Vic Perrin (April 26, 1916 – July 4, 1989) was an American actor and voice artist. He is best remembered as the "Control Voice" in the original version of the TV series The Outer Limits (1963 – 1965).
During the 1940s and 1950s, Perrin was a regular performer on old-time radio, appearing in many shows. He was a regular guest star on the radio version of Gunsmoke and wrote at least one script for that show.
One of his first TV roles was in a 1953 episode of Adventures of Superman entitled "The Golden Vulture", where he played a hapless sailor on board a freighter run by a self-styled pirate. One of his greatest voiceovers and a true legacy, he is the voice used on the AED Automatic External Defibrillator used all over the nation to save lives.
Vic Perrin played minor character roles on numerous TV series in the 1950s and 1960s including Dragnet, Gunsmoke, Have Gun — Will Travel, The Untouchables, and Mission: Impossible. He was a regular voice-over in the original Jonny Quest cartoon series (as the voice of Dr. Zin and other villains). He voiced the villain, The Gimmick, in an episode of Blue Falcon.
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 TV series. He also guest-starred on a 1981 episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century entitled "The Guardians".
Perrin also had voice-over 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 was also the head man on a planet of pacifists who would not trade dilithium crystals, in "Mirror, Mirror", and the voice of Nomad 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 Green Lantern.
Perrin was believed to be the original narrator of Walt Disney World's Spaceship Earth at Epcot from when it originally opened in 1982 until 1986, but this is not known for sure.
He continued to do voice-overs and to play character roles until a few years before his death.
- Vic Perrin at the Internet Movie Database
- Vic Perrin at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki)
- Vic Perrin picture
- Vic Perrin at Findagrave.com
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