice of the Demon). In 1975, he was the voice of Grape Ape on The New Tom and Jerry Show. The same year, Holt provided the voice of Avatar in Ralph Bakshi's film Wizards. Avatar's voice was an imitation of actor Peter Falk.

In 1982, Bob Holt played the title role in Marvel Productions' The Incredible Hulk, also in the process creating a library of stock roars that would be used for many years afterwards.


Holt died of a heart attack on August 2, 1985 in Van Nuys, California. His interment was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale.


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