RIP – PETER FERNANDEZ


EXPIRED: 07/15/10 – Peter Fernandez, 83, was a demon on wheels.

Born In New York City, Fernandez was a child model for the John Robert Power Agency. He then appeared on both radio and Broadway until he was drafted into the United States Army at age 18, in the later stages of World War II.

After his discharge from the service in 1946, he went back into radio and became a writer, director and announcer for daytime dramas.

But it was for Speed Racer that most of us will remember Fernandez.

The rapid-fire delivery of dialogue made famous by Speed Racer was devised by Fernandez and his American voice co-stars in order to make the dialogue jibe with the original Japanese mouth movements. Not only did he provide voice the star of the show, he also co-wrote many episodes and composed the theme song that introduced most of America to Japanese Anime.

Here he comes

Here comes Speed Racer

He’s a demon on wheels

He’s a demon and he’s gonna be chasin’ after someone.

He’s gainin’ on you so you better look alive.

He’s busy revvin’ up a powerful Mach 5.

And when the odds are against him

And there’s dangerous work to do

You bet your life Speed Racer

Will see it through.

Go Speed Racer

Go Speed Racer

Go Speed Racer, Go!

He’s off and flyin’ as he guns the car around the track

He’s jammin’ down the pedal like he’s never comin’ back

Adventure’s waitin’ just ahead.

Go Speed Racer

Go Speed Racer

Go Speed Racer, Go!

Fernandez later voiced Mark Venture in Star Blazers, the U.S. version of Space Battleship Yamato, and had a small part in the 2008 film Speed Racer as a racing announcer. He had a bigger role as the voice of Spritle in the 2008 animated spinoff, Speed Racer: The Next Generation. His last major public appearance was at the 2009 Seattle, Washington Sakura-Con Anime Convention before getting too ill from lung cancer to continue.

And when the odds are against him

And there’s dangerous work to do

You bet your life Speed Racer

Will see it through.

 RIP Speed!

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One response to “RIP – PETER FERNANDEZ

  1. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! I KNEW I SHOULD’VE GOTTEN HIS AUTOGRAPH @ OTAKON LAST YEAR!!!! SHIT!!!! I SOOOOOOOOO HATE MYSELF RIGHT NOW!

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