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'''Leonard Weinrib''' ([[April 29]], [[1935]] – [[June 28]], [[2006]]) was an [[United States|American]] [[actor]], [[voice actor]] and [[writer]]. He is best known for playing the title role in the children's television show ''[[H.R. Pufnstuf]]'', and as the original voice of [[Scrappy-Doo]] and Bigmouth in ''[[The Smurfs (Hanna-Barbera series)|The Smurfs]]''.
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[[File:Lennie_Weinrib.jpg|thumb|Lennie Weinrib]]
   
==Early life and career==
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'''Leonard Weinrib''' (April 29, 1935 – June 28, 2006) was an American actor, voice actor and writer. He is best known for playing the title role in the children's television show ''H.R. Pufnstuf'', and as the original voice of Scrappy-Doo.
Weinrib, a native of [[the Bronx]], got his start in show business working with [[Spike Jones]], then later in ''The [[Billy Barnes (composer)|Billy Barnes]] Revue''. He made guest appearances on ''[[The Dick Van Dyke Show]]'', ''[[The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis]]'', ''[[Burke's Law]]'' and ''[[The Munsters]]''.
 
   
==Notable voice acting roles==
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In the Lion episodes of ''[[Voltron: Defender of the Universe]]'', he has voiced [[Hunk]] and [[Prince Lotor]].
Weinrib is probably best known for his voice acting work. Starting with ''[[The Jetsons]]'' (1962), Weinrib provided numerous voices for such animated works as ''[[Inch High, Private Eye]]'', ''[[The New Adventures of Batman]]'', ''[[Tarzan and the Super 7]]'', and ''[[Hong Kong Phooey]]''. He was the voice for both [[Roland and Ratfink]] in that series of cartoon shorts. He also provided the voice of Timer in the 1970s ''[[Time for Timer]]'' series of educational spots shown on [[American Broadcasting Company|ABC]]. In ''[[Voltron: Defender of the Universe]]'', he voiced of Hunk and the villain Prince Lotor.
 
 
Weinrib played H.R. Pufnstuf throughout the show's entire run from 1969 through 1971, and also wrote every episode of that series. In [[The Krofft Supershow]] he played the title character in [[Magic Mongo]].
 
 
He also appeared as the character in an episode of ''[[CHiPs]]'' in 1977.
 
 
==Later life==
 
Weinrib retired from acting in the 1980s and moved to [[Santiago, Chile|Santiago]], [[Chile]]. He died in a hospital near his home in Chile on June 28, 2006, after suffering a [[stroke]]. He was cremated.
 
 
His daughter, Linda Bendik and grandchildren, Lauren and Steven Bendik currently work as voice actors.
 
 
His daughter Heidi Weinrib, has performed as part of the ensemble cast of Rojo de Chile, a Chilean talent competition broadcast by Television Nacional de Chile.
 
   
 
== External links ==
 
== External links ==
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* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0918396/ Lennie Weinrib at IMDB]
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* [[Wikipedia:Lennie Weinrib]]
   
 
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Lennie Weinrib

Lennie Weinrib

Leonard Weinrib (April 29, 1935 – June 28, 2006) was an American actor, voice actor and writer. He is best known for playing the title role in the children's television show H.R. Pufnstuf, and as the original voice of Scrappy-Doo.

In the Lion episodes of Voltron: Defender of the Universe, he has voiced Hunk and Prince Lotor.

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