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Robert Axelrod (May 29, 1949 - September 7, 2019) was an American actor, voice actor and musician, best known for providing the voice of the fearsome Lord Zedd in the Power Rangers franchise.


Born and raised in New York City, Axelrod had done commercial and theater work since he was a child. He left acting for music work, spending eight years as a rock musician, playing the electric guitar and singing in folk, rock and soul bands. His music career brought him to Los Angeles, where he decided to return to acting.[1]

Since then, Robert appeared in over thirty feature films, including four with Charles Bronson, including The Blob, Sorority House Massacre, Alice in Wonderland, The Revenant, among many others. Some of his notable television appearances include guest appearances in Family Matters, Amazing Stories, Star Trek: Voyager, and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. He also starred in the Michael Jackson music video Stranger in Moscow.

His first voice acting role was as Banner in Banner the Squirrel. He went on to voice characters in several productions dubbed by Intersound, such as Blue Falcon in Dogtanian & the Three Muskehounds, Brainy Smurf in The Smurfs & the Magic Flute, and Rico in Robotech. For over two decades, he lent his voice to many other anime projects such as Akira, The Big O, Cowboy Bebop, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, and multiple characters in Digimon such as Wizardmon, Armadillomon, and Vademon.

His voice acting career propelled him into the spotlight in 1994 when he provided the voice of the villainous Lord Zedd in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. These two roles were so successful that he made appearances in the first Power Rangers feature film, live show tour, and provided voices for multiple other villains spanning the many other sequel series.

In May 2018, Axelrod underwent major back operation, which left him suffering complications and leaving him immobile from the waist down. Axelrod was unable to work, and a GoFundMe was established to help Axelrod pay for his medical bills. Axelrod died in Los Angeles on September 7, 2019 at the age of 70.


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  1. Robert Axelrod, Voice Actor, Los Angeles CA. Retrieved January 11, 2018.

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