Vic Perrin

Show Count: 248
Series Count: 6
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: April 26, 1916, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA
Died: July 4, 1989, Los Angeles, California

Victor H. Perrin (April 26, 1916 – July 4, 1989) was an American actor and voice artist. He is best remembered for having provided the "Control Voice" in the original version of the TV series The Outer Limits (1963 – 1965).

Life and career

Vic Perrin graduated in 1935 from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. He moved to California in 1940.

During the 1940s and 1950s, Perrin was a regular performer on old-time radio, appearing in many shows. His first role, however, came in 1943, when he became announcer for Free World Theatre's episode "The Last Will and Testament Of Tom Smith". The series was produced and directed byArch Oboler. He later appeared on Oboler's short-lived television series, Arch Oboler's Comedy Theatre. Perrin narrated "A Star With Two Names", part of the segment "Behind The Scenes Hollywood Story" of The Hollywood Music Hall radio program. At the same time, he would join Charles Laughton's theatrical repertory group.

He went on to become a staff announcer for NBC for several years before moving to ABC. He was a regular guest star on the radio version ofGunsmoke and indeed, he wrote at least one script for that show. Perrin was a series regular on the anthology radio drama Family Theatre, played Ross Farnsworth, who married Claudia's daughter Joan on One Man's Family and was Seargeant Gorse in Fort Laramie in 1956. Perrin, uncredited to the listeners, impersonated Clyde Beatty on The Clyde Beatty Show. He performed several characters in Escape, Pete Kelly's Blues and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.

One of his first television roles was in a 1953 episode of Adventures of Superman titled "The Golden Vulture", where he played a hapless sailor on board a freighter run by a self-styled pirate. On camera, Perrin played minor character roles in Dragnet, Peter Gunn, Black Saddle, Gunsmoke, The Untouchables, Going My Way, Perry Mason, Adam-12, Mannix, and Mission: Impossible. Perrin guest-starred as several characters in both the radio and television versions of Have Gun - Will Travel.

He was a regular voice actor in the original Jonny Quest animated series as the voice of Dr. Zin and other villains. He voiced the villain, The Gimmick, in an episode of Blue Falcon. Vic Perrin also voiced multiple characters, including The Puppet Master, Karl the Stuntman, and others in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!.

He played a voyeuristic serial killer in the 1966 made-for-TV movie Dragnet, which served as a pilot episode for the color version of the television series, which premiered in 1967. He guest-starred on a 1981 episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century titled "The Guardians". Perrin was in The Twilight Zone episodes titled "People Are Alike All Over" and "Ring-a-Ding Girl."

Perrin also had voice and character roles in three classic Star Trek episodes. During the first season, he voiced the Metron in "Arena", where Kirk fought the Gorn. He also appeared on camera as the head of the ruling council on Halka, a planet of pacifists who would not trade dilithium crystals, in "Mirror, Mirror", and provided the voice of the reconstructed Nomad probe in "The Changeling", both second season episodes. To the legions of fans of the Super Friends series, Perrin's voice is well known as the voice of villain, Sinestro, an arch-nemesis of the Green Lantern, a role he played on Challenge of the Super Friends and Super Friends (1980 TV series). One of his last voice roles was reprising Dr. Zin on The New Adventures of Jonny Quest.

He continued to do voice-overs and to play character roles until a few years before his death from cancer. He is survived by his wife Rita Perrin, his son and his stepson.

One of his greatest voiceovers, and a true legacy, is that his is the voice used on the AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) used all over the nation to save lives.

Source: Wikipedia

CBS Radio WorkshopCBS Radio Workshop
Show Count: 78
Broadcast History: 27 January 1956 to 22 September 1957
Cast: Various, Aldus Huxley, William Conrad, Parley Baer, Lurene Tuttle, Jack Kruschen, Joseph Kearns, Vic Perrin, Sam Edwards, Gloria Henry, Charlotte Lawrence
Director: Jack Johnstone, William N Robson, Dee Engelbach, Elliott Lewis, Antony Ellis
Producer: William Froug
The CBS Radio Workshop was an experimental dramatic radio anthology series that aired on CBS from January 27, 1956, until September 22, 1957. Subtitled “radio’s distinguished series to man’s imagination,” it was a revival of the earlier Columbia Experimental Laboratory (1931), Columbia Experimental Dramatic Laboratory (1932) and Columbia Workshop broadcasts by CBS from 1936 to 1943, and used some of the same writers and directors employed on the earlier series'.
Fort LaramieFort Laramie
Show Count: 39
Broadcast History: 22 January 1956 to 28 October 1956
Cast: Raymond Burr, Vic Perrin, Harry Bartell, Jack Moyles
Producer: Norman Macdonnell
Broadcast: 7th June 1954
Added: Feb 18 2010
Broadcast: 24th August 1953
Added: Sep 07 2013
Broadcast: 20th April 1958
Added: Apr 21 2011
Broadcast: 18th November 1954
Added: Dec 06 2009
Broadcast: 6th July 1958
Added: Aug 04 2011
Broadcast: 29th November 1954
Added: Sep 02 2013
Broadcast: 5th July 1959
Added: Apr 22 2008
Broadcast: July 28, 1957
Added: Sep 07 2021
Broadcast: 8th August 1956
Added: Aug 08 2010
Broadcast: 9th August 1950
Added: Sep 06 2007
Broadcast: 23rd September 1953
Added: Mar 21 2009
Broadcast: 22nd May 1956
Starring: Vic Perrin
Added: Sep 03 2010
Broadcast: 20th March 1956
Added: Jul 01 2010
Broadcast: 3rd August 1954
Added: Sep 04 2009
Broadcast: 5th April 1954
Added: Jun 12 2009
Broadcast: 15th November 1954
Added: Sep 09 2012
Broadcast: 27th November 1960
Added: Mar 01 2007
Broadcast: 5th December 1952
Added: Oct 23 2009
Broadcast: September 30, 1955
Added: Jan 29 2021
Broadcast: 23rd February 1951
Added: Feb 21 2009
Broadcast: 6th March 1960
Added: Mar 06 2012
Broadcast: 17th November 1950
Added: Nov 22 2009
Broadcast: 27th December 1955
Added: Jan 06 2011
Broadcast: March 27, 1957
Starring: Irene Dunne, Vic Perrin
Added: Mar 27 2022
Broadcast: 16th December 1954
Added: Jan 28 2010
Broadcast: 2nd August 1959
Added: Aug 13 2011
Broadcast: 22nd March 1959
Added: Jul 30 2011
Broadcast: 28th October 1954
Added: Dec 03 2009
Broadcast: 30th December 1956
Added: Jan 01 2011
Broadcast: August 27, 1957
Added: Sep 26 2019
Broadcast: 29th November 1955
Added: Aug 27 2010
Broadcast: 13th October 1954
Added: Oct 13 2013
Broadcast: 18th May 1958
Added: May 07 2011