Peter Fernandez, an actor and voice director who was best known for his work voicing the title character in the "Speed Racer" television series, has died at 83, AnimeNewsNetwork.com reports.
Fernandez voiced Speed as well as his brother Racer X and several other characters. (You can watch a 2008 interview with him here at the opening of the film based on the TV series here.)
Fernandez passed away due to lung cancer, the story says. Fernandez "finally got the attention and respect he deserved from the general public and mainstream press" with the renewed interest in the series generated by the 2008 movie, according to producer and anime distributor William Winckler, the story says. Fernandez had a cameo appearance in the live-action film as an announcer.