A voice actor with numerous roles underneath his belt, Robert Axelrod (May 29th, 1949 - September 7th, 2019) is best remembered by children of the 1990s as Lord Zedd, the Big Bad of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, as well as Finster, the shy, easily intimidated elf-thing responsible for spawning each Monster of the Week. However, Axelrod also had a very diverse career in western animation, as well as anime, stretching all the way to 1980. He was also one of Tim & Eric's regular cast members.
He passed away in 2019 due to publicly undisclosed causes. It's known that he was suffering complications from spinal surgery, but also had prior health issues that may have been at fault. Despite some difficulty, Robert had continued to attend conventions and encourage new prospective actors and writers until 2018 when his surgery took place. Many Power Rangers and anime fan groups held their own memorial services after his passing.
Some of Axelrod's most noted roles:
- The Big O - Colonel Gaust
- Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule - Terry Bruge-Hiplo
- Codename: Robotech - Rico
- Cowboy Bebop - Dr. Londez
- Digimon Adventure - Wizardmon, Vademon
- Digimon Adventure 02 - Armadillomon and his evolved forms
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Katakura
- Hajime no Ippo - Hachinohe
- Power Rangers - Lord Zedd (voice only), Mighty Morphin' season 2 until In Space
- Rurouni Kenshin - Sakata
- Samurai Champloo - Roukishi
- The Smurfs and the Magic Flute - Brainy
- Transformers: Robots in Disguise - Movor